Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The best brew ive had from SA to date. Poured into my pilsner glass, the orange tinted amber brew was capped with a tight one finger off white head. Decent level of fine carbonation, and once the head subsided a decent collar of lace was left, leaving almost clingy sheets behind as i enjoyed this beer.
Mmm, wonderful aroma of hallertau greets the nose. Very floral, slightly grassy, and have to say i was surprised by the strong citrus notes, some lemon, orange, and red grapefruit. Underneath the hallertau toasty, bready aromas tried to assert themselves, as well as an underlying honey sweetness.
This brew was quite IPA like. If enjoyed blinded, and told it was an IPA, i would have believed it. Light, toasted bread, hints of grain husk, and the subtle sweetness of honey and caramel make up the subtler malt flavours. But the hallertau blast is what this beer is all about, lemongrass, orange and grapefruit show up in almost resinous amounts and the bitterness is mildly numbing.
I really enjoyed this medium bodied beer. The solid and straightforward pale malt backbone doesnt quite have the muscle to stand up to all the hallertau. Almost creamy in feel, with an almost astringent finish.
Pretty drinkable for a somewhat big beer. Refreshing with its slightly dry finish. While too big to truly session, a couple would make for a tasty and decadent treat. Recommended, and i now know why SA doesnt make an IIPA...
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2007 15:47:34 | More by demcorhip
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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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