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Jet Star Imperial IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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Jet Star Imperial IPAJet Star Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 28.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 178
Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

Looks good. Smells good. Tastes good, and feels good. Having this fresh and on tap give it a boost.

Overall - Recommended.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with white head. Funky pine and light citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweeter and maltier than I expected.

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Photo of Mikus
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of BungTapper96
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Photo of idResponse
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%

just a run-of-the-mill IPA. I don't have much going on in the smell department. It looks nice enough a fairly dark amber. Really does not leave me very happy. It's not very hoppy, kind of flat, it tastes a bit like straw and mild hops obscured by a little malt in a little bit of nothing. I'm not very excited by this. I expect my Imperial IPA to be huge and bold. Just leaves me wishing I had a different IPA. it's nice enough to drink it feels good on the tongue a little sparkly little bubbly but it's just not enough hops for me. big alcohol does not equal a good beer and I believe that is what these people are going for here, just big alcohol. Perhaps the Spokane desert is frying their brains. I would much rather take a lagunitas any day at two thirds the price.

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Photo of gfg0020
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a teku

A - clear; orange/gold; pours with a very small amount of white head which quickly dissipates leaving only a ring of foam around the glass; leaves well spaced out lacing with each sip

S - a subdued nose for a double IPA but delicious none the less; mango,pumpkin (fleeting but there), tangerine, lightly fermented lemon, light spice

T/M - mostly follows the nose; tangerine, mango, black tea, lychee, lightly ferminted lemon, citrus rind, mild/moderate spice; slight bite on the finish with a slightly sweet/bitter aftertaste; nicely balanced and leaves you ready for more

O - a double IPA that you'd have to be crazy to be disappointed in; I found notes here that I haven't experienced in an IPA before (pumpkin, black tea, lychee) and I found them very enjoyable

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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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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of rankandfile
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Bowtie Glass

A - Clear yellow light gold with a half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Pine, citrus, big sweet caramel candy kinda malts.
T - Tons of heat, both from a spicy piney powerful hop bite and from the alcohol, some nice grass and grapefruit juice tones to it, too bad it gets buried by ibu's.
M - Too aggressive and bitter, very abrasive, almost soapy.
O - Its a shame this is a waste of a beer, there's too much hop potency in a bad way, its filled with alcohol burn. Total palate destroyer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After their 7% ipa which was really good I had high hopes for this. Given the 8.1% it seems odd that 1% makes this imperial but we'll see.

The pour doesn't provide a huge amount of head. The body is tangerine and golden.

There's a huge amount of ruby grape fruit with a done of sugar and malt.

Passion fruit, ruby grape fruit, caramel, and artificial sweetener. This isn't very good.

Jet Star drinks like a double IPA even though it's rather low in alcohol for the style.

This is a huge pass and just isn't good. There's a fake sugar off flavor in here that's killing this one for me.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No dates noticeable on the bottle.

Pours pretty, clear coppery golden with a pretty fluffy white head, fades fairly fast and leaves a clumpy sheet along the side of the glass. Smell is mild, but tasty. Floral, citrus, honeysuckle, reminds me of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

Taste is weighted toward the grapefruit rind, lots of sweetness detectable but still dominated by the hops. This is actually pretty darn tasty.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly slick. Overall, pretty good! First beer I've tried from these guys, I think.

Tasting a bomber with no dates.
Not much to add or subtract from my original review.

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Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber with no bottling date into a snifter

Pours a pretty orange color with a moderate white head. Smell is mild NW piney hops, typical for an IPA though I'd expect a bit more from a double. Taste is quite surprising. Not heavy at all, and in fact even lighter than their regular IPA despite the higher ABV. I'd guess this was in the 5-6% range. Light citrus and NW hops with a bitter finish. Beer goes down very smooth and this is one that you could finish a bomber off quick.

Overall a very solid IPA. Dont think of this one as a double, because it's really not.

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Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a hated 22oz bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very hazy orange-amber color with about 1-1/4 inch of off-white head that good retention and very light-to-poor lacing.

The aroma was dominated by citrus hops, there was also a bit of pine, and just the lightest bit of malt. The flavor profile was pretty similar, citrus hop forward, a bit of pine and floral hops, and a very low malt presence.

The body was the typical medium of the style, but did have a bitter finish that lingered a bit too long and became somewhat unpleasant. Drinkability was OK, I would have rather have had a pint, but whatevs. Overall, not a bad brew, and not a notable one either. Worth a shot if you see it.

Edit: I didn't notice this earlier, but there was a bunch of yeasty chunks at the bottom of the glass, after pouring the last of the bottle. Not a big deal for me, but it is for some folks, so I thought I'd mention it.

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Jet Star Imperial IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
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