potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Cavie (3796) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Hall’s. 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.
degbert (1124) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Kevin (2085) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazed yellow body with a nice head that does not last. smells of cantaloupe straw and honey. i’m 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.
bennettpro (8) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A mild caramel aroma emanates from the golden/amber orange body. It has a loose white head, comparable to the boulevard pilsner. There is a light sour and bitterness to it, but as it goes down the hops begin to come out and linger on the back of the tongue. I love the level of carbonation, fits very much unlike OJ and his leather gloves. This is a badass pilsner for badass people.
drjay44 (2641) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Batch number 1-2009. BB date 9/10. Pours an initially exuberant white head of good duration, with heavy lacing, over a cloudy yellow (SRM 3) body......nose is light malts, biscuit, toast. with a bit of lemon, apple.....taste is light malts, lemon, apple, a bit of Belgian funk, finishing with spicy hop bitterness.....mouth feel is light, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. Although labeled an Imperial Pilsner, it really isn’t. It does not have the big bitter hop finish as most Pilsners, but the spice from the Saaz adds a pleasant dimension. It has many of the characteristics of a Saison and really does not seem to fit into the European Strong Lager. Ah well, it is a nice tasting bastard. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Pours a lightly hazy gold with a large, creamy eggshell head. Aroma is dry hay, orange peel, light lager yeast character, and light noble hops. The flavor is nice and light and super crisp. Lots of orange peel, snappy but light hop flavor. I really would have appreciated a bit more hops in this one. There’s a little bit of bubblegum in there as well. The finish is dry and crisp. Overall a nice beer, but I prefer my pilseners to be a bit hoppier. Otherwise, nothing at all to complain about.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a hazy, whitish-brown color; creamy, small-bubbled off-white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; great-looking pour. Notes of white grapefruit, light citrus, and pleasantly herbal and spicy noble hop character in the aroma; a crisp, nicely dry, aromatic approach with even hints of passion fruit / tropical fruits mixed in; delicate, lovely stuff. Medium-full body; lively carbonation, with a medium acidity and slightly creamy texture; very small-bubbled carbonation, Champagne-like; very musty, yeasty character in the mouth: the herbal, minty, spicy noble hop character is the first to the tongue, followed by biscuity malt character (nicely dry) and that significant musty character and Champagne-like effervescence; lovely feel in the mouth, and this would pair fantastically with food; complex (though restrained) esters, well-presented noble hop character, and just an excellent minty / biscuity / yeasty combination, all told. Great stuff. Certainly carries itself with the same restrained regality of Orval, and the hop character here is just awesome (presumably even better a month ago). Medium, nicely toasty finish: lots of biscuity notes, vanilla, and herbal hop bitterness at the far end; perfectly dry closure.
CanIHave4Beers (3281) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear blonde with a good head and lace. The aroma is saaz hops some hay and some nice grassiness. The flavor is very nicely clean with a great hoppy bitterness. There are lots of grassy and fruity hops. This is pretty gosh darned straight forward but it’s also remarkably well made.
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a cloudy yellow with a large white fluffy head, and some lacing.
smell is of citrus, grain, malt, and a touch of spice.
taste is crisp, malt, grain, some fruit, citrus, some spice, and a few hops in the back, ends a little oily and somewhat bitter.