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Dominion Spring Brew (Imperial Pilsener)

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Known Vintages: 2004, 2005, 2006

The Spring Brew varies year-to-year. The back label should state what style it is, so make sure you rate the correct style!

Each season, our brewers develop recipes that highlight great brewing styles, traditions and ingredients. Hops take center stage in our Noble Imperial Pilsner, with forty pounds of noble Saaz, Tettnang, and Spalt hops going into each twenty-five barrel batch. We employ first wort hopping to create novel tastes and aromas; the result is a fascinating 70 IBU beer. Enjoy!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Take a standard Pilsner and turn up the sweet. The alcohol is present a little up front and at the end. A slight bitterness in the finish. Flavor has some Herbal, floral notes but overall, nothing too noticable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
WCCII Opener; Courtesy of Scraff, I think. Medium pale gold clear under a medium small pale yellow head. Grainy sourdough and wafts of higher ABV late in the aroma. Softish low carb butterscotch like mellow body. Low sweetness malt and medium dry grainy, yeasty and hops flavours. Medium dry crisp bitter finish. Aaron says "Bok" and I say "Bok Bok". Thanks Scraff - nice one!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
This was a little different than what I expected. Pale yellow in color with a nice white head, this beer is thirst quenching and not so overly hopped that it takes away from drinkability. Recommened.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
I have had this on several occasions now and am rather disappointed. There are some decent helles bock characteristics to it which just don’t work with the hops. It feels fat, sweet, rich, bitter and sort of tastes like St. Ides. I would like a beer like this in concept: rich highly hopped pale lager. But I don’t like this very much.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Equipment: 12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass. Appearance: Clear golden yellow topped by a frothy and bubbly white head. A healthy layer of foam survived throughout consumption. Blobs, specks, and fingers of lacing were left on the plastic. Aroma: Highly floral, herby, and fruity noble hops with a solid whiff of the lighter malts. Very aromatic. Flavor: A very peppery and brassy 2x4 of noble hops bitchsmacking your palate. Nice malt backing on this one. You can tell that 2000 lbs of barley went into each batch. Solid. Palate: Very well masked alcohol. 8.5%? Chu’ pullin’ mi leg, main? Lingering hop aftertastes, but still crisp like a lager ought to be. Overall: This is some fine beer. Old Dominion is coming into its own as a righteous regional. Keep stuff like this up, and I ’spect beergeeks everywhere will be mention OD in the same sentence as Victory. Marginalia: 70 IBU’s

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
Golden color. A vigorous pour left only a one finger tall head which receded to a bubbly white film and left some lacing. Sweet malt, honey, wheat, hops, and alcohol in the aroma. Taste was sweet and alcoholic, but at the same time, it seemed rather bland. Not like any other pilsener I have tried before... thanks argo0!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2004
(bottle) Sparkling clear apple juice body with a small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, apple, light grassy. Taste is medium sweet, apple, grassy,some caramel, herbal. Herbal in finish, with light grassy. Touch of alcohol. Medium-full body, "thick" (bockish), hides alcohol well. I think IPs should be put in either their own category or with the bocks -- this ain't no pilsener.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
Aroma is fresh mown grass with fleshy berry undertones. Some citrus fruit rinds are detected also. Flavor is outstanding with two distinct levels of flavor going on. It's like a Bach symphony employing tonal counterpoint. Flavors playing harmoniously in a round yet quite distinct on their own. In the first melody I get a sweet creamy malty lager akin to Paulaner Original Munich *fresh in my mind as I had it the other day*. The second melody which dominates the finish is grassy, spicy, saazy Pilsner. A touch of warming alcohol just adds some dissonance to the piece to keep it interesting, but in keeping with the Bach theme we'll call it a trill in the original melody. Mouthfeel is splendid and the drinkability is perfect for this warm it's way to early to be summer but it feels like it spring day!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2004
Pours a peach tinged blond. Tall foamy white head. Nose is rich with hops and bready malts. Taste is well hopped but has a chewy maltiness about it. Pleasant pilsner taste. The palate is creamy and smooth. Little bite except during the finish. Dangerously drinkable beer. Damn good as well. Shame it disappeared so quickly around here.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2004
Wow! A ramped-up pilsener for sure! Sparkling clear, bright yellow lager with a small, creamy, white head. The nose is full of grapefruit, sweat and earthy/woodsy notes. The flavor is tangy and bitter... too bitter for the style. However, the hops really hide the high ABV. Medium-bodied, even at 8.5% ABV. Oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Long, bitter, dry finish. Nice effort from a real "up-and-coming" brewery!


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