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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%

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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Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer, very over priced. Yellowish with a huge fluffy white head. Smell is solid, but for $16.99 better blow me away if I am going to purchase twice. Taste is better and more bitter then smell. Mouthfeel is very solid. Overall nice beer in my opinion, but step back and improve the price. I would have gotten into more detail, but my kids prevented me from writing as I was drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:30:36 | More by SawDog505
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a slightly hazy golden straw hue, and is capped with a good bit of soapy froth. Lemongrass and bright citrus hop notes are noted in the nose and upon the palate, and sit upon a light, pale grainy malt base. The whole thing is very smooth, with a nice mouthfeel, fairly refreshing and sans indication of the high ABV. Overall, fairly delicious, and better than most Rogue brews.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 19:26:14 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of dgilks


3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a moderate, creamy white head. Nice lacing and decent head retention.

Sweet malt aroma with a touch of spirit. A touch grainy.

Sweet, somewhat syrupy malt with a firm bitterness and a touch of fruitiness from stressed yeast.

Medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. Fine.

This is an interesting beer. I appreciate what they've done here but for me it's a touch to syrupy and sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 21:01:45 | More by dgilks
Photo of Knapp85


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Photo of cburnsc1


4.83/5  rDev +19%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 07:26:39 | More by cburnsc1
Photo of Zadok


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a one finger head head. Not much to look at.

Not a big nose as well, light hops and mild citrus.

Taste is somewhat surprising based on the first two categories. Heavy hops with a nice bitter bite. Citrus intermingled throughout. Hop bite hangs around for a good duration between each sip. While there is a great flavor explosion it doesn't seem very balanced, which doesn't have to be a bad thing I guess.

Mouth feel is smooth with mild carbonation, somewhat tingly on the palette. Decently high abv sneaks up on you a bit.

Overall I was pretty surprised with what a tasty brew this was, I guess what else can you expect from such a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 00:53:59 | More by Zadok
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow. I was surprised by this beer. I'm not really a pilsner guy, but this one was highly recommended. From he tap, iot pours golden with a dry hopped nose. Very thin mouthfeel. Starts like a pilsner, finishes like a malty IPA, with a hoppy finish that is uncharacteristic of a pilsner but is necessary because of the ABV. I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 03:05:15 | More by raszputini
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I actually thought that I had reviewed this beer, so I haven't been getting it every time that I see it. Well, the other day I just decided that this would be a good beer to drink again and low-and-behold, I haven't reviewed it. Well, here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy dark pee-colored yellow with a small cap of small white bubbles on top after a pretty quick pour. After a minute, there was still a pretty substantial ring of foam around the edge of the glass, so there must be quite a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: I initially got a pretty healthy dose of Saaz hops along with some toasty and slightly biscuity Pilsner malt. As the beer sits a bit, there is some sweetness that I think is just from the Pilsner malt, but it is nice. There is definitely hops in here, but they aren't dry or chalky at all, so the water is supporting it too. So far so good...

Taste: The flavor is a good bit hoppier than I thought that it would be from the aroma. There is a solid bitterness that you can feel right after you take the sip and it stays in charge until very late after the sip in the finish. Late after the sip, there is some alcohol coming out and warming things up on the back of the throat and even adding a tad of spice. The second or third sip is starting to show some malt presence. I am getting a little bit of toasty bread crusts and some caramel sweetness, but that is about it.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is a bit aggressive on the hops where I really don't think that it needs to be and this pushes it out of the Pilsner feel for me overall. It is more like an Imperial IPA with German Ingredients. I will certainly finish the whole thing, but it will be a while before I decide I need to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 07:24:36 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Haybeerman


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold color. Poured a 3 finger rocky white head with excellent retention. Decanted lazily lots of slow rising bubbles. Laced in patches.

S: Doughy malt. Light citrus/fruit aroma offset with grassy and peppery hops.

T: Big doughy malt up front. Transitions quickly into a lemon and grass bitter. Though starting sweet, finish was dry. Had some alcohol character.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Dry and warm with a lingering bitter.

D: Big malty and bitter hoppy beer; made it balance. ABV a little daunting. It was pricey too.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:15:24 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of ffejherb


4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 13:40:44 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Donnie2112


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a shakers pint

appearance: Cloudy yellow that fades into a amber in the thick parts of the the glass, fluffy white head that laces nicely

smells: Pretty decent, sugary maltiness with a bit of an herbal hop back. Has an overall floral affect.

taste: Malts are clean and sweet, the flavors are sugary, there is not pronounced presence of yeast flavor and the hops are bitter, pronounced and create an overall floral affect. The whole experience is clean and continues with the floral theme I spoke of in the nose.

MF: Smooth, nice carbonation, not water thin like American Lagers nor as full in body as some other imperial styles.

Very solid beer, tasty, the hops are the star while maintaining that this style is fundamentally supposed to be subtle.

That said, I don't think this beer is worth the money that you pay for it, I've felt this before that Rogue makes very solid brews for way too much money.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:45:31 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of Swimsum


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review found in an old notebook. Growler into pilsner glass, growler filled 7/15/09 and kept cold since. Consumed on 8/10/09

Poured out a nice golden color. No hiss when opening made when opening the growler (screw top) me worry but small head emerges. Head is white and texture is very loose (made up of tiny bubbles). Body is pretty clear and can see carbonation. A bright yellow gold color in light. Head settles to thin layer and eventually is gone, no lacing is left on the glass.

Bread malt smell with some sweetness and hops. Normal pilsner smell to me. Sorry can't do a better description but pilsners aren't my favorite style.

Like the smell, there is a bready taste with a bitter finish. Slight alcohol taste but isn't over powering in the finish. I'm not sure what it is but I get a sweet taste before the bitter taste. Perhaps just some malt sweetness. Even though it isn't that complex I enjoy the taste of this beer a lot.

Pretty low carbonation (maybe due to sitting in a growler that wasn't filled to the top for 3 weeks). Thin mouthfeel, what carbonation is there is noticeable on the lips but not the tongue. The alcohol taste doesn't leave any harshness in the throat.

I really like this beer, pretty easy to put a whole 750 back and my roommate and I burned through the growler I had pretty quickly. The price of the bottle may turn some away, but if you can get it fresh (on tap/growler) I'd give it a shot.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2011 21:22:06 | More by Swimsum
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice yellow golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Sweet corn, grains, hints of light fruit

T: A little booze sting, corn sweetness and grains. A bit bitter at times, sordove musty

M: Sweet and a hints of booze, medium to light body on this but well carbonated

D: Average to good

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 00:47:04 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of champ103


1.78/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Little lace is left behind.
S: Musky, dank, like old wet clothes. There is nothing else here that I can find that is appealing.
T: Similar to the nose. Just dank, musky wet clothes. A nasty funkiness. I did not enjoy this at all.
M/D: A light body that is thin and lifeless. I finished this as fast as I could. Nothing I ever care to drink again.

I am not impressed to say the least. Take away the fact that an Imperial Pilsner is an oxymoron, this is just bad in any regard. Sorry, but a big miss, and something that I will avoid if I ever see it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 02:08:29 | More by champ103


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden tangerine. Big frothy cream-colored head. Nice thick lacing.

Fruity pear. Lemon zest. Floral. Citrus, grass, herbal. Slight toastiness. bready yeast.

Herbal, citrus, floral, lemon. Hint of chocolate, vanilla, toastiness. Nice bitterness.

Refreshing. med body, high for style. Slightly dry and sticky.

Tasty and refreshing. Great imperial pils. Hoppy and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 20:01:25 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of drabmuh


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in a pint at Ballantine's in Willoughby.

Pours a hazy yellow with very little head.

Smell is subdued, possibly due to the overly smooth pour, or possibly the beer being served too cold.

Taste is sweet, with barley malt, grass, and other "typical" pilsner tastes. Very little bitterness in its aftertaste. Very smooth and refreshing, this is nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy.

Highly drinkable, I'd definitley order another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 01:55:01 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of matt20102


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at refrigerator temperature from the porcelain bottle into a goblet. Pours very slowly with a soap-foam head- large head bubbles (with very fine carbonation bubbles). Color is uncharacteristically cloudy for a pilsner; the appearance suggests a wheat beer.

Aroma is of fruity malt and apple cider although without any ester taste that could be expected from an 8.8% brew. This pilsner is labeled as 74IBU but the hop bitterness is so well integrated that there is no way that this number could be guessed. This is probably due to the obviously large malt presence. These two components are so large in this brew that any change could cause the flavor profile to go awry, but the balance between malt and hops is perfect. This super-big but suspiciously well-balanced beer, plus it's hefty 8.8%ABV, makes this is highly drinkable beer. This is an incredibly expensive beer, so it's not for everyday, but it is one that deserves it's place at special occasions. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:33:37 | More by matt20102
Photo of 4000qtrap


3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Fresh wild herbs with some dirt/roots still attached. Bread. Toasted straw. A touch of misty morning dew. Light caramel.

Taste: Thick mouthfeel but light malts - overtones of straw and caramel. Slightly bitter orange oil as well which sweetens up in the middle which has notes of tree bark (in a pleasant way), light white rice, caramel, and more straw. White grape skin come in toward the finish. Finish is yeasty, a little boozy and herbal. Lingers fairly long and has a touch of dry, bitter herbs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 03:17:12 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Morimoto Imperial Pilsner has a slightly hazy, golden-yellow body. The head is bright white and very thin. Retention and lacing are both minimal.

The aroma is packed with pale malts, a little bit of fruit and just a general, sticky-sweet character.

Morimoto is packed with pale malts, tons of them. The sweetness is huge, a little heavy, and just a bit cloying. The hops provide a light herbal note before being drowned out by a generic fruity flavor. The finish has a bunch of warmth that comes with a bite alcohol. Also moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and full.

Double Pilsners? The more of them I drink the less I like them. I think it's a style that is very difficult to do well. Part of the beauty of a pilsner for me is that a beer can be light and refreshing but still complex and flavorful. This beer is heavy and cloying, and doesn't resemble light or refreshing in any way. The malt is sticky sweet and drowns out any hope of balance. The alcohol flavor is pretty unwelcome.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 20:05:13 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of JasonA


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i bought this beer back in 2006 and have been sitting on it since. Not really by choice, but I never really had a desire to drink it. This is the white bottle, with red and yellow drawings.

Pours a transparent golden gold. Solid 2 fingers of frothly, yet light, yet thick. Lots and lots of bubbles moving through. Everything I would expect in a Pilsner, and this is after 4 years of aging. Thick thick lacing sliding all the way down the glass.

Suprisingly malty, yet crisp with alcohol. Maybe clove, maybe bready. Still very surprised at the amount of malt. Im not getting any hops, maybe a tinge of bittering, yet light.

Malty, crisp and light. For an overly malty brew the finish is simple. Almost perfect for a lawnmower beer. Bittering as it gets warm. Might be a tad bitter for a Pilsner. I could probably sip on this 8.8 brew for a lot longer that I should.

Not sure I would buy again only because expensive Pilsner's is not my typical expenditure. If I was forced to buy Pilsners, this would prolly end up at the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:10:50 | More by JasonA
Photo of Tilley4


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this one at my local bottle shop and I've been passing it up due to the price. Its the 4th of July weekend so I said what the heck and splurged on it...

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

Bright effervescent golden appearance with a nice creamy white head... Sort of cloudy for a pilsner but I'm guessing that's due to the hops...

Faint aroma of some hops mingle with an earthiness from the malts... Not the strongest aspect of the beer, I must say. Its pleasant enough but there's not really a lot to say about the aroma.. Fairly balanced between the pale malts and earthy hops...

Wow.... The lightly toasted pale malts appear first but are quickly overtaken by a wave of earthy bitter hops and a splash of straight up booze... Quite hoppy and bitter actually, more so than I was expecting actually... The hops are definitely the star of the show here... They're earthy and grassy and bitter as hell and have traces of lemony citrus and pine and grassiness... Quite a shot of booze as well... Definitely an amped up pilsner for sure... Each sip finishes dry and bitter and is loaded with hoppiness.. Very creamy feel... Nice and silky..

Overall a top notch Imperial Pilsner... I liked this a lot and despite the steep price, I will probably grab one of these from time to time.. Very nice...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 22:58:13 | More by Tilley4
Photo of thain709


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A glowing, golden body with a one finger white head...some retention which lead to decent lacing

S - The aroma was a bit muted...but I was able to pick up an earhty aroma of pale malts, grain, and earthy hops

T - The taste was better than what the aroma suggested...a quick blast of pale malts hit you first...they round out to a grainy finish...but the hops show up and save the flavor...the hops are a bit citrusy and earthy...you pick up some orange and lemon along with the German hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing with a nice finish

D - This was a decent imperial pilsner...it could have used a better nose but I did like the balance of malt and hops

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 14:47:18 | More by thain709
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler.

A- a very nice cloudy gold color with a GORGEOUS one and a have finger white head that leaves some great lacing. Perfect example of what a pilsner should look like

S- nice strong hop aroma. Can't really place what kind of hops though...maybe a little piney. Nice scent nonetheless

T- fruity hops with a nice bite of pine in the aftertaste. Gets a little bitter at the end. Alcohol slightly seeps through a little bit. Very nice

M- good feel. Pretty much the perfect body for a pilsner, maybe a little heavy...but I can't complain

D- drinkable, but not more than a standard German pils. If you just keep pounding away like you would on one of them, the alcohol could really sneak up on you. Good beer

Serving type: growler

06-23-2010 23:20:52 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of juju7


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had an Imperial Pils, wasn't sure really what to expect...having said that it was kind of like what I expected. It's kind of like an IPA or DIPA brewed with pilsner ingredients, isn't it? Anyhoo, firstly one of the crappiest heads I've seen in a while - some big ass bubbles in that fella. Some upfront fruity, piney, nutty even hop action on the nose. I tell ya, try this blind with some IPAs and I'd be impressed if many people could pick this as being an Imp Pils as opposed to an IPA. The piney hop flavours on the palate just reinforce this. Pretty low carbonation too for something of the pilsner family. Still, an enjoyable beer but like most Rogue and other USA beers here, barely worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 09:25:38 | More by juju7
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.