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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Reverb Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is lemon, spices, banana, and yeast. More spice and lemon flavor, thick and creamy, grains. Good finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Cloudy yellow pour with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is wonderful. Yeast, lemon, light malt and some light spice. Flavor is creamy and lovely. Lemony, yeasty, light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2487) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 750 ml. Pale golden body, slightly hazy. Big, frothy white head, slowly diminishing. The aroma is classic pilsner, though sweeter: toasted grain, flowers, herbs, grass, lemon, honey. Very slight skunky scent. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture that finishes velvety, lively carbonation. Very clean, starting crisp and then bulking up in the finish, but avoiding graininess that an 8% pale lager could display. Though it starts very sweet, the bitterness and alcohol cut it fairly quickly bringing about an excellent balance between the pilsner malts and saaz hops. Add to this the inviting aroma. Boulevardís smokestack series continues to impress.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5134) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle thanks to mora2000. bright yellow with a white head. bright hops, esters and lemon. smooth on the palate, grass, hops and a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
750ml bottle thanks to mora2000. Pours a light honey-colored, slightly hazy body with a fluffy white head that is very sticky. Aroma of spicy hops, lightly lemony, biscuit. Flavor is WOW! Lightly sweet, grassy hops, yeasty and slightly herbal in nature. Very full flavor profile thatís combined with fine carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours a clear straw color. Thick white head with very good retention. Aroma is light malt and a hint of citrus. Flavor is similar, with some additional Saaz spiciness. Alcohol grabs you in the back of the throat in the finish. Solid, but nothing spectacular. The aroma is better than the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Big bottle. Cloudy yellow orange with frothy white head that thins. Aroma of light lemon, yeasty wheat, odd floral, light sweetness, medium booze. Taste is light malty sweetness with dry boozy finish. Nice play on sweet and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4096) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle from Hallís. Clear yellow-gold color. White head. Smells of candied fruit and dry grains. Some pilsner malts. Flavors of tart fruit immediately show up. Lasting. The head remains for quite awhile. Finishes dry and wet with some easy grain. Retains dry European malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
degbert (1565) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Poured from bottle. Rich notes of honey, toast, spice, and a slight floral aroma. Hazy yellow-gold color with a pronounced head and lace; the head is extremely smooth. Taste has a faint phenolity to it, and is a skilled interweaving of toasty malt, caramel, nuts, citrus, and a finishing hop dryness that really resets the mouth for another drink. Palate is dry and spritzy, with a faint richness. Magnificent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 18, 2010
bottle. hazed yellow body with a nice head that does not last. smells of cantaloupe straw and honey. iím drinking this alone, and i stil said aloud, this is real fucking good, after the first sip. this is what others are raving about fro all the impy pils out there that struck me as overhyped malt liquor. but i can see it in this, rich honey mixes witha nice biscuit flavor and makes me smile. lingering lemon. my mouth is left extremely dry. chalky bitterness works well in this.

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