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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A well-structured Czech style pilsner. TORCH is strong in alcohol with a rich,full finish. Good mouth feel and well-balanced Czech Saaz hops ensure that TORCH is not your typical pilsner. Color: 5 Lovibond;IBU:35


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arventresca (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Tap. Light gold in color with nice smell. Well balanced and not overpowering in any way. A pretty good beer to start my night.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
A nice pilsner. Had more flavor than your average pilsner. A nice pale look to it, not much on the nose, and not a ton on the flavor, but pilsners rarely are (except for grass and skunk when you get full flavor). There was some grass, but also some spicey notes, maybe some apples.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Part of a draft sampler from the brewpub. Touch of yeast and grassy on the nose. Thin flavors of straw, lemons, and pepper. Not a bad pils, but not too great or memorable.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Really not that good, unfortunately... this is my second Foothills brew and I liked the Seeing Double IPA much better. Still, I look forward to trying their other brews.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Fruity hop aroma and flavor. No head. Grassy. Lingering slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (717) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
On tap at the brewery. A deep golden color with a very thin fizzy head. Has a really nice bitter apple skin nose. The flavor is a lot more complex than a normal pilsner. Has some fruity esters with apples and toffee. A little bit of carbonation, but a solid medium body and a dry bitter finish. Note: Though I thoroughly enjoyed this, the asst. brewmaster said this was fermented at a normal temp and probably had the fruity notes because it was old strain of yeast that had been pitched too much. It’s a shame because I really enjoyed this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Draught, at the Flying Saucer in downtown Raleigh. Pours golden, clear, medium white head, good carbonation. Aroma is bread, grain, band-aid. Flavor is great--bitter with a tough of sweetness. Light palate-with a good bit of hoppy bitterness and grassy aftertaste. Little bit of butterscotch, but not too strong. Great for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 A fairly unremarkable pilsner, but solid enough. Good with food... brings out some of the subtle floral characteristics of the beer. But damn if I don’t enjoy it more after reading MartinT’s review: "A dash of sulphur passed half way through" ... MartinT is my hero. RERATE: served in a 22oz (German pilsner?) glass at the Federal. More complex than previously assessed, or maybe they’ve improved on it (maybe dirty tap lines the first time?). Mild floral and slightly herbal hops, some nice bready malts. Mild fruit notes. Crisp palate. This will likely be my default beer at the Fed and the Durham Bulls ballpark this summer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed hay and grassy, herbal hops merge into this sparkling clean and highly drinkable American take on the Bohemian Pilsener style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam dips into the clear golden.
-The Saaz bitterness is quite pleasant.
-The spritzy carbonation did not detract from my enjoyment of the pint, yet its intensity was a little too much compared to indigenous versions of the style.
-A dash of sulphur passed by half way through.
-This was well balanced and its Czech heritage was clearly suggested.
-A chewier pils maltiness would have increased my appreciation.

On tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Sampled at WBF. Pour: light golden/amber. Thin white head. Aroma: light pale malty, grassy hops. Flavor: grassy hops and crisp dry carbonation. Clean finish.


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