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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 414   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
degbert (1684) - 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 (2192) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bennettpro (8) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2010 does not count
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3410) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
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 isnít. 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2010
[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. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
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 itís also remarkably well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2182) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
hey marge! surfs up!! ..drank March 13th 2010 @ 6:30pm .. . Pours a medium gold yellow, high spritz .. . good sturdy white fluffy egg white beaten head .. . named him Terrance, then killed him and hollowed him out and made an ashtray .. medium to light bitterness, very simple but has an underlining quality .. . is this scotch tape? oh you drunk .. . just a touch of saaz, some light light honey, some water cracker .. . i never picked up an illegal alien at home depot to take home and choke me while i touched myself.. . A very nice brew that would sell very well in spring/summer if it was half the price, and it needs more Orval-like qualities ..sheís such a butthole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
pale gold pour with a lasting thick foamy white head. aroma is lemony fruit, earthy yeasty presence, grassy hop and grainy malt. Flavour is quite dry, lemony grassy bitterness. Some mineral earthiness to the finish. Interesting

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