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Imperial Jack | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rhinelanderbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biggred1 on 09-27-2011

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#44,378
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
193
pDev:
27.65%
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by Biergutts:
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1.12/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Imperial Jack is the weirdest beer I've ever tasted. It cannot be an imperial IPA, rather, it's a dank lager with a hint of fumes which escape slightly from the corpses of long dead hops which are completely overpowered by a mash filled dripping sweat sock of malt. The aftertaste hits you in the face like a mud - footed bullying jackrabbit, leaving you grimacing and saying to yourself, "WTF was that?" It's only saving grace is the alcohol content, so after a couple bottles you don't feel bad for having bought a six pack of this swill.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brent_B
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FadetoBock
1.58/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this at the Superstore liquor store and was shocked that they were selling a DIPA. Realized I got tricked by this shifty brewery just like the abysmal Bad Hare Day and Lazy Mutt beers they're trying to slide under the craft radar through their affiliate breweries.

This beer misses the mark so badly it's pathetic. It tastes nowhere near what a DIPA should taste like. One dimensional bready maltiness up front. A faint afterthought of bitterness that makes you wonder why they even bothered to use hops. The subtle taste of dish soap rounds out the experience.

Minhas is a blight on the craft brew scene. He can make all the shitty budget beer he wants but stay the hell away from craft. These crappy poser craft beers are popping up at all the bottle shops around here. My mother and sister went to buy beer (separately) last week and both ended up with crappy Minhas wannabeers despite their best intentions.

Drain poured most of the bottle, not worth the time nor calories....

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Photo of mctizzz
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours amber with a slight haze under a thin light tan foam collar.
S: a little alcohol and malt on the nose, not much hop
T: Starts clean and light and then grows with more body and malt and then the hops assert. Light fruit on the nose – plum, the plum lingers into the finish with a lingering orange rind bitterness. The finish is a little grainy and astringent in an off-putting way.
F: Medium to medium high carbonation, creamy
O: This isn’t a great beer but its better than poor and its cheap.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a sea of microbubbles and a sticky thick butter cream colored head that last a good bit.

S- The perfumy fruity esters has notes of pear and apricot with some faint green hop leaves in the finish.

T- The apricot ester taste blends with green hops flavors a bit softer. The spice note in the finish blends with the alcohol heat nicely. As the beer opens up there are some nice soft malt flavors that come through.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that sneak up as the beer opens.

O- This beer is very light and crisp with some good flavor just not hoppy. It has some good depth in character in the fruity esters but they almost taste artificial as the beer warms.

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Photo of richkrull
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of TheLevi4000
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber. Not quite grokking the matryoshka doll adorned leaping hare imagery on the label...cultural shotgun attempt?

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent scattered array of webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of grapefruit citrus and tart green apple, over a very subtle grainy malt. Fool me once. The taste is sweet muddled citrus, mild pine bitterness, thin caramel malt, and that dead organics, vegetal Minhas house character, that is mostly restrained in this offering, at least. Almost fool me twice. Proving an expectation finally realized, the 17-proof ABV is fairly well integrated. As far as bubbles go, this is quite average, nothing to dwell on; the body a lightweight medium weight, with graciousness, and surprising smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the suspiciously grainy malt floating in a realm of weedy hops that have been doused in Sunlight dish soap. No more foolin'.

If you had never had a DIPA before, and then stumbled upon this, you might think it all right. Not actually bad, or maybe even the shit. However, your concept of 'good', or 'great', or 'oh my fucking Jebus' wouldn't provide much counterbalance. Coming from the other side of the spectrum, however, this is just dressed-up shit.

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Photo of InsaneBeerLover
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of alamode
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Skabiski
2.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Vicsvapo
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sloppy Hoppy melange, though watered down and not so interesting. Some taste, but not the taste to look for. Get what you pay for. Golden yellow colour. Only a faint aroma. Leftover hops from the factory floor? One of the least enjoyable DIPA I have had.

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Photo of rossracing
1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The 7/11 of beer Nuffield said

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Photo of jcubz
1/5  rDev -62.1%

Photo of russpowell
2.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Damn, should've whipped out my glasses,if I'd known it was from these dudes, I probably would've passed. Here' goes nuttin

Pours amber/caramel with 3 fingers. Great head retention & lacing

S: Apple peels, nothing else really

T: Grassy, slight pear sweetness, maybe a slight bit of citrus up front . Some herbal hops with a whisper of woody hops too, a lot of apple juice & dryness. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, hops are muted

Where are the freaking hops??? A total fraud for lack of a better description... I can drink this okay, but very far off style. Sadly I got 3 more from these guys to review I guess you can't appreciate a good beer some times until you have some thing to compare it to

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Photo of FalconA
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of kushon1212
3.52/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Needs more hops to be a IIPA. Decent mouthfeel. Sweet bready cloying. Not bad for the price .

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Photo of ImperatorScab
3.04/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.01/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is an immensely tame DIPA. Despite the 8.5% tag it doesn't present much of a malt base. Instead the hops are a more floral variety, rose petal and perfume. There's an odd after taste I can't explain. Not impressed but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is not so good. A bit of hops up front, not nearly enough for this style, some malts, oh no, Now I am getting some of that Minhas flavor profile I know so well, green apples and plastic. Dammit man. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall the best quality about this beer was the low price tag.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.47/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Priced at $3.49... that could be a problem but for 3 bucks... I'll try it

No freshness/bottled date on 1 pint 6 oz. bottle:

75IBU

8.5% alcohol/vol

The grand daddy of them all, imperial Jack - robust, malty and heavily hopped. Who said "Jackrabbits " don't bite?

Poured a copper wheat looking ( cloudy ) goldfish rediish color... about a half an inch of cream brownish head that fell apart faster than any dipa I've seen.
Minimal watery lacing.

Smell was alcohol towards followed by some malt and hops but that alcohol punch is right there. A little bready not much citrus but it's trying.

Taste was different from your typical dipa... the hop oily alchol hits you right away. more malt kick right up front followed by bready date flavor. Finishes with a Tad of hop.. the overall hoppiness of the beer was not bad at all I'd say you probably taste the 75IBU (which is a good level) towards the end which gives it an okay bite but your first second of sipping is more malty - alcohol-y.

Mouthfeel was immediately wet and light but went to just a tad medium bodied and finished off crisp and dry. Carbonation was very prevelant in the ending...

Overall I'd say it wasnt horrible but wasn't phenomenal..For such a cheap price I'd say try it. It's a little different from a double ipa it has it's characteristics but it's stretching the boundaries a little. I'd say it is a cross of a standard ipa with a old ale malty doublebock beer. It wasn't bad at all but I might try it again....

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Imperial Jack from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 193 ratings
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