sickassmick (220) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i had 3 bud lights before rating this. here we grow. pour is almost clear nice orangy yellow with a nice little film on top. some fruit on the nose. almost like a fresh green apple sort of smell, thats really all i can smell on this. taste seems to retain a bit of that apple character, but not in a cheap apple juice sort of asahi way. tastes pretty fresh and clean. little bitter on the top of the tongue. clean finish, slight apple skin bitterness. again maybe that is some other fruit smell, but not a citrusy sort of fruit.. anyway, itís not really7 what i would picture an imperial pils being,a nd that being said iím not sure what is so imperial about it at 5% either way, this is a cool one to sip on, not sure i would buy again but not gonna hate.
pinkie (400) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours the color of gold. No orange. No hues. Lager bubbles are making their way to the top in perfect clarity. There is a fat head of creamy bubbles that fell off unnoticed because I drank it so fast. Left wet and patchy lacing. carbonation refreshed upon each tilt of the glass.
This had a big bright nose. Everything you love about hops. Pine, citrus and floral. A bit of orange peel and a light bread. Tucked just under all that is a light yeasty lager scent. Spruce, pine needles. Lightly sweet malt.
Taste is exceptional. It has a tremendous hop forward character that is tempered and smooth. The hops are herbal and succulent with out a terrible bitter. They are not even really that tart and thatís how it is one step toned down from an IPA. There is a bit of grapefruit on the palate though but a light tangerine takes hold and a bit of orange blossom honey. Bread is light and the lagering has done this beer a great favor. It has made it smooth and drinkable in the best way. The pine is intense but not sharp. A touch of resin to make the aftertaste last and plenty of earth. Itís crisp and bold. There is just a bit of bitter in the dry finish.
Leave it to sam adams to mix these two beer styles so perfectly. This beer has tremendous flavor but is not the least bit harsh. it doesnít numb you with bitterness. It doesnít defeat you with a high abv. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is perfect with a little bite to it. It is gentle enough and the lager character does indeed make it easy drinking.
Rosslew (86) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber and keeps good head. The taste is hoppy, light early with some, but not much, bitterness at back end. Distinct IP flavour for this lager. The smoothness is a great quality. Too notch.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jamie123 (1) - - SEP 28, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It pours a wonderful orange color. it makes a four finger head.The Aroma smells delicious, With a piney citrusy scent.The taste.This beer taste similar, Like sierra Nevada pale ale.This donít taste like a lager.The mouth feel is medium.This beer taste great.
stevoj (1623) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This a well executed and gorgeous beer. Pours dark gold with towering, fluffy head. Aroma of hops, like an IPA. taste is hops with a malt backbone. This a really excellent beer.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sold. Well hopped with grapefruit & citrus qualities. Dry malt and dry finish on the palate. Unusual and good.
fitwitchik (130) - USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.
Golden yellow with a huge head like a soft pillow.
Scent of sweet pines with light grapefruit. Knew this had some WC hops going!
Slight bitter finish with very little bready malt. Find this hard to believe they were using Munich malt-so not like a lager at all.
Overall greatly surprised with this brew. Enjoyed immensely on a hot afternoon.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 bottle. Lots of pine, herbal hop qualities, some citrusy, grainy, husky malts. I have a hard time with the lagering and hops.
firstsip (239) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprised at the lack of hop presence, but I might be used to insane hops with many American DIPAs. Excellent mouthfeel--full. Yellow color, great lacing.
floydisbest (8) - - SEP 15, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing mixture of floral, citrus, and just plain hoppy taste. Quite clear and golden, minimal froth on the head. Light to medium bitterness. Not too sweet or sour. Body is light, average to soft carbonation, and the finish is just the right bitter, and lasts tempts the buds for another sip.