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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: 282
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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%

Hultkrantz, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of VelocityXMass
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice taste, not amazing, but there was something about the head that just felt great, not at all the gossamer insubstantiality of other lights, but rather, a curiously coherent, dense foam approaching - what? the chewiness of hops itself? - that was different, exciting, and enticing.

VelocityXMass, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Resuin, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of weonfire
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

weonfire, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Gww1864, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

JacobGumina, May 23, 2013
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big 750mL bottle, crowned and corked. Bottled on 02/1/13, so roughly 3 months old. Paid $7.49 at Dover Discount Beverage, Dover NH, USA. Attractive high quality label, nice presentation. Served cold in a pilsner glass.

A: A gentle pour gives a nice 2" of ivory head, which I guess isn't difficult in this skinny glass. Brew is crystal clear deep yellow in color, tons of robust carbonation flowing upward. The head slowly retracts and pulls away from the glass like taffy, leaving a thick marshmallowy lace. Seriously, the head looks like something you'd need a spoon for.

S: Thick light malt backbone with a good dose of grainy silage and a touch of sweetness. Hops are present but mild, not much emerges from underneath the malt, very faint fruity floral notes bound up with the sweetness. Alcohol is masked well.

T/M: Alcohol plays a major role in the taste, but it is incorporated well into the overall profile and isn't dominating or out of place... pleasant in an odd way. Very well balanced in that regard. Good thick light grainy malty backbone. Touch of sweetness, in the very early stages of caramelization from what I presume is a longer boil. Hops are present mostly in a bittering capacity, just a bit of floral/ herbal thing going on. A nice bitterness lingers in the finish and hides nearly all the alcohol, but I do feel it on my breath. Mouthfeel, like the rest of it, is just enough and not too much. Carbo and body keep each other in check. Not nearly as fizzy as it looks

O: Supremely well-balanced. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Great execution of this uncommon and difficult style.

BeerNinja007, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Slatetank, May 10, 2013
Photo of Monalenard
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok, lets remember what we're talking about, what most pilsner tastes like, and that this one would kill a baby. packing 9% abv into a pils without it tasting like steel reserve deserves some recognition. i definitely, however, do not sip this and go "mmm, goddamn this is good", and i do do that when i feel so. what i do is sip this and refer back to the bottle going "nine percent, really? yeah, there it is...man, wow" like a zillion times.

The steps:

bust out the stupid pilsner glass that i hate

pours with a thick pillowy head, more so because traditionally, apparently this beer is meant to be poured into a test tube, whatever. clear pour, dark gold, nose is mostly biscuty, slightly toasty but not too much

This is a flavorful beer for how bready it is, like if they had a bread flavored boullion cube or something. Its good. ive had this once before and i remember liking it more. this is probably not as fresh a sample as i have previously had...is this really nine perent?-yeah, totally still right about that. typically i would not call a beer "smooth" but that really is kind of the case. thick mouthfeel. nice, sort of, fine grade carbonation, all of that especially for a pils.

overall, its just a good flavorful version of a pilsner which is usually a really lack luster brew style save for the few that add some light, super dry hopping.

Monalenard, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

blurredline, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bwarren82, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Beer21, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SawDog505, Apr 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

tango22, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Kenzie, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of nimrod979
3.4/5  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.

nimrod979, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Satchboogie, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

brewsclues, Apr 03, 2013
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.

farrago, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

StArnoldFan, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Ford, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jeb37, Mar 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

anewlanguage, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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