notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden beer, with a thick, soapy lace - aroma of dry, crackery malts, herbal, minty character, earthy hops, kafir lime leaves - soft carbonation, full in the mouth - dry, biscuity malts pair well with potent, barky, quinine-ish bitterness - this bitterness lingers long into the finish - the malt profile seems more british than american, but I can’t really complain - this is a fairly solid ipa - you’ve gotta like your ipas on the dryer side, though
HughConway (828) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bargain for the price. Solid DIPA but nothing critically outstanding. It is half the price of the others so worth stocking up on. Pours nice, decent body, decent finish. Very pleasurable beer.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is about the 4th time I’ve had Slipknot and each time it’s very enjoyable but seems to be missing something to really push it into the upper echelon’s of IIPA’s for me. Don’t know if it needs more hops, or more body but it lacks something. STILL, very easy to enjoy and I always grab a few bombers when I run accross them.
This bottle, the beer pours out a dark, golden yellow/light amber color with a sizeable white head with nice retention. Aroma starts out with a noticeable malt profile, caramel and iced tea notes and then the hops show up and then make you notice. Citrusy, orangey hops with a showing of pine too. Flavor has some light toasted malt notes, definitely piney with light caramel showing up. It definitely showcases the hops, but they aren’t overpowering like a good IIPA should be. It’s balanced, which is good but I do like my IIPA’s to be an avalance of hoppy goodness.
drjay44 (2831) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. 2009. Pours a nice white head of good duration, over a dark golden (SRM 15) clear body.....nose very heavy with citrus, some pine, bit of toffee....taste is mild toffee malts to start, then heavy grapefruit, mild pine bitterness....mouth feel is medium, carbonation medium. This is a pleasant somewhat higher hopped IPA. It is more flavor and odor than the typical IPA, but bitterness is not really increased by as much. ABV is kind of low. This is a good, but not great Imperial/Double.
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brewmsters Reserve 2009
Poured light copper with a medium o/w head.
Aroma is peppery herbal hop, some citrus and a medium caramel sweetness. Flavour is strong buy not very sweet malt, some burnt sugar tones and an earthy bitterness. Some lingering pith like less pleasant bitterness in the finish.
chumba526 (6) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a bit lighter than most Imperial IPAs. The smell wasn’t memorable or unique by any sorts: just smelt like hops; nothing wrong with that though! It tasted similar to how it smelt: it had a significant hop taste; the hops tasted bitter but didn’t really have a grassy or herbal taste to them but it did have a earthy citrus taste. There was very little presence of malts making the beer very light and smooth: it is easy to drink. It is a good summer imperial IPA. It also is different than most imperial IPAs, which is a plus
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of THE douglas88, thanks again. The pour is clear copper with orange hues and micro thin off white head. The modest aroma has rich malt sweetness, pine hops, earthiness, floral hops and grapefruit hops. Overall the aroma is a bit timid in strength but does manage to deliver a nice array of aromatics. The taste is full and rich with solid grapefruit, pine, earthy, spicy and floral hops. Most hop variety notes seem to be accounted for here. I get a nice load of malt sweetness holding up the hops and allowing the whole thing to ride into the finish with a thin slick layer of lingering malt sweetness as well as fading hop bitterness.
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I dont like IPAs so this probably wont be a good rating
Pours with a clear amber hue, with no head
Aroma is hoppy and weird
Flavor is bitter all the way through and hoppy as hell!
Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. pours with a bone colored head over a clear copper or bronze body. Aroma is dank, fruity, and orange hops with a slightly herbal and caramel back note. Taste is cleanly hop bitterness with light esters, caramel and herbal/pine C-hop notes.. Medium carbonation with a dryish mouthfeel.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Pours a orange with a average white head . Aroma is lacking here mild floral maybe pine, lemon.skunky.Taste is bitter with no malt to back it up. its not balanced. And its not for hopheads.Not a imperial ipa.