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 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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Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of BHopp12
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: A very dark golden brown with a thick white head that remains throughout and leaves a nice sticky lace behind.

S: Very strong sent of hops and very strong malt with a touch of caramel

T: Immediatly the malt hits on the front end, then the hops take over with a touch of citrus and I get a slight taste of honey on the back end. AMAZING!

M: citrusy, piney, thick malt feel to it.

O: I have to say this is probably my favorite beer. Everything I want in a DIPA is there. I highly recommend everyone, especially hopheads, give this a try!

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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 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 powpig2002
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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

Great understated DIPA that can rub elbows with some of the best.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Simple and lazy dark green label with an illustration of a dog (Sneaky Pete?) having marked a beer pint as "water" with a pen. Notes 10% Alc. by Vol. Served into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour with a good head, medium retention, and some good lacing with a nice surface memory.

S - Rich and complex hoppy nose. Long citric notes, grapefruit, resin, pineapple... And the scent of good ripe melon emerges too. Thinking of that honey touch of a Hopslam there.

T - Taste follows the nose with hoppy sweetness, grapefruit, pine, pineapple and a honeyed touch of melon nectar. Nice touches of caramel and malt with a hint of rye in the background pushing up the sweetness undercurrent under the rich hops.

M - Medium body, working pretty well with a rather smooth, even creamy feel, and a nice finishing bite.

D - Great DIPA, too easy to drink in fact. Fresh, with a long and rich hoppy profile nicely woven throughout.

Notes: Contract brew aside, despite the credit to Laughing Dog, this is a really nice DIPA. In fact it is beginning to show in places entirely credited to Laughing Dog so we'll see how its perception/marketing evolves. In any case, Laughing Dog is a quality brewery, and on this contract they shine providing a rich, pungent, and long DIPA. Actually it is not out place when some say "this is their Hopslam style", because it rings a bit of a tune with the quality and range of that brew, at half the price.

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Photo of vaughnski
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours light brown/orange, pretty dark for even a DIPA.
solid lacing still around as i type this.
S- smells frickin amazing. its like mostly grapefruit and a bit of caramel and a hint of pineapple. one of the best beers ive ever sniffed.
T- honestly not as much hops as i expected. very sturdy malt backbone that allows underlying flavors like the aforementioned grapefruit and caramel to present themselves. hops are muted but still there, and the finish is clean and not heavy.
M- fantastically drinkable and straight up delicious. perfect mouthfeel that leaves the little bitterness you would expect from an IPA but an uncommon smoothness that is suprisingly sexy. Really goes down easy, no problem.
O- If i wasn't a tough grader i would give this an A+. its beautiful even despite the lack of hop flavor (this coming from a hop head). Still snorting in the gorgeous aroma of this beer which i hope never ends. Honestly its unfair how drinkable this is, considering the ABV and even though i am cheap and this was a bit expensive at $12 a four pack it was waayy worth it and i will be buying many more in the near future.

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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 b3shine
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a bottle. Tastes great. It's hoppy, but in a piney, not overwhelmingly bitter way. One of the better first-try Imperial IPAs I've had in awhile. Very drinkable, especially for a double IPA. I was impressed and will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber hue with a bye creamy head that lasts forever. Thick crabby chinks line the glass and has sheety lacing. Strong malt aromas of biscuit and doughy bread along with piney earthy hops. Taste was very well balanced for a 10%er and is surprisingly non alcohol. Very nicely done

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Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a huge 3-finger, proteinaceous offwhite head, which was well-retained and produced some super sticky lacing. The body was a ruddy orange amber color, dotted with small bubble trains.

S- Big earthy hop aroma over a big malt backbone. Impressions of dried citrus fruits, grass and a slight, pleasant metallic.

T- A bold melange toasted malt and earthy and piney hop flavor... in nearly perfect balance. The dry finish is surprisingly light on bitterness considering the strong hop flavor. This come across more an an Imperial English IPA... and I'm loving it!

M- A big chewy body, with mild astringency and a soft carbonation. Unbelievably no EtOH heat!

Overall- This super-quaffable beer quite tasty and nicely textured. Deceptively high in alcohol... I would have totally pegged this to be a 7 or 8% beer in a blind tasting. I would definitely reach for this 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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