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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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.87/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark red, cloudy, slight white head. Aroma of fresh hops and an odd smell of vinyl/plastic. Taste has a bitter mouthful of strong hops, astringent/dry/bitter nuts (walnuts or pecans), and a touch of maple syrup. The malt has a slightly tart taste, maybe a bit creamy, and the bitter nut/hop taste bites through. The bitterness of the hops and nutty flavors almost taste like plastic of vinyl with their extreme astringency. Mouthfeel is extremely bitter, it lingers and becomes a bit less extreme, but it is too bitter. Both the taste and mouthfeel have a lingering taste of vinyl/plastic that never quite goes away and it quite unpleasant. It would be a decent beer if it weren't for the vinyl taste that bites the tongue.

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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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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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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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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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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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of MrOH
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a thick khaki, 1.5 finger head. Darker than most DIPAs. Great lacing.

Smells great. Pineapple, tangerine, mango, strawberry. A bit of caramel underneath it all.

The nose doesn't carryover to the palate. Caramel is much heavier, you still get the pineapple and citrus, but it finishes very pithey with some alcohol.

Syrupy heavy on the mouth, I tend to like a bit lighter on this style.

Not bad, glad I got a 12oz and not the bomber, it would be way too much.

Edit: looking at the other reviews, this one must drop off quickly. The first few are all As, the most recent Bs.

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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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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.
3.87 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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