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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 65
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Hoptometrist
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a Morimoto pilsner glass.

A- Poured a very clear and bright golden pilsner, some light visible carbonation, bright white fluffy head that left minimal lace.

S- Mostly big grape and pilsner malt notes.

T- Big grape, pilsner malt, lemon, grassy, peppery, and cornhusks. This is an intensely bitter pilsner all the way through with a prominent herbal and earthy bitterness on the finish.

M- Very dry, crisp, medium body, smooth, and prickly carbonation.

O- This is definitely the most bitter lager I have ever had and right up there with the most bitter beers I have ever had. Really nice crisp pilsner mouthfeel with a little more body and good flavor.

Hoptometrist, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Troublebar
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Troublebar, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this brew, a relatively rare style in these parts, on tap at National Beer Hall in Calgary on 10th Ave. Missed out on the funky bottle but oh well. Arrived in a pint glass (?), a cloudy gold amber color that is of course is on the light end of the Lovabond scale but still manages to look thick and imposing. Smells of concentrated sweet grains, a pungent fruity note like grape juice, another sweet note almost like brown sugar, and aggressive grassy green hops. All of these elements are reflected in the taste ... Nothing tastes quite like an imperial pils. This one is at once rich and sweet, chalky and woody, almost carbolic, and features a heady mix of green and spicy hop flavors along with some equally spicy aromatic alcohol. The thick and chewy body and buttery mouthfeel make things even more satiating. I get heavy sweet dough, dried fruits (currants, sultana raisins), candy apple, and an oaky dryness that does work to cut the sweet grains to some extent. The hops provide some additional woody tannic bitterness and funky gooseberry notes and pine in the finish. A big beer with considerable decoction malt and hop power. A pint is a lot to get through.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Nordbier
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Nordbier, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Mullinger1980
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Mullinger1980, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Shaimless
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Shaimless, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of crowbar540
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

crowbar540, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of zbkai189
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

zbkai189, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Jameswoody, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

stakem, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

vkv822, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oceanpeak, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Elprico
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Elprico, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

gspeer711, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Lare453, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jmtpi, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sanford_and_son, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

elfefe, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Kopfschuss, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Beerriver, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

IWannaEatFood, Oct 02, 2013
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.