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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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by PreacherBrewer:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper-redish color. Slightly hazy. Off white head is 2 fingers easy. Generous lacing.

S - Smells of grapefruit and other assorted citrus fruit. Light piney aroma is present too.

T - Grapefruit/Citrus, caramel sweetness, rye bread and honey aftertaste. Hop bitterness & rye malt really lingers.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Honey makes this brew ultra smooth, yet a little sticky. Carbonation is in check and doesn't take away from the malty backbone of this brew.

D - This is a very interesting DIPA. The rye and honey malt really make this one stand out. To be honest, I didn't know what to think at first. It has really grown on me! It's a unique DIPA and one I'd like to return to in the future. I love that it's local, too.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Killer suds—you’d think this beer has legs with the amount of action on the glass. Cloudy tawny hue suggests hop haze. Fresh evergreen sap, spearmint, grapefruit rind and tobacco fill the nostrils with a sting of warm peppery alcohol—very aromatic. Smooth, creamy first sip quickly unfolds into a battle of hops against alcohol and malt, but all seems to be a stalemate, which shows balance. Hint of catty or soapy flavor from the hops quickly leans toward citric before getting out of hand. Alcohol is very warming, but not hot, and the malt comes in with some biscuity undertones. Running a step or two ahead of the middle of the pack; enjoyable and certainly gave us our hop fix.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy malt-forward double IPA! At least, from the looks of it, as it's a much more reddish color than your usual DIPA, and even the head is a dirtier, tanner thing than the norm.

Kind of on the fence with the aroma. A certain spiciness is here, robust and kind of dessert-y, but nothing I can pinpoint finer than that. Maybe brown sugar, maybe cinnamon. And even before it's had time to properly warm a bit, the alcohol juts out a bit too much. Hops are citrusy, lingering more in the background than expected.

As the aroma suggests, this one's just as much about malt as it is hops. The malt is sweet and dessert-y, with cinnamon, brown sugar, toffee and tobacco having major presence. Hops are both salty and citric. A bit of an alcohol flare gives the flavors a pretty big boost, making this seem pretty aggressive in terms of its flavors. They come at you quick and don't let go.

Feel-wise this is great, round, creamy, not too heavy, a little sticky...just right for the style.

Well, this sure is an interesting double IPA, but "interesting" isn't always a compliment. In this case, it kind of is, I enjoy how malt forward this is, giving it a kind of sweetness that helps offset the salty/citric elements of the hops here. Definitely worth at least one try. Pretty cute label too.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber body (clear) with a frothy ecru-white head in my tulip glass. Laces appreciably.

Knockout hoppy nose. For non hop-hounds, don't let this put you off entirely, but it's accurate foreshadowing.

Taste is also hoppy (piney and a bit oily), but it's rounded out by some faint fruit around the middle of the sip. I want to say grapefruit, but that's too easy. Finish is bitter and hoppy. This one wants to warm up a bit, which keeps the hops from stealing center stage.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, not too fizzy nor prickly, stops shy of being creamy.

Not super drinkable, due to the hops, but appreciable nonetheless.

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a deep amber color with a nice white head.

S: Some citrus, and some pine mixed in with very nice hops. Truly a remarkable Imperial IPA.

T: There are quite a bit of hops present, which is a good thing, and expected from an Imperial IPA. One can also taste the citrus and a hint of pineapple. The alcohol is very well hidden despite ABV of 10%, making this a truly a remarkable beer in its class.

M: The finish is somewhat dry and leaves the mouth coated with a layer of caramel, pine and a hint of citrus. A very nice full body that leaves you with an exceptional mouthfeel.

O: An employee at Total Wine recommended this beer to me, so I decided to try it out. An excellent recommendation! This is "The" Imperial / Double IPA that I will continue to buy in the future. As a side note: I had two of my friends over, who have somewhat limited exposure to the microbrews, and they absolutely loved it, and went on to buy couple of 4-packs of their own. In closing, this is a truly great Imperial / Double IPA that I would recommend to anyone that likes a great well-balanced IPA.

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Mercy amber color with a thin off white head and awesome lacing.

Aroma is most disappointing. Smells mostly malty. Citrus hops a bit.

Taste is pretty good. Little sweeter than I usually like but not bad. Caramel malt and a nice hop bite. Little bit of citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is also a bit maltier than I like. Good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. I would buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber color in to the glass with a beautiful 2 inch head. The head laces the glass as the beer goes down.

Smell - very prominent hops with pineapple, orange, and some roasted malt hints.

Follows the nose really well. I think the roastef malt stands out in this beer. The hops and citrus fruits play together Well. No alcohol

Overall - its really easy to drink but can be dangerous @ 10% abv. I like the roasted malt that stick out in this one and makes it very unique.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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