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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 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 jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea who they are, and never heard of them until this beer suddenly showed up.

Pours a nice frothy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly, over clear amber orange beer with tons of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the glass, a bit of lacing as well.

Nose has a pretty nice hop aroma, fresh citrus hops, bit of pine, bit of tropical fruit, some malt aromas, a bit of a sweet malt balance, some light earthy hops as well, the aroma is nice, just muted a lot and hard to get out.

Taste starts fairly bitter right off, with lots of hop flavors, some earthy hops, citrus, light tropical fruit, very light pine, tangerine, nectarine, juicy fruits, and behind that is a nice big malt balance, the malts are crazy or even heavy but they let themselves be known, a bit of sweetness, light malt flavors, a bit of booze. Finishes a little bit drier but still a little sweet, some light booze, malts, and plenty of hops still going around. The bitterness never gets overwhelming but lingers for a loooong time after.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied but more medium, with good carbonation and hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nothing spectacular but a good drinking IPA, nice malt and hop balance, good hop flavors, the bitterness gets strong but not overwhelming to a pretty good balance point, the finish could have been a bit drier, and the nose could have been a bit more aromatic, but otherwise a nice take.

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Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Sam Adams glass. It poured a deep amber, almost mahogany in color. It started out with a big, frothy, off-white head to it, and lasted pretty well into drinking it. Very nice looking beer overall

The aroma shows a pretty big resiny pine and grapefruit hoppiness to it. I get a lot of sweet, malty flavors to it as well with some caramel and toffee shining through. Pretty nice mix of flavors overall.

The taste also has a lot of both hoppy and malty flavors. Again, I get some sweeter, caramel and toffee flavors coming out. Towards the finish more of the resiny, bitter, grapefruit and pine flavors to it. The sweetness lingers for a while wit ha little bit of a sugary presence.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is a little below average. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. The sweetness was a little much for me though and I'd rather that the hops shined a bit more instead. It was definitely big on flavor though, and pretty easy drinking as well. Decent beer but just not a standout in the style for me.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/11
*From notes

A: Rich, coppery red. It looks like an Imperial Amber. A really good 2.25 finger head on a nice pour, and some of the best lacing I've seen in some time.

S: What a crazy amount of citrus for a DIPA! It's freaky fresh, piney sweet hops and tropical fruits. Considering the high ABV, I don't detect any overwhelming amount of alcohol.

T: What a well balanced glass of beer. It's heavy, yet the fruit juice shines through. The malt take on a supporting role, as the hops really do carry this one from beginning to end. It finishes a slight bit weaker then I liked, with a watery and somewhat bland aftertaste.

M: Again, it's carrying some bulk here, but the finish really does come off slightly watery and thin.

O: I was caught off-guard and happily surprised to find this contract brew drinks so well. I was weary going in - I opted for a single instead of the four pack. In retrospect, I should have purhcased the four pack.

This is a quality beer. If you see it, don't hesitate to pick it up.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 Daniellobo
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 buzzy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Poured from the bottle a clear amber color with three fingers of creamy off-white head. Not much lacing around the glass.

The faint aroma is mostly caramel malts and brown sugar with a bit of pineapple and booze.

The taste is also primarily caramel malts with pineapple, candy sugar. The 10% is definitely present and warms the palate.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I didn't find the hoppiness that others have found and quite honestly, this is more like a barleywine than an IIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange colour with a finger or 2 of thick white head. Nice head retention with lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus and some pine with a sweet caramel malt. Very nice balance, but this is still definitely a hop forward double IPA. Smooth mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this.

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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 bcsbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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