Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
BA SCORE
48.3%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 174 ratings
Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Brewmaster Reserve release - Spring 2008

Added by sinistersteve on 02-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,525
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
174
Liked:
84
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
17.4%
Alströms:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark, hazy orange, with a very nice white head which faded down leaving a nice lace up the glass. Very nice pour from the can. The smell was a nice blend of citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple being the biggest players here with hints of tangerine and pine flavors. Alcohol also made its presence felt, tingling the nose a bit. The taste was nice and sweet, not overally so but well rounded sweetness. Nice citrus flavors again, pineapple and grapefruit. The alcohol again was noticeable, but as it warmed it was masked well by the flavors. Very nice bitter, dry finish, lingered and made you want more of it. The balance between the malt and hop flavors is very nicely done here, and the compliment each other well, and mask the high ABV nicely.

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Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this 22 oz bomber up yesterday, it was just released here in MN.
No freshness date on the bottle, but its not really necasary, as it says 2009.

Poured into an oversized snifter. Revealing a nice bubbly 2 finger white head. Receeding to a layer of globby misc sized bubbles. Thin strakes of lace is left behind on the walls of the glass.
Color is a glowing transparent orangish copper.

Aroma of sauted onions, mustard seeds, a touch of warmth and spicie garlich with hints of hempy pine.
The aroma is actually quite off. I cant say I've ever smelled onions and mustard on a beer before.

This is pretty interesting. The hops used in this are like nothing I've ever tasted or smelled before. It tastes similar to what you smell. If I could drink a bratwurst with onions and hot mustard, this would be it.
More mustard like pinie flavors with onions and garlic. The hops are failry earthy with spice and bittering hop dominance after the swallow. Its crisp and clean with a touch of a hop oil like coating on the toungue.

Very strange Breww....But I loved it. Should give me terrible breath for the rest of the night.

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Photo of sloejams
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Brewmaster Reserve, 22 oz.

Found this in the back color of the West Hollywood, BevMo in my desperate attempt to find a half decent chilled beer. It was in a box that clearly had a few removed from it, so I figured that was like saying, "You can but one too!" though the cashier gave me a bit of grizzled "Where you get this?" when I was at the check out. Oh well, I wasn't stopped and gots to take this new-to-me beer over to a buddy's for the evening.

The appearance was good not great: a bit light for a DIPA. The smell wasn't though - big citrus hops profile. There's sweetness in the underlining malt character but it takes a few sips to reach under the bombastic hops.

At 7.8 this is not an all day session beer, but it goes down very easily. Hopefully this beer gets made more often, I liked.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Slipknot, 22 fluid ounces of Imperial IPA, Brewmaster's Reserve 2008.

Into a smallish snifter it goes...fairly opaque orange, with mere shadows reflected behind the glass, slim white head above.

Piney, citric aroma, lemon zest, orange peel, a slice of lime...wet, fresh, and pithy. Nice.

Lovely in the mouth with just enough bracing bitterness to spank the palate, but not too much to keep you from reaching for more. Juicy, highly hopped, but dry at the end. Sits pleasantly in the mouth, and waits for more imbibement to come. More fruit jumps out, some peach, mango, grapefruit tinges, another squeeze of lime. Delicious.

Long lasting flavor, big bitterness, but still smooth and tasty. Beautiful!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, 2008

Pours orange/gold in color, quite bright and exhibiting nice clarity and a very large cream colored head that is very soft looking and retains well, slowly spotting much of the glass with spiderwebs of lace.

Not the biggest hop aroma, but if you get your nose down in there there's a bunch of grapefruit backed by lighter pine - specifically it's a sweeter ruby red or pink grapefruit, definately not the bitter yellow stuff. Nice and fresh, and a bit of alcohol shows itself along with all the acidic fruit. Excellent.

Very bitter, very tasty. Short of harsh, nicely done. Sweet toasted and bready malt is continually hinted at but I wouldn't call it balanced - perhaps in a few months. but I doubt it! The "smooth harshness," if there is such a thing, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Once again I'm reminded of ruby red grapefruit in the fresh hop flavors, but all the malt gives the impression of something even sweeter like tangerine. Just overall big full hop flavors and I love every bit of it. Alcohol doesn't hide - just short of boozy but it seems to add to the brew, almost making it spicy. Or maybe it is spicy; what do I know! Despite the alcohol it never becomes hot in the mouth, throat, or stomach.

Body is on full side of medium, carbonation soft, letting the alcohol and bitter hops do their work. You get bitter up front, sweet fruit and malt behind, and then another kick of bitter in the drying finish which really lingers. Just bitter enough to make me downgrade the drinkability score a touch, but this is too good to not slowly sip anyway. I'd gladly have another bottle of this stuff any day.

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Photo of ThickestHead
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass (in intervals).
Mostly clear, medium copper color with a foamy off-white head.
Smells of pine and kind buds, plus something sweet like a bisquit with white frosting.
Tastes of bitter grapefruit and some bready malt.
Medium body with decent carbonation and a bitterness (which must be from the hops) that stays with me but isn't overly oily.
Nice brew, I could sit back and enjoy one of these in almost any setting and just forget the hustle and bustle that beckons.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Head was easily controlled and was a light tan in color. Sliding spotty lace was solid. Light copper in color.

This beer has quite a bit of range. I get some floral perfumy type smells with some orange and lemon. First taste has me thinking this is a very hoppy beer but more in taste than in bitterness. A good thing in this case. While light in mouthfeel it is deep in flavor and complexity. Hops tend to dry this out towards the end and it has this mysterious saaz type feel to it. Lemony and zesty. This is a kick ass beer.

Notes: This and their session offering are my favorite from this brewer. This is a fairly unique take on the style and it works out nicely.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle received in a trade with Wasatch. The beer is golden colored, hint of haze, spitty looking head. The aroma is hoppy-sweet, some citrus fruit smells. The taste is very good, it has more malty balance than a normal IPA but isn't so heavily malty as to be a barleywine. The mouthfeel is OK, a little less thick than I generally like for a DIPA but maybe that's the price I pay for better taste (less malt). A very good beer that is much appreciated.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice huge head with retention that won't go away. Bright orange in color.

Smell is of citrusy hops and lots of them. The pale and crystal malts are dominated.

Nice citrusy hop bomb. Very nice and intenese with a good enough malt backbone to balance. This is a very nice DIPA.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and lacks astringency often found in DIPAS.

This beer is easy to drink and I could have several of them in a session. I wish I had more.

Thanks to ggl webster for the sample.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Brewmaster Reserve Sampled on 1-24-06

Appearance: Very transparent amber color with a generous white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin white layer. Very clear and free of sediment and debris. Looks appetizing.

Smell: Very malty with a hint of orange. Much sweeter smelling than I expect an IPA to be, but as this is a double, I don't really know what to expect. Slightly yeasty, but still appealing.

Taste:The first thing I notice is a very nice herbal hops taste with a bittering that stays in check with the slightly toasty malt flavor. I don't think I have ever had quite as tasty a brew. This, in my opinion would go exceedingly well with herbal Italian dishes, spicy Thai or Indian food, Sushi (when using wasabi...) or pretty much anything worthy of a good beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is apparently in a relatively thin liquid as the carbonation mostly left with the pour, but this also helps to keep the drink from being cloying and sticking to the mouth. This has a similar consistency to a tea but will kick up a little carbonation if agitated by pressing the tongue to your palate. Much drier than I am used to beer being.

Drinkability: I really like this, but it is a special beer which I will save for special occasions. This wouldn't be a great session beer because of the alcohol content and the fact that I want to just savor it.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace. I expected a darker thicker looking brew.

The smell was quite nice, quit hopy.

The Taste I find earthy both front and back with an interesting citrus Lime note in the middle. Very good, it really sets this one up as a unique tasting brew I would love to try again. Glad I have another.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a DIPA, Carbonation is good, Being mid-summer maybe its a good thing.

The drinkability is very good. I like it alot over all.
Prosit and a big thanks to Wasatch for this brew. MK

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and piney hops, touch of citrusy hops too. In the taste, piney hops with a nice balanced malt presence. A small bite, yet quite smooth mouthfeel, and piney hop and semi-dry aftertaste. Big piney hops and quite smooth for a imperial IPA.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slipknot Imperial IPA was a rich golden-copper color, with a white head and fine lacing. The nose was powerful and perfumey, with a clean lemon-lime citrus component and a sweet field flower hop boquet. An original take on the imperial IPA nose. The taste was good, with a moderately sweet honey-cantelope malt base with a lemon-lime transition into an assertive bitter finish with a lingering melon aftertaste. The body was smooth and somewhat resiny. I really enjoyed the melon and sweet flowery notes in this interesting interpretation of the style. Sure to please and intrigue fans of the style.

Served at the Full Sail tasting room in Hood River.

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Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Received in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks a lot Russ! Slipknot pours a moderately hazy deep intense golden. A ruddy two fingers worth of ecru head grew on the pour and had good staying power. The head leaves thick lines of lace down the glass with each sip. The carbonation bubbles are on the larger side and creep to the surface.

When I first poured this beer for some odd reason all I could think about was banana bread when I stuck my nose in the glass. After some warming and quiet reflection it turns into brown sugar laden grapefruit hoppiness. A drizzling of caramel sets the malt backbone. The grapefruit is amazingly fresh and in your face. Slipknot is a really good smelling IPA.

The flavor is a little toned down but follows the nose pretty closely. Brown sugar coated grapefruit abounds with a drizzling of caramel. A slight toffee floats around in there as well. There's a solid amount of maltiness in here but it's very well done.

The body is moderate with a somewhat creamy somewhat airy/light mouthfeel. The carbonation helps the body keep moving and there's a nice bitterness that grows with each sip.

Good drinkable IPA. While this is labeled as a double it toes the line. Which actually helps the drinkability considering the lower abv compared too many others.

Slipknot is a good IIPA from the guys at Full Sail and their Brewmasters Reserve series. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up if released in my area. This is a flavorful IIPA that's a pleasure to put away. Thanks Russ.

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Photo of charlesw
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huh. Almost straight up 4s on this one, too. You'd think that I wasn't paying attention, or something, but I really do this conscientiously. Honest!

It's a pretty good beer. No complaints. Nice and easy drinker. To get a higher score from me I'd like to see maybe a bit more head that lasts longer and a bit more sweetness and body to it. But, really, if I had access to this I'd be drinking it on a regular basis - it's good stuff. Not overbearing with the Cascades (and, hey, we can thank them for that!). No nasty aftertaste. Just a good drinking beer!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light orange color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with strong citrus elements as well a good background of floral hops and caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and pleasant hops bitterness, which caught me a little off-guard because the smell was more sweet than hoppy. Likewise, although there is a decent malt character and flavors of citrus, there isn’t as much sweetness as the smell leads you to expect. Once you get past the initial surprise, it’s pretty enjoyable. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, although it’s got all of the hoppiness of a 2IPA it’s kick is a little mild for a style. However, that makes the beer perfect to enjoy for a whole evening.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy, orange/copper color with a beige head that left some lacing.

S - citrus hop and green tea aroma.

T - nice balance of flavors, citrus, green tea and some sweet malt before a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - it's very easy to drink this tasty brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber hue topped by a creamy white head, with little carbonation in the bottle. Nice, sweet aroma of fresh, fruity hops, with a ton of grapefruit, white grape, and grass blended with a touch of light malt. Palate is well-balanced between light malt and fruity hops up front, becoming strictly hops on the dry, bittersweet, lupulin-laced finish. Mouthfeel is very dry, but conveys the flavor quite well. Very drinkable for a beer of this stature.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a clear, brilliant orange in color with a huge, frothing head that showed great retention.

Smell – The big, complex hop nose is spectacular. The pine is big but unusually smooth and the citrus is equally luscious and inviting. The orange and grapefruit flavors work in perfect harmony here.

There’s a light caramel smell as well, but this does not have a big, malty backbone like a lot of ADIPAs. This one is just a symphony of hops.

Taste – Amazingly, all the big, smelly hops from the nose made there way to the taste buds. You get the smooth pine, creamy orange, tingly grapefruit, and a few other flavors that I can’t nail down. Again, the malt is well in the background here and consists mostly of sweetish caramel notes.

Mouthfeel – This one is only medium-bodied, which puts it on the light side for the ADIPA style. It’s very dry though with a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability – If there’s such a thing as a session ADIPA then this is it. It goes down incredibly well yet doesn’t fill you up. I got a 2005 vintage so it is very fresh. I’m thinking you could cellar this for a few months to “malt it up” if you wanted.

Comments – Because this doesn’t have a big malty backbone like a lot of other examples of the style, some may “pooh-pooh” this effort by Full Sail. However, the hops profile here has taken things to a whole new level.

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Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with Wasatch. As he notes, my bottle is different from the one pictured.

A: The ale is a brown-orange mixture, far closer to dull brown than vibrant orange. The ale is almost flawless, nearly translucent but for a faint haziness. A thicker, fuller head leaves a nice band of lace throughout the glass.

S: The nose is a solid, hop-infused DIPA. Big citrus hops jump out of the glass, they are thick and resiny and gladly share the space with some piney notes. Nice and full-bodied.

T: I finally found a Full Sail IPA that lives up to its potential! The hops are thick and resiny, full of big, HUGE grapefruit flavors, sweet with the slight bitterness of orange peel. The flavors are not so overwhelming up front, mixing nicely with a caramel malt body. Mid-sip, the two flavors mix nicely, amping up both the bitterness and the sweetness. As the finish approaches, some tangerine notes emerge to guide the brew home. The finish is bitter and long, ill-defined at times but strong enough to leave you happy.

M: Lots o' hops, this beer does not disappoint if you are a hophead. The bitterness pops up from first sip to last, practically scarring the tastebuds with lupulin goodness.

D: For a beer with this much strength behind it, the abv is surprisingly low. I expected at least 8.5%, so this is damn near child's play. I am pleased and will trade for this one again.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlindPig
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured kind of hard and got a really big light tan head on a cloudy orange amber body.
S- A balance between sweet caramel malts and grass and pine hops. The hops don't jump out at you much at all. Hint of alcohol too.
T- Nice fruit juices from the hops. Balanced out with a malt body. The fruit juices really come out nicely with just a hint of pine in there too. Leaves a nice big bitterness all over the tongue. Alcohol tickles tongue a little bit but overall it is well hidden.
M- Medium/full body. A little bit on the chewy side too. Nice smooth carbonation to it.
D- Not a huge fan of the aroma but other than that it is a really nice beer. I love the fruit juices in it. IMO it's more of a blend between a IPA and DIPA. a one and a half IPA if you will.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/18/06- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

Presentation- 2006 version. 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Perfect amber description. Full one inch head which quickly disapates to about 1/4 inch. Small rim remains throughout. Medium lacing left behind.

Smell- The first thing my nose catches is a nice toasted malt scent. Maybe a touch bready. Strong honeydew like scent along with some green apples. Plus the typical grapefruit. Not really any pine though.

Taste- Full bitter barage of apple, peach and grapefruit flavored hops. Nicely backed by a equaly amount of toasted malt flavor. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower carbonated feel. Still have a slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. One of the better balanced DIPA's I've come across. Dare I say a session DIPA at only 7.5 abv? Tasty and easy to drink. Not quite as flavorful as the premeire DIPA's though.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather divisive brew this seems to be, at least looking on the top reviewers page.

I grade this an average but quite solid brew overall. I didn't intend for my review to necessarily clear the 4.0 mark, but I believe it deserves the extra 1/2 point in the mouthfeel on its merits as a double IPA.

Appearance is great, just right. Amber-orange thing going on, nice white cap. Good retention. Lacing is a bit puny and you can very clearly see objects on the other side of the glass; two minor knocks there.

Very pleasant but not overpowering aroma of citric rind, with a sort of mild sweetness that might be found at the back of more exotic fruits like pineapple. Malt presence seems light, shoved back, mildly sweet as well.

The flavor is actually reasonably well balanced in my estimation. I'm unclear why this beer would be considered such; I've had IPAs that I enjoy significantly more that I would call more weighted toward the hops than the Slipknot.

Flavor: Bready, pale malts with a nod towards a caramel sweetness that develops in the finish. Doughy, even; no indication of any type of cooking in the grain. The hops stick to the same notes as the aroma, and I don't find them overbearing in any sense.

The mouthfeel I thought was outstanding. If this were supposedly such an unbalanced outing, the thinness of the brew would have to be a noticeable characteristic. The fact is that if the amount of the hops is so much greater than the malt, the beer will of course take on the bitterness and dryness of the leaf, but also will be thinner and more watery than one that is chock full of grains. The Slipknot has a creamy mouthfeel with a yeasty finish; dryness results from the hop.

Drinkability is great for style; it's a mild double IPA that is more sessionable than most.

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Photo of peachy-tay
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 48.3% out of 100 with 174 ratings
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