Sub-Zero Imperial IPA
Sound Brewery

Sub-Zero Imperial IPASub-Zero Imperial IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.83%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
24
From:
Sound Brewery
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Sub-Zero Imperial IPASub-Zero Imperial IPA
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 24
Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a muddy copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light pine. Taste is of caramel malts, some pine, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not what I expect from this style, but not bad. If you are looking for a true hop bomb of a DIPA, as I sometimes do like, well, this ain't it.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cool bottle artwork featuring 'Sub Zero'. No surprise there.

L: Cloudy medium to dark golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts... tropical fruits and citrus. Mango.

T/F: Rich and sweet caramel malts dominate the opening... bready and full. Hop bitterness is pretty mild. Tends towards the tropical and fruity. A bit of mango... pineapple and mild citrus. Well carbonated. Medium in body... finish is more caramel. Warming but hides the ABV.

O: A malt leaning DIPA. Pleasant and refreshing.... very easy to drink. Nowhere near a must-try but better than I expected for a brew named after a 20ish or so year old video game character. Maybe I'm just a sucker for novelty.

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Photo of rudzud
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy copper hue with a thin white head that fades quickly to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of wet cardboard, malts, caramel, generic hop syrup.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, caramel, sweet malts, cardboard, generic bitter hops

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thin, watery.

O - Overall this was a very mediocre generic beer. A neat tick, but, awful.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I assume this will be terrible, only for the nostalgia, shared with rudzud

Big fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades very slowly, soapy lacing, semi hazy orange slight reddish color

Nose big sweet malt, candy syrup, some candied orange peel and citrus, little pine, candy fruit sticky messy thing, cardboard thing, fake orange, bad

Taste is just as bad, syrupy sweet mess, candy syrup, malt, bitter rind and brine, pine sap, orange peel, so bitter and briny it hurts, super bitter chewy hops, finish briny spicy hop, bleh

Mouth is thick syrupy briny bitter gritty, decent carb

Overall blech, not good at all

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours hazy and dull orange-amber with a sandstone colored, finger width head. Good retention, leaving a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Not much for lace aside from some minimal spotting found around the glass.

Smell - Strong, strong notes of orange and caramel. I'm loving it already. Lesser spice and earthiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent orange hoppiness with hint of spice and earth. Strong caramel malt backbone. A hint of grain creeps in as the brew warms. Finishes fairly balanced with fair, lingering orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick texture sets a nice, drinkable tone with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - This beer does nothing to push the boundaries of what an Imperial IPA is, because what's here has been made a hundred times over, but I'll be damned if I don't love that orange/caramel combo in my IPAs. For the price, I'd pass on a second purchase, but for the novelty, and I'm being a big sucker on this, I'm glad I bought it. Be warned though, there are similar beers on the market that can be had in sixers at much better value.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep coppery amber with a fine, two finger khaki head with great retention and lacing, looks nice. Aroma of caramel and light biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops with a little dankness, orange citrus. Flavor follows with biscuit and caramel malt, citrus and grassy hops with hints of pine, orange and lemon citrus. Finishes with lemon and grapefruit rind and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A big malty imprerial IPA that leans towards an oversized British IPA with more of a biscuit malt base and grassy, continental hops. Bitterness level is appropriate for the style, but the hops are more traditional than many of the West Coast IPAs I've grown used to. A pleasant enough change and far better than I expected from a video game brand linked ale. This is more appropriate for its subject than a vast majority of metal rock band associated ales, which are oddly bland and tame. This has a good kick to it.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was not expecting much from a beer honoring "Mortal Kombat," but this is a very solid Imperial IPA. Hits all the important notes of this style and I'd be interested to try some others from this brewer.

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Photo of DM1293
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up just for the bottle label. But I also like IIPA's, so I figured it'd be worth a try, after proper chilling in a freezer.

Color is a nice hazy brownish orange, with a small head that dissipates fairly rapidly. A bit thick in the mouth, but it's not sticky or cloying. Taste is remarkably strong in malt, pulls into a caramel sweetness, finishes with a hop kick and a little bit of citrus. It's a remarkably well-rounded, easy-to-drink beer, nothing too overbearing, but still strong in what it wants to be. I wasn't expecting that from a game-licensed beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero hop astringency lingering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Malty for a DIPA, but is not overly sweet or heavy for the ABV; with plenty balancing bitterness and dryness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't sure I wanted to waste my money on theses beers but picked up this and the scorpion stout which I drank first and I poured it righr down the drain so then was not expecting much from the ipa. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Thiswas a great looking and even better tasting. So overall I couldn't stomach the stout but will probably pick up another bottle of this well done beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery. According to the young-ins (still in their 30s, however) that I work with, this is the best character, as I've never seen or played this franchise myself.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, rather resinous pine forest floor esters, citrus vodka, a touch of earthy yeast, and more leafy, weedy, and herbal green bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, still extant toffee candy notes, some Yuk-a-flux boozy and candied orange and red grapefruit citrus, still hard to fathom yeasty notes, and more leafy, weedy, and certainly piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its various fizzy and frothy emanations, the body a solid, heavy-leaning middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the sweet malt, complex citrusy and green hops, and certainly the as yet arms' length wowee sauce falling into place as such.

Overall, this is a near-perfect example of that heady IIPA that pulled me into its warm embrace all those years ago - unabashedly hoppy and sweet, in equal palate-blowing measures. Sound does a good job of emulating that, and I may even try and Netflix the movie instance of this, upon the advice of said colleagues.

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Sub-Zero Imperial IPA from Sound Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 24 ratings