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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   ABV: -
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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2008
(Savor, draft) Clear apple-juice body with medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, honey, grassy. Taste is medium sweet, grassy, light honey. Medium-full body, lightly sticky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
On tap @ Free State. Yellow orange appearance. Bittering Saaz hops in the nose. Quite sweet but fairly smooth pils flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7874) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Draft sample is mostly clear deep yellow with a white head. Wet, oily, hop nose, with a twangy note of pils malt and an overbearing amount of alcohol (which in a pils can be as low as 6-7%). Too thick, too viscous, but the palate is silky and bitter, with a light, dry hop flavor in the finish, and a moderate amount of yeast character tasted, but very clean and light for what that’s worth. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Sample from a bottle at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a mostly clear yellow-gold color with a big, foamy white head that settles quickly. Fairly light aroma of pale malts, straw, grassy hops, minerals, sweet bread, and sugar. Flavor of sweet and pale malts, straw, honey, corn flakes, and dough. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel. Not a bad take on the style but this style has never worked wonders for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6069) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Growler. Thanks, BVC, Theisti, the academy, et al. Beautiful dark honey gold. Thin white head. Odd old wet grass nose. Light, cottony, watery body. Slightly sour old rotting grass on the mid-palate. Mild resiny finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Had on tap at the brewpub while visiting the university. More hoppy than impy - disappointing, but drinkable and tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Poured a clear, straw gold with a active, white head. Malty, grassy aroma. Strong flavor of sugar, candy, hay and yeast. Winds up tasting like a sugary tripel. Thick on the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4436) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours a mostly translucent golden with amber notes and a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of Cheerios with a touch of sugar and lightly spicy noble hops and citrus notes. Flavor of spicy and herbal noble hops, nice and dry, crisp with a touch of cereal grains. Pushing 8% but still so dry. Was afraid it was going to be a sweet malt bomb and its not!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sampled at St. Louis Microfest 2011 - Pours clear yellow with a white head. The aroma has lots of grass, breadiness and sweet barely toasted malt. Medium body with fairly soft carbonation. The taste has sweet malt and lots of grassiness and spice. Good for the style.

3.6
   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."


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