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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 541
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 72
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aracauna on 08-24-2003

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
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Reviews: 326 | Hads: 541
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Floral aroma with blending of malt. Crisp excellent pils. SO much alchohol, but well masked by the above. Light on tongue, light carbonation. Lace. Even fruity yeast. Dry aftertaste but satisfying. A beautiful bottle with a cap. Enjoy the weekend together. (256 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought they were done with the morimoto brews, so when I saw this I had to pick it up, ignoring the 20 dollar price tag, because morimoto is just a boss. the boss of bosses. anyways, this pilsner pours bright honey colored yellow, with a colossal white head that doesn't relax much at all. the nose is a little sweet, a little floral, and hopped with some noble variety that really gives a nod to tradition in the genre pushing bomb. the flavor is well balanced and surprisingly interesting for a pils, which I usually find so uneventful. floral hop profile, grassy malt bill, and some excellent yeast that is light, but ties the whole thing together and tames the alcohol, which is expertly hidden. would never know this was almost 9% abv. feel is nice too, fuller bodied for the style, and well carbonated. sort of a richness to this that cool. it trumps out the refreshing qualities usually found in a pilsner, but it also adds an element of class and satisfaction I don't usually come away with from a pils. overall an excellent brew, expensive, but damn good. (1,067 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves big scads of lacing behind

Smell: Noble hops aroma with some sweet malt, too; the alcohol is also apparent on the nose

Taste: Starts out with a sweet malt flavor with a fruity character that is quickly attacked by the noble hops; although this is clearly a very hoppy beer, the sweetness also asserts itself right through to the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (a bit thicker than a traditional pilsner) with plenty of carbonation; a bit of warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: The strong flavors of this beer are very interesting, but impact the drinkability somewhat; I really like it but one glass is aplenty for me (697 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a pretty clear looking golden yellow color. The head was white and fluffy at first, as it settled the lacing was light and didn't do too much. The smell of the beer wasn't overly grassy which I was happy about. The aromas were a little grainy and hoppy. The taste was better than expected, the flavors of some sweeter malts were upfront that faded into a subtle bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was pretty slick, not too heavy or overly carbonated. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, best of the Morimoto series that I've had for sure. (562 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one for the first time in about 6 months. Tried at a local Japanese recipe--most impressive grasshopper. Looks terrifically straw-golden and clear. Assertively carbonated. Pours a tighter white head than most pils. Shows impressive legging. Smells terrific. Of sweet honey like malts, herbs, and fresh citrus fruits. More estery than expected, but I like what I smell. Tastes sweet of honey, powdered sugar, and tangerines. Sweet controlled alcohol sneaks into the firm round body, but never dominates until the end finish. Nice movarian type barley flavors and subtle but American hops round out the sweetness. Alcohol cuts the sugar in the finish. Bittering scoots into the aftertaste without becoming abrupt. Whew....I could keep on going. This may be the best lager that I ever drank. (799 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a light orangey color pilsner with a big white bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of hops is quite intense and reminiscent of an IPA. Taste is also dominated by big floral hops with medium bitterness and some sweet malt. A bit more balance between malt and hops would have been preferable IMHO. Body is above average for a pilsner and alcohol doesn’t show. Overall, this is a rewarding experience but not necessarily what I was expecting. (479 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tarnished gold with a slight hop haze. The head and lace on this brew is outstanding, fluffy and light with never ending retention.

Smell: Clean pilsener malt and mild spicy hops. Faint grass and earth.

Taste & mouthfeel: Biscuity pale malt at the forefront with hop flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel and grass coming up right behind. Bright and crisp, surprisingly so for a nearly 9% brew. Body is on the lighter side of medium. The hops have a definite bite in the finish but clean up surprisingly fast, leaving a very mild bitterness on the tongue. It's hard to believe this stuff is so strong; it drinks more like a 6 or 7 percent ABV pilsener. The sheer simplicity of the recipe should also be noted: 1 malt, 1 hop, 1 strain of yeast. Goes to show that you can still make a world-class beer using a bare-bones recipe, and I commend Rogue for that.

Notes: Excellent stuff, and unlike many beers labeled as an imperial pilsener, this actually tastes like a pils (I'm talking to you, Sam Adams). (1,012 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml white ceramic bottle, with a Japanese character watercolor label. It's Independence Day now, and my dual citizenship calls for a big, bad example of something only Americans would do to beer.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves some decent skewed webbed lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of biscuity pale malt, cereal porridge, floral, grassy hops, and a significant alcohol twinge. The taste is more pale and raw cereal grains, a bit of warm citrus juice, a subtle dry yeastiness, earthy hops, and burgeoning floral, perfumed metallic booze undertones.

The body is fairly heavy, surprisingly smooth, and even kind of creamy, the carbonation moderately peppy. It finishes dry and warm, the heat from the alcohol still quite strong, like I just did a watered down vodka shot.

A so-so amped up version of a Czech PIls, the alcohol obviously not too well integrated, but drinkable, I suppose, once one's palate succumbs, like when you're sipping whiskey or the like. Morimoto Imperial Pilsner is the second highly-rated big Rogue product to come off like a booze bomb to me. While it was somewhat easy to procure another bomber of their Yellow Snow IPA for another try, I don't know that I want to drop another 22 bucks for another go around at this one. (1,399 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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! (553 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been sitting in the cooler calling my name everytime I go into the beer store so I finally got it $19.00 bucks!Besides the kickass bottle it pours a great rich golden color with a real nice head that leaves some terrific lacing,aroma has that light steely tinge with some malty fruity aromas I dont pick up that much hop presence.But the hop presence comes thru in the taste with a big resiny taste but with a great crisp malt atack to balance it out,man what a great beer worth $19.00 uhm not sure but a great beer that Iam really enjoying. (555 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $7.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clearish, golden body with a thin, white head on top.

Smell: Sweetish waft of pils maltiness rounded out by some earthy, spicy hops scents and unripened fruit notes.

Taste: Ponderous amount of pilsner malts downed with a spoonful of confectioner's sugar. Interesting fruity blend of passion fruit, white grape, and tart pears. Small pinch of Goody's Headache Powder precedes a rustic, earthy, caustically pithy hop character with a pronounced medium-high amount of bitterness. However, the staunch bitterness really embodies the last half of the beer. Finishes dry, a tad warming, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's a very light stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The heavy nature of these Imperialized, Double-fied pilsners totally negate the simple, refreshing qualities of a good pils. Starts engaging, but, for me, it soon grew tiresome and turned into the beer-equivalent of helping someone move. (1,016 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml ceramic swing-top bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mainly of floral hops along with some citrus and some caramel & spice.

T: The taste is likewise very hoppy and bitter up front. There are background flavors of citrus and caramel but it's not overly sweet. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer that's worth drinking for a long time until the ABV catches up to you. (830 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager was part of a Birthday gift from my Mom. I enjoyed this from a white ceramic flip top served in a Pils glass.

A - A gently hazed pale gold w/ a proud 2 fingers of white eggshell. The lacing is thick and has very good stickage in rings around the glass

S - Intense earthy and herbal notes which are spicy and sweet smelling w/ a bready honey-like aroma which is gently scented of alcohol

M - A satiny smooth malt is escorted to the side by a crisp spiced noble hop w/ grassy and floral which is both soft and sharp at times. The moderate carbonation gives a creamy edge to the dry finishing spiced hop + dry malty grainy mix

T -Crisp, subtle green tea, grass clippings w/ citrus tinges and herbal sweet hop notes that are supported by the subtle toasted and bready malt flavor. A very mild malt which spotlights the green and bitter leafy flavors from the hops. The moderate carbonation and the sterling hops are showcase the sweet grain flavor of the pilsner malt, so the focus seems to shift back and forth in a pleasant balancing. A crisp yet light herbal smell of hops returns under a mild booze taste and more malt comes out as the lager warms. the Sterling hops and pilsner malt simplicity is refreshing and overall a nice spiced note is the primary taste with the generous hopping making the only two ingredient besides the czech yeast very impressively cohesive.

D - One of the best Imperial pilsners I have had the pleasure of tasting. Big thanks to my Mom for this gift for my 35th. I remember having a bottle of this 5 years ago and the quality of this Imperial Pils has not diminished for me. To enjoy the 750ml bottle at Morimoto's Philadelphia location was so enjoyable and the way the beer complimented the Omakase was nice considering the contrast of the citrus and soy flavors w/ cilantro in the yellowtail sashimia and baby snapper dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed the 8.8% lager and the booziness was not apparent at all until we walked out into the near 90 degree street temperature and felt the moisture leave my body. (2,050 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a moment of weakness, I shelled out $15 for 26oz of this. Here's hoping the ratings are close to my bottle!

Pours an effervescent lightly hazed pinkish straw color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Hazing never cleared, got worse a t the bottom of the bottle, zero head retention & lacing

S: Big time apple skin & some straw

T: Lemony & grassy hops along with some cereal notes up front. Slight boozeyness, metallic& grassy notes, fruittyness (passion fruit, pineapples, apricots,& apples), prior to grapefruit hops trying to take over. Finishes with more fruityness (pineapple, especially) & grapefruitty hops This style has room for interpretation & it's good to something besides in your face hops, although there's a place in my wheelhouse for that too.

MF: Slick, low carbonation, but bubbles are steadily releasing subtle hoppyness with medium body propping all this up.

Drinks a little slow, due to the complexity of this beast, hides the ABV well. Let this warm up a bit more than usual. At first I hated this, but as the complexity grew on me, I figured out what the buzz is about. Still disappointing visually. I'd love to find this on draft. Not worth what I shelled out, but not bad (1,205 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a golden/copper slightly clouded with a large foamy white head, and it leaves even thick bands of chunky lacing with each sip. Aroma has deep rich alcohol and pilsner malts bursts of grassy herbal hops and mild floral citrus fruits with a mineral character overall a bit perfumey kicks ass with biscuit malts kinda doughy as well. Flavor really great the bottle I initially sampled lacked the freshness that this draft version expressed the assertive hops bring a great mix of bitterness and hop bite...mineral tones with grassy citrus hops are killer second best Imperial Pils I have tasted defitnitely doesn't dethrone Sam Adams version but close. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied especially compard to the standard pils but really has some smooth even moderate natural carbonation. Drinkability is heavenly great dose of hops and really gives this style some credibility I'm a fan...I could have downed a few more effortlessly especially during happy hora at Mad Mex Robinson. (997 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold in color, quite cloudy. Thin off-white head, but it lasts.

Golden malt aromas perfectly balanced with delicate fresh hops. Some fruitiness. This is, to date, the finest smelling pilsner I've had.

Very "round" for a lager. Extremely smooth, but lacking crispness. Full bodied with excellent carbonation. The initial flavor is the light-colored pilsner malt, but this quickly gives way to potent hop bitterness. This lasts through the swallow and the aftertaste.

A superb souped-up pilsner. Worthy of multiple tries. Yeah, right. Delicious. (552 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance, clear golden color, under a full, frothy white head. Looks good so far!
Nose is fresh, floral, herbal, perfumey, even, clearly we're in the presence of a mighty pils in this one.
Taste: ahhh! Big blast of hops right off, with a rich, tasty mouthfeel, some fruitiness peeps on board the palate, peach and cherries, it's rosy, fruity, yeast, malt-alicious!
Spicy, solid, overwhelmingly flavorful, and -Boom, chick-a-boom, don't cha just love it?, this packs a damn punch, indeed!
Pilsnsers aren't supposed to be like this,
are they? It's a bad mamma jamma, and I forgot how potent she was, until I had to reckon with the ringing, next morn!

Special thanks to LuckySeven82! (691 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml ceramic bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple, pear, bread, cracker, honey, floral, grass, pepper, pine, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, yeast ester, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, bread, cracker, pepper, floral, grass, pine, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, bread, floral, grass, pepper, pine, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; with a moderate malt backbone and no cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, smooth, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Pilsner style. All around nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,291 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml ceramic swing-top bottle:

Pours hazed amber with a thick white head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is grainy/grassy with an assertive floral hop presence.

The taste is initially very sharp and bitter in a floral way. Sterling hops certainly aggressiveGrainy/grassy background. As it progresses, the pils malt, that was overwhelmed by the sharp hops, comes through more. Alcohol is well-covered for the most part, but adds more dryness to the finish.

Near- full-bodied. Initial harshness eases at it progresses, but it still is a slow sipper. Interesting, but there are examples of style I would prefer...Too pricey to have as any kond of regular or rotating - don't know if it was worth the price, though the bottle is cool! (794 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Beer is dark yellow and very hazy with a head that runs away at the first sign of trouble and leaves behind almost no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Very malty, mildly pilsner-y aroma.

OK, this beer is really oddly super bitter. Its kind of disturbing. Its kind of sweet medium bodied and really really bitter. Its almost fruity in the middle but the bitterness lingers. Its a big bottle and I made it through the whole thing but I doubt i'll drink it again. (494 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt and hop scent; very appealling. The taste is good also. This beer has an elevated abv, but it goes down smooth with a slight warmer at the finish. It has a nice balance of pale malts and hops which make it quite enjoyable. This is a pilsner I can get used to. The mouthfeel is just right. This is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I love this beer. Rogue is probably my favorite brewery. They just push the envelope every time. Only they can take a simple, boring, beer style and turn it into something great. It drinks very well. (674 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

25oz ceramic swingtop resealable bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with nearly 2 fingers of yellowish stained froth. The cap fades back slowly leaving patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma is quite floral with hops. Some citrus zest and a little grassy overtop a footy grain base that has a fresh footy to almost wheat-like cereal sweetness that brings out a bit of fruity aspects caught between hops and alcohol-like notes.

The flavor and bitter with a grassy to herbal character of hops. The bitterness is slightly oily and piney blending to a bit of sweetness that reinforces some fruity to floral aspect. It is somewhat solvent and boozy with a feel thats at times a little perfumey with hints of sulfur.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The imperialized pilsner concept is a little strange especially in this example. The bitterness doesnt seem imperialized but the alcohol and sweetness sure is. That sweetness distracts a little and ruins the overall snap, crispness and ease of drinkability I look for in a good pils. Worth trying but I probably would not revisit this again. (1,158 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07/22/05- On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into two sets of 4oz sampler glasses.

Appearance- Lightly cloudy golden pour. Medium sized head with fair lacing.

Smell- Light grain and fruit scents with a small alcohol fume as well.

Taste- Ultra large hops bitterness with a fairly large alcohol following. Nice and grainy as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming with light carbonation.

Drinkability- A bit too much alcohol taste and scent for me. Only my second double pils, so it may not be my cup of tea. Liked it enough though to possibly get it again in the future. (624 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, deep gold color. The pouring process generates a prodigious, thick cream colored head. The aroma is all hops, with a pleasing spiciness, and notes of hay, light pine, and a sharp grassiness. The taste is sweet, thickly malty, with lots of hops, but it could actually use a bit more hops to balance out the thick maltiness. This is definitely enjoyable, the spicy hop flavor and bitter finish are quite nice. There is a bit of hot alcohol, which does detract slightly. With this hopping level, if this had been stepped back to a 7% alcohol, it would have been just about perfect. As it is it is just a bit too malty for my tastes. (654 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger NYC. Poured golden amber and cloudy with some sediment, minimal head. Bready nose. Big beer, floral hoppyness, tons of malt. Very strong pisner. Enjoyed at the recent extreme beer fest. Rarely on tap, I liked it, would be interested in the bottled version as well. (290 characters)

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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.