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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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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 14
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 laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Not the greatest nose on this beer. Lager yeast and corn with a big apple aroma. A light floral and grass quality to the nose. Very light malt character, too.

T: Fairly sweet with a lot of pale malts, bread, table sugar, and a fair amount of corn, too. Just a mild hop flavor to it and very little bitterness. As it warms up, a hint of toasted bread comes through.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Sort of a letdown for me as I have come to enjoy a lot of this brewery's beers.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle stamped 3/27/11 bottled-on date.

Pours completely clear amber with a thick pillowy off-white head that is fed by tons of bubbles from the bottom which leaves a thick cap in the middle of the glass and come impressive lacing.

Aroma is sweet with sugary malts and a bit of fruit. There is also a spicy, herbal hop note that I imagine will fade pretty fast going forward. Also some toasted grains which I find in most beers in this style.

The taste is herbal up front with a nice hoppy kick which included some grassy notes and a hint of citrus. The backbone is all about the sweet, lightly toasted, caramel malts. Sweet, sticky finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with more carbonation than I was expecting given some of the other reviews. It's actually pretty effervescent and keeps things from getting overly sweet.

This is a very good impy pilsner that I think would be even better super fresh. I like the hoppy character but could use a bit more of it. I don't think this one will hold up too well with age as the sweetness will get pretty overpowering. Solid right now though.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C. Bottled on 03/28/11

OK, first off I gotta say the cork was extremely difficult to get out of this bottle. I understand that it's probably a cost issue that all the Crooked Line beers be packaged the same, but I almost ripped the cork in half before getting it out and had to resort to a cork screw. To balance out the rant, I will say I love the artwork of this series and think it's very cool Uinta hires local artists to design the labels. None of this is reflected in my scores, just wanted to get that out of the way.

Pours an extremely clear light gold color with a thin light beige head. Decent lacing in the glass.

Smells mildly sweet, quite like apple juice. Hints of bready malt and grass, but the sweetness takes the foreground.

Taste is sweet as expected, a bready and grassy middle, with a little bit of spicy bitterness in the finish. Alcohol stays well hidden except a bit of bite in the finish.

A fairly medium-full body, but the carbonation is kind of low. Not "delightfully carbonated" as it says on the label, sorry.

Overall I really like the taste of the beer. It brings a whole new dimension to pilsner. It lacks the full on crisp and refreshing nature of standard pils, but brings a big beer presence to the style. Just wish there was more carbonation.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dear friend picked this up to try tonight..upon returning home, we realized it was bottled in 6/10. Not exactly the new batch. As it has the high ABV, and it is said to be cellarable for long periods, I feel I should carry on.

The cork pops out - a corked pils, the mind boggles - the first pour, not altogether violent, results in a gorgeous pile of foam in la fin du monde glass. The pour into the pint glass leaves a small ring of head that lingers. The bottle conditioning steals from the clarity of the pilsnering. Still, I can see through the haze in my glass fairly clearly.
Spicyness fades into a lemon. This mingles on the grassy lawn with the grains strewn about.
The flavor is nice, really easy drinking at 9%. Grainy and lemony with a bit of grass. Hops far in the background, no alcohol detectable. Age is something more than a number here. Bitterness not an extroverted feature here. Did I say easy drinking?? Oh, dear. . My glass is empty again.
First try from this Uinta Crooked Line series was nice. Looking forward to a fresh slice.

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Photo of Zorro
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells strongly of grain and spicy hops. Mainly I smell saffron and grass. Slightly soapy smell, not uncommon with highly hopped beers using noble hops.

Starts out very neutral to slightly sweet and a big malt flavor. Quickly becomes spicy but not a lot of bitterness. Hops Flavor is quite mild and is only an aftertaste. An Imperial Pilsner that leans more towards malt. There is a little melon in the taste.

Mouthfeel is full but not choking.

Drinkability is excellent! This beer approaches the Imperial Pilsner concept from the malt end. Instead of trying to be a Nobel Hopped IPA this is a high test Pils that is closer to a barley wine. Not a bad beer at all and a good choice for anyone turned off the Imperial Pils concept by Hop Bombs.

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Photo of jowilant
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Imperial Pilsner, and I must say that I am very impressed. Pours a thicker head than expected, with a good amount of attenuation in the the body. The nose is fruity/bready/yeasty. Taste sweet, with a bit of fruity/bready qualities. I also really appreciate the slight alcohol character that comes in the after taste. I sense a creaminess that is a wonderful surprise for a pilsner. Overall, a great introduction to a new class of beers for me (imperial pilsner). Gonna have to brew me one of these :)

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Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

399th review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
750 ML C/C, Bottled 3/28/11

App- A very deep yellow with a one finger head. Lots of bubbles and some good cling.

Smell- Big pilsner malts and a lot of bread/biscuits/wheat. You pick the bread like quality it was in there.

Taste- A bit of a thick pilsner. The taste is quite different from using the hop kick but with it being a bit thick, the malts really dominate.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. A bit too bready and had a little butter left.

Drink- So far I haven't been impressed with the big bottles from Uinta. I wont come back to this and the Detour. This was thick and malty and not really what I was hoping for.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber at a beer festival into a sampler glass. From notes: Pours clear golden-orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to thin, even lace and a lace collar that is a little thicker. The nose is very fruity with zesty tangerine and somewhat tropical with mango along with traditional pilsner malt, spicy noble hops, and a hint of dill. The flavor is more straightforward pilsner with the malt and spicy noble hops taking the forefront, and the fruit still present, but very much underlying. The body is medium with a somewhat oily texture, lively carbonation, and a long nutty pilsner malt and spicy hops finish.

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Photo of John_M
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an attractive, clear gold color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. On the nose, I'm really not getting a whole lot. There's some light bread dough and paste, but really not much else. The flavor profile is better, though I think this beer is a bit sweet and malty for a pilsner (even an imperial one). Otherwise I get some light orange cough medicine, with a hint of bread dough and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though you can tell the abv. is up there in this one. I'm not picking up any alcoholic heat, but there's a sense on the palate and finish that the alcohol is fairly high (which of course, it is).

Increasingly, I just don't think the pilsner style lends itself very well to "imperialization." At least or me, the sweetness and obvious high alcohol wear on me, making me long for good 5% German or Czech pils. Oh well...

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Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, apple juice body with a moderate, though insistent, white head of froth. Poured into my Sam Adams Noble Pils pilsner glass.

Very bready, doughy and like wildflowers.

Tangy, bready and almost gin-like. Wildflowers mixed with earth and grass with a full-bodied, honey/apple sweetness. Wine-like alcohol tang.

A little sharp and very full in body.

I think that this is a good one. Big beer with not giant 'off' qualities. Plus, pilsners are a relatively mild beer and this one packs quite a wallop while remaining pretty drinkable. Am having it with sushi and it is a fine compliment.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear gold with 2 fingers fluffy, white head leaving behind some nice lacing. Moderately heavy carbonation.

N: Golden delicious apple, cider, pears and earth.

T: Golden delicious apple, apple cider, barnyard funk, caramel, burnt sugar, hay, pears, floral hops and a hint of coriander. A big earthiness hovers throughout.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and slightly bitter.

D: Good drinkability. Refreshing and crisp. Alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw-gold. Thin head with zero retention. Settles to a very thin film around the circumference. Spotty lacings at best. Very slow moving bubbles within.

Worryingly malty aroma. I was holding out for some lovely grassy hops, but it's pretty much all sweet bread.

Malt right up front, bready like the aroma. Quickly gives way to fairly soft alcohol. The Saaz hops are pretty hard to pin down. Vague bitterness around the edges, but this is pretty malty.

Imperial euro-lager maybe. Was expecting some wonderful continental hops but not to be. Better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/25/10, picked this up in Arkansas.

Pours a bright, honey colored with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. This has a viscous look to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & wet cereal, white grapes

T: Breadyness, pears, herbal & faint grassy hops & a touch oaky dryness up front, along with sweet apple juice, a bit detracting. Cereal maltyness, doughyness & apple skins dominate as this warms, a touch of grainy honeydew as well. Finishes fruity, grainy with just a bit of grassy hops, the sweet apple & white grape juice is prevalent

Chewy enough, carbonation seems a little subtle push the malt along, okay balance, does warm me a bit

I could drink this all night or until I pass out, ABV is well concealed. This would work better for me as say, a Mai Bock. Would love to get a fresher bottle, to see if the hops are more prevalent, but one I'll buy again to be sure

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Photo of Naugros
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen many ads for this offshoot project of Uinta's and had to try one. This one was as good as any and I was hoping to get an experience similar to My Antonia from DFH.

The appearance does not disappoint with a nice thick, sudsy head that shows great cohesion and decent retention, but does not cling as much as the structure promises.

The smell is the highlight of this one. Citrus plays around throwing off orange with a tinge of lemon with some biscuity malts playing a supporting role.

And that smell translates into the taste with some exceptions. The malts add a sweetness that was in the smell but is better represented on the tongue. That sweetness adds to the citrus tone of the beer. The alcohol now makes its appearance, not being all that evident in the nose. It expresses itself like a barleywine does...creamy, biting and vinous.

The bite of the alcohol is a bit much and takes away from the wonderful flavors engineered into this brew. It also appears to add more body to this lager than most pilsners I've had, but does not give it a sense of thickness.

This one is quite enjoyable despite the domineering alcohol heat. The flavors are wonderful and well-balanced. If the alcohol had been better masked I would have been wholly satisfied and put this up there with my favorite American lager, the aforementioned DFH My Antonia. Uinta has done a nice job presenting a flavorful lager with a high ABV. I need to try more of this particular offshoot brewery project.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/10. And gee, where can I get a t-shirt reading "9% Alc by Vol" like the dude on the label? Sign me up. Large, please.

Wow, if I didn't know better I'd think I've just poured a fizzy macro lager by accident. Bubbles are many, they feed a crackling white head and the color is an extremely well-filtered pale yellow of impeccable clarity. Pilsner-ish for sure, although no sign of "imperialization," but how could you know from appearance?

Aroma is as clean and unassuming and traditionally pilsner-ish (minus the imperial, yet again) as the appearance. Clean, breezy, featuring Saaz hops without any doubt, cracked wheat, mild dash of uncooked sweet corn, biscuit, water cracker. Nice and polite and, by all accounts, something that's going to taste incredibly refreshing.

There's a nice, solid, simple handful of impressions the taste gives off: crisp green apple, ripe and juicy pear, faint sulfur, watered-down yellow cake batter, and the lightly bitter bite of Saaz hops. All very nice, all very enjoyable, but not a flavor that will blow anyone away. Yet...yet, it crept up on me, and not only its simplicity, but its purely enjoyable flavors had me in their grip after some time. One to contemplate slowly and with serious attention...so subtle, but it has its rewards.

Feels like a regular pils: crisp, a little airy and on the dry side. Somehow also attains a slickness that makes its travel from lips to stomach easily.

This is a style I've always enjoyed and Tilted Smile is even different within its style category, almost crossing over into the world of Belgian saisons/pale ales. I find it hard to believe it's got that much alcohol, and that it's an imperial anything, and I suppose I was mildly disappointed that it didn't perform with the "huzzah!" of other, better double pilsners. But in the end, the taste was a compelling, nearly seductive thing of subtlety and nuance that I can appreciate. I'll award Tilted Smile a high score for drinkability, because it drinks like a low-ABV pils or some such, despite being 9% Alc by Vol (nice shirt, dude).

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous individual for sharing some of this at Sexual Chocolate. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a golden-straw color with a thin white head and not much in the way of lacing or retention. The nose is slightly fruity with a bit of grain and grass plus some slightly-sweet malt on the backend. The taste is mostly generic malt without the complexity of the nose. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is probably my favorite of the Crooked Line Series.

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Photo of LosRobots
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a golden yellow color and it is somewhat hazy. The small head disappears within a few seconds and only lingers on the sides of the glass and there is some is some lacing on the surface of the beer.

S - Smells like a hefe. The hop bouquet is evident and it smells of citrus; oranges.

T - The 9% alcohol is not obvious and it is actually pretty easy to drink.
When I first poured it, I was detecting citrus as well as some 'off flavors'. It sort of tasted like a not-so-good hefe type beer.
As the beer has been sitting and opened up though, I have noticed those 'off flavors' to be less noticeable and the beer has gotten much smoother and now tastes like a true crisp pilser. It is growing on me as I drink it.

M - It is crisp and light.

D - This beer is very drinkable. At 9% you'd think you would taste a lot of booze but in this case you do not. I think this beer is as drinkable as standard alcohol pilsners and will get you drunk much faster, if that's what you're going for.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep golden yellow color with good carbonation leaving lots of bubbles and a big white cap

S: Pretty mute, but I managed to get some corn, booze

T: Good tatse. Some corn, booze, floral hops, nice booze sting, some light bitterness

M: Well carbonated, nice body, grains and booze

D: Pretty darn good

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Photo of smakawhat
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pilsner glass giving off a dark lemon almost light gold color. Has a decent white head not much retention. Excellent lacing upon the glass however, decent elevator music for the bubbles with a somewhat opaque but not totally consistency.

Smell.. at first is a macro metallic smell, took awhile to figure that out but doesn't go away. Slight yeast, a wet smell but clean but has a Bud quality macro smell to it. Not impressed by that at all.

Taste though is much improved from the bouquet, chewy to some extent, some hop and a bread character, but only slightly crisp. Body is good, but the afterfinish is actually not that great, slight metals, alcohol present..

I'll pass on this one, a mish mash of some good but also disappointing faults.

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Photo of JRed
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent yellow with foamy white head that sticks around for the entirety of the drink. Smells of sugar, floral notes, vague hop leaves. Tastes of leaf, sugar notes, hop bitterness towards the finish but still with underlying sugar residue. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. The booze is unfortunately brought on by the excessive sugar that is placed in this drink. The crispness is downplayed by the sweetness and no pilsner should have that.

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