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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43

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BA SCORE
81
good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Duplicate of  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /140/66425 

(Beer added by: beertunes on 07-23-2012)
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

Tap25, Sep 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

buzze40, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Kopfschuss, Jul 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ncstateplaya, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

marct, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color with 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had some grain notes and some mellow hops, but was generally just kind of bland. It lacked the crisp grain and bright hops that I look for. The flavors were pretty much the same story, all the flavors were kind of blurry, not crisp and well defined, and the beer was noticeably sweeter than I'd like in the style.

The body was thicker than typical and a bit on the cloyingly sticky side. Drinkability was OK, I liked the bottle I had, but I'm not sure I'd seek out another. Overall, kind of a meh, unremarkable brew.

beertunes, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle no date into pint

Look is pale gold orange with a sudsy head that fades to a slightly sticky film. Smell is saltine crackers, muted earthy hops, some clove, dry leaves. Taste is earthy floral hops, medicinal in their bitterness, dry crackers, dust, dry leaves. Slight 7-Up flavor I'm probably imagining. Feel is light medium well carbonated and easily drinkable.

Tasty beer, but with some odd, off-putting notes of metallic dry bitterness, and dry leaves. Still remains extremely drinkable.

jimmah120, Sep 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ygtbsm94, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

stabbingcontest, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Hanzo, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

brez8791, Sep 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Sonofalime, Sep 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

tizride, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jfcaa193, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Straub pils glass, Beer Camp #43 is a spritzy pale yellow with a small white head leaving nice, scattered lace.

Smell is soft, a bit phenolic, not the "resinous" aroma the label touted. Sweeter. A little floral.

Taste is living a bit more up to the billing with a decent hop finish, bitter, a bit pungent, but really not exaggerated like I'd expect from an "imperial" pils. Classic Czech, no, but a little underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and light bodied, but there is a watery quality to this that comes off thin.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. The advert doesn't match the goods, it's got an odd little plasticy phenol note, a bit more than usual hops, albeit of a non-traditional variety, and is watery. Oh, and 3 times the cost of all the other pils at the shop.

ccrida, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somehow this one ended up on my imperial shelf instead of the drink-this-soon area; whoops. Should have known, that blue label was out of place. Well, let's see how it's held up.

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

Look- Deep straw with two fingers of frothy white foam that settles quickly. OK lacing.

Smell- Bready, melon rind, something of an adjunct wheaty feel. Strongly reminds me of Middle Age's Swallow Wit.

Taste- Definitely hoppier then your average pilsener, crusty French bread and floral notes. Finishes clean, faintest hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, crisp feel. Average drinking for 5-6% ABV, chewier than expected. On the whole, it feels a bit heftier than I recall from a few months back.

Overall- It's actually done pretty well, but again it's been in the fridge for the last six months. Certainly not bad, but not something I'd gravitate towards.

Lawl3ss, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of vinhgoh
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the first imperial pilsner I've ever had.

I picked up the Beer Camp 12pk from the local store, seemed pretty interesting.

Pour: not overly carbonates, golden color, not much foam.

Smell: Not a really strong smell, took quite a few sniffs. Pineapple notes as well as citrus notes.

Taste: Definitely taste the citrus followed by a refreshing bitter after taste (not too overwhelming or anything)

Mouthfeel: light carbonation

I like this because its easy to drink...after all its a pilsner. What distinguishes it is the taste. Overall, nothing really special about it. But easy to drink...

vinhgoh, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mrebeka, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from beer camp 12 pack.

A - pours a clear golden yellow, with one finger head.

S - bread, pine

T - taste of mild biscuit, malt

M - decent for a pilsner, which tend to be overly thin. Carbonation is mild.

O - A good, if not noteworthy, pilsner.

Apellonious, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Newbiebeer, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Jmick28, Sep 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

NYR_Rob, Mar 09, 2013
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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.