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Pineapple Express Imperial IPA | Mickey Finn's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mickey Finn's Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Vdubb86 on 02-12-2011

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gravity pour into a fluted tulip glass, review from notes.

Pours a murky copper, nearly brown with orange traces. Fluffy cap of off white foam that rises above the rim with a crown of larger bubbles in the center. Sweet caramel toffee aroma, some overripe orange, and a whiff of alcohol when swirled.

Bready caramel malt sweetness dominates, some orange peel and shortbread notes, otherwise very malt forward. Low level resiny bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste after the sweetness subsides. Smooth and malty, full bodied and slightly syrupy, with medium to low carbonation levels in the cask. Nice to try, but one and done due to the abv and heavier feel.

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

Photo of xdtfx
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ralerwen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the brewpub.

Finally getting a chance to try this stuff. It pours a hazy brassy-golden topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, light yellow grapefruit peel, orange zest, light cilantro, light sweet caramel, a few drips of honey, and a smidgen of sweet flowers and pineapple. The taste focuses on the fruits' rinds, with some grapefruit and pineapple flesh tossed in for good measure; plenty of spicy greens join in on the fun, along with a bit of hemp and a good enough supply of honey. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA, one that's not quite as fruity as I both hoped and expected, but one that does not fail to supply plenty o' hops, baby.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CreedeSon
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oldvines
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackcompg
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on draft at Firkin in Libertyville, IL...

Appearance - a very hazy opaque apricot, about a finger of golden light amber head, left very nice lacing along the insides of the snifter

Smell - definite pineapples, tart and sweet, ripe citrus and lite pine also present

Taste - OMG - huge pineapple, semi-sweet, lite citrus and grapefruit, then salted carmels and vanilla bean, absolutely fantastic!

Mouthfeel - medium to full with low foaming carb, almost mouthcoating, carb lets some of the floral hop notes sneak in, drinkable but is much better sipped, alcohol perfectly hidden.

Overall - I would order this over and over again, great pineapple flavors, the salted carmel is so delicious and unique, the vanilla bean is such a fantastic compliment, this is a must try if you ever visit Firkin in Libertyville, IL!

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Photo of KAP72
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Krice99
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter on-tap at Mickey Finn's

This beer was served an light orange color with a white head. The aromatics were citrusy in nature, but were clearly there due to the hop content of the beer. There was a really strong sweetness to the beer that made it almost undesirable. The flavors were strong in orange and lemon, if someone were to say pineapple I would have a hard time disagreeing with them, but as for me I could not taste any pineapple. Nor could I taste any weed, hence why the name is confusing to me. The really sticky sweet mouthfeel is a rather large turnoff to the beer for me, but this beer is still rather drinkable, and is interesting for the first DIPA that I've ever had from Mickey Finn's.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The ABV has changed from batch to batch, but this years version is absolutely amazing at 8.7%.

Lots of citrus notes in this one with a great pineapple finish!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firkin at the Map Room. Served in a tulip.

A - Persistent creamy white foam that leaves behind spotty lace. Hazed dark golden orange body.

S - Light lemony hops, and intense sugary pineapple upside-down cake. Smells quite nice, but seems totally out of character as a DIPA.

T - Taste has more hops, but unfortunately of the slightly stale faded variety. The delicious malt character of the aroma turns into something quite bland and generic. This is more style-appropriate, but far less enjoyable.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, and a sticky medium body. The cask serving makes it quite easy to drink, but there is alcohol present in the finish.

D - Not bad. If it tasted like what it smelled like it'd be a really great beer, although not a very good DIPA. I'm curious what the brewing process was for this beer, as I was expecting it to smell like marijuana and was surprised it actually smelled like pineapple.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange/deep yellow, 1 finger head, really nice lacing

S: orange peel, dash of lemon zest, mild pineapple, mild pine almost undetectable

T: sweet citrus up front, mild firm pine middle, drawn out bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, firm carbonation, big sticky feel

D: I'm shocked, the description had me between intriguing and unpleasant. It was quite nice, worth trying. Wouldn't have more than one; the big alcohol sneaks up on you/well hidden.

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Photo of ALC82
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple Express Imperial IPA from Mickey Finn's Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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