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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage (light blue label this year) 22oz picked at the Coop on Friday for about $3.75.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger pillowy head with good lacing atop a clear orange/lite amber brew.

Smells big across the board.. big citrus and pine with significant maltiness.

Flavor is the same as the aroma but lasts longer ... bitter without being over done.. sweet enough to barely balance the bitterness... and alot of hop flavors... more pine and grapefruit with a distinct floral profile... oily hoppiness to it... medium body with descent carbonation.. but somehow retains a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I've loved this beer since the first time I tried it a few years ago.. It can stand on its own with the big-boys, but it does pay to try and get it as fresh as possible.. the hops are fantastic, and it does have plenty of background malts that really show nicely as it warms... plus it's a hell of a deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 07:03:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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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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beertunes

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2009 release. Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a thick, off-white head, consisting of big coarse bubbles on the bottom, with tight, tiny bubbles on top. Lacing was less than expected. Poured a deep straw-light amber color. Aroma is weak for an Imperial IPA, with a tangy, earthy aroma (not in a good way) that is not usually found in this style. That earthy aroma was apparent in the flavor, for lack of a better term, this aroma/flavor is manure. Not that this beer tastes like that, but anyone who has smelled that rich, dusky tang in the air can understand what I'm trying to say. The body is typical for an ImpIPA, could use a little more balance. Nicely drinkable, but I probably wouldn't drink more than one in a row. Try it if you see it, don't go out of your way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 00:35:44 | More by beertunes
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 20:06:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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ccrida

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at The Pilsner Room, Full Sail's Portland brew pub, connected to McCormick and Schmick's...served in a shaker pint, it was a clear orangish amber, with a touch of off-white surface skim.

The aroma is not as strong as I expected, mainly an earthly, mildly piny hop nose, with a gingerbread malt background, but nevertheless appealing. Just more subdued then I expected.

The taste is sweeter then the smell, caramel and biscuit, but still plenty of those earthy hops, providing a nice flavor and bitter backbone. Finish is a on the sweeter, malty side, in spite of the hops bitters. Not sure how strong this is, their menu also listed it as a double and I didn't ask, but there's no taste of alcohol. So presumably strong and no trace (tastewise) is always good. My impression from the first sip was that it was pretty good, but maybe not a much PNW hops as I'd have liked, but then through the first 1/3rd, it seemed too sweet...but by the end, I'd settled in and really enjoyed it. Overall, it's well done.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy, as well as to slick from the hop oils.

Well, this was a little bit heavier and sweeter then I'd have liked for a DIPA, and could have used more floral hop aroma and taste. But all and all it was rather good and went down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2007 06:19:42 | More by ccrida
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at LiquorMax in Ft Collins, Co.

This pours a clear very bright amber gold(2008) with a 2 finger head of foam. Very good head retention and some very nice lacing.

The smell is of floral hops with a big dose of grapefruit, some fruit, and some sweet malt hiding in the background.

The taste has the grapefruit right up front with some bready notes and some caramel malt sitting on the side and giving some balance and actually ends up dominating the finish. There's also quite a bit of fruitiness to this DIPA that adds both bitterness and sweetness to the overall flavour. Mighty nice this one. Pretty darned easy drinking as well. With this one, the taste is much better than the smell would indicate.

It has a medium to medium light mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly lightly done. Another very nice, very tasty, very drinkable brew from Full Sail. Imagine that!

Cost: US$3.41 What a bargain!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:12:45 | More by Bitterbill
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 18:36:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid coppery golden color, almost clear body, there's a slight smear to it with some slow, single bubble carbonation brewing within. Firm finger high capping of off-white foam, kind of crunchy looking with lots of crusty lace sticking in lots of broken stringy sheets.

Aroma is a bit low key but has a very complexing hopitude to it with a fresh powdery hop pollen, leafy resin, and flowery tones hovering with mellowing melon, peach, and nectarine squeezed into a bit of pine.

Taste is a big bunch of brittle, bruising hops. Lots of very fresh and twisted pine factions lifting above some slight herbal/floral notes, toasted and burntish citrus, and biscuity sourdoughyness. The tone is high and fairly torching in this stuff. Its slight toasty biscuity backing really twists the hop pine and herbs into one palate crunching, tongue tormenting loop of biting bitterness in the front and mid ranges. Only after letting it simmer off your tongue for a long while will you contemplate whether the next sip is bigger or smaller and that your mouth may be ready for either.

One big crunch of hops! How's that for a mouthfeel? Quite crunchy, twisted, toasty, bittered, brittle, and a punchy full body of hopitude. I'll probably be tasting this well into my breakfast tomorrow. It's like hop toothpaste; or so I imagine...

Whoofda...this Slipknot is crazy packed with bittering coating hops. Definately West Coast influenced. Quite nice, but not as balanced and rounded as I would like to see out of my Impy IPA's. A stark smack in the mouth and a bit more of a slower drinker due to its mighty knot of hops tieing up my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:16:32 | More by tavernjef
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 19:09:37 | More by RoyalT
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/amber color; light (chill?) haze. Poured a 2.5 finger off white head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Laced generously in patches and rings. Lightly decanted..

S: Sweet bread and caramel. Floral hops; primarily citrus and pine. Also hay/grassy hops.

T: Sweet, bready crystal malt. Floral, slightly resiny hops. Sharp, spicey bitter to balance. Resiny flavor lingers through bitter.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry.

D; Flavorful and fairly well balanced. Disguises the ABV very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 01:28:24 | More by Haybeerman
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

-Note bottle tasted on 04/29/07 was MUCH better than the tap. I'd give that one a 4/5 and I have adjusted accordingly

On tap at the Falling Rock. The beer was served in a pint glass and was a light orange yellow in color. The smell was faint but grainy. The taste was very malty and a big let-down. I find Full Sail beers to fall at the ends of the spectrum. They are either phenomenal or they suck big time. This one sucked. I will try again with a bottle to see if it makes a difference.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2007 16:07:56 | More by ArrogantB
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 03:46:28 | More by alexgash
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 06:13:26 | More by RedDiamond
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:41:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Vancer

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice brew sent by Wasatch in a good trade, thanks!

And, of course, the “unlawful to remove” sticker was the first thing peeled. heh. Nice frosty from Full Sail, clean and clear amber, topped with a full tilt lacey ivory head. The small layer of sediment is always welcome, in my book.

Subtle notes of citrus and orange in both the aroma and taste. Finishes with a sharp bite of woody pine, nice! Clean and crisp IPA, I could have drank these ALL night long, the 7.8% is restrained and not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 13:46:07 | More by Vancer
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle to a standard pint. From the "2007 BrewMaster Series" and touted as 7.8% ABV.

A: Hazy Golden-copper with barely a 1/2 finger creamy white head, fading to faint wisps of smoky film. Splotches of lace affix themselves sporadically across the glass as it drains.

S: A funky melding of bitter, almost grotesquely pungent, earthy hops and a hidden layer of malty/sugary sweetness from a toffee-ish malt.

T: Big hops upfront, a jumbled mix. Is it citrus, pine, spicy, earthy or herbal? The result isn't bad, it's just undefined. Some toasty sweet malts sneak their way through the hops, giving a nicer balance. Finish is pretty bitter, mostly a tangy/juicy grapefruit.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a gently prickly carbonation. Once the bittering hops die down, a clinging grainy malt sweetness lingers. Some warmth from the alcohol, but not inconsistent with the style.

D: A good IIPA, though not terribly complex. Certainly good enough to have again and worth grabbing when available.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 00:52:17 | More by msubulldog25
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New seasonal from my fav brewery..2003 reserve.Comes in the 22 oz brown bottle ,label is red and yellow.
Nice enough ale to look at dark amber with a good sized pure white frothy head.
Beautiful spicy fresh hop aroma.,
Taste however is a wee bit subdued..but certainlly the hops rule this beer..i detect the 7.8 % alcohol..and theres a curious soapy taste at the back of the throat.
all in all though this is pleasant on the palate...
Its a drinkable ale for sure..but I have had much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 05:54:43 | More by Reidrover
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-20-2011 07:01:53 | More by twelveinches
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-24-2011 00:43:32 | More by jenray
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very hazy orangeish-copper, forming a tall soapy and creamy off-yellow head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, as expected for an oily Imperial IPA. Aroma is wonderful...piney, fruity, resinous and oily hop bouquet that doesn't burn the nose, and smells like it's nicely in balance with chewy amber malts, fruity esters, and a clean ferment. Carbonation is moderate. The taste is a nice representation of the aroma, starting with sticky and oily hop resins...tastes like some Mt.Hood, Amarillo, and Northern Brewers hops in there. The up-front hop taste isn't caustic and is nicely balanced with chewy malts and lots of fruity esters. Bitterness is peacefully moderate in intensity and has an interesting peachy/banana twang towards the finish. The finish is both wet, in the sense that it goes down easily and has a smooth feel, but with a slight astringency in the edges of the mouth. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors or perceptable alcohol.

This may not be as forceful or intense as other Imperials IPA's, but this is good news in my book. Don't get me wrong, this is rich and potent, but also nicely balanced for the style and not like drinking pine needles stewed in bile. At $3.99/22oz bomber, this is a pretty good deal and I would gladly buy it again. Very good stuff, and it totally gets you messed up. Seriously.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 01:41:54 | More by Mitchster
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

22 oz bottle. This is the Brewmaster Reserve 2007. This one is a nice deep gold color with a finger of white head that falls to a patchy coat over top. Clarity is excellent and there is a light bubble coming out of solution. The aroma is very bright with a healthy citrusy hop sweetness with a very nice and sweet caramel malt. The flavor is right there with the nose. There is a very mild bitter on the finish. The caramel is not overly sweet either. I dig it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation. I'm finding this to be a very nice brew. It packs a nice sweetness while staying in balance. Well worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 04:36:23 | More by kmpitz2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

First installment of their "Brewmaster's Reserve" of 2008 weighing in at 80 IBUs. Hmmm, sounds like someone knows something about bitterness threshold and tastebuds.

Mildly hazed. Orangey honey-colored brew topped with an off-white frothing head with nice lacing and retention. Perfumed nose of orange zest and mint. Fairly light and fluffy in body, and a bit coarse in the mouth. Orange peel and rind hop flavor up front with a distinctly herbal finish. Had enough hops already? Too bad, have some more. Tangy, citric, gland-juicing smack. Green peppercorn. Just a kernel of malt flavor and touch of honey. Resiny, sticky, oily. Herbal bitterness gets rather intense like a strong black tea left to steep too long. Just a breath of alcohol with some apricot and pineapple.
Where's the malt? Dead. The hops killed it, but that's okay because that's what an Imperial IPA is all about. To hell with balance, sometimes.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:01:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Overlord

California

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

Pours a bright golden copper.

Big white head. Aroma is not overly impressive, but has some nice floral notes overlaying a piney tangy bitterness.

The taste is a bit disappointing. I prefer a more balanced DIPA, and this is basically straight pine hops with maybe a tinge of citrus, grapefruit, or tropical flavorings for balance. Not a bad beer (particularly for the price), but not one of my faves. It does have a nice refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 04:11:05 | More by Overlord
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

2003 Reserve

Clear, golden-red in hue with a tawny influence, minimal animation lazily danced towards the foamy white head. At the apex the head was a finger and a half in height, after a few moments it faded to a small but tight cap. This IPA has a truly lovely color. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose is hoppy but it doesn’t smell “Imperial” to me. The citrus notes are a little muted; the caramel maltiness is sturdy enough to cut into the hoppy bouquet. I detected stray pine aromas mixed with spruce. There is a moderate amount of spice and heat with some fruity notes. I am not impressed with the bouquet as it is very ordinary. It is inviting, not based on potency of the aromas but just the tickle of hops I detect. I listen when hops speak. Thus I drink. The palate is better than the nose indicated, mainly because the alcohol livens up the flavors, significantly. There is little doubt that this beer is 7.80% abv. The heat adds a pleasant layer of complexity, at first (read on). As for the hops, this is an IPA after all; I like the juicy citrus flavors. There is also a good amount of raw bitterness (which plays very lovely with the alcohol). At the back is a good amount of fruitiness, melons mainly. For an IIPA the malt backbone is not only big enough for support but fairly flavorful. The aftertaste is hot and bitter. The more I drank the more it became harsh. This hurts the drinkability and my need to drink it in the future. Medium/medium full in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is good, if not ordinary. This is a fair IPA, nothing special really; in fact there are more negative things I can say about it than positive. Usually I-IPA are fun to drink, this one is not, as it is somewhat boring yet harsh. I bought a bomber of this in Loveland, CO. One was enough for me, more for you?

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 19:23:28 | More by bditty187
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-25-2012 07:18:39 | More by shelby415
Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.