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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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82
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149 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
170
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
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5
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5
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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Brewmaster Reserve release - Spring 2008

Added by sinistersteve on 02-25-2003

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 170
Photo of ThickestHead
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass (in intervals).
Mostly clear, medium copper color with a foamy off-white head.
Smells of pine and kind buds, plus something sweet like a bisquit with white frosting.
Tastes of bitter grapefruit and some bready malt.
Medium body with decent carbonation and a bitterness (which must be from the hops) that stays with me but isn't overly oily.
Nice brew, I could sit back and enjoy one of these in almost any setting and just forget the hustle and bustle that beckons.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Head was easily controlled and was a light tan in color. Sliding spotty lace was solid. Light copper in color.

This beer has quite a bit of range. I get some floral perfumy type smells with some orange and lemon. First taste has me thinking this is a very hoppy beer but more in taste than in bitterness. A good thing in this case. While light in mouthfeel it is deep in flavor and complexity. Hops tend to dry this out towards the end and it has this mysterious saaz type feel to it. Lemony and zesty. This is a kick ass beer.

Notes: This and their session offering are my favorite from this brewer. This is a fairly unique take on the style and it works out nicely.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle received in a trade with Wasatch. The beer is golden colored, hint of haze, spitty looking head. The aroma is hoppy-sweet, some citrus fruit smells. The taste is very good, it has more malty balance than a normal IPA but isn't so heavily malty as to be a barleywine. The mouthfeel is OK, a little less thick than I generally like for a DIPA but maybe that's the price I pay for better taste (less malt). A very good beer that is much appreciated.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice huge head with retention that won't go away. Bright orange in color.

Smell is of citrusy hops and lots of them. The pale and crystal malts are dominated.

Nice citrusy hop bomb. Very nice and intenese with a good enough malt backbone to balance. This is a very nice DIPA.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and lacks astringency often found in DIPAS.

This beer is easy to drink and I could have several of them in a session. I wish I had more.

Thanks to ggl webster for the sample.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Brewmaster Reserve Sampled on 1-24-06

Appearance: Very transparent amber color with a generous white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin white layer. Very clear and free of sediment and debris. Looks appetizing.

Smell: Very malty with a hint of orange. Much sweeter smelling than I expect an IPA to be, but as this is a double, I don't really know what to expect. Slightly yeasty, but still appealing.

Taste:The first thing I notice is a very nice herbal hops taste with a bittering that stays in check with the slightly toasty malt flavor. I don't think I have ever had quite as tasty a brew. This, in my opinion would go exceedingly well with herbal Italian dishes, spicy Thai or Indian food, Sushi (when using wasabi...) or pretty much anything worthy of a good beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is apparently in a relatively thin liquid as the carbonation mostly left with the pour, but this also helps to keep the drink from being cloying and sticking to the mouth. This has a similar consistency to a tea but will kick up a little carbonation if agitated by pressing the tongue to your palate. Much drier than I am used to beer being.

Drinkability: I really like this, but it is a special beer which I will save for special occasions. This wouldn't be a great session beer because of the alcohol content and the fact that I want to just savor it.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace. I expected a darker thicker looking brew.

The smell was quite nice, quit hopy.

The Taste I find earthy both front and back with an interesting citrus Lime note in the middle. Very good, it really sets this one up as a unique tasting brew I would love to try again. Glad I have another.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a DIPA, Carbonation is good, Being mid-summer maybe its a good thing.

The drinkability is very good. I like it alot over all.
Prosit and a big thanks to Wasatch for this brew. MK

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and piney hops, touch of citrusy hops too. In the taste, piney hops with a nice balanced malt presence. A small bite, yet quite smooth mouthfeel, and piney hop and semi-dry aftertaste. Big piney hops and quite smooth for a imperial IPA.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slipknot Imperial IPA was a rich golden-copper color, with a white head and fine lacing. The nose was powerful and perfumey, with a clean lemon-lime citrus component and a sweet field flower hop boquet. An original take on the imperial IPA nose. The taste was good, with a moderately sweet honey-cantelope malt base with a lemon-lime transition into an assertive bitter finish with a lingering melon aftertaste. The body was smooth and somewhat resiny. I really enjoyed the melon and sweet flowery notes in this interesting interpretation of the style. Sure to please and intrigue fans of the style.

Served at the Full Sail tasting room in Hood River.

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Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Received in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks a lot Russ! Slipknot pours a moderately hazy deep intense golden. A ruddy two fingers worth of ecru head grew on the pour and had good staying power. The head leaves thick lines of lace down the glass with each sip. The carbonation bubbles are on the larger side and creep to the surface.

When I first poured this beer for some odd reason all I could think about was banana bread when I stuck my nose in the glass. After some warming and quiet reflection it turns into brown sugar laden grapefruit hoppiness. A drizzling of caramel sets the malt backbone. The grapefruit is amazingly fresh and in your face. Slipknot is a really good smelling IPA.

The flavor is a little toned down but follows the nose pretty closely. Brown sugar coated grapefruit abounds with a drizzling of caramel. A slight toffee floats around in there as well. There's a solid amount of maltiness in here but it's very well done.

The body is moderate with a somewhat creamy somewhat airy/light mouthfeel. The carbonation helps the body keep moving and there's a nice bitterness that grows with each sip.

Good drinkable IPA. While this is labeled as a double it toes the line. Which actually helps the drinkability considering the lower abv compared too many others.

Slipknot is a good IIPA from the guys at Full Sail and their Brewmasters Reserve series. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up if released in my area. This is a flavorful IIPA that's a pleasure to put away. Thanks Russ.

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Photo of charlesw
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huh. Almost straight up 4s on this one, too. You'd think that I wasn't paying attention, or something, but I really do this conscientiously. Honest!

It's a pretty good beer. No complaints. Nice and easy drinker. To get a higher score from me I'd like to see maybe a bit more head that lasts longer and a bit more sweetness and body to it. But, really, if I had access to this I'd be drinking it on a regular basis - it's good stuff. Not overbearing with the Cascades (and, hey, we can thank them for that!). No nasty aftertaste. Just a good drinking beer!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with strong citrus elements as well a good background of floral hops and caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and pleasant hops bitterness, which caught me a little off-guard because the smell was more sweet than hoppy. Likewise, although there is a decent malt character and flavors of citrus, there isn’t as much sweetness as the smell leads you to expect. Once you get past the initial surprise, it’s pretty enjoyable. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, although it’s got all of the hoppiness of a 2IPA it’s kick is a little mild for a style. However, that makes the beer perfect to enjoy for a whole evening.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy, orange/copper color with a beige head that left some lacing.

S - citrus hop and green tea aroma.

T - nice balance of flavors, citrus, green tea and some sweet malt before a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - it's very easy to drink this tasty brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber hue topped by a creamy white head, with little carbonation in the bottle. Nice, sweet aroma of fresh, fruity hops, with a ton of grapefruit, white grape, and grass blended with a touch of light malt. Palate is well-balanced between light malt and fruity hops up front, becoming strictly hops on the dry, bittersweet, lupulin-laced finish. Mouthfeel is very dry, but conveys the flavor quite well. Very drinkable for a beer of this stature.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a clear, brilliant orange in color with a huge, frothing head that showed great retention.

Smell – The big, complex hop nose is spectacular. The pine is big but unusually smooth and the citrus is equally luscious and inviting. The orange and grapefruit flavors work in perfect harmony here.

There’s a light caramel smell as well, but this does not have a big, malty backbone like a lot of ADIPAs. This one is just a symphony of hops.

Taste – Amazingly, all the big, smelly hops from the nose made there way to the taste buds. You get the smooth pine, creamy orange, tingly grapefruit, and a few other flavors that I can’t nail down. Again, the malt is well in the background here and consists mostly of sweetish caramel notes.

Mouthfeel – This one is only medium-bodied, which puts it on the light side for the ADIPA style. It’s very dry though with a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability – If there’s such a thing as a session ADIPA then this is it. It goes down incredibly well yet doesn’t fill you up. I got a 2005 vintage so it is very fresh. I’m thinking you could cellar this for a few months to “malt it up” if you wanted.

Comments – Because this doesn’t have a big malty backbone like a lot of other examples of the style, some may “pooh-pooh” this effort by Full Sail. However, the hops profile here has taken things to a whole new level.

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Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with Wasatch. As he notes, my bottle is different from the one pictured.

A: The ale is a brown-orange mixture, far closer to dull brown than vibrant orange. The ale is almost flawless, nearly translucent but for a faint haziness. A thicker, fuller head leaves a nice band of lace throughout the glass.

S: The nose is a solid, hop-infused DIPA. Big citrus hops jump out of the glass, they are thick and resiny and gladly share the space with some piney notes. Nice and full-bodied.

T: I finally found a Full Sail IPA that lives up to its potential! The hops are thick and resiny, full of big, HUGE grapefruit flavors, sweet with the slight bitterness of orange peel. The flavors are not so overwhelming up front, mixing nicely with a caramel malt body. Mid-sip, the two flavors mix nicely, amping up both the bitterness and the sweetness. As the finish approaches, some tangerine notes emerge to guide the brew home. The finish is bitter and long, ill-defined at times but strong enough to leave you happy.

M: Lots o' hops, this beer does not disappoint if you are a hophead. The bitterness pops up from first sip to last, practically scarring the tastebuds with lupulin goodness.

D: For a beer with this much strength behind it, the abv is surprisingly low. I expected at least 8.5%, so this is damn near child's play. I am pleased and will trade for this one again.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured kind of hard and got a really big light tan head on a cloudy orange amber body.
S- A balance between sweet caramel malts and grass and pine hops. The hops don't jump out at you much at all. Hint of alcohol too.
T- Nice fruit juices from the hops. Balanced out with a malt body. The fruit juices really come out nicely with just a hint of pine in there too. Leaves a nice big bitterness all over the tongue. Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit but overall it is well hidden.
M- Medium/full body. A little bit on the chewy side too. Nice smooth carbonation to it.
D- Not a huge fan of the aroma but other than that it is a really nice beer. I love the fruit juices in it. IMO it's more of a blend between a IPA and DIPA. a one and a half IPA if you will.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/18/06- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

Presentation- 2006 version. 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Perfect amber description. Full one inch head which quickly disapates to about 1/4 inch. Small rim remains throughout. Medium lacing left behind.

Smell- The first thing my nose catches is a nice toasted malt scent. Maybe a touch bready. Strong honeydew like scent along with some green apples. Plus the typical grapefruit. Not really any pine though.

Taste- Full bitter barage of apple, peach and grapefruit flavored hops. Nicely backed by a equaly amount of toasted malt flavor. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower carbonated feel. Still have a slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. One of the better balanced DIPA's I've come across. Dare I say a session DIPA at only 7.5 abv? Tasty and easy to drink. Not quite as flavorful as the premeire DIPA's though.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather divisive brew this seems to be, at least looking on the top reviewers page.

I grade this an average but quite solid brew overall. I didn't intend for my review to necessarily clear the 4.0 mark, but I believe it deserves the extra 1/2 point in the mouthfeel on its merits as a double IPA.

Appearance is great, just right. Amber-orange thing going on, nice white cap. Good retention. Lacing is a bit puny and you can very clearly see objects on the other side of the glass; two minor knocks there.

Very pleasant but not overpowering aroma of citric rind, with a sort of mild sweetness that might be found at the back of more exotic fruits like pineapple. Malt presence seems light, shoved back, mildly sweet as well.

The flavor is actually reasonably well balanced in my estimation. I'm unclear why this beer would be considered such; I've had IPAs that I enjoy significantly more that I would call more weighted toward the hops than the Slipknot.

Flavor: Bready, pale malts with a nod towards a caramel sweetness that develops in the finish. Doughy, even; no indication of any type of cooking in the grain. The hops stick to the same notes as the aroma, and I don't find them overbearing in any sense.

The mouthfeel I thought was outstanding. If this were supposedly such an unbalanced outing, the thinness of the brew would have to be a noticeable characteristic. The fact is that if the amount of the hops is so much greater than the malt, the beer will of course take on the bitterness and dryness of the leaf, but also will be thinner and more watery than one that is chock full of grains. The Slipknot has a creamy mouthfeel with a yeasty finish; dryness results from the hop.

Drinkability is great for style; it's a mild double IPA that is more sessionable than most.

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Photo of unclederby
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a New Belgium goblet. A vigorous poured yields a honey/orange ale with ample soapy head which momentarily fades down.

Cascade and Centennial hops dominate the nose with nearly equal measure earth, spice, citrus, and pine characteristics. A hint of malty sweetness manages to work it's way through, however.

Flavors are hop forward too; especially piney and spicey, with that sort of "soapy pine sol" like character. The malts relatively balance the beer, and although the hops linger, the bitterness they impart isn't thouroughly palate-wrecking. A bit of bready/yeastiness is also detected.

Mouthfeel is medium light for the style, amply carbonated and a bit grainy. Somewhat like a cracker that has dissolved in the mouth.

The ABV is low for a DIPA, still the cumulative effects of the hop bill would probably limit me to 22 oz. in one session and then I'd move on to something else.

A good, food friendly ale and a bargain at $3.49 locally.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well rounded, balanced IIPA. Not a killer hop bomb like many. Instead, it has a lot of lager like characters, but with a lot more complexity. It reminds me of a really strong session lager, with a lot more hops.

Pours crystal clear- a beautiful honey amber color. Big head, on a fairly aggressive pour. little lacing.

Smells like a super potent lager to me. Of course, with a lot more hops than normal. Citrus, pine, citrus.

Taste of malt and hops, pretty evenly asserting themselves. this is an approachable IIPA. A good place to start if you're not familiar with the style. Citrus, pine, toasty malt. Good Hoppy bitterness, but nice malty sweetness to round it out. Mild on the finish with a little twang of tart flavor. Really tasty.

Feels nice on the palate. maybe not as velvety as some IIPAs, but very good. I poured pretty aggressively, so that may have muted the carbonartion a bit, but it's really nice.

This is a very good beer. It's definitely in the major leagues of IIPAs. There are others that i would rather have, but most of those are at least twice as expensive. This is a fantastic beer value.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in Portland, OR out of a 22 oz bomber on 2010-01-24. Note, this is my 100th review on Beeradvocate.

A - Pours a clear gold with a 2-finger tan head

S - Pine, fruit and orange candy

T - Rye bread, orange candy, well balanced with the hop bitterness. Alcohol is well disguised but adds some flavor.

M - Medium to thick body and medium carbonation makes this a creamy brew.

D - A very good Imperial IPA. Worth having more than one glass.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy deep dark orange body with a matrix of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. The head is a thick creamy foam of light beige that last for the full beer. The foam sticks to the glass leaving register marks after each sip.

S- During the pour, green floral hop cones fill the nose

T- The pungent grapefruit hops has herbal overtones with lightly toasted sweet malt underneath supporting it. The finish is a full pungent earthy hop finish with pine bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture from the thick head and no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice big hoppy flavor that is not real complex but has a great freshness to it. There was a bit of tongue fatigue with drinking a whole bottle but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright copper, golden highlights. a finger of offwhite smooth creamy head. drippy mountainous laces that recede back into the glass.

Sweet caramel and toasty bread. herbal dank hops.

Piney, herbal, earthy, ganja. Toasted bread and caramel, a bit of woodiness and some booze. Spicy dry rye character. Well balanced malt and hop flavors. Big dank resinous bitter tongue slasher.

Thick, semi chewy, dry, med body, well carb'd.

Very good for abv, a bit of a slow drinker. chewy resinous bitter IIPA. very tasty and complex.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Horse Brass in Portland. Poured from cask into pint glass.

Shows medium head fading into decent lace. Lacks carbonation, but this is to be expected from a cask pour.

Spicy hops, funky, some hay and citrus on the nose. Rather good but nothing outstanding. Flavors dwell on the fresh, piney hops and citrus.

Big fresh hop tannins though well balanced and integrated. Good drinkability. Overall a rather good but not outstanding IPA

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the 2007 and 2009 versions!

Edited on 03-25-09 to reflect the 2009 version:

Pours golden amber with a thin lasting head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical/citric fruits - grapefruit, mango, orange, etc. - with a pale malt aroma.

The taste is of citric/tropical fruitiness and an herbal bitterness mixed with a pale malt sweetness rounding it out. It has a bitterish finish with noticeable alcohol. I like this as a bigger IPA, while holding onto the IPA character (without too much syrupy sweetness that some DIPA's.) If the alcohol weren't so evident (which isn't a drawback, necessarily, considering the abv/style), I could see myself liking it even more.

It has a creamy medium body.

Despite the alcohol, this drinks very well. A tasty brew - thanks John for sending this to me in two different years!

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.