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Pistol Whip'd - Noble Ale Works

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Noble Ale Works visit their website
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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I really enjoyed this beer but it was truly not a Czech pilsner. If this were a IPL or some other brand of crazily hopped up lager I would be raving about it. I will seek it out again but I really cannot score this beer well because it resembles its stated style in no way.

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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.


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A: Pours gold with a soft medium white head. Excellent lace throughout.

S: Mild grassiness, some solid hop character, fairly light overall.

T: I thought this was much more like a German pils when I tasted it, but they call it a Czech-style, so I will review it as such. Real nice grassy and herbal noble hop character, but really no true Saaz flavour. The bready pils malt is good. A solid effort, just taking it as pils by itself.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy at times, refreshing.

O: As a Czech pils it's not that good. As a simple cosmopolitan pils, you don't know where it's from it's good. Give me some more Saaz notes, and I'll be a happy camper.

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Pistol Whip'd from Noble Ale Works
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