Brodies_Best (229) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours yellow with faint white head, light pine, light hoppiness, clean. Tastes alcoholic but fresh and clean. As it warms up becomes a more bitter, acidic and sour.
hawthorne00 (2256) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 9C. Orange with a fine white head that lasts pretty well. Aroma of hay, spices, some lychees, gooseberries, a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet and boozy with berries, hay, light caramel, grass and spices. A bit throat-burning at the end, but before that it’s pleasantly soft and slightly creamy in a very pilsener way. Bitterness comes to the fore after a while. Not my sort of beer.
Spud69 (21) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good colour pour foam, nice hop aroma good mouth weight balance is a little to sticky and cloying.
omega (639) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice foamy head with lots of vitality in the bubbles. Being an "imperial" pilsner this beer is lighter than your normal IIPA has has a touch more sweetness to it. Would have like to have seen more hops come through on the palate.
Jimthechap (1483) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A big cold pint that I had to let sit to warm so I could smell it. Lovely golden colour with a white head that left in short order. Aromas tend toward big alcohols, dry hops, gooseberry , grassy dryness and greengages. The flavours attack in a rush of green fruits and then it dries becoming astringent until it offers up a lovely malty richness.
An Imperial Pilsener.
This made me think a bit as to the purpose of an Imperial Pilsener. I’m not having a go at the brewers as it is a laudable thing to explore styles and techniques, I wish more breweries would. But if I’m off to the pub for a couple of pints, do I have one or two of these and blow my head off or do I have three or four pints of other beers (Epic included) and wander home in a state of mildly blissful fuddlement? When I think of an Imperial tag, I think of a beer to end the night on - a porter, stout or barley wine. But this is a big cold pint and probably better suited to earlier drinking... but is it? Damn it. I wish I had better self-control.