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Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA | Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room

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Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPAFull Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
*** NOTE: This beer is not brewed at the Pilsner Room location, rather at the main Full Sail brewery in Hood River. Please post reviews here ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/5316/8716 ) until listings can be merged ***

Added by RBorsato on 04-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by taxguyjase:
Photo of taxguyjase
2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Gorgeous tangerine color that is especially dark in the upper part of the glass. The head is foamy, white and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. The beer generally looks thick, but in a rich, inviting way. 4.0/5.0

Smell - The hops are surprisingly subdued and lean on the earthy side of aroma. There's a..."funk" too. Not sure how to describe it other than if you walked into a room that hasn't been opened in a while and there is an odd smell to it. 2.0/5.0

Taste - Pine and earthy hops, some bitterness initially, but that goes away pretty quick. Other than that, not really much to write about. 2.5/5.0

Feel - Feels as thick as it looks. Great mouth coverage, but disappointing bitterness. 3.0/5.0

Drinkability - Eh, I've had other Imperial IPAs that I way prefer over this one for a similar price (or a buck extra). Not really what I would expect from the style either. I've had a few things from Full Sail, but I gotta say, none of their beers stand out - they are all adequate. Nothing terrible, but nothing noteworthy. 2.0/5.0

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Down town Johnny Browns.

Appearance is that of a typical IPA but the head went completly away. No lacing at all.

Smells nothing like an ipa. Almost a fruty smell. No Hops at all.

Taste is very weird. I have had this type of beer before but can't remember. Nothing like an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good for what ever style it is.

Don't think I'll be buying this one again. Not very good or anywhere near the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap 06/04/07 at the Full Sail Riverfront Brewpub in Portland, OR.

Hazed copper/orange color with a good off-white head and decent lace. A malty driven example of the style. Very much like an Imperial Pils (wonder if they used Saaz at all?) with a barleywine touch. Full-medium bodied and very malty finish ... almost Maibock-like.

If I didn't know this was an IIPA, I defintely would have thought it was an American Strong Ale considering all of he strange characteristics...

Available January to Mid March
ABV: 7.8%
IBUs: 80

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3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't tried a Full Sail beer in awhile (haven't been impressed with their bottled beers the last year or so), but thought I'd try this since it seemed like a "special edition" brew.

The beer poured nicely-- darker golden color, with about a half inch of foam. A thin layer of foam stayed as I drank, but no lace appeared on the glass.

I could tell at first sniff that this wasn't going to be a well-balanced Imperial IPA. Very sharp, citrusy aroma, and when I sipped, all about hops. I am a hops fan and consider myself a hophead (rarely drink anything other than IPAs, Imperial IPAs and Imperial Stouts), but do appreciate a bit of a balance with malts. This beer just had a bitter taste-- nothing much else going on.

It took me awhile to work my way through the bomber-- glad I tried it, but will not get another.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 reserve.

pour is a semi-hazy amber-orange with a medium egg-shell head, good lacing.

smell is of grapefruit, touch of citrus, dry leaves, something sweet in the background, and a touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, smooth, lots of hops upfront, light on the grapefruit throughout, pine, some citrus, some malt, earth, grass, caramel, and nuts, has a nice bitterness ending, leaves mouth dry.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, darkish honey, small head, leaves fast. Some ring and soapy lace.

S - Hoppy, funky kind of hop, a little skanky.

T - Flavor is a derivative of the smell, but thinner by far.

M - Light to medium body, ok carb and coating.

D- Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wasatch sent me this in one of our trades, thanks John!

Looks pretty good, a dark, cloudy copper color with about a finger and a half of beige head. OK retention, leaving behind some spotty lacing.

I really don't get a lot of hops in the nose here. There is some sweet and bready malt characteristics. Maybe a touch of fruity hops also.

This is definitely on the malty side, not hoppy at all. A brief and weak showing of bitter grapefruit and then all kinds of malt. Sweet and bready characteristics, mostly bready. There is also something that is just off here besides the weak hops, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm not sure this is really a DIPA actualy.

Mouthfeel is generally unremarkable, medium in body and carbonation.

Not great drinkability here. My brother didn't finish his glass, although I did not have that problem, it was a challenge. I don't really think this one is a winner, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of tjsprague
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like most of the Full Sail beers, I fell like they stick to simple recipies without falling into the supper hoppy beers that many breweries (that I love) fall into.

This beer pours a nice copper color with a thin white head.

The smell is slightly hoppy but with an undertone of bready malt, sort of biscuity and slightly sweet.

Taste is a little sweet for me. The hops are not really present in a beer that calls itself an Imperial IPA. The first taste is very sweet, almost like a white wine, and then it fades into a bit of hop bitterness and a bread like malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is good, thick and heavy with the hop bitterness.

Overall not a great offering. When I think Imperial IPA I think heavy on the hops and this doesn't seem to match that. But not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12-18-09.

A - Pours a cloudy orangish color with just a layer of bubbles on the surface.

S - orange and lemon citrus dominates along with some breadiness.

T - light malty backbone with some orange and lemon citrusy hops

M - smooth mouthfeel with decent carbonation

D - good taste, could be better fresher, nothing really outstanding though

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Photo of InnTheory
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looked forward to this beer; in previous years Slipknot has had excellent reviews. Not so sure about this 2010 Reserve though. 22 oz brown bottle; served in a tavern glass.

Pours an amber orange color. Virtually no head at all. Small ring, and no lacing whatsoever.

Smell was a huge surprise for an IPA: musty library books, followed by a knock-out punch of barnyard that relaxed to an odd tang as it warmed. This might be expected out of other styles like sour ales perhaps, but not of an IPA. Where is that aromatic hop aroma? I'll have to go back and look up what hops varieties and yeast they used for this. Very unusual, I'll give them that, and if enough people like this 2010 Slipknot, it might be groundbreaking. Out of the ordinary if nothing else.

Often as Full Sail beers warm the flavors and scents become nicely complex; that is not the case here though. As Slipknot warms the taste takes on only a tangy grapefruit rind flavor, and as it warms further the flavor of the hops can be mildly detected. This is not an IPA for hopheads, or for those who enjoy complex flavors.

Average body but left a metallic aftertaste on the tongue.

Have thoroughly enjoyed other Full Sail beers, but won't be buying another Slipknot.

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Photo of tpd975
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a shade of orange with a very small head. No lace.

S: Lots of floral hops, light caramel, and a hint of cleaning chemicals.

T: Very light in flavor. Mostly piney hops with hints of caramel and bread.

M: On the lighter side of medium, okay carbonation.

D: Not a great beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | 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 tonistruth
3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper brew with a 2 finger fluffy white head and excellent retent on that

S- earthy, malty, citric and pine

T- surprisingly balanced, bready malts, earthy, citrus, soft fruity flavors with some alcohol

M- medium and smooth

D- full sail being full sail, a quality brewing while staying true to style, solid and worthwhile imperial IPA

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Photo of jera1350
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burnt orange color with a slight haze. Ring of foam around the glass.

Smells like buttery cereal grain. No hops to be found.

Improves as it warms, but still pretty average. Has some bitter biting hops, but lacks in any citrus, pine or sweeter qualities. Has some malt to add a backbone, but just lacks in any complexity that makes this style so great for me.

Lacking in body for this style as well. The carbonation is nice, but needs the body and boozy warmth to make it good.

Pretty easy drinking. I would call this more of an IPA than a DIPA. Nice price point, but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty golden -- very slightly cloudy, with very little head. Without the head, there's not much lacing to speak of. Smells piny and refreshing, a little fruity.

The taste is totally overpowered by hops and bitterness -- the hops taste overdone, and they're not balanced out by anything that I can detect.

Mouthfeel is generally pretty good, smooth and lightish, but slightly oily.

Due to the extreme hops and bitterness, I don't think this is a very drinkable brew.

For the record, I love hops. This one's just overdone.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Downtown "Brew Pub" poured into Pint glass.

Pours a bright orange with a finger of white head that seems sticky. Aroma is faint but primarily of sweet malts, bitter hops, and maybe some orange peel? Flavor is kind of watery upfront and lingers with a citrus hoppiness that turns bitter rather quickly. Very interesting not saying that I enjoy it all that much. Its medium bodied and very sticky. Its a decent beer but there are definitely better options from Full Sail. I did enjoy the on-tap tasting better than out of the bottle.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of garlicky hops, light citrus. Flavor of garlicky hops, grainy malt, citrus and tropical fruits, hop resins. MMMM, tasty! Great hop character, great beer!

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Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA from Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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