Jet Star Imperial IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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Jet Star Imperial IPAJet Star Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
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: 169 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Beaver13
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
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 bobhits
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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 jmdrpi
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Mikus
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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 beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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 BungTapper96
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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 JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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 beagle75
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 idResponse
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of missingtoes
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The glass held a crystal clear, solid amber bodied beer with a thick, rocky white head. A pine and spruce aroma with hints of warm malts make up the bulk of the scents. Warm bread and biscuit malt flavors immediately hit you with a good hop bitterness carrying things through the finish; the alcohol heat definitely makes itself felt at the end. The body is soft and smooth with a medium feel.

A very nice looking beer with some good taste. I thought the boozy alcohol taste overplayed its role in things; a bit biting at the end, which detracted from the taste's overall quality. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to grab another bottle.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 rankandfile
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 Tone
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real oddity here, not nearly as sticky and dank as ive come to expect big ipas to be these days. it pours a clear honey color with a sudsy white head with outstanding retention. this one smells like a wicker chair, all dry and woody and musty, but in a good way, if thats possible. theres some oily hop fragrance, but similar to the born and raised ipa, it isnt in your face at all. the malt really balances the hops, and is somewhere toward the red malt family, but not quite. the finish is pretty clean in this big ipa, which is an uncommon trait making this stand out to me. lighter body for such a big beer, about medium, and the carbonation is quite vibrant, like all no-li beers ive had so far. i expect this one to get popular in the months to come because its very different to what else is out there. more approachable i think, and its new to the state of colorado. good stuff.

Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Jet Star Imperial IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.