mansquito (3416) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Beer Distributors DFH sampling: Pouring a golden colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of lemon and piny hops. Mouthfeel was quite good and nice. I had it pretty cold, so I donít know if it was allowed to get all of its flavor out there. While I think it was a very tasty beer, with absolutely no offensive traits (i.e. what most lower end beers of this style have). Nice hoppy, grass, lemon, bread and all that good stuff.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon, peach, and mango. flavor was lemon and herbal spice. light body with soft carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Pours a deep, honey color with solid clarity; beautiful, textured, fine-bubbled off-white head with great retention and lacing that sticks; beautiful pour. Lots of resiny floral notes and a modest honeyed sweetness in the aroma; additionally, some herbal character and a mild spiciness; really, some nice complexity in the hop character and some kickass floral notes without harshness; hugely engaging nose. Medium-full body, medium carbonation; no apparent alcohol. High amounts of floral and grapefruit hop bitterness first and foremost: slightly resiny, generally non-astringent (at this point), sticky and dank; the honeyed maltiness seems almost a touch stale, with notes of orange alongside an emergent alcohol warmth that adds a quiet vinous character; overall, definitely an engaging shot at a style that tends to suffer from unchecked astringency and roughness; in contrast, weíve got tastiness here. Again, huge floral contributions. Long finish of toasty maltiness, with lingering citrus and floral bitterness; ~dry.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Bottled in 2010 2B from Julioís for ~$9, if memory serves. Donít let me down DFH--I loves me a good pils. Clear bright yellow gold with a two finger bone white head, fair retention. Generic citrus and grassy hops in the nose atop a firm fresh pasta malt backbone. So far, so good, and pretty balanced thus far. Flavor continues with the grassy hops and pasta biscuit malts, a little mandarin orange notes showing through a bit as it warms in the mouth. The orange actually took over hops-wise after a bit, in the nose and flavor. A little less pilsener-y in the flavor as I work down my glass, but it isnít necessarily a bad thing. Finishes semi-dry, no alcohol noted, and bitterness peaked at a 3-4 or so. Medium creamy body with low lightly prickly carbonation. Pretty good, though only kind of pilsener-y
robgibbens (412) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer at the Gaithersburg Alehouse on the day they first tapped it. A nice surprise! Gold color with a lacy head. Served in a shifter. That aroma is sweet hops but not as strong as a 60 minute IPA. It is definitely hippy on the tongue but mellow. It finishes strong and smooth. The 7.5% ABV is apparent but the beer is very nice.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the brewpub, Rehoboth DE-Cloudy golden pour w/a moderate white head. Floral hop aroma. Strong citrus hop flavor on the front end, w/some grass & grain mixed in, a little pine & lemon. This isnít generally my favorite style, I donít really like how the hops & grain mix togather in these, and this is really no exception. Iíd rather just drink a 60 or 90 on tap (or a 75 on cask!), but thatís just me. This is a very good example of this style, and if these are your thing, Iím sure you will enjoy it. Aggressive hop finish.
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice. A little more mellow than Golden Era, but nice all the same. Iím not a huge lager fan, but I am becoming a fan of imperial pilseners. It did get a little cloying by the end, but it was well balanced overall.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium yellow with a huge, rocky, sort of meringue-like, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished, but kept a thick blanket and left excellent lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak. There was light to moderate pale malt; slight caramel and light bread; moderate floral and earthy hops; and lighter pine and citrus hops. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet and light to fairly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, pale malt, a little honey, floral hops, a little citrus hops, a little pine, and candy. The medium body was syrupy and then fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
drpimento (2233) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Guess I have to say that this is a quintessential Imperial Pils. Not perfectly pleased with it, but thatís splitting hairs a bit. Anyway: Poured a large, foamy, frothy, off white head that doesnít give up and lots of lace. Color is hazy dirty amber. Aroma is floral, malt, perfume, spice, caramel. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and a bit boozy. If this beer didnít try so hard, it might be a lot better. Still damn good.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is bursting with biscuits and slightly soggy fresh hops; itís kinda grassy, with orange, lemon zest, and some pine.
it pours a clear, very pale orange with rocky white head.
flavor has a nice moderate and blunt bitterness, crisp and slightly sweet in the back.
it has a fairly thin body, alcohol is discernible, but only slightly, and it has a long mild bitter finish.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Large rocky white head atop lightly hazed apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, spicy, some lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some lemon, spicy/yeast, bread. Soft medium-full body, quite drinkable.