Imperial Coolcumber | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Imperial CoolcumberImperial Coolcumber

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Cynic-ale on 05-31-2014

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by SportsandJorts:
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4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a light orange color. A small white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind. Hazy and half way between clear and opaque.

Smell: does a great job at capturing a cucumber smell. Very subtle. But does remind me of cucumbers. Lots of herbs and gin spicing in the back. Juniper is present. But everything else is very subtle and blends well.

Taste: opens up with wood, juniper and other gin-esque flavors. A slight bite of alcohol. Ends with a juicy bite of a cucumber.

Mouthfeel: almost light and refreshing but strong and astringent at the same time. Leaves behind a herby, alcohol taste

Overall: amazing beer. Perfectly captures a cucumber and gives of the strength and character of gin. And everything blends perfectly together. A great tasty, strong and unique brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is pretty whack, but its downright innovative, i just take issue sometimes with when a beer is more ambitious in idea than it is good from an execution standpoint, and thats exactly what we have here. this should be more clear than it pours from the tap, it should be lighter in body, drier, and way more carbonated, not that its flat, but this should really pop, and it feels heavy to me. that said, the flavors here are awesome. its more basil than cucumber to me in both aroma and flavor, and beyond that, it seems like a thai or even purple bail to me, not a straight broad leafed green italian basil, there are floral and spicy aspects to it, really almost has an asian flare, not italian, from the basil, at least to me. cucumber is fleshy and dry, an essence not an additive it seems like, and the juniper and gin elements are also seemingly subservient to the basil, but still quite apparent. a clean almost menthol inhale to it, but more graininess and weight than these flavors seem to want in my opinion. i love how fresh the botanicals taste, and how different this is overall, but the refinement is seriously lacking, especially for these guys, and especially for the price. the idea is great but the quality of the beer should be higher overall. cool basil aspect though, my favorite part of this...

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of cjgator3
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reidjoshua
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 5/17/17

A- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention and leaves a ring around the edge

S- aroma is muted overall, there are some juniper undertones that is reminiscent of a Christmas ale. Hints of cucumber and gin barrel

T- gin barrel is more prominent in the flavor, highlighted by juniper berry and some herbal basil notes, also a bit of ginger flavor. Mid-palate brings out undertones of cucumber, the finish gives more juniper and herbal notes

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a thick slightly creamy finish

O- was a bit let down by this one, I thought that the gin would mesh better with the base beer. I actually prefer the base over this

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Photo of n2185
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy layer with decent lacing.

S: sweet cucumbers and watermelon dominate here with a bit of fir-like gin aroma.

T: cucumber and watermelon here as well with candy sugar, a bit of clove, and a light yeast bitterness. A warming gin flavor brings up the finish with a slight alcohol presence.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is fairly drinkable for its abv, though just avoids being watery.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. The gin, cucumber, and watermelon work together nicely, creating a unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The particular version I had was aged in Gin barrels. You do taste a hint of the gin, but overall you do taste a bunch of cucumber. As much as I want to like these barrel aged beers, they always seem to have a bit of a "funky" flavor to me. It kind of reminds me of that funk you get with some farmhouse ales or saisons. It's kind of off putting when mixed with cucumber and gin. It would be better if the flavors were a bit more "clean".

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of djgustafson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAXLOU
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcp5296d
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at WW 05/2014

Appearance: Dark Blonde, more clear than cloudy. Minimal head

Smell: A little barnyard but mostly GIN and cucumber

Taste: GIN is heavy but blends nicely with the style and cucumber notes. The hops, basil and gin make this beer better than the original. I would have never expected these ingredients to mix come together as well as they did. Unique, original, fantastic.

Mouthfeel: It was getting late and my palette was not in the best shape but crisp and dry for the most part

Overall: WW goes where no brewry has gone before....again... and knocks it outa the park. Please bottle this.

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Photo of NCJEFF77
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Imperial Coolcumber from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 58 ratings