Imperial Jack - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 150
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 16.21%
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Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 StaveHooks
2.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
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? (442 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.01/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of bump8628
2.79/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just finished the Thumper IPA and can't say I was thrilled. This one looks pretty damn nice. Clear copper, huge, sticky white head. That's about where the compliments end. Overall, it's less hoppy than the Thumper (meaning it's not hoppy at all). Very slight herbal twang of hop flavor. It's big on malt. Thick caramel and some biscuit. Not too sweet. Maybe sell this to me as an English strong ale or big amber ale and I might bite considering the $3.50/750ml price. But this is in NO WAY a DIPA. (497 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of mattsander
1.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Hazy orange, medium carbonation, unremarkable.

S: Sticky malt bomb, little to no hop aroma.

T: A very sugary solution with medium bitterness and no hop flavor. Caramel and toffee dominates.

M: Very heavy, difficult to finish half the bottle.

Another abomination from this embarrassing 'brewery'. Craftwashing at its very worst. (334 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
2.77/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouts a slightly hazy orange color with a thin off-white head. Lots of carbonation is visible rising in the glass. Head is rather disappointing, thin and retention is poor. Aroma is of tropical hops and caramel. Taste starts with a bit of caramel malt, then I get some sort of off flavor, I think it's an medecine like flavor. Mouthfeel is average. Really this is a pretty mediocre beer. (387 characters)

Photo of BeerNutz324
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bomber into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a hazy copper color with a white head about .5 inch that dissipates pretty quickly. looks dark for a DIPA

Ar- some hops but not much for this style. I almost smell more biscuitly malts than hops. Part of this beer smells similiar to something by BMC. I smell that metal smell.

T- kind of an equal mixture of hops and malt. The hops are bitter and don't really have any citrus profile. The malt is sweet, biscuity and almost too much for a DIPA.

M- medium bodied, lots of carbonation and a bit sticky.

O- not a bad beer, but definitely needs some work. I wasn't expecting much @ $2.99 a bomber, but even at this price I probably wouldn't buy it again. (703 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
1.71/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one poured into a snifter this beer exhibits a moderate white head that quickly diminished atop a rather hazy orange-copper color. The aroma is moderate-low hops--mainly citrus, a little grass, some biscuit malt and a little metallic, overall quite lacking, especially given the style. The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet with a bit of catty bitterness. The beer finishes a lot like malt liquor with more hops. The body is full and drinkability is quite low. Overall I will dump the rest of it. I'd rather pay more for good beer. If you're looking for malt liquor with better flavor then maybe this is for you, but this is NOT an 2xIPA. (640 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 5 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Medium sized off white head. Well carbonated. Clear dark amber in color. Sweet citrus and floral aroma. Starts very sweet, like overripe oranges. The sweetness is a bit unexpected for a double IPA. Strange off flavor that is hard to pinpoint. Medium body, warming ethanol. Bitterness is light overall, becomes a little more bitter in the finish.

Not recommended. (461 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a standard amber color with a return of the disappointing receding collar of white foam for a head, no lacing. Very light feel and texture, but well carbonated. Smells of faint grapefruit peel and herbal tones on top of a sweet malt hurricane. Tastes out of balance on the sweet side for my idea of a DIPA, in fact, it tastes more like a standard single strength IPA to my palate. Murky generic citric peel hopping flavor lightly accentuates a heavy blow of molasses and caramel malt. Too sweet for my ideal of an IPA balance, but palates do vary. I will say that the typical Minhas medicinal off-flavor does NOT show up in this one for me, nor does the ABV level ever show up as a form of booziness. But I also am having a very difficult time finding those "75 IBUS" advertised on the bottle, and this is a really fresh bottle too. (864 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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). (473 characters)

Photo of PHKrames
3.71/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S-I poured this out of a 22 oz Bomber into a rounded pint glass

A-A very nice deep amber. Tiny bubble kept coming up well through the end of this beer. Very thin head.

S-Very bland smell for a Doulbe IPA.

T-After the smell, I was anticipating a bland taste, but was very shocked to find a nice oakiness up front followed by vanilla and a citrus aftertaste

O-I picked this up at the local liquor store for $3.49 on special. I am on a budget and thought, this would be a good way to stimulate my craft beer habit and for the price, this beer did not dissapoint. I will be going back soon to grab some more. (608 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.21/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (1,796 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +58.1%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.22/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of powerss13
2.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a step up from the Thumper.

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Good Amber/Orangish color; not cloudy

Smell: Some grassy hop notes, with a balance of malts

Taste: Thought it would be better. You do get a decent taste of hops and a little bit of malts. Thought it could use more, especially going in and thinking of a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light (comparing to other Double IPAs) Get a tiny bit of grassy notes.

Overall: Givie it a try. You won't dislike it, but your not going to love it. Don't be expecting an out loud Dbl IPA. (560 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.96/5  rDev +17%
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) (425 characters)

Photo of DONA812
2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bell's Pint.
Pours with a half inch or so of whiteish head that sticks around pretty shortly. A very little bit of lacing. Clear and filtered. Copper/Amber hue, the beer itself looks pretty.
The smell is pretty underwhelming a little citrus but not much going on as far as I can tell.
The taste of this beer is pretty bland up front has a bitter finish that borders on unpleasant. It isn't awful but it's nothing to write home about certainly. The after taste is bitter and kind of blah but not bad, just not note-able.
The mouthfeel is thin and foamy, kind of like a good malt liquor. The only problem is I didn't think I was buying a good malt-liquor, I thought I was buying a DIPA haha. Like the other characteristics of this beer it borders on bland.
Look, this beer cost me three bucks for a bomber so I am not complaining. I think that the cost and ease of availability should be taken into consideration at least a little bit. Imperial Jack is certainly not anywhere near the top of my list of DIPA's but for such a low price I didn't exactly expect it to be. I do not think it is nearly as bad as the D rating it has here on BA. I prob wouldn't buy another one of these but I wouldn't turn one down either. I could see this being a go-to beer whenever one is poor and doesn't want to drink Bud Light. Realistically though, I would still prob grab a Pabst before this if I was really feeling the burn of poverty haha. (1,458 characters)

Photo of marty21
2.61/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy orange copper colour with one finger worth of foamy cream colored head. Settles to a bit of a cap and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: A little bit of grassy hops with caramel malt taking over. The smell is pretty faint.

T: Grassy floral hops with caramel malt almost a sweetness on the finish. Just like the smell the taste is on the weaker side.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: Nothing special here. It was pretty cheap to buy and now I know why. (494 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.09/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of biggred1
2.56/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, light coppery amber with a cream colored foamy head that shrinks to a skim. Not much at all in the aroma, slightly grainy with a touch of green apple. I knew this beer had to be too good to be true, an 8.5% DIPA with 75 ibu's for three bucks? The flavors here are not in line with the style, green apple skin and raw grain with a touch of dishwater and low grade hops fusel alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is more Malt liquor than DIPA and that is what this reminds me of, a hoppy malt liquor. A really shabby attempt at the style but not entirely terrible, I like hoppy malt liquors. (609 characters)

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Imperial Jack from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.