Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA
Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.88 | pDev: 12.63%
Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA
Notes: Contract brewed by Laughing Dog Brewing.
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Reviews by TheSarge:
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Apr 08, 2012
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Trena from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Apr 25, 2013
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TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Sep 16, 2013
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JayWhiteNM from New Mexico

4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Apr 22, 2013
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KHanz from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

May 04, 2013
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Gregafree from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

May 29, 2013
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DemoniChris from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Aug 22, 2013
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LaBeLWHR from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Jun 08, 2013
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BryceB from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Jun 19, 2013
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angolmois from Nevada

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Oct 16, 2013
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kmos27 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Oct 09, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jun 09, 2011
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Apr 02, 2012
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with ample lastingy lace. Aroma is stanky, piney, fruity fresh hops.

Taste starts malty sweet, then comes on strong with all the fruity hoppy flavors seen in the nose, and closes alcoholic and lingeringly bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy for the abv. Great stuff.

May 17, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When opened, the bottle overflowed. Lots of foam left in the bottle after the initial pour. That said, it is a modest head, but very rich and thick. Goes down slowly and leaves plenty of ring lace on the glass.

Strong amber malt/alcohol aroma. The hop is not as pronounced as some IIPAs.

This is a well balanced Imperial. The malt shows up nicely without any of the oiliness that comes from an unbalanced alcohol level. Creamy start without any sweetness. Great body, low carbonation. The hop is the story of the swallow and the aftertaste which lasts in minutes, not seconds. Lots of grapefruit and white pepper in the finish.

Apr 17, 2011
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep copper amber color with a one fingered off white colored head and super fine, tight bubbles.

S - Has a very slight slight PVC smell which is a little disturbing. Mild grapefruit, pineapple, citrus fruit, and some pine mixed in with a caramel backbone.

T - Just like the nose, has a very, very slight PVC taste up front (which I think squashes the potential pineapple character this beer could have), before being quickly subdued with a nice wall of citrus and pine bitterness. Of the different hop bitterness flavors, the pineapple is a little more dominant as the grapefruit and pine follow in unison on the tongue. Towards the end, there's another short burst of pineapple, followed by a piney caramel finish. The bitterness seems to intensify as the sip develops. There's some alcohol warming in the throat but in terms or taste and aroma, at 10%, I have to say it's rather well hidden.

M - The finish is bone dry and leaves the mouth coated with a moderate layer of caramel and pine. Body is on the heavy side of medium, which I really like. As I work my way through the bottle, the mouthfeel gets a little thicker.

O - I just discovered this beer today at my local beer distributor and being an IPA head, had to try it. Sneaky Pete drinks extremely well, and aside from that slightly annoying PVC nuance, this is a really good beer. Because I have kids and have seen Toy Story about umpteen times, I keep referring to this beer as "Stinky Pete", inadvertantly, of course! Definitely worth checking out, I'd buy another case.

Mar 18, 2011
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droomyster from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body that all bu impenetrable, with two fingers of tan head that show no signs of dissipating any time soon. Aromas are packed with notes of molasses and toffee sweetness, with plenty of citrus hops and earthiness to add support. Mouthfill is extremely full and creamy, with burnt orange peel and brown sugar lingering long on the finish. The is an extremely complex beer and one well worth trying.

Oct 01, 2011
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Aug 22, 2011
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akttr from Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Aug 25, 2012
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Dec 17, 2012
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BRLockwood from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

May 27, 2013
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therica from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Apr 29, 2012
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a little coudy and dark burnt orange, with lots of lacing. That's the best thing about this brew.

From the first sniff and taste, this disappointed. It has a dirty, off taste that I can't identify. It's too bad I have three more. I would not serve them to friends.

I will put a couple in the aging bin and see if it is better later. There is no clue on the bottle whne this was made.

Oct 15, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hamdpen -a 12 oz sampled from a cervoise chilled but allowed to warm gradually.

A deep amber bordering on copper with a moderate amount of haze and cream colored cap w/ ultra fine bead. The lace clings in a thin film with a head that has a whipped appearance and retention is very good. Clarity seems to get clearer after a while, perhaps just chill haze with some visible carbonation. The smell is good with fragrance of grapefruit and light pine from the hops with a mild sweet malt aroma and gentle alcohol ester. The feel has a nice amount of bitterness w/ mild sweet smooth malt backing but it is a little high in alcohol in the feel with warming quality that combines with the bitterness into a strong and drying finish.

A good amount of hop flavor w/ spicy and piney elements and light citrus which is more orange in flavor but the aroma make s the taste come off as more bitter than it is w/ spiced flavor almost grassy accents in moderate astringency. The overall effect of this Imperial IPA is that it wasn't terrible, but the beer starts out ok and doesn't improve at all as it warms. The smell is good and the initial flavor has some good points, but the high alcohol is the downfall and lack of malt, just the sweetness doesnt help either. I would say it is decent if you want to try it, but don't expect too much either.

May 01, 2011
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rapidsequence from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a four pack purchased at Neds.

Appearance: Damn its dark for an IPA. It could easily pass as a brown ale. Thats a turnoff, but the head is attractive and the lacing is dense and sticky.

Smell: Hops are PineSol and Brachs orange slices. There's a dark caramel, almost toasty aroma and a grainy smell that I don't much like.

Taste: Again, too much too dark malts. Rich caramel and light toast. Nice balancing hops bitterness and dry citric and pine flavors. A bit of the grainy flavor comes though, but it doesn't bother me. Weird but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and heavy, saved by ample carbonation and a dry boozy finish.

Overall: Its very hoppy and bitter with good balancing sweetness, but its too dark, with too much dark malt flavor/aroma, and I hate grainy smells/flavors in IPAs. So, I call it fair to middling. To be fair, there's no bottling date, so maybe its old. But that's their fault, not mine.

Jul 08, 2011
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 149 ratings