Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pours a orange/red body, white fluffy head. Aroma is bitter hops, and oranges. Flavor is bitter sweet grapefruit, apricot, and lemons. Palate is dry and bitter. Very interesting, thanks to DavidP for sharing this! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Clear orange body, thin white head. Bitter citrusy flavor. Tastes like an IPA, the hops are way too citrusy for a pilsener. The flavor is nice but doesn’t fit. Weak aroma, some pale malt. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
This pours with a medium sized white head. The color is a light gold and amber mix. The aroma is bread, dirt and carrots. Also some strange apples. A full and sticky mouthfeel. The taste is slightly bitter with a cheesey taste in teh middle of my mouth. It is slaty with celery. This is interesting, but not particularly drinkable. DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Brewmaster’s reserve 2004. A light amber she pours, with a frothy head of off-white fluff. A nose of grainy sweet maltiness, with light citric notes. Full bodied, yet crisp on the tounge, there is some grassiness mingling with the alcohol. A definite improvement over the Rogue I have tried, the only other imperial pils to meet my acquaintance. Big for the style, and hardly reminiscent of the pilsners I am accustomed to, this beer is nevertheless quite drinkable and easy to like. Could use some more hopping to address the maltiness.
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Strong wet dog odor, vegetables as well... grassy with some sweet, sticky, almost hot alcohol. Malt-liquoresque... too hot, too sticky, and too grainy. No thanks.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Golden/amber color, with a white head.
Aromas include hops, malt, and is also fruit and floral. Taste citrusy, with a decent amount of bitter hops. There’s some spice as well. Body is medium.
Thanks to derekarent for sending this brew. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottle: Medium amber hue with small but lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and floral hops with a sublime spicy character, some lime and orange notes, and a hint of biscuity malts. The taste starts fruity (mostly citric) and herbal and some malt background. A big dose a forceful bitters shine through and are very lively on the palate. The finish displays the same light spice found on the nose with a different, almost subdued lingering bitter quality. The feel is aggressive and lively but does finish with a papery dryness. Alcohol was well hidden. Oh yeah, this is not your dads pils, full blown and heady stuff. I enjoyed it quite a lot. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Light amber color with a thick rick ecru head. Mild malt aromas with dough and toast, additional nose of rose petals with hints of wintergreen and tangerine. Seem too thick to the old nose. Sweet flavors abound. Floral/ herbal flavors mingle with dry malt and wood. Somewhat biting on the palate both from carbonation and light acid. Alcohol is perceived late in the quaff, but does not overpower. Not as clean as I would like a pils/lager. Very much like some of the strong European lager. I do notice a late malt linger that is very pleasant, but some times the pleasantries are to late to redeem previous thoughts. Thanks Derek. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Golden orangish color with a mid sized white head. Ligh buttery sweet malts, lemon zest and grass in the aroma. Light sweetness initially with a very subtle hint of butterscotch, some light citrus behind it. Pretty well balanced, moderate bitterness in the finish. Not bad. brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Poured bright orange with a short lived fizzy white head. Full malt sweetness with a slight herbal aroma. Somewhat flat tasting and the crisp hoppiness just was not present. I was expecting something more snappy and sharp. Actually, this was a bit boring. I will say it posessed a nice carmel malt backbone with a nice alcohol bite. Overall, I was expecting more out of this one.