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RATINGS: 406   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Slightly hazy medium gold colored body with a fluffy large white head. The nose is sweet with lots of dough and some sweet potatoes. There is also some earthy citrus from the hops. The taste is sweet potatoes covered with white sugar. There is also a little hint of almond shells and leafy greens in the finish. Overall, a strange mix of bitterness and sweet character. This package just does not come together for me. A big let down, but that is typical for most beers I have had that are called Imperial Pilsner. Certainly not worth the price tag and step down for the Smokestack series. Slightly smoother, but not much better than your typical European strong lager. I had thought that is what it reminded me of before I saw the style designation. Now if only the price was comparable to other Euro strong lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle shared by CanIHave4Beers. Thanks. Poured a clear gold color with a white head. Pleasant aroma of yeasty bread dough, pale mat and distinct Saaz. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol. A hint of bitterness emerged at the end. Noble hops and cereal grain flavors. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Rating #1900. Suttree’s Nothing else to do in Mid-February Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Hazy yellow-grey, puffy white foam. The aroma is dry, hay, dusty, no hint of the strength, grassy hops. Taste is light sweetness, dusty, dry grass, hay, light florals, lavender, bread, sourdough. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is fairly faint, with some bready/biscuit malt, honey and light grassy hops. The flavor is better than the aroma, with honey, pilsner malt and some flower, grassy hops. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This is not near as hoppy as some of the imperial pilsners I have tried. This one retains the balance that I love in a classic pilsner while still being amped up a notch to the imperial level. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2010
750ml corked bottle and served in pils glass: Pours a medium golden hue with a lovely light fluffy head which led to very good lacing. The aroma is grainy and biscuity malts, herbal and grassy Saaz hops, slight peppery and flowery esters, and a bit of phenolic vapours. The taste is balanced between the hop bitterness and grainy malts that has a bit of an astringent and boozy finish. There is a soapy character that shows midway through the bottle. The mouth feel is lively and a bit over carbonated, chalky and metallic finish. Once again, an attempt to "Imperialize" a style that should not be amped up. Too boozy and astringent for my tastes. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 Bottle. Pours with a clear golden body and a huge white head. Aroma is grainy, bready, dry, grassy and delicate. Taste is alcohol, bread, very clean, some vanilla. Quite tasty, but $16?!?! That’s more expensive than Bourbon Barrel Quad, and I doubt this was as labor intensive. Effervescent bubbles, dry mouthfeel. A bit Champagne like. Good, but I probably will not purchase again at that price.
Reverb 3.8...great malt, nice balance. Fruity and herbal hop character. A bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2010
750 bottle. Pour is a hazy straw with a medium white head. Aroma is yeasty malt, straw, hay, grass, and a light spice.... not Orval, but to too far off. Flavor is also malt , spicy, earth, grass, and pepper. Areally nice offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, lemon), with light notes of alcohol, honey, and concrete. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. There’s not many strong pale lagers I’ve really enjoyed over the years, but this is certainly one of them. The aroma does have a touch of industrial character (that concrete and raw alcohol blend) underneath the vibrant hops and toasty malt, but overall the aroma is pretty fetching. No vegetal or husky notes, as far as I can tell. Great flavor balance...clean and plenty of bitterness to counter the sweetness. It’s not something I would drink very often (if only they’d made a 4-5% version of this, doggone it!), but it’s a terrific job given the inherent limitations of high-octane pale lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Wonderful- not too dry from overhopping and has just a touch of percieved funk. Alcohol too well hidden. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2010
750 mL bottle, corked & caged...sampled Feb. 2010, batch 2-2009; best by 9/10: poured into a 16 inch tall pilsner glass....clear straw, with thousands of tiny bubble rising through the glass, feeding a 2 finger, fluffy white head. Huge, saaz aroma - tingles the nose hairs and fills my mind with delight at the possibilities of the first taste...beautiful-soft mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation: not fizzy, but lively and at the same time wonderfully smooth and almost creamy. Lightly toasted pale malt flavour, lingering sourdough, and a zesty lemon finish. Floral notes continues to grow with each sip. Second pour is slightly hazed, with an equal number of tiny bubbles...the malt is deeper, richer and more fruity now. Strong yeast is more noticeable as well....touches of bubble gum, unbaked bread and a slight sourness...this pilsner is developing into a hoppy gueuze...wonderful! The carbonation is relentless...rising as I take my last drink to tingle my lips one last time.

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