Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.95/5 rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Wow, just... wow.
Pours as a fantastically slightly hazy orange-blossom brew with a thick and supremely whitish-orangish head. Brew looks very appetizing. Cannot wait to dive into this.
Smell is glorious - mixture of floral and citrus aromas, a touch of pine, and possibly some apple thrown into there. It's all perceived though, but what an aroma. Instantly addictive. To solve the crystal meth scourge, simply start passing out these beers. The methheads would begin sniffing bottles of Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner instead.
Taste is truly exceptional - I cannot describe it well enough - you can taste citrus, pine, pineapple, and a variety of other flavors. Truly complex and balanced at the same time. I can't even reach the depth of the flavor profile here and I finished the beer before I was able to discern every single flavor I could.
Mouthfeel was probably the only point that I could deduct points from. At times you could get a bittering hop kick - and the creamy head would lend it a smoothness. But the mouthfeel wasn't consistent. It'd be smooth, then bitter, then crisp and clear, then bitter again, then smooth. Might just be my confused mouth though.
Drinkability is outrageously high. I had to restrain myself from immediately fetching another bottle - with the high ABV. If Samuel Adams would make more of these (probably not possible), I'd buy a LOT more than the measly four-pack I got. And right now, I'll have to pace myself and see if I can bear to part with one of my remaining three bottles to share with my fellow men...
Verdict: Invest in these bottles. Drink. Repeat. It hides the alcohol very well - although the booziness may peek out once in a while - I can only recall it doing so once during this bottle though. Utterly amazing - definitely blew every other beer I've ever had out of the water.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2008 01:03:21 | More by xare
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