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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by biggred1 on 09-27-2011

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#44,678
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
195
pDev:
27.92%
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1/5  rDev -62.3%

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1.12/5  rDev -57.7%
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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1.25/5  rDev -52.8%

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1.3/5  rDev -50.9%

From notes on 10/27/13

Boatwain Double IPA from Trader Joes. Pours the color of bright orange yellow. Not much smell, but what smell there is isn't pleasant. Not really hoppy at all. Kind of a rust taste. Easily the worst pale ale I've ever had. But paid $2 for a 22 once bottle, so can’t expect much.

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1.32/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, off-white in shade, and VERY fluffy soft. Retention isn't very good, though. Having said that, it leaves some lacing on the glass. Well...um...it looks like a DIPA.

S: Hops? What's that? Could have fooled me thinking this was well-hopped...or any kind of hopped, really. Honestly, it smells like a fuckin' malt liquor. Cereal grains, cheap white wine, and lots of sweetness are the order of the day. If my name was Pablo or DeAndre, I'd probably like this a lot. If it was in a 40, ditto. Too bad neither of those things are true, so FAIL.

(I apologize to all craft beer enthusiasts named Pablo or DeAndre. Seriously, racial stereotyping is amusing in small doses, but can quickly turn ugly, especially if it happens on the internets. Wait...)

T: Oh god, this might be even worse. The best descriptor I can use is "subpar malt liquor meets horrible imperial amber ale." There is a touch of sweet caramel to start, which quickly turns into cheap white wine and cheap cereal grains. I'm also getting notes of sweat socks, cardboard, and plastic. There isn't a hint of hoppiness anywhere to be found. It doesn't even succeed as a malt liquor: I'd much rather go for Steel Reserve or Natty Daddy over this.

M: It's heavy, sweet, and highly carbonated. Kind of like a malt liquor, really. This kind of sweetness is absolutely unacceptable in a DIPA - it makes ST Unearthly look like a bone-dry, 4% blonde ale.

O: I love how the bottle top said "craft beer", as if it was soullessly harping on the fact that "yes, we're just like Sierra Nevada, and really cheap, too!", preferably in a Hindu accent. It resembles a proper craft DIPA much in the same way I resemble Idris Elba. Sure, we're both human beings, both male, and that's where the similarities end. This beer has set a record: not only is it my lowest scored DIPA (by a HUGE margin), but it has the lowest ratio of portion drunk to portion drainpoured. I just can't do it, especially when I know how sloppily manufactured its 'craftyness' is. $3 for this horrid DIPA facsimile is about $10 too much. It's so bad, in fact, I'm close to having a BSOD moment and I don't want to default back to Cliff Richard's settingsss--

ONCE IN EVERY LIFE TIME
THERE COMES A LOVE LIKE THIS
OH I NEED YOU, YOU NEED ME
OH MY DARLING CAN'T YOU SEE
WE'RE THE YOUNG ONES

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1.4/5  rDev -47.2%

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1.42/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

L -Light amber. Hazy. Short white head, not persistent.
S - Sugar and vague citrusy hops. A little fruity.
T - Not good. Indistint cloying sweetness. Bitter slightly citrus finish.
O - The two primary characters are cloying and bitter. Not a great combo.

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

This pours a medium amber color with a full, beige head. The aroma is fairly malty considering it’s a double IPA. The taste is sweeter than anything with lots of bready tones. It’s a lighter and drinkable beer but in no way does this even begin to compare to other IIPAs on the market.

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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1.53/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Hazy orange, medium carbonation, unremarkable.

S: Sticky malt bomb, little to no hop aroma.

T: A very sugary solution with medium bitterness and no hop flavor. Caramel and toffee dominates.

M: Very heavy, difficult to finish half the bottle.

Another abomination from this embarrassing 'brewery'. Craftwashing at its very worst.

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1.58/5  rDev -40.4%
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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1.65/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The appearance was right, but I got soap out of the bottle, nose-wise, and pepper. The pepper proceeded to the glass and mouthfeel, the soap did not.

A DOUBLE IPA? Hell, hardly an IPA, really.

Didn't realize this was Joseph Huber Brewery that's apparently been repacked name-wise a few times to hide their less than craft brewery nature. I got suspicious when the bottle listed it as Rhinelander Brewery but web stuff called it Minhas. That doesn't matter, however: except being annoying.

Crystal clear 3 or 4 golden srm with nice white head that lasts and lasts.

The pepper became annoying and I REALLY feel it's a phenol, not hops.

Pale malt/body right for regular IPA: tad off for Imperial. Pale malt in nose but so far back hardly worth mentioning.

Kudos on hiding the 8.5 abv, IF accurate. Usually I can tell even when hidden.

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1.66/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I purchased this for 2 bucks and change for a bomber which should have been a good clue that this is terrible. Pours an amber color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Double ipa? The smell is only malt and sulfur. The taste is that of a maltier rhinelander export lager. This is garbage. This should be labeled malt liquor. Rhinelander, be embarrassed. This is awful.

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1.68/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst beers I have ever had. Starts out terrible and then as you consume the beer it gets terribler. A truly terrible tortuous treasonous tacky beer. The brewery should be ashamed.

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1.71/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one poured into a snifter this beer exhibits a moderate white head that quickly diminished atop a rather hazy orange-copper color. The aroma is moderate-low hops--mainly citrus, a little grass, some biscuit malt and a little metallic, overall quite lacking, especially given the style. The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet with a bit of catty bitterness. The beer finishes a lot like malt liquor with more hops. The body is full and drinkability is quite low. Overall I will dump the rest of it. I'd rather pay more for good beer. If you're looking for malt liquor with better flavor then maybe this is for you, but this is NOT an 2xIPA.

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Imperial Jack from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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