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

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BA SCORE
82
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | 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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

10-01-2012 01:45:30 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewmaster Reserve 2008. Lightly foggy tangerine with bright pineapple borders. No more than a handful of tiny bubbles can be seen ascending to the lemon-tinted alabaster crown. It's a fine looking lid and is beginning to deposit scads of sticky, shotgun-blasted lace.

The nose is both funky and fruity. Not funky in the 'wild ale' sense, but in the stinky cheese and glowing spliff sense. Cascade often give off that particular vibe, and I'll guess Simcoe and Amarillo as well. The beer smells like a citrus fruit salad that includes juicy grapefruit, mango and mandarin orange.

Slipknot Imperial is my kind of DIPA. I'm sick and tired of those so-called Double IPAs that are actually American barleywines in disguise. Here's the right way to brew a DIPA: pale malt only, back off on the total amount of malt to keep the sweetness down and to keep the mouthfeel lean and mean, keep the ABV well below double digits (although 7.8% is pretty much IPA territory), and hop the ever lovin' shit out of it! But I digress.

This is the kind of beer that *must* be consumed as fresh as possible. Once these hops fade, Slipknot will be but a shadow of its former self. The malt is more Belgian waffle-like than sugar cookie-like. It provides a sturdy enough base, a bit of countering sweetness, and then gets the hell out of the way.

Blessedly bitter, incandescently bright, American hops are the stars of this show. I would love to know what the hop bill is. As in the nose, tropical fruits explode on the taste buds like a firecracker in a ripe melon. Let's add juicy pineapple to the list.

The mouthfeel is more IPA-like than DIPA-like. That said, the lack of gooey stickiness allows anything from sipping to gulping. In addition, it's infinitely smooth, summer-weight silky and perfectly bubbled. Close call... really close... really, really close... 4.5.

Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA is the kind of beer that I would gladly drink by the tankerful if it was available locally. It's absolutely everything that I want in a semi-big, hop-driven ale. This compulsively drinkable beer is proof that when these guys are on, they're *ON*.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 15:39:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a rocky head that delivers some nice lace

Smell: Floral nose of tangerine and mint

Taste: Forget the malt, this beer lays the citrus down on the tongue from the outset and continues to deliver all the way through

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; not one of those sticky DIPAs at all

Drinkability: A hop lovers delight, there is just enough toffee in there to balance out everything but the rest of the flavor profile is west coast, all the way

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:08:08 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark, hazy orange, with a very nice white head which faded down leaving a nice lace up the glass. Very nice pour from the can. The smell was a nice blend of citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple being the biggest players here with hints of tangerine and pine flavors. Alcohol also made its presence felt, tingling the nose a bit. The taste was nice and sweet, not overally so but well rounded sweetness. Nice citrus flavors again, pineapple and grapefruit. The alcohol again was noticeable, but as it warmed it was masked well by the flavors. Very nice bitter, dry finish, lingered and made you want more of it. The balance between the malt and hop flavors is very nicely done here, and the compliment each other well, and mask the high ABV nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 19:23:01 | More by mikesgroove
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GRG1313

California

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 05:46:16 | More by GRG1313
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber beneath a short head of creamy white foam. Holds well and leaves thin rings of lace.

Aroma: Nose is sweet juicy grapefruit, citrus rind, and hints of pineapple, orange, and melon.

Flavor: Offers a brilliant, polished, superbly rounded and well-balanced combination of softly doughy, bready, and subtly grainy malt and juicy, citrusy, and sublimely piney hops. The bitterness which is the backbone of any IPA remains rock solid but not brash.

Mouthfeel: Full without being overdone (medium-full); and it's not sticky, which can lead to cloying maltiness and resinous hoppiness. A delicate, very fine bubbled natural carbonation gives it a gentle caress, leaving it soft and far from gassy, lending towards drinkability, and rounding the malt and hop flavors.

Drinkability: For a restrained "Imperial" IPA of just 7.8% (some IPA's are 8.0%) it's not overdone. It's beautifully balanced, displaying malt and hop flavors in a supple manner. The alcohol never makes an appearance; and except for the fact that it may be filling, there's really nothing to slow you down here. This could be a dangerous beer! Well worth seeking out for malt lovers and hop heads, but not those seeking a kick of bitterness. I intend to find a few of these for enjoying in front of the fire after a long day when the cold winter comes!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 14:18:39 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:58:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Full Sail Slipknot, 22 fluid ounces of Imperial IPA, Brewmaster's Reserve 2008.

Into a smallish snifter it goes...fairly opaque orange, with mere shadows reflected behind the glass, slim white head above.

Piney, citric aroma, lemon zest, orange peel, a slice of lime...wet, fresh, and pithy. Nice.

Lovely in the mouth with just enough bracing bitterness to spank the palate, but not too much to keep you from reaching for more. Juicy, highly hopped, but dry at the end. Sits pleasantly in the mouth, and waits for more imbibement to come. More fruit jumps out, some peach, mango, grapefruit tinges, another squeeze of lime. Delicious.

Long lasting flavor, big bitterness, but still smooth and tasty. Beautiful!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 07:38:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 1+ finger of beige head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Nice floral & citrus hop notes

T: Biscuitty malt, plus orange & grapefruit hops up front. Much grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with some honey malt, slight grainyness & more citrus hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty easy, but run of the mill as DIPAs go

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 04:07:49 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a balloon goblet. Bottle shows this as a 2008 Brewmaster Reserve, so I've got no idea how old this old considering it appears that a 2009 Reserve is now out.

Anyway, this pours a clear gold amber with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains down into a solid covering of creamy foam that throws up a quite nice looking frothy cascade that leaves swathes of sticky lacing all up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and herbal hops with a touch of spice and the remains of what probably used to be some fairly resinous accents at one time. Citrus character and grainy malt mixes with the more herbal qualities to definitely give this bouquet a sweet edge.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a more moderate feeling hop profile. Grass, herbal qualities, and spice stand out the most, but there is some residual lingering bitterness that makes me believe that there used to be a bit more here. Some fruity citrus and big grainy malts balance out the profile finishing things with a lingering tang and light bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty darn mellow, creamy, and relatively easy feeling carbonation despite the heavier ABV.

Despite what appears to be a bit of age on this bottle (and some apparent hop fade) this packed enough other supportive flavors and a really nice feel in the mouth to still make for a rather solid drinking experience. I'll be on the look out for a fresher bottle of this for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 00:40:25 | More by Kegatron
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 02:47:35 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 02:34:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 04:40:51 | More by GClarkage
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rich golden-copper color, with a white head and fine lacing.

S: The nose was perfumey, with a clean lemon-lime citrus component and a sweet field flower hop boquet.

T: Taste was floral and some citrus, perhaps melon.

M: Awful dry, tannic bitterness,

D: Not so average

Serving type: growler

12-10-2010 03:34:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:42:21 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 14:49:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in the glass this is a cloudy reddish brown beer without much head formation.

The smell is very sweet and fruity and really smells more like a Barleywine than a super IPA. Sweet and woody with the aroma of cherry, cinnamon, ginger, toffee, fig and leather.

The taste begins mildly sweet and bitter with lots of wood and toffee in the taste. After you acclimate to the bitterness this becomes fairly candy like in the mouth mostly the taste of toffee. This does have a wicked harsh aftertaste after a while though; too much high alpha acid hops were used. This tastes more like a barley wine than a super IPA; this is fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot type bitter.

The mouthfeel is thin and probably the weakest point of this beer.

Drinkability is OK here but not great. This REALLY isn't an IPA, this is a Barleywine. As a barley wine this is not bad with some mild harshness issues that should smooth out in about two years. As an Imperial IPA this simply doesn't cut it, it is seriously lacking in complex hop flavors and aromas. As an IPA this is at best a 2.5, as a Barleywine this is a near 4.0 beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 05:07:09 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Pours a clean/clear golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA on the lower side of ABV.

2009 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, if you can get your hands on some, go for it, I'm sure you will like it.

2008 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, if you can get your hands on some, go for it, I'm sure you will like it.

2007 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Totally different looking bottle from pic.

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, if you can get your hands on some, go for it, I'm sure you will like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 22:41:02 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 02:03:50 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head fades to a coating of small bubbles, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with green hops. Taste is medium maltiness upfront, coupled with slow-starting hppiness in the middle, which builds up stean to the close, with some slight numbing. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is easy for the style. Cool to see a somewhat controlled IIPA that allows flavors to shine through, as well as using copious amount of hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:29:27 | More by ppoitras
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John_M

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the RiverRiew pub and pilsner room yesterday.

The beer pours an orange amber color with minimal head retention and lacing. On cask, at least appearance-wise, this beer comes across as very under carbnated looking. The nose is still pretty attractive, with citrus, black pepper and a bit of tobacco. On the palate, the mouthfeel is very thin and the beer tastes flat. This is a very dry style IPA, one with a huge wave of hoppy bitterness in the finish. This is one beer that, at least on cask, really needs some more sweet malt to balance the bitterness better. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, butg with a very short finish. Drinkability is not this beer's best attribute; it really could use a bit more carbonation and malty sweetness.

While not dreadful, I have to say this is one IPA that really does not benefit from cask conditioning. At least in my experience, the CO2 version is vastly superior to this. Oh well..

Serving type: cask

04-04-2010 14:25:13 | More by John_M
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-01-2011 06:13:36 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A haze with the deep copper color, small to medium head. Semi dense with medium retention.
Bitter smell to it. Pine and wet malt dominate, citrus struggles to grab hold.
Taste follows. More earthy bitterness and misguided hops. For the style this is sub-par IMO. Is it a IIPA or ESB? Bitterness overpowers any flavor. It's not bad, just not put together very well. Butterscotch grabs the finish. Not as crisp as I'd like.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2007 03:16:18 | More by Mebuzzard
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper body. Pretty clear. Thin bubbly off white head. Lacing is sporadic. Aroma is resiny, fragrant, minty and smoky. This one has got some bite to it. A bitter pungency, like the bitter pith of a grapefruit. Borderline "off" with a solvent like fusel alcohol feel to it. The bitterness is pretty rough. Juicy and/or fruity hop tones are absent. Did they dump all the hops in at the beginning of the boil?? This seems a little out of whack and doesn't have a lot of body or malt to support the weird bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 04:04:50 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good orange ipa type of color, a little bit hazy but nothing to be considered a detriment. Aroma was a little grass hoppiness, nothing huge, but not nonexistant, standard fare, evolved into grapefruit and then the pine that I was looking for in wreck the halls.

Some of the usual c hop bitterness, standard full sail fullers yeast type of yeast flavor. They didn't really go adventurous here, another one of full sails many ipa recipes. Pretty sweet malt flavors. Would like to see the beer go for more of the aromatic and softer hop touches instead of the longer hop boils leading to more and more viscious bitterness without other components to balance it out. But the price is always right with these, so I'd say check it out if you like hoppy stuff and you've never had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:05:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.