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Imperial Jack | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Imperial JackImperial Jack

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 159
Photo of russpowell
2.67/5  rDev +6%
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 TMoney2591
1.96/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Going from the sadness of "Mystical" to the apparent power of "Imperial". Fingers are crossed. This pours a clear copper brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light grass, dry leaves (think Autumn), light powdered sugar, and mentholated caramel. This doesn't bode well. The taste, I suppose, brings in more of the same, but it all comes through in a swift-kick-in-the-balls of straight bitterness wrapped in dry, crusty, menthol-y caramel. Dammit, this shit hurts my tongue proportionately as much as a kick to the balls. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slickly-syrupy feel. Overall, this is just plain godawful. Seriously. I'm warning you: don't drink this if you value your tastebuds. Goddamn, man!

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev +19%
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 superspak
2.82/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apple, fruit skin, caramel, toffee, molasses, pine, orange, grapefruit, floral, bread, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Aromas are not really inviting; not a whole lot of aromas I would associate with hops. Not really too offensive though. Taste of caramel, apple, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, toffee, and light spiciness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, apple, caramel, toffee, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Very malt forward, with some slight cloying sweetness after the finish. Ok flavor balance; with just enough bitterness to not become overly sweet. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty mediocre DIPA. Quite sweet feeling; but has some ok flavor balance. Pretty smooth to sip on as well. The bomber was finished fairly easily.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not my first choice for Int'l IPA day, but the sole DIPA in the household.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour, finger of head with some retention and some random sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose and heavily dominated by caramel malts, hint of mustiness, and earthy pine hops on the finish.

T - For a DIPA the hops take a back seat to the caramel malts, coming through on the finish to provide an earthy balance. The bitterness lingers alongside a sweet lemon flavour.

M - A lighter bodied ale that comes across thin, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - For a DIPA this is rather disappointing, but I must admit the ABV is well hidden. Perhaps the hops were subdued do to the age of this bottle, but given the track record of the brewery I suspect it's more likely due to poor craftsmanship. Avoid this one, unless you're in dire need to find something to celebrate Int'l IPA day.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.64/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

220z served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear brassy copper with 3 fingers of white foam. Good lacing.

S - Big malt presence, caramel, sweet bread, slight grassy, some metallic aroma.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malt dominates with some light grassy hops underneath, doughy yeast, with hints of citrus on the finish.

M - Full bodied, thick feel, medium carbonation.

This is a one and done. Lackluster with low hop presence. Not bad but not good and very forgettable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: half finger head with poor retention on a copper with golden hue cloudy body.

S: near identical smell to the thumper with caramel malts and sweet orange/pineapple citrus notes. maple notes.

T: sweet caramel malts up front... is this really a DIPA?... with medicinal citrus and oddly matched hop bittering making this beer very irregular and disorganized. metallic content as well.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I defended thumper IPA from this brewery, but this is just bad. Drank half a glass, rest is corroding the pipes.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, no date. I actually had a hard time finding this listing, as the label on my bottle lists "Brewed and Bottled by Rhinelander Brewing Company". Is it contract brewing or something?

appears slightly hazy dark copper color, minimal head. not very hoppy aroma. sharp malty smell. doesn't taste like an IPA either - just biscuity malt, lingering odd aftertaste. thin to medium body, coats the tongue.

overall - where are the hops?

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: I'm not sure what to make of this. It smells like a middle of the road IPA, except with tomatoes present. It's not a generic vegetal aroma, it's straight up tomatoes. Aside from that there a light citrus hoppiness, some crystal malt, and some breadiness.

1.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Big tomato followed by hop fruitiness that is lead by persimmon, mango, and peach. Some crystal malt to go along with a mild yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a crispness.

2.0 D: Now I know why I this was selling for $2.50 per bomber. It's quite an awful brew to initiate an awful intRoduction to this brewery.

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Photo of bump8628
2.79/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just finished the Thumper IPA and can't say I was thrilled. This one looks pretty damn nice. Clear copper, huge, sticky white head. That's about where the compliments end. Overall, it's less hoppy than the Thumper (meaning it's not hoppy at all). Very slight herbal twang of hop flavor. It's big on malt. Thick caramel and some biscuit. Not too sweet. Maybe sell this to me as an English strong ale or big amber ale and I might bite considering the $3.50/750ml price. But this is in NO WAY a DIPA.

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Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and malt. Odd mustiness, too.

T - It tasted malty with grassy bitterness. Fairly unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharrp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is not a great DIPA. Unbalance and just odd.

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Photo of mattsander
1.53/5  rDev -39.3%
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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Photo of Florida9
3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy copper in color. Forms a decent sized off-white head that eventually reduces down to a thick surface coating. Some decent lacing.

S: Malty and bready with notes of caramel and toffee with a bit of herbal hoppiness.

T: Again, fairly malty with lots of caramel, toffee, and bread. There is a hint of herbal or citrus hops, but it is rather faint. Finishes with a bit of buttery diacetyl.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is too heavy for the style. Mild bitterness.

O: I've got to admit, this beer wasn't the abomination I was expecting it to be. Sure, it's a fairly average beer and it's overly malty and under-hopped, but it's drinkable and I'd still drink this over BMC.

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Photo of gkunkle
2.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouts a slightly hazy orange color with a thin off-white head. Lots of carbonation is visible rising in the glass. Head is rather disappointing, thin and retention is poor. Aroma is of tropical hops and caramel. Taste starts with a bit of caramel malt, then I get some sort of off flavor, I think it's an medecine like flavor. Mouthfeel is average. Really this is a pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bomber into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a hazy copper color with a white head about .5 inch that dissipates pretty quickly. looks dark for a DIPA

Ar- some hops but not much for this style. I almost smell more biscuitly malts than hops. Part of this beer smells similiar to something by BMC. I smell that metal smell.

T- kind of an equal mixture of hops and malt. The hops are bitter and don't really have any citrus profile. The malt is sweet, biscuity and almost too much for a DIPA.

M- medium bodied, lots of carbonation and a bit sticky.

O- not a bad beer, but definitely needs some work. I wasn't expecting much @ $2.99 a bomber, but even at this price I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of uwmgdman
1.71/5  rDev -32.1%
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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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 5 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Medium sized off white head. Well carbonated. Clear dark amber in color. Sweet citrus and floral aroma. Starts very sweet, like overripe oranges. The sweetness is a bit unexpected for a double IPA. Strange off flavor that is hard to pinpoint. Medium body, warming ethanol. Bitterness is light overall, becomes a little more bitter in the finish.

Not recommended.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a standard amber color with a return of the disappointing receding collar of white foam for a head, no lacing. Very light feel and texture, but well carbonated. Smells of faint grapefruit peel and herbal tones on top of a sweet malt hurricane. Tastes out of balance on the sweet side for my idea of a DIPA, in fact, it tastes more like a standard single strength IPA to my palate. Murky generic citric peel hopping flavor lightly accentuates a heavy blow of molasses and caramel malt. Too sweet for my ideal of an IPA balance, but palates do vary. I will say that the typical Minhas medicinal off-flavor does NOT show up in this one for me, nor does the ABV level ever show up as a form of booziness. But I also am having a very difficult time finding those "75 IBUS" advertised on the bottle, and this is a really fresh bottle too.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Richard.

The beer is amber, maybe copper, in color with a white head. A rather malty IPA, lots of bread and toffee aromas. There is a little bit of citrus peel and strangely enough, banana. Somewhat yeasty, too, which is strange. The sweetness carries over to the flavor. Lots of the same bread, toffee, and banana characteristics that were present on the aroma. Just a touch of citrus and maybe some pine notes. Only mildly bitter. Pretty mediocre (if not worse).

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Photo of PHKrames
3.71/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S-I poured this out of a 22 oz Bomber into a rounded pint glass

A-A very nice deep amber. Tiny bubble kept coming up well through the end of this beer. Very thin head.

S-Very bland smell for a Doulbe IPA.

T-After the smell, I was anticipating a bland taste, but was very shocked to find a nice oakiness up front followed by vanilla and a citrus aftertaste

O-I picked this up at the local liquor store for $3.49 on special. I am on a budget and thought, this would be a good way to stimulate my craft beer habit and for the price, this beer did not dissapoint. I will be going back soon to grab some more.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
2.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a Bomber into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A- Poures a very bright orange-like gold. Seems to be very clear for the style. You can tell just by looking at this beer that it is very carbonated. A constant stream of little bubbles is clearly visible rising into an incredibly large, off-white, frothy head. I'm actually a little surprised by it's very large two finger head.

S- A bit of an old musty smell swirls together with the faint smell of citrus-y hops that give off a slight, orange and mango-like, aroma. Some slightly malty tones seem to be present as well, however they are incredibly faint.

T- Incredibly light tasting for a double IPA. the taste is just faintly citrusy and semi-sweet before ending abruptly into an incredibly faint and over-prolonged hop bitterness. Has a unique light bit of fruitiness to it's overall taste. Leaves you wanting quite a bit.

M- The foamy head is delightfully fluffy while it lasts. after the few initial sips or so it dissolves away into just a single layer. The beer has an unusually light feel to it with little to no bite from carbonation despite the large amount of bubbels. The only really noticeble feel is a slight crispness that can be felt in mid sip.

O- A very light and bland double IPA. If it weren't for the fact that it say's it on the bottle I would think this was probably an American India pale ale, or even a pumped up regular American pale ale. It would definitely be a great beer for beginners who are just beginning to like hopped up beers but anyone else looking for their hop fix will find themselves very wanting due to lack of intensity. At the low price that it can be found at around Milwaukee for just as much as $2.69 the price really can't be beat I guess for quantity, but the quality definitely show's for it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +58.7%
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 wordemupg
2.22/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

650ml bomber poured into tulip 8/1/12

A hazy golden orange with little for carbonation, head, or lace looks like a still glass of beer. perhaps a dirty glass because the second pour gives me a long lasting thumbs width of off white foam that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S cotton candy and orange-sicle with a little booze and sour tea bag dipped in solvent

T quite sweet and a sour citrus thing doesn't help its cause, some grassy caramel, not a very good DIPA, tastes a little off and has a thrills gum thing going on too

M a little flat and syrupy, sticks too the lips but only a little heat from the booze, sugary aftertaste

O too sweet with off flavors, not a DIPA I'd drink again

not sure what I was expecting for my 3$ bomber but I still feel ripped off.

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Photo of powerss13
2.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a step up from the Thumper.

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Good Amber/Orangish color; not cloudy

Smell: Some grassy hop notes, with a balance of malts

Taste: Thought it would be better. You do get a decent taste of hops and a little bit of malts. Thought it could use more, especially going in and thinking of a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light (comparing to other Double IPAs) Get a tiny bit of grassy notes.

Overall: Givie it a try. You won't dislike it, but your not going to love it. Don't be expecting an out loud Dbl IPA.

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Photo of Duff27
2.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short lived whire head on an orange/light amber body. Some lacing left over and below average head retention.

Very faint citrus smell.

More citrus hops, slight grassynness. Decent malt backbone.

Medium. To medium thin mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Really not as bad as I thought it would be, which inits own goofy way is a disappointment haha. Wouldn't recommend unless your a craft fan on an extreme budget ($2.99/bomber)

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