Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Golden hazy amber pour with a thick head. Lemon, fruit, pear, scone, herb, floral, earth. Sweat and bitter. Caramel, citrus and spice. A bit syrupy. Warm and soft. Gets much better balanced as it opens up. Pretty good superspak (5874) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2012
750 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled in Spring 2012. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, biscuit, nuttiness, orange zest, herbal, floral, light pepper, grass, and earthy spiciness. Some nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, bread, cracker, floral, pine, light nuttiness, light citrus zest, grass, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, light nuttiness, pine, citrus, pepper, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of flavors with big hoppiness; fair amount of malt balance; and a fair amount of cloying spicy pine bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a sipper with all of the intense hop flavors. Overall this is a nice imperial pilsner. Good flavor complexity and solid balance; and quite smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit, despite the cloying hop bitterness. jb (3342) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Has a nice German hopfeel, but thiere is a bit too much of a grainy emphasis for me. Slightly hazy, gold, frothy foam, thick retention. Floral nose. GRM (4140) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Brown bottle, 750 ml, savoured on November 3 2012; eye: caramel, slightly hazy, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: hops, caramel, alcohol, floral, light fruit; mouth: hops, caramel, alcohol, light fruity, alcohol warmth, finale in alcohol with presence of caramel, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet and bitter, lightly liqueur-like texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, savourée le 3 novembre 2012; œil : caramel, très légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon, caramel, alcool, floral, léger fruité; bouche : houblon, caramel, alcool, floral, léger fruité, chaleur d’alcool, finale en alcool avec présence de caramel, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée et amère, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : bien ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Reviewed 9/29. About 8 oz. poured into a Kostritzer pilsner glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with medium clarity - less than I expect from a typical pils, but more than I expect from an IPA. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent texturing and okay retention. This leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass.
S: Smells kind of sweet, with a combination of brown sugar and carapils malts. The hops try to manifest as hints of pine and grapefruit, but this is otherwise malty.
T: The front end has a nice bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, but the finish is too bitter - not in a hoppy way, but rather in an imbalanced "hey, IPA = bitterness amirite?" way. Not balanced at all, but it cuts through the spicy food I’m having along side this in a solid manner.
M: Heavy, syrupy, and hard to drink, which is a death knell for any kind of pilsner. There is a touch of dryness on the finish, but a LOT more would be appreciated. At least the carbonation is pleasant.
O: Meh. Imperial pilsners make absolutely no sense, unless they’re little more than IPAs with lager yeast. This is not that kind of brew, as its just too hard to drink. It’s acceptable enough, but I don’t care if I ever have this again.
Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to sample. The beer had a cloudy, churning straw color with an average-sized creamy white head that had good retention and solid lacing, along with great cling. The beer’s aroma featured straw and grainy hops, along with light yeast and wheat, and touches of fruit, floral, and caramel notes. The beer was initially lightly sweet and a touch fruity, but becomes a bitter-sour grainy mix with notes of straw and yeast. It was a fairly dry beer with high carbonation, but was a touch thin with a light mouthfeel. jgb9348 (6433) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Very slightly hazy golden coloured body with a super, nine plus centimetre thick off-white head that fades nicely. Aroma of grass, hay, yeast, bread, alcohol, oranges and a twinge of metal. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep malty flavour with a ton of alcohol noticeable, a lot of hay, grass, herbal and barnyardie qualities with a pungent yeast kick and a little sugar at the end. Aftertaste shows a nice complex flavour, especially for the style, with perhaps too much alcohol noticeable, but some nice grassy notes and a bit of sweetness too. Overall, a nice beer and one from Magic Hat that I was actually kind of looking forward to sample. Buy and try it if you can find it, but this was the only time I saw the bottle. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-April-2012 for US$8.65 sampled at home in Washington on 02-October-2012. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is slightly fruity with a light stonefruit note. Flavor is sweet and stonefruity with pine creeping in...sweet! Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a stonefruit/pine bitter finish. Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy big white head. Aroma of pale & pilsner malts, grains and grass. Flavor was sweet grains, herbal, grass, pilsner malts, subtle caramel and had notes of grapefruit with a very bitter finish. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Cheap 750ml from State Line, Elkton, MD. Pour looks fairly average, deep hazy golden with a raucous carbonation. Nose is faded bready malts and what seems like hastily dumped in grass. Mouthfeel overly prickly, a touch of heat. Grainy taste everywhere, with ill-conceived hops like a bad side dish or something. Not so good.