Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous individual for sharing some of this at Sexual Chocolate. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a golden-straw color with a thin white head and not much in the way of lacing or retention. The nose is slightly fruity with a bit of grain and grass plus some slightly-sweet malt on the backend. The taste is mostly generic malt without the complexity of the nose. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is probably my favorite of the Crooked Line Series. (495 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Good balanced aroma. Caramel, toffee and some floral notes.

T - It has a spicy hop bite and a little alcohol burn. Good sweet caramel and toffee flavors. Nice, not overdone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - I know a lot of people dislike the idea of an imperial pilsener, but this is a good one. Not overly sweet like some others. (519 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Not the greatest nose on this beer. Lager yeast and corn with a big apple aroma. A light floral and grass quality to the nose. Very light malt character, too.

T: Fairly sweet with a lot of pale malts, bread, table sugar, and a fair amount of corn, too. Just a mild hop flavor to it and very little bitterness. As it warms up, a hint of toasted bread comes through.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Sort of a letdown for me as I have come to enjoy a lot of this brewery's beers. (563 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled: 5/11/11.

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow-body with a tall, lasting, pure white head. Looks pretty nice, as did the bottle presentation, but is the beer nice?

Smell: Sweetish nose of concentrated pilsner maltiness, lightly grassy, spicy Saaz, and booze.

Taste: Rock candy dissolved into a lightly grainy pilsner and dosed with alcohol and a spoonful of clover honey. Spicy Saaz hops with a faint grassiness, moderately bitter, but that's when the booze really hits ya. Low citrus taste. Tongue-warming, spicy-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. As much carbonation as can be expected is on-deck and ready to keep this thing from being a gooey mess. God bless those bubbles. Still some slickness to it, though.

Overall: These doubled-up, imperial-fied pilsners can be a real chore to get through, like changing the rear tire of one's car along the side parallel to traffic. This one, well, it's about average among its brethren, not as cloyingly ganky as some, but it sure ain't that Boulevard Imperial Pilsner. (1,146 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

It's lovely to see the Uinta Crooked Line Series here in Illinois. This one pours a clear pale golden straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises honeydew, wheat, corn, grass, hay, and light caramel. The taste is very similar, with the addition of light minty pine and even lighter mentholated caramel. It all mixes together better than the words make it sound. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a very solid impy pils, not a guzzler but definitely a tasty brew. (625 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (2,049 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/23/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is strong and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while. (802 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden amber in the Orval chalice with nice lacing and swirly foam. Perhaps not as intensely hopped as some light-bodied Pilsners, but it has a good dose of hoppy flavors. While not seriously bitter, it does have enough hops to balance the large malt. It's not really sweet, however, just ridiculously strong. It's the best malt liquor you ever had.

There's something comforting about this stuff. It's so big and rich, without either an overdose of hops or a crazy flavoring. It's beery to the max and very straightforward. Cold night + hot bath + imperial pilsner = Tilted Smile. (591 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (907 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the 750 ml bottle:
"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. Explore pairing with grilled meats and seafood."

Nice starting head of four fingers. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving a wake of spider web lace. The color is golden and clear.

Grassy smell with nearly no hop. Neutral to the nose.

Strong alcohol presence as promised. Not as crisp as most pilsners but it's probably because of the high alcohol level. Not much hop to the flavor either. The finish is alcohol warmth. Surprisingly dry aftertaste...short lived. Good body and lowly carbonated--on mouthfeel alone, I would think I was having a Barley Wine.

It's a big beer but only from the alcohol content. The malt/hop content is completely dominated by it. (876 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled May 2010; Sampled October 2010
Not even a hiss as I pop out this bear-to-remove cork, and a solid pour barely produces some scant bubbles to top this hazed, gold colored brew. The beer smells up front of sweet grain, but the dominant note is that of crushed wheat, or really flour. A touch of spicy hop character adds a little something, but not nearly enough.

This is fairly sweet tasting, but more because it is flat than it is overly sweet for a beer of this strength; in fact it is actually quite dry considering it is 9%. This has a very soft bitterness to and only a touch of herbal / grassy hops. The lack of carbonation really kills the texture, but likely makes this seem a touch lighter bodied than it would be otherwise. The finish has a dominant grassy note that seems to be a combination of the malt and the hops found here. There is also a touch of lemon zest towards the end that mixes with a light, pale malt sweetness that suggests of honey.

Bah, I am quite disappointed that this was so disappointing; I wasn't expecting much, but I was expecting a carbonated beer and this doesn't even deliver on that. Well that is $8 dollars down the drain, but there might actually be some potential here. (1,220 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a dark golden yellow color with a wispy head. Some large bubbles hug the side of the glass.

Smell: sweet malt and alcohol are clearly evident and not overly pleasant.

Taste: big sweet malt base with wet grass, lemon zest, hint of pepper, and a moderate bitterness create an average tasting imperial pilsner. Alcohol is very warming and quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry towards the finish. Long aftertaste as the boozy flavor linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: compared to others in the style, this one just didn't cut it for me with a slightly unbalanced profile. Very slow sipping, and a bomber bottle is too much for one session. (712 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pilsner glass giving off a dark lemon almost light gold color. Has a decent white head not much retention. Excellent lacing upon the glass however, decent elevator music for the bubbles with a somewhat opaque but not totally consistency.

Smell.. at first is a macro metallic smell, took awhile to figure that out but doesn't go away. Slight yeast, a wet smell but clean but has a Bud quality macro smell to it. Not impressed by that at all.

Taste though is much improved from the bouquet, chewy to some extent, some hop and a bread character, but only slightly crisp. Body is good, but the afterfinish is actually not that great, slight metals, alcohol present..

I'll pass on this one, a mish mash of some good but also disappointing faults. (758 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wines in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable.

After much grunting, swearing, and pain, I extract the cork and the beer pours a crisp clear golden yellow colour, with a very full and foamy head of white. Lacing is honeycombed and thick. Body is also pretty heavy, but with lightness at the edges as it's tilted. Very fine carbonation. Looks pretty magnificent.

Nose is crisp and slightly yeasty, with some genuine light grainy pils characters. Slight metallic hop characters to it—it smells a little like dark crushed vegetation, but not overwhelmingly hoppy, which is more what I was expecting. Not bad, but could be better.

Taste is crisp and rather light for the most part, only on the back does a hint of extra sweetness and a slight heat indicate that this is anything more than a standard pilsener.Metallic hops on the back, which mix with the extra grainy body. Oh, it tries so hard to disguise what it is, and to meld in the same way that the pilsener grain and the hops would work off each other in a regular pils. It almost succeeds, and that would be an interesting outcome—but instead it neither makes a smooth and drinkable high-ABV beer, nor an out-there hop-tastic crazy Imperial Pilsener.

Not bad, but it should be better. It has a lot going for it, and I like how closely it resembles a standard pilsener—but in so doing, it actually just delineates how it is in fact less crisp and less drinkable than a regular pilsener can be. (1,517 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells strongly of grain and spicy hops. Mainly I smell saffron and grass. Slightly soapy smell, not uncommon with highly hopped beers using noble hops.

Starts out very neutral to slightly sweet and a big malt flavor. Quickly becomes spicy but not a lot of bitterness. Hops Flavor is quite mild and is only an aftertaste. An Imperial Pilsner that leans more towards malt. There is a little melon in the taste.

Mouthfeel is full but not choking.

Drinkability is excellent! This beer approaches the Imperial Pilsner concept from the malt end. Instead of trying to be a Nobel Hopped IPA this is a high test Pils that is closer to a barley wine. Not a bad beer at all and a good choice for anyone turned off the Imperial Pils concept by Hop Bombs. (797 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep golden yellow color with good carbonation leaving lots of bubbles and a big white cap

S: Pretty mute, but I managed to get some corn, booze

T: Good tatse. Some corn, booze, floral hops, nice booze sting, some light bitterness

M: Well carbonated, nice body, grains and booze

D: Pretty darn good (319 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an attractive, clear gold color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. On the nose, I'm really not getting a whole lot. There's some light bread dough and paste, but really not much else. The flavor profile is better, though I think this beer is a bit sweet and malty for a pilsner (even an imperial one). Otherwise I get some light orange cough medicine, with a hint of bread dough and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though you can tell the abv. is up there in this one. I'm not picking up any alcoholic heat, but there's a sense on the palate and finish that the alcohol is fairly high (which of course, it is).

Increasingly, I just don't think the pilsner style lends itself very well to "imperialization." At least or me, the sweetness and obvious high alcohol wear on me, making me long for good 5% German or Czech pils. Oh well... (982 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a slighlty hazy, amber tinted yellow-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, foamy white head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a dense cap on the brew. Good lacing along the glass as you go. Aromas are blended well and subtle, with a toasted backbone and some buttery highlights, as well as a slightly sour character. Flavors are bold, with a boozey kick. Biscuity backbone with a butter sweet blending and some floral and citrus highlights. This beer is a mouthfull, but remains smooth and mid-bodied in mouth. The aftertaste is more of the toasted grain flavoring common of a Pilsner, leading to smooth, clean finish. Tasty beer. (718 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +12%
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. (310 characters)

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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