Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours light amber to orange with a good deal of sticky looking head. Tight bubbled lacing as the head recedes. Slight haze to it also.
Aroma is staggering. It reminds me of two things, standing outside Anchor Brewing in SF, and standing over a boiling kettle of wort directly after a hop addition. Wow, that's just beautiful.
Taste is really unlike anything I've tried before. I can't tell if the aroma is messing with me or not, but it's very much like drinking unfermented wort, very sweet and malty with bitterness in the back. The hop flavor is there, but I can't get past the malt backbone. I can sense a juicy kinds of condensed hop flavor, but its almost swamped by the malt flavor and aroma. The bitterness certainly comes through, but the hop flavor was suprisingly muted.
Mouthfeel starts creamy and finishes dry with a good deal of bitterness and moderate carbonation levels.
It may not be the most complex beer I've had, but it might be one of the most interesting. I've never had a beer that seems to have incapsulated the pre-fermentation properties of wort in a finished beer. Really unique and fantastic, well worth the long search.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2008 01:16:13 | More by BrewMonkey
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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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