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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #200
Ranked #1,922
4.39 | pDev: 8.2%
Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
Texas, United States
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draught into a tulip glass.

Appearance is golden orange with one finger thick head and good retention.

Smell is a plethora of tropical fruit (orange, grapefruit pith, lychee, lemon and pineapple) and pine as well as some onion. The mosaic hops are leading the way with Citra in the background.

Taste follows the nose with pine and grapefruit pith most prominent with a solid malt backbone. Great balance of hops and malt. Low to moderate sweetness and bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden buy comes out a little bit on the finish. Flavors linger for a good 5-10 sec.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly oily with a good medium body. Carbonation starts out relatively low but increases as the beer warms creating a nice bite at the end.

Overall this is an excellent double ipa. The mosaic and citra hops are perfectly combined with a great malt base. Highly recommend this beer.

Apr 14, 2016
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

GROWLER: 32 oz. Brown glass. Screw-top. Filled at Pinthouse Pizza a few nights ago.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per Pinthouse Pizza's beer board. Expectations are high given a friend Collins' recommendation.

11% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. White colour. Foamy and frothy, with a nice thick even consistency and a good bubbly complexion. Retention is shockingly good for the high ABV - easily 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it slowly recedes.

BODY: Clear somewhat vibrance yellow-gold. Translucent. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Overall, it's a nice appearance for an imperial IPA, but has no stand-out characteristics that make it unique or special looking.

AROMA: Pale malts, melon, cantaloupe, and faint booze. I don't know that I've ever encountered an (imperial) IPA this melon-emphatic. It's interesting, sure, but I do wonder if it wouldn't be better with some citrus or resins. Is melon going to be enough?

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Melon-forward as hell, with bitter juicy cantaloupe stealing the show. I've never experienced a hop profile quite like this, but then I'm not sure I'm that big a fan of it; I think I'd prefer citrus, nectar, resins, or the like. The melon bitterness is nicely checked by the pale malt backbone. Unfortunately, the 11% ABV does come through, and it really holds the drinkability back. I do like this, but it's rather simplistic and doesn't boast much depth of flavour.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. Leaves much to be desired in terms of intricacy. It's not a real subtly executed beer, but the unique melon emphasis is fantastic and intriguing. This is certainly a different breed of IPA and I applaud it for not following the herd.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Too thick, hefty, and weighty on the palate, with an overbearing syrupy sticky feel. Overall presence on the palate is subpar, and it's overcarbonated to boot. There just isn't enough flavour to justify this kind of base.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. But it's certainly boozy.

Fails to elevate the beer, or even to complement the taste all that well. Subpar execution.

OVERALL: As much as I like Pinthouse Pizza, this isn't one of their strongest efforts. As interesting as the melon hop profile is, it's not enough alone to make this worth buying, and the booziness is quite troublesome, severely restricting drinkability. This won't impress the discerning drinker, but it's worth trying if only to experience the unique melon-forward profile. I wouldn't buy it again, and it will take some effort to finish the grumbler, but I'm glad I tried it once.

Low C+ (3.01)

Mar 03, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft into a tulip at Pinthouse Pizza.

Appearance: Murky yellow/Amber, with only a small, not so noticeable white head.

Smell: Lots of melon, pine. Cantaloupe specifically. Reminds me of Julius in a lot of ways.

Taste: Per the smell. Mucho melons and pine. Semi-bitter, light hints of bitter dark chocolate, oddly enough. Booziness is well disguised but still at least slightly evident. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Awesomely thick and sticky. Perfect level of carb, this is exactly what I want in a DIPA.

Overall: This reminds me of imperial julius. Really quite fantastic, wish it was available more often, but at least I just live a few blocks up the road.

Feb 14, 2015
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Getalegup from Texas

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow
Funky light citrusy hop smell.
Flavor is a little dank, a little citrus, light alcohol burn and bitterness on finish.
Flavor proves as it warms. Citrus notes and the carbonation become more pronounced.

Feb 11, 2015
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MLDucky from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

Loads of hops, great bitterness, with a touch of alcohol burn. Color was a hazy orange hue with tons of citrus, pine and earthy tones in the nose. Great, big double ipa. Easy to see why it took second at alpha king.

Oct 10, 2014
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