joeygjr (8) - Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong Saaz aroma -- lovely mix of spice and concord grapes. Crisp and clear golden pilsner appearance -- almost a surprise that it is high in ABV. Malty but well-balanced - more golden grape flavour up front. Light on the palate, but not thin in the least -- no significant adjuncts. Snowy, rocky head -- didn’t last long. Excellent imperial pils.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 2005 VintageWhoa, they really uped the ante this year. Massive hop aroma, assertive hops and related bitterness throughout, not nearly as syrupy as last year. Hard to believe this thing is 8.5%. Truly a brilliant beer. This should silence the critics that say all "imperial" style pilseners are crap.
[Updated 3/22/04]8/4/8/3/15-3.8 After giving this another whirl, this time out of the bottle, I must update my rating. Light golden body with a thick white head and nice lacing. The aroma is bready malt and lots floral hops. The flavor is a big shot of bready malt followed by lots of bitter hops. Medium dry body with a bit of a metallic astringency to the very crisp dry finish. The 8.5% ABV is totally hidden, which is quite a feat given the delicate nature of this style. Quite nice. I love Dominion’s attempts at different styles.
AvyLover (1) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
the standard for imperial pilsners...this is truly agreat beer, with grassy and floral hops infused with a sweet tasting, dangerously drinable lager, mouthfeel is nice & slick...WATCH YO SELF!!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks go’s to The Beer God for sending me this great American beer. This brew has a hazy yellow-orange color with a nice white creamy froth. It has intens aroma’s of malts and fresh apricots well counterd with loads of fresh hops and some citrus. You can also smell some roundness in this fine brew. The taste is massive and elegant at the same time. It has a mellow, oily caracter with touche of peachepit and lemonzest turning into an explosion of hops and white pepper. In the afthertaste there is a dry sweetness turning into a fine bitterness with hints of grass and fresh sage, this fresh bitter touch lingers on and on. Thanks again Mike, this is the stuff i realy like
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. (Thanks argo0) Pale golden--small white head. Lightly malty and sweet in aroma. Very good flavor. Malty, sweet--a lot like a bock beer. It finishes with a wonderful bouquet of hops giving the beer a floral fresh feel. Warming alcohol in aftertaste.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
muzzlehatch (4671) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, purchased at The Foodery in Philadelphia. March 5 2004 bottling date. Foggy, luminescent golden, smallish but stable snowy head. Leafy, fruity, fresh as Spring rain aroma, this is what I expect in a pils. Body slightly fuller than usual, warm and malty at the front, bitter and juicy to finish, very "wet". Alcohol noticeable on the palate, but very well blended with the strong Noble hops and not at all obtrustive. Wonderful, one of the best pilseners, Imperial or not, that I’ve ever tasted.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottling date of 09 Mar 2004. Very fresh stuff. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Damn twist off cap, however. That's ok, I won't hold it against them. Poured out a bright, golden yellow color, with a sticky, white foamy head. The label says "Specialty Lager". Special, indeed. Aromas are of fresh maltiness, fresh cut hay, spritely hopiness, and slight aromas of honey. The noble hops make their presense known right away. The hops cut right through the malts in both aromas and flavors. No tastes or aromas of alcohol. It's very hard to believe this is an 8.5 % ABV beer. No diacetyl, crisp mouthfeel, and hoppy finish to it as well. Very well balanced, a truly world class beer from Old Dominion. I hope you Imperial fans can get some for yourself.