Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
04-12-2013 23:09:53 | More by nimrod979
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-28-2013 03:17:48 | More by farrago
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-02-2013 03:37:07 | More by TheMultiYeast
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-24-2013 01:12:37 | More by Darkmagus82
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-05-2013 03:47:14 | More by Phyl21ca
3.91/5 rDev +8.3%
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!!!
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...
01-27-2013 04:59:57 | More by DenverLogan
Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.