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Reverb Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
84
good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reaper16 on 08-18-2012

With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

32 IBU
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.6%

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1.96/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Perhaps there was something wrong with the CO2 at the Boulevard booth (I got a foamy pour), but this tasted god-awful, somewhere between skunk and fecal matter. I'm a big fan of the Boulevard IPA, so maybe I'll give this another chance. But for now, the worst beer I've had in a looong time.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.78/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Backward, it spells "Brever". Yeah. Mindblow. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, light grass, and wild rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of straight plastic, as though I licked the cheap bag my groceries came in. This not only tastes bad on its own, but it also mixes strangely with the breadiness of the malt, leading to a rather off-putting flavor on my tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I've been searching for a really nice impy pils and thought Boulevard would be the brewery to deliver it. Alas, this was not the case. Instead, theirs stands as a fairly middling version at best (I've had some absolutely horrid ones in my day).

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2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml caged and corked brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a reasonably clear golden colour, with a big frothy head of coarse-bubbled white that seems to burn itself out almost as soon as it forms, leaving a flat, dead beer with no head or lacing whatsoever. Carbonation was effervescent and coarse to begin with, but soon it too runs out of puff. Not the wildest start.

Nose is fairly disappointing. Faint, chaffy grain characters with a hint of flour and a very, very mild, almost indiscernible organic hop character over the top. Maybe a slight hint of acetone from the booze comes through as well: but it's minor, if it's there at all. Mostly, this just smells weak.

Taste is a little better, mostly for the fact that it's relatively smooth and drinkable for 7.7% ABV. Mild, slightly grainy entry with a residual tingle of carbonation (and here's me thinking it had disappeared entirely), with a slight uptilt of bitterness towards the middle to back. There's a warmth on the palate as well from the booze, which leaves a slight spirit character towards the back. I'll admit it tends towards something like a Euro Strong Lager, but it's still pretty smooth overall.

Overall though, I'm not quite sure I get the point. A pils can be a wonderful beer expression, and an imperial one in my opinion should just accentuate the hops, the structure of the malt while maintaining that crispness. This has something of the crispness, but almost nothing of the flavour. Not poorly made, just boring.

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2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, golden straw color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

There was a strong alcohol scent at the front of the aroma. Under that were some nice grains, but they were fairly buried. The taste was the same, the alcohol completely overpowered the malts and gentle hops.

The body was thick and sticky, exactly the opposite of what you look for in a Pils. Drinkability was OK, but I wouldn't have more than one at time. Overall, a decent, but unspecial, brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it on tap, but I don't about investing in a large format bottle.

I in general find Imperial Pilseners to be a style that's mostly unnecessary. This brew reinforced that opinion.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.