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RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
2005 info:This lager is made with fresh Bavarian hops, straight off the vines from the 2005 harvest in Germany, and packs an 8.8 percent alcohol content thatís twice as strong as most popular beers.
Boston Beer Co. is brewing only 60,000 24-oz. bottles, which are due to begin arriving in stores in November.

2007 release info:
Yes, weíre a little obsessed with hops. Every autumn for over twenty years, Jim Koch has traveled to one of the oldest hop-growing regions in the world, the Hallertau region of Bavaria in Germany, to hand-select Noble Bavarian hops, including the Hallertau Mittelfrueh variety. This special variety is considered to be one of the best in the world, prized for its unique taste and aroma. Samuel Adamsģ Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is a celebration of these extraordinary hops. This beer is one of the hoppiest in the world, without being overly bitter. With the first sip, you will experience an explosion of some of the worldís finest hops. And we mean ďexplosionĒ in a good way. Brewed as a showcase for the hops, this bold brew highlights the spicy, citrus flavors and aromas of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that are abundant in the recipe. The intense hops flavor is balanced with the slight sweetness from the malt. The brew remains pleasantly well-balanced from beginning to end, due to the quality of the hops, and continues to always be, well, "hoppy," providing hop lovers with an amazing beer drinking experience.
Available in 12oz. bottles.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 The color itself is magnificent. An opaque, deep burnt apricott. Somewhat of a Sauterne bouquet with the earthy acitone, and a hint of chared citrus malt. Pours a tall, dense head with good hangtime. Superb lacework consisting of a full silky canopy w/ a few islands and a full, fluffy ring. The palate is super full bodied, almost like jello. I get alot of flavors here. Malted citrus up front turns to caramel, creamed coffee, butterscotch, and leather. I caught a glimpse of smoke. Itís pretty hoppy and hides the alcohol well. With everything Iíve mentioned I have to certainly call this a very complex Pilsner, unlike any Iíve ever had. One thing Iíve noticed, you can swirl the brew into a thick lather down to the last drop. Overall: Intense, complex, thorough, and most definatley enjoyable. I got one bottle this vintage and canít wait for the next. I highly recommend.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
What a wonderful beer. The brewers at Sam Adams really did it with this one. A wonderful imerial pilsner that I would recommend to the beer lover.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Pretty close to the perfect beer on the planet. I havent rated a 5 yet, but I reserve the right to go back and give it to this one. Cloudy amber, light pumpkin color with a full white head. Nose is hop explosion. Alot of graperuit, piney resin, pineapple and lemomgrass perfectly balanced with the sweet, biscuity malts. Expertly carbonated, with a medium body an smooth finish. A Sam Adams finest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Obtained from the kind folks at Bullockís in Marietta, Georgia, who were kind enough to hold onto their limited supply of this beer in the back until I showed up. Thank you folks, that is some customer service. Anyway, on to the review.

The 24 oz. bomber packaging, and a label different from the rest of the family line were the first hints that this was a different kind of Sam Adams beer. The pour confirmed the ‹ber status of this Pils. Thick, cloudy, and deep orange, the beer looked much more imposing than its pedestrian non-imperial brethren. The head was relatively small at first, and all but vanished shortly after pouring.

The smell was a showcase of spicy and grassy noble hops. If you are susceptible to hay fever, you better watch yourself, or you might sneeze in this one. The only detriments to the fresh cut hop smell were the occasional alcoholic fumes. But hey, how much ABV can you hide under the pale malts.

The taste was even hoppier than the smell, with a salt and pepper pungent zing that was the primary taste overtaking all others. The malts were difficult to notice under this assault, but they were sweet and unobtrusive with nary a tinge of graininess. There was a bit of an apricot taste detectable as the beer got warmer. I couldnít help but grin with each gulp as the hoppy waves washed over the tongue and down to my throat. Thatís right folks I said gulp, since this has to be one of the most drinkable 8% ABV beers out there.

Mouthfeel was thick and juicy, and aftertaste longingly dry. A minimalist masterpiece, this seemingly simple beer just won me over. The draw here was neither the complexity of flavor, nor the potential of aging. Instead it was like a fresh bread coming out of the oven, aromatic, filling, easy to partake, and flawless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Almost an IPA because of the citrusy hop profile, but cleaner and more pilsner, but not too much like the Dogfish Head IP. Very well balanced for an 8.8abv and great aftertaste. Best Sam Adams and best Imperial Pilsner!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Wow! Pours like hazy gold with orange notes, or hazy orange with golden notes, either way itís gorgeous. Nice foamy with head that dissipates fairly quick but leaves some decent lace in its path. Highly fragrant with all the citrus, pine, and sweet fruit presence that I crave. Flavor is well balanced with a sweet malty palate that dances with alcohol sprinkles and finishes in a nearly brutal hops assault. Honestly, to me, this beer is damned near perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2008
12oz brewery fresh before Jan 08. Pours a very hazy amber orange color with a dense one finger off white head that laced to the bottom. Aroma is the breath of the hop gods. Even after months of sitting in the store the citus and floral aromas of the hops are intense and green, like opening a package of hops for brewing. Flavor is almost all hops. Citrus, earth tones, and green hops dominate the sense of taste, yet the bitterness is very slight. The sweet maltyness it seems you have to wait for while the hops take a slight break in the long lingering finish. Light med body, soft mild carb, almost syrupy texture, and dry hoppy feel. This is probably a little out of "style", but one of the best beers I have ever drank and it seems to age very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcp23 (54) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Intensely rich, resinous, floral hop nose. Solid hazy perfect glowing golden orange colour with thick off-white head. Lots of splattered lacing on the glass. Flavor is full, rich, citrusy, resiny Hallertaus. These hops deliver a huge punch, while also displaying a smooth, mellow character that coats the tongue in heavenly hoppiness. The huge hoppinesss is supported by a perfectly balanced sweet, sumptuous caramel malt that blends and flows beautifully together. A rich, palate filling symphony of lusciousness. I canít say enough about this beer. I love it. Absolutely one of my all-time favorites. Best beer Iíve had from Sam Adams(come on Utopias!) I call SAIP "Beer Nirvana". Please make more. Soon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
This may not have been "*the* hoppiest beer in the world." But it is definitely "one of the hoppiest beers in the world.", certainly for a lager! 24 oz bottle. [Man i whish Iíd bought a case] Very orange amberish color. surprisingly white creamy head, with good retention. Iím not sure what i was expecting, but this was IT! Very IPA grassy / flower nose. Wonderful crisp, hoppy lager [much more crisp than the DFH íimperial pilsnerí Iíve had] spicy and some malt. This is exactly what Iíd want if i ever thought of an IPA Pilsner. Canít wait til next year. [donít disappoint me Jim]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
YOu can cut the hops with a knife! A well balanced beer, that drinks very nicely. Great mouthfeel, over the top Hops that are not bitter, and a finish that leaves you wanting another!

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