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
91
outstanding

152 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 190
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: bort11 on 01-14-2010

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
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Photo of BeanBone
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy, golden-straw body capped by three fingers of fluffy white head that burns off slowly but leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Lots of leafy, herbal, and spicy hops and peppery phenols over quiet pale malt body. Just a hint of alcohol around the edges as it warms. Reminiscent of a Belgian Pale so far.

Flavor: Up front, lots of typical noble hop flavors and moderate bitterness along with a very Belgian pepper and yeast combination. Underneath, the malt is more prominent than in the nose and grounds everything a little better. The malt is pale and cereal-grainy in character. Just a bit of spice from the booze as it warms. This has excellent balance, as you'd expect from the master. Cereal grains and leafy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation and a balanced finish.

Drinkability: This goes back quite easily, so keep the moderately-high alcohol content in mind.

Verdict: Much closer to a Belgian Pale Ale or Strong Golden Ale than anything related to a Pilsener, this is about what I expected from Jean-Marie. Balanced perfectly, tasty throughout, and criminally drinkable, this is something I'd come back to often if it was in regular production. (1,203 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pokal
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH NUMBER: 2-2009 BEST BY: 9/10

This is a golden yellow colored liquid with a slight hint of burnt orange tinting and a touch of haziness. The three-finger head of bone-white colored foam is thick and dense, hanging around for a decent amount of time. It recedes to about a 1/4 of an inch and stays through the rest of the glass. The lacing is fair, but pretty sticky.

Smells crisp and clean and loaded with pilsner maltiness. Big notes of grass/hay/straw. Hints of lemon/citrus notes. Mild touches of green apples, biscuit-y yeast notes and some hop-py spice notes.

Light bread-y malt notes. Nice belgian yeast notes, more citrus-like than banana. Hints of lemongrass, along with touches of honey and citrus sweetness. A mild spiciness, like white pepper.

This is medium-bodied and has a high level of carbonation, yet maintains a touch of creaminess, somehow. I like a big-bodied beer, but am surprised to find it in a pilsner. Interesting.

The 8.00%abv is kept in the background, quite nicely. As is the case with the pilsner style, this is crisp and easy-drinking.
Beyond that, it's fanatstic, as far as fizzy yellow beers go (which is how I view most pilsners). It's just not for me.
While they have certainly made something much more nuanced than most of the representatives of the style, I really expected something MORE from this collaboration.
Before drinking it, I thought that this might be the pilsner to win me over. Not so much. I'll keep trying though. Perhaps My Antonia will be the one...

[NOTE: As always, I try to rate to style, as much as possible. Therefore, sometimes my scores seem like I've enjoyed a certain beer, but I'm fairly certain that I won't be in a hurry to taste it again. This is definitely one of those beers.] (1,804 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

76th review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
Corked and Caged 750 ML
Batch 1/2009
Best by 9/10

A BIG thanks to JeepCop for this one!

App- A straw colored yellow with a nice single finger head that left such a wonderful lace. Quite bubbly into my chimay goblet. Very nice.

Smell- I don't smell a pilsner at all. Instead I smell a belgian yeast strain that makes me very giddy. I get some fresh banana and some more citrus as well.

Taste- I get nothing of a traditional Pils, which I came to expect being a collaboration with Orval. Its so much more complex than I would have thought. The basic flavors of a pils are blended to make one great beer here.

Mouth- It's crisp, complex and big drinking IMO. It was a bit dry but was still a good beer.

Drink- A wonderul celebrational beer. If you can get your hands on one. YOU SHOULD!!! (826 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 750ml caged/corked brown bottle - a much appreciated gift from a local bottle shop owner last summer. Maybe should have enjoyed it a little earlier (see batch below), but I'll take my chances, trusting the 'Imperial' nature of the recipe and the generally dark and cool cellaring. Poured toa pair of tall pilsner glasses and split with my wife over an incredible dinner of spiced soba noodles, shiitakes and seared hanger steak she (and I, the sous chef) whipped up.

A collaboration between Boulevard's Steven Pauwels and Orval's(!!!) Jean-Marie Rock. Batch Number: 2-2009; Best by Date: 9/10

A: Uncorks with a soft pop (good start) and pours a milky golden, haziness failing to obscure a bounty of boisterous bubbliness. Immaculate head, a thick 4-finger tower of snow-whiteness, standing firm then gradually dropping over 10 minutes to a dimpled veil (hmmm...Orval? great head? shocking!!!). Lace is flecks and pinpricks, vaguely clustering into pseudo-rings but vanishing in due time.

S: Malty nose, the requisite Saaz hops and huge Pilsner toastedness. Lemon spray and herbalness like verbena. In strength, the 'Imperialness' bursts from the glass ~ very impressive.

T: A dried hay/grassy maltiness, big and fruity, resplendent with spices. Biscuits meet with a subtle pear and a not-so-subtle apple (like dutch applesauce, even apple butter...). A yeastiness that's kind 'witbier-like', drying and pepper-dusted, lingering after each sip.

M: Not as thick nor as sticky as I'd expected. Crisp mouth and dry and clean(er) finish; in between, a refined carbonation on the creamier side. Fine grainy coating, but (again) still not what I call 'sticky' at all.

D: 8%? No seriously, EIGHT PERCENT? I do not believe you. Well maybe I do, a toasty and engaging warmth snuggles in on a brisk fall evening. A definite winner for the both of us, an exquisite pairing with our dish and A MUST for a repeat performance. By far the best I've tried of the style.

Thanks Arlene! (1,977 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another awesome beer courtesy of BedetheVenerable.

A- This beer is gorgeous. Its a very bright, shining yellow. Only a moderate amount of haze. The head, in typical BLVD fashion, is huge, billowy and white. Some lacing but a little more stickiness would earn this a 5.

S- The smell is as equally lively and bright. Once the cork is popped aromas come creeping out. Lots of lemon and a distinct belgian style yeastiness. It has that tell tale earthy, chalky yeast smell with crisp lemony hops and light, almost skunky pilsner malts.

T- Very much like a Tripel with 100% pilsner malts and Saaz hops. Light lemon with orange blossoms, light, crisp malts and lots of Belgian style yeast flavors. Light flavors of apple and pear bring delicious complexity.

M- Light, drying and crisp. (786 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow gold with a modest head leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Only had a sample, so could not tell how well the head persists.

Aromas of pilsener malts and citrus hops, very clean and fresh.

Tastes great for a pilsener, with an uncommon depth of flavor, including biscuity malt and a lemon citrus, peppery hop profile.

Body was a tad beefier than a typical pilsner, with snappy, refreshing carbonation.

This is the best Pilsener I have ever had, thanks to two great brewers. The little extra alcohol is not prominent in the taste. I could enjoy a few of these. (592 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $12. Split into two Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses.

A: Very pale gold in color, dare I say...yellow? Stark white head, and slightly hazy. Decent head retention and sticky gobs of lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S: Pilsner malts, a bit of an lemony hoppy profile, but it has faded a little bit, still smells nice. A faint alcohol burn in the nose, but its pretty small.

T: For a simple beer, this has a ton of great flavors. Nice pale malts provide a smooth base and the spicy/lemon profile of the Saaz hops add to the flavor as well. Not a huge amount of bitterness but enough to keep what seems to be a big malt profile at bay. Just a hint of alcohol in the taste. A few odd esters in there for a true pilsner, but they add to the flavor nicely.

M: Lighter body, excellently dry, and slightly warm alcohol as it goes down.

D: This is a damn tasty beer, the nose is a little lacking and that might be due to age, but still the flavor is great. The light crisp body and refreshing dryness make this very easy to drink. The alcohol warmth is present and slows me down a little, though. Still a nice beer. Very well done, especially for a style that I'm not generally a fan of. This one is done right. (1,263 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged & Corked 750 batch #1 from 2009 - Hazy lemony yellow with a slight whitish hollow core. Tall and foamy rich white cap lift quickly to top the yellowy mass. Spotty and broken patchy lacing is lightly placed acorss the goblet.

Aroma is a bit light for what most other Imperial Pils may offer, but what is there is a nice blend to some obvious Belgian yeastyness that grabs the idea of a good Belgian Pale. Pretty high on the zesty peel aspect of lemon and some white grapefruit. Floral spices add some spike to it. Could be bolder on both malt and hops though. This seems almost all Golden/Pale Belgian?

Taste is bit light as well. Missing some malt girth and richer, thicker body. Again, more Belgian sided and a bit light with a good dance to some yeasty floralness and spice. But where's the Pilsner side? There's a smidgeon of Saaz in there and some Pale malt dryness and even lighter doughyness. But this comes across for more like a Belgian then a Imp. Pils. Seemingly simple, which is fine, I get the collaboration idea and its a good one, but its not coming across so well in the end result for me.

Body is a lighter medium without much depth. Has a nice sweetness playing underneath as it warms which helps gain some malty weight. Stays mostly floral and dry and stays fairly clean with a certain Belgain zip and flare on the palate that is quite nice. Just lighter then most Imp. Pils. Definately serve warm; recommended around 45 to 40.

Hmmm...wonder if they would've went with calling this a Belgian Pale instead would help me get by the fact that its nothing like the Imperial Pilsner its been labled. Cuz this is nothing like them. Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty damn good brew and enjoyably drinkable with a simple sublte play of light sweetness and floral dryness. (1,800 characters)

Photo of seth72104
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into the newer smokestack glass.

Appearance is hazy, not exactly what one would expect from a pilsner. Smell and taste are excellent for the style with a prominent Saaz hop profile drying out the finish. Mouthfeel is good. It goes down very easily, maybe a little too easily with the 8% abv. It is easily the best Imperial Pilsner I've had yet. (370 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale straw yellow in color with slight chill haze. Head is thin and white, ad settles quickly to a thin film on the surface.

S: Aroma consists of some grainy malt, honey, along with hops lending a slightly grassy, fruity character.

T: Very balanced flavor. Biscuity, grainy malt melds with notes of grass, spring flowers, and a hint of citrus. Even at 8%, alcohol is almost non-present.

M: A big, full-bodied brew. As it warms, the mouthfeel becomes even bigger and creamier. Finish is quite clean and dry.

D: Hell yes! Collaboration No. 1 is an amazing example of this style. Not too little. Not too much. It's easy to drink, and very tasty! (702 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to rudge75 at Half Pints for this.

Pours a pale yellow with a snow-white head.

Grain on the nose. Expecting alcohol, but you really just get classic pilsner.

A very surprising beer. A really well rounded pilsner. More full bodied than you'd get in a normal pils, a wider range of flavour to the malt. Hopping isn't quite as grassy as I like in a pils, but the continental flavour is certainly there. Nice crisp finish.

Nice and refreshing. Dangerous for an 8%'er. (474 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the soon to be legendary Meat Meet in Buford, GA at the home of Jyounger30. Thanks to Exiled for the trade! Batch 2-2009.

A. Hazy unfiltered pale gold, fine spotty, lacy varied-size bubbled head, sticks around for the duration.

S. Definite Noble hops (Saaz), fine big pale malt Pils nose, crisp, clean, simple, big, aromatic. REAL beer. Not too sweet. No booze - at 8%, not bad.

T. I hate Imperial Pilsners... but THIS is the first one I've enjoyed. It really does taste like a more malty, perfectly attenuated and hopped German pilsner. Totally refreshing, even at 8%, the hoppy bitterness lets you down gently and fades slowly in the finish ,the malt is sweet in all the right places and the yeast has done great work here, drying it out enough to be "just right". I don't know how you could improve on this beer given the ingredients. Really, truly great.

M / D. Think of your favorite Pils, then just big it up a little. Medium body, fine, snappy carbonation, long Noble hop bitter and sweet pale finish falls down slowly. Yes, you could easily drink a whole 750.

This is the best Imperial Pilsner I've had by a long shot, and a delightful beer all around. The Boulevard magic is in full force here, paired with the Orval juju, this is making a believer of me out of a previously disliked style. These brewers get it. Try this beer! (1,351 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of lemon peel and light floral hops. Also present are good amounts of grassiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of lemon rind and light grapefruit flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile deepens a bit with the addition of grassy and slightly earthy hops. The earthy flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer, as I have been with almost all of the Smokestack series. Well worth a shot. (890 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cage and corked bottle poured into a pint glass.

The Collab 1 Imp Pils pours a hazy color with a very big pure white head that never fades. Smells of bread, soap, lemons and some yeast. No hops or alcohol are noticed. Taste is dominated with bready yeast and a malt backbone. Some citrus fruits are also present. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty high. A great tasting brew and even with the fairly high ABV the entire 750 goes down very easily. (471 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellow into a Duvel tulip with a massive, slow-receding head. Mild aroma with a touch of lemon and pepper. Very familiar pilsner character.

Sweeter than expected with a full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A bit of caramel malt up front followed by sweet citrus hops and a dry pepper/yeasty bitterness on the finish. Extremely drinkable and flavorful while maintaining the clean, light pilsner character. Wonderful for a hot summer evening. (461 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Share this corked and caged bottle with a friend. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that this had a very Belgian feel for an imperial pils. It also reminded me of Bouldevard's Saison and Tripel for their mellow vanilla and pepper undertones. Otherwise there's a smooth doughy and cracker malt base and herbal candy yeast character followed by a spicy hop kick that stands up, but never overpowers. Check out this interesting take on the style. (449 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy muted yellow. Huge sparkling white 3 finger head. Little lacing

S - Inviting bready malt, sweet hay, funky tart yeast, hints of lemon and tropical fruit. Earthy hops come out as it rests.

T - A sweet start. White grape & green apples get the ball rolling, wonderful malt background along with wet grass & peppery hops. Alcohol shows up just a tad. Alot of white wine attributes as well

Pretty solid beer. It was like I was drinking a champagne beer. Drinkability is up there. It would be nice in a six pack. This is my first Imperial Pilsner. (562 characters)

Photo of blakereik
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. It is a shame that it is a limited availability product. I am on bottle 20, so if you are going to try some do it quick, before I and others who have discovered it's appeal polish of the supply.

A- Yellow, cloudy - like it should be
S- The yeast smell is there and it is very clean and pleasing to the nose
T- The epitome of Imperial Pilsner for me. Just enough yeast and wheat to be pleasing and none of the bitterness
M- I drink this so fast it is hard to get a feeling for it.
D- Oh yeah, the beer glass was invented - to host this concoction.

One word of caution a few of the bottles I have had were sealed with corks that were really, really tight. Talking corkscrew and a firm grip to pry it out without throwing the bottle to the floor. If your taking this out somewhere, make sure you have a corkscrew in your arsenal. (862 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, brought back from Andy's in Rochester

Batch 1-2009
Best before 9-2010

split and paired with a zesty shrimp scampi

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip - hazy straw-yellow body, nice beige foamy head with good retention

smell: grassy hops, grainy malts - possibly the first imperial pilsner i have ever had that smells like a pilsners

taste: Interesting brew - most imperial pilsners out there venture into the hop-bomb department, but not this one. Saaz hops evident - grassy, lemon, white pepper. The other half of the collaboration (Orval) adds a nice fresh yeast balance to the hops and grainy malt. Refreshing beer on a muggy summer night

mouthfeel: clean, well carbonated

drinkability: strong (720 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle (batch 2-2009, best by 9/10) poured into a goblet, Boulevard's Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner is clear gold with a spritzy white head that quickly settles, leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is a bit yeasty, with spicy, herbal noble hops, not overly strong, but some brightness.

Taste is fantastic, this is an excellent imperial pilsner, clean and pure, a nice hoppy snap without over-bearing. A hint of sweetness wafts through the background.

Mouthfeel is soft and dry, light bodied, fairly well carbonated, definitely in the Belgian style.

Drinkability is dangerously high. This is a killer pils, forget about the strength. With all the kitchen sink 'extreme' beer, this is what it's really all about - extremely well made! I'm really loving it, inspiring. (790 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 2-2009, best by 9/10. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had great retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was yeast in front, grain in the middle and some spice on the finish. Almost Saison-like. The taste was also very much like a Saison, the spice and yeast aren't as noticeable on the tongue as in a Saison. The grain flavors were very tasty and the overall taste was very pleasing.

The body was clean and dry. Drinkability was very good, I'll grab a couple more before they disappear off the shelves. Overall, avery nice brew, worth grabbing a couple bottles when you see it. (647 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label states Batch #1 with a 'Best By' date of 9/2010.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, sufficiently yellow-hued body underneath a tall, dense, near white head with steadfast retention. Why, it's positively elegant-looking.

Smell: An aroma evincing its 100% pilsner malt and 100% Saaz hop composition with notes of French bread dough, honey, cut apples, moist-damp grass, and spice.

Taste: Soft pilsner malt taste with a delicate flavors of sliced quick bread and wildflower honey. Medium-low sweetness. Floral, peppery, lightly grassy Saaz hops with a reserved level of bitterness. A bit of apple and standard lemon fruitiness tucked in the background. All the while, there's an understated funky wildness to it. A bit more spiciness and sweetness remains for the amply carbonated finish. It is subtle, but it's got an air of sophistication about it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not only a fantastic, well-balanced beer, but it puts all others in its class (save the more hop intense Sam Adams offering) to shame! I shared this with TheLibrarianGirl, and even she was kind enough to agree that it makes every other Imperial Pilsner appear to be peddling brewed bottles of monkey feces. (1,231 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes pout to iasanlee for sending this bottle my way. Collaboration #1 Pours a beautiful golden color, with a cool two fingers of fluffy white head. Nose is quite clean and snappy, with some coarse grains making up the most of it. Taste is like a regular Pilsner in the bread like qualities, and bitter finish, however I detect a bit of funk and fig to this bottle. I am wondering if there is a trace of brett in here somewhere. Mouthfeel is light, and nicely carbonated. It also drinks very much like a regular Pilsner in that there really aren't any imperial qualities to be found despite the higher ABV. What I really like about this brew is that there are traits from both Boulevard and Orval that can be tasted here based on having tried beers from both breweries. Boulevard could not have chosen a better maker of beers than Orval. I am looking forward to seeing who they will work with next. Cheers (918 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1-2009
Best before 9-2010

A - Hazy yellow with a thin off white head that doesn't stay long.

S - Grainy pilsner malt with spicy, grassy saaz hops. Fairly straight forward.

T - Your typical bready pilsner malt but sweeter than your typical pilsner. Spicy hops that balance the malt.

M - Medium body without the lively carbonation I was expecting. Slightly dull.

D - Pretty subdued for 8%. Not as over the top as other Imp Pils I have tried which is a good thing since I haven't enjoyed much in this style. (515 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The thought of an 8% pilsner in a 750ml bottle intrigues me...
BIG cork pop, light gold color, a VERY active frothy white head and its too soon to call it love but let's call it lust for now. Smell is lemon, hay, slight medicinal phenols, and I'm getting thirstier. Taste is peppery, almost sweet for a second then sharp and dry and back to the pepper. Has a bit of biscuit in there. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected, as most people try to differentiate themselves from macro pilsners by uber-hopping. The hops are subtle here, showing up in the aftertaste as a ghost of their former bitter selves. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but not overly so. It has a softness that rounds things out. Very drinkable. The hops just hover around after you drink it, reminding you how refreshing this beer is, how much is going on with it, without being too challenging. A very good, VERY drinkable beer. Well done! (917 characters)

Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.