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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: 263
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-18-2011 21:35:18 | More by brandoman63
Photo of Travisnin


5/5  rDev +38.5%

11-14-2011 08:26:19 | More by Travisnin
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 750mL bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 10/21/11
*From notes

A: It looks a bit like a pale golden wheat beer - cloudy golden yellow. A standard pour yields a two finger head. Nice retention, nice lacing.

S: Like a freshly starched shirt.

T: It's hot as hell. Hints of raisins and prunes. Weird, this bottle isn't that old. As it moves back, there's a solid dose of banana and yeast. Nothing too special here.

M: Hugely thick and creamy. Almost too much so, in fact.

O: Uinta's Crooked Smile is underwhelming. I'm still confused why the brewing world feels like we need Imperial Pilsners. The entire purpose of a good pilsner is balance. And like so many other offerings within this subcategory, Crooked Smile is about as unbalanced as you can get.

Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and pass on this. If you're looking for a top shelf Uinta brew, grab their Impy Stout Labyrinth or their Imperial Pumpkin beer Oaked Jack.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:04:14 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of 4000qtrap


3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle
S: Bread, straw, and moderately mineral-parsley character. Peppery alcohol is a touch grating and not well hidden.
T: Semi-sweet up front with bready malts, and nice parsley/herbal hoppiness. Hints of pepper and alcohol. Nice balanced sweetness and bitterness throughout with nice dynamics and oscillations between them. Often nicely pleasantly bitter but at times its a bit sweet and syrupy, but overall its not a bad balance. Pleasant and reasonably complex classic noble hop character with a parsley, herbal character. Finish has a nice mix of alcohol and graininess, but is still crisply bitter. Has a pleasant, balanced, and complex herbal hop character which lingers nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 18:02:35 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of brewerdrew


1.93/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a bit cloudy straw which I am not concerned about. Honestly believe unfiltered beers are fine and haze is not a problem.

smell was neutral.

The biggest issue with this beer was the OVERWHELMING Risidual Sweetness.

Pilsner's by definition are meant to be light and crisp. I will forgive a bit of the lightness given that it is Imperial but this beer was uber sweet.

Will not buy again especially when I can buy a classic German/Czech Pils or Victory pils for a quarter of the price

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:31:29 | More by brewerdrew
Photo of katan


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 04:51:52 | More by katan
Photo of steve8robin


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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
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District of Columbia

1.78/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled on 1/12/11... cool bottle art!

A: Looks like apple juice... same color, clarity, etc. No head or anything that even resembles that.

S: Not much on the aroma front.... maybe a puff of citrus and sugar here and there.

T: Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever guessed that this was in Imperial Pilsner. I would have said that it was one of DFH's archeological concoctions gone wrong. Sugary and then some, with very little (no!) hop crackle to balance that out. Sweet lingering.

M: I squinted and cringed as I was drinking this because of its sugar - carbonation ratio. No lacing, but a helluva lot on the palate.

O: I've loved all of the other Crooked Line series brew except for this one. "Explore pairing with grilled meats and seafood." That better be some damn good meat and seafood...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:39:13 | More by Chaney
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -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
Photo of arizcards


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine in early July for $6.99. Bottled on 3/28/11.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is huge pilsener yeast, big malts, euro hops.

Taste was well balanced, pale malts are huge but not cloying balanced by a generous amount of saaz hops.

Mouthfeel is full and pretty smooth. Not much carbonation, definitely a sipper.

Overall a pretty solid beer, very well balanced. Definitely a winner, and fun to try if you can find it reasonably fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:29:50 | More by arizcards
Photo of vandemonian


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 MoreThanWine


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 wschmit


2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.75L bottle into a Perfect Pint. Dated 9/30/10...kinda old, and not expecting much hoppiness. It wasn't a bad price, I suppose:

A: Crystal-clear, almost orange body with pretty weak carbonation supporting a fluffy, but quickly deflated, head.

S: A bit of pilsner malt, and a strange, subdued floral note. Just a bit of vaguely spicy hops, and a definite alcohol note.

T: Not very good. Fusel alcohol (odd, after this much time in the bottle, no?), mild cotton-candy sweetness, and a bit of bittering. Pretty disappointed...my fault for not checking the date first? It lacks the clean sweetness and quality hops of a real pilsner, opting instead for an unbalanced, overly boozy character.

M: A bit cloying for a pilsner, and undercarbonated. Alcohol is too pronounced and hot.

O: Perhaps if I see it fresh, I'd try again, but otherwise....pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:49:14 | More by wschmit
Photo of jzeilinger


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow gold color, a little bit hazy (because it's chilled), not much action in the carbonation department, and a nice three fingered fluffy, white head. The foam sticks to the sides of my tulip like thick cotton candy. As the beer warms up, the haze completely goes away and leaves a very bright yellow gold beer.

S - Lemons, a little grassy, somewhat herbally, and a crisp crackery malt aroma. The nose is a little on the light side, but this was bottled on 1/12/11 so I expect things to be more on the mild side.

T - Sweetness hits the tongue up front with some zesty lemon followed herbs and lightly grassy bitterness. The sips ends with some spicy and zesty bitterness that leaves the mouth watering and with a slightly lingering bitterness. The coating left in the mouth has some tang to it. Crackery and crisp malt sits underneath but this beer lets the lemons and spice do its thing.

M - Heavy medium body for a pilsner, crisp, and creates a slight warming on the way down.

O - I would love to pop another one that's closer to the bottling date. With this one having seven months on it already, I opened this bottle with no expectations and more curiosity than anything to see how it fared over the months. This particular bottle, I enjoy, but it's not a bottle I will sit and savor each sip, I'm going to pair it with dinner, just wanted to try it on it's own initially. Worth checking out...there's not alot of Imperial Pilsners out there which makes it unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:51:59 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled: 5/11/11.

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow-body with a tall, lasting, pure white head. Looks pretty nice, as did the bottle presentation, but is the beer nice?

Smell: Sweetish nose of concentrated pilsner maltiness, lightly grassy, spicy Saaz, and booze.

Taste: Rock candy dissolved into a lightly grainy pilsner and dosed with alcohol and a spoonful of clover honey. Spicy Saaz hops with a faint grassiness, moderately bitter, but that's when the booze really hits ya. Low citrus taste. Tongue-warming, spicy-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. As much carbonation as can be expected is on-deck and ready to keep this thing from being a gooey mess. God bless those bubbles. Still some slickness to it, though.

Overall: These doubled-up, imperial-fied pilsners can be a real chore to get through, like changing the rear tire of one's car along the side parallel to traffic. This one, well, it's about average among its brethren, not as cloyingly ganky as some, but it sure ain't that Boulevard Imperial Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:01:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.08/5  rDev +13%
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
Photo of ehammond1

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

(The hardest cork to pop off yet!)

A filtered, clear, golden yellow. Thick white head. Not much lacing.

A sweet, cracker-malt aroma along with some sweetness. There are some grassy and earthy aromas as well, but nothing that leaves me very wanting.

Not as hoppy or as bitter as I expected going in, but perhaps that was my own mistaken assumption. The flavor is bready, leafy, and grassy, along with a touch of sharp hop presence.

Medium to thick bodied.

A relatively simple beer for being so "big." Relatively earthy and grassy. A good pilsner with a real alcohol punch (in ABV only, no alcohol flavor present).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:41:28 | More by ehammond1
Photo of georgiagirl


4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the good fortune to share this beer with a good friend on a blanket in the grass... so my perception may be a little skewed. There's a lot to be said for atmosphere.

This beer looks like a sunset and tastes like butterscotch. I drank this beer after a very hectic weekend of attending my best friend's wedding, and the lace on the glass reminded me of what a bride's dress should look like - with pure classic lace. The head looked like a soft blanket. Overall, the beer was near perfect, except that the smell of yeast was definitely present. But this ice cold beer was the perfect ending to a weekend of chaos. I didn't want the glass to empty; this beer definitely brings me a tilted smile

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:36:23 | More by georgiagirl
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled On: 05/11/11

Gorgeous bulbous off-white head that stiffens up once it reaches it's peak. Clear, vibrant bronze/gold active body.

Sweet doughy scent. Leafy green hops. Faintly peppery. Medicinal alcohol. Bland yeast. Fairly ho-hum.

Taste is sweet upfront, turning slightly sharp. Middle ground is mellow/mushy doughy malt & a little yeasty character to keep it from being completely drap. A little salt. A little plastic/adhesive. Practically no bite & very little herbal spiciness. Thankfully it turns dry & toasty on the finish.

One sided malt & barely any noticeable carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel, exposing a subtle margarine slickness & taste. Thins out a bit as it warms, so my rating might be a bit skewed, but why would I want to drink this warm? It does hold it's alcohol remarkably well, but this is not what I look for in a impy pils, & even as an imperial cream ale(which it leans more towards), I think it lacks the crispness it advertises on the bottle.

I received this as a gift, but at $8-$10 retail in my area, I doubt I would ever drink this again, unless I saw it on draft during happy hour & had an understandable bartender who(if needed) would take it back. :/

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 06:48:04 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of laituegonflable


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a metallic gold colour with nice, generous off-white head; dense and fluffy and sinking slowly. Some nice trails of lace left behind. No bead, yeah looks good.

Smells quite musty and dank. Fairly strong boozey component and sour dour spice notes - coriander and cardamom. Some light citrus lingering at the back, but yeah it's a wall of dank, gritty aromas masking what might have been very light and pleasant.

Taste is a lot lighter, with mild stone fruit characters early - peach and banana on there - that last to the end. Slight musty note with black pepper, coriander and cinnamon midway that gives way to a slight vinous yeast character that dries up the palate for the finish. Late-mid, where the crux of the palate lies, is an odd caramel toffee note that really could be earthier to match the palate, but it isn't unwelcome. Decent, not amazingly pleasing to the senses though.

Fuller than one would think, although the mouthfeel is a little empty. Decent texture.

Nice, sweet beer, but it's really lacking in the pilsner department. Needs to lean more on the non-sweet aspects to produce more balance. It stays in overall sweet territory and isn't unpleasant but not a hugely impressive effort on the imperial pilsner front.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:40:41 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wines in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable.

After much grunting, swearing, and pain, I extract the cork and the beer pours a crisp clear golden yellow colour, with a very full and foamy head of white. Lacing is honeycombed and thick. Body is also pretty heavy, but with lightness at the edges as it's tilted. Very fine carbonation. Looks pretty magnificent.

Nose is crisp and slightly yeasty, with some genuine light grainy pils characters. Slight metallic hop characters to it—it smells a little like dark crushed vegetation, but not overwhelmingly hoppy, which is more what I was expecting. Not bad, but could be better.

Taste is crisp and rather light for the most part, only on the back does a hint of extra sweetness and a slight heat indicate that this is anything more than a standard pilsener.Metallic hops on the back, which mix with the extra grainy body. Oh, it tries so hard to disguise what it is, and to meld in the same way that the pilsener grain and the hops would work off each other in a regular pils. It almost succeeds, and that would be an interesting outcome—but instead it neither makes a smooth and drinkable high-ABV beer, nor an out-there hop-tastic crazy Imperial Pilsener.

Not bad, but it should be better. It has a lot going for it, and I like how closely it resembles a standard pilsener—but in so doing, it actually just delineates how it is in fact less crisp and less drinkable than a regular pilsener can be.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 08:39:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear rich medium golden with a large fluffy white crown atop.Aromas of sweet dough and drunken fruit mainly,the saaz hop that is supposed to bring some crispness and herb is really subdued.Sweetish caramel and alcohol dipped fruit hit at the onset on the palate,a bit grainy with just a slight shot of herbal hop in the finish.These double pilsners for the most part have a maibock-like quality to them,in saying that I dont quite understand the reasoning behind the style.

Bottled on 3/20/11

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:27:09 | More by oberon
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) Bottled 10/25/10

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a tornado of microbubbles and a thick creamy snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The raw grain and field corn notes have a faint buttery quality and a faint green spicy hop almost black pepper note in the finish.

T- The faint grain notes are scrubbed away by the carbonation and a lemon cream hop flavor finishes with a soft Noble pungent hint lingers for a bit after the finish. There is a sweetness to the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with scrubbing bubbles that hide the malt flavor and no alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer is light and crisp and not really dry as I would like. There is a light flavor for such a big beer and some DMS sneaks up in the aroma as the beer opens up. I would mind a bit more hop character for such a high alcohol beer either.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 22:10:50 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bright yellow pour with the most virginesque white head to it, yummy bitter and lemon aroma from this one.

Crisp hop bite, not over done, but definitely fitting the imperial bill. Tangy. Pairs great with summer, seafood. Mild citrus notes. A little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing that is a detraction at 9%. Touch of biscuit like mouthfeel from the light malt body. Some grassiness, sweetness. Bitterness held in check.

Not a bad beer, a lil pricey when its in the 9-10$ range, but saw it recently on sale for $7 which is tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 17:14:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.