gam (3351) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold pour small head carbonation weak aromas citrus stone sweetness of malt flavours crisp medium bitter citrus peach sweet caramel tastes like an imperial pils aftertastes hoppy fruit tropical sweet malt lasting bitter crispness bit light though
maneliquor (3285) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Clear straw pour with a small white head. Aroma picks up subtle herbacious and floral hops with an underlying shortbread tone. Quite biscuity in the taste. The same herbal and floral hoppage comes across. Everything is quite subtle but it all works well together for some high drinkability. A little grainy on the palate with a lengthy nutty bitterness to finish. A touch boozy. Not bad but was expecting a lot more from Epic
Brodies_Best (260) - 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 (2553) - 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 (724) - 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 (1790) - 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.