Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA | Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Contract brewed by Laughing Dog Brewing.

Added by Jason on 02-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A cloudy amber color with a two finger creamy tan head. The lacing is awesome, forming rings after each sip all the way down the glass.

S: Lots of caramel malt along with grapefruit and pine hops. It's not super complex but inviting.

T: Wow, the alcohol in this beer isn't shy. You taste it on your tongue as well as in your throat, it's not super intense but I like the alcohol flavors to be more subdued in my beer. Alcohol up front, followed by the caramel malt and citrus rind like hop flavors. A decent balance of all three but the best Imperial beers can hide the alcohol with even higher ABV's than Sneaky Pete.

M: Somewhat heavy, coats your mouth, creamy in texture. Nice.

O: A solid Imperial IPA but not in the top tier of the style. They didn't do a good enough job of hiding the alcohol to make it one of the best. Otherwise it's fairly well balanced and has the malt and hop flavors you'd expect.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kysela Pere Et Fils Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA is a DIPA with a dissapointing lack of hoppiness. Mine was bottled on Feb 26th so maybe that explains it.

A: Red colour and a big 1 cm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Malty smell with a disappointing lack of hops. 3

T: Malty with some sweetness and subtle citrus hops. It's remarkably smooth given the ABV. I wish this had more hops though. 3.5

M: Pretty flat. 3

O: 3

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Photo of JayWhiteNM
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Suffered some initial chill haze, but cleared to a beautiful amber color.

S: Wonderful aroma coming off this from the Simcoe. Piney and fresh. Really dig the smell.

T: Big taste. Lots of malt character and a good hop punch. No where near bitter, though. Finishes with a malty/earthy note.

M: Very thick and rich. Quite nice. Does not feel weak or watery.

O: I'd drink this again, although I do prefer their Alpha Dog for the higher IBUs. I will be recommending this one to friends / family.

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Photo of estlinska
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle (bottled on 3/5/13) on 3/18/13 into a standard shaker. Poured a very muddy reddish-brown with frothy 2 fingers of head. This beer is just super murky, like the color of a lowland bog and it just does not look quite appealing. Leaves good lacing though throughout the glass. The smell is very much off to me. It's super boozy, way more than I would ever expect even given it's ABV. It smells of peaches, tons of malt like fresh bread dough, but it's also abrasively sweet: it smells like fruit that's going towards over-ripe. The taste is just the same too. It's too sweet and it's too boozy. Your whole esophagus is burning while you drink this, and the taste is just so cloying it's hard to get good tastes out of it. It still tastes very peachy, but very muddled. The trend of over-ripe continues. The mouthfeel is just all booze and fruit juice; just not a good combination. Maybe I got a bad batch, but I really don't think I'll try another. It wasn't a drain pour, but it was tough to finish.

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Photo of dpianka
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

date of tasting: 3/15/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Sneaky Pete
type: Ale
style: Imperial IPA
brewery: Laughing Dog Brewery
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: light caramel, think hennessy or urine at a fair

Smell: cream, peaches, peaches and cream, caramel, mango

Taste: like someone blended peaches and cream together with a whole lotta hops, no that’s not a bad thing. A little blueberry comes out as it warms up

Mouthfeel: creamy, damn i cant get off this peaches and cream thing

Overall Impression: i’m never crazy about sweetness in much of anything except dessert. It’s not my favorite in that aspect. It would be unfair to give it a poor review on that basis because it really is a good beer. Absolutely well made and would be great for someone looking for a hoppy beer that had perfect balance of malty sweetness.

Peaches and cream
I need it cause you know that I'm a fiend
Gettin' freaky in my Bentley limousine
It's even better when it's with ice cream
Know what I mean

Food Pairing: i want this with chocolate cake. Or a grilled cheese with havarti and sourdough topped with coarse sea salt

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Photo of argock
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 4-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Crystal clear amber with nice almost 2 finger head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy with sweet caramel malt and hot, solventy alcohol. The hops are piney and herbal and not a lot else. There is a BO type of sweaty sock aroma in the background.

T: The flavor is heavy caramel and hot, solventy alcohol. The hops are piney and don't play well with the solventy, jet fuel alcohol character at all.

M: Very slick and and somewhat astringent due to the big booze factor.

O: Not very good, but I have a feeling this is going to be a lot better with 3-4 years on it with all the caramel sweetness and the heat. Definitely not going to have another fresh (?) one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three finger thick head on a cloudy amber copper body. Aroma is fairly malty with musty caramel malts, red wine, candied citrus and earthy hops. Flavors are bitter, floral and earthy hops, caramel malts. Definitely malt forward and verging on barleywine realm with candied citrus and pine as well. Medium body, oily palate and light to moderate carbonation. Too malty for me and not well balanced enough.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sweet deal picked this one up mixed and matched for $1.75. Not bad for 10%

A - Well I can see in the pour it's as thick as a imperial stout. Color is a hazy amber brown, kind of like a barleywine. Head is a 1/4 inch but settles slowly to a thick lace ring. Lacing is freaking awesome.

S - Well it seems more malt forward with mild doses of caramel malt, oak, and some bittering pine. Alcohol is also a tad noticeable in the smell.

T - I like how the caramel malts play in the taste to deliver a sweet taste. It's more of a barleywine, maybe because of the age I do have some sediment at the base of the bottle. Hops do seem to make an impression but more of a subtle maple colored mango with no notable IBU's.

M - ABV is well concealed giving no notable burn or taste.

Overall I am not sure how sneaky this Pete is. It is a very different DIPA that I am used to, and does seem to creep up on you with it's massive ABV. I may have to try this fresh since now it's a total malt bomb.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous cloudy brown like apple cider and a thin white head quickly dies to a few scattered bubbles, although any movement returns a dusting of head to the suface of the beer. The alcohol dominates the nose, sitting atop a thick molasses/maple syrup malt base.Some faint piney hops, but far less than i expected. Tastes a lot like it smells, there is the initial hit of alcohol, follwed by a thick, although not as sweet as expected malt body. The hops play more of a role on the tongue lending good length and bracketing the malt to give this beer some complexity. I will say this is better than i expected, good mouth feel, nice restrained carbonation. The malt and hops, although not overly nuanced, play well with each other, strating with a good sharp hop bitterness flowing into malt sweetness and then ending with a dry piney aftertaste. Not really an Imperial IPA in the American sense (hop heads will be dissapointed) but certainly worth a drink.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz. 12 oz from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge MA.

Rich amber color body with off white head. Head retention is decent but no lacing. Highly carbonated. Bottle conditioned (plenty of yeast at the bottom.)

Smell is not that appealing. Booze and something very strange.
It's a shame is in the double IPA category, because it is up against remarkable delicious smelling beers.

The flavor... I think I taste brettanomyces or some souring culture. Its weird because I read many reviews and they sound nothing like this beer. The tartness is subtle, but completely undeniable. Perhaps the culture was suppressed by the ABV and hops content. I've had and made countless IPAs and am also extremely familiar with sours. So I am speaking from experience and not from my ass. Intentional or not, I'm convinced, & I kind of like it. The sour comes off as strange and surprising. The bottle was highly carbonated and the body is very thin, so perhaps it was unintentional.?

Flavor profile is a citrus punch from American-tasting hops, mixed with a cherry tart yeast flavor towards the end. Overall alcohol is quite apparent, and warms the esophagus. Bitterness is strong and hits the same time as the brett. Almost no sweetness to the body. Carbonation is acidic to the tongue. Very unique, like Barleywine treated like an Old Ale.

Note: The flavor was consistent through all two bottles in 4 pack. I'm cellaring the last two to see what the brett and alcohol do over time.

Just an update:
I aged out the Pete roughly 6 months. When I pulled the bottle from the cellar - I came back to a massive pellicle floating on top. Opening the bottle, it was an intense gusher rather than being properly carbonated like my previous bottles.

The aroma is now more of a stench. It smells like rubber and hay. No hops left, and what I thought was brett I have to assume is some nasty bacteria. Drink this one fresh. If Sneaky Pete consistently has this souring agent, it does not age gracefully. The first two were delicious, & I have no desire to drink the age example. the flavor smell and aftertaste are retched.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: cloudy dark orange; thin but creamy head; cloudy; good lacing
S: malty; whiffs of bubble gum with grass just below
T: malty, hoppy, intense; dose of citrus/orange; lots of malt, alcohol; overwhelming even for the genre

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Photo of deepchills
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA at Halls. I don't see a price tag on the bottle, but I think it was $9 for a bomber.

A dark amber pour with big head. No lacing thoughout the tasting.

Fantastic rye, malt and pine nose with the rye being almost overpowering.

Huge sweet malt & caramel taste with lots of rye flavor, along with light hop bitterness. There is some honey in the middle and some fruits sneak through as well from underneath the powerful malt rye.

Very easy to drink, though every so slighlty undercarbonated. (Everyone's a critic!)

This is a unique IIPA, so much so that maybe it's something else? That being said it is delicious and will find it's way into my regular rotation.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, amber-red color with little head.

Rich, sugary malt aroma blended well with an alcohol background. Didn't notice any appreciable hop aroma.

Big malt taste, caramel and faint hints of apricot or peach. Strong bitterness sneaks up through the sweetness at the finish. Alcohol presence hits strongly in the end.

Heavy body, somewhat clean finish.

A big, almost brutish beer. Perhaps a bit too wild for my tastes, but probably okay for the intended style despite its rough edges.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper brew, small off white head

S: Big caramel malts, pine and citrus in the hops. Very much like Lagunitas beers that use CTZ hops.

T: Follows smell, but orange citrus hops prevail on the front end, drying out to the pine on the back end. Lots of crystal malts in this one- lending themselves to a big caramel character too.

MF: fairly thick, but not chewy.

Really nice beer, my first from laughing dog. It really reminds me of a lagunitas beer- which is one of the highest compliments I can give a beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cpolking
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

he beer pours a very deep amber, dark copper, burnt orange in color. There is an inch of thick, creamy head of off-white foam that leaves a medium density of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is big and jammy, orange marmalade, some tropical fruit, some pine, and strong sun tea.

The taste is heavenly, creamy, big jammy fruits, orange and tropical, lots of tea and crusty bread underneath, well-balanced. The finish is perfectly bitter, moderating the sweetness that would otherwise come from all the fruit and almost caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and surprisingly light for all the flavor and high alcohol content.

The aftertaste is long, lingering and pleasant, reminiscent of all the original flavors. This beer is stellar, utterly delicious.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep almost blood red color with a slight translucent quality and a big fluffy, cream colored head.

The aroma is definitely more of the malt-forward IIPA variety with big caramel malt sweetness, some nuttiness, slight sweet fruitiness. But, even through the big malt front, there's definitely some sweet citrus and resinous pine notes too.

The taste is big and malty too. Caramel sweet malts, candied fruits, a tinge of alcohol in the back of the throat. There's some bitterness, slightly lingering. Again, it's a very malt driven IIPA. It does have a month or two of age on it, but, even super fresh, you can tell that this is a malt driven beer.

It's full bodied, nice and creamy, with a good slickness about it. Low carbonation feel.

I Like a maltier IIPA sometimes, and this is a good one.

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Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK. This is more of a grape style red ale. This is not an IPA, and it is especially not an imperial IPA. It is an OK malty beer. It is actually something closer to a Red IPA. Fails on the marketing, but it's not horrible.

A. Dark red brown. Good head and lace.

S. Very nice nutty scent.

Please read above for the taste, mouthfeel and overall.

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Photo of Momar42
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip

A - one finger of medium tan bubbly foam. Dissipates quickly with nice froth left over. Medium lacing down the glass as I drink it. Fairly opaque hazy brown.

S - earthy, malty, with faint pine notes. Little to no citrus present at all. Nose is less than I expected or hoped for.

T - like it smells, earthiness comes thru in the taste. Hops don't announce themselves till the back side. For an IIPA, this is different and not in an altogether desired way. Piney, dirty earth hop flavor lingers.

M - moderately coating mouthfeel. Lower carbonation than I was hoping for. Overall a decent mouthfeel but lacking in anything remarkable.

O - first impression was "meh". Good but nothing remarkable. Booziness is present and becomes more pronounced as it warms. No born on date so no way to know the freshness of this beer. Aftertaste lingers for a fairly long time and not in a 100% good way. There is an averageness that just fails to impress. An "OK" beer, slightly less so for an IIPA tho. Not unsinkable but not one I'll search out for again.

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Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= nice copper-amber, nice foamy off-white head.

S= tangerine is what seemed to hit me in the nose; very nice citrus, bready malts, sweetness.

T= bold hops but not at all what I expected as far as hops flavor-- a more unique and complex combination of flavors yet with high IBU. Nicely complex bready malts, slight honey, plentiful citrus and fruits.

M= the complex malts and complex hops create what seem to be a more unique aftertaste and feel.

O= decent, I hope to try on tap again and will update as necessary. It went fine with broiled cod and baked potato.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle..

Appearance - Poured a finger of golden yellow head, color of the beer is a transparent deep copper, leaning towards red, just gorgious. Leaving some nice lacing.

Smell - Wow, citrus, grapefruit, pine, juicy green hops, even getting some tropical smells like passionfruit and mango, delicious!

Taste - Exactly follows the nose, starts out with lots of complex citrus and tropical flavors, grapefruit, grapefruit and orange zests, some mango and passionfruit, gentle transition to floral hops, sticky green hop buds and just a touch of pine. There is a malt and citrus sweetness, also what I would describe as a sticky natural hop sweetness, no honey or carmels here, and just enough to balance out all of the other green hop and citrus rinds and zests.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't feel quite medium because of the tartness of the citrus and hops. The sweetness feels much more natural and organic, not syrupy or mouthcoating - but the flavors are definitely bold and complex, and the hops are sticky and substantial. Carb is nearly medium, and adds a welcome crispness, and a few edges on the sides of the tongue. This is a very drinkable and refreshing imperial ipa.

Overall - While I almost prefer just a little more sweetness, I am blown away by the boldness of the flavors, but they are so well harmonized and balanced, no standouts or punches at all. Alcohol is well hidden, even at 10% - although you will start to feel it halfway through the glass. 12oz of freshly pressed sticky hops, two thumbs way up from me :o)

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Photo of spinrsx
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with dark fruits. Something along the lines of raspberries or currants.. There is also a bit of buttery flavour and some mildly bitter hops. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I wasn't sure what to make of this one.. can't say I've had a beer that tasted quite like it. It's like a dubbel mixed with a barley wine and a DIPA. Points for tasting different, but I was hoping for the usual DIPA flavours. The alcohol was well hidden but something about the flavour tastes too artificial. Still worth a try if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Bottled 3/10/12, so about a month old.

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a small off-white head. Leaves a good lacing.

S - Caramel malts, tangerine, grapefruit, and some pine sap.

T - Starts with very sweet toffee malts and some tropical fruit. The piney hops come in late, but they are accompanied on the aftertaste by the malt. Very, very balanced beer and the alcohol isn't too noticeable for a double digit-er.

M - Medium bodied, maybe a bit on the sticky side. Good carbonation.

O - This is a very balanced DIPA which is certainly "Sneaky" as the name suggests. I never would have guessed 10% ABV. Very good, but not spectacular considering how many great DIPA's are out there.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass and the brew makes a tan colored two finger thick foam cranium, and the body is dark copper in color an mildly hazy.

The aroma is fruity, fig, caramel and toffee, pine, fresh cut grass, and slight perfume.

in the tase, I'm getting dark dried fruit, mixed with apple. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Feels well carbonated, thirst quenching for a strong beer, and a defenit alcohol warmth in the end. Damn good imo.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The burnt amber colored body was clear, and the carbonation was modest and gentle, forming a one finger thick foamy head. The head was very durable, and formed a solid sheet of lacing. The aroma was somewhat timid for the style, with the hops coming across more earthy and herbal, than piney or citric. The taste was much more aggressive than the smell suggested. The hops provided a massively bitter and spicy assault on the tongue upon first sip, and the prickly spiciness just lingered on and on. The hop oils in the taste were enamel removing bitter, and I loved them for that. There was a burnt sugar sweetness, and a hint of nuts as well, but they were soon forgotten under the hops that steamrolled over them. The mouthfeel was sticky and creamy, and the alcohol was very warming. The aftertaste was everlasting. This was a very different kind of IPA than most, and yet still firmly within the realm of drinkability.

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a rather dark burnt orange that has a cloudy look. Cream colored head with giant bubbles and tiny one too. Aggressive pour made a three-finger head that receded pretty fast down to a quarter inch and left decent lacing.

Smell: Faint smell of tangerine and honey. The smell is VERY underwhelming.

Taste: A little citrus, but not enough for the style. When I purchase an imperial IPA, I expect to be slapped in the face with hops. This is more like a glancing blow on the chin. It is very balanced because of the three types of hops. For a 10% brew, there is almost no hint of booze. For an ale, its excellent to outstanding. For an IPA, its medium to low.As the brew warms, I am starting to taste some hops, but more honey and clover with a hint of grapefruit. Probably will get better with warming.

For mouthfeel, I would give this brew its highest marks. I love an IPA with the cask conditioned feel out of a bottle. Retaining nice head in the glass, but in the mouth it is very smooth and rich with little harsh carbonation. Very well done. Probably the only reason I would give this another try because its almost a strong ale style and not an IPA.

Overall: Glad I bought it as an assortment of six different brews. It really isnt an IPA in terms of bitterness or hoppiness. The closest relative I can find for it in taste is Dogfish 90 with a spoonfull of maple syrup. Average IPA, good ale.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
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