It's Friday and you know what that means ... beer! It's another Weekend Brews Report. This week we look north to our friends in Oregon and sample another beverage from the folks at the Full Sail Brewing Company. The beer is called Slipknot, and it's an Imperial IPA from the Brewmaster's Reserve.
Throughout the year, brewmaster John Harris brews up some limited edition beers, and the Slipknot Imperial IPA is one of those beauties. I'm hoping this is a great start to a wonderful weekend with some tasty beer and the Florida Gators playing in the SEC tourney.
So, lets see what we've got in this 22oz. bottle ...
The beer pours a light copper color into the glass and forms a light whipped cream-like head. Mmmm ... whipped cream. Aromas of pine trees, brown sugar and grapefruit fill the nose. Oooo weeee! Smells like a Carolina pine forest up in here! I've got to get myself a taste of this mofo.
The first sip ... whoa! This is a "slap yo mama" kind of beer! A smack of bitterness right off the bat, some sweetness follows and a dry and crisp finish. There's that familiar aftertaste of fresh cut grass that you encounter from many strong IPAs, but it dissipates quickly. There's a touch of citrus in their, but most of the flavor features the bitter hop oils up front.
Man, if you like the mouth puckering goodness of a massive amount of hops, this beer is for you! It's not my favorite Imperial IPA as I like a bit more sweetness from the malt to give the beer some balance, but what little malt flavor there is, this is still a good beer.
We're almost to Spring people, so get your fill of the strong beers now because once the heat starts to hit, big beers like this tend to get left on the shelves as we turn to the lighter-bodied beers.
Grab a bottle of this Slipknot Imperial IPA, and let me know what you think.
Overall Score of the Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA: 3.25 out 5.0