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

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)

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BA SCORE
82
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: sinistersteve on 02-25-2003)
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jenray, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

22 oz bottle poured into Piraat tulip.

Fully diminishing white head with prominent carbonation that disappears within a minute, leaving a rather flat looking orange body. Bitter flavor upfront and long astringent finish with a wee bit of maltish sweetness and a fairly spicy (allspice) taste. Quite frankly I was expecting a bit more from one of my favorite breweries, perhaps I can taste this on tap. Maybe I got a stinky bottle. To be honest, one of the least enjoyable examples of my favorite beer style, imo.

jdense, Apr 11, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

Many thanks to xcondonex for the bomber.
Poured into a snifter a red/orange color with a sticky 2 finger head that quickly disappaited into a sticky off-white cap. Lacing completely covers the sides of the glass.
Smell is a mess of hops. It's very hoppy and that's good. I just can't distinguish the differences. Piney, citrus, floral, they are all there, but I can't tell what's what.
Taste is much the same. Dominated by the hops, with a nice alcohol finish. Still the hops are a mess on the taste buds. Attacking and wrecking havock. I love hoppy beers. But there is something about the others that this one is missing. It's almost like blending a bunch of colors until you just end up with black.
Mouthfeel is the expected oily and sticky, but just a bit harsh.
Overall it's not a bad beer, just seems confused to me..

wcudwight, Jun 21, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured from 22oz into pint glass....sharing with brother, father and father-in-law...heres what we think!

A: Crystal clear golden yellow hue with a nice frothy two finger head. Appears somewhat creamy with decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, lemon rind, orange peel, faint piney aroma as well. Faint malt profile raising its head in the background, but the hops dominate the nose.

T: Follows nose almost exactly. Zero malt super clean...tastes like i'm sucking on a grapefruit, dad thinks it tastes like a lambic, hahaha not so much but definitely one note of citrus. Finishes bitter with no sweet malt to help out....long hop finish but needs malt.

M: Very light for an DIPA, barely a medium body but well carbonated. Needs more weight...but very smooth.

D: Very drinkable as it is so light and so one-note...not so impressed...

RedBrewer83, Dec 25, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Hmm... I didn't really care much for anything about this brew, although I've had last years (2005) and thought it was better.

Overly pale for a beer its size. Very pale amber.

Citrusy hop nose, but very faint.

Extraordinarily unbalanced to the hops. Even for the style, this was way overloaded, to the point that the bitterness was astringent and cutting rather than crisp.

Because of the (lack of) balance, this tires the palate too much. It did mellow as it warmed, but not enough. Much better blend last year.

unklesyd, Mar 18, 2006
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3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours a brilliant clear golden-copper hue with a solid off-white head that is slow to dissipate, leaving behind a bit of gummy lacing here and there.

aroma is delciously hoppy with just a hint of caramel and a touch of maple up front before the hops take over. There's a bit of malt coming through, but hops steal the aroma. Juicy citrus dominates the nostrils, with ample pine sap and juniper. Just a smidgen of floral hopping. Very nicely hopped aroma.

As with the aroma, a sweet and malty opening is quickly annihilated by some impressive hopping. Grapefruit pith and pine needles are overbearingly aggressive, quashing the sweet and juicy hop notes I longed for. Herbal, astringent, and even a bit spicy. Pepper and cloves, with a touch of boozy heat like szechuan peppercorns. And then a bit more unpleasantly bitter pine. I know the malt is hiding there, and does provide a bit of sweetness here and there, but the hops are the true showcase.

mouthfeel is solidly rich and creamy. Ample carbonation helps the slightly thin and ever-so-slightly metallic notes from detracting. The bitterness is definitely detectable, with the astringency and purely bitter kick showing up in the mouthfeel as well.

All in all, not what i was expecting, and not what i remember from other bottles in the past. Inconsistencies? Palette shifts? Insanity? I'm not sure. But this one was definitely more unpleasantly bitter than I was hoping - and I love a good hop bomb. acidic, metallic, acrid, and all in all a chemically unpleasant note to it all. I had to double check the IBU listing from Full Sail, this one seemed so over the top pine-bitter to me. Not bad, but not good. An average DIPA with some funky bittering unbalancing it all. Wasn't really my cup of tea. And left an unpleasant bitter taste in my mouth - both literally and figuratively.

djeucalyptus, Jan 27, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

Bottle, BevMo La Jolla. Pours clear copper with a short white head. Floral hop aroma, without the piney, resiny goodness. Dank caramel as well. Bitter, fuggels-like bite. Very metallic, tea-leaf like bitterness. Even the malt tastes acidic. No citrus, resin flavors. Almost like an English IPA gone nuclear. Not what I expected or wanted from an IIPA.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

Imperial IPA-Brewmaster Reserve 2009.

Dark clear orange amber with a nice white head although fades rapidly, comes back thick and puffy with a swirl.

Sweet assertive and pleasant nose of candi sugar and cooked stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and creamy.

Flavors of citrus lemon grapefruit that are fresh and clean that go to a pine/pine resin character and then finishes pine and pine resin, as well. Not terribly complex but big hop character, flavors and finish. Nice quality and appears well made, although the more I drink the more the flavors and finish seem a bit "off" and unpleasant.

I might not be able to drink much of this one. I like many beers at room temperature (cool room temperature). This one benfits from a bit of chilling.

GRG1313, Aug 12, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Aged penny in color, this beer sits in its vessel already starting to form a modest lace.

The nose is rich, deep, and not surprisingly pretty hoppy. Reeks of alcohol at cold, but the smells wrap around the woody hop eventually.

Toasty rich grain maltiness aligns well with mellow "near noble" hops. A medium mouthfeel leaves a little to be expected, and its lack of serious hoppiness and overzealous presence of alcohol make this one only a middle of the road offering.

GreenWBush, Dec 27, 2004
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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

Deep golden amber colored body with a full foamy head that went a bit light on lace as it was consumed. Odd herbal smell with a weak citric hop bitterness. Light malty notes. Flavor started off with the weird herbal notes that seemed out of place and followed with some citric and piney hop bitterness. Some malt sweetness balanced the hops out. Light bitter prickliness on the finish. Solid enough body. Easy enough drinking but not quite as flavorful as I like my double IPA’s. Not bad just an average DIPA.

meathookjones, Mar 29, 2006
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off white head. Great retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a slight hazy bright orange golden sunset.

Aroma: Musky hops. Dulled down earthy aroma. Some mix of citrus. Something isn't working here. Old bread aroma. Not my favorite smelling dipa.

Taste: A very musky taste. The hops seem to be stale/old. Blend of dull citrus. Musky bread. Almost a sour taste here. Nothing I am enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but it is bitter in a bad way. Medium bodied. A lot of carbonation bubbles coming from the etching. Leaves a sticky hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this bomber is going slow. I really can't say I like it. I don't want to finish this. Just all around nothing I am a fan of. I won't be getting this again.

mothman, Jul 07, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

Mandarin brass body. Quite clear and clean looking. BIg, creamy, light khaki head. Nice lacing. Pitchy, douglas fir sap, citrusy, Northwest hop bill aroma, with a candied fruit and toffee malt backbone. Not as over-the-top hoppy as I would expect from an Oregon brewed DIPA. Hmmm...balance? Yessir. Taste starts with brief malt sweetness, it's very quick so it's hard to tell, but seems fruity. Big astringently bitter hop bite crashes down. Jesus. Numbingly bitter, but there's not much taste. Minor pine and citrus notes, but mostly just bitter. There's a big alcohol burn acoompanying the hops that is just too much. It makes this 7.8% brew taste like a 12%! Medium bodied, decent mouthfeel.

alexgash, Feb 11, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

A vigorous pour yields a three-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a brilliantly clear, lightly amber tinged, cherry colored beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a full copper color. Quit hop dominated of course, the hop character learns towards a dank, herbal not scented with a healthy dollop of tropical fruit. Aromas of essential hemp oil, a touch of green onion and pine sap mixes with aromas of lychee, touch of pineapple, concentrated apricot and a mix of candied citrus peel notes (tangelo, bergamot, and ruby-red grapefruit). A bit more focused on the herbaceous, green herb side of the hop spectrum than I usually prefer, but it is still an enjoyable brew to smell.

Sweetish malt notes are the first thing I notice, but then an aggressive carbonation kicks in which makes the beer a bit more foamy than I would like (luckily a quick swirl of the glass releases the excess carbonation). As I swirl the beer I begin to notice a sharp, aggressive bitterness that is both herbal and astringent. The bitterness is very effective in drying the mouth out after a sip. The malt sweetness accents hoppy tropical fruit notes up front, but they succumb pretty quickly to the aggressive, herbal, pine-tar like flavors that come to dominate this beer. This has a light heft to it that makes this approachable enough to have IPA on the label. The alcohol provides a touch of warming to the finish and this mixes in with the sharp hop notes that are found there as well.

This beer is just too aggressive an overbearing. The herbal notes just overtake the flavor profile of this beer making it overly astringent and bitter. While not a horrible beer, it is just too unbalanced for me (even though I think of myself as a hop-head).

Purchased: BevMo, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Mar 04, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

From Notes: 3/1/09
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Slipknot Imperial IPA
7.8% Alc.
22oz. Bomber

Appearance= Vigorous pour into Zaca Mesa oversize redwine glass. Good deep looking Imperial. Deep orange, Red/brown.

Smell= Good hoppy smell. Typical Imperial smell, just weaker.

Taste= Kinda harsh on the taste. Not bad, just interesting...Overall, I've had much better Imperials.

Mouthfeel= Typical Imperial feel. Pefect for the style.

Drinkability= Moving through the bottle with no problem. Can start to feel the alcohol. I bought this @ Whole Foods in San Ramon and I was surprised to see it there. Would not buy again.

Grabbin2nd, Apr 03, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

22 oz bomber from Bottleworks(!) in Seattle for $3.69. 2008 Brewmaster's reserve.

Poured very clear with a large foamy head. Caramel colored with some shades of amber. A thin layer of foam stays with minimal lacing. Overall solid looking.

Smell was lacking. Some piney hops, but they didn't exactly jump out. Something soapy too? Unimpressive.

Taste is a different story. Huge hop bitterness. A lemony flavor (think SA Summer) and also some sort of light fruit (banana?). Also a rye-like bite. Hops finish abrasively, the malt doesn't stand up.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean. A little hot for only 7.8%. Nice to drink, if you are a total hophead.

Overall too unbalanced to truly be successful. I would recommend pushing up the grain and bringing it up to around 9-10% to even it out some. Or maybe let this one sit down for a year. Good but not great.

mjd83goblue, Jan 25, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

Clear, orange-hued amber with a small white head that diminishes to a thin layer. The aroma is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would expect from an Imperial IPA (The Tsar is not pleased). The brew has a thick, full mouthfeel, but the taste is similar to the aroma -- good, hoppy, but somewhat lacking. This isn't even in the same league as the Pelican Imperial IPA that I reviewed recently, or the Rogue I2PA that I sampled last week. Drinkable, but in a "ho-hum" way. Overall, it's not bad, it just is a 90 pound weakling on the Imperial IPA beach.

jtfest, Mar 13, 2004
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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

Dark honey color with a good head and average lacing.

Smells of fruity hops, very light and fresh sweet smell.

Taste was very bitter considering the initial aroma. There's a sweet malty start, but the bitterness at the back overrides the initial balance.

Carbonated well for the style; very filling.

Pretty drinkable for the style, but that slightly overwhelming bitterness hurts this beer a bit.

bboven, Aug 21, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance is a hazy dark orange with little head and not much lace. Smell has a strong citrusy grapefruit with light malt and hops. Taste is almost like drinking grapefruit juice, having the dry bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is a good medium with good carbonation, for a DIPA it does go down nicely, but I'm not a huge fan of grapefruit juice and thats mainly what I can taste in this.

Bookseeb, Feb 14, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

brewmasters reserve 2009.

pour is a semi-hazy amber-orange with a small egg-shell head, good lacing.

smell is hoppy, citrus, dry leaves, something sweet in the background, and a touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, smooth, light on the grapefruit, pine, some malt, earth, grass, caramel, and hops, has a nice bitterness ending, leaves mouth dry.

froghop, Jan 11, 2009
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appears clean and clear, with a light amber hue and a good 2 finger head that quickly faded to a narrow band of off-white foam. No real lacing is noticeable.

Smells of citrus hops with some weak floral notes. Some hop dankness in there, a bit piney.

The taste is dominated by hops, strong on the citrus flavors. Hops, hops and more hops assault the taste buds. A little bready in the middle, the only real malt characteristic to come through in this brew. A bitter hop after-bite….you can really feel this one on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability is just ok. Not necessarily due to the high ABV, but more the flavor. Seems a little one-dimensional. I didn’t find this beer to be very complex, perhaps I just prefer my Imperial IPA’s with a deeper malt backbone and better balance. I wouldn’t drink more than one in a sitting. However, as a side note, I found last year’s offering to be a better brew. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to review it.

jletts, Feb 16, 2007
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a tall head of creamy white froth that imparts a bright, crisp aroma of earthen hop. This aroma is particularly fresh. The head soon recedes, revealing a clear, sunny-copper ale with infrequent large bubbles.

Slipknot is a nice drinkable IPA in a world full of nice drinkable IPAs, but there’s nothing here that grabs me. It features a biting bitter aftertaste that timid drinkers will likely shy away from and the mouthfeel is a touch gritty. Hearty but gruff.

RedDiamond, Mar 17, 2004
Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.