jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intresting hoppy aroma that I think must be the Sterling hops which are new to me. Slightly hazy pale yellow with a nice white head. Not bad, but not doing much for me. An excellent pilsener that failed to catch me in a pilsener frame of mind.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber in colour. Aroma was of citrus hops, lemon, floral, with a slight sweetness. Flavour was hoppy, with citrus(lemons and oranges). Medium body and slightly dry. Finishes with a medium bitterness with lots of citrus. Lingering. Very nice anniversary beer. Thanks for sending this to me HeRftYDrF.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say, if all pilsners were like this, I’d probably drink more of them. Beautiful clear golden color and lovely white lasting head. Aroma of hops and malt-very floral and quite refined for an ale producer. Bitterness is well balanced and sharp-right in line for a pils. I still like the Imperial Pils better, but this was a very nice beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cheers to radiomgb for sharing this one in our anniversary tasting series. The aroma seemed a little off to me - in an unidentifiable way. There was some citrus and some malts which carried through into the crisp taste. The mouthfeel was kinda syrupy sweet and bitter all at the same time. It’s like a toned-down version of their Imperial Pilsener. Long bitter and refreshing finish. Nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golden color with big white head. Aroma is more malty than anything else. Taste is sticky sweet and chewy malty. Very well balanced with a bit of a sharp hop bite.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The latest in the anniversary set pours a thick golden hue, with slight haze and offers up a prodigious snow white head, delicately dotted, leaving spidery lace behind as it elegantly falls away.
Aroma is vibrant, fresh, and floral, with a distinct, though minor, honey note, giving a touch of sweetness, though the tone is overall dry. They've pegged the Czech pils nose exactly, with a brilliant hoppiness, as well.
Taste: crisp and dry at the front, hops meet tongue in full force, soften, then deliciousness ensues. They've got the malt just right, and there's just enough hops and sweetness to match the dryness in the mouthfeel and finish. Light bodied, and supremely drinkable. You wish there were more days in the month.
To quote the bottle, the 5 ingredients are: Beeston Chariot Pilsner and Weyermann malts, 100% Sterling hops, and, of course, free range coastal water and top fermenting pacman yeast.
So, that's why I like it so well.
Hats off to Rogue, again!
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
They might saved this beer for summer but for an ale brewery this is a great Pilsener. Yellow not completely clear but medium bubbled hear. Classic Czech hop aroma but they say they didn’t use Czech hops. They fooled me. Lacking a little in the malt part of this brew but not bad.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nutty aroma. Wheat and leaf-filled aroma. Tasted skunky after being refrigerated opened but carbonation was strong. Moderately bitter yet full of honey and straw characteristics. Ton of better pils out there though.
TAR (2677) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale, semi-hazed, yellow. Mostly lasting, thick, patchy, and sticky white head. Inviting spicy, lemony hopsack, cactus, and flower aroma. Touch of airiness, perfume, and apple acidity match the toasted pale malts and understated yeast notes. Slight fizziness on the tongue. Fluffier and more expansive than it is creamy. Starts with fresh, snappy hop flavors along with a quick dose of flowers, melon and a mild twinge of acidity. Subtly doughy, toasted pale malts and mild phenols set in toward the center and thicken up the body, which helps balance the sharp, assertive hop bitterness. Vague malt sweetness and waxlike yeastiness add some cakey elements at the back of the throat to assist the bitterness. Hops become grassier at the finish with a light note of lemon and yeast. Sweet corn starch flavors linger and contribute just enough sweetness to the flowery, airy traits. Overall, this is what I had hoped their Imperial Pils to resemble, as this has more dryness, residual malt sweetness and zestier carbonation, which better highlights the sharp hop profile. If only it had a little more malt sweetness and body, this would be stellar.
Nuffield (4080) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow with lacing head. Dry, it would appear, but a subtle sweetness comes otu in the long palate. I couldn't get spaghetti notes out of my head--must have been the plate of pasta just served to someone at a nearby table at the Rogue pub. Creamy palate. Not tops in the category, but decent. They had it on tap a month after it was supposed to have been finished. (on tap at Rogue Ales Public House, Portland)