shadey (2140) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Clear orange color. Lots o lacing. Big white head. Big strong full hop aroma. Well balanced malt and hop lavor. Nice. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
Golden beer with a slight haziness about it. Very thick and sticky white head. Very fresh grapefruity, cascady aroma, light bready/yeasty smells as well. There is also a hint of spiciness to the hopping as well. Flavour is well balanced, fresh hops (grapefruit/spice) with a bit of resiny pine flavour as well. Some fruitiness is also noticible, especially orange, peach, and papaya. As it warms, the clean spicy/piny hops become more prominent. Long, piny finish with just enough pale malt backing it up. Tasty brew. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
I’ve had a number of single and double IPA’s must I must say the aroma on this brew is unique, a pineappely honey aroma combined with heavy grainey hop happy to experience something new and nice, taste was much the same, but the bitterness had an edge to it , theres some kind of bitterness here besides just the hops,that just tweeks your tongue the wrong way. Will no doubt try again bhensonb (15345) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Aroma of pine so prominent that it made me recall the cat box. Or the old Airwick pine. Humor. It has a great piny aroma. Light coppery, aprioct color with a white head that sticks around and laces. Starts with piney hop, but smooth and mellow. Followed by a sweetness that is finally rather obliterated by the hop. The mouthfeel is reasonably medium, and there is a light burn down the esophogus. Could be hop, could be alcohol. It leaves a really clean refreshing feeling on the tongue. It’s truly good. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Caramel malt and a nice sweet hop aroma. Dark orange body with a medium head. Full palate. Plenty of hop bitterness, caramel malt, and light citrus flavors. Nicely done--not overdone like many imperials tend to be.
dillinja (24) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Sturdy malts and a forceful grapefruit bitterness hold this beer up pretty well. I respect the character, but for the money you could get a bomber of something with wider and more expansive flavor. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Number 300! Bottle... Amber color with a thin head. Aroma of leafy hops and sweet alcohol. Expanding, chewy palate and actually mellow hops in the flavor, but the malt is really pleasant and there’s a nice warming alcohol aspect. Other notes of chalky biscuits and spicy herbs to top it all off. The aftertaste has a whisky-esq character. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
A tasty west coast style. The aroma was slightly malty with awesome hop notes. The beer poured a beautiful light copper color with thn lasting head and lacing. The flavor was rich with hints of caramel and pine, grapefruits, citrus, and light cloves. The mouthfeel was light bodied with great carbonation. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Recieved 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. Leaves thick lines of lace down the glass with each sip. The carbonation bubbles are on the larger side and crep 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 a brown sugar laden grapefruit hoppiness. A drizling of caramel sets the malt backbone. The grapefruit is amazingly fresh and in your face. 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 toffeeness is floating 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 to many others.
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. A flavorful IIPA that’s a pleasure to put away. Thanks Russ.
5/3/08 pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
8-13-08 bottle thanks to BlackForestCO
Bright orange amber color with a decent white head. Smell is fruity and big grassy hops. Really nice flavor of hops and oranges. Refreshing and enjoyable! Medium carbonation and a good mouthfeel.