Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner - Uinta Brewing Company

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Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: smcolw on 06-05-2010

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
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Reviews by 4000qtrap:
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle
S: Bread, straw, and moderately mineral-parsley character. Peppery alcohol is a touch grating and not well hidden.
T: Semi-sweet up front with bready malts, and nice parsley/herbal hoppiness. Hints of pepper and alcohol. Nice balanced sweetness and bitterness throughout with nice dynamics and oscillations between them. Often nicely pleasantly bitter but at times its a bit sweet and syrupy, but overall its not a bad balance. Pleasant and reasonably complex classic noble hop character with a parsley, herbal character. Finish has a nice mix of alcohol and graininess, but is still crisply bitter. Has a pleasant, balanced, and complex herbal hop character which lingers nicely.

More User Reviews:
Photo of patre_tim
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy golden with lots of soda like carbonation, 3 fingers of yellowish off white head that has good retention. Little pinhead or fragments of glass formations as lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, slightly fruity like fruit cocktail, lager qualities, lager hops, saaz.

T: Deep sweet qualities with a hint of canned pineapple at first, then big lager qualities, big malts and big saaz hops, some oregano oil, quite herbaceous. A good amount of sweetness, then a big alcohol burn in the throat. A sort of plastic like quality I sometimes get in some Hefe Weizens as well. A sort of exaggerated pilsner quality in the aftertaste, like a pilsner on steroids, leaving a sort of lager burn taste which I assume is the saaz.

M: Thick, bready, syrupy, lots of heated soda like carbonation. Balanced finish.

O: I got this to better understand the style of IPL, which I was told this represents by the experts at Bruisin’ Ale’s in Asheville. I had Hitachino’s Nipponia a while back, and this is also considered an imperial pilsner as this one is. So, I am guessing IPLs and Imperial Pilsners are considered to be under the same category, not yet specified by some experts. Of the two, Nipponia is superior in my opinion. Tilted smile is good however, and worth a try.

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear rich medium golden with a large fluffy white crown atop.Aromas of sweet dough and drunken fruit mainly,the saaz hop that is supposed to bring some crispness and herb is really subdued.Sweetish caramel and alcohol dipped fruit hit at the onset on the palate,a bit grainy with just a slight shot of herbal hop in the finish.These double pilsners for the most part have a maibock-like quality to them,in saying that I dont quite understand the reasoning behind the style.

Bottled on 3/20/11

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle pours a clear yellow gold body that is quite effervescent wiith tiny bubbles. Small white head has some nice legs.

Aroma is bready malts with an appropiate pilsner hop array of spicy, herbal, and floral notes.

Smooth and clean on the palate with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste is pleasantly balanced. Herbal and floral hops impart a frinedly bitterness upon the subdued bready caramel maltiness. Alcohol is barely noticed.
Not a classic pilsner but very tasty and drinker friendly.

Photo of brewerdrew
1.99/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a bit cloudy straw which I am not concerned about. Honestly believe unfiltered beers are fine and haze is not a problem.

smell was neutral.

The biggest issue with this beer was the OVERWHELMING Risidual Sweetness.

Pilsner's by definition are meant to be light and crisp. I will forgive a bit of the lightness given that it is Imperial but this beer was uber sweet.

Will not buy again especially when I can buy a classic German/Czech Pils or Victory pils for a quarter of the price

Photo of ehammond1
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

(The hardest cork to pop off yet!)

A filtered, clear, golden yellow. Thick white head. Not much lacing.

A sweet, cracker-malt aroma along with some sweetness. There are some grassy and earthy aromas as well, but nothing that leaves me very wanting.

Not as hoppy or as bitter as I expected going in, but perhaps that was my own mistaken assumption. The flavor is bready, leafy, and grassy, along with a touch of sharp hop presence.

Medium to thick bodied.

A relatively simple beer for being so "big." Relatively earthy and grassy. A good pilsner with a real alcohol punch (in ABV only, no alcohol flavor present).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bright yellow pour with the most virginesque white head to it, yummy bitter and lemon aroma from this one.

Crisp hop bite, not over done, but definitely fitting the imperial bill. Tangy. Pairs great with summer, seafood. Mild citrus notes. A little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing that is a detraction at 9%. Touch of biscuit like mouthfeel from the light malt body. Some grassiness, sweetness. Bitterness held in check.

Not a bad beer, a lil pricey when its in the 9-10$ range, but saw it recently on sale for $7 which is tolerable.

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

(Served in a tulip glass) Bottled 10/25/10

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a tornado of microbubbles and a thick creamy snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The raw grain and field corn notes have a faint buttery quality and a faint green spicy hop almost black pepper note in the finish.

T- The faint grain notes are scrubbed away by the carbonation and a lemon cream hop flavor finishes with a soft Noble pungent hint lingers for a bit after the finish. There is a sweetness to the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with scrubbing bubbles that hide the malt flavor and no alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer is light and crisp and not really dry as I would like. There is a light flavor for such a big beer and some DMS sneaks up in the aroma as the beer opens up. I would mind a bit more hop character for such a high alcohol beer either.

Photo of weonfire
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/10. And gee, where can I get a t-shirt reading "9% Alc by Vol" like the dude on the label? Sign me up. Large, please.

Wow, if I didn't know better I'd think I've just poured a fizzy macro lager by accident. Bubbles are many, they feed a crackling white head and the color is an extremely well-filtered pale yellow of impeccable clarity. Pilsner-ish for sure, although no sign of "imperialization," but how could you know from appearance?

Aroma is as clean and unassuming and traditionally pilsner-ish (minus the imperial, yet again) as the appearance. Clean, breezy, featuring Saaz hops without any doubt, cracked wheat, mild dash of uncooked sweet corn, biscuit, water cracker. Nice and polite and, by all accounts, something that's going to taste incredibly refreshing.

There's a nice, solid, simple handful of impressions the taste gives off: crisp green apple, ripe and juicy pear, faint sulfur, watered-down yellow cake batter, and the lightly bitter bite of Saaz hops. All very nice, all very enjoyable, but not a flavor that will blow anyone away. Yet...yet, it crept up on me, and not only its simplicity, but its purely enjoyable flavors had me in their grip after some time. One to contemplate slowly and with serious attention...so subtle, but it has its rewards.

Feels like a regular pils: crisp, a little airy and on the dry side. Somehow also attains a slickness that makes its travel from lips to stomach easily.

This is a style I've always enjoyed and Tilted Smile is even different within its style category, almost crossing over into the world of Belgian saisons/pale ales. I find it hard to believe it's got that much alcohol, and that it's an imperial anything, and I suppose I was mildly disappointed that it didn't perform with the "huzzah!" of other, better double pilsners. But in the end, the taste was a compelling, nearly seductive thing of subtlety and nuance that I can appreciate. I'll award Tilted Smile a high score for drinkability, because it drinks like a low-ABV pils or some such, despite being 9% Alc by Vol (nice shirt, dude).

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Clear amber body is topped by a small yet lasting creamy layer of pale melon foam. Rich, fairly dense lacing and superior retention.

Pure subtley complex aromatics - spicy distinctive Saaz notes are accompanied by a low biscuity sweetness and very delicate esters.

Rich malty palate entry - very deep and lasting breadiness with a hint of toast. The alcohol adds additional flavor and kick without being excessively hot. Finishes medium-dry with a long malty aftertaste. Low bitterness throughout with faint hay and white pepper notes offsetting the malt.

Creamy, effervescent, filling mouth-feel.

An excellent and rather unique example of the style - while not a replacement for my favorite retired Imperial Pilsners (e.g. Grand Teton's Persephone; the Blvd/Orval collaboration), I'm glad I picked it up.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw-gold. Thin head with zero retention. Settles to a very thin film around the circumference. Spotty lacings at best. Very slow moving bubbles within.

Worryingly malty aroma. I was holding out for some lovely grassy hops, but it's pretty much all sweet bread.

Malt right up front, bready like the aroma. Quickly gives way to fairly soft alcohol. The Saaz hops are pretty hard to pin down. Vague bitterness around the edges, but this is pretty malty.

Imperial euro-lager maybe. Was expecting some wonderful continental hops but not to be. Better examples of the style out there.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 September 2010. Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner (bottled 9 June 10) poured into a "beer clean" Imperial "nonick" pint glass.

Nice appearance. I kind of expected it to be unfiltered, but they've kept it to the style (Pils at least) and it's a nice, crystal clear golden. The head could have had much more retention though. For a bigger beer like this that's a fairly large fault, even if the 9% abv will help to cut down on the retention.

I find bready malt in the nose along with some spicy, grassy and floral hops. With an "Imperial" designation I was expecting more hops, but OK...

In the mouth it's full, but not overly done. It's clearly dextrinous, but that would be expected of an "Imperial" Pilsner. The carbonation seems low, however I'll admit it's hard to gauge where it's actually at with all this body... I'd still expect it to be more sparkling under the Pilsner moniker.

The bready malt found in the aroma carries over into the flavor, and it's almost bock-like. And as in the aroma, the hops are present, but they seem a bit lacking given the "Imperial" designation, so again, it's almost "bock-like". The bitterness is also restrained - do I need to repeat myself at this point? It just doesn't fulfill the title it's been given...

... but how is the flavor? Well it's not actually bad. It is very much like a helles bock. It's got bready malt with that almost grape-like flavor that appears in big, malty beers. The hops are clearly present, but they're more floral and leafy here with just a bit of spiciness in the finish, and then grassiness. It's good, but it's not great. I'd take it as it is under another style designation - or no designation - but it lacks hop flavor and bitterness to be an "Imperial" Pilsner.

Which leads us to drinkability. That falls where the flavor does - it's good but it's not great. There's nothing holding you back from wanting to drink more, but there's nothing there motivating you to want to drink more. That said, you might as well just have a decent Pils, or a decent helles bock.

Photo of mediumtommy
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great beer and style I haven't seen before. Even though it has a higher alcohol content the beer didn't have an alcohol flavor to it. It came in a 22 oz bottle and was a perfect size and ABV to share with 2 other people. Everyone enjoyed it. There is no hoppiness to the beer as would be expected with a pilsner, but my biggest pet peeve is when pilsners have an overwhelming amount of that strong pilsner malt, but this one did not at all. It was a great balance of a strong beer and a pilsner, if Imperial Pilsner wasn't written on the bottle I would have had a hard time putting this beer into a category.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on this is nice and clear. Its a bright and slight dark tint straw yellow.

The nose is a but sweet and malty for the sytle. I dont get a whole lot of crisp and sharp hints like a typical pilsner. I expected this to be maltier than it is..

The taste is nice and a bit sticky. I like that Im getting the nice clean yeast but also picking up some stick sweetness and with a nice amount of malt.

The mouthful is great. Not overly carbonated and not too thin. Its feels and taste like an imeriall pilsner.

Really digging this style. Solid Effort.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked bomber into a pilsner. Poured a beautiful golden color- totally transparent, HUGE head that sneaks up on you as you're pouring, great retention, nice lacing.

Smells almost exclusively of lager least- I'm pretty new to enjoying lagers so it's still a smell I associate with Pabst. A little pale malt comes through.

Taste is very sweet. Sweet pale malt all the way along with some yeastiness in the middle. Almost no detection of hops except at the end very faintly.

Mouthfeel is particularly disappointing. Even though it is "imperial", I was hoping for the characteristic bubbles from this pilsner. Almost no carbonation. Medium light body. I won't buy this one again.

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/25/10, picked this up in Arkansas.

Pours a bright, honey colored with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. This has a viscous look to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & wet cereal, white grapes

T: Breadyness, pears, herbal & faint grassy hops & a touch oaky dryness up front, along with sweet apple juice, a bit detracting. Cereal maltyness, doughyness & apple skins dominate as this warms, a touch of grainy honeydew as well. Finishes fruity, grainy with just a bit of grassy hops, the sweet apple & white grape juice is prevalent

Chewy enough, carbonation seems a little subtle push the malt along, okay balance, does warm me a bit

I could drink this all night or until I pass out, ABV is well concealed. This would work better for me as say, a Mai Bock. Would love to get a fresher bottle, to see if the hops are more prevalent, but one I'll buy again to be sure

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of nimrod979
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden hue with big sticky bright white head. Crisp toasted bread on the nose with a semi-sweet bright fruit bowl nose of citrus and melon. Underneath are subtle notes freshly cut grass along with other earthy scents. Slightly flatter than you'd like a pilsner but this is made up for with the slightly larger body which keeps the beer from falling apart but still remains seemingly light on the palette.

Earthy and floral hops ride smoothly over the tongue during the entire time the beer stays in your mouth. Floral hops predominantly up front followed by a delicate malt presence and finished with a slightly acidic grapefruit punch. Alcohol is barely detectable and makes itself known only as a miniscule bite on the back of the tongue. Lemon-grass flavored tartness through out with fresh herbs and flowers. Delicate, intricate, and dangerously drinkable.

The alcohol becomes a bit more apparent on the nose and tongue as the beer warms but it's not terribly bothersome.

Overall pretty good and something I'd recommend for converting a BMC drinker to the craft side.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber color that produced a decent white head but was not well retained, but did leave some traces of lacing.

The beer gave off a rather a much weaker aroma than expected, grainy sweetness mostly with a hint of the alcohol. Nothing great, average at best.

The taste followed the nose, but also noted some citrus hop bitterness as well as some spices, as well as the alcohol presence. Again, nothing overwhelming.

The beer had a thick body to it and seemed to be lacking in some carbonation. Overall, the beer was enjoyable, but I think that it could have been so much more. Certainly not the best representation of the style.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and some malt.

Tastes of the grassy notes followed by some toasted malt. Hops offer a decent grassy note followed by some lemon zest. Malts are a little grainy, but offer some sweetness. Overall, light flavors that blend pretty well. Alcohol comes through with a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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