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
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
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
149
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
17.4%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 149
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 ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 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 Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 Onenote81
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 Bottle received from breity recently. Thanks!

Pours a clear dark orange with moderate bubbles rising through. Great frothy white head on top that retains very well. Some spotty lacing, very little though. Smells of pineapple, candy, bananas, and cherry malt. Interesting for a Imp. IPA.

Mouthfeel is firm and crisp. Slight wetness on the back end, but drinkable enough. Now the flavor, this I can't figure out. It tastes like an Imperial Cherry cough syrup. This is really sweet and cloying. Tons of sweet fruit all over this. Finishes bitter, but the sweetness just overpowers this beer. This is really strange. The hops are there, but this is severely unbalanced. Not sure about this beer. Approach with hesitancy.

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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 jakecattleco
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in San Ramon.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with gold edges. Has a slight off-white head that recedes into a light film on the brew, with some temporary washes of thin lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: When cold, it's largely a pine scent (and taste). As it warms, it develops into a fuller profile that combines a grapefruit, orange, and tangerine citrus hop element with the pine mentioned earlier. Some bread detected as well, but not a heavy malt presence. It's not very pungent, though.

T: Following the nose, it is pine-dominated when cold, but becomes a juicy grapefruit-pine combination when warmer. There is a slight backbone of bready malt, and an unappealing bittering hop finish that coats the tongue slightly.

M: Medium-bodied, with low-to-medium carbonation that brings out the flavors pretty well. A slightly sticky aftertaste; it could stand to clean up the oils a lot better. Well masked ABV.

D: I wasn't a big fan of the aftertaste on this one, so I don't think I'll pick it up again. Too bad. At just over $4, this was a very good value.

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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 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 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 Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slipknot Impy IPA
My first Imperial IPA. From 2008 batch. Pours a clear amber with a two-finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacings.
Nice citrus and hop nose. Grapefruit flavor with a nice caramel malt cushion.
Perfect carbonation and the flavor becomes smoother as the bubbles lessen and the liquid warms. I tasted this brew so young so I could determine if I wanted to buy some more for the cellar. I will do so. Unfortunately I don't see this beer often.
Well recommended.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Mdog
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange-gold, a slight haze, big head.

Smell: Strange earthy, onion & mustard smell.

Taste: Followed the smell, has a little bit of sweetness and a touch of citrus, but mostly tastes like stone-ground mustard, onion, a little bit of horseradish and black pepper.

Drinkability: Definitely not what I was expecting, but not "nasty" as I like mustard, onion, horseradish, just not in a beer.

I am very curious to know if it the hops, the yeast, or the shipping/storage of this beer that makes it taste the way that it does. I have never had a beer that tasted like this, the closest thing I can compare it to is maybe a IPA mixed with a Belgian or maybe a wild strain of yeast.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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