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RATINGS: 409   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7353) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
A nice yellow color with faint head. A solid Brett flavor. Smooth. Not hot at all. Incredibly so. This is dangerous. And great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet malt and wheat grass. Medium mouthfeel with a dry honey and bubblegum. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink. A very good European strong lager from Boulevard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear pale yellow body with tall white head. Aroma of florals, cereal, grass, herbs, and bread. Flavor of florals, grass, crackers, light soapiness, and some citrus with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2010
Corked bottle. Blonde, pours a steady head. Apple, hay and vanilla in the aroma. Alcoholic, yet grassy and slightly perfumed flavor. Hints of vanilla and citrus. Deceptively drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allendodd (115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2010
Pours a creamy head over a pale yellow beer. Nose is light hops - just like a Pils should be - and light maltiness. Taste is a subtle hops and light sweetness of the malt. The palate is smooth and creamy, and the finish is light. Surprisingly clean for an Impy of any style and doesn’t offend the Pils style in particular. I’d do this again, but not 25.4 ozs on an empty stomach. Whew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours cloudy bright yellow with a hazy but elegant white head. Aroma is hay, grain, fruit esters, and a note that is distinctly reminiscent of Orval, almost brettanomyces-inspired. Flavor is soft, sweet, and spicy with a clean finish, lingering grain notes. Hugely balanced and drinkable. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 Pours a pale yellow wih a full thick head but dimi ishes quickly. Smells of grass, hay, is a bit earthy, even musty. As it sits, it takes on nuances of lemon citrus fruits. Lively carbonation on the mouthfeel. Very hoppy, bright flavors of lemon and citrus, a bit of grass, and the finish lingers with bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2010
750ml bottle, batch 2-2009. Pours mostly clear at first, with an increasing amount of haze after each glass. The golden hued body is crowed by a gorgeous head of eggshell colored foam that settles slowly to a thin, swirly film. A soapy wash leaves minimal spotting behind on the glass. The nose is just about as clean as it gets, showing beautifully crisp, cracker-like pils malt base that is accompanied by notes of dry, peppery grass and dried lemon esters. Hardly an inkling of alcohol is detectable, something I was worried about going in. Flavors continue the dry, clean theme, as bready, crackery yeast and pristine pils malts set the tone. Perfect balance is achieved with the influx of peppery citrus peel and dried, grassy hops. Dryness is intensified on the palate, which is substantial and lively, yet simultaneously creamy and soft. This beer is all about subtlety, contrast, and congruence. A fantastic interpretation of a seemingly simple style that so few can do well. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2010
750, batch 2-2009. After I finally wrestle the cork out with the aid of a corkscrew, it pours a very clear light-gold, with an airy white head. Nose is definitely bready and doughy, with some tones of freshly-cut grass, herbal hops, mild citrus. Flavor starts out rather sweet, with cereal tones, pepper, and lemon, then finishes quite dry. At the finish there’s definitely a grassy/funky note reminiscent of brett, although I’m not certain if any brett was used in the brewing process. The ingredients in this beer are extremely simple - 100% pilsner malt and, presumably, 100% Saaz hops. I think it’s a nice example of the cleanliness and clarity that can be found with such a simple bill, and the brewing process seems to have been spot-on. If I were a pilsner purist, I’m sure I would be very happy with it. Still, though, it’s almost a little too simple for me - there aren’t many layers to peel back and explore in this one. WYSIWYG. It would be very enjoyable with a meal, I think.

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