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

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
173
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
18.78%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head fades to a coating of small bubbles, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with green hops. Taste is medium maltiness upfront, coupled with slow-starting hppiness in the middle, which builds up stean to the close, with some slight numbing. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is easy for the style. Cool to see a somewhat controlled IIPA that allows flavors to shine through, as well as using copious amount of hops.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper body. Pretty clear. Thin bubbly off white head. Lacing is sporadic. Aroma is resiny, fragrant, minty and smoky. This one has got some bite to it. A bitter pungency, like the bitter pith of a grapefruit. Borderline "off" with a solvent like fusel alcohol feel to it. The bitterness is pretty rough. Juicy and/or fruity hop tones are absent. Did they dump all the hops in at the beginning of the boil?? This seems a little out of whack and doesn't have a lot of body or malt to support the weird bitterness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good orange ipa type of color, a little bit hazy but nothing to be considered a detriment. Aroma was a little grass hoppiness, nothing huge, but not nonexistant, standard fare, evolved into grapefruit and then the pine that I was looking for in wreck the halls.

Some of the usual c hop bitterness, standard full sail fullers yeast type of yeast flavor. They didn't really go adventurous here, another one of full sails many ipa recipes. Pretty sweet malt flavors. Would like to see the beer go for more of the aromatic and softer hop touches instead of the longer hop boils leading to more and more viscious bitterness without other components to balance it out. But the price is always right with these, so I'd say check it out if you like hoppy stuff and you've never had it.

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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 ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at The Pilsner Room, Full Sail's Portland brew pub, connected to McCormick and Schmick's...served in a shaker pint, it was a clear orangish amber, with a touch of off-white surface skim.

The aroma is not as strong as I expected, mainly an earthly, mildly piny hop nose, with a gingerbread malt background, but nevertheless appealing. Just more subdued then I expected.

The taste is sweeter then the smell, caramel and biscuit, but still plenty of those earthy hops, providing a nice flavor and bitter backbone. Finish is a on the sweeter, malty side, in spite of the hops bitters. Not sure how strong this is, their menu also listed it as a double and I didn't ask, but there's no taste of alcohol. So presumably strong and no trace (tastewise) is always good. My impression from the first sip was that it was pretty good, but maybe not a much PNW hops as I'd have liked, but then through the first 1/3rd, it seemed too sweet...but by the end, I'd settled in and really enjoyed it. Overall, it's well done.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy, as well as to slick from the hop oils.

Well, this was a little bit heavier and sweeter then I'd have liked for a DIPA, and could have used more floral hop aroma and taste. But all and all it was rather good and went down easily.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Note bottle tasted on 04/29/07 was MUCH better than the tap. I'd give that one a 4/5 and I have adjusted accordingly

On tap at the Falling Rock. The beer was served in a pint glass and was a light orange yellow in color. The smell was faint but grainy. The taste was very malty and a big let-down. I find Full Sail beers to fall at the ends of the spectrum. They are either phenomenal or they suck big time. This one sucked. I will try again with a bottle to see if it makes a difference.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good orange color with decent clarity. A minor aroma of grapefruit and pine, more c hop stuff up here.

Taste also embodies the c hops. The malt is sweet, not caramel density. Its good, not great, which is the usual score for full sail hoppy stuff, at least their bombers are the most reasonably priced in the biz.

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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 tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid coppery golden color, almost clear body, there's a slight smear to it with some slow, single bubble carbonation brewing within. Firm finger high capping of off-white foam, kind of crunchy looking with lots of crusty lace sticking in lots of broken stringy sheets.

Aroma is a bit low key but has a very complexing hopitude to it with a fresh powdery hop pollen, leafy resin, and flowery tones hovering with mellowing melon, peach, and nectarine squeezed into a bit of pine.

Taste is a big bunch of brittle, bruising hops. Lots of very fresh and twisted pine factions lifting above some slight herbal/floral notes, toasted and burntish citrus, and biscuity sourdoughyness. The tone is high and fairly torching in this stuff. Its slight toasty biscuity backing really twists the hop pine and herbs into one palate crunching, tongue tormenting loop of biting bitterness in the front and mid ranges. Only after letting it simmer off your tongue for a long while will you contemplate whether the next sip is bigger or smaller and that your mouth may be ready for either.

One big crunch of hops! How's that for a mouthfeel? Quite crunchy, twisted, toasty, bittered, brittle, and a punchy full body of hopitude. I'll probably be tasting this well into my breakfast tomorrow. It's like hop toothpaste; or so I imagine...

Whoofda...this Slipknot is crazy packed with bittering coating hops. Definately West Coast influenced. Quite nice, but not as balanced and rounded as I would like to see out of my Impy IPA's. A stark smack in the mouth and a bit more of a slower drinker due to its mighty knot of hops tieing up my tongue.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and a half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is ripe lemon, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple.
The taste is moderate pine and grapefruit bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.
It's a solid IPA.

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

First installment of their "Brewmaster's Reserve" of 2008 weighing in at 80 IBUs. Hmmm, sounds like someone knows something about bitterness threshold and tastebuds.

Mildly hazed. Orangey honey-colored brew topped with an off-white frothing head with nice lacing and retention. Perfumed nose of orange zest and mint. Fairly light and fluffy in body, and a bit coarse in the mouth. Orange peel and rind hop flavor up front with a distinctly herbal finish. Had enough hops already? Too bad, have some more. Tangy, citric, gland-juicing smack. Green peppercorn. Just a kernel of malt flavor and touch of honey. Resiny, sticky, oily. Herbal bitterness gets rather intense like a strong black tea left to steep too long. Just a breath of alcohol with some apricot and pineapple.
Where's the malt? Dead. The hops killed it, but that's okay because that's what an Imperial IPA is all about. To hell with balance, sometimes.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New seasonal from my fav brewery..2003 reserve.Comes in the 22 oz brown bottle ,label is red and yellow.
Nice enough ale to look at dark amber with a good sized pure white frothy head.
Beautiful spicy fresh hop aroma.,
Taste however is a wee bit subdued..but certainlly the hops rule this beer..i detect the 7.8 % alcohol..and theres a curious soapy taste at the back of the throat.
all in all though this is pleasant on the palate...
Its a drinkable ale for sure..but I have had much better.

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Photo of alexgash
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Mandarin brass body. Quite clear and clean looking. BIg, creamy, light khaki head. Nice lacing. Pitchy, douglas fir sap, citrusy, Northwest hop bill aroma, with a candied fruit and toffee malt backbone. Not as over-the-top hoppy as I would expect from an Oregon brewed DIPA. Hmmm...balance? Yessir. Taste starts with brief malt sweetness, it's very quick so it's hard to tell, but seems fruity. Big astringently bitter hop bite crashes down. Jesus. Numbingly bitter, but there's not much taste. Minor pine and citrus notes, but mostly just bitter. There's a big alcohol burn acoompanying the hops that is just too much. It makes this 7.8% brew taste like a 12%! Medium bodied, decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a tall head of creamy white froth that imparts a bright, crisp aroma of earthen hop. This aroma is particularly fresh. The head soon recedes, revealing a clear, sunny-copper ale with infrequent large bubbles.

Slipknot is a nice drinkable IPA in a world full of nice drinkable IPAs, but there’s nothing here that grabs me. It features a biting bitter aftertaste that timid drinkers will likely shy away from and the mouthfeel is a touch gritty. Hearty but gruff.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Bevmo back in late April for $3.99.

Beer poured a hazy amber orange with a decent lasting off white head. Nose is big on the northwest citric hops. Taste is good, a big malt profile up front. Finish is interesting, a blast of citrus hops with peaches and mango blended in. Mouthfeel is quite full and smooth, very satisfying. Drinkability is good, alcohol is well hidden. This is another nice beer from the good folks from Hood River.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in Portland, OR out of a 22 oz bomber on 2010-01-24. Note, this is my 100th review on Beeradvocate.

A - Pours a clear gold with a 2-finger tan head

S - Pine, fruit and orange candy

T - Rye bread, orange candy, well balanced with the hop bitterness. Alcohol is well disguised but adds some flavor.

M - Medium to thick body and medium carbonation makes this a creamy brew.

D - A very good Imperial IPA. Worth having more than one glass.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 Brewmasters Reserve -- ABV is 7.0%

Clear, dark gold colored body; thick, sticky, foamy white head. Heavy floral aroma and pine scents; some bread-like notes. Spicy, bitter flavor; nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; mildly juicy quality on the palate; mostly dry finish.

A solid DIPA. It delivers a decent balance between the malts and hops with a respectable ABV level. It doesn't rise to the level of being trendsetting, yet should satisfy most beer drinkers looking for a satisfying DIPA fix.

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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 Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice brew sent by Wasatch in a good trade, thanks!

And, of course, the “unlawful to remove” sticker was the first thing peeled. heh. Nice frosty from Full Sail, clean and clear amber, topped with a full tilt lacey ivory head. The small layer of sediment is always welcome, in my book.

Subtle notes of citrus and orange in both the aroma and taste. Finishes with a sharp bite of woody pine, nice! Clean and crisp IPA, I could have drank these ALL night long, the 7.8% is restrained and not overwhelming.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle to a standard pint. From the "2007 BrewMaster Series" and touted as 7.8% ABV.

A: Hazy Golden-copper with barely a 1/2 finger creamy white head, fading to faint wisps of smoky film. Splotches of lace affix themselves sporadically across the glass as it drains.

S: A funky melding of bitter, almost grotesquely pungent, earthy hops and a hidden layer of malty/sugary sweetness from a toffee-ish malt.

T: Big hops upfront, a jumbled mix. Is it citrus, pine, spicy, earthy or herbal? The result isn't bad, it's just undefined. Some toasty sweet malts sneak their way through the hops, giving a nicer balance. Finish is pretty bitter, mostly a tangy/juicy grapefruit.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a gently prickly carbonation. Once the bittering hops die down, a clinging grainy malt sweetness lingers. Some warmth from the alcohol, but not inconsistent with the style.

D: A good IIPA, though not terribly complex. Certainly good enough to have again and worth grabbing when available.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very hazy orangeish-copper, forming a tall soapy and creamy off-yellow head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, as expected for an oily Imperial IPA. Aroma is wonderful...piney, fruity, resinous and oily hop bouquet that doesn't burn the nose, and smells like it's nicely in balance with chewy amber malts, fruity esters, and a clean ferment. Carbonation is moderate. The taste is a nice representation of the aroma, starting with sticky and oily hop resins...tastes like some Mt.Hood, Amarillo, and Northern Brewers hops in there. The up-front hop taste isn't caustic and is nicely balanced with chewy malts and lots of fruity esters. Bitterness is peacefully moderate in intensity and has an interesting peachy/banana twang towards the finish. The finish is both wet, in the sense that it goes down easily and has a smooth feel, but with a slight astringency in the edges of the mouth. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors or perceptable alcohol.

This may not be as forceful or intense as other Imperials IPA's, but this is good news in my book. Don't get me wrong, this is rich and potent, but also nicely balanced for the style and not like drinking pine needles stewed in bile. At $3.99/22oz bomber, this is a pretty good deal and I would gladly buy it again. Very good stuff, and it totally gets you messed up. Seriously.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. This is the Brewmaster Reserve 2007. This one is a nice deep gold color with a finger of white head that falls to a patchy coat over top. Clarity is excellent and there is a light bubble coming out of solution. The aroma is very bright with a healthy citrusy hop sweetness with a very nice and sweet caramel malt. The flavor is right there with the nose. There is a very mild bitter on the finish. The caramel is not overly sweet either. I dig it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation. I'm finding this to be a very nice brew. It packs a nice sweetness while staying in balance. Well worth a look.

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Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden copper.

Big white head. Aroma is not overly impressive, but has some nice floral notes overlaying a piney tangy bitterness.

The taste is a bit disappointing. I prefer a more balanced DIPA, and this is basically straight pine hops with maybe a tinge of citrus, grapefruit, or tropical flavorings for balance. Not a bad beer (particularly for the price), but not one of my faves. It does have a nice refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 Reserve

Clear, golden-red in hue with a tawny influence, minimal animation lazily danced towards the foamy white head. At the apex the head was a finger and a half in height, after a few moments it faded to a small but tight cap. This IPA has a truly lovely color. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose is hoppy but it doesn’t smell “Imperial” to me. The citrus notes are a little muted; the caramel maltiness is sturdy enough to cut into the hoppy bouquet. I detected stray pine aromas mixed with spruce. There is a moderate amount of spice and heat with some fruity notes. I am not impressed with the bouquet as it is very ordinary. It is inviting, not based on potency of the aromas but just the tickle of hops I detect. I listen when hops speak. Thus I drink. The palate is better than the nose indicated, mainly because the alcohol livens up the flavors, significantly. There is little doubt that this beer is 7.80% abv. The heat adds a pleasant layer of complexity, at first (read on). As for the hops, this is an IPA after all; I like the juicy citrus flavors. There is also a good amount of raw bitterness (which plays very lovely with the alcohol). At the back is a good amount of fruitiness, melons mainly. For an IIPA the malt backbone is not only big enough for support but fairly flavorful. The aftertaste is hot and bitter. The more I drank the more it became harsh. This hurts the drinkability and my need to drink it in the future. Medium/medium full in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is good, if not ordinary. This is a fair IPA, nothing special really; in fact there are more negative things I can say about it than positive. Usually I-IPA are fun to drink, this one is not, as it is somewhat boring yet harsh. I bought a bomber of this in Loveland, CO. One was enough for me, more for you?

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.
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