TomDecapolis (4387) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler that sat for a few weeks in my, fridge. Served in a Free State glass. I had this at the bar, but never took a rating. Good excuse to buy a growler of it. Golden colored with a one fingered head and active carbonation. Clarity is brilliant. Aroma is , flowery, herbal, grassy
(not in bad way), and earthy, with a light, but evident pils malt backing. The hops are evident at once and come across as flowery, herbal, and somewhat spicy. The bitterness is there as well as well, but there is a nice malt backing to compliment it. Some sweetness, but it never comes off as flabby or underattenuated. The flavor is much nicer when this warms, it is served way too cold at the brewpub, a complaint I often have with my beloved Free State. The cold serving temp makes it a bit harsh, it seems like bitterness is more pronounced at colder temps. This beer is dangerously drinkable for one that is probably right around 7.5% ABV. One of my new favorites from Free State.
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers to Free State for coming to the East Coast at Savor. This is an inventive, clean, lager with a purity of ingredient and the alcohol to boost those inputs to maximum effect. Aggressive hops and balanced, pure grains are pushed to their limits. Tasty limits. I really liked the treatment of bittering agents and the way they are shown off against a robust malty background. Nice finish. Soapy but ultimately neutral.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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."
NielsenRatings (8114) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Free State. Yellow orange appearance. Bittering Saaz hops in the nose. Quite sweet but fairly smooth pils flavor.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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).
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Growler from the brewery, filled 5 days previously, by way of JB. Pour is only the slightest haze - golden with a one inch off white head. Nice lacing sticks to the glass as I drink it down. Aroma was immediate upon opening the growler, bright fresh spruce pine and sap. Once its in the glass, some nice resin bitterness comes through, with toasted Pils malt and a very faint hint of vanilla sweetness. Fresh and complex nose. Taste is the bitter resin pine hops and sweet bready malt. There is also a bright chemical sharpness that was a bit of a surprise. Wasn’t too pronounced, but was distracting. Palate is on the thin-medium side, slick with a grassy finish. The pine hops linger. Overall, an interesting beer - this is the first of these "big Pils" that I had that actually tasted like a Pilsener. Thanks for lugging this back from Lawrence, JB.
beastiefan2k (2260) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ the brewpub. Pours a completely clear dark golden color with a small but strong head. Aroma has a bit of that pilsner crispness but the alcohol overtakes it. It also has some heavy citrus hop notes. Taste has some more grassy hops coming through and a heavier pils crispiness. But otherwise, for an "Imperial" its pretty easy drinking.
jcnielsen (1664) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Grainy, earthy, noble hops and some alcohol, but the alcohol comes through nicely. Nice imperial pils.