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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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BA SCORE
82
good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.01%
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:
Beer added by: sinistersteve on 02-25-2003

A Brewmaster Reserve release - Spring 2008
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 145
Photo of Tucquan
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in Portland, OR out of a 22 oz bomber on 2010-01-24. Note, this is my 100th review on Beeradvocate.

A - Pours a clear gold with a 2-finger tan head

S - Pine, fruit and orange candy

T - Rye bread, orange candy, well balanced with the hop bitterness. Alcohol is well disguised but adds some flavor.

M - Medium to thick body and medium carbonation makes this a creamy brew.

D - A very good Imperial IPA. Worth having more than one glass.

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.

Photo of bditty187
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?

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.05/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in San Ramon.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with gold edges. Has a slight off-white head that recedes into a light film on the brew, with some temporary washes of thin lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: When cold, it's largely a pine scent (and taste). As it warms, it develops into a fuller profile that combines a grapefruit, orange, and tangerine citrus hop element with the pine mentioned earlier. Some bread detected as well, but not a heavy malt presence. It's not very pungent, though.

T: Following the nose, it is pine-dominated when cold, but becomes a juicy grapefruit-pine combination when warmer. There is a slight backbone of bready malt, and an unappealing bittering hop finish that coats the tongue slightly.

M: Medium-bodied, with low-to-medium carbonation that brings out the flavors pretty well. A slightly sticky aftertaste; it could stand to clean up the oils a lot better. Well masked ABV.

D: I wasn't a big fan of the aftertaste on this one, so I don't think I'll pick it up again. Too bad. At just over $4, this was a very good value.

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New label is light blue background with dark blue Brewmaster Reserve. Big ole double duecer all to my greedy self. 7.8% ABV.

Pours with a vitreous light amber polished copper golden hur containing zero rising bubbles to a full tilt eggshell dense pillowy two inch rock solid cap.

Scents of green melon and lemon juice citrus and a tad bit of bready malt backing even at a proper temperature.

First swigs: Easy green melon and watermelon hints front the flavor. An easy balance of a 60/40 hops to malt ratio that slides into homeplate barely with a safe call. Creeps under the 2IPA radar to be a contender.

Feel is medium bodied with a soft rolling carbonation that never becomes too crisp or frothy but is just a gentle roll almost like on cask out of the bottle

Last swigs: Might be the easiest 7.8% ABV 2IPA that can be killed with a few choice swigs. Easy does it. Personal thoughts are that it lacks a 2IPA snap or punch. This eases into the style like Speakeasy 2IPA. It kinda backs into the style rather than announces the arrival. ABV wise, it's in the ball park, but a slight lack of bitterness or hop crunch to seal the deal. This one is so lightly balanced that an argument could be made for a big ESB.

Beer is good. Happy 2IPA beering.

Photo of Onenote81
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 Bottle received from breity recently. Thanks!

Pours a clear dark orange with moderate bubbles rising through. Great frothy white head on top that retains very well. Some spotty lacing, very little though. Smells of pineapple, candy, bananas, and cherry malt. Interesting for a Imp. IPA.

Mouthfeel is firm and crisp. Slight wetness on the back end, but drinkable enough. Now the flavor, this I can't figure out. It tastes like an Imperial Cherry cough syrup. This is really sweet and cloying. Tons of sweet fruit all over this. Finishes bitter, but the sweetness just overpowers this beer. This is really strange. The hops are there, but this is severely unbalanced. Not sure about this beer. Approach with hesitancy.

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear and deep orange on the pour. Nice inch of soapy foam settles slowly, holding a thin cap for a while then surrendering to a light ring.

Typical Full Sail nose. Thin hop presence and a unilateral malt nose. Sweet and boring yet kicked up a bit vs. their regular offerings. Opens up a bit with some warming but remains moderate.

Taste is chalky and dry. Not bad, not negative but simply lacking in its ability to garner your attention. Slightly spicy on the finish and feel helps keep things interesting to a degree. No real bitterness on the finish even given the dry nature of the beer.

Malt forward and typical to a degree of Northwest IPA's in my experience. Where are the hops?

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

Big-ass 22oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $3.95. No freshness date.

Poured a hazy orange color with a moderate, off-white head. Lots of lace. Looks a bit like an orange cream soda.

The aroma is of citrusy and piney hop goodness. Smells like this is gonna be a scorcher, and that’s fine by me.

The taste confirms the impression made by the scent. This is a sharp, bitter hoppy blast that starts out with a grapefruit flavor, then graduates to oily piney bitterness. There’s extremely reticent caramel sweetness in the background, but this is the hops’ show.

This is highly carbonated and has a “busy” mouthfeel. It’s definitely a medium bodied beer.

Not a bad IPA at all. I think it’s a little one-dimensional, but the dimension in question isn’t a bad place to hang out. The abv is a little high to use this as a session beer, but it’s still a fine beer for hopheads. I would definitely buy this again.

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.

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow-gold with a very pretty white, craggy head that stays a long, long time leaving very sticky lacing in it's wake.
Aroma is sweet amber malts and a very balancing sweet, citrus hop.
Taste is amazing. Following the nose, sweet amber malts and fresh, fresh citrus hops. Everything tastes perfectly balanced. NOTHING overpowering...nothing intrusive....just wonderful hoppy candy.
Love it.

Photo of ElGordo
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber hue topped by a creamy white head, with little carbonation in the bottle. Nice, sweet aroma of fresh, fruity hops, with a ton of grapefruit, white grape, and grass blended with a touch of light malt. Palate is well-balanced between light malt and fruity hops up front, becoming strictly hops on the dry, bittersweet, lupulin-laced finish. Mouthfeel is very dry, but conveys the flavor quite well. Very drinkable for a beer of this stature.

Photo of Mdog
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of jdense
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into Piraat tulip.

Fully diminishing white head with prominent carbonation that disappears within a minute, leaving a rather flat looking orange body. Bitter flavor upfront and long astringent finish with a wee bit of maltish sweetness and a fairly spicy (allspice) taste. Quite frankly I was expecting a bit more from one of my favorite breweries, perhaps I can taste this on tap. Maybe I got a stinky bottle. To be honest, one of the least enjoyable examples of my favorite beer style, imo.

Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Has a clear, dark golden appearance, with an off-white head, and short retention. The aroma is a very pleasant, floral and grapefruit. And the flavor is of strong hops with floral and fruity notes, with almost no malts and no over-powering bitterness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, and slightly slick but very nice. It is extremely drinkable and hits the nail on the head as far as what I look for an a DIPA.

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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

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.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

Photo of Docer
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber of Slipknot Imperial IPA at a specialty shop. Brewmaster Reserve 2007. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours an orange/copper color and is hazy. A bubbly two finger head forms, but hasn't the resliency I expected of the style.

The smell is quite good, mellow and not over done. There is a fruity citrus fragrance, some juniper and an aroma of grain.

The taste is very much a sour grapefruit flavor at first, then a bit of a malt flavor, followed by a very bitter finish, and lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite good, a lot of smooth buttery consistency, with a nice balance of carbonation, and a crisp clean finish.

Probably not the most drinkable beer. The ABV runs a bit high to be sessionable, and that stinging bitter aftertaste puts me off. Given a choice I'd rather have a regular IPA.

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