Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Serverd from a 12oz bottle at just below cellar temperature in a beautiful gold-rimmed Warsteiner Premium Verum pilsener glass.
A - With little turbulence in the pour, this slighty hazed glowing gold beer raises a foamy, white 2 inch head right above the rim of the glass, precariously close to spilling over. Head diminishes slowly and visibly, leaving craggy, sticky barnacles of lacing behind. Head retention is good, never showing the surface of the beer below, and the lacing just doesn't stop -- making you wonder if you're going to need a scraper to get it off when you're washing the glass.
S - Wow! The varietal nature of this beer really focuses the crisp, flowery nature of the Hallertau, and reveals to me exactly what this particular hop brings to Sam Adams' Boston Lager. Honesuckle floral sweetness dominates over the otherwise subtle malts -- fresh and oily.
T - Light-bodied malt that's immediately eclipsed by that honeysuckle sweetness so readily apparent in the nose. It's interesting... this particular hop lends so much mock-sweetness to the flavor, that it fools you into thinking it's sweeter than it really is. Gets quite bittersweet and "green' in the middle; completely drying up in the end, leaving your throat parched and your tongue sticky. Alcohol is quite well hidden, and balance is precise.
M - Slick and thick on the way in, like Grade A maple syrup. Slight tingle and controlled expansion as it mashes over the tongue. Full of body in the swallow. Very satisfying.
D - Ah yes. Another "Imperial" whatever. To tell the truth, I was waiting to be disappointed by crappy balance and overblown alcohol, but Mr. Koch has proven me wrong. In an era of, "lookee what Imperial beer I can make," this one stands out as one of the few very well developed recipes. While this one may not be good for more than one in a sitting, the one you have will leave you reveling in the wonder of the Hallertau hop.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2008 02:01:14 | More by EPseja
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