Piercing Pils - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: clear golden body full of streaming bubbles; a finger or two of white head - hard not to love the appearance of a pilsener, and this was no exception, but it seemed that the streaming bubbles didn't persist as much as I remember seeing in other pilseners
S: some herbal and floral aromas, maybe something of a chamomile tea aroma - perhaps that's the pear coming through? Fairly mild, with a subtle honey sweetness
T: it had a well-rounded, "pale ale" kinda character, with somewhat muted pilsener crispness; clean malt body with mild hops suggestive of flowers and herbs; didn't get much pear or fruit, but maybe it was what took the edge off the hops - not as brisk as I'd expected; some sugars on the close, again, perhaps the pear asserting itself. Made me think of a light white wine, perhaps a pinot grigio (- and there, perhaps, having some essence of pear -) mixed with a basic pilsener.
M: rather soft, modest bitterness, moderate crispness/briskness, light-bodied, fizzy at first, a bit more smooth with time
O: I expected a pear pilsener, instead I got a beer that is not quite fruity nor a typical pilsener - reminded me a little of some of DFH's wine/beer work. I was ready either for a crisp, tight brilliant pilsener OR a "fruitified" pilsener (well, maybe that's what this is...). Seems DFH toned down the pear flavors so as to avoid creating a too-sweet pilsener, because it wasn't too sweet (which would have been a critical flaw), but it did take on a white wine-like sweetness over time (as it warmed). I had hoped it would be less "well-rounded" (as if that's a flaw), and something a little with a little more bite or zing. An interesting/atypical profile for the style. I think that fans of DFH's wine-hybrid beers would like this, but some hardcore pilsener fans might not find it crisp enough. I won't return to it, but I definitely recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 00:56:21 | More by Greywulfken
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