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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: 298
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 27 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of farrago
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Pours a mostly orange color, very clear. Lots of head, bright pearly white - well retained. Nice and fluffy.

S - Pilsner malts all the way - very successfully draws in all the best graininess from pilsner. Some interesting fruitiness from a strong noble hopping.

T - Lots of sweet malts and fruity hops. Starts off more fruity than pilsner like. Mid-stream retains some sweetness, but the graininess seen on the nose is hidden. Finishes lightly hoppy and mostly clean.

M - Think mouth feel, lots of body, with a decent accompanying carbonation profile. Very Sugary sweet finish, somewhat sticky.

O/D - An interesting double pilsner - just misses the pilsner malts too much in the taste. ABV is up there but you wouldn't know it until you finished the giant caged bottle.

Good double pils, a style I am warming to. I prefer the Odells version now but I'll have to dig around for other options.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged, bottled 9/28/11. Purchased @ Flatbread Community Oven, Meridian ID, and split into Crooked Smile tulip glasses with my father-in-law.

A: Pours a bright, almost brilliant golden orange with apparent turbidity...there is an awesome, huge rocky white head that sticks around forever...good lacing.

S: Huge bready malt presence, lots of grains, sweet fruity notes, banana & banana bread...distant crisp citrus hops...definite alcohol but its pretty masked.

T: Really follows the nose...caramel & toffee compete with crisp pilsner malts, hint of toasted grain...grassy hop notes...definite light fruity/yeasty component...touch of heat...very bready.

MF: Creamy mouthfeel...nice light burn from the alcohol...touch of viscosity.

O: Honestly I liked it, it was an easy drinker though a bit big...not too hot, pretty malty and I'm not the hugest fan of Saaz hops but Uinta did a good job here.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of jtierney89
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.

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.

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.

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.

Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.