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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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As the name implies, every aspect of this American style IPA is amplified - from the upfront hop aroma and bitterness to the big malt body. This year we pumped up the American citrus-fruity hop character with Warrior, Summit, and Brewerís Gold hops. Pale, crystal and Munich malts add the punch of malt and mouth feel to balance the hops. The golden-orange hue glows like the late winter Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 7.8% IBU 80


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Earthy Full Sail Hops. Big Smooth Rich caramel balanced body. Balanced rich hop spice end. Brewery Brew Version Size Sampled ABV IBUís Sail Brewing Company--Slipknot Imperial IPA--Brewmasterís Reserve 2005--22 oz. Bottle. 8.20% ABV--85 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin rich pretty golden amber color. Rich earthy floral hop front. Crisp clean tangy mild sweet hot caramel crystal hoppy body. Big earthy hot bitter hop clean dry citrus end. Sampled 2/11/2005. Full Sail Brewing Company--SLIPKNOT Imperial IPA--Brewmaster Reserve 200622 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV--85+IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial Lacy head. Clear bright amber color. Rich earthy floral hop front. Creamy sweet malty caramel mild biscuit grassy earthy grapefruit citrus body. Hot earthy hop spice citrus bitter end. Classic Full Sail. Sampled 1/21/2006. Full Sail Brewing Company--Slipknot Imperial IPA--India Pale Ale--2007--22 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV--80 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial--Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin amber color. Rich crisp mild earthy hop front. Dry sweet low sugar crisp tangy grassy earthy caramel pine body. Balanced spicy rich hop mild citrus dry end. Hops on Top. Sampled 2/4/2007. Full Sail Brewing Company--SLIPKNOT Imperial IPA--Brewmaster Reserve 2008. 2007-8 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.80% ABV--80 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial Mild lacy head. Clear brilliant thin amber red color. Earthy floral malt hop front. Sweet mild creamy rich caramel cloying malty body. Earthy sweet bitter hot hop spice clean mild citrus end. Sampled 12/15/2007. 40 @ $4.49 Each. Full Sail Brewing Company--SLIPKNOT Imperial IPA--Brewmaster Reserve 2009--22 oz. Bottle--7.80% ABV--80 IBUís. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial . Rich dense lacy off white mild head. Clear bright amber orange color. Huge floral herbal flower hop front. Crisp sweet citrus pine grapefruit huge hop ester pale malt body. Balanced hop spice mild bitter dry clean lingering citrus end. WOW! ! Hop Sweet Rich Brew! Sampled 1/12/2009. $4.69 Each. Full Sail Brewing Company--SLIPKNOT--22 Fluid Ounces Of Imperial IPA--Brewmaster Reserve 2010--2010 Release--22 oz. Bottle. Yes--8.20% ABV--80 IBUís. (4.85 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Lacy thin rocky white head. No sediment. Clear bright rich pretty dark gold color. Huge floral citrus pine hop front. Crisp rich hop resin infused malty sweet light-caramel citrus grapefruit grassy pine rich malt body. Crusty hop spice clean rich end. WOW!! Sampled 1/4/2009. $4.99 Each.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Brewmasters Reserve 2007: Aroma is a bit subtle for an IIPA but is very good nonetheless. Fresh, sweet, ruby-red grapefruit is what my nose picks up. I already know this is going to be a great tasting brew. WOW. Awesome, ripe, grapefruit flavor in this brew. One of the best citrus tasting brews Iíve ever tasted. Extremely well balanced for an IIPA. Fantastic round, sweetish, bitterness. 7.8% alcohol? Youíve got to be kidding, This beer is so smooth and easy drinking it is deceptive. I need to stock up on this beer asap!!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours like honey with a tall, creamy froth. Superb head retention leaving a full downy blanket to cover. Beautiful aromatics on display, fresh sweet citrus pine and caramel. Full nectar with gentle effers for a soft slightly fiberous texture. Big blisterng Robo Hop hits the scene traveling at excessive speeds rounding the corner and bam, Malt Man absorbs the stabbing knife blades but never deturing the spicey sting of fresh, scaring hop acid. Other nuances of caramel, popsickle, cotton candy, leather. The finish is bittered with a blind judicious eye to the point of severity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
This is freakiní sweet. Aroma is hops, hops, hops. Coloring is bright, and I mean BRIGHT, orange. Big fluffy head, and it left beautiful lace in the glass. Actually fairly balanced, but still has the great hop quality. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, especially in comparison with others in the style. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Aroma is sweet malt, some vanilla? and some grassy earth. The beer pours and orange gold color that is somewhat opaque. The flavor is nothing what I expected from the aroma. There is huge hop flavor. Some pine, some grapefruit, a little bit of smooth malt backbone, and then some more dryhoppy resins. The beer is well balanced, yet still extremely hoppy. The body is relatively light for how resiny it is, and it is really easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Had this beer on 7/7/2004. Aroma is full of a nice fresh hop scent. Color is a pale orange/gold with light carbonation and a thin head. Taste is, wow just right. Starting with a full/medium body and a sweet mouth feel it then goes down creamy with just a slight bite on the end. The finish is where all the fun is, its not that this is the most flavorful Imperial IPA but it may be the most balanced. Finish comes on with a combination of sweet hops and malt, then a fresh hop tone starts to show its self and as it gently builds a nice bitterness comes in on the end to balance it all out. I think its one of the best IPAís I have ever had and is the best Imperial IPA I have had yet, some others have just over done it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. Poured a burnt straw color, almost reddish coppery, with a healthy two-finger head. Hoppy citrus nose, similar to grapefruit. Sweeter than I would like, with incredible "springy and light" flavor. Spry, maybe? Regardless, I donít think this is a true Imperial IPA, but its really good. Recommended, and available for trade.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Bottle from Tops in Tempe on the fly while picking up an AS Speedway (only 2 beers this time). Saw the within style rating after buying and was a little bummed. Fortunately, however, this thing kicked butt and the heck with the rest of you raters who donít know what youíre doing (J/K!). A nice typical pour, amberish in color, carbonation bubbles visible and slowly rising, although the head and lacing could have been better. The aroma was wonderful rich grapefruits and other citrus elements, maybe the most variety of citrus things going on ever in a single beer (never knew there was so much to citrus?). The flavor also kicked butt, finishing with firm bitterness to balance a maltiness that was neither sweet nor alcy hot. The heck with you all on this rating, excellent brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Full Sail Slipknot, 22 fluid ounces of Imperial IPA, Brewmasterís Reserve 2008. Into a smallish snifter it goes...fairly opaque orange, with mere shadows reflected behind the glass, slim white head above. Piney, citric aroma, lemon zest, orange peel, a slice of lime...wet, fresh, and pithy. Nice. Lovely in the mouth with just enough bracing bitterness to spank the palate, but not too much to keep you from reaching for more. Juicy, highly hopped, but dry at the end. Sits pleasantly in the mouth, and waits for more imbibement to come. More fruit jumps out, some peach, mango, grapefruit tinges, another squeeze of lime. Delicious. Long lasting flavor, big bitterness, but still smooth and tasty. Beautiful!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Pours a medium caramel colour .. . medium average head .. . mouthfeel is pure, fantastic stuff, squeaky clean .. . pretty hopped up ... is there anyone here who didnít think she was talking about a goat??


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