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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

157 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Brewmaster Reserve release - Spring 2008

(Beer added by: sinistersteve on 02-25-2003)
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Arbitrator

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 06:31:21 | More by Arbitrator
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 06:38:49 | More by BretSikkink
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arizcards

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 22:51:09 | More by arizcards
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-19-2011 05:01:31 | More by CoryR
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 08:43:09 | More by blitheringidiot
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DogFood11

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 04:53:16 | More by DogFood11
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 11:06:07 | More by Tucquan
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HalfFull

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 06:45:35 | More by HalfFull
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Onenote81

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 16:56:26 | More by Onenote81
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magictrokini

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:35:00 | More by magictrokini
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IntriqKen

California

4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 04:37:52 | More by IntriqKen
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woemad

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 21:50:01 | More by woemad
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joe1510

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 03:59:49 | More by joe1510
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 06:15:53 | More by ElGordo
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jdense

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:46:45 | More by jdense
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 05:10:41 | More by htomsirveaux
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Mdog

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 17:16:43 | More by Mdog
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 05:22:18 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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vkv822

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 08:34:59 | More by vkv822
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 10:26:45 | More by jasonjlewis
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froghop

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:52:34 | More by froghop
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-31-2013 06:10:24 | More by artoolemomo
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Docer

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 22:36:12 | More by Docer
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to xcondonex for the bomber.
Poured into a snifter a red/orange color with a sticky 2 finger head that quickly disappaited into a sticky off-white cap. Lacing completely covers the sides of the glass.
Smell is a mess of hops. It's very hoppy and that's good. I just can't distinguish the differences. Piney, citrus, floral, they are all there, but I can't tell what's what.
Taste is much the same. Dominated by the hops, with a nice alcohol finish. Still the hops are a mess on the taste buds. Attacking and wrecking havock. I love hoppy beers. But there is something about the others that this one is missing. It's almost like blending a bunch of colors until you just end up with black.
Mouthfeel is the expected oily and sticky, but just a bit harsh.
Overall it's not a bad beer, just seems confused to me..

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 04:07:36 | More by wcudwight
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 07:25:03 | More by sprucetip
Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.