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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 62
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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.

74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: aracauna on 08-24-2003)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-28-2011 02:40:35 | More by IanRiley
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

06-04-2012 16:24:44 | More by PopnLoads
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4.95/5  rDev +22.2%

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.


01-08-2006 05:32:06 | More by SteveO1231
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4.9/5  rDev +21%

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.

12-02-2008 19:33:22 | More by hoplover82
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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

02-28-2005 00:54:49 | More by fdrich29
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

10-26-2005 02:16:42 | More by scooter231
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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

10-06-2006 03:43:31 | More by techdiver
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

02-22-2005 09:44:09 | More by Dmann
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%

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

10-04-2008 22:14:59 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%

08-15-2014 23:52:54 | More by little_star
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Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

08-08-2004 15:52:19 | More by beerluvr
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South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

05-27-2007 17:18:21 | More by mikesgroove
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

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.


06-16-2011 07:26:39 | More by cburnsc1
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

08-25-2003 17:10:13 | More by alexgash
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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

02-12-2005 23:34:47 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/7/11.

A - Slightly hazy golden body with lots of tiny slow-risning bubbles and some larger bubbles that raced to the top of the glass. Very effervescent! Sitting on top is two fingers worth of bright white foam that settled into a quarter inch of retention and produced some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity aroma with doughy malt sweetness, although the nose is very citrus-forward. There is also a hint of grassy hops, toasted grains and sweet herbs in the mix, as well as a touch of white grape character akin to a sweet wine.

T - The initial flavor is very citrusy with an almost lemon-lime character that is sweet with a hint of mild tartness. This gives way to an assertive hoppy finish that is quite citrusy with grassy and sweet herbal notes. The hop character is backed by toasted grains and a sweet biscuity malt.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Dry, crisp and bitter with with some sweetness on the palate. Finishes with a crisp, lingering hop bite.

D - Morimoto is an amazing Imperial Pils. Loved it! This is a huge Pils hop bomb that still retains its crispness and drinkability, which is what I really love about the pilsner style. This one just adds a ton of hops, which makes it all the more tasty. Plus this wasn't as alcoholic as some other Imperial Pils I've had in the past. No alcohol sting, but plenty of hop sting!

02-08-2011 13:40:44 | More by ffejherb
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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.