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

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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:
#35,753
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
174
pDev:
17.4%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage (light blue label this year) 22oz picked at the Coop on Friday for about $3.75.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger pillowy head with good lacing atop a clear orange/lite amber brew.

Smells big across the board.. big citrus and pine with significant maltiness.

Flavor is the same as the aroma but lasts longer ... bitter without being over done.. sweet enough to barely balance the bitterness... and alot of hop flavors... more pine and grapefruit with a distinct floral profile... oily hoppiness to it... medium body with descent carbonation.. but somehow retains a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I've loved this beer since the first time I tried it a few years ago.. It can stand on its own with the big-boys, but it does pay to try and get it as fresh as possible.. the hops are fantastic, and it does have plenty of background malts that really show nicely as it warms... plus it's a hell of a deal.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at LiquorMax in Ft Collins, Co.

This pours a clear very bright amber gold(2008) with a 2 finger head of foam. Very good head retention and some very nice lacing.

The smell is of floral hops with a big dose of grapefruit, some fruit, and some sweet malt hiding in the background.

The taste has the grapefruit right up front with some bready notes and some caramel malt sitting on the side and giving some balance and actually ends up dominating the finish. There's also quite a bit of fruitiness to this DIPA that adds both bitterness and sweetness to the overall flavour. Mighty nice this one. Pretty darned easy drinking as well. With this one, the taste is much better than the smell would indicate.

It has a medium to medium light mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly lightly done. Another very nice, very tasty, very drinkable brew from Full Sail. Imagine that!

Cost: US$3.41 What a bargain!!

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Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 beertunes
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2009 release. Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a thick, off-white head, consisting of big coarse bubbles on the bottom, with tight, tiny bubbles on top. Lacing was less than expected. Poured a deep straw-light amber color. Aroma is weak for an Imperial IPA, with a tangy, earthy aroma (not in a good way) that is not usually found in this style. That earthy aroma was apparent in the flavor, for lack of a better term, this aroma/flavor is manure. Not that this beer tastes like that, but anyone who has smelled that rich, dusky tang in the air can understand what I'm trying to say. The body is typical for an ImpIPA, could use a little more balance. Nicely drinkable, but I probably wouldn't drink more than one in a row. Try it if you see it, don't go out of your way to get it.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy deep dark orange body with a matrix of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. The head is a thick creamy foam of light beige that last for the full beer. The foam sticks to the glass leaving register marks after each sip.

S- During the pour, green floral hop cones fill the nose

T- The pungent grapefruit hops has herbal overtones with lightly toasted sweet malt underneath supporting it. The finish is a full pungent earthy hop finish with pine bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture from the thick head and no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice big hoppy flavor that is not real complex but has a great freshness to it. There was a bit of tongue fatigue with drinking a whole bottle but I'm not complaining.

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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 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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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