Free State Fireside Imperial Pils
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   ABV: -
Our special winter offering for 2006, this Pilsner style lager’s strength elevates it to “Imperial” status. Where a typical German style Pilsner might reach an OG of 13-14°P and 40 IBUs, our Imperial Pils logs in at nearly 18 OG and 62 IBUs. The Malt bill is almost entirely Pilsner malt with a touch of dextrin malt for extra body and mouthfeel. The hops are domestic Glacier and Sterling, both varieties that we haven’t used much before. The Glaciers add a clean bitterness to balance the malt and the Sterlings add a wonderfully complex hop flavor and aroma from late additions to the kettle and dry hopping as well. O.G. 17.8/1071. Hops 62 IBUs

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2008
From the growler. Thanks to hurrisnow for the beer. Pours a deep golden yellow with a poofy white thick head. Amazing fantastic aroma of butterscotch and fresh barley malt. Flavor does not live up to the devine aroma, but is very tasty nonetheless. Rich and malty, has only a mild amount of bitterness. An easy drinker for the new "style."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pour brilliant golden yellow with a sticky snow white head. The nose is mostly pilster malt with a noble like hop aroma. The flavor is pretty malty too. Almost sweet. Just enough bitterness to keep it from being cloy. Medium body. Drinkable. Average carbonation. I’d like more. Balanced finish. Not a bad beer, though more hop couldn’t hurt (I don’t think).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Draft: Dark yellow. Creamy white froth clings with each sip. Grainy, unpolished aroma with strong scents of DMS and dough yeast. Slightly grassy and floral, but minimal hoppy brightness. Densely bodied. Brisk grassiness and herbal hop elements tease the palate, but the poorly extracted malts are extremely grainy and popcorny and soon eclipse all remaining brightness. Doughy yeast also taints things by coating the palate which compounds the low attenuation by imparting an unpleasant limpness. DMS also dulls the flavor as it nearly deadens the palate with a metallic zing, and obliterates the lemony- and herbal-hop poignancy. Hop bitterness teases the palate, but never climaxes, generating merely a pinch of grassiness toward the finish. Malts reveal some late pleasant softness, but remain intrusively husky, throughout. This resembles malt liquor than anything else…just riddled with DMS. And the poor attenuation results in a body which is too full for its own good and doesn’t contain nearly enough of the obligatory pilsner brightness (elegant maltiness, proper attenuation, poignant and juicy hop medley, etc.) to compensate. Easily one of the more disappointing offerings from this quality brewery.

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