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RATINGS: 400   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - 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 (2435) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle, from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Straw gold pour with a nice layer of shiny white head. Lovely fresh nose, cream, good soap, dillweed, wild roses. Silky soft almond malt, wash of firm minty/nettle hops, a hint of lingering garden character, that place in the garden somewhere between the tomato vines and the dill. An excellent, very well composed beer, though the extra alcohol seems to weigh down the core idea of the beer, rather than giving it more expression. I’m still very pleased to be drinking this, but can’t help thinking it falls a bit shy of what it could be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2010
750ml corked and caged, thanks theisti! Pours a light golden yellow that has the slightest haze to it with a fantastic big pillowy white head. Crisp cracker like pilsner malt, tons of fresh hay and grassy saaz hops...a touch more body than your standard pils, but smells more like a pils than most impy pils that I have had to date. Lightly sweet cracker malt up front, good lively carbonation, grassy noble hops with a touch of banana sweetness to them. Again, this is much more traditional in flavor and aroma than any other imperial pilsner I have had. The 8% isn’t detectable and I could drink this with some regularity Thanks Tim!.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1387) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold/yellow with a pretty impresive eggwhite-like head that lasted. Aroma is sweet pale malt and some hop spice. Taste is sweet malt once again with some hoppy citrus notes and honey. A little alcohol burn and hop bitterness with the swallow. This is well balanced and nice and pale in color! Most imperial pilsners (like Sam Adams and Dad’s Little Helper) are too malty sweet and more of an amber color. You know, just all around thicker and stickier. This, on the other hand is still a pale pils! In a perfect world, I really think this is what a ML should be/could be if the big brewers were interested in quality, flavor and balance instead of a cheap fusil high out of a 40 oz bottle.

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