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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner - Uinta Brewing Company

Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
82
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240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%


Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Tilted Smile breaks away from the crowd. Big in alcohol, yet approachable and versatile. Confidently balanced with Saaz hops and 100% Pilsen malt. Crisp and delightfully carbonated.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: smcolw on 06-05-2010)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a good sized head that reduced to a puffy layer. Nice lacing from the reduced head. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing on the glass as the best was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet Pilsner malts followed by grassy noble hops. Nothing fantastic.

Taste: Pilsner alcohol, boozy alcohol, grassy and mild hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Chewy, crisp, refreshing, low to medium carbonation, a little boozy, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: This imperial pilsner is a bit too much for me. Alcohol is a bit much along with the pilsner malts. The hops are nice and traditional.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:02:04 | More by Flounder57
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cage and cork stylie bottled on 8/8/13 consumed on 11/19/13

Deep golden color, massive, smooth pure-white foam crown.. Active look.

Hearty, spicy hop and yeastie aroma, saaz hops smell wonderful! green veggies, spring water, mild citrus, sour white grapes. The aroma is actually very pungent.

The flavor is pretty intense, high heat for sure, spicy and tangy bite with hops and yeast taking over after the heat. This one dry's out nice, hits you as slick and rich at first then becomes earthy and dry with a tangy bite. Complexity in flavor and mouth feel is really high, layers of flavor...which makes this Imperial Pils rather interesting concidering how mundane and standard most pilsners can be. corn, hearty wheat, veggies are all in the flavor in a minimal way, but the complexity reveals many interesting aspects. As the brew warms, some cloying malt slickness coats the mouth, but this is an Imperial pils, so I'm not to surprised by this.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style usually, but this one is spot-on. Big in all the right ways while still leaving room for the classic aspects of a pilsner. I also appreciate any brewer that can create a well rounded IMP Pils. not an easy style, almost blasphemous in many regards, but it certainly is a style-bender and envelope pusher!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:28:00 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber/copper color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit and caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. Worth trying. $8.49 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Hannaford's Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:22:13 | More by jdhilt
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jwff

Alaska

2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 9/16/13

Tilted Smile pours into a standard pint glass a honey/gold. The head was pristine and white while it lasted, and there isn't much carbonation in the glass. There are maybe 2 or 3 lazy streams. Smell is a mix of sweet and grainy. Mild earth note is present from the hops, but I am really searching for it.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with a more pronounced hop finish. Incredibly sweet, and low in carbonation. As it warms there is an alcohol presence in the middle that clashes with the hops in the finish. Body is viscous and undercarbonated. I enjoy the hop flavor I do get, but the overall presentation of flavor struggles to cooperate.

In the end I'm disappointed, because almost everything on the label about the beer has been completely the opposite.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:02:14 | More by jwff
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/4/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but there is an alcohol bite after each sip that slightly takes away from the drinkability in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:39:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color witha two plus finger fo white fizzy foam. On the nose its a bit sweet with a honeyed grassy profile that mixes with a bit of fruity yeast. On the palate it is more of the same. A touch sticky and the yeasty fruit flavors far outweigh the saaz hops and the bready pilsen malts.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 12:12:27 | More by jbaker67
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utopiajane

New York

3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pretty amber with an orange hue and a fat head of off white foam that fell slowly and left a layer on top and cloud like lace. Nose is good. Pilsner malt, spicy hops, spice and a touch of lemon. Starts off with a little grass that becomes more pronounced as it warms. This has a light bread with honey that becomes an actual caramel sweetness as ti warms. I did not observe any alcohol on the nose.

Taste is heavy and immediately boozy. Instead of that citrus and grass and saaz you get alcohol and then a light hop bitter. The sweetness is heavy and detracts from the grain. There's a corn sweetness in here too. It's verges on cloying and all the elements of a pislner are fighting with the heavy alcohol and clashing with the caramel. The corn is just too much.

This finishes clashing. Sweetness with a moderate bitter. Thank goodness the carbonation was more than ample to keep the body of this beer from being heavy like a rock. The corn outdoes the spice and that is half the flavor of the pils as far as I am concerned. It's a little slick on the palate and overall just average.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 14:37:55 | More by utopiajane
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from champagne style bottle into a perfect pint glass. My first beer from this brewery.

Pours medium amber, slightly dark, with huge white foam. Sticks everywhere. Light malt layered nose, hints sweet. Taste is straw like light but with a firm hop. Crisp and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 11:35:06 | More by KTCamm
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 of this from World Market tonight on sale for $8 - score!

Can't say that I've ever had a double-pilsner, nor do I drink a lot of regular pilsners, so I went with a tallish, thin goblet for this one. Initial pour yielded about 3/4" of liquid and 4" head, so I set it down for a few while I got dinner set out.

Smells pilsner-y; earthy, funky, bread/yeast/toast, and maybe some figginess - got me thinking of some Oktoberfest I recently had. Body is a rusty golden yellow, with bubbles streaming up, and looking pretty active.

I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor, especially after reading a lot of reviews that seemed to rate that as the low point. I think it's nice - really follows suit to what you get in the nose, with emphasis on the malt-toast and fig. The alcohol is unbelievably well-hidden. 9%? You're kidding me. There's some spiciness and warmth in the background that gives it away, and a slickness to the mouthfeel, but otherwise you wouldn't know.

Overall, I really like this one, and heartily recommend!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 02:52:40 | More by BeerWizard
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VelocityXMass

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice taste, not amazing, but there was something about the head that just felt great, not at all the gossamer insubstantiality of other lights, but rather, a curiously coherent, dense foam approaching - what? the chewiness of hops itself? - that was different, exciting, and enticing.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 14:44:05 | More by VelocityXMass
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weonfire

Illinois

2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Golden, translucent, full finger of white thick head, sticky lacing, head dissipates slowly

S - barley, grain, water, low hops, booze, carmel

T - malt, saaz hops, sweet carmel, high booze, melon. finish is a sweet carmel booze.

M - creamy, med body, med frothy, real boozy which lingers

O - Booze dominates this beer. Nose is just about nonexistent. small carmel, booze and a hint of barley. Uinta must tone down the booze. Carmel is nice. More Saaz. Crisp this up. This is straight sugary maltiness. Germans would be disgusted with this pilsner. I don't recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:01:27 | More by weonfire
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big 750mL bottle, crowned and corked. Bottled on 02/1/13, so roughly 3 months old. Paid $7.49 at Dover Discount Beverage, Dover NH, USA. Attractive high quality label, nice presentation. Served cold in a pilsner glass.

A: A gentle pour gives a nice 2" of ivory head, which I guess isn't difficult in this skinny glass. Brew is crystal clear deep yellow in color, tons of robust carbonation flowing upward. The head slowly retracts and pulls away from the glass like taffy, leaving a thick marshmallowy lace. Seriously, the head looks like something you'd need a spoon for.

S: Thick light malt backbone with a good dose of grainy silage and a touch of sweetness. Hops are present but mild, not much emerges from underneath the malt, very faint fruity floral notes bound up with the sweetness. Alcohol is masked well.

T/M: Alcohol plays a major role in the taste, but it is incorporated well into the overall profile and isn't dominating or out of place... pleasant in an odd way. Very well balanced in that regard. Good thick light grainy malty backbone. Touch of sweetness, in the very early stages of caramelization from what I presume is a longer boil. Hops are present mostly in a bittering capacity, just a bit of floral/ herbal thing going on. A nice bitterness lingers in the finish and hides nearly all the alcohol, but I do feel it on my breath. Mouthfeel, like the rest of it, is just enough and not too much. Carbo and body keep each other in check. Not nearly as fizzy as it looks

O: Supremely well-balanced. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Great execution of this uncommon and difficult style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 03:05:12 | More by BeerNinja007
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Monalenard

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok, lets remember what we're talking about, what most pilsner tastes like, and that this one would kill a baby. packing 9% abv into a pils without it tasting like steel reserve deserves some recognition. i definitely, however, do not sip this and go "mmm, goddamn this is good", and i do do that when i feel so. what i do is sip this and refer back to the bottle going "nine percent, really? yeah, there it is...man, wow" like a zillion times.

The steps:

bust out the stupid pilsner glass that i hate

pours with a thick pillowy head, more so because traditionally, apparently this beer is meant to be poured into a test tube, whatever. clear pour, dark gold, nose is mostly biscuty, slightly toasty but not too much

This is a flavorful beer for how bready it is, like if they had a bread flavored boullion cube or something. Its good. ive had this once before and i remember liking it more. this is probably not as fresh a sample as i have previously had...is this really nine perent?-yeah, totally still right about that. typically i would not call a beer "smooth" but that really is kind of the case. thick mouthfeel. nice, sort of, fine grade carbonation, all of that especially for a pils.

overall, its just a good flavorful version of a pilsner which is usually a really lack luster brew style save for the few that add some light, super dry hopping.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 08:02:45 | More by Monalenard
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle 6/27/12 into a standard pint glass. I do think the bottle art is stupid.

Appearance: Pours an opaque glowing orange with a one finger of white fizzy head. Decent retention with still a thin ring settling in. Watery lacing here and there slides down the glass eventually. I'm shaving .25 pts for the dumb label by the way.

Aroma: Euro hops, grassy, floral, hints of melon and citrus fruits, pilsner malts, sweet.

Taste: Starts out sweet and malty, light caramel, light and somewhat odd melon fruitiness, with some grassy, floral hops hitting in the middle. Saaz hops really kick in the finish along with a touch of alcohol heat and sweetness again.

Mouthfeel: The heat in the presence is neat in a pilsener style but it's not all that distracting. Medium bodied but heavy for a pilsner. A little thick actually... carbonation feels... lazy. Different take on the style. Moderatley complex flavors. I'm sure this would rank a bit higher with fresher example.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:09:53 | More by nimrod979
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farrago

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big frothy two plus finger head of eggshell white, mainly dense microfoam but some larger bubbles interspersed here and there, adequate plus retention, the lacing is actually much stronger than you’d expect and the residue all but fully coats the inside walls of the glass. The liquid is a dull rust water orange, light in hue and more pale yellow at the rims and glass bottom, the widely dispersed tiny bubbles are active as they rise. The nose is quite fruity with pear, yellow apple, fig and peach notes, some pepper and then salted pretzels, more straight up malt than associated scents like chocolate, not herbaceous but has a stiff spine, some cornmeal but the good kind. Full-bodied, almost heavy for its type with an unusual emphasis on sweet citrus, a blend of lemon, grapefruit and orange, very dominant. Leafier here, the hops come through in a drying sense, helps balance out that citrus as well as the apricot, pear, mango, cantaloupe fruit. At times close to honeyed. The carbonation stays on the fluffy side and spreads it like glue across the palate. Buttered biscuits and some sweet corn but nothing in the area of adjunct land. This is a definite “take” on the style and not a classic rendition, as such more likely to polarize. But, in the end, it’s fun taken on its own terms and just thrown back in that spirit.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:17:48 | More by farrago
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden yellow with a finger of white head and some lacing.

Noble hop aroma upfront offers ripe citrus fruit, apple, green melon, grassy herbs, berries, gum.

Good bit of citrus fruits in taste with some moderate funk. Big moist grassy/herbal flavors, more bitterness than I expected but it plays well with pilsen malt. Residual bitter dry aftertaste.

Refreshing feel despite high ABV and moderate bitterness.

Would have this again as the weather warms. Interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:37:07 | More by TheMultiYeast
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a fluted glass

Appearance- The beer pours an orange amber color with a big and billowy just-off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is big on malty aromas with a lot of pilsner malt smells. Mixed with this aroma is a yeasty and haylike aroma as well. Some lighter notes of light fruit (apple, pear, and peach) are also there with a rather strong melon aroma. The melon smell is a strange one, being a mix of honeydew and casaba melon with some almost fermented melon smells mixed within.

Taste- The taste begins with a sweet melon and caramel and a very malty body. Some flavors of other fruits enter the tongue quickly with apple being the strongest, but mixed with some tangerine and peach. A haylike and funky flavor come to the tongue more toward the middle where they knock down the sweeter flavors. At the end some flavors of alcohol and more haylike ad grassy flavors come to the tongue with an increae in the sweetness with more melon tastes. In the end, all the flavors mix to leave a funky and fruity malted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is on the chewier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. The chewiness is very nice for the malty flavors of the brew as well as oddly quite complimenting of the melon flavors of the brew. The carbonation does a good job of keeping the beer quite easy drinking, yet not overshadowing or hiding any of the interesting flavors of the brew.

Overall- This was a rather interesting brew. The aroma with its fermenting melon smells was slightly off putting, but not totally so (somewhat intriguing). Its taste was rather unique with a fascinating mixture of flavors and transitions. I kind of liked the odd flavor profile and while it is not something I would go frequently, it is worth a try and a time to time go to.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:12:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color pilsner with a rather large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry and floral hops with some sweet notes from a crystal malt base. Taste is a mix between some dry and floral hops profile with some quite sweet crystal malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though a touch too sweet to be an everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:47:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big corked bottle. Poured in tulip shaped glass.
Cork popped a good 10 feet...ayiee!!
Pours with a large head. Nice 1/8 inch head hangs around over 30 minutes with lace...pretty.
Golden color...clear...steady head bubbles for awhile.
Aroma of sweet malt, slight melon, spicy Asian pear, subtle banana.
NOTE: At this point, I should say, if there were a category to add design of label, cork, and caged cap, I'd give this brew another 5 - 15% bonus...absolutely awesome designs.
Flavor of amber malt, powdered sugar, cantalope, funky melon, kumquat, citrus hops, black pepper, peppercorn...no shortage of malts and flavor. Takes a pilsner to a new level of richness and depth. Probably not cheap to make...no shortage of flavor and ingredients. Compliments on that end!
Unique and big bodied...big mouthfeel.
15 minutes into brew....
You know, like a good wine, opening up the beast and letting it "open up" helps give the true potential of a fermented beverage, which is what beer and wine are. So, giving this brew 20 minutes or so with incremental pours, and a few minutes fresh in the glass, there's still a head, fun lace designs, and aroma of powdered sugar and amber malt, big flavorful brew, that honestly to me is more like a big Belgian more than anything resembling a Czech or German Pilsner...but hey, new styles, new taste treasures.
Overall, big and somewhat weird. Lots of body and complexity, but from a stylish or delicious "Oooh, I want to drink you again first thing tomorrow..." ... well, this is a more specialty brew. Melon rind with poignent hops....sweet aroma, tantalizing spice and biting sweet taste. ..there's a mouth puckering element.
40 minutes later... at this point the beer tastes more balanced, smoother, still unique with a semi-funky melon rind note, but more balanced with sweet lovely malts. Nothing like any Pils, pilsner, pilsener or the like that I've tasted, but tasty...if not better...but still funky, and mouth puckering vs. fully "Ah, lovely" satisfying...but hey, it's an Imperial, or so it's stated...hey...it's from UTAH! Gotta love it!!!
Ayieee!!!
Tasted again...full bottle...3/23/2013...above and beyond all stated above, tasting much better with a touch of age...ratings gotta reflect the love...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:59:57 | More by DenverLogan
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pilsner. Gold color, thick, white, fluffy head. A good deal of lace. Vigorous carbonation.

Grassy hops aroma. Sweet malt.

Hoppy taste with a lot of caramel malt. Sweet up front with a nice hops background.

Crisp but sweet. Very balanced, very Old World.

This just showed up in Maine. I hope to find other beers from Uinta.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 21:13:08 | More by lordofthewiens
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 09/14/12

A: Pours a clear golden color with a finger and a half's worth of head

S: Bready with lager yeastiness, fruitiness, slight hop notes, and light alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off fruity with lightly spicy hops and works its way into the malt and yeast aspects, which are bready, husky, and grainy. Definite pilsen malt and lager yeast. Alcohol goes almost unnoticed, but adds another layer of fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid imperial pilsner with complexity and depth. Very easy to drink given the abv. Worth a try if you're into imperial pilsners or lagers

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 20:53:05 | More by BEERMILER12
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #70 in my great Utah Brew Hunt. And the final installment of the (short-lived) living in Utah experiment.

Total Utah-brewed ounce count on this journey: 1,219. <---- That's 9.5 gallons of beer, by the way.

As far as this beer goes, there are a lot of grain tones to it. Quite boozy. It's just a boozy, alcoholic pilsener really. Nothing overly interesting about it, or interesting at all really. Just...a beer. And thus ends this whole Utah thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:17:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had no intention of doing this, but this was bottled on 1/12/11 and today is 10/11/12. Probably too old to enjoy, but what the hell?

A: The pour is hazy with not more than one finger of white head. The retention is only ok and doesn't necessarily lace all that well. 3.5

S: Pretty sweet aroma overall. Pilsner scents, without much alcohol noted at all. There's an underlying grass, hay, and overall funkiness character as well. It's a little strange, but I'm not against it. 3.5

T: The taste is really representative of your typical pilsner...except it packs 9% ABV and you would never know. It is a bit sweet, probably from the extensive aging. Really don't know what else to say. Have you had a pilsner? This tastes like that. 3.5

MF: The beer is syrupy on the palate, but overall tastes a bit watered down. Crisp, clear finish. Pretty refreshing. The sweetness hurts the drinkability, but only slightly. 4

O: Shouldn't have aged this long. I'd like to see what it tastes like fresh. I didn't mind this, but it wasn't great. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:53:02 | More by russwbeck
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BilbosNuts

California

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. It has a lot of movement and liveliness to it. A large, frothy, white head sits on top can lasts throughout the drink.

S: Up front there are is a sweet,kind of fruity aroma to go along with a big toasted malt backbone. Hints of floral hops and a bit of spiciness, like black pepper, come through as well.

T: The sweetness from the malts and the fruity aromatics nearly disappear in the taste. Instead we are left with a taste that is dominated by toasted bread flavors. Everything else seems kind of muddled together.

M: It has a body that is on the lighter side. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden very well and is very easy to drink. There is a light crispness found in the finish that urges you to go back for more.

O: The taste was the big let down in this one. I found it to be too one dimensional. Some added complexity, particularly the sort that was found in the aroma, could really add some value to this beer. I haven't had many imperial pilsners yet, but despite the disappointing lack of complexity in the taste, this seems to be an adequate example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:21:09 | More by BilbosNuts
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Picked Pig, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Small pour (thank God) served in a snifter, hazy straw-yellow color with a medium-sized frothy white head that receded to a wispy layer. Lagery aroma, corn, toasted grains, grassy, floral hops. Similar taste, corn, toasted bread and grains, biscuity pils malts, floral hops with a metallic bitterness. It's true I'm not a big pilsner fan, and this was no champion among them. Light-medium body, sort of harsh going down, with some alcohol heat coming through. Definitely glad I only got a small pour.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 02:14:44 | More by Rifugium
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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.