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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

487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 60
Gots: 17 | 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.

18º PLATO
74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: aracauna on 08-24-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 02:07:19 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

12-26-2012 00:51:29 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 20:22:09 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 21:01:05 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 17:18:21 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 13:32:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 03:01:25 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-05-2011 18:51:53 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 15:43:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-21-2011 20:18:13 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-05-2014 02:26:35 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 02:05:48 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-26-2011 13:56:13 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:42:35 | More by Knapp85
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-23-2011 05:05:46 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 02:44:42 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 00:17:08 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-10-2013 21:51:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-15-2012 20:35:11 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:31:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 07:50:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 05:43:12 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 03:48:38 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 20:58:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 17:11:19 | More by Slatetank
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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.