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
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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sinistersteve on 02-25-2003

A Brewmaster Reserve release - Spring 2008
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Photo of beertunes
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (798 characters)

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

pours a clear golden orange in color with egg-shell white head.

aromas of grapefruit, pine, faint light malt

grapefruit upfront with solid piney finish, floral notes at the tail end as well with a little maltiness, albeit very light

smooth, light bodied, solid finish

a solid ipa, a bit more citrusy than i prefer but its smooth, tastes like an ipa should, and is a very enjoyable beer (389 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
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. (1,474 characters)

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

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. (346 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Brewmaster Reserve
A- Head is typical of what you could see with a DIPA. Creamy head mixed with large and tightly knit bubbles, that leave a great sticky lacing. The beer is a slightly hazy amber/copper color.

S- The hop smell is sweeter and more orange then grapefruit. I also feel like I'm getting some spices, I want to say coriander. I can also pick up on some of the maltier notes that are there, great smelling brew.

T- I'm having a difficult time picking apart the taste. I'm getting the hops as a more grapefruit taste then orange. The coriander is there for sure. I also get a taste of gin, something kind of piny and it sticks out like a sore thumb. This isn't too bad, but this seems a bit rough around the edges.

M- The aftertaste is long lasting and quite bitter almost soapy.

D- Easy to drink, but there are a few better (845 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber colour with a somewhat brown-tinged head. THe head soon disapaited and left a small white film that left minimal lacing.

THe initial smell is of bubblegum, or sweet candy! However, once that passes you're left with a mild hoppy backbone, then grapefruit and gooseberry!

The taste is really nice, sweet and citrusy up front, the initial sweet taste soon makes way. After a couple mouthfulls you get the malty backbone the more you drink.

Minimal effervescence, light mouthfeel to slightly medium

A little bitter in the drinkability, and not a bad ABV. Will drink bomber easily!

Scott (607 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Ledger's.

Head is medium, tight fluffy cream colored. Beer is clear terra cotta color. Aroma is resin and citrus, strong and sweet with some alcohol but not overpowering. Medium body. Starts quite hoppy but fades somewhat through the middle. Tastes also of warm french bread. Alcohol is noticeable but mild and not hot. Very enjoyable, possibly not the hop monster some expect of an IIPA. (415 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slipknot Impy IPA
My first Imperial IPA. From 2008 batch. Pours a clear amber with a two-finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacings.
Nice citrus and hop nose. Grapefruit flavor with a nice caramel malt cushion.
Perfect carbonation and the flavor becomes smoother as the bubbles lessen and the liquid warms. I tasted this brew so young so I could determine if I wanted to buy some more for the cellar. I will do so. Unfortunately I don't see this beer often.
Well recommended. (480 characters)

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

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. (351 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Bevmo back in late April for $3.99.

Beer poured a hazy amber orange with a decent lasting off white head. Nose is big on the northwest citric hops. Taste is good, a big malt profile up front. Finish is interesting, a blast of citrus hops with peaches and mango blended in. Mouthfeel is quite full and smooth, very satisfying. Drinkability is good, alcohol is well hidden. This is another nice beer from the good folks from Hood River. (459 characters)

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. (393 characters)

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. (467 characters)

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

22oz bomber from Anchorage's favorite craft beer shop, La Bodega. I've Pondered then passed this one by many times, but not today.

Crystal clear, faintly orange, more than a little bit of persistent white head. Good, long lasting lacing.

Smells piney and citrusy but blended nicely with a sweet maltyness. Bitter hopiness not noticeable in the nose.

At first I wasn't getting the bitterness much in this one, and I drank a small warmed sample first. Cooled, I'm getting a moderately aggressive hop bitterness up front (magnum?, malt pushing through and balancing in the middle, but with the lingering hop bitterness regaining prominence in the finish. Piney and citrusy tasting. Funny it didn't hit me as aggressively hoppy at first, but it does now. It's good, I like it. But you better like bitter, or don't bother.

Pretty well carbonated and strong warming sensation, but the bitterness pretty much dominates my perception of it.

The more I drink this, the more of a sipper it bacomes. I'm not saying I don't like or won't get it again, but it would be best, I think, shared, perhaps in a tasting session with other beer geeks and up against some other DIPA. (1,170 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
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! (716 characters)

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. (1,526 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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!! (915 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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*. (2,136 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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 (380 characters)

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. (1,794 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (443 characters)

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. (479 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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 (1,780 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, 2008

Pours orange/gold in color, quite bright and exhibiting nice clarity and a very large cream colored head that is very soft looking and retains well, slowly spotting much of the glass with spiderwebs of lace.

Not the biggest hop aroma, but if you get your nose down in there there's a bunch of grapefruit backed by lighter pine - specifically it's a sweeter ruby red or pink grapefruit, definately not the bitter yellow stuff. Nice and fresh, and a bit of alcohol shows itself along with all the acidic fruit. Excellent.

Very bitter, very tasty. Short of harsh, nicely done. Sweet toasted and bready malt is continually hinted at but I wouldn't call it balanced - perhaps in a few months. but I doubt it! The "smooth harshness," if there is such a thing, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Once again I'm reminded of ruby red grapefruit in the fresh hop flavors, but all the malt gives the impression of something even sweeter like tangerine. Just overall big full hop flavors and I love every bit of it. Alcohol doesn't hide - just short of boozy but it seems to add to the brew, almost making it spicy. Or maybe it is spicy; what do I know! Despite the alcohol it never becomes hot in the mouth, throat, or stomach.

Body is on full side of medium, carbonation soft, letting the alcohol and bitter hops do their work. You get bitter up front, sweet fruit and malt behind, and then another kick of bitter in the drying finish which really lingers. Just bitter enough to make me downgrade the drinkability score a touch, but this is too good to not slowly sip anyway. I'd gladly have another bottle of this stuff any day. (1,640 characters)

Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.