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SKA Local Series #18 (Big Shikes Orange Blossom Imperial Pilsener)

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Brewed for Old Chicago; Imperial Pilsener with Orange Blossom Honey.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet oranges, bread and honey. Flavor is orange, sweet honey, wheat and flowers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pour on tap at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, dark reddish brown pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of banana, toffee, spicy esters, touch of earth, chocolate, hints of sweet fruit in there as well. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, some banana, spicy esters mixing into some fruit notes, finishing fairly sweet. Eh.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Rackhouse Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. Pours a yellow appearance with a white head. Honey, citrusy, straw aroma. Pils malty, orange citrusy, kind of unpleasant flavor. Pass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7841) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
Sampled at Rackhouse Pub, Denver CO, on October 10, 2012, during the event Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
Hazy honey color, white head. Sweet, malty scent. Sweet, raisin taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4067) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
At Avery’s 2012 Strong Ale Fest. Clear bright gold with a thin foamy white head. Interesting aroma of pils malts with a touch of honey comb and fruity grass. Flavor is crisp but full. A bit of orange blossom honey, pils biscuity malt, and a smooth bitterness that doesn’t take away from the sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
bottle thanks to jjffoodie. light gold/yellow pour with a white head. nose is orange, grain, malts, and more orange. flavors are oranges, lightly sweet, and heavy musk.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to JJFoodie) wispy tiny bubbles, clear gold. Nose of oranges, caramel, sweat and pineapples. Taste is bitter, umami, pine, alcohol. A bite on the finish with oily body and nice carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2011
(draft 5/21/11). Clear gold color. Small white head. Moderate pils malt aroma. Same flavor, with moderate alcohol and light bitterness. Long duration. Light bitter finish with moderate alcohol. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Tap at Another Pint. Pours clear orange with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is orange blossom honey with biscuit and straw malt, light earthy hops, and grainy corn. Flavor is malty with orange blossom honey, medium bitter hops, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Draft on tap at the Hop Juice Festival (Warrenville, IL). Pours a nice glowing golden hue, well hazed, with some shiny orange gold elements, a decent sized frothy brighter white head atop dies to a ring clinging film, small lacing. Aromas are typical Pils malts and yeast, with that touch of yeasty skunk, some honey, bread, and light orange and florals. Mellow and firm at the same time, with a touch of spiciness coming through. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, surprisingly palatable for an Imperial Pils, with orange and florals, honey and bread, with a touch of yeastiness. Still, quite smooth with sweeter orange overall, really easy on the palate for a bigger beer, a bit sweet. Into the end, light spice and bigger mellow sweetness. Really catch the orange blossom essence well, with light florals and gentle fruity sweetness. Pretty nice actually, maybe a touch of heat grows on the backend, light floral and earthy bitterness, faint ABV kicks in. Really, a better interesting Imperial Pils for once. It’s not my type of beer, but I can say this is a better more drinkable version.


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