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RATINGS: 403   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 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 (2780) - 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 (2475) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2010
2010 Bottle - This was bar none the most difficult cork to remove in my life...seriously almost 10 minutes...Eventually pours a hazy golden with a medium white head...aroma is hoppy and citrusy, straw, lemon peel, light lager skunk...flavour is similar, dry and lightly bitter hops, lemon, doughy...finish is malty and crisp...doesn’t taste 8%...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pours gold into the glass with a white head. Aroma is faint Saaz hops and some spicy yeast notes. Flavor is more what I would categorize as a belgian strong ale. Spicy yeast flavors with some hops and a bit of malt sweetness. Underwhelming, especially for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2010
bottle thanks to mora2000. poured light yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon and fruity. flavor was the same but had something different that i couldnt pick out. light body with high carbonation. i had much higher expectations for this one.

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