PhillyBeer2112 (2595) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Zippy hop aroma and flavor, spicy and resiny. Malt aroma is caramelly but the flavor is more butterscotch and bread. Hazy copper color, modest creamy head. Somewhere between a nice over-hopped American style pilsner and a european strong lager.
osu97gp (666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a orange/copper color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts and a mild hint of citrus/pine hops. Flavor of floral and pine hops with a okay sweet malty backbone. The alcohol is well hidden throughout the beer. Overall a pretty good beer.
jgb9348 (4961) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice clear orange and copper tinted body with a strong orange glow and a thin oily tan head. Aroma of very mild alcohol, malt, yeast and a touch of oak - oddly mild for such a strong beer! Full-bodied; Strong metallic, chunky malt that somehow goes down easy and doesn’t leave the mouth full of taste - odd! Potent hop flavour soon afterwards with a touch of oak and drying grass/hay. Aftertaste is VERY mild - oaky and malt tastes, but thats about it - you can feel the alcohol, but the taste is very minor. Overall, an odd beer - strong, but the taste and scent doesn’t really pick up on it. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. Nice to try, but expensive and too big of a bottle. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield, Virginia on 14-October-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 02-December-2010.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured am amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy/malty flavor with a quick finish.
glennmastrange (2379) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light to medium note of grain, light perfume for the hops, cheese for the yeast, with hints of honey, alcohol and paper. Head is average size, frothy, white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is crystal clear, light amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and has a lightly astringent and alcoholic finish with a metallic aftertaste in the first few sips. The watery texture belies the heavily gravity of this Imperial Pilsener.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep brass orange with a well-lacing depth of white head. Has a fresh citrusy piny hoppy nose with some light caramel notes and a touch of grain. Starts with good body and light malty sweetness with a crisp resiny hop balance before a bittersweet hoppy finish. A nice imperial India pale lager.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a small egg shell head. Slightly herbal, earthy nose with primary notes of toasted pale malt, caramel, and grass, softer notes of citrus and bread. Body is medium with a smooth mouth feel and gentle carbonation. Flavor is biscuity and toasted, fairly balanced between spicy, earthy hops and sweet, bready caramel malts with a light citrus note. Decent bitterness throughout, finishes dry and toasted.
alexanderj (3377) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap; poured a clear orange ambercolor with a frothy off white head. Aroma of earth, alcohol, sweet malt, and caramel-bread. Flavor was very earthy; dry hoppiness. Some sweetness, some apple notes, with breadiness. Flavor got better with time.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The best that I can describe this doesn’t really match the expectations, given the description from Left Hand. There is a mix of flavor. Hops are like an American Pale Ale, but the bready yeast flavor comes across more like the typical English ales.
ben4321 (4425) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 11/21/10
Aroma: The nose is earthy, a little bit of spice, some grass, a little toast, and herbs
Appearance: It pours a clear orange-amber color with a small white head and no lace
Flavor: The taste is pale malts, and a lot of hops, dry and pungent, a bit one note
Palate: The body is medium, sticky, fairly short duration, clean and dry on the finish
This is the first beer I’ve gotten to try from this series, but these are two breweries I tend to enjoy, so I was excited to see them combine for a beer, or a series of beers. Anyway, this one is solid stuff, but is this really and Imperial Lager? Either way, I liked it, but it is a touch one-note. I’d like a little more depth. Not bad though.