clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a nice white head. Nice hops in the aroma, just not quite strong enough aroma for my taste. Clean and crisp, some hops and bitterness, but too thin. I’d have liked to have seen this beer just a bit "bigger" as an Imperial Pilsner. Sam Adams has set the bar high with their Imp Pils, I was optimistic that DH would equal or surpass the SA, but was disappointed. If I blindly drank this beer as a pilsner I would consider it excellent, but not imperial.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Bottle from Belmont. Light golden color with a thick white head. Aroma and flaovr of lager yeast, lemon, grass, and hops. Clean, crisp finish with a moderate bitter bite. Medium bodied. Quite enjoyable and a damn good pilsner. Would be a great summer six pack beer.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma- hop, barnyard, grass, light sweetness, lactose, lemon zest. pours hazy lemon gold. taste is lemon, candied sugar, lactose, hop, bitter finish. palate was heavy, carbonated, with medium body. Wasn’t a big fan of this one.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium yellow with thick and large white head. nose of herbal hops, some sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. medium to low carbonation for a bohemian pils, very low for a german. firm bitterness before a fair amount of sweetness, though it is unlikely munich was added to this, possibly from a cara malt. the american hops actually blend well with the german saaz-like notes, which surprises me. the alcohol isn’t overly distracting, but I see no point of adding depth to a pilsner. overall, it’s a well fermented beer, a well formulated beer, but i question the need for a 7.5% abv pils because it results in a less drinkable version of the style
Nickls (1938) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light, bright straw yellow that’s mostly clear with a nice fluffy pure white cap that holds really well. Nice looking brew. Big assertive hops in the aroma, bit spicy and herbal with a citric kiss. Hops lean soapy in the flavor, and thankfully this is devoid of malt sweetness. Still solid malt backing for the soapy, spicy, and earthy hop flavors that show a little citrus as well. Crackery and dry in the finish. Bigger, heavier body that suggests the Imperial is the right label. Some moderate warmth. Still, medium overall, bit soft. Nice, pretty clean, and good drinking.
Slipstream (2192) - USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cool - RB has a new category for imperial pilsners and lagers. And I think this belongs somewhere near the top of the list. The label is a drawing of a...monastery (?) silhouetted against big city skyscrapers for some reason. MA has a rich, sweet floral pilsener aroma. There is a bit of fresh cake in there too - this smells as good as any pils I can think of. The flavor is fresh bread and tasty hops. I can tell from the big heavy bottle and the creative presentation that this is a DFH head release, but it strikes me as a pretty straightforward pilsener - and a very good one!
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 2010 2B. Pours cloudy yellow/gold with a large fluffy white head that holds a rocky island and leaves rings of lacing down the glass. Aroma is light bread, noble hops, lemon, grass, floral hops. Moderate to good strength. Flavor is sweet bready malt, lemon, grass, a touch of spice, some other citrus such as oranges, moderate sweetness in the front and middle, finishes with a nice bitterness. Bold flavor for a Pilsner. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a touch sticky. A tasty & hoppy Imperial Pilsner, helped by being a very fresh sample. Alcohol is well hidden making this very drinkable. Nice one, Dogfish Head!
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy gold with white head. Nose is Saazy hops, lemongrassy, somewhat spicy and fruity. Tastes relatively dense on the palate, complex, with fruity, peppery, spicy flavors matching the substsantial hop bill and overall finishing crispness. Nice.
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer reminds me why my love for this style is growing. A bright and shining golden yellow beer is presented in my New Glarus pilsner glass. Clarity could use a bump, there is a slight chill haze or something. Wild lacing from a dense head. The dominant aromas are crackery pilsner malts and nobel hops. The malt base is certainly strong but the hops lend subtle balance. Aaahh, this stuff is refreshing, for what it is. Smooth crackery malts gracefully bow to crisp fruity hops with a spike of pine.
brenn79 (1684) - Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours pale golden with a nice two finger pillowy white head and a nice fountain of bubbles floating to the surface, the lacework creates rings of thick foam from every time I take a drink. Aroma is spicy pine and citrus with a generic pale lager aroma in the background. The flavor is piney hops followed by a wallop of bitterness that would rival any 100 plus IBU IPA, there is also a spicy almost peppery hop presence, I love the hops they chose here, very distinctive. The body is medium, the carbonation is high, finish is strong and bitter. this is a winner and the hop head in me loves this.