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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner - Uinta Brewing Company

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Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2013 02:10:39 | More by jwps214
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:26:38 | More by jtierney89
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

05-06-2012 18:30:40 | More by antoines15
Photo of ocelot2500


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:09:06 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave for the sample.

Clear golden body, white head.

Banana, vanilla, and toasted malt on the nose.

Toasted malt sweetness and light, grassy hops are the prominent flavors with a mild alcohol burn. Not much going on here. I was hoping for more of a hop profile.

The body is crisp and rich at the same time.

Refreshing despite the ABV, but this is a pretty average Imperial Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:28:45 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of alpinebryant


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears lifeless, with a straw hue to it and a healthy two finger white head

Smell of european hops and pilsner malt, sweetness all around.

Taste is very similar to aroma, sweet pilsner malt flavors with dextrose for body, and some saaz hops for flavor. Its an earthy beer, not overly hopped, or overly sweet. Nice and mellow like a pilsner should be. Not a ton going on in this beer, but that is the point of an imperial pilsner. Crisp and clean taste with a higher abv. This is what I had expected and it delivered. A good imperial pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 22:22:29 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of steve8robin


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't tried much from Uinta, so I figured I'd give it a go. 750ml bottle, bottled on 05/2011...

A: A perfectly clean, super filtered, golden colored beer with a nice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace to a small fluffy head atop the brew. Very good.

S: I get some mild light sweet malts upfront with a very, very faint floral hop on the back. Decent.

T: A nice light wheat taste upfront with a hint of lemon in the middle with some more citrus followed on the backend. Not any hint of the 9% ABV! Very well hidden!! Good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation. A sweet citrusy finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a great example of a pilsner, very light bodied, mild flavors, and alcohol that is completely hidden. Give this a try if you like the style, even if the higher ABV brews don't appeal to you. The 9% ABV is hidden very well, you can't even notice it. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:27:56 | More by steve8robin
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-30-2014 15:18:08 | More by Canada_Dan
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-06-2014 18:03:19 | More by ChrisL24481
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Pilsner glass. A nice light copper color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. A nice column of carbonation in the middle of the glass. Moves a little slower than a regular Pilsner. Fun to watch.

S: Biscuit malts and a crisp sea shore hop aroma.

T: Biscuity malt and grassy and earthy hop. There is a big alcohol flavor and burn along with bitterness in the finish.

M: A little thick and maybe syrupy. Good Carbonation.

O: For a Double Pilsner it is pretty good. Not a big fan of the style but it is definitely better than others I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 01:03:48 | More by Kromes
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

07-08-2013 22:11:35 | More by nzerbe
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-18-2012 19:41:27 | More by bluckbeyes
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2013 06:38:15 | More by abex44
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-18-2013 05:41:28 | More by sloelco
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 18:16:18 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of patre_tim


3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 01:30:49 | More by patre_tim
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

09-07-2012 20:14:36 | More by gleemonger
Photo of jk3

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-26-2012 22:09:36 | More by jk3
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my 300th beer review and I had saved an unusual find for a few weeks to time to match it. Tilted Smile has a unique bottling and labeling, it's a name I hadn't heard, and I had yet to have a beer from Utah.

The pour yielded only a 1/4" head which faded fast. I wonder if that's because it's an Imperial, or an old sample, or by design. The color was a hazy yellow ochre color which although different seemed almost like you'd expect a fruit or veggie juice to look like instead of a beer. So the appearance didn't do much for me.

Smell was amazing. It honestly struck me as pineapple. It's a sweet tart and sour smell. The finest attribute of the beer.

Taste. It was indeed Imperial, quite the strong slap in the mouth. I get some thick sweet malt, some hops, and it's a little salty. The higher alcohol content was very obvious, in fact I'd say it downright burns. And that burn carries through into almost a heartburn finish.

My notes to self by the end pretty much said they'd shot for big bold everything but kind of overdid a few things and fell short in a couple others. So my beer 300 I'd call a B+.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 12:00:44 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. It has a 2-figner white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass.

S - The smell starts off grainy and slightly sweet. There is some spicy hop aromas, as well as a touch of booziness.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some sweet malt and a bit of graininess. There is a nice spicy hop flavor as well as some earthiness. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness and some alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down good and has a bit of a sticky feel to it. There is also some tingly spiciness and some alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down pretty easy and has good flavor. Overall, I thought this was a good beer. I am not the most familiar with the style, but I enjoyed this. I think it is worth a try. It gets a little too boozy as it gets warmer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 16:09:52 | More by JizackFH
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-16-2012 08:27:30 | More by AlexChillton
Photo of vandemonian


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner is a tasty imperial pilsner. I don't usually like this style that much, but this was quite nice.

A: Straw colour and a small head that fades to poor lacing. 3

S: Grainy and a little sour. 3.5

T: Grainy with a little dusty flavour. Some barnyard flavour and the slightest hint of caramelisation. 4.

M: A little flat. 3

O: Tasty Imperial Pilsner. 4

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:00:32 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Vdubb86


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a light golden color with a nice frothy white head that laces on the glass. The smell is distinctly of that sour pilsner aroma, bold sweetness and a hint of pepper spice. The flavor is really quite pilsnery with the malts amped up for this brew. There is a decent mouthfeel to it and it's rather enjoyable, but not a beer that I would bring to a tasting. This is really a beer that is meant to be enjoyed with pizza and sports of some sort. But alas it came with cork and cage and shall never meet it's potential due to that very fact.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 08:19:27 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Cloudy golden. Decent head and lacing for a 9+.
smell: Bright fruit, honey. Restrained in the balance. Nice.
taste: This is a slurper. Flirted with a 4.5. Very nicely balanced and tasty.
overall: Hard to justify a higher overall than all the individual scores, but hey it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:52:02 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-22-2013 23:21:30 | More by DerwinWentworth
Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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