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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle thanks to beeronmypants and CanIHave4Beers. Thanks, kids! Pours and attractive pale golden with a lovely active white head. Nice, crisp pilsner hops on the nose, with hints of pepper and grass/grain, but a nice fullness and malt balance as well. Herbal and bready notes really come out more on the taste an a slight bit of citrus. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Sampled on 3/5/2010. This Imperial Pilsner/European Strong Ale pours a slightly hazy orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, cereal and sweet, orange and orange peel. A medium to full bodied Imperial Pilsner. The malts are fruity and sweet, some cereal and some orange peel. The hops are spicy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Kind of fruity for an Imperial Pilsner, might be the yeast. Did they use an Orval Yeast? Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2010
aroma is wet cereal and quite grassy, lightly peppery. yeast comes from behind. spiciness and yeast bring this damn close to a saison but the lagering process shows through with a slow smoothness that is briefly disputed by a pleasant booze note. funk is low, nothing like an orval, actually more ’clean’ yeast in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2010
Interesting beer. Huge white head. At first taste just like a regular pils but then turns and finishes dry and crisp and a tad funky like a Belgian. Alcohol is well hidden but you can tell this is no regular pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle from the Wine and Cheese place. Crystal clear gold with a big frothy white head, nice lacing. Floral hops, grass and cereal grain dominate the nose. Some lemon zest, corn and yeast on the finish. A great strong Pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2010
Pours a mostly clear golden straw color with a surprisingly shortlived white head. Based on other Boulevards, I expect something bigger, but perhaps the trappist glass was a mistake. Aroma of grass, hay, biscuits, pepper, chardonnay, leaves,; definitely a nice yeast presence. Tastes of straw, hay, biscuits, with dry pepper, leaves, and tea; yeast has a somewhat funky earth presence. Medium bodied, almost creamy texture but since that foam died off early, the carbonation seems too prickly. Nonetheless, this is one of the better, more interesting, and subtle imperial pilsners I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Thanks to Bobby, who is the man!

Appearance: Pours a bright pastel yellow gold with a frothy cap of white foam.

Aroma: Dry malt, light lemon and sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness, light bread notes and bitter Euro hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really satisfying and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a massive, white, lava-rocky head with gorgeous lace. Clear, bright golden body. Aroma pops of floral and spicy noble hops as well as sweet, bready pils malt. Flavor is Pilsner XL - sweet, summery malt on top of spicy, herbal hops along with light alcohol. Light-medium body is slightly sweet and moderately bitter. Very evenly balanced. Average carbonation and a fairly dry, clean finish. Alcohol is light and warming. Overall an excellent collaboration and very well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2010
Sampled at Hellbilly’s. Straw colored pour with a stark white head. Lemon zest, citrus pith, hops and a little grassy...nice, crisp, refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 Lightly hazed golden. Fat dollop of pasty, semi-rocky white froth. Lustrous aromatics of aniseed, lemon, white pepper, minerals, floral hops, honeydew melon, and plasticlike phenolics. Delicate whispers of lightly toasted malt, doughy yeast, fresh-cut pear, and Juicy Fruit gum. Fine, fluffy, expansive carbonation. Explosively floral and juicy with hops, yet briskly phenolic and snappy with a firm pistachio-tinged yeast bite kissed with a staunch mineralic snap. Malt buoys the soft body while exhibiting a mild toastiness and sweet haylike suggestion. Starchy malt possesses a lovely sweet honey and lemon cake edge. Although the doughy yeast ever so slightly weighs down the body as it fuses with the relatively weighty cakey malt, a magical balance between the succulent hoppiness and misty dryness is struck. Vague alcoholic sharpness, though virtually nonexistent. Hops emerge gracefully, gradually depositing a sweet tongue-clinging nectarlike quality which lends further brightness as it converges with the airiness. Closes cleanly bitter with a teasing mineralic twinge fusing with vibrant peach esters and a lemony hop twang. I’d prefer Hallertauer over Saaz, but I can’t complain. Very clean, all-around, and not remotely sweet/dull as most “imperial” pilsners tend to be.

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