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RATINGS: 405   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
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2010
750ml bottle. Gentle but pleasant aroma of sweet, crackery, grainy malt and herbal, spicy, grassy hop, with a light, floral perfumy note and touches of pepper and honey in the background. Sparkling pale golden color with that tinge of green one finds in high quality Pilsners, with a fine, uneven, lasting head and wispy lace. Flavor is extremely well balanced, with the delicately sweet, refined malts to the fore, but followed closely by the unmistakable grassy, herbal spiciness of Saaz hops, along with drying bitterness and some faint doughy touches. Finishes fairly dry, but certainly less crisp than a standard Pils due to the strength. Mouthfeel features wondrously smooth but lively carbonation (how do they do that?), coating the palate lightly in a way not often experienced in a lager, and paired with a medium body. Exceedingly drinkable, almost addictively so. Pilsners are far from my favorite style, but I bought two bottles of this yesterday, and now they’re both gone. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2419) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2010
This was a pretty freaking good beer. Popped that cork and wire and poured that beer and the fresh pilsner malt just hits and tickles the nose. (Did I use "and" too many times in that sentence?). Pilsner aroma is akin to freshly cut, dry, grain. Some light lemon hints and an herbal hop aroma in there as well. Flavor just follows along (why ruin a good thing). There is just a bit of a sticky thicker feel to the beer but that seems to be a by product of the "imperial" aspect. Otherwise, there are not downsides of the strength. I would actually prefer this at a 6-7% abv if they could keep the body a bit lighter. Otherwise, get it while its fresh and awesome.
750mL cork&wire @ the Dog Bird Bar in the Hotel Oread, poured into a wine glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Pours slightly hazy golden with a two finger white head. Aroma of sweet malt and spicy hops. Flavor is rich and malty with a nice floral/grassy bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
750ml bottle. Served in a vintage footed pilsner glass. I’ve had a couple small pours of this at both of my homebrewing meetings, but this is the first time I have got to try it without all the distractions. Aroma is sweet, lightly kilned malt, floral and lightly spicy hops as well as a touch of lemon zest. Yellow, light straw color, brilliant clarity, active carbonation and a fat, persistent bone white head. The flavor is floral and lemony hops integrated perfectly with a maltiness that is slightly toasted and rich, but not overwhelming. The pils malt base is very nice, with some extra richness, possibly a result of the techniques that were used? The hops contribution is all throughout the beer, from the subtle, but elegant aroma, the myriad of subtle flavors and the moderate bitterness. The finish is balanced with lingering and integrated floral, spicy, lemony and malty notes. So simple, yet so wonderful. One of the things I have learned about both brewing and cooking is that if you start with good ingredients that have an affinity for each other and use good techniques, there is often no need to complicate recipes with lots of ingredients since it only muddles the flavor in the end. This beer exhibits pilsner malt in all it glory and showcases one of the best aroma hops in the world, these things are brought together by a non obtrusive yeast that lets the ingredients shine through. The alcohol is never present in the aroma or taste, but I can certainly feel it after drinking half the bottle. Yet another exceptional Smokestack series beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rockchalker (1) - Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2010 does not count
Just popped this with some Chinese food. Highly anticipated, the head is big with lovely crunchy head retention. superb pale color, very hazy for a ’pilsner.’ For Imperial Pilsner, I’ve only Rogue to compare it to, but the nose on this is more reminiscent of a malty lager like Stella than bitingly floral. The palate is divine, balanced, but not as crisp as the bottle description would have you believe. caramel, cereal, pale, hazy, rocky head, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, Finishes quickly but not flat. A superior beer, but not a huge bitter pilsner or once in a lifetime experience that you’d expect from the man that brought you Double-Wide.

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