Pistol Whip'd - Noble Ale Works

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80
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-05-2012)
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a pleasant golden colour, mostly clear but with a hint of hazing to it. Head forms a bubbly white froth to begin with and settles down to a lagery film that still leaves decent lace. Overall, it looks okay without being particularly exciting.

Nose is very pleasant, but a little strange, with citric hops coming forward making it smell almost indistinguishable from an APA or IPA. No, not quite: there's a greenness to it, and a sharper vector to the hop character which turns it slightly herbal and with a little hint of coconut. Grain is almost unnoticeable, which is fine. As it warms, I get that coconut character more strongly. It's quite nice.

Taste is clean, but lacking a bit of bitterness and lacking crispness towards the back. Clean, light, slightly fruity entry gives way to a slightly sweet emptiness towards the back. This is punctuated with a little carbonation, but that coconut character comes back in the finish, making it seem sweeter and less crisp than it wants to be. Not bad, though, and I do like the flavours in the hops.

I think the feel could use a little more carbonation: it would help with the crispness and help accentuate the hops a little more.

This isn't bad stuff: it's certainly a flavoursome, refreshing and very drinkable brew. I'm perhaps looking a little bit too pedagogically for certain "pilsner" elements that this falls down a little on, but really, it's a very decent brew.

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3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy burnt yellow with some light brown notes in the middle. very large - 5 + finger soapy white bubbly rocky head

s: tons of sweet grains, lemongrass, pepper, vanilla, sweet citrus, grassy hops. something like a bubble gum cardboard.

t: very clean. vanilla, pilsner malt, grassy hop bitterness (more than id expect). there is a sweet spice in here that i can't put my finger on - like a sweet coriander, maybe. tons of fresh dough in here too. finishes with sweet grainy malt, earthy hops and just a hint of sweet citrus

m: light, but on the fuller side of light- with a lot of carbonation

o: more flavor packed in here your normal pilsner, ill say that. a little more bitter than expected, but the sweetness cuts it nice, and i like the hint of citrus mixed with the dough. its clean, but the large amount of carbonation makes it a little heavy to be extremely refreshing though. still a nice lighter beer, but nothing special

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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up this 1pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard label art and unbranded pry-off cap yesterday at my local Cap N Cork in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California for $5.99 USD. Served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I loved Noble's Naughty Sauce. Reviewed as a Czech Pilsner because it identifies as such on the label. 4.5% ABV according to the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness. Low creaminess. Little lacing as the head recedes. Retention is about average - 2-2.5 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable yellow-copper. Translucent; transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical vibrance.

Overall, it looks like any other pilsner.

Sm: Definitely has more of a hop presence than is conventional for the style; it's an herbal floral hop character that rings unique. And it's complemented nicely by the crystal malt/pilsner malt body. Some lime fruit is surprisingly present. A biteen grainy. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Overall, it's a generally appealing if quite nontraditional aroma for the style. I'm wary of the lime and hops, but I'm optimistic. Mild in strength.

T: It's got your standard saaz hop and grainy pils malt build, with some extra unconventional floral hop presence as well as some strangely integrated lime. I appreciate the experimentation, but this is not how a great czech pilsner is constructed. Fairly balanced with attempts at complexity, but that's missing the mark; czech pilsner is a style that revels in the elegance of simplicity, subtlety and balance. Here we find not a respectful accolate, but a supercilious American brewer intent on adding his/her influence to the style. It doesn't work. This isn't a style you brew to reinvent. The glossy crap doesn't fly. That said, it's a pleasant beer to drink and it's inoffensive. But Jaysus do they get the style wrong.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly artificial. Decent thickness and body. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Adequate carbonation. Execution isn't great for the style, but it's above average.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but it's brazen attempt at adding a unique touch to the style actually ends up bringing it down. I always applaud experimentation, but this just plain misses the mark. Nice try, Noble, but it's not a great beer. Wouldn't get it again at this price, but I do think there's a market for it. It'll scratch the pedestrian's pils itch, but it's largely unimpressive if you're familiar with the style. Quite common.

C

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is an amber-tinged golden in the pint shaker, with a modest amount of foam. Quite spritzy on the tongue. A pleasant hoppy, resiny nose.

This seems more substantial than the less-powerful ABV would suggest. A mouth-filling malty sensation with just enough sweetness. Quite sharp after a few sips, but the resiny hops provide a tangy, aromatic flavor. Bitter aftertaste but more biscuity overall. Though the hops may not seem so European, this is a more complex quaff though perhaps more of a light Pale Ale.

Another strong entry in the Low-Alcohol Flavor Challenge. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Pistol Whip'd from Noble Ale Works
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