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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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 The clean but nondescript hop aroma belies the depth of hop flavor contained here. Dominion brewers have raised their hop extraction bar. They have balanced the initial, bittering, finishing, and dry hopping very well indeed. The brewers have also produced a clean yet heavy malt profile. The beer’s marked viscosity suggests the sheer weight. This is definitely not a session brew! The massive alcohol and hop content amount to a one-two punch. I would recommend Tupper’s Pils as a everyday brew and the Spring Brew for special occasions. P. S. The unfiltered version, available only at the brewery, has even more complexity. If you love hoppy beer and live near D. C., make the trip!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (761) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2006
I definatly love this style of beer. Pours golden with a smallish white head, lots of bubbly frothy goodness! ALthough I enjoyed the flavor and aroma, I felt it was a little weaker than several in the area that I tend to enjoy more (i.e., from Clipper CIty), but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Bottling date: 03/08/06. A crystal-clear bright gold pour with a medium-sized light-tan head. A summery, herbal aroma of grass, oranges, some sweet malts and a little corn. A little creamy and a full body for the style. The taste is much bitterer than I expected based on the aroma. Very herbal too. Enough of a malty base to keep this from being too one-sided, but this is still all about the biting hops. They sting the tongue. Finishes pretty dry. Best lager I’ve ever had? Probably.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Dark yellow, with white head. Hop aroma, orange, grassy flavor. Sweet. Pretty clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2006
From bottle. Pours a dark yellow with small white head. Nose is lightly sweetened hops. Flavor follows with a light, crisp body and some bitter in the finish. One of the better lagers I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pours clear gold with a slight white head. Light floral hop nose, a bit of sour orange, and a grassyness. Nice, lively body, mildly malty sweet. Wonderfully balanced, very easy drinking. Lightly bitter and clean finish. Really a pleasant beer for the spring/summer months - I’ll be stocking up!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Very pale gold body with a thin white head. Nice tangy aroma with hints of pine. Very complex body with some hints of tea and herbs. Nice tea-like ending.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Clear golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of grass. Flavor of grass and light hops with some sweet malt in the end.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Dominion Spring Brew pours to a beautiful, bright, golden color with a bright white head and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, packed with big, pungent, herbal and grassy hop aromas, that flood the nose as soon as to pop the cap off this beer. The body is full and round on the tongue, with lots of crisp pilsner malt flavor. With all the hop character in this beer, the malt heft stands up exceedingly well making such as huge beer, so balanced. Spring Brew finishes with more clean pilsner malt up front, then ends with a huge burst of pungent/herbal hop bitteness that lingers, and lets you know, you have just drank one hell of a beer. This beer is amazingly drinkable, and so well crafted. Like with their barleywine Millennium the brewers at OD have managed to make a beer with such huge aromas, and flavors, powerful, yet not over bearing. You would never guess you are drinking an 8.5% abv beer, because the beer is just so polished and clean. All the aromas and flavors of this beer are intense, all on a heightened level, but all work in harmony. Spring Brew is the perfect beer to have as an aperitif before a meal, and would work well a number of dishes. I would have no problem matching this one with sausages, or a meaty fish such as sword fish. Spring comes once a year, and so does this beer. If you find yourself in VA, this one is well worth picking up.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
This bottled brew dated Feb 10, 2005 poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent yet slightly hazy and light orange in color. Its aroma contained notes of malty hoppy doughy mild slightly dirty sock. Its mouth feel is initially tingly hoppy with a lingering slightly tingly palate and a hoppy aftertaste. Its flavor contained mild spice malty hoppy notes that favored the hops by far. An above average brew.


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