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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
How can a style as elegant and refined as pilsner be "amped up" to imperial status? The answer, as Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel might say, is simple: you go to eleven. With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, Reverb Imperial Pilsner echoes our Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, produced in 2009 with esteemed Belgian brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock. Like its predecessor, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish. Rock on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy yellow color with an average to large frothy white head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing. Moderate hops, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew and very good for style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2010
tasting on 5/8/10. light yellow pour with an average white head... some light citrus notes on the nose with a heavy dose of yeast... not really that bitter - would like more hops on the nose... medium body with nice carbonation, some lemon, yeast and an earthy feel. dry finish with more yeast notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(750ml bottle batch 2-2009 best by 9/10) clearish medium yellow, big meringue-like head and excellent lacing. Nose of tons of Brett, earthy, florals, light alcohol, and yeast. Taste of earth, Brett, light alcohol, yeast, bready, and somewhat buttery. Oily body that’s just right. This is a Brett beer done right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of drfabulous. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a tall fizzy white head. Nose is toasted grain, floral earthy hops, and light honey. Medium body with very lively champagne like carbonation. Primary flavor notes of toasted grain, bread, and grass, floral and herbal secondary notes with light honey and lemon. Finished with a faint metallic note which was a shame because it threw the flavor off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle via trade from BVMan1113. Thanks Andrew. This was oddly disappointing. Nose was not particularly hoppy - very dry, subtly Belgian and thick with lager yeast and esters. Flavor was the same. I was thinking more in line with Sam Adams Imp Pilsner (mostly because the label makes lots of claims about how hoppy this is) but this is a lager through and through, and tasted neither like a very hoppy Pilsner, nor a European Strong. Lots like Simpler Times with better yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Opens with a loud pop. Pours a beautiful electric yellow with raucous carb and a big white head that slowly collapses. Nose is sweet dough, grass and mild citrus. Slick and resiny with soft carb; weighty on the palate. Taste is bready with citrus oil and an earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (737) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 3, 2010
It poured straw color with green hues and fluffy white head, holding for a couple minutes and leaving no lacing. It smells of grass, some bready notes and a bit of citrus rind, with sweeter notes coming out with some warming. GREAT brew; the alcohol is well hidden, with candied citrus and earthy grass flowing into mellow burn of black pepper and alcohol; soft carbonation. However, for all the complexity, perhaps the fresher the better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2010
750 ml bottle via trade with Pawola22- thanks again, Brian! Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a frothy eggshell white head with good retention. Aroma of pale and bready malts, Saaz hops, Orval-like yeast, lemongrass, floral and herbal notes, citrus, and honey. Flavor follows suit pretty closely, with bready malts, fresh lemon citrus, lemongrass, herbal and floral notes, pepper, and the same hops and yeast as in the nose. Light-medium bodied, with soft carbonation, a bready mouthfeel and dry finish. Sweet, bready, and grassy. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Pours a wet, lacing white head with a golden body. Aromas of blossoms, some grass, little dirt, some grain and alcohol. Flavor is floral, grassy, little grain and alcohol. Finish is slightly dry, floral, and grainy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow color with an inch and a half thick, rocky off-white head that slowly receded to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing. Lightly sweet, bready pilsner malt, dough, honey, a light citrus fruitiness, and some spicy hops round out the aroma. Crisp, smooth entry with some light honey, lemon, peppery spice, and some bready malt lead into a moderately floral, dry, spicy hoppiness with some lightly sweet breadiness continuing to stick around a round out the flavor. Finishes moderately dry. Moderate carbonation and crisp mouth feel. Overall, the beauty of this beer is in its simplicity and execution. The flavors are delicate and complement each other nicely, and it is as clean as can be. Although the beer is 8%, it isn’t heavy or cloying at all. Awesome.

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