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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 63
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
4 Ingredients:
Malts: 100% French Pilsner.
Hops: 100% Sterling.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

18º PLATO
74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: aracauna on 08-24-2003)
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Photo of SteveO1231
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, lots of carbonation and a thick, gigantor white foam head. Awesome lacing.

Very nice sour fruity smelling beer, (a saison comes to mind) light sweet malts, fruitiness of apples, cranberries, currants and light floral hops.

Freakin' delicious beer, light and crisp on the palate, smooth balance of malt/fruitiness and delicious hop bitterness. The finish is a dry spicy hop finish with sour hints of yeast that remind me of a belgian wit or saison. Very nice brew!

Awesome brew, went down way too fast and the ABV got me a little buzzed. Very expensive though. $11.50 per bottle.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of hoplover82
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional.

It poured a beautiful hazy golden glass of hoppy goodness.

There are huge wofts of citrus hops. The medium white head lasts long. Until the fat lady sings.

And the beer is sooo smooth. Like my baby girl's behind.

The flavor is of citrus hops mixed with a little sweet maltiness in the back. But the hops shine in this.

Since it's a pilsner, you can't tell the alcohol presence at all. Very drinkable.

hoplover82, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of fdrich29
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 10 Fl. OZ ceramic swingtop bottle. Purchased at Marty's in Newton, Massachusetts.

Bright oriental writing and art adorn the bottle. "No Chemicals. Preservatives or Additives. 4 Ingredients: 100% French Pilsner Malt; 100% Sterling Hops, Free Range Coastal Water and Czech Pilsner Yeast. Golden in color with a dry hop floral aroma and intense hop bitterness supported by a big malty backbone which culminates into a hedonistic mouthful."

So this is my first taste of the Morimoto line being put out by Rogue. Fans of the Food Network will recognize the name from the Iron Chef series.

Huge creamy head atop a cloudy amber body. Sweet hop smell entices the senses. Silky smooth in the mouth, sweet, hoppy taste with bit of alcohol at the end. Fantastic brew, and my first double pilsner. Highly recommended if you can find it.

fdrich29, Feb 28, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rusty golden/ruby color with lots of extremely bubbly slightly off white head. Seriously, tons of HUGE bubbles in the head. Smell is hoppy, sweetly so. Floral and somewhat herby. Rosemary? Honey... very complex nose.

Taste is almost remniscent of a DIPA. Hoppy, and hints of caramel and honey. Lightly bitter with roasted flavors towards the end. There's a tartness in here that's really refreshing.

Mouthfeel is maybe stout-ish, smooth, very creamy. Not too thick. Very sneaky for 8.8%. A very tasty brew that's easy to drink- not sure if it's worth the price... wish it was cheaper... but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered.

scooter231, Oct 26, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous slightly cloudy golden color with an awesome solid head that hangs on modestly through the glass. Hops and citrus greets the nose. Taste is oh so grand with the bite of the hops and an impression of grapefruit on the finish. I find it very drinkable and quite concealing of the alcohol content. Hope to never pay this much for a case again, but for now; it's all mine.

techdiver, Oct 06, 2006
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really dug this beer! It was like a pils yet it was not your average pils by any sense of the word. The color was beautiful with a medium goldish color with hints of copper, this was a great looking beer. The smell was very fresh and grassy with a nice crisp hop scent in the nose as well. The taste was outstanding with a nice crispy hop zing with a nice spice and full bodied malt flavor. I just wish it was not so damn expensive or this would be the session beer for me.

Dmann, Feb 22, 2005
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 1st Imperial Pilsner and I think I may have found a new favorite style to replace the Czech Pilsner

A- Like a cloudy, golden pilsner with a massive creamy eggshell-white head. The ceramic 26oz bottle is also beautiful and pours out aggressively. Leaves a sticky circular lacing pattern that is almost artistic

S- Smells like a fruity, yeasty pilsner with that grainy pilsner malt smell and fresh crisp hop smell. Wonderful, but the fruitiness is a bit strong

T- Taste is magnificent and covers the alcohol to the point that I couldn't taste it at 45°F. Tastes just like a heavy pilsner should with a plethora of simplistic flavors.

M- I can understand that to achieve 8.8%ABV you would need a high gravity, but I prefer my pilsners with a lighter mouthfeel.

D- For 8.8%ABV this is dangerously drinkable

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 04, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%

little_star, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of beerluvr
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a nice bottle, a white ceramic swingtop job with nice graphics. Pours into my Duvel tulip glass with a large soapy aggressive white head over a hazy yeast-infused golden liquid. The nose is quite pilsner like, all light n' delicate smelling with some light fruitiness, them BAM...your tastebuds get slammed by mouthpuckeringly intense hop bitterness undercut by sweet and juicy malt, slightly grassy, slightly bready and a hint of alcohol. Finishes up potent in both bitterness of hop and of alcohol...just delicious as all hell, makes any other pils look positively wimpy by comparison, I don't care what you stack it up against! Unparalleled in taste...unreal!

beerluvr, Aug 08, 2004
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, had this on tap at Barleys, and I feel in love with this one. Poured a nice golden yellow with a average white head that faded rather quickly. The aroma was awesome, lots of hints of bright citrus and fresh lemon and grass, really a bright, aroma. The flavors was just outstanding. So light and yet complex at the same time. The bright citrus flavors were huge with alot of lemon and orange coming through. This was really absolutly a suberb beer, I would honestly drink this all day if I could, and hope to find some bottles to bring home shortly!

mikesgroove, May 27, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a hop head at heart and that is why I could not believe the extent with which I would love this beer.

The colour was obviously golden being that it is a pilsener; this is where any similarity to the style would stop however. But wait, the colour isn't like that of a pilsener at all, it's more of a deep golden similar to a belgiam golden ale, beautiful and haunting.

The taste is malty and sweet up front followed by a crisp bitter finish. Like many of the Rouge brews in my opinion there is an almost earthy feel that is left to linger.

Overall this beer is amazing, but if your like me you think that 16.99 is too much for a 750ml. Rouge if you care at all take them out of those ceramic's and let the people enjoy them.

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cburnsc1, Jun 16, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Stone 7th Anniversary drunkfest. This might have been my favorite of the fest (perhaps tied with Speedway Stout). I really liked this beer. I can't wait until they bottle this! Poured a brilliant golden with a big white head. Smell is mostly Saaz hops but sweet malts detectable. Taste is sweeter than your Prima pils up front--good malt presence--but a perfect dose of Saaz hops smoothly takes over along with an almost fruity element as well. Very interesting and unbelievably drinkable for an 8.8% abv beer. Awesome.

alexgash, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Anam Cara.

Pours a light pale golden color with a faint head that leaves no lace. Aromas consisted of warming pilsner malts mixed with citrusy floral hops. Initial flavors to this brew were crisps and full with a heavy dosage of pilsner malts and a nice sweetness. The finish was absolutely majestic with a firm hop presence that was spicy and citrusy with a lemon zest finish. There was just a final tone of alcohol just in the end but the hops really helped to hide this out. As for drinkability this one creeps up on ya because it tastes so damn good, yet you wonder where's the alcohol since the flavors are just balanced so amazingly. Overall a beer that must be sought out, especially on draft.

bigbeerdrinka, Feb 12, 2005
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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.