Lukaduke (2793) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium straw color with a finger of white foam. Nose is bready with hints of fresh grass, fruity yeast and a hint of citrus. Palate follows with bright crisp carbonation, refreshing bitterness, spicy grass, citrus and a solid bready biscuit backbone.
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Authentic pilsners are quickly becoming some of my favorite beers to drink. It’s hard to believe beers of this general style have been around for centuries. It’s not surprising that American brewers would make minor, but noticeable changes such as Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils which appears to be brewed with both German and American hops as well as a little rye. Spicy and bitter for sure, but still flavorful and interesting as well as crisp and refreshing.
I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. It was canned on 4/6/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful pure golden color with crystal clarity and visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: One of the most aromatic pilsner I’ve encountered. Strong spicy aroma from, presumably Noble hops as well as some citrus character from American hops.
Taste: You know you’re drinking a good pilsner when the flavor jumps out at you immediately. In the case of this beer it’s a strong spicy/bitter sensation, akin to rye or maybe just a lot of Noble hops (which tend to be quite spicy). Lot of pale malt base here, but with a little more nuance and character than your average pilsner (macro, craft or otherwise). Strong spicy flavor on the back end that seems to light up the palate as it goes down. A hint of lemon or other citrus/fruity flavor emerges briefly on the finish, but eventually fades away to a dry, rye bread-like taste. Overall, one of the most unique and interesting American pilsners I can recall having.
Drinkability: I’m glad this beer is available in cans, because its palette lends itself to the container. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way “thin” or watery. Plenty of carbonation, but always contained. Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils is refreshing while in the mouth, though I would probably prefer a cleaner aftertaste. At 5% ABV it rides the fence as far as being a session beer (though I could see it easily working as such in the summer).
two7offsuit (397) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2015 Pours a pale gold color with a white head. Floral hops in aroma and flavor.
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crowler. Golden pour with white head. Light pilsner malt aromas. Flavor is malty, light herbal tones and some butter.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nikki’s Liquors. Gotta give some props - this is very well done in its style. Clear light gold - yellow pour with a pure white head. Nice grassy and herbal nose - clean. Taste has some grassy bitterness, hint of sweetness, clean and crisp. Great execution.
Humlehode (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, pale golden. Extremely floral, like chinese tea, chrysantemum, rosehips. Like drinking flowers. Quite bitter, needs more malt.
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borre_m (814) - NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours clear pale golden. aroma is very floral. taste has the same floral hops, too sweet for me.
damzz (391) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a pils yellow with a white head that leaves sheet lacing. The nose is hops. The body is pils medium light. The taste is light malt with heavier hops.
dlovell2 (1373) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear pale yellow color with foamy white head. Aroma is lemon, floral hop, and herbal yeast. Flavor is very dry grassy malt, lemon, herbal notes, floral hop finish with dry yeasty spiciness. This is a fine Pilsner.
canary dog (715) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A super dry and super hoppy Pils. This may be a little bit more hopped than a typical Pils, but who cares? The hops they use appear to be Noble, and not the type of hops one would associate with a west coast IPA (which many American craft-brewers do with their versions of Pils). Very lingering but not overpowering bitterness. Dry. This is a very fine attempt at a German Pils, something I have rarely encountered with other attempts from American brewers. Perhaps the best American Pils I have had, even better than the slightly over-hyped Heater Allen. Bravo to this Connecticut brewer. I will have to try more of their brews, because if you can make a great Pils, then you can make anything.