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Imperial Jack - Minhas Craft Brewery

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
62
poor

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 28.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biggred1 on 09-27-2011)
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Photo of jdb288
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Heavily oxidized, completely flat. Bought fresh and consumed almost right away. Cloyingly sweet with zero hop characteristics. Maybe I had a bad bottle? I certainly hope so.
Based on other's experience with this one I feel like I'm in the majority with saying this is a bad beer.

jdb288, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of blackcompg
2.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems this gets some pretty bad reviews, but read them after my purchase - I purchased this on the price point, and the fact that it's advertised as a dipa, I will try to be as fair and honest as possible, here we go...

Appearance - Pours a nice finger of thick, rich looking eggshell head, body is a slightly hazy light orange amber, really a nice looking beer. I am getting some nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Sweet bready malts, almost fruit-cake like, light apple and pear, slight vanilla carmel.

Taste - Big bready malts to start, definitely getting some light floral flavors here too, then light grassy meadowy hops, finishing with light minerals and pepper, and just a whiff of citrus pith, which dries the back of the tongue. Often times a dry/bitter finish will beg the next sip, but the finish on this beer actually causes a slight hesitation. The alcohol is perfectly hidden here. There is a semi sweet backbone along for the entire ride that is like dried pear/apple bread.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium mouthfeel, medium carb, but the light peppery and grassy dryness keeps this from being a smooth drinker. As i mentioned in the taste, often times a dry/bitter finish will encourage the next sip, but it causes hesitation here...

Overall - If I were blindfolded I would swear that this this was more of an imperial amber ale - I would not classify this as a dipa, in fact, this is not a dipa. It really is not a bad beer, in fact this tastes a lot like a sweeter, amped up fat tire. I'd say this is truly a good purchase for the money, especially if you want a quicker buzz - but know this, this is NOT a dipa, not by any stretch - it is an imperial amber, and really not a very bad one - in fact, put imperial amber on the label, and it's nearly a 4. But if you're looking for a true dipa, stay away - this does not represent the style.

***My low scores are due to this beer being mis-labeled imho - it is actually a pretty good beer, but it is NOT a DIPA.

blackcompg, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jwc215
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

jwc215, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Gotti311, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Tolosa
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Tolosa, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of shagal
1/5  rDev -60.8%

shagal, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

jaydoc, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of davidtarantino
2.5/5  rDev -2%

davidtarantino, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Snowman95
2.65/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I got a six pack of this beer for $7.99, which is pretty great for a six pack of double IPAs. The problem though is that I love IPAs and this was disappointing. If I was looking for another beer type, it would have been better, but it lacked the hoppiness of my preferred IPAs. I was left slightly disappointed, but for the price I can't complain too much. The high gravity of this beer has something of a delayed reaction to it that's hard to explain. It seems like it hits pretty late in the brew.

Snowman95, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of LanceRobbins24
2.5/5  rDev -2%

LanceRobbins24, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of kencarman
1.61/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The appearance was right, but I got soap out of the bottle, nose-wise, and pepper. The pepper proceeded to the glass and mouthfeel, the soap did not.

A DOUBLE IPA? Hell, hardly an IPA, really.

Didn't realize this was Joseph Huber Brewery that's apparently been repacked name-wise a few times to hide their less than craft brewery nature. I got suspicious when the bottle listed it as Rhinelander Brewery but web stuff called it Minhas. That doesn't matter, however: except being annoying.

Crystal clear 3 or 4 golden srm with nice white head that lasts and lasts.

The pepper became annoying and I REALLY feel it's a phenol, not hops.

Pale malt/body right for regular IPA: tad off for Imperial. Pale malt in nose but so far back hardly worth mentioning.

Kudos on hiding the 8.5 abv, IF accurate. Usually I can tell even when hidden.

kencarman, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ROGUE16, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Wsherry1
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

JohnK17, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
1.58/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this at the Superstore liquor store and was shocked that they were selling a DIPA. Realized I got tricked by this shifty brewery just like the abysmal Bad Hare Day and Lazy Mutt beers they're trying to slide under the craft radar through their affiliate breweries.

This beer misses the mark so badly it's pathetic. It tastes nowhere near what a DIPA should taste like. One dimensional bready maltiness up front. A faint afterthought of bitterness that makes you wonder why they even bothered to use hops. The subtle taste of dish soap rounds out the experience.

Minhas is a blight on the craft brew scene. He can make all the shitty budget beer he wants but stay the hell away from craft. These crappy poser craft beers are popping up at all the bottle shops around here. My mother and sister went to buy beer (separately) last week and both ended up with crappy Minhas wannabeers despite their best intentions.

Drain poured most of the bottle, not worth the time nor calories....

FadetoBock, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of sgoro
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

sgoro, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of rayj212
2.5/5  rDev -2%

rayj212, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of M1k3y
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

M1k3y, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of adhallick
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

adhallick, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
2.5/5  rDev -2%

TheLevi4000, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Metz, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of ComradeCanadia
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I live in a small town and needless to say I was pretty excited to see a variety pack that included a double IPA show up in our tiny liquor store. I should have read the other reviews first.

Appearance: Very cloudy, almost like a lot of homebrew I've seen. Nice big fluffy head with good retention. Acceptable.

Smell: This was kind of disappointing, but it doesn't smell -bad- or anything. I expect a double IPA to have a really big nose. Grassy hops and some malt.

Taste: This isn't that well balanced with a kind of bland sweetness coming through on the malt before the hops kick in at the back. This isn't nearly hoppy enough for a double IPA, but the hops are just kind of bitter without being interesting. So maybe they are right ins topping where they did. The first few sips carried a really nasty chemical aftertaste which went away after a little while. Eventually this settles into a drinkable beer, but not one whose nuances I want to dwell on.

Mouthfeel: I usually don't judge beers that harshly on their drinkability. But holy crap. This made me feel bloated, uh... mucusy, and had a thick, silty sort of feel to it. Honestly, this has a mouthfeel like malt liquor with different carbonation levels.

Overall:

BOOO. Why the hell did they bother making this beer? It's beer, and I don't really mind drinking it after a while, but it certainly doesn't stand up to considered tasting.

ComradeCanadia, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Kempski
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
Imperial Jack from Minhas Craft Brewery
62 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.