Jet Star Imperial IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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Jet Star Imperial IPAJet Star Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: harrymel on 09-14-2012

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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by katan:
Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, light golden color. Pearly white head formation, lots of lacing.

S - Citrus hopping, middle of the road strength. Little amounts of pine and resin.

T - Starts off lightly citrusy, combination of some malts and a strong american hop presence. Mid-stream gets more biter, some edgy resinous and piney notes. Overall holding on to the sweetness angle. Finishes clean with more of the citrus notes.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation - comes off light despite its hefty body. Not much alcohol detected.

O/D - A smooth and easy drinking DIPA - could be a benefit from being on the light side of that style. Not overly filling, could be a slow sessioner.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a a clear orange infused medium golden with a tightly formed pne finger white head,a great head and a menacing looking body.Drunken fruits and pine resin in the nose,just like it should be,you can tell it's gonna be sweet and alcoholic but the hops are larege and in charge.I gotta say this is much dryer on the palate than I was expecting,not a big sweet alcohol bomb but also not a big resiny hopped up bomb either.Dryer with a firm maltiness and rsiny hops,the sweetness creeps but the alcohol is pretty big.As I drink more the alcohol gets bigger but it's still not nearly as sweet as many of the style,a resiny almost spearmint-like hoppiness prevails along with alcohol.Another NO-LI winner in my opinion.

Photo of Beaver13
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some grainy biscuit malt and light hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with grassy/floral metallic hops that add a lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very subdued for a DIPA. I don't really care for the biscuit malts and the hops used.

Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle

A - goldish orange with a soft, white head that has good retention

S - faintly herbal, crystal malts

T - citrus, bready, sweet malt, alcohol, faintly herbal, faintly piney

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, warm

This is a nice DIPA. It has a nice, complex hop character, solid balance, a nice drinkability for the ABV. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of missingtoes
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sitting here in my new home trying desperately to think of something to say about this beer. I feel as though I want to say something spectacularly poignant about the beverage, but I am at a total loss for words. I want to say something decent because overall the beer is pretty drinkable.

From it's initially buttery mouthfeel, smooth on the draw to it's peachy tangerine citrusy undertones on the swallow, it has something that makes for an enjoyable drinking experience. The lack of carbonation as it passes my lips and engulfs my mouth is something I prefer when drinking IPAs of this style, but often fail to find. Further, the overall dryness is pleasant and not overbearing from the hops that my taste buds can discover.

That all said, it's rather mediocre in it's delivery. It is fairly un-complex and there leaves much to the imagination. There are moments where I feel like it should go somewhere, but it doesn't. As an Imperial IPA, there should be something that makes this beer break away from other, uh, normal IPAs. It brings you to a point you expect a smashing crescendo, and then it drops in a forgettable let-down.

I know exactly what this beer reminds me of. Ninny's 'Hurt'. I hate that song. It seems like Trent Rezner is building and building to this great orgasm of song, but he totally never delivers. It gets you pumped only leaving you majestically blah in the end. The song itself is fine, and I don't change the station when I hear it, but it leaves me so unfulfilled.

This beer is just like that.

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly malty, hops, some tropical fruits. Taste is hops, medium bitterness, tropical fruits, mango in particular, a strong malt backbone. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a quality beer worth trying.

Photo of rankandfile
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great taste of an imperial without the alcohol level of most. Could almost be a session imperial, if that is actually a thing. Sweetness at first taste, pine, maple, citrus, hard candy, then not too dry and nice grapefruit finish with a slight smokey after taste. Nothing bitter lingering.
I think this beer is better than the other reviews and should be defiantly given a try.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Ale glass.

A real nice simple amber orange body, with lots of visible rising carbonation. Head makes a real off tan creamy appearance and thick, three fingers deep. Holds well, looks pretty solid.

Nose is a mix of some biscuit like malt mostly, then a slight sense of bile. Faint orange tea like herbal hop rounds out the bouquet a bit also.

Palate hits with a noticeable medicinal hop like quality. Moves toward a nice orange bitter feeling, with a good lasting sweetness and mild astringent quality. Airy and dry but also a good malt thickness that coats the palate. A nice lingering mellow sweet finish actually.

Overall it's alright, somewhat big, but sort of not too memorable either unfortunately. Easily drinkable and worth a sip again if provided, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewer's Haven Boise on the way home from work... Pours a fairly clear dark golden/light orangish.... decent white head... great lacing.

Nose is pretty standard/average DIPA territory... piney essence with some grapefruit pith back.... cracker malt/dry toast maltiness carries the hops... balanced, but too heavy toward the malt to really grab my attention.

Flavor doesn't have nearly big enough bitter bite to be in the DIPA category, especially in the PNW... instead almost an orange juice essence spiked with pithy zest is the hop big player... again, it seems too malty with a pretty substantial pale malt presence from front to back.

Body is right... carbonation is on the light side for the style.

Really, this is a pretty okay beer... no real flaws... but anybody calling their beer a DIPA nowadays has some benchmarks to live up to and this bottle just barely skates by.

3.75/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a fine, three finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, sweet biscuit malt, light piney hops. Flavor follows aroma, nice citrus and fruit based malt body with pine and citrus hops, finishing with semisweet malt and lngering citrus hops. Medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. A nicely balanced slightly sweet malty IIPA with a pleasant hop choice. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did and would not hesitate to buy this again.

Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first No-Li beer and very different than what you get normally from an Imperial IPA. A musty and catty aroma like some other reviewers have mentioned.

Very malty and biscuity with some earthy and mineral hop flavors, a hint of lemon rind and even some salty tang. Doesn't have the big pine or grapefruit kick of many beers in the style.

In the end, the aroma is better than the flavor for me. It is a very smooth beer for the strength and is balanced but the ends up being less complex than the DIPA's that stand out for me.

Not a bad beer but not one I would buy again or pick off of a beer menu as a must have. Simply too many other hoppy fun things out there!

Photo of Mikus
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Made the mistake of grabbing this off the shelf (on the rec of an employee of my favorite bottle shop), without looking at the date. Kicking myself in the ass. (316) looks like mid - November. That said... here goes a review of 3 - month-old Jet Star. Into the Spiegelau with a gentle ring of head, cloudy medium amber hue, and some nice lacing. Lighter appearance around the edges of the glass in the light. Big (115 IBU) bitterness, masked the remaining light pine aroma, somewhat muddled overall. (Recent fresh can of Hi-res with 115 IBU had a cleaner, more prominent bitterness). For a big IIPA, there was a scene missing on the front of the palate. Mid-taste was overpowered with bitterness, and a pleasing note of orange. Back of the palate had some light pine. Underwhelming flavors which had an overarching oxidized presence. Medium mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness and pine, a bit light for a big IIPA. Felt like I was hunting for scent/flavors... knowing this might have been past its prime, the building blocks seemed to be there... will re-review a fresher bottle some time.

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and floral hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, citrus, sweet malt, and earthy malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and decent body.

Photo of BungTapper96
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with white fluffy head. More earthy nose, a bit of pine needle. Viscous mouthfeel leaning towards resin. Pleasant choice for a one pint night.

Photo of beagle75
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Medium localized lacing remains on the glass and tiny yeast particles hang uniformly distributed in the column.

S: Piney and slightly toasted, with a floral suggestion confined to the margins. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with crisp pale malt and hops aromatics that match well the smell. Acidity peaks into the middle where a thread of honey develops after the most assertive hops flavors begin to retreat. Development of bitterness seems a bit delayed, eventually achieving moderate intensity for style. Metabolites are not obvious or cloying, but do seem to fill in the gaps. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic and syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Apparently standing just uphill of the border between regular IPA and double, this beer features a focused hops profile amidst other nuances that make it reasonably drinkable. While proficiently crafted, it lacks the sort of quality that one would brag to others about.

Photo of ssteakley
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IBU of 90 should indicate this is no watered down IPA. Fun & interesting from the first taste. If you want a very Hearty beer this one is it. Not for every occasion but get your beer drinking buddies together to enjoy and critique together. This beer should be enjoyed without food, just the beer.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a slight hazy golden color, bright white head. decent head retention. all hops aroma, but not that pungent. citrusy. taste is again similar, hops dominate the weak pale malt flavor. mix of hop flavors, can't put finger on the individual flavors. medium body and medium to higher carbonation. mouthfeel is fine.

overall - needs more malt body to balance out for my tastes.

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.69/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great taste, great flavor. A definite buy again and share with others

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon/lime zest, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of lemon/lime zest, orange peel, grapefruit, floral, grass, pine resin, herbal, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/lime zest, orange peel, grapefruit, floral, grass, pine resin, herbal, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops with light-moderate malt presence; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around good balance and complexity of resinous citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The big fruit. Powerful aroma of mango and pine. Sudsy mouthfeel with a crisp edge. Handsome orangey amber color with a plentiful froth in the Stella Artois goblet.

Dark fruit followed by the bitter hoppy taste. Hot mango and orange marmalade. Some sweetness. Extremely tasty big IPA. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington.

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. The chunky, billowy head slowly descends, leaving sticky remnants along the sides of the glass. The beer is a pale amber color with medium carbonation.

Nothing overpowering in the aroma, with mainly light pine and floral notes. The flavor brings out the citrus a bit more, and results in an addition of lemony-grassy notes to mesh with some pine and grapefruit pith. The malt backbone is substantial and includes some molasses and dark bread notes with a hint of chewing tobacco now and then- especially at first. As the beer progresses, some distinctly melon-like notes present themselves. The ABV seems well hidden, but probably enhances the other flavors and adds a spicy bite.

In my opinion, the bitterness (115 IBUs) balances the substantial malt base quite well, and it has all the characteristics of a big beer with very well-meshed and unique flavors. Borderline excellent, in my humble opinion, but may not satisfy the more extreme hopheads out there.

Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: very recently (last 14 days).

Pours amber with a few soapy white bubbles atop. Brilliant clarity. Nose carries plenty of pine, wood, catty characteristics, some mint (surprising), a bit of resin. This is a far deviation from the usual context of Mark's beers. Flavor is a bit sweet and caramel laden with a good bitterness and some tropical fruits as well (pineapple, grapefruit). Finish flavor is sweet and malty with some hints of orange juice and bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish, making is pretty refreshing. This beer is tasty, easy to drink for ABV and something I'd consider having again - but I'd rather have Crystal Bitter, Solar Winds or IPA from the same brewery first.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a cacophony of tiny floaties and strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. Quite attractive!

Smell: herbal, resiny hop aroma on top of a pretty sweet malt base. Not bad, but not really my favorite.

Taste: very bitter right off the bat. Hops are herbal, piney, resinous and earthy. Malt is sweet and relatively neutral in flavor; it's decent, but it's a bit harsh and the hop composition doesn't work great for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Nicely creamy texture.

Overall: as I said, it's a decent beer but the hop flavor profile just doesn't suit my palate. If you like harsh, raspy hops, though, you may wish to give this a try.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, grapefruit juice, and slight pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice candied citrus zest aspects that come thought slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fogged amber gold. Kind of a clogged and muddled dipa here. Some pine and mild citrus. Kind of salty. This seems more of a mix of a wad of hops instead of anything deliberate and graceful. A decent beer. But any brewery out of Washington state needs to be bringing a bit more.

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Jet Star Imperial IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.