jcr (2084) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear, pale golden pour. Minimal, white head. The aroma has notes of hay, toasted grain, honey. Hints of grass, lemon, bread. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. The maltiness sticks around through the finish overriding the hop notes, not unexpected in a strong lager. No problem drinking this. Unique with a fine balance.
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear golden colored beer with a thick foamy white head. The aroma of hop bitter with fruits lik citrus and a little spices. The taste is bitte with fresh fruits like citrus some spices and caramel. The aftertaste is long bitter with some sweets.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mostly clear golden with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet yet buttery with some DMS, honey laden big toasty pale malts, bready, big to the point of being sharp- vanilla and earth hints. Flavor is vanilla creme filling in a donut, big toasty sharp pale malts, honey sweet, DMS is mod to light- gets a touch slick, some earthy and slightly weedy grassy hops, resin, raw harsh bitter finish and not that clean or refined overall- meh.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a crystal clear, medium golden hue. Effervescing bubbles stream towards the surface, pooling into a small, foamy, off-white head. Solid sheets of micro-film lacing provide full coverage on the glass. Aromas kick off with notes of sweet, clean cereal grain, hay, bread, and a hint of honey. Softly grassy hops provide the counterpoint. Flavors are a bit sweeter than I care for in a pils, no doubt due to the hefty grain, bread, and dough malt notes. Though itís hoppy, the grassy, lemony bitterness fails to catch up to the malty sweetness. Accordingly, the palate is just a bit overly hefty, lacking the fresh crispness that I was hoping for. Pils is a style best left "small" in my opinion. The "imperial" versions rarely live up to expectations, and this one is no exception. Still, itís a pretty decent brew, and they showed a little restraint in that they could have certainly beefed it up even more.
vtafro (2161) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Golden pour with white head. Grainy malt, damp basement and yeast aromas. Flavor was mish mash: earthy, citrus, skunky sour. Eck.
RobChase (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Pretty intense aromatics, nutty notes, bright and fresh. The body is fairly light, not to say it is lacking in flavor. or intensity. Very crisp, bitter, extremely dry style. Finish leaves a bit to be desired, drops off rather quickly. Pleasant, though a bit pricy. ($7.50)
kromamc (192) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leonardo in collaborazione con il dogfish head hanno creato questa imperial pils veramente buona!! frescha luppolatura e un bel maltato morbido... birra molto erbacea e beverina! mitika!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught pour from The Thirsty Monk in Asheville. This beer took me by surprise. Clear yellow pour with white head. Nose of lovely Saaz hops, and I swear Hallertau. Very plisner-like, spicey and grassy and floral but also fruity... like some exotic fruit Iíve never had before. This was a really unique beer to me, and I enjoyed it immensely. Would love to seek out more of this style or see more of it. I doubt it would bottle very well (or for very long). Yum.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 27th Nov 09. Hazy amber. Fresh North American hop aroma. NA hops on the initial taste too but the palate drops off nearly instantly and doesnít retain the flavour.
gowdy (642) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigís house. A nice beer with a nice name. Pale golden colour. Delicate flavours.