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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Pours a beautiful stained-glass cheddar yellow with a nice, frothy head of white and an aroma of semi-sweet cereal and slightly buttery grapefruit hops with just a hint of rose and black pepper. Flavor is an onslaught of pilsner goodness, with fluffy bits of sweet corn, rose, butter, and a finish of slight popcorn with salty sugar. Deep and penetrating on the tongue. Wow, this is an awesome pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Cloudy yellow with white head and lace. Paper and pepper on the nose. Sweet malt start with a dry finsih. Good carbonation from a medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2010
750, capped, at uber. pours a cloudy pale gold with plentyvof rising carb and a big fluffy platinum blond head. plenty of stringy lace. nice earthy and herbal hop nose. creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. earthy hop, crackers, and mild toast on the mid palate. mild finish. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Just tried a bottle of this this evening. Colour... golden straw with a VERY thick white head. Nose... Yup! Noble hops. Also hints of lemon and quince. Palate... bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bright, lively hops, slightly tart acidity, honeysuckle, jasmine flowers, beeswax and a moderately long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Batch 1-2009. BB 09-10. The pour is a sparkling clear, straw color with a full, white, fluffy head which leaves some scattered lace. The nose is simple but pleasant; dusty.musty yeast, lots of floral, white pepper, spicy resins, and hints at citrus. The flavor is again nice but not overly complex; floral, some herbs (thyme, rosemary), light resins, faint bitter oranges, and maybe some biscuits. Palate is nice for the beer with a nearly medium body, a lively to fizzy carbonation, and a crisp, round mouthfeel. The finish is crisp, average length, and moderately bitter with spicy resins, bitter oranges, and lingering herbs but with a subtle sweet biscuit note. Well the beer is simple for any imperial strength beer but gains points for the delicate nature and the way all flavors fit so well together. The palate was nice and helped promote the delicate nature of the beer. Usually this style tends to be either way too bitter and dry or too sweet and malty, but this one found a balance between both. Not my favorite example of the style but certainly quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a hazy golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, bread dough, spicy hops and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, biscuit, spicy hops and light citrus with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5575) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to beastifan2k. Clear golden color/ frothy white head. Big grassy, spicy hop aromas with pils malts. medium body. Nice lightly sweet pils malt flavors with mild burnt rubber/ sulfer, spicy grassy hops. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
750ml bottle from The Wine & Cheese Place (bought online). Excellent bright golden color with a huge, foamy, lasting white head and great lacing. Pale malt and grain on the aroma, very clean and crisp, with some slight grassy hop character. Flavor is really nice, with sweet pale malt and grain, along with lots of fresh Noble hops. Very dry on the palate, like Orval, with lots of hop oils and medium body. Pretty drinkable with fairly high carbonation, although drinkability suffers a bit from the extreme dryness. Still though, this is about as fine an imperial pilsner as I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Stiff pop to the cork, pours hazy pale gold, strong carbonation and a thick fluffy head that receded very slowly and left rich, spotty lacing. Dry grassy aroma, some light perfume. More perfume in the sip along with granite, honey and white pepper. Honey notes come out more as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Aroma is mainly pilsner malt with hints of yeast and a spicy citrus presence from the Saaz. Flavor is both malty and hoppy (same as aroma), with some cereal notes from the Pils malt. Finish is dry and clean. Overall a good take on the style.

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