Brewed by Florida Bebidas
Style: Pale Lager
La Ribera de Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica


on tap

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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.02   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Costa Ricans have been enjoying this beer since 1924. Imperial is created from a balanced formula combining malts, grains and hops, without a pronounced overtone in its taste. It is what is known as a “centralized” beer. Adapted to a warm and spring-like climate, Imperial is Florida’s most popular and widely accepted beer, both nationally and internationally, and has thus become the favorite beer of Costa Rica.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2008
THOUGHTS: Almost forgot to input this one. Had it back on New Year’s Eve. Just another standard lousy pale lager, This one ,though, is very one-sided. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light yellow with an average, sudsy, white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was light malt and corn. Then initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter and a little sour with a short duration. There was lightly sweet malt then a slightly lemony bitterness and sourness. The light body was watery but also a little dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
Can (BB 07/2008)
Golden color, small white head. Sweet malty (apple peals) and grainy aroma. Sweet malty flavor and more apple peels. Short oily finish. More or less another crap tropical lager, although not the worst and most drinkable (ice gold) of Costa Rican main brands.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
hopscotch (10144) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle... Clear, straw-colored lager with a large, rocky, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is sweet and creamy. Light to medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and middling carbonation. Flavor-wise, it’s very seltzer-like. Well balanced and inoffensive, but there’s just nothing there. Finishes crisp, and very clean. This one’s like having sex in a canoe... f*ck*ng way too close to water!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
Thank you Morten, it was nice of you to bring this one back to me. It’s light straw with an OK head. Both aroma and flavour are very weak with light notes of malt, straw, metal, a light sweetness and practically no bitterness. It’s a very uninspiring beer - but it’s wet and cold :)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gam (3644) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2008
Thin head,meek carbonation,gold colour,not much cover from head.Aroma citrus(lemon)sweetness,mild hops.Flavour strong hop and malt flavour,malt is good,lack of bitter,finish sweet and malty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2655) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Ricey adjuncty aroma, cereal grain, rice crispies. A bit of tangerine? Sugar cane. Surprisingly medium mouthfeel, not watery at all. High carbonation contributes to the near fullness of palate. Bready grainy malts, balanced finish. A bit tart/astringent/husky in the finish. Straw color but a medium foamy head and lacing. What a surprise!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2854) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Light golden in color upon pouring. Wispy white head. Sweet sugary grainy aroma, some sweet corn. Flavor is mostly grainy. A little bit of sweetness with a hint of malts.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Stuck in the Grand Cayman Airport and this is the beer of choice. Anywhere in the US and there should would be someting better. As far as flavor-challenged lagers go, this still isn’t the best.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours an ugly yellow. Looks like corn and smells like corn. Tastes like molten tortilla chips. I didn’t expect much from this one but it is downright awful. The only real positive is that I dig the phoenix on the label.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2008
Clear, pale yellow body with an average head. Some corn in the aroma, with not too much else, which carries through to the taste otherwise it is a little bland, as expected. Don’t expect too much from pale lagers so I wasn’t too disappointed.

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