Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA)Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA)
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Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA)Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lnashsig on 08-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
125
pDev:
11.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of boogercrack
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SteeleWright
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light ruby color, with a beige colored head. Dissipates to a spongy ring, leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and citrusy, some orange, with a caramel sticky maltiness. The taste is much more piny and resinous, with a big bitter bite to it that lingers. Some bright citrus tinges as well with a nice malt profile to balance things out. Solid full body, not too sticky or over-bearing, feels great on the palate.

This is a beast of an IIPA! Love me some pine!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from xpimptastikx. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Big off-white foam slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving rings of splotchy lace. Mostly transparent fiery copper body. A few streams of fast-moving bubbles are visible.

S - This is an intensely piney and earthy beer, and I was actually surprised to find out it was an Imperial IPA as it smelled more like a 7% IPA. There's a touch of grapefruit and lemon rind, as well as a touch of dankness, but this isn't a very sweet hop bouquet. Malt is surprisingly understated for a 10% beer.

T - The flavor reveals more of the IIPA character, with some sugary malts, candied citrus, and tropical fruits mid-palate before yielding to a lingering piney and herbal bitterness. Again, no trace of the listed 10%. It's not a super-complex beer, but it's got nice balance to it. I can also sense this is rolling off a bit at the one month mark, so I'd encourage others to try this sooner rather than later.

M - Soft, creamy medium-full body, with some nice residual oils and resins as well as a bit of malt stickiness. I prefer things a bit dryer, but it's a 10% IIPA so it's not terrible problematic. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a bit of warmth after most of the can is done.

D - A solid IIPA that is a really fast and easy way to get krunk. Not sure who the homebrewer was who collaborated on this beer, but kudos! If you like old-school hop bills and easy-drinking high-ABV beers this is a very good choice. Just looked it up and the hop bill is Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus - makes sense.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can into a tulip glass a burnt orange color with a one finger white head. Low head retention, but great lacing all the way down.

Scent is . . . HOPS, HOPS, HOPS. There's a small amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

The taste is a hop whollop, lots of piney citrus flavors with a great malted backbone. Overall well balanced IIPA flavor.

Mouth-feel is right up the standard for IIPA.

This has to be one of the best Texas Home Brew Winning beers that has been put into limited production (Eat your heart's out Divine Reserve Big Batch Brew Bash Winners, because none of you have equaled this beer).

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Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Texas winner that must be commented upon.

Pours dark orange with a long lasting firm white head.

The nose is just what you want in an IPA, none the less a 10% imperial IPA. The big fresh hop nose is very assertive, clean and pure. The high alcohol is not reflected in that "alcohol sweet" character some high abv IPAs can have. Nice nose all around.

Mouthfeel is big, rich and bold. Full bodied with light carbonation and nice bitter balance.

Flavor profile is big pleasant bitter pine and grapefruit skin but with high tones; bright tones and rich deep flavors. There's some burnt toast, "almost sweet" burnt oranges and just a big bitter character.

Finish is all grapefruit oil and long lasting. Another good Texas effort. 09/12

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Photo of genitempo
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Polished well into a pint glass from a can (I let the can warm up for about 20 minutes prior to pouring). The color was surprising, an almost scorched IPA with a deeper and darker SRM than one would expect. Nice, frothy head that maintains a deep-root during the sipping. Minimal lace.

S - The nose was basically high-handed by a floral aroma. Although some may deem it overbearing, I felt it was the brews strength. Subtle fruits at the tail.

T - Booming. Well-balanced bitter that conceals the high ABV.

M - A tad bit thin for my palate. Low on carbonation. Its attenuation allows the flavor to really hit every aspect of your mouth.

O - Solid.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a very hazed light red color with an ample cap of long-lasting, off-white head. Sticky lace bumps this into the 4+ range on appearance.

Nose is tropical and citric hop dominant but has enough sweetbread maltiness to add a semblance of balance.

Taste is equally as hop flavor forward as it is hop bitterness. The body is plentiful, if not full or cloying, and not totally without presence. The alcohol is ridiculously well hidden, more so than any DIPA I have had in recent memory. It is really nice to see some local brewers crank out some hoppy stuff that can hang with the best in the nation. Resinous, delicious and bursting with hops…I would love to see this one make it into the regular rotation.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into stemless tulip pint. No visible canning date, but I believe I bought it and stashed it in the fridge 2-3 months ago.

Look- Hazy orange-amber with four fingers of dense head that sticks around for absolutely forever. The look of it leads me to believe that the haze is almost certainly due to intense dry hopping. Ten minutes after the pour and a few sips later and there's still a finger and a half.

Smell- Bold, bright lemon-lime-grapefruit zest, passionfruit, fir, honey, pear, dry toast, resin, musk. Sweeter than expected, but not overly so and it works well.

Taste- half a hair shy of what I would consider a real hop bomb, malt is there but the bitterness and juicy hop flavor is solidly in the slap to the palatte range. Drier than expected, grapefruit, apricot, resin, vaguely nutty. Lingering tealike bitterness. No hint of the ABV.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation, medium body, almost silky. Something of a cottony feel. Very drinkable, a full pint...or two... would have been great.

Overall- Not much to fault it for, and well put together- I wish there was a bit more depth of flavor, but that's a minor gripe. Absolutely worth grabbing, lets hope they make this one a regular.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yay, craft beer cans! Thanks to dcloeren for this one.

Pours a light fizzy almost fluffy head that reaches 1 finger before fading at a med pace, with nice lacing, semi clear golden reddish orange beer.

Nose some nice hops, light candied citrus, floral, some tropical fruit with a hint of grapefruit and a fruit punch like tropical fruit juice, light resin and pine, little fairly fresh smelling, and just a bit of sweet malty base.

Taste starts with a light sweet malty base, and a hint of booze and candy flavors. Then right into big hops, fairly bitter, with some light tropical fruit juice, little citrus, grapefruit, tangerine like, etc. But then the hops really get crazy spicy and chewy, light resins and a nice big punch of pine. The hops get astringent as it moves towards the finish, a long spicy chewy hop finish that never ends, fairly dry as the bitterness ramps, it's astringent, spicy, salty hop flavors even, quite bitter, that makes me keep sipping so I can avoid too much of the astringent bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, just a bit of warming booze, good carb, huge astringent bitterness that rips the moisture from my tongue.

Overall pretty good, it starts nice but the super spicy chewy salty astringent hop finish takes away from it a bit. I used to like the over the top ridiculously hoppy beers, but after having so many of the big tropical fruit and citrus hops, and other balanced malt/hop beers, this goes a little over the edge, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some big double IPA notes, with a lot of resinous pine and orange citrus notes. I also get a hint of biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The caramel malt keeps the bitterness from being too high, but what really comes through are some dank, resinous pine and orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of erushing
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of damngoode
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Jvrdz24
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ReyG006
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of PaulUH
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of champ103
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very attractive hazed copper/orange color. A disappointingly small and thin white head forms, but sticks around as a cap. A light watery film of lace is left.
S: A heavenly aroma. At first pine and tree sap. A huge juicy mango, pineapple, and peach aroma that is to die for. Love it.
T: A bit more toned down here. Pine and resinous tree sap again. The juicy fruity flavors are there, just more in the background. A long and lingering grapefruit bitterness lasts forever.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very crisp and dry. For the huge bitterness and alcohol this drinks exceptionally smooth.

I am not a hop head at all. This is very good and enjoyable though. The long bitter finish keeps this from being truly exceptional for me though. Hop heads rejoice, this is very well made.

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Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks for this one gtermi!

A - Pours a dark and hazy amber color with floating bits of hops and yeast. Two finger creamy white head with soapy and sticky lacing and retention. I'm a sucker for unfiltered IPA's!

S - Caramel malts, piney hops, bitter grapefruit, and some dank resin.

T - Nice blend of caramel malts and dank hops. Light grapefruit and pine. Bitterness is low but pleasant. A bit malt forward but rather tasty. Mouth feel is creamy and slick. I'm actually a bit surprised by the 10% abv, its not even noticeable.

O - Seeing as the first review is from mid-August I'd say this one has a bit of age on it. Even in its current state its drinking really well. Plenty of caramel malt and grapefruit/dank hops. Alcohol extremely in check. Really nice.

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Pro-AM 2012 (Imperial IPA) from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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