Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner

RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
How can a style as elegant and refined as pilsner be "amped up" to imperial status? The answer, as Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel might say, is simple: you go to eleven. With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, Reverb Imperial Pilsner echoes our Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, produced in 2009 with esteemed Belgian brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock. Like its predecessor, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish. Rock on.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1076) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Very pale golden colored body looked very much like a typical Pilsner, but the carbonation was much more lively, and made it look like a club soda. The beer initially had little head, but the fizz formed it soon afterwards. The smell was clean and malt, with a hint of grass as well as lemon. The taste was much more intense than I expected, with a flavors of of honey, white pepper, banana, bubblegum, and a hint of lavender and blonde raisins. The beer was light in the mouth and had a peppery aftertaste. This was definitely quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
Rating #1933 - 2015.09.25 #CraftTakesSeattle Day 2, Beer 33 - Hazy yellowish amber pour with a lasting white head, thick and frothy. Lots of aromas here,Saazy hoppiness present as well as some caramel, and a spiciness. Taste is bold Saazy hops, tempered with a sweet, bready consistency that disguises the alcohol content. Finish is quite dry, lingering pleasant spicy burn. Gorgeous strong pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8464) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2016
(Bottle) Golden yellow colour with frothy, white head. Malty, hoppy nose with notes of bready malt, citrus, mandarin, grass, hay, peaches and fresh floral hops. Malty, fruity taste with bread, citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), peaches, grass, hints of resin and a generous grassy, floral bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Hides the alcohol level quite well. Tasty and well made with a fresh hop character. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep golden yellow. Nice aromas of hops/citrus/peppery. Nice hoppy flavor, spicy/pepper, alcohol shows up in the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6178) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 3, 2016
Pale golden color with a white head and decent lace. Pale malt, plenty of hops and some hints of fresh bread. Fairly sweet. Reminded me of a malt liquor from long ago Great Dane Pre Pro Memorial Malt Liquor. Malty, hoppy, tasty. 6/12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (4334) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Dark yellow body with a big shortlasting offwhite head. Aroma of bread, grass and mild citrus. Sweet malty taste with herbs, dry bitterness, thick body. Long earthy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (351) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Nose of grass, hay, hard candy, white bread, grain. Clear gold in the glass with a decent white head and slight lacing. Well balanced, it has some sweetness but not overwhelming, quite dry on the tongue given the high abv and low hop rate. A refreshing imperial pilsner that goes down easy on a hot day and packs a punch. Has a fruity character uncommon in pilsners. I have really been impressed with the smokestack series overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3650) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
750 ml corked bottle pour split. A little past the best by date, but I adopted it from the store shelf this way and treated it equally. Pours a dense yellow orange color with a grainy aroma with light hops. Refreshing, unique pilsner with a dry finish. Another solid effort out of the smokestack series. Good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (5663) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Nose is grains, corn, syrup and hints of grains and marzipan. Taste is alcohol, marzipan, maize and hints of grains and mild grass. Medium to light body and medium carbonation. Not bad for the style, but then again the style isnt very nice to begin with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (1082) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours yellow with a white head. Taste sweet, grassy, fruit. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (3737) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Flaska frn SB. Ngra mnader efter BBD. Fina mjuka men rejla pilsnerdofter och smaker. Lite smr, frskt brd, rter, blomsterng. ven smakbilden r fint nyanserad men med viss kraft. Mttlig beska, fin krispig avslutning. Alkoholen vl dold. Harmonisk och vl balanserad. Ett litet msterverk.

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