Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Cwrw:
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From Rogue ales, selected by the chef Masaharu Morimoto, this Imperial Pils comes in the distinctive white ceramic flip-top bottle, with a nice Asian designing flare. At nearly $20 a bottle here in Alberta, this is not something I can drink regularly, but I'm glad it's available.
The cap pops off and out comes a murky peach-coloured beer with a nice frothing head of dark cream. I really didn't expect this much of an unfiltered look, but damn it looks tasty, almost like a good hefeweizen. The lacing was full of fine bubbles leaving screens along the glass. All in all, a bit of a chameleon as far as the look goes--it could appear to be any number of styles.
The aroma hits the nose ripe with spicy yeast, plenty of grapefruity hops, and a sugary fruitiness not unlike some Belgian ales. The hops add a lovely dimension of lemon, orange-peel and some pomegranate seed. The hops are intensely flowery and perfume-filled. Plenty of citrus to be had. Yet behind the hops is a decent Pils-style maltiness. Nice. Alcohol is not detectable in the aroma. An absolute pleasure to smell, again with plenty of dry, dusty, sugary fruits like some strong Belgian pale ales.
The taste is a little disappointing at first at least as far as mouthfeel is concerned...the aroma tends to make me conclude the beer should have a tad more carbonation--a little more spritziness. Instead, it falls a little flat, not quite fulfilling the expectation of the nose. Still, there's plenty of goodness here: solid Pils maltiness, along with tons of mouth-puckering hoppiness filled to the brim with grapefruit and lemon, perfumey honey, and a great finish of citrus. Indeed, the taste seems a little one-sided on the grapefruit citrus from the hops...there is little to distinguish it otherwise. It's tasty, jut a little too citrus for me, because it starts to come off like a glass of lemon-juice. The low carbonation doesn't help.
Very easy to drink, and little sign of the alcohol content throughout the whole bottle. Still, this is not something I would drink regularly, even if I COULD afford it. Decent. Worth $20 for a bottle? Definitely not.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2007 08:20:48 | More by Cwrw
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3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: yellow. Clear. Thick head. Nice lacing throughout drink.
S: bubblegum. Sweet.
T: malty sweetness. Crackers. Slight alcohol. Mango and citrus and tar for hops. Bitter at finish.
M: medium carbonation. Medium-thick body.
O: strong pilsner just like the name implies. Bitter. Great spin on a pilsner. Strong.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 04:14:27 | More by jellikit
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.