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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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Reviews: 146
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 161
Photo of udubdawg
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of youradhere
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this several times out of the 22ozers, great all around IIPA. The color is exceptionally light, as well as the malt character isn't overpowering (unlike Rogue's). Hop character is great, very citrusy flavor with just the right bite to grab you by the boo-boos. After one of these you wish you had bought a second one, until the buzz you are feeling tells you to slow down a bit.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of nbrown
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 1/2 a bomber into my pint glass. This beer looked ok. Not much of a head but there was decent lacing and it had a reddish amber color. Smelled fruity and tasted more like an IPA than an IIPA. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. I could drink a few of these before I got sick of it.

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Photo of unclederby
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a New Belgium goblet. A vigorous poured yields a honey/orange ale with ample soapy head which momentarily fades down.

Cascade and Centennial hops dominate the nose with nearly equal measure earth, spice, citrus, and pine characteristics. A hint of malty sweetness manages to work it's way through, however.

Flavors are hop forward too; especially piney and spicey, with that sort of "soapy pine sol" like character. The malts relatively balance the beer, and although the hops linger, the bitterness they impart isn't thouroughly palate-wrecking. A bit of bready/yeastiness is also detected.

Mouthfeel is medium light for the style, amply carbonated and a bit grainy. Somewhat like a cracker that has dissolved in the mouth.

The ABV is low for a DIPA, still the cumulative effects of the hop bill would probably limit me to 22 oz. in one session and then I'd move on to something else.

A good, food friendly ale and a bargain at $3.49 locally.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Full creamy, long lasting head. Left quite a bit of residue on the glass. Color was more orange, slightly coppery and cloudy.

S: Slightly sweet, could just detect the alcohol. Bit on the subtle side.

T: Very pronounced hop bite, followed by a caramel/molasses flavor. Had a hoppy aftertaste that didn't linger too long. Also detected a few hints of apple.

M: Good solid feel, heavier than an ale but not as heavy as a porter. I liked the feel, felt it added character to the beer.

D: I'm not a big fan of IPAs at this point, but this one was an exception to the rule. Not as hoppy as other IPAs I've had, and the malt sweetness provided a nice balance. One of the better IPAs I've had, wouldn't hesitate to have this one again.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bomber, $3.49 from BevMo Sacramento (Natomas.) No date evident.

Appearance: bright clear orange, almost reddish. Medium dense, medium thicnk light-beige head leaves huge, thick, almost solid lacing. Head stands up. Very solid appearance.

Aroma: limited, hints of citrus, and sweet alcohol & malt. Deeply underwhelming. Once it warms to room temp, there is a bit of lactic acid, reminiscent of Cantillon.

Taste: lemon and orange, slightly soapy and strange. Harsh and slightly hot. Not very pleasant. Tastes more like a strong-ish/hot APA than a DIPA. Like the aroma, at room temp there is a fairly distinct lactic sourness. I love Cantillon, but don't expect or want lactic sourness in a DIPA.

Mouth: Fairly thick and slick. Moderately warm, almost hot. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A study in contrasts: beautiful visual, but very limited aroma, especially for the style (which is my favorite) and somewhat unpleasant taste. Really not very drinkable at all. I'm glad it was an inexpensive experiment, as I wouldn't bother again.

I actually drainpoured about 2/3 of it, not so much because it's horrible, but because I have a lot of better things to drink.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The SlipKnot came into the world again as a clean amber color with a finger foam head and some sweet sudsy bubbles on the side of the glass.

It was a hop dominated smell with probably Cascade hops with a pine cone aroma. It was sweet and had a malty biscuit to it on the back end with hops dancing all drink long. It is not a raspy brew it is quite smooth that pops you in the nose with the wicked hoppiness. I love their effort.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of charlesw
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huh. Almost straight up 4s on this one, too. You'd think that I wasn't paying attention, or something, but I really do this conscientiously. Honest!

It's a pretty good beer. No complaints. Nice and easy drinker. To get a higher score from me I'd like to see maybe a bit more head that lasts longer and a bit more sweetness and body to it. But, really, if I had access to this I'd be drinking it on a regular basis - it's good stuff. Not overbearing with the Cascades (and, hey, we can thank them for that!). No nasty aftertaste. Just a good drinking beer!

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'08 version.
Pours a slightly chilled copper color with a minimal off white head. Nice pungent, grassy hop aroma. Taste is citrus rind laden hop bitterness, with a toasty malt backdrop. Very faint residual sweetness. Slightly sticky, slick mouthfeel with lingering bitterness from hops. This one is a bit out of whack, but not bad at all. Cheers.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Green Dragon in Portland. It came out with a minimal, quick-fading rocky head that left little lacing. Color was medium-old penny copper, with great clarity.

Smell was dominated by grassy, bitter, citric hops with a little bit of sweet malts coming through. Pretty aromatic, but not the level of many other double IPAs out there.

Taste was a little disappointing to me. It's dominated by the bitter, lemon peel hops, but without much else going on. With some concentration and effort I could notice some roasted malts between the initial hop assault and aftertaste. The malts also impart some sweetness, but I wouldn't call this a "balanced" double IPA.

Body was medium, maybe a little too bright and hot. A little too much carbonation and not enough masking of the alcohol? I love this style of beer, but this one just isn't doing it for me this time.

The beer came out in a smaller than usual glass (12-14 oz?) than typical pints, and I found myself almost sadly grateful it wasn't bigger. I'm not writing off this beer forever, but in the double IPA world, it's not very high on my list.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured kind of hard and got a really big light tan head on a cloudy orange amber body.
S- A balance between sweet caramel malts and grass and pine hops. The hops don't jump out at you much at all. Hint of alcohol too.
T- Nice fruit juices from the hops. Balanced out with a malt body. The fruit juices really come out nicely with just a hint of pine in there too. Leaves a nice big bitterness all over the tongue. Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit but overall it is well hidden.
M- Medium/full body. A little bit on the chewy side too. Nice smooth carbonation to it.
D- Not a huge fan of the aroma but other than that it is a really nice beer. I love the fruit juices in it. IMO it's more of a blend between a IPA and DIPA. a one and a half IPA if you will.

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Photo of imasickboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another courtesy of woody. Much appreciated.

Poured an opaque amber with decent head which faded to a nice ring.

Smells primarily of hops--duh.

Very smooth for a DIPA. A slight bit bitter around the edges of the tongue, but not too strong.

Tasted primarily of hops, though it had enough of a malty flavor that it balanced well.

With a very nice, smooth finish, I could drink several of these.

A good example of what a DIPA could be.

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Photo of bboven
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark honey color with a good head and average lacing.

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

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

Carbonated well for the style; very filling.

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

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Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace. I expected a darker thicker looking brew.

The smell was quite nice, quit hopy.

The Taste I find earthy both front and back with an interesting citrus Lime note in the middle. Very good, it really sets this one up as a unique tasting brew I would love to try again. Glad I have another.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a DIPA, Carbonation is good, Being mid-summer maybe its a good thing.

The drinkability is very good. I like it alot over all.
Prosit and a big thanks to Wasatch for this brew. MK

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Head was easily controlled and was a light tan in color. Sliding spotty lace was solid. Light copper in color.

This beer has quite a bit of range. I get some floral perfumy type smells with some orange and lemon. First taste has me thinking this is a very hoppy beer but more in taste than in bitterness. A good thing in this case. While light in mouthfeel it is deep in flavor and complexity. Hops tend to dry this out towards the end and it has this mysterious saaz type feel to it. Lemony and zesty. This is a kick ass beer.

Notes: This and their session offering are my favorite from this brewer. This is a fairly unique take on the style and it works out nicely.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.