beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i think they road tested this one before coming out with their noble pils to see if they could replace their white ale for the spring seasonal. draft selection, clear yellow with no head or lacing, sterile abv flavor with some hoppy floral characteristics. macro carbonation but with some spiciness that makes it a little more enjoyable than i thought, but overall, another so-so effort from sam adams.
johnnnniee (3735) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Review from notes, sampled 12/14/2007
Sampled this at the German Beer Festival and later out of a bottle.
Pours a cloudy golden orangey color with a fluffy white head that just wouldn’t quit. Carbonation on this one is a bit on the high side. Smell is overwhelming hops, but not the spicy or citrusy smell that one would expect from an ipa with "c" hops in it. Definitely a much more flower like smell. The taste didn’t really do it for me. Very bitter as one would expect, but not a flavorful bitter. Maybe my pallet isn’t ready for this beer, but I would have liked some grapefruit, or citrus flavors in with the bitter, but it just wasn’t there. Medium body with bitterness all around. I saved a couple of bottles of this and I think it will be really interesting to see how these hold up over time. As they are now, I think they are a bit harsh.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pokal.
4.5 A: Medium orange color. Clear, but not crystal clear. Two fingers of thick frothy head with good retention and lots of lacing.
4.0 S: Mainly citrus. A little earthy with freshly cut grass. A hint of sweetness.
3.5 T: Again citrus (grapefruit and mandarin foremost). I’m getting hints of some woodiness as well. Begins sweet with a bitter finish. There’s actually a lot of sweetness, but it’s a roller coaster ride from sweet to bitter with every sip. Not only is this beer unbalance, but it’s unbalanced twice because of what was already mentioned. Still, the sweet part is good and the bitter part is good as well, but my tastebuds aren’t up for the craziness. It’s like transfering fish from hot water to cold water and back again several times only much less torturous.
4.0 M: Medium body. Moderately creamy with good carbonation.
3.0 D: The brew is good, but one beer is plenty due to the crazy revolving taste.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-28-2009 02:37:22
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th February 2008
Golden hazy beer. Smooth palate. Lots of intense hop fruit and all round hoppy goodness. Delicious and hugely drinkable.
jsmerig (1472) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a Golden Color with aromas of malty red licorice. Taste is very malty with an intense hop finish. Very bitter at the end... like a bad break up.
bth122 (1482) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a golden color. Med head. Aroma of malts, hops, and? . Med to heavy bitter. Creamy palate. This hax a grassy earthy bitterness to it. Aroma doesn’t hit you but the taste smacks you with bitterness.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ornage colour. Begie head. Aroma is from hops, bread,citrus and some apricot. Flavor is grapy, citric, hopy and quite intense. Palate is oily.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
G: 12-ounce Pilsner Urquell tapered pilsner glass.
A: Pours with a nice head. The carbonation bubbles are readily apparent and stick to the side of the glass without a ton of upward motion. The beer is a pale amber in color. Foam rings galore as this goes down.
S: Straight off of the pour, you can definitely smell the hops.
T: The initial taste is excellent. There is a mild hoppy flavor followed by sweetness. The malt comes through on the back end and through the aftertaste, but the initial taste is definitely mild hops--definitely not DIPA, but on par with your average IPA.
M: Mouthfeel is light without a large amount of carbonation; it goes down very smoothly. Little to no alcohol presence, so it’s hard to believe that this punches in at 8.8 ABV.
D: Very drinkable. If this wasn’t so difficult for me to find, I could definitely see it turning into a session beer, particularly as the weather warms up.
All in all, an excellent brew. It’s my first Imperial Pilsner, and I will definitely be seeking out more. Very much like a mellowed IPA.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with white head, aroma of big, big floral, pine, resinous hops, with a touch of biscuit. Big aggressive pine and resin up front, leading into some biscuit, but then gets very bitter and piny at the end. Not balanced, but if you like hops, you will like this.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, best before Jan. 2009.
Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a nice thick head. Great lacing observed. Color is a light autumn orange. Very good looking beer.
Smell is of floral hops. No scent of mals are present. Taste is quite similiar. Many hops, obviously, are in this beer. There is a defintely a carmel taste also. The taste of alcohol is also present.
Carbonation level is great. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, but leaves a dry mouth.
Overall, I was expecting more hops than this. It had a lot, but it says an intense hop experiance on it. It was definately a great beer and I was happy that I bought it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hops!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-08-2008 02:30:56