Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured from a standard US 12oz bottle into as thin a beer glass as I have at hand, a narrow tulip. Bottle didn't have a birthday, but the "drink by" date was January of 2008. Surprising, considering the ABV. Bottle is either fairly old or isn't expected to age well. Also, despite being a Pilsner, the label mysteriously says "ale" at the bottom.
Body is a very pretty but very cloudy burnt orange. Head is clean white and was a good finger thick before falling a bit to nice, splotchy islands of foam. Lace is substantial.
Smell is all hop, very acrid. Lime and pine. Perhaps some noted of medium-toasted malt, but it's hard to sniff thru the curtain of hops!
Taste is bitter and toasty, finishing on a quite savoury note. The sheer amount of old-world hops used here is remarkable, but it ends up just being a kick of earthy, woody resins rather than the more floral sort. Pilsner yeast is distinct in it's ability to hide and smooth out the malt and hop flavour. More like raw bread dough than biscuity. Sadly, the whole package is a fleeting memory far too soon, as the body just doesn't hold on.
Mouthfeel is great, though the drinkability suffers due to the selection of hops. All alphas with no herbs and florals to keep you coming back. Oddly, it's so bitter, you don't ever notice the nearly 9% body.
To be fair, this is a lot more "real" than most of the Sam Adams brews, and for that I salute them. Clearly a concept beer, the idea was well executed and as balanced as I can imagine given the restrictions of a bottom ferment and one strain of hops. Only wish the recipe were a little more inspired.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2007 04:32:00 | More by ojiikun
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