jmikolich (1449) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
&*$&! yeah, this is how you should hop a lager.. though the nose rocks the taste is just great.. the lager finish throws off the balance, I respect the ideals of JA but ale yeast would make this dynomite! almost tough to drink after 5 sips because of how contrasting the lager finish is with the juicy hops.
MacBoost (1290) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 So, apparently this is the #1 rated Imperial Pils In the world. Let’s see how it stacks up.
Pours a clear gold color with a nice white head. Big, powerful aromas of juicy tropical fruits in the nose. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit with sugar, your senses just run wild when you smell this beer. Very deep and complex aromas. I could smell this for hours.
Taste is a slight letdown from what the aroma promised. No, it’s still pretty damn good, but not up there with the best of the best ipa’s/dipas I’ve ever tasted. Probably the best lager I’ve ever had though. Some of the tropical fruit juice is lost in translation from the nose. Some unwelcomed bitterness is present, detracting from the overall experience. Very thin body for a 8.5% beer. The finish is drying, Tylenol like bitterness with only a shadow of the tropical fruit hop expression promised in the nose.
It’s good, but not a world beater.
madvike (2753) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Publick House - Pours hazy amber with a foamy white head. Nose is pungent hops--tropical fruit, grass, pine--with a grainy, lightly yeast malt base. Taste is more on the grass/pine side of things, wiht a bit of doughy yeastiness and more graininess. Medium and smoothly carbonated. Good but not great.
pete4999 (1055) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a nice golden color. Smell is very subdued with a little bit of floral aroma. Taste is similar - very light and the high ABV content is well-hidden. Overall I would’ve liked a little more bite from it.
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to forcabrew. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color. very large white head. nose is moderate berry like fruitiness. taste is initially bitter and clean. late in the finish the hop flavor kicks in and is interesting. Not sure about the south of the equator hops. enjoyable. no sign of alcohol. maybe a touch of sulfur. good. not great.
ROBC3366 (667) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. Smells of grapefruit and grass. Tastes of citrus and herbs and finishes with a fresh sharp hoppiness
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a bright yellow, aroma is citrusy and taste is very citrusy a nice fruity ipa taste, not what you would expect from a lager. Overall pretty tasty
umich03jm (2007) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours a hazy gold color with a huge, rocky head that fades slowly and never completely goes away. Aroma is fairly intense, fresh cut grass, flowers, tropical fruit, grape skins, and kiwi. Taste is not a good as the aroma though. Ultra dry and very bitter. Kinda like chewing on flowers and fruit skins. Very foamy carbonation too. Definitely well made beer but I never really seem to enjoy the New Zealand hops ever. Just like this beer, I always love their aroma but not the taste.
brystmar (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light straw color, plenty of white head and lace. Piney, earthy, spicy hops are a bit sharp. Dry as bone, finishes with a kiss of caramel. Well made, despite being not exactly my style.
thirdeye11 (5555) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) cloudy medium gold, soapy white bubbles. Nose is very tropical, sweet citrus zest, lemon, orange pulp, guava. Taste of pine, umami, super dry, linger not my favorite, earthy.