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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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Reviews: 118
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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:
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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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 318
Photo of philosobeer
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Heard Uinta broke Chicago's market, and wanted to give it a try. Got a bomber of this and struggled for ten minutes with the cork. (I'd like to note, this experience will contribute neither negatively nor positively to the review.

A // Pours a nice, golden straw yellow. The head is pilsen white. Head retention isn't that bad. Mostly attractive.

S // I get a smell of the Czech[style] hops that are the main virtue of this beer. Also I get some grain, and nice simple sugar. But, then, I also think I'm about to drink some alcohol. The smell of ethanol, and some chemical flavors -- maybe phenols -- are also there. Overall, not so bad though.

T // Sharp and clean with some spice and floral character along with the malty sugars. That's what it has going for it, but that's not enough. It does not hide its alcohol or [what I believe are] off flavors. It's alcoholy. So much so that I wanna slap 'works every time' on this bottle. Not a good main feature. Is that a plastic aftertaste? Below a well thought out attempt.

M // This is nice and clean for something that is surely very well malty. I can give them props on this and it would up the drinkability (below) if it weren't for all the alcohol.

D // Not very drinkable. I was trying to see if any of my companions that night would have some, and I'm struggling through twenty-two ounces. I guess I can imagine worse.

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Photo of njbcmatt
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, pint glass

A- Pours clear golden straw color with a thick white head that hangs around for a good while

S- A little resinous hop aroma, some bready malt notes

T- A little sweeter than I had expected and maybe a little less hop crispness than I'd like, but generally mild on the palate and easy to drink

M- Lingers a bit due to its size, but finishes fairly crisp and quickly

D- Can definitely put a couple of these down. I would have liked a little more attenuation and a little more hop, but otherwise a solid IP.

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Photo of AndrewNations
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on this is nice and clear. Its a bright and slight dark tint straw yellow.

The nose is a but sweet and malty for the sytle. I dont get a whole lot of crisp and sharp hints like a typical pilsner. I expected this to be maltier than it is..

The taste is nice and a bit sticky. I like that Im getting the nice clean yeast but also picking up some stick sweetness and with a nice amount of malt.

The mouthful is great. Not overly carbonated and not too thin. Its feels and taste like an imeriall pilsner.

Really digging this style. Solid Effort.

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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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from brown magnum into a clear oversized wine glass. Bottled on 7/26/10 on side of label. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Clear honey-gold with short, 1-finger off-white head with average retention for ABV and a few random spots of lace.

S: Aroma is fruity of pears and apples but bready malt and noble hops are missing. Alcohol is not missing and is prominent in the nose.

T: Flavor is extremely hot with bitter fusel alcohols not mixing all that well with fruity malt backbone. Hops are too far under the radar and don't assert much presence.

M: Medium-full body with low carbonation and a viscous feel overall, like thinned honey.

D: Not a winner by any stretch, falls far short of the promise of Detour DIPA. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Phelps
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle and into a tasting snifter during a tasting of the entire Crooked Line series at Tops.

Looks: pale sunflower yellow, clear and watery, with a fizzy soda-like head of off-white bubbles that becomes a patchy ring, leaving no lace.

Smells: like apple juice. Absolutely tons of sweet red delicious, with just a tiny bit of soil and grassy hops.

Tastes: like the nose, yet slightly maltier. Sweet apples, cereal grain, sourdough, grass and a crisp pilsner finish.

Feels: subtly carbed, and light-bodied with a nigh unnoticeable alcohol character -- impressive considering this beer tops 9% ABV.

Drinks: very sweet and flavorful for a pilsner. Not one that I'll seek out again, but interesting to try nonetheless.

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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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Wasatch
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Bottled On: 5/5/10
$6.95 ea.

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, fruity, very nice hop note. The taste is malty, hoppy, some citrus, fruity. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, definitely not as hot as other Impy Pils. Very Drinkable, for the price you cannot beat it, well job done Uinta.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 6/9/10.

A: Clear golden body. What head exists quickly fades.

S: Pilsner malt and peppery alcohol.

T: Strong pilsner maltiness. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Hops are barely present.

M: Light. Goes down surprisingly easy given how big it is.

D: I was impressed by how refreshing it is, but it was way too malt-forward for an imperial pilsner. It felt more like an imperial helles than anything else. They really need to kick up the hops to take this to the next level.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was really impressed with their crooked series at ACBF. Brought home a few bottles. 750 into my Stone glass.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Poured with a finger and half of white head with only a touch of lacing remaining on the glass with each sip.

S: Fresh clean malt. A touch of sweetness and only the faintest hint of hops. I never get much aroma out of this style so it is expected.

T: Nice clean pilsner taste. A little bit of fruit comes through as well. I always wonder what yeast they use to get the ABV up this high. Little bit of a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M: Very light and refreshing body. Well carbonated.

D: I don't know why the reviews are so low for this. It is spot on to style. One of the better examples I have had in fact. Dangerously drinkable to boot. Watch out for their crooked series.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice Father's Day gift from my wife. Pours a nice crisp golden color, with little effervescent bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Not a whole lot going on with the aromas here, a little bit of sweet malt and just a hint of the expected hops. Flavor follows along pretty well, somewhat crisp, but mostly sweet and alcoholic.

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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.

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.