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

Dated 3/16/12, poured into a tulip.

A well balanced beer, that hides the alcohol deceptively well. A reddish/copper hued beer with very little head. Extremely quaffable, however there is very little hop flavor. Maybe a touch of orange citrus, but mainly grain sweetness that doesn't cloy. Low on the carbonation, but great easy drinking texture. A nice change from West Coast beers, but I wont be revisiting this one anytime soon. I like my DIPAs with much more hop flavor.

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

12 oz. bottle with a bottling date of 2/10/12, so about a month old; fairly fresh for a DIPA. Pours a light amber body with a substantial orange hue; mostly clear. Great three-finger, creamy head that has very good retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Light citrus hops and strong caramel malt are dominant in the aroma. Not much else going on in the aroma.

The flavor is not too different from the aroma. This is a very malt-forward IPA. The citrus hops are accompanied by a little bit of pine resin. The caramel malt is not overly sweet, but does occupy most of the space on the flavor spectrum.

Medium mouthfeel in texture and for a malty IPA, very drinkable. Definitely more of the East Coast variety as DIPAs go, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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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 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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Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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 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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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 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 Zaradog
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Visual: Dark for an IPA… Very Red, beautiful really. 2 finger light straw colored, dense foamy head that lingered for quite some time.

Aroma: Citrus smell, but less of the typical grapefruit aroma and more of a fresh pink grapefuitiness that seems to be mixed with something like melon… Cantaloupe maybe. (Really… cantaloupe? There must be something wrong with my nose). I smell a good bit of malty sweetness and a little whiff of alcohol, though less than what I expect from a 10% beer. The aroma is growing on me.

Taste: Right off the bat, you get the alcohol followed by a slightly burnt maltiness. This is followed by a swelling bitter finish that seems huskier than I expected. They do a pretty good job of hiding all that alcohol, but it still peaks through every now and then.

Mouth Feel: The beer seems a bit chewy, heavy, or thick feeling. The swelling bitterness tries to cleanse the palette but just isn’t strong enough. Maybe a little more carbonation would help the hops.

Drink-ability: Although enjoyable, this guy will definitely lead to palette fatigue.

Impressions: I like it, but it stands out as different from most of the other IPAs and Double IPAs I’ve had. It just seems too dark, chewy, and malty to fit my preconceived notions of an IPA. None-the-less, I like it. It was a pretty hot day today, maybe a little too hot to do this beer justice. I bet I’d be singing its praises if it was somewhere closer to 50 degrees out, instead of 90.

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Photo of rapidsequence
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 Rschis16
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than most IIPAs, a dark and rich copper color with a decent head on top, good stickage, and decent retention. Big resiny hops in the aroma, piney and some grapefruit. Some dark malts balance the smell out as well.

Meaty but smooth, lots of malt that comes close to how dominant the hops are, but neither really balances the other out, they just seem to compete with each other and neither wins out. But to its credit, both flavors epitomize "imperial". The bitterness is there and delicious, and the dark caramel malts are there and they are equally as delicious. There is definitely a boozy taste to it, but its not the main focus despite being 10% ABV. Overall its a pretty enjoyable beer, just in an extreme fashion.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a very hazy, deep orange-red color with af giner's worth of head. Retention and lacing are great. Aroma is full of piney hops and grapefruit. The taste here is that of a big, brash beer. Up front piney hop oil and big grapefruit. Finish is a bit malty, a bit hoppy, and a bit boozy. The mouthfeel is solid, it's a bit prickly at first but becomes a smooth drinker. The drinkability is very good for a 10% brew, this one goes down easily. Overall, this is a solid DIPA, even it it didn't do anything to wow me. It's surely more than competent, and better than a lot of hyped DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clean orangish brown. A bit of white head... great head retention. A bit hazy but overall not bad looking. Smells like simcoe hardcore! Lots of cat piss on the nose. really not bad smelling but the simcoe is over the top. Tastes very sweet and malty. Tons of great hops balanced nicely with the malt backbone. Good thick mouthfeel. Very nice overall. I really enjoy this beer!

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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 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 KYBrewgrass
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 4.5 Nice looking brew. Transparent light burnt orange color. There's a finger of smooth beige head that settles to a quarter inch throughout. Ultra smooth bubbly lacing with active carbonation. Somewhat slippery, somewhat sticky as well.

S- 4 There's a citrus/hop punch to the nose at first smell. Grapefruit and hops, that's pretty much it. Nice, although I don't get much else.

T- 4 Like its scent suggested, the Sneaky Pete tastes of citrus and hop oil. There's a hint of malt sweetness inside, perhaps a touch of honey, but the others dominate. Good but straightforward. Slightly bitter finish.

M- 4.5 A hair under medium in body. Crisp going down, and a great carbonation level that coats the mouth well and then finishes smooth and almost creamy even. Just a bit dry on the finish, but not too bad.

D- 4 This is a solid IIPA and is quite enjoyable. I could enjoy a few, and the 'Sneaky' is fitting as it sits at a decent 10% ABV and I didn't feel all that much heat considering. It has good flavor and feels very nice overall despite a slight dryness that is fairly common to the style. I'd recommend this one to fans of the style with no hesitation... Provided that it is fresh.

I'm surprised to not see a little better feedback after seeing its ratings now, and I wonder if freshness could be an issue potentially. I picked mine up as soon as it hit the shelf, for what it's worth.

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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 outsidah
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out into a pint glass. Good IPA, nice and hoppy with a nice finish. ABV is well kept, doesn't taste like if it were at 10%. Goes down smooth, no particular smell to it. I finished my first one without even noticing. Enjoyed this one, I would consider buying it again.

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