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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)
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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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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 rab53
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rich golden-copper color, with a white head and fine lacing.

S: The nose was perfumey, with a clean lemon-lime citrus component and a sweet field flower hop boquet.

T: Taste was floral and some citrus, perhaps melon.

M: Awful dry, tannic bitterness,

D: Not so average

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

22 oz. bottle (thanks to a trade) into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a hazy golden-orange with a large head which dissapated into a lining of white foam. Lacing was nice and lasting. Nose was citrus - especially orange, as well as biscuity honey malt background. Taste was a very nice blend of hop bitterness and caramel sweetness with some piney, grassy and alcohol notes. Finish was crisp and clean and slightly (but pleasantly) bitter. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. This was a very refreshing brew for a warm day and one I wish I had more access to.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/amber color; light (chill?) haze. Poured a 2.5 finger off white head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Laced generously in patches and rings. Lightly decanted..

S: Sweet bread and caramel. Floral hops; primarily citrus and pine. Also hay/grassy hops.

T: Sweet, bready crystal malt. Floral, slightly resiny hops. Sharp, spicey bitter to balance. Resiny flavor lingers through bitter.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry.

D; Flavorful and fairly well balanced. Disguises the ABV very well.

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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 John_M
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the RiverRiew pub and pilsner room yesterday.

The beer pours an orange amber color with minimal head retention and lacing. On cask, at least appearance-wise, this beer comes across as very under carbnated looking. The nose is still pretty attractive, with citrus, black pepper and a bit of tobacco. On the palate, the mouthfeel is very thin and the beer tastes flat. This is a very dry style IPA, one with a huge wave of hoppy bitterness in the finish. This is one beer that, at least on cask, really needs some more sweet malt to balance the bitterness better. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, butg with a very short finish. Drinkability is not this beer's best attribute; it really could use a bit more carbonation and malty sweetness.

While not dreadful, I have to say this is one IPA that really does not benefit from cask conditioning. At least in my experience, the CO2 version is vastly superior to this. Oh well..

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

Clear bright copper, golden highlights. a finger of offwhite smooth creamy head. drippy mountainous laces that recede back into the glass.

Sweet caramel and toasty bread. herbal dank hops.

Piney, herbal, earthy, ganja. Toasted bread and caramel, a bit of woodiness and some booze. Spicy dry rye character. Well balanced malt and hop flavors. Big dank resinous bitter tongue slasher.

Thick, semi chewy, dry, med body, well carb'd.

Very good for abv, a bit of a slow drinker. chewy resinous bitter IIPA. very tasty and complex.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've never had a Full Sail beer that I particularly like (their barleywine is ok at least) but I keep wanting to try. Especially with the Brewmasters Reserve stuff. This, was another let down. I think its their IPA in a different bottle. Appearance was fine, a deep ruby/cooper color going with decent head and retention. Smell was dry malt, barely any hops. Though I know this isn't the least bit specific it almost just smelled dirty. Taste was no better. Hops were noticeable, barely, but really all I mainly got was a dry, biscuit malt with lots of earth tones. Earth tones here is my way of saying dirt. I really want to think this was infected, but I don't think so...I think it just wasn't good. Mouthfeel was fine, not too light, not thick, carbonation was right on. Overall, just not for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.51/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear and deep orange on the pour. Nice inch of soapy foam settles slowly, holding a thin cap for a while then surrendering to a light ring.

Typical Full Sail nose. Thin hop presence and a unilateral malt nose. Sweet and boring yet kicked up a bit vs. their regular offerings. Opens up a bit with some warming but remains moderate.

Taste is chalky and dry. Not bad, not negative but simply lacking in its ability to garner your attention. Slightly spicy on the finish and feel helps keep things interesting to a degree. No real bitterness on the finish even given the dry nature of the beer.

Malt forward and typical to a degree of Northwest IPA's in my experience. Where are the hops?

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Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Horse Brass in Portland. Poured from cask into pint glass.

Shows medium head fading into decent lace. Lacks carbonation, but this is to be expected from a cask pour.

Spicy hops, funky, some hay and citrus on the nose. Rather good but nothing outstanding. Flavors dwell on the fresh, piney hops and citrus.

Big fresh hop tannins though well balanced and integrated. Good drinkability. Overall a rather good but not outstanding IPA

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Has a clear, dark golden appearance, with an off-white head, and short retention. The aroma is a very pleasant, floral and grapefruit. And the flavor is of strong hops with floral and fruity notes, with almost no malts and no over-powering bitterness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, and slightly slick but very nice. It is extremely drinkable and hits the nail on the head as far as what I look for an a DIPA.

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Photo of BDJake
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear brown-orange with a quickly dissipating head that didn't lace much

S- hoppy citrus notes (orange peel, grapefruit) that is surprisingly mild underneath

T- bitter and hoppy, with some grapefruit, a little peppery, and two rows of malt, no more

M- thin for the style, with a lingering aftertaste

D- wouldn't be too bad, but the aftertaste kept me from going too fast with it

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Photo of boogyman
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of Brewmaster Reserve 2010 at my local store.

A- Poured a strong copper color with a frothy white head that sticks around. Even after letting it sit for like 5 minutes it still has a strong half finger of head. There are bubbles that are constantly refueling the head which is pretty cool. Lacing looks to be promising. So far this is a good lookin' DIPA.

S- Right off the bat I get strong citric smells including the likes of grapefruit, orange peel, maybe a bit of lemon. I even got some banana going on there. So far a fairly typical DIPA in terms of smell.

T- Interesting... I am being hit on the palate by some unexpected bitter funk. It is almost like a weird mix of malt and hops. I can't really tell what it is but it definitely sticks around on the back of the tongue and mouth. It even kills the smells after drinking it. I kept this beer pretty cold, likely close to 35-40 degrees so I am gonna let it warm up a bit and continue.


After letting it sit for about 10 minutes or so, the taste has improved only slightly. There is still this weird funk that I just can't get a handle of and I am not enjoying too much.I have enjoyed many IPAs and IIPAs but this one just is not doing it for me in the taste.

M- Fairly high carbonation brings on a good bite with the strong bitterness. If only the bitterness didn't come with this weird funk.

D- I can't give this a very high rating here either given the taste. I really tried on this one and I will come out and say that IIPA is by far my favorite style but this one was just not that great overall.

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Photo of blackearth
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark orange amber body with a puffy off-white head. Aroma is of citrus hops and sweet malt, exactly what you'd expect from a double IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbed. Flavor is big grapefruit and pineapple hops, and also astringent. The sweetness of the malt make a brief appearance, but quickly disappears as your mouth is coated with hops. As the beer warmed, a stong alcohol flavor came on strong. This one actually got worse towards the end of the glass. I won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of senorpoopypants
1.8/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

While not a huge fan of IPA's I have tried several I've enjoyed. While drinking this several nights ago I only got about three tastes of it and could not keep it down. I ended up regurgitating the three sips back into the glass. I have never tasted anything so bitter in my life. The worst beer I have ever tried to drink. If you like seeing what you ate for dinner that night after it's been in your stomach for a couple hours, this beer is for you.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass....sharing with brother, father and father-in-law...heres what we think!

A: Crystal clear golden yellow hue with a nice frothy two finger head. Appears somewhat creamy with decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, lemon rind, orange peel, faint piney aroma as well. Faint malt profile raising its head in the background, but the hops dominate the nose.

T: Follows nose almost exactly. Zero malt super clean...tastes like i'm sucking on a grapefruit, dad thinks it tastes like a lambic, hahaha not so much but definitely one note of citrus. Finishes bitter with no sweet malt to help out....long hop finish but needs malt.

M: Very light for an DIPA, barely a medium body but well carbonated. Needs more weight...but very smooth.

D: Very drinkable as it is so light and so one-note...not so impressed...

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Photo of pmccallum86
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an amber orange red golden hazy body with a small head.

The smell is a little strange and off, not sure how to describe it, some hop scent in the nose, but not what you would expect from a DIPA.

The taste is bitter, very bitter and not the good hoppy bitterness. Kind of like a pine cone grapefruit earwax mixture. Really not impressed with this beer. I was looking forward to it as it's my first time trying full sail and I had heard good things, but it is terrible. Worst DIPA to date.

Mouthfeel is acidic and bitter leaving a strange sensation on the tongue.

Not very drinkable, maybe I got a bad batch. Avoid this beer.

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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 GRG1313
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Imperial IPA-Brewmaster Reserve 2009.

Dark clear orange amber with a nice white head although fades rapidly, comes back thick and puffy with a swirl.

Sweet assertive and pleasant nose of candi sugar and cooked stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and creamy.

Flavors of citrus lemon grapefruit that are fresh and clean that go to a pine/pine resin character and then finishes pine and pine resin, as well. Not terribly complex but big hop character, flavors and finish. Nice quality and appears well made, although the more I drink the more the flavors and finish seem a bit "off" and unpleasant.

I might not be able to drink much of this one. I like many beers at room temperature (cool room temperature). This one benfits from a bit of chilling.

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Slipknot Imperial IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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