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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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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 149
Photo of Zodijackyl
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 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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Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, thick, thick frothy off white head over a clear amber beer.

S - Sharp nose demolishing grapefruit! i love beers that smell like this - the "just shoved my nose in a grapefruit" smell.

T - Grapefruit, earthy/grassy and evidence of some alcohol going on.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated with fairly little aftertaste. Dry as hell on the finish

O - Pretty nice, but I would love to see this a little more well balanced. At least hide the alcohol a bit better.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color it produced in my crystal mug was a hazy, amber gold, very pretty and inviting. The head is white and leaves nice lacing after it dissipates.
I smell peach, lemongrass , malty flavors and caramel.
The taste is quite a pleasant surprise. The fruity flavors I described earlier will meet you up front, immediately greeted my the malt in the middle, and being checked by a good hopselection.
You can certainly feel the alcohol I this one. A very good brewing job. I will certainly recommend this beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber body (clear) with a frothy ecru-white head in my tulip glass. Laces appreciably.

Knockout hoppy nose. For non hop-hounds, don't let this put you off entirely, but it's accurate foreshadowing.

Taste is also hoppy (piney and a bit oily), but it's rounded out by some faint fruit around the middle of the sip. I want to say grapefruit, but that's too easy. Finish is bitter and hoppy. This one wants to warm up a bit, which keeps the hops from stealing center stage.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, not too fizzy nor prickly, stops shy of being creamy.

Not super drinkable, due to the hops, but appreciable nonetheless.

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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 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 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 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 jdb8507
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. So I have heard that this is a Hopslam clone. Not really, but very good.

Rich color, thick head. Huge amount of citrus, hops, but not too malty and bitter on the finish. Very smooth drink. Highly drinkable. Maybe not as full of flavor as I would like.

The smell promises to lead into huge flavor, but comes up a tad short. Either way, still a great beer. I would get this again and again. A double IPA you could drink a lot of.

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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 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 ShaneThePain
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle @ Molly's in Bethlehem. Never saw it before, but IMP IPA's call to me. Bottle says Laughing Dog brews it, so not exactly sure where it comes from.

Super malty with a pine hop flavor. West coaster all the way, quite thick. Had to take my time with this one, and while I prefer a less sweet DIPA, not a bad offering.

Try it if you see it around.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper-redish color. Slightly hazy. Off white head is 2 fingers easy. Generous lacing.

S - Smells of grapefruit and other assorted citrus fruit. Light piney aroma is present too.

T - Grapefruit/Citrus, caramel sweetness, rye bread and honey aftertaste. Hop bitterness & rye malt really lingers.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Honey makes this brew ultra smooth, yet a little sticky. Carbonation is in check and doesn't take away from the malty backbone of this brew.

D - This is a very interesting DIPA. The rye and honey malt really make this one stand out. To be honest, I didn't know what to think at first. It has really grown on me! It's a unique DIPA and one I'd like to return to in the future. I love that it's local, too.

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