Imperial Jack - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biggred1 on 09-27-2011

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sloppy Hoppy melange, though watered down and not so interesting. Some taste, but not the taste to look for. Get what you pay for. Golden yellow colour. Only a faint aroma. Leftover hops from the factory floor? One of the least enjoyable DIPA I have had.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.41/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: half finger head with poor retention on a copper with golden hue cloudy body.

S: near identical smell to the thumper with caramel malts and sweet orange/pineapple citrus notes. maple notes.

T: sweet caramel malts up front... is this really a DIPA?... with medicinal citrus and oddly matched hop bittering making this beer very irregular and disorganized. metallic content as well.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I defended thumper IPA from this brewery, but this is just bad. Drank half a glass, rest is corroding the pipes.

Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber. Not quite grokking the matryoshka doll adorned leaping hare imagery on the label...cultural shotgun attempt?

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent scattered array of webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of grapefruit citrus and tart green apple, over a very subtle grainy malt. Fool me once. The taste is sweet muddled citrus, mild pine bitterness, thin caramel malt, and that dead organics, vegetal Minhas house character, that is mostly restrained in this offering, at least. Almost fool me twice. Proving an expectation finally realized, the 17-proof ABV is fairly well integrated. As far as bubbles go, this is quite average, nothing to dwell on; the body a lightweight medium weight, with graciousness, and surprising smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the suspiciously grainy malt floating in a realm of weedy hops that have been doused in Sunlight dish soap. No more foolin'.

If you had never had a DIPA before, and then stumbled upon this, you might think it all right. Not actually bad, or maybe even the shit. However, your concept of 'good', or 'great', or 'oh my fucking Jebus' wouldn't provide much counterbalance. Coming from the other side of the spectrum, however, this is just dressed-up shit.

Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Richard.

The beer is amber, maybe copper, in color with a white head. A rather malty IPA, lots of bread and toffee aromas. There is a little bit of citrus peel and strangely enough, banana. Somewhat yeasty, too, which is strange. The sweetness carries over to the flavor. Lots of the same bread, toffee, and banana characteristics that were present on the aroma. Just a touch of citrus and maybe some pine notes. Only mildly bitter. Pretty mediocre (if not worse).

Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and malt. Odd mustiness, too.

T - It tasted malty with grassy bitterness. Fairly unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharrp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is not a great DIPA. Unbalance and just odd.

Photo of TMoney2591
1.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Going from the sadness of "Mystical" to the apparent power of "Imperial". Fingers are crossed. This pours a clear copper brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light grass, dry leaves (think Autumn), light powdered sugar, and mentholated caramel. This doesn't bode well. The taste, I suppose, brings in more of the same, but it all comes through in a swift-kick-in-the-balls of straight bitterness wrapped in dry, crusty, menthol-y caramel. Dammit, this shit hurts my tongue proportionately as much as a kick to the balls. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slickly-syrupy feel. Overall, this is just plain godawful. Seriously. I'm warning you: don't drink this if you value your tastebuds. Goddamn, man!

Photo of russpowell
2.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Damn, should've whipped out my glasses,if I'd known it was from these dudes, I probably would've passed. Here' goes nuttin

Pours amber/caramel with 3 fingers. Great head retention & lacing

S: Apple peels, nothing else really

T: Grassy, slight pear sweetness, maybe a slight bit of citrus up front . Some herbal hops with a whisper of woody hops too, a lot of apple juice & dryness. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, hops are muted

Where are the freaking hops??? A total fraud for lack of a better description... I can drink this okay, but very far off style. Sadly I got 3 more from these guys to review I guess you can't appreciate a good beer some times until you have some thing to compare it to

Photo of jwc215
1.94/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin lasting white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of thick, slightly burnt, caramel with alcohol. Where are the hops?

The taste is of sweet caramel with alcohol. This is like a malty malt liquor. Again, where are the hops? It says "heavily hopped" on the label, but I'm not catching that. No freshness date, but there's no sediment and the caramel, while overdone and slightly metallic, seems fresh enough.

The feel, though sticky, is smooth enough to be fairly drinkable, surprisingly enough.

In or out of style (this one is clearly in the latter), this beer is not good.

Photo of superspak
2.82/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apple, fruit skin, caramel, toffee, molasses, pine, orange, grapefruit, floral, bread, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Aromas are not really inviting; not a whole lot of aromas I would associate with hops. Not really too offensive though. Taste of caramel, apple, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, toffee, and light spiciness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, apple, caramel, toffee, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Very malt forward, with some slight cloying sweetness after the finish. Ok flavor balance; with just enough bitterness to not become overly sweet. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty mediocre DIPA. Quite sweet feeling; but has some ok flavor balance. Pretty smooth to sip on as well. The bomber was finished fairly easily.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a sea of microbubbles and a sticky thick butter cream colored head that last a good bit.

S- The perfumy fruity esters has notes of pear and apricot with some faint green hop leaves in the finish.

T- The apricot ester taste blends with green hops flavors a bit softer. The spice note in the finish blends with the alcohol heat nicely. As the beer opens up there are some nice soft malt flavors that come through.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that sneak up as the beer opens.

O- This beer is very light and crisp with some good flavor just not hoppy. It has some good depth in character in the fruity esters but they almost taste artificial as the beer warms.

Photo of Duff27
2.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short lived whire head on an orange/light amber body. Some lacing left over and below average head retention.

Very faint citrus smell.

More citrus hops, slight grassynness. Decent malt backbone.

Medium. To medium thin mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Really not as bad as I thought it would be, which inits own goofy way is a disappointment haha. Wouldn't recommend unless your a craft fan on an extreme budget ($2.99/bomber)

Photo of tone77
2.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is not so good. A bit of hops up front, not nearly enough for this style, some malts, oh no, Now I am getting some of that Minhas flavor profile I know so well, green apples and plastic. Dammit man. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall the best quality about this beer was the low price tag.

Photo of wordemupg
2.22/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

650ml bomber poured into tulip 8/1/12

A hazy golden orange with little for carbonation, head, or lace looks like a still glass of beer. perhaps a dirty glass because the second pour gives me a long lasting thumbs width of off white foam that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S cotton candy and orange-sicle with a little booze and sour tea bag dipped in solvent

T quite sweet and a sour citrus thing doesn't help its cause, some grassy caramel, not a very good DIPA, tastes a little off and has a thrills gum thing going on too

M a little flat and syrupy, sticks too the lips but only a little heat from the booze, sugary aftertaste

O too sweet with off flavors, not a DIPA I'd drink again

not sure what I was expecting for my 3$ bomber but I still feel ripped off.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, no date. I actually had a hard time finding this listing, as the label on my bottle lists "Brewed and Bottled by Rhinelander Brewing Company". Is it contract brewing or something?

appears slightly hazy dark copper color, minimal head. not very hoppy aroma. sharp malty smell. doesn't taste like an IPA either - just biscuity malt, lingering odd aftertaste. thin to medium body, coats the tongue.

overall - where are the hops?

Photo of paulish
3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Jack - Minhas Craft Brewery - bad

Photo of andrenaline
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not my first choice for Int'l IPA day, but the sole DIPA in the household.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour, finger of head with some retention and some random sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose and heavily dominated by caramel malts, hint of mustiness, and earthy pine hops on the finish.

T - For a DIPA the hops take a back seat to the caramel malts, coming through on the finish to provide an earthy balance. The bitterness lingers alongside a sweet lemon flavour.

M - A lighter bodied ale that comes across thin, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - For a DIPA this is rather disappointing, but I must admit the ABV is well hidden. Perhaps the hops were subdued do to the age of this bottle, but given the track record of the brewery I suspect it's more likely due to poor craftsmanship. Avoid this one, unless you're in dire need to find something to celebrate Int'l IPA day.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: I'm not sure what to make of this. It smells like a middle of the road IPA, except with tomatoes present. It's not a generic vegetal aroma, it's straight up tomatoes. Aside from that there a light citrus hoppiness, some crystal malt, and some breadiness.

1.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Big tomato followed by hop fruitiness that is lead by persimmon, mango, and peach. Some crystal malt to go along with a mild yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a crispness.

2.0 D: Now I know why I this was selling for $2.50 per bomber. It's quite an awful brew to initiate an awful intRoduction to this brewery.

Photo of Florida9
3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy copper in color. Forms a decent sized off-white head that eventually reduces down to a thick surface coating. Some decent lacing.

S: Malty and bready with notes of caramel and toffee with a bit of herbal hoppiness.

T: Again, fairly malty with lots of caramel, toffee, and bread. There is a hint of herbal or citrus hops, but it is rather faint. Finishes with a bit of buttery diacetyl.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is too heavy for the style. Mild bitterness.

O: I've got to admit, this beer wasn't the abomination I was expecting it to be. Sure, it's a fairly average beer and it's overly malty and under-hopped, but it's drinkable and I'd still drink this over BMC.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.32/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, off-white in shade, and VERY fluffy soft. Retention isn't very good, though. Having said that, it leaves some lacing on the glass. Well...um...it looks like a DIPA.

S: Hops? What's that? Could have fooled me thinking this was well-hopped...or any kind of hopped, really. Honestly, it smells like a fuckin' malt liquor. Cereal grains, cheap white wine, and lots of sweetness are the order of the day. If my name was Pablo or DeAndre, I'd probably like this a lot. If it was in a 40, ditto. Too bad neither of those things are true, so FAIL.

(I apologize to all craft beer enthusiasts named Pablo or DeAndre. Seriously, racial stereotyping is amusing in small doses, but can quickly turn ugly, especially if it happens on the internets. Wait...)

T: Oh god, this might be even worse. The best descriptor I can use is "subpar malt liquor meets horrible imperial amber ale." There is a touch of sweet caramel to start, which quickly turns into cheap white wine and cheap cereal grains. I'm also getting notes of sweat socks, cardboard, and plastic. There isn't a hint of hoppiness anywhere to be found. It doesn't even succeed as a malt liquor: I'd much rather go for Steel Reserve or Natty Daddy over this.

M: It's heavy, sweet, and highly carbonated. Kind of like a malt liquor, really. This kind of sweetness is absolutely unacceptable in a DIPA - it makes ST Unearthly look like a bone-dry, 4% blonde ale.

O: I love how the bottle top said "craft beer", as if it was soullessly harping on the fact that "yes, we're just like Sierra Nevada, and really cheap, too!", preferably in a Hindu accent. It resembles a proper craft DIPA much in the same way I resemble Idris Elba. Sure, we're both human beings, both male, and that's where the similarities end. This beer has set a record: not only is it my lowest scored DIPA (by a HUGE margin), but it has the lowest ratio of portion drunk to portion drainpoured. I just can't do it, especially when I know how sloppily manufactured its 'craftyness' is. $3 for this horrid DIPA facsimile is about $10 too much. It's so bad, in fact, I'm close to having a BSOD moment and I don't want to default back to Cliff Richard's settingsss--

ONCE IN EVERY LIFE TIME
THERE COMES A LOVE LIKE THIS
OH I NEED YOU, YOU NEED ME
OH MY DARLING CAN'T YOU SEE
WE'RE THE YOUNG ONES

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours amber with a slight haze under a thin light tan foam collar.
S: a little alcohol and malt on the nose, not much hop
T: Starts clean and light and then grows with more body and malt and then the hops assert. Light fruit on the nose – plum, the plum lingers into the finish with a lingering orange rind bitterness. The finish is a little grainy and astringent in an off-putting way.
F: Medium to medium high carbonation, creamy
O: This isn’t a great beer but its better than poor and its cheap.

Photo of BeerLover99
1.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: shiny brown orange, finger khaki head, ok lacing

S: metallic, sour apple, sweet malt

T: sugar, green apple, bitter mouth

M: light/med body, bubbly, crisp mouth

O: UGH, guess get what you pay for??!!
$2.99 is TOO good to be true for any Double IPA.
Could barely drink 1/2 the 750 ml bottle.

NOT GOOD; AVOID!

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.72/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up for $2.50 for a 22, thinking, "how bad can it be." Not much on appearance, kinda thin looking with little head. Smell was surprisingly weak for an IPA, where is that wonderful smell? However, does not smell bad, just not what I was expecting so I had to adjust my expectations. Taste was also odd, again, did not have the IPA taste. Confusing because it was not what I expected but not bad. After getting past the idea of this being an IPA and just looking at it as a beer it is not bad. Easy to drink and rather tasty, does not come across as 8.5%. Overall it gets bonus points for ABV and cost. Will probably pick up a few more of these as a value buy for quantity over quality days. If you are looking for a good cheap beer, winner. If you are looking for a good IPA, pass it by.

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.21/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a Bomber into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A- Poures a very bright orange-like gold. Seems to be very clear for the style. You can tell just by looking at this beer that it is very carbonated. A constant stream of little bubbles is clearly visible rising into an incredibly large, off-white, frothy head. I'm actually a little surprised by it's very large two finger head.

S- A bit of an old musty smell swirls together with the faint smell of citrus-y hops that give off a slight, orange and mango-like, aroma. Some slightly malty tones seem to be present as well, however they are incredibly faint.

T- Incredibly light tasting for a double IPA. the taste is just faintly citrusy and semi-sweet before ending abruptly into an incredibly faint and over-prolonged hop bitterness. Has a unique light bit of fruitiness to it's overall taste. Leaves you wanting quite a bit.

M- The foamy head is delightfully fluffy while it lasts. after the few initial sips or so it dissolves away into just a single layer. The beer has an unusually light feel to it with little to no bite from carbonation despite the large amount of bubbels. The only really noticeble feel is a slight crispness that can be felt in mid sip.

O- A very light and bland double IPA. If it weren't for the fact that it say's it on the bottle I would think this was probably an American India pale ale, or even a pumped up regular American pale ale. It would definitely be a great beer for beginners who are just beginning to like hopped up beers but anyone else looking for their hop fix will find themselves very wanting due to lack of intensity. At the low price that it can be found at around Milwaukee for just as much as $2.69 the price really can't be beat I guess for quantity, but the quality definitely show's for it.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Currently sampling this beer side by side with it's younger, but equally disappointing younger brother, Thumper.

The differences between these beers are far outweighed by their similarities. The body is fuller and slightly more rounded here. Otherwise, it seems a true Double IPA in terms of doubling upon the overall ineptitutudes of the base. Overly sugary, non descript and clumsily hopped, and just a weird amalgamation of willy nilly ingredienting. Certainly a passable beer and one you're not missing anything with when you do.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.64/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

220z served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear brassy copper with 3 fingers of white foam. Good lacing.

S - Big malt presence, caramel, sweet bread, slight grassy, some metallic aroma.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malt dominates with some light grassy hops underneath, doughy yeast, with hints of citrus on the finish.

M - Full bodied, thick feel, medium carbonation.

This is a one and done. Lackluster with low hop presence. Not bad but not good and very forgettable.

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Imperial Jack from Minhas Craft Brewery
63 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.