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Review by James Kitchens on 12/09/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 11 16 4 8 2009
Color is a bit more cloudy than expected. Golden and bright though. Whoa, smell is awesome. Slightly sweet, a good bit of hops right away, and a little bit of citrus. Taste has a lot more hops than I got from the smell. In a good way. Malty sweetness after that, and ends with a somewhat decent alcohol bite and hops bitterness. Feel is medium-ish.

Overall, certainly a very good Imperial Pilsner. Nice range of sweetness and hops. Actually like this one better than the Great Lakes Imperial Dortmunder, although that's a Dortmunder Lager, so obviously a bit different.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 11/18/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A - Pour produces a half inch of buttery colored head. Looks loose and soapy from the sides, but pillowy from the top. Great retention and sticky lacing. Body is golden and clean. Tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S - Tons of grassy and slightly herbal hops right away. Sweet malts. Bready and biscuity. Tropical fruit.

T - Starts sweet up front. Turns into a wide array of hop flavors. Tropical fruit and citrusy hoppiness. Mango, star fruit, pineapple, oranges. It's all kinds of big fruitiness. Hops turn more bitter, bringing with them a lightly herbal and very spicy flavor. Lurking beneath all of these hops is a sweet, biscuity malt base, with flavors of honey. Hops come back some more and with more citrus flavors, lasting right through into the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall - One of the better Imperial Pilsners I have had. Nice and fruity with all sorts of flavors.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 11/06/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, light tan colored head the is held up by a persistent carbonation. The beer is a lightly copper tinged, deep gold color that shows brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely hop focused, though perhaps not quite as whack you in the head expressive as I thought it was going to be (and this is not necessarily a bad thing). Grassy and lightly herbal up front, the aroma finishes with a fruity tropical fruit note that is a mix of mango, kumquat, lychee and sweet orange zest. Quite a bit of cracker-like grain character contributes a nice malt profile.

Lightly sweet up front, but soon picks up a nice herbal hop note that turns towards bitter, but then piquantly fruity in the long finish. I have never had a hoppy beer get bitter and then fruity in the finish; it is quite interesting that the tropical fruit notes are what lingering on the palate. Up front the herbal hops contribute an almost peppery bite that is something a bit like arugula, with all the sharp herbal note one would expect. The fruity hop notes are also noticeable up front, it is just that they mix in with the herbal hop notes so are not quite as prominent. The hop fruit notes lean towards lychee, ripe peach, kumquat and citrus oil, but they intermix quite well with the previously mentioned herbal notes as well as hints of hemp oil, raw-herbal notes and a touch of chive.

I like that this has the crisp character and herbal hop notes of typical Pilsner, yet it has that something else in the background with the fruity hop character that is not so typical. This is definitely interesting, more quaffable than beer of this strength should be yet (which is good for something with the name Pilsner on the label) with a certain heft and definite palate presence. Not as abrasive as double IPA; I was expecting this to be more harshly hoppy, but it is not and this is quite nice. This is actually really good and I am kicking myself all the more that I somehow missed out on Tovarish at GABF.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 10/22/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
I’ve been looking forward to this one since the news came out about its release. Haven’t been disappointed from any of Julian’s homebrews so I’m excited to finally see one bottled, cheers Julian!

Pours an attractive golden apricot/orange peel color and a decent inch of eggshell white foam. Pretty good retention of mostly tiny size bubbles.

First I get a blast of citrus bubblegum, orange, lemon, grass, grapefruit, seems like there’s some Amarillo (light citrus and flowery), these noble hops could almost pass as amarillo. Aside from the great hop character there’s also a nice balance of sweet pale malts but it’s a bit hard to detect more with the pungent hop profile (not in a bad way). I think I detect a tad of DMS, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I think a low dose of it in pilsners is appropriate, but as soon as I think I have it pinpointed it hides behind the hoppy wall. Some tangy citrus becomes more transparent, lots of hop resin too. Some lemon grass. As the beer breathes and settles it becomes a tad fruitier with notes of apples, tangerines, nectarines, and peaches. Honey notes as it warms up too. The last few ounces opened up some buttery aromas.

There’s more malt character on the palate than on the nose. A good dose of toasted and biscuit malts, some caramel, and followed by citrus peel and flowers. A little bit of heat in the finish. A tad of brown sugar on the lips. Ripe orange and grapefruit in the mid-palate. A bit dry on the finish with some citrus bitterness. A tad nutty as it warms up.

Thick and almost syrupy, low carbonation level but it fits well. Pretty easy to drink, just feels a tad syrupy near the end.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 10/14/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2008
Served chilled and poured into my Weizen glass.

Appearance is very good. Deep golden/orange color with lots of murkiness and chunks of yeast/sediment floating around. Not much head although what's there is pillowy. Lacing is top notch.

Smell is very good. Big herbal hop presence in the nose along with wet grass and a biscuity malt sweetness. Powerful smell.

Taste is very good. No heat or big sweetness (thank God), herbally hoppy, a touch minty, some spiciness with an apparent but not over-bearing bitterness. Malt bill is biscuity and a large part of the flavor. Wonderfully balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied, mild/medium carbonation. Fantastic, lush texture.

Overall:
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Didn't know what to expect as i was thinking it might be a harsh, overly sweet and hot, bitter, thin Pilsner. What i got was a very balanced and drinakble Imperial Pilsner that's insanely drinkable. I should have had more faith in Tomme and his crew. Kudos go out to Tomme for brewing it and to Julian for the recipe. This is very nice stuff. Blows Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner out of the water.

Price: $7.00 Served In: Weizen Glass

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