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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Golden in color with a dry hop floral aroma and intense hop bitterness supported by a big malty backbone which culminates into a hedonistic mouthfeel. Yee haw!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Great painted ceramic bottle that was capped yet has a swing top attached as well. Poured a slightly hazy bright gold with a huge head that settled down to a not so huge head. Aroma reminds me of a Wit style with wheat malt and yeast in the nose. Maybe it's my imagination though. Also detect quite a bit of hops in the aroma and sweetness from the malt as well. This aroma is a big and bold one to be sure. I wasn't sure what an Imperial Pilsner would be like, but now it makes sense to me with the latest trend in super charged styles. Just double up on malt and hops and you've got an Imperial-fill in the blank brew. Body is really full and smooth. Flavor is also a strong one with sweet malt leading the way along with some hops blending in. This is a big beer and if you like big bold beers such as the Imperial class, you will like this one for sure. It's not a to style pils and doesn't claim to be one either. Enjoy it for what it is.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 The bottle poured with a glug glug sound until I poured about half the bottle out. Anyways, the head is nice and thick and the nose is restrained. The palate is where the hops are to be found. The hops are very earthy and the palate is full and sweet, but not cloying. The finish is long rounded and a little alcoholic. One major flaw I find in the beer is a bit of diacetyl, which is a bummer. Overall, I really do not find this beer to be like a pils.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
11/12/03. Poured out of what I think was a 16.9 oz. white ceramic bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Frothy, small white head. Hazy gold-yellow body. Aroma is grassy, earthy, yeasty, and pale malt. Very crisp. Flavor of strong bitter hops, lightly yeasty. Some surprising dirty malt and a strong alcohol undertone. A little shocking to the palate with the harshness there, but then the finish is rather quick. It's still harsh but overall a pretty nice beer, and definitely one of the deeper, better pilseners I've had. I totally agree with the IPA (or even Imperial IPA) comparisons, but I guess that's what you get from an Imperial Pilsener.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2004
At first it has a large frothy lush head, but that fades down pretty quickly. Cloudy, dark yellow body. Smells sweet, but not overly sticky. The flavor is very full for a pilsner, and quite honestly, I'd like pilsners a lot more if they were more like this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2004
I'm not entirely sure it's fair to classify this beer as a pilsner - pours golden with an impressive white head - the aroma is quite malty sweet, with a small dose of hops and grain, much like an Imperial IPA or a hoppy barleywine - initially, the flavor is clean, crisp and very pilsner-ish, but this is soon demolished by a tongue-slamming of sweet, malty, bready flavors, followed by a healthy helping of hops - the beer attempts a clean, pilsner-like finish, but instead leaves a buttery, hoppy flavor, with some candy-like notes - this is more like an IIPA-barleywine-pilsner-american strong ale conflation of a beer - unique and tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Smells o fhops and hay. Appearance is golden yellow. Flavor dominated by vegetables and hops. Palate is average. Awesome bottle! Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Brilliant bottle! Hoppy citric flavor suggesting barleywine, IPA, and British Summer ale in complexion. Surprisingly quick finish and a lingering light bitter touch. Doesn't add up to much, despite its interest.(Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003) (6-5-7-3-14) // Re-sampled, 20 Aug 04: perhaps my rating could go as high as 3.8 but it was too late in the tasting to trust my judgment, so I'll wait for another taste before re-rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Bottle. Glowing yellow, average head...smells like a very strong and clean pilsner, which is exactly what it is. Nice! The taste was very aggressive but didn't reflect the 8.8% ABV at all. I'd love to give this to BMC drinking friends and tell them "It's the same style as your Bud Light, don't worry..."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Oh, if only I had known there was such a thing as a hoppy pils. Nice fruity blend. Mostly apple & pear, and strong citrusy hop flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Frosted cloudy sunflower color. Flowery, tangy aroma that diminished as warmed, nothing impressive. Sweet, slightly sticky finish with not as many hop burps as I'd anticipated. Flavor was too ordinary for the price, unrefined and not complex at all. Straightfoward pilsner amped up with alcohol. Trendy bottle, average beer. Rerate: better on draft than in the fancy-schmancy bottle. Very fresh and rich hops abound. Glad I took another look at it.


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