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)

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

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

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

2010 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Pours a clean/clear golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA on the lower side of ABV.

2009 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, if you can get your hands on some, go for it, I'm sure you will like it.

2008 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, if you can get your hands on some, go for it, I'm sure you will like it.

2007 Vintage

22oz. Bomber

Totally different looking bottle from pic.

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, small creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is hoppy, malty, nice touch of pines/grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of pines, slight grapefruit, and nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry, nice little bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, if you can get your hands on some, go for it, I'm sure you will like it.

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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 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 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 NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber beneath a short head of creamy white foam. Holds well and leaves thin rings of lace.

Aroma: Nose is sweet juicy grapefruit, citrus rind, and hints of pineapple, orange, and melon.

Flavor: Offers a brilliant, polished, superbly rounded and well-balanced combination of softly doughy, bready, and subtly grainy malt and juicy, citrusy, and sublimely piney hops. The bitterness which is the backbone of any IPA remains rock solid but not brash.

Mouthfeel: Full without being overdone (medium-full); and it's not sticky, which can lead to cloying maltiness and resinous hoppiness. A delicate, very fine bubbled natural carbonation gives it a gentle caress, leaving it soft and far from gassy, lending towards drinkability, and rounding the malt and hop flavors.

Drinkability: For a restrained "Imperial" IPA of just 7.8% (some IPA's are 8.0%) it's not overdone. It's beautifully balanced, displaying malt and hop flavors in a supple manner. The alcohol never makes an appearance; and except for the fact that it may be filling, there's really nothing to slow you down here. This could be a dangerous beer! Well worth seeking out for malt lovers and hop heads, but not those seeking a kick of bitterness. I intend to find a few of these for enjoying in front of the fire after a long day when the cold winter comes!

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Photo of rallison
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S: Oddly, there isn't a huge amount in the way of hops here. Smells of semi-sweet caramel malts.

T: A little weak for a DIPA, but it's enjoyable. Bready malts up front with a small kick of grapefruity hops to finish. Has a bit of a yeasty, earthy character to it. All in all, decent flavors - just lacking in the hops.

M: Decent mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D: Definitely drinkable enough, but nothing special either.

Overall, semi-recommended. I wouldn't buy another bottle, as there are far better choices for similar money - but I definitely wouldn't turn this beer down either.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bomber courtesy of Boolshot. Part of the Brewmaster Reserve 2007.

Pours an attractive orange-golden-amber color with a good two finger+ head of tight ivory bubbles. Nice lacing works its way down the glass.

The aroma is strong on fresh, piney hops. Just a slight hint of brown sugar coated caramel lingers in the back.

The taste is all about the pine hops, also. Not overly bitter, but it does make you pucker a little bit. Again, there is just a touch of sweetness in there, but it does linger a while on the tongue.

Velvety, medium body beer, but the carbonation is tad too much. It feels like it leaves soap bubbles on the back of your tongue. Makes you wonder if they dumped some dish soap or kids bubbles into the tank. All in all, pretty good beer...but those bubbles on my tongue are annoying.

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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 Mebuzzard
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A haze with the deep copper color, small to medium head. Semi dense with medium retention.
Bitter smell to it. Pine and wet malt dominate, citrus struggles to grab hold.
Taste follows. More earthy bitterness and misguided hops. For the style this is sub-par IMO. Is it a IIPA or ESB? Bitterness overpowers any flavor. It's not bad, just not put together very well. Butterscotch grabs the finish. Not as crisp as I'd like.

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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 RJLarse
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber of Slipknot Imperial IPA at a specialty shop. Brewmaster Reserve 2007. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours an orange/copper color and is hazy. A bubbly two finger head forms, but hasn't the resliency I expected of the style.

The smell is quite good, mellow and not over done. There is a fruity citrus fragrance, some juniper and an aroma of grain.

The taste is very much a sour grapefruit flavor at first, then a bit of a malt flavor, followed by a very bitter finish, and lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite good, a lot of smooth buttery consistency, with a nice balance of carbonation, and a crisp clean finish.

Probably not the most drinkable beer. The ABV runs a bit high to be sessionable, and that stinging bitter aftertaste puts me off. Given a choice I'd rather have a regular IPA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New label is light blue background with dark blue Brewmaster Reserve. Big ole double duecer all to my greedy self. 7.8% ABV.

Pours with a vitreous light amber polished copper golden hur containing zero rising bubbles to a full tilt eggshell dense pillowy two inch rock solid cap.

Scents of green melon and lemon juice citrus and a tad bit of bready malt backing even at a proper temperature.

First swigs: Easy green melon and watermelon hints front the flavor. An easy balance of a 60/40 hops to malt ratio that slides into homeplate barely with a safe call. Creeps under the 2IPA radar to be a contender.

Feel is medium bodied with a soft rolling carbonation that never becomes too crisp or frothy but is just a gentle roll almost like on cask out of the bottle

Last swigs: Might be the easiest 7.8% ABV 2IPA that can be killed with a few choice swigs. Easy does it. Personal thoughts are that it lacks a 2IPA snap or punch. This eases into the style like Speakeasy 2IPA. It kinda backs into the style rather than announces the arrival. ABV wise, it's in the ball park, but a slight lack of bitterness or hop crunch to seal the deal. This one is so lightly balanced that an argument could be made for a big ESB.

Beer is good. Happy 2IPA beering.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow-gold with a very pretty white, craggy head that stays a long, long time leaving very sticky lacing in it's wake.
Aroma is sweet amber malts and a very balancing sweet, citrus hop.
Taste is amazing. Following the nose, sweet amber malts and fresh, fresh citrus hops. Everything tastes perfectly balanced. NOTHING overpowering...nothing intrusive....just wonderful hoppy candy.
Love it.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appears clean and clear, with a light amber hue and a good 2 finger head that quickly faded to a narrow band of off-white foam. No real lacing is noticeable.

Smells of citrus hops with some weak floral notes. Some hop dankness in there, a bit piney.

The taste is dominated by hops, strong on the citrus flavors. Hops, hops and more hops assault the taste buds. A little bready in the middle, the only real malt characteristic to come through in this brew. A bitter hop after-bite….you can really feel this one on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability is just ok. Not necessarily due to the high ABV, but more the flavor. Seems a little one-dimensional. I didn’t find this beer to be very complex, perhaps I just prefer my Imperial IPA’s with a deeper malt backbone and better balance. I wouldn’t drink more than one in a sitting. However, as a side note, I found last year’s offering to be a better brew. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to review it.

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

Bomber into a 22 oz. Weizen glass.

A -- Medium orange amber color with a tinge of golden hue and crystal clarity. A nice 1 finger white head that fades after a spell.

S -- Crisp piney citus hops in the nose! What a joy to get a distinct nose of hoppy goodness!

T -- Bitter hops with a warming alcoholic bite that mutes into a malt character, and then lingers with Joyous hop bitterness. A nice change to get an Imperial with such powerful hops instead of abundant malt character. It seems a conservative Double/Imperial but what a fine specimen!. Not a mysterious flavor depth brew, but the hop spice tingle goes straight to your balls and I would imagine ovaries if you are a chick. My wife refused to admit the fallopian sensation, but I caught her drift none the less.

M -- More conservative offerings here, but a Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball starter can put you wise to any questions regarding a beer's legitmacy...

D -- Very light affects considering the sizable 7.8 ABV! Maybe a shot of Crater Lake vodka would bring her together!

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Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from msubulldog25. Thanks for the chance to try this offering. 2007 Brewmaster Reserve.

A: Pours a slightly hazy peachish amber color with a slight white thin head that has a bit of skim on top.
S: Fruit notes coupled with caramel malt. Straw and grassy hop twang. Light aromas on this brew, especially for a west coast dpa.
T/M: Fruity and floral hop notes with splashes of pine. Resiny and juicy hop notes burst on the palate. Malt flavors are actually more apparent than the hops, except in the finish. Nice and smooth on the palate until the bitterness hits and stings the tongue. Lasts for awhile on the tongue with a nice fruitiness in the finish. An interesting balance to this brew as the malt and hop profiles dance well together. Medium bodied.
D: Abv is slightly above average, but this is a fine brew to sip on. I'm glad I got the chance to try this, but I'm still a bit puzzled by the big malt presence in portrayed by this Full Sail offering.

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Photo of Mark
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium amber and had a slightly off white head. Retention and lacing were nice. Piney nose is very inviting. Hop storage room fresh! Same piney notes are present in the taste but balanced by a very nutty and biscuity malt profile that really is what made this beer work for me. A very nice Imperial IPA that is quite drinkable for the strength. Give the good folks at Full Sail some love and pick this one up. Good beer.

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Photo of rayjay
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

West coast-style IPA with a medium pale body. Lightly hazy. Maybe a bit light colored for some, but I personally like my IPAs to be light in color. Grains are notable in the nose; it reminds me of Butte Creek IPA, although can't explain why, perhaps the same yeast? High-alpha hops are in there but not exactly in double IPA proportions. The body is light for a double, but it is a nice, drinkable, stronger than average IPA. The hops aren't especially resinous or aromatic, nor are they intimitating, but they are tasty and bitter and force the malts out of the spotlight and into the chorus. I guess I'm not very impressed by this beer, although I'm in no way offended by it. Refreshing and inviting. It's a good beer, and a good IPA, but just for comparison it couldn't really hold it's own in a match with the big boys. Cheers!

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Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in the glass this is a cloudy reddish brown beer without much head formation.

The smell is very sweet and fruity and really smells more like a Barleywine than a super IPA. Sweet and woody with the aroma of cherry, cinnamon, ginger, toffee, fig and leather.

The taste begins mildly sweet and bitter with lots of wood and toffee in the taste. After you acclimate to the bitterness this becomes fairly candy like in the mouth mostly the taste of toffee. This does have a wicked harsh aftertaste after a while though; too much high alpha acid hops were used. This tastes more like a barley wine than a super IPA; this is fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot type bitter.

The mouthfeel is thin and probably the weakest point of this beer.

Drinkability is OK here but not great. This REALLY isn't an IPA, this is a Barleywine. As a barley wine this is not bad with some mild harshness issues that should smooth out in about two years. As an Imperial IPA this simply doesn't cut it, it is seriously lacking in complex hop flavors and aromas. As an IPA this is at best a 2.5, as a Barleywine this is a near 4.0 beer.

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

Big-ass 22oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $3.95. No freshness date.

Poured a hazy orange color with a moderate, off-white head. Lots of lace. Looks a bit like an orange cream soda.

The aroma is of citrusy and piney hop goodness. Smells like this is gonna be a scorcher, and that’s fine by me.

The taste confirms the impression made by the scent. This is a sharp, bitter hoppy blast that starts out with a grapefruit flavor, then graduates to oily piney bitterness. There’s extremely reticent caramel sweetness in the background, but this is the hops’ show.

This is highly carbonated and has a “busy” mouthfeel. It’s definitely a medium bodied beer.

Not a bad IPA at all. I think it’s a little one-dimensional, but the dimension in question isn’t a bad place to hang out. The abv is a little high to use this as a session beer, but it’s still a fine beer for hopheads. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to xcondonex for the bomber.
Poured into a snifter a red/orange color with a sticky 2 finger head that quickly disappaited into a sticky off-white cap. Lacing completely covers the sides of the glass.
Smell is a mess of hops. It's very hoppy and that's good. I just can't distinguish the differences. Piney, citrus, floral, they are all there, but I can't tell what's what.
Taste is much the same. Dominated by the hops, with a nice alcohol finish. Still the hops are a mess on the taste buds. Attacking and wrecking havock. I love hoppy beers. But there is something about the others that this one is missing. It's almost like blending a bunch of colors until you just end up with black.
Mouthfeel is the expected oily and sticky, but just a bit harsh.
Overall it's not a bad beer, just seems confused to me..

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a hazy orange-brown with a one finger cream-colored crown. The head takes a while to dies off and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is pine tar, citrus peel and a touch of peach schnapps. There's a subtle fruity sweetness in the nose likely helped by the alcohol. The nose has some of the interesting complexities of a British Pale Ale both from an earthy hops note and a sweet yeast aroma.

The taste is equally complex with the hop flavors predominating but a good balance of sweet golden malt flavors and fruity undertones. The hops predominate but this is a nicely balanced brew. Hops are both citric and earthy / floral leaving quite a few hop flavors to savor. Malt sweetness is present but mild with a biscuity grain flavor counterbalancing all the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. The beer is medium bodied and has a thickness on the palate like unfiltered apple juice or apricot nectar. The carbonation is fine, fuzzy bubbles that add to the delicacy of the experience. Hop bittering is moderate to strong and brings each sip to a clean, dry finish. No residual sugars on the tongue and just a tiny bit of enamel erosion with each sip.

I've spend quite a while thinking "this beer reminds me of something familiar -what?" and it finally struck me - this beer reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, one of my favorite IPAs. It's tough to compare anything to Two Hearted but I think this fares well in comparison. This is a very nice, complex IIPA with some interesting hop flavors and a mouthfeel that can only come from an unfiltered, bottle conditioned brew.

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Photo of carln26
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured from a bomber into a snifter a bright copper color topped by a fluffy, almost chunky off-white head. The head leaves a nice lace as it settles into the glass. The nose has a mild citrus character, backed by light caramel. Uh oh, is that a little tea (read oxidation) I detect? The taste doesn’t show that oxidation. This beer displays a bit more balance than I expected. It has a light bitterness up front, followed by toffee caramel. Just a touch of orange citrus on the finish. It does show alcohol, along with a slick mouth feel. Decent drinkability, not great.

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.62 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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