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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 412   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours clear yellow with a big frothy white head. Great bright aroma with lemon, grass, slight bubblegum. Subtle sourness in the flavor, along with an interesting aftertaste involving bubblegum again. Very pleasant palate, well balanced all around. Great late summer beer, and I am continually impressed by Boulevard’s offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep golden yellow. Nice aromas of hops/citrus/peppery. Nice hoppy flavor, spicy/pepper, alcohol shows up in the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5373) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2016
Pale golden color with a white head and decent lace. Pale malt, plenty of hops and some hints of fresh bread. Fairly sweet. Reminded me of a malt liquor from long ago – Great Dane Pre Pro Memorial Malt Liquor. Malty, hoppy, tasty. 6/12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (3332) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Dark yellow body with a big shortlasting offwhite head. Aroma of bread, grass and mild citrus. Sweet malty taste with herbs, dry bitterness, thick body. Long earthy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Nose of grass, hay, hard candy, white bread, grain. Clear gold in the glass with a decent white head and slight lacing. Well balanced, it has some sweetness but not overwhelming, quite dry on the tongue given the high abv and low hop rate. A refreshing imperial pilsner that goes down easy on a hot day and packs a punch. Has a fruity character uncommon in pilsners. I have really been impressed with the smokestack series overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2471) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
750 ml corked bottle pour split. A little past the best by date, but I adopted it from the store shelf this way and treated it equally. Pours a dense yellow orange color with a grainy aroma with light hops. Refreshing, unique pilsner with a dry finish. Another solid effort out of the smokestack series. Good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (5220) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Nose is grains, corn, syrup and hints of grains and marzipan. Taste is alcohol, marzipan, maize and hints of grains and mild grass. Medium to light body and medium carbonation. Not bad for the style, but then again the style isn’t very nice to begin with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (969) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours yellow with a white head. Taste sweet, grassy, fruit. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (3050) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Flaska från SB. Några månader efter BBD. Fina mjuka men rejäla pilsnerdofter och smaker. Lite smör, färskt bröd, örter, blomsteräng. Även smakbilden är fint nyanserad men med viss kraft. Måttlig beska, fin krispig avslutning. Alkoholen väl dold. Harmonisk och väl balanserad. Ett litet mästerverk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2533) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
Smak och doft av humle, malt, jäst, bröd, citrus, hö och gräs, toner av karamell och metall. Lagom sötma, bra beska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (375) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear yellow, with a moderate white head that quickly dissipates. No appreciable lacing. Nose is light malt. Taste is light malt and a touch of caramel. Finish is medium length with a light mouth feel and clean taste. Sweeter than most pilsners, which is to be expected from an Imperial. Very good, well crafted beer. Refreshing.

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