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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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158 Ratings

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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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Photo of Mdog
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange-gold, a slight haze, big head.

Smell: Strange earthy, onion & mustard smell.

Taste: Followed the smell, has a little bit of sweetness and a touch of citrus, but mostly tastes like stone-ground mustard, onion, a little bit of horseradish and black pepper.

Drinkability: Definitely not what I was expecting, but not "nasty" as I like mustard, onion, horseradish, just not in a beer.

I am very curious to know if it the hops, the yeast, or the shipping/storage of this beer that makes it taste the way that it does. I have never had a beer that tasted like this, the closest thing I can compare it to is maybe a IPA mixed with a Belgian or maybe a wild strain of yeast.

Mdog, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

tavernjef, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this 22 oz bomber up yesterday, it was just released here in MN.
No freshness date on the bottle, but its not really necasary, as it says 2009.

Poured into an oversized snifter. Revealing a nice bubbly 2 finger white head. Receeding to a layer of globby misc sized bubbles. Thin strakes of lace is left behind on the walls of the glass.
Color is a glowing transparent orangish copper.

Aroma of sauted onions, mustard seeds, a touch of warmth and spicie garlich with hints of hempy pine.
The aroma is actually quite off. I cant say I've ever smelled onions and mustard on a beer before.

This is pretty interesting. The hops used in this are like nothing I've ever tasted or smelled before. It tastes similar to what you smell. If I could drink a bratwurst with onions and hot mustard, this would be it.
More mustard like pinie flavors with onions and garlic. The hops are failry earthy with spice and bittering hop dominance after the swallow. Its crisp and clean with a touch of a hop oil like coating on the toungue.

Very strange Breww....But I loved it. Should give me terrible breath for the rest of the night.

Buebie, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition is a cool extra from googzoid 10 - thanks Greg! 22 oz. into Duvel tulip...

Pours a classic bourbon butterscotch body with a buttery eggshell head. Chunky seam, decent retention & lacing. Moderate carbonation rises quickly through a little haze.

There's a solid, subtle caramel malt backbone and creamy sweetness but this is layered with big citrus and grapefruit. More rind than pulp, though, so bitterness is very poignant. Simcoe? Doesn't smell like straight Centennial. Not sure. A bit disjointed but powerful.

Nice austere hop bitterness is less harsh on the palate than on the nose. LOTS of rind still against slight amber earthiness. Less pulp or floralness than rids - still quite bitter. Slight malt sweetness of butterscotch. Very dry. A little lighter in heft than average DIPA.

Solid palate feel...astringency of grapefruit rind goes away a bit with warmth into that of a true citrus-forward DIPA. A little sweet viscosity counters the acidity well.

Doesn't drink too badly...gets to be almost thirst quenching with a little warmth.

IBUnit63, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, slightly tepid brown with a short, vaguely creamy yellow-white head. Smells of pine sol and grapefruit. Aroma loaded with lupulin. Flavor is not too good. Muddled, sort of cardboardy hop flavor and bitterness gropes its way forward though a dry malt base. Bitterness very dry and astringent...becoming even more so towards the finish, almost overbearing. Alcohol obvious and not complementary to the rest of the flavor. Just too much bitterness with a poor, almost weak flavor beneath. Medium to full bodied. Not a winner here. I feel badly because i sent one to a beer buddy of mine (sorry Konrad).

aforbes10, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of hophead247
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle...Just an average IPA for me, more of a regular one than an Imperial. Poured a nice clear copper color and instantly the head was gone. The smell was a little on the sweet malty side for me, with a faint smell of hops. Wasn't impressed with the taste, but it wasn't horrible. Didn't taste like an IPA to me, but a stronger amber ale. More of a malt character takes over this ale, and I was expecting at least a 50/50 hops to malt comparison. Easy to drink, but didn't taste like an IPA to me and will pass on it next time

hophead247, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed the new 2009 release from Fred Meyer. Quite surprised I had to add this beer... as the last reviews were on the 2008 release a long time ago. Did I find the only bottle around? No freshness date.

-Nice new copper penny color.. crystal clear, minimal head.. light lacing in the glass. No lasting head.

- Smell is quite strengthy and robust. Smells like roasted malts and alcohol. Slight bittering hop spice.

- Taste caught me off guard. Thought it wouldn't be as good as it smelled.. but it was better. Not too sweet, and roasted caramel malt.. a bit chewy.. some bread notes. Nice spicy hop with a tiny tiny bit of floral and citrus hiding behind all the spice and alcohol taste.

- Leaves the mouth dry and tasting of alcohol.

- Is however nice to drink, and easy to drink. A good DIPA to compete with some of the other annual releases.

Docer, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of peck95
1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i find most full sail products to be good and i had last years version of the slipknot and remember it to be much better. So with that i give you my rating of this years version of slipknot
this is one of the first times that i really wasn't impressed with an imperial ipa. the appearance is a very light amber with some decent head retention and lacing that is about the best thing about this beer. the smell is of a very light amount of mildew grass. The initial taste is bad a small amount of bitterness but no distinct hop flavor and some malt sweetness. mouthfeel is light with a little bit of alcohol burn. drinkability to quote my wife "i'd rather have a mgd" coming from her that's bad, although i did finish the 22 oz bomber so i gave it a 2.5

peck95, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Tolann
1.63/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - clear amber with a mostly white head that thinned.

S - piney resin smell. Soured apple maybe? Certainly not what I expected.

T - Wrong. This bottle is just wrong. Taste is sour and maybe like something I'd find under the sink. Lysol? This bottle is only being difficult to review.

M - light mouth feel. Some carbonation. Still doesn't make this a good beer.

D - No. Don't do it. Don't think I'll be finishing this bottle and I HATE to pour out a beer. I think picking scabs would be more enjoyable than this bottle.

I respect Full Sail and I greatly appreciate their beers. I hope this was just a bad bottle.

Tolann, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what. But I ended up dumping the last half of my 22oz bottle. I might have to try it again sometime, but some of the other low scores had similar thoughts as I.

A - Medium Gold, low head retention.

S - Sour hop, and B.O.? seriously. I had another person agree on that. So it was similar to being skunky but then add the sour and bitter of the hops.

T - One dimensional. Bitter. Acidic. Seltzer.

M - Finishes sour.

D - Didn't even finish it. And it pretty much blasted my palette so I couldn't enjoy anything else after.

HeroJH, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/01/09. 2009 version.

Pours a bright golden color with a finger of beige head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is gross. It smells of a urine-soaked public restroom. I don't smell any hops or malt at all. Even as it warmed the aroma didn't improve.

Fortunately the smell doesn't carry over to the taste. The taste is a barrage of piny hops and bitterness. Not much malt to balance it. Somewhat earthy in the taste. Pretty one-dimensional, just hoppy and bitter, not that great.

Feel is slick and full-bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the poor taste and smell. I don't even want to finish the bottle.

Overall, a fairly poor imperial IPA. Unbalanced and the smell is just awful. Not recommended.

bkilpatr, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beernoisseur, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of beertunes
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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.

beertunes, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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

bitterthebetter, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

froghop, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Wetpaperbag, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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!


Chelsea1905, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

htomsirveaux, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Spikester, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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

brentk56, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

arizcards, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 21, 2008
Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.