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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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 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.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (642) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
Thanks to Blake for bringing the 750mL bottle. Poured hazy pale golden with constant rising carbonation and a creamy cap of white head. The aroma opened with sweet lemongrass, freshly-cut floral notes, and dry white pepper over sweet bready maltage and just a faint hint of honey.. soft overall impression, especially considering the ABV. The flavor found the same soft breads and honey at the core, with spicy pepper, earth, and floral bitterness around.. just a little warmer than your typical pils (hence the imperial).. clean, peppery finish with very little alcohol present. Medium-bodied with just the right carbonation moving it across the palate.. dry, spicy, and as clean as you’ll ever find for the style. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1618) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of Soonah. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a 2 finger frothy head. As the head recedes, rings of white lace are left behind. Aroma has a hint of spice, malts and grassy hops. Moderate bodied palate with lively carbonation. Lingering dry finish. Flavor is bread with honey, some subtle hop flavor and a hint of spice. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7041) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle at Andy and Max’s fantasy tasting. Pours a milky and hazy looking yellow with a thin white head. Big fuzzy brett, nice wheat and a touch of musk. Medium bodied, nice wheat and like fuzzy funk. Nice smooth crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 26, 2010
Poured golden and slightly hazy with a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma was grass, spice and plenty of bready malts. A bit of sugary sweetness as well. The flavor was a nice blend of floral and grassy hops with spice, breads and sugar. The mouthfeel was soft carbonation and a slightly sweet finish that lingered nicely. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours to a pale golden body with a nice creamy looking starch white head. Nice copious amount of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the Saaz hops but has a nice crisp pale malt. Very clean aroma. The flavor is the most clean tasting simple pilsner I’ve ever had. Very, very well made. The best pilsner I’ve ever had. Very clean palate that hides the 8% very well. The beer is damned near perfect in the pilsner style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle at Andy and Max’s fantasy tasting. Pours a slightly hazed light golden with a nice lively carbonation and lasting sticky white head- nice lace. Aroma is earthy, toasty, bready pils malt, some fresh dough mixed with nice restrained saaz spicy and herbal fresh hops. Flavor is light grassy, mineral, toast, light biscuit, dough and pils malts, crackery with a clean spicy saaz hop kick but is still restrained for such a large beer- the malts also do not get sweet at all which was surprising. It was quite subtle overall and very nice. I liked it!

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