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Brewed by Florida Bebidas
Style: Pale Lager
La Ribera de Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica

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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Costa Ricans have been enjoying this beer since 1924. Imperial is created from a balanced formula combining malts, grains and hops, without a pronounced overtone in its taste. It is what is known as a “centralized” beer. Adapted to a warm and spring-like climate, Imperial is Florida’s most popular and widely accepted beer, both nationally and internationally, and has thus become the favorite beer of Costa Rica.

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2.1
Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Can courtesy of theisti. Pours a clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head that diminishes leaving behind wispy lace. The aroma is of sweet, dusty, grainy malt with just the lightest note of floral hops in the background; nothing offensive, but not particularly enticing either. Light-bodied and thin with a crisp, lightly bitter & slightly metallic finish. The flavor more-or-less follows the nose: a fairly generic, astringent pale lager with a crisp, drying finish. This is certainly not a beer to seek out, but if you find yourself craving a brew, on a beach in Costa Rica, you could probably do worse. Thanks for the can, Tim.

1.9
theisti (4238) - Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
350 ml can enjoyed at my hotel at Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. This was the beer that was the most available, and I had a bunch of it throughout my trip. Pour is clear very pale golden with a one inch off white head. A bunch of carbonation bubbles. Head falls fast. Aroma of faint malt, slightly dirty, very faint sweetness. Dull nose, but not unpleasant. Taste is ordinary Pale lager, some chemical sweet malt, maybe a hint of corn. This really did not warm up well. Palate is highly carbonated, thin with a cleaner finish than expected.

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altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Thanks Dan! Yellow body, some head. Corny nose, taste and finish. Grainy, watery. Not great - but a new country nonetheless.

1.8
DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 12 oz., loose bottle rack at Binny’s. Dated 30-SET-09 Ho hum. So I check off another country with another Heineken wannabe. But at least this came in a brown bottle. Not that it helped. Heavy, corny DMS smell as soon as I cracked the cap. Looks like a beer anyway. Taste has more of that corn (is that one of the "grains" in the description?). After a while, the corn taste fades, leaving mostly a malta soda taste. But at least a bit dry, like an actual finished beer. A trace of bitterness not related to any hops. Taste gets a little better by the end. Another light lager that probably goes down well in tropical climes. And, after 5 years, my first Central American beer.

1.9
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Had bottle and on tap while in Costa Rica. Typical light lager this one I would presume uses corn as the adjunct. Minimal hops, good maltiness. Not exciting but pairs well with spicy food.

2.5
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
It smells like a handful of corn and tastes like it too. Some malty flavors and no discernible hops. Apart from that, it leaves your mouth very dry, it’s an unsatisfying beer with an unexciting taste, but not a bad one. Pairs well with Tamales.

2.8
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2008
There is something midly sweet in hear that actually gives it a real balance. It levels the hops, gives it some depth and cuts the finish. A pale light mustard colour and some fizz keep it among the cattle herd however.

1.1
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle from total wine. Yellow pour, foamy white head. Typicl lager from south/central america. This one is malty and very watery but does have a small dose of hops that saves it from the below 1 rating...barely.

2.8
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours clear gold with minute long bright white head. The aroma has notes of over sweet malts mixing with a bit of floral and earthy hops. The taste has a carbonation enhanced bite of bitter hops and a touch of acidity. About midway earthiness makes some noise for a moment our two. Behind the initial burst are mild notes of sweet and grainy malts. It smells like a beer that will quickly end up too sweet but it really never does.

1.9
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2008
clear pale yellow, slight white head, some lacing. nose of grain, sugary corn. flavor is sweet corn, almost syrupy. not very complex, indeed, quite unimpressive. light bodied, oily mouth feel, sweetish finish. not cloying, but not very refreshing. i tried a very cold bottle, and the flavor was more like candy corn. i got a 6 pack at liquor depot in monee.


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