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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial PilsnerCollaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

186 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For this inaugural installment of collaboration brews, we invited distinguished Belgian brewer Jean-Marie Rock to join our own Steven Pauwels for a zymological alliance. The two conspired to revive a recipe from the very beginning of Rock’s career, the memory of which he has cherished for more than 30 years. A starkly simple recipe combined with a painstakingly complex brewing process produce an Imperial Pilsner of subtle elegance and delicately balanced contrasts. First wort hopping, a very old technique in which hops normally added late in the boil are put in at the beginning, and allowed to steep for a much longer time, gives the beer an especially refined hop aroma and flavor. The 100% Pilsner malt makes a clear, yet restrained statement, answered by a stead, harmonious chorus of Saaz hop bitterness, echoes of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

29 IBU

(Beer added by: bort11 on 01-14-2010)
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marchnlv

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-15-2012 19:15:21 | More by marchnlv
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2012 21:35:21 | More by djrn2
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-07-2012 22:25:03 | More by TippySelenoid
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elec

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-07-2012 01:58:11 | More by elec
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midworken

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-03-2012 00:05:16 | More by midworken
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-30-2011 16:43:50 | More by cdwil
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Grebdioz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-28-2011 07:51:20 | More by Grebdioz
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-24-2011 01:17:51 | More by HoistinBrews
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with two fingers of white foam. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with some mild herbaL notes as well as some citrus. Very pilsner like.

Taste: Not a whole lot of sweetness, maybe a bit in the finish. Pilsner malt with some mild citrus notes. Some alcohol and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: One of the better examples of the style I have had. I'd have another if I ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:25:12 | More by oline73
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-23-2011 13:17:33 | More by sideshowe
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2011 15:39:54 | More by brandoman63
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abp02

Missouri

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-21-2011 05:10:49 | More by abp02
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-18-2011 16:24:31 | More by HopStoopid120
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-17-2011 23:53:10 | More by Photekut
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mattkooler

Kansas

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-14-2011 17:48:36 | More by mattkooler
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a wit. Hazy light orange color with a bright white head.

Given the age, it's no surprise the hops have faded. Mostly a bready aroma with a hint of alcohol.

Bready taste, slight citrus, hints of alcohol and a nice malti sweetness.

Crisp in a way, but full bodied for a 2x Pils.

Nice brew, but I regret not having it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:02:13 | More by EgadBananas
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GregSVT

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter - Best by date is 9/2010 and it's 9/2011 so take this review with a grain of salt. It's been sitting in the back of my fridge since I bought it and I forgot it was there.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty great.

S: The nose is very malt forward with notes of sugar bread, light tropical fruits, and a bit of vanilla in the background. No hops but I expect this was once a hop bomb given the tropical fruit influence.

T: The taste has barely any hops and more tropical fruits like pineapple with sweet bready malt and vanilla in the background. I actually love the way it tastes but I imagine it's not anywhere near what they intended. Kinda tastes like it's oak aged with the vanilla aromas and flavors.

M: The feel is actually creamy and medium bodied. The finish is slighty dry but you can tell it should be a bit drier.

O: I actually like this with a year or more of age. It tastes like a regular oak aged IPA that is past its prime yet it has the characteristics of a regular Pilsner. Very tasty yet not what intended by the brewery at this point.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 06:02:14 | More by GregSVT
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a slight hazy bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt base with a solid dry hops aroma. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly sweet floral malt bill with nice notes of dry European hops. Body is quite full with average filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable with nice complexities and nice balanced mix of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:54:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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AAxsom

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750ml with jeed2316. This bottle has been in my cellar for over a year as it is was being tested for food pairings for an upcoming tasting.

A - Very light, crisp golden color. Tons of pillowy, foamy head. I remember that when I first tried this when it came out, there was a ton of carbonation at first, almost like a champagne. The carbonation was still there, but it was definitely not overwhelming to look at this time around.

S - The earthy notes really take over with aging. Very complex, almost a bit skunky, but very strong grain, wheat tones to this. The aroma is very clean and refreshing, and is truly one of the highpoints of this beer. I almost gave this a five.

T - Very balanced, as the hops are present on the smell but the taste brings out more of the malts. There is just a bit of spice on the tongue, but very crisp and smooth overall. Excellent Imperial Pilsner that seems very basic at first, but is really very deep and complex.

M - Exceptionally clean and easy to drink. I really want more of this. Pilsners sometimes have that gross, skunky finish at the end, but this leaves me wanting more.

O - I've had this twice and the second was even better than the first. Grab a bottle if you can still find it and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 18:23:06 | More by AAxsom
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body, just off white head, active carbonation in a perfectly clear beer. Just a little aggressive head.

S: Malty, much more so than I expected, not much for hops though. No off flavors at all, very clean in that regard. Slightly grainy. I would appreciate a little more bitterness.

T: A little sweet, a little grainy, solid pale malt backbone though. Still no hoppiness at all or even remnant hoppiness. Very smooth though. There is also a distinct Belgian fruity flavor, perhaps contributing to the sensation of sweet.

M: Bold, full bodied, which fits the imperial part, but very lacking in carbonation.

A very drinkable Imperial beer, but I don't really see the point in going from a regular Pils to this unless you really like the flavor and just want to up the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:52:40 | More by mdwalsh
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One from the cellar. Think I got this at Syrdk's in Minneapolis.
I recall liking the brewery's offerings.

I like a good pilsner sometimes, and imperial aged may be my new fave.

Tempted to hold longer but batch 1 2009 best by 9/10 makes me rethink storage and reconsider consumption.

Stuck cork, good sound. Very good carbonation. Full inch plus of foam. Very pale hazey yellow. Foam gone a minute or two after pour.

Faint smell, floral. Tastes slightly metallic. Dry and spicy.
Saaz, clearly. Strong lasting flavor that isn't over powering.

Some things don't age as well, this did ok. Shouldn't sit too much longer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:12:26 | More by Dotcubed
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow that looks like a fresh glass of lemonade

Head: Big white head

Smell: Malty sweet grass

Taste: Floral hops with a clean maltyness and a hint of heat

Weight: Medium to heavy body for an Imperial
Pilsner with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Clean light floral hops with subtle malts

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 05:17:09 | More by Snow81
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually gave this beer as a gift to a buddy of mine while I was there visiting, but I never got to try it. I finally decided to give it a shot, so here we go:

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy yellow gold color with a solid 1" head of fluffy white bubbles. The head was every bit of half-height well over a minute after the pour. There are numerous bubbles rising to maintain the head. The resulting head that is lasting forever on top of the beer is about 1/4" and ended up being really creamy looking.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of noble hops, mostly Saaz, and a bunch of toasty Pilsner malt notes. It smells like a malty Pilsner with the volume turned up, which I would expect. After the beer has sat for a bit, there is a mild wheaty edge coming out, which, I wonder, if that is where the haze is coming from.

Taste: The flavor is also balanced with plenty of European ingredients. The hops are the first thing you notice with the spicy Saaz being the more predominant member. There is a lot of malt in this beer, and it is coming out with some sweet toasty notes and a very subtle light caramel. The finish is led by the hops, but the malt isn't far behind. The beer is pretty well attenuated for being as big as it is. The carbonation is adequate to maybe slightly high, which is good for this beer. There is some dryness left on the back of the throat from the hops and attenuation, but there is also an evident alcoholic warming that sets in late after the sip and stays on the palate for quite some time after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty darn good beer. It comes across just as what it claims to be, an Imperial Pilsner. I personally brew this style quite a bit, but mine are more like MaiBocks. This has the hop profile of a Pilsner beer and that is unmistakable. I wouldn't say that this is the best beer that I have ever had before, but it is definitely a good one and I would recommend it and wouldn't mind drinking it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:15:27 | More by SkeeterHawk
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scottfrie

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Thanks to roosevelt25 for sending me this one.

A: At first this pours a crystal clear golden color, but as the yeast churns up the liquid because more cloudy and opaque. A billowing egg-shell white head frothed up with the pour and took some time to fade into a rocky layer that left streaks of chunky lacing down the glass.
S: I get notes of pepper and spicy hops with hints of yeast, grass and lemon.
T: Sweet notes of candied lemon, pilsner malt, bread crust, spicy pepper and grassy Saaz hops. Aftertaste has a touch of bitterness from the hops.
M: Medium body with tingly carbonation. Not as clean as it could be, but still refreshing.
O: I'm drinking this beer with a grain of salt (not literally) since it's a couple months old, but it's still quite good and refreshing. Fresh I'm sure this would be amazing, and I would drink it again. Thanks again roosevelt25 for hooking it up!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 21:46:22 | More by scottfrie
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harrymel

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to orgasmicchemist for this extra, cheers Ryan!

A: Golden ale with hazy clarity. Multi finger head of thick, meringue like head falls to the same within minutes in a thick quilt. Good lacing. Better clarity preferred for this one.

S: Nice floral quality to this. sure, grain, hints of noble hops, earthy with barely a hint of discernible alcohol. The floral character is akin to gardenia's and tulips. Nice, and not too strong.

T: Sweet, backbone of fermented malt. The yeast comes through here well, with a good straw and sheet grass character. Very subtle profiles here. ABV well hidden. The earliest cardboard oxidation at the finish line.

M: Medium to full body for the style. Medium-low carb for the style. Slight pinch on the tongue and leaves slight polish on the palate.

O: Quite well crafted. Impy Pilsner isn't something you come across too frequently in the beer world, and quite a few examples abandon the hop profile of a traditional pilsner, this one does good. Cheers Blvd!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 10:51:11 | More by harrymel
Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.