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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

145 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.45%
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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 158
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. (701 characters)

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? (691 characters)

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. (949 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Received in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks a lot Russ! Slipknot pours a moderately hazy deep intense golden. A ruddy two fingers worth of ecru head grew on the pour and had good staying power. The head leaves thick lines of lace down the glass with each sip. The carbonation bubbles are on the larger side and creep to the surface.

When I first poured this beer for some odd reason all I could think about was banana bread when I stuck my nose in the glass. After some warming and quiet reflection it turns into brown sugar laden grapefruit hoppiness. A drizzling of caramel sets the malt backbone. The grapefruit is amazingly fresh and in your face. Slipknot is a really good smelling IPA.

The flavor is a little toned down but follows the nose pretty closely. Brown sugar coated grapefruit abounds with a drizzling of caramel. A slight toffee floats around in there as well. There's a solid amount of maltiness in here but it's very well done.

The body is moderate with a somewhat creamy somewhat airy/light mouthfeel. The carbonation helps the body keep moving and there's a nice bitterness that grows with each sip.

Good drinkable IPA. While this is labeled as a double it toes the line. Which actually helps the drinkability considering the lower abv compared too many others.

Slipknot is a good IIPA from the guys at Full Sail and their Brewmasters Reserve series. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up if released in my area. This is a flavorful IIPA that's a pleasure to put away. Thanks Russ. (1,526 characters)

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

Bottle, BevMo La Jolla. Pours clear copper with a short white head. Floral hop aroma, without the piney, resiny goodness. Dank caramel as well. Bitter, fuggels-like bite. Very metallic, tea-leaf like bitterness. Even the malt tastes acidic. No citrus, resin flavors. Almost like an English IPA gone nuclear. Not what I expected or wanted from an IIPA. (351 characters)

Photo of 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. (419 characters)

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. (442 characters)

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. (460 characters)

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. (689 characters)

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. (513 characters)

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

22 oz bomber purchased at Ledger's.

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

Photo of 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 (632 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice huge head with retention that won't go away. Bright orange in color.

Smell is of citrusy hops and lots of them. The pale and crystal malts are dominated.

Nice citrusy hop bomb. Very nice and intenese with a good enough malt backbone to balance. This is a very nice DIPA.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and lacks astringency often found in DIPAS.

This beer is easy to drink and I could have several of them in a session. I wish I had more.

Thanks to ggl webster for the sample. (479 characters)

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

brewmasters reserve 2009.

pour is a semi-hazy amber-orange with a small egg-shell head, good lacing.

smell is hoppy, citrus, dry leaves, something sweet in the background, and a touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, smooth, light on the grapefruit, pine, some malt, earth, grass, caramel, and hops, has a nice bitterness ending, leaves mouth dry. (346 characters)

Photo of 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. (830 characters)

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

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

Photo of 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. (849 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of wcudwight
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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.. (827 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
2.47/5  rDev -31.6%
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). (614 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Inch of white head, gradual to recede, minimal lacing. Color is a clear copper.

Smell is full on citrus hops. Fresh rind. Taste is also very hoppy. Very straight forward, and a little one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is clean with a mild carbonation. This seems more like an IPA than a DIPA. Nothing really over the top or exciting. Still pretty good. (424 characters)

Photo of colts9016
2.17/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass at 51 degrees.

apperance: A two finger tan head that dropped to one finger. The body of the beer is medium copper color with oranish reddish hues. There is some effervescence in the beer. the clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A fruity esters on the nose first followed by citrus and pine. There is a nice maltiness with a sublte sweetness.

Taste: A nice fruity esters with citrus and woodiness. There is a slovent flavor in the beer that gives this beer a very harsh flavor.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is astringent and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and finish is awful. This taste like paint thinner and hops. I can't not drink this beer. There is something wrong. Full Sail has never let me down. I am questioning this beer. I didn't care for it. (814 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden amber colored body with a full foamy head that went a bit light on lace as it was consumed. Odd herbal smell with a weak citric hop bitterness. Light malty notes. Flavor started off with the weird herbal notes that seemed out of place and followed with some citric and piney hop bitterness. Some malt sweetness balanced the hops out. Light bitter prickliness on the finish. Solid enough body. Easy enough drinking but not quite as flavorful as I like my double IPA’s. Not bad just an average DIPA. (510 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from msubulldog25. Thanks for the chance to try this offering. 2007 Brewmaster Reserve.

A: Pours a slightly hazy peachish amber color with a slight white thin head that has a bit of skim on top.
S: Fruit notes coupled with caramel malt. Straw and grassy hop twang. Light aromas on this brew, especially for a west coast dpa.
T/M: Fruity and floral hop notes with splashes of pine. Resiny and juicy hop notes burst on the palate. Malt flavors are actually more apparent than the hops, except in the finish. Nice and smooth on the palate until the bitterness hits and stings the tongue. Lasts for awhile on the tongue with a nice fruitiness in the finish. An interesting balance to this brew as the malt and hop profiles dance well together. Medium bodied.
D: Abv is slightly above average, but this is a fine brew to sip on. I'm glad I got the chance to try this, but I'm still a bit puzzled by the big malt presence in portrayed by this Full Sail offering. (982 characters)

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