Morimoto Imperial Pilsner | Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
4 Ingredients:
Malts: 100% French Pilsner.
Hops: 100% Sterling.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

Added by aracauna on 08-24-2003

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Photo of champ103
1.81/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Little lace is left behind.
S: Musky, dank, like old wet clothes. There is nothing else here that I can find that is appealing.
T: Similar to the nose. Just dank, musky wet clothes. A nasty funkiness. I did not enjoy this at all.
M/D: A light body that is thin and lifeless. I finished this as fast as I could. Nothing I ever care to drink again.

I am not impressed to say the least. Take away the fact that an Imperial Pilsner is an oxymoron, this is just bad in any regard. Sorry, but a big miss, and something that I will avoid if I ever see it again.

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Photo of Cody66
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of faernt
2.36/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just because it says "Imperial" doesn;t mean it will age. I bought this about four years ago at Rogue Portland and saved it. Doh! It was a mistake. It was a good beer but by the time I got around to drinking it,,,it was way past its time. Fresh is best with this one.

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Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of ccrida
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Rogue Public House in Portland, in their XS goblet, the Imperial Pilsner looks just like a macro pils, clear pale gold, but with no real head and only slight white lace. The aroma was very slight, straw and citrus. The taste is mainly pilsner malts, with a bit of citrus/floral hops. No noble hop spiceness that I look for. The finish was moderately bitter, but there was this weird aftertaste that I just really didn't care for, nor could I place it, kind of a grain/hay/earth thing. Pretty mild taste overall though, other then that aftertaste, ugh. Did they use some type of unusual adjunct? The alcohol, however, was inperceptable, which was this beer's biggest accomplishment. The mouthfeel was also really quite nice, a moderate body that is not at all cloying like the Imperials can often be. I would have like to seen more carbonation, as on draft at least, there basically was none. The drinkablity was low due to that aftertaste that I couldn't get used to, I was being generous with a 2.5, because I certainly didn't want another one. But the smoothness of the ABV helped.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. ceramic bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a pale goldenrod color that produced some transparent white bubbles.

(S)- Some straw amidst a wet floral lemon citrus.

(T)- Very dry & very bitter with a thin lemon, orange, & mango citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very dry & very bitter with a very thin citrus flavor; it almost feels watered down.

(D)- I am not sure how old this is, but I am glad I did not pay the full price for this one. It just does not work for me. There is some citrus & hop bitterness, but it just feel & tastes thin. I am not a fan, but it does somewhat resemble the style here & there.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of quasimoto
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This was part of a fleet at The brew kettles Ogre fest. So it came in a little glass, and was not bad looking. It was a deep golden yellow. It had strong lacing, and some visual carbination.

S - The strong aroma of floral hops. But its only storng in the sense of what a pislner should smell like. It wasn't overly hoppy like an IPA but its hoppy for a pilsner.

T - Its a dry floral flavor, and the dry grains of a regular pilsner. Nicely balanced...if it wasnt for the aftertaste of bubble gum. Waht a weird flavor.

M - It hurts. There is strong sharpness on the front pallete. Not very easy to drink.

D - Its not something that could be a session beer. I wondering if it would be better if it was colder. I'll have to review it again sometime.

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Photo of freduardo
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of biscuitroller
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 on tap at the Rogue Publick House in SF. Lightly hazy straw color with a frothy white head. Noble hop aroma, very spicy, pils malt. Lots of pils malt flavor, dough, fresh bread, noble hops reduced to an afterthought. Dry finish with a light astringency.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of 000nastee
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of tylerstravis
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Morimoto Imperial Pilsner has a slightly hazy, golden-yellow body. The head is bright white and very thin. Retention and lacing are both minimal.

The aroma is packed with pale malts, a little bit of fruit and just a general, sticky-sweet character.

Morimoto is packed with pale malts, tons of them. The sweetness is huge, a little heavy, and just a bit cloying. The hops provide a light herbal note before being drowned out by a generic fruity flavor. The finish has a bunch of warmth that comes with a bite alcohol. Also moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and full.

Double Pilsners? The more of them I drink the less I like them. I think it's a style that is very difficult to do well. Part of the beauty of a pilsner for me is that a beer can be light and refreshing but still complex and flavorful. This beer is heavy and cloying, and doesn't resemble light or refreshing in any way. The malt is sticky sweet and drowns out any hope of balance. The alcohol flavor is pretty unwelcome.

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Photo of will_eye_e
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of tommarino
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cool bottle, bought a case (6 bottles) for $54 at a PA distributor. Was stamped Oct 15th on the box (brew date??). This was a very good beer but it's more like a bitter then a pilsner. It has a nice malt flavor and the yeast of a good pilsner but way overhopped for this style. I was surprised just how bitter (and good) it was. if you don't like hoppy beers I wouldn't recommend this. I like it.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ceramic big boy with flip top. Pours a very light and hazed bodied beer with a pale body and tints of orange. Carbonation sticks to the side of the glass and slowly make their way up to support a very loose white head that falls to bubbles.

There is alot of flavor in this compared to the smell. First sniff and I was thinking boring lager. First drink and the complexity came out in full force. A drying hop is the savior to a beer that has a strong fruity presence considering the style. Mouthfeel is a factor because its an odd oily texture that tends to grease the palate. Sweet malts contribute to the depth. Brown sugar and spices finish up the day.

Notes: Really an oddball brew but it works, kinda. Hops and the fruits were a nice combo but the mouthfeel was long lasting and meal'ish along with the mundane sweet malts it was just ok for me. Price per quality factor is not favoring a quick re-purchase anytime soon.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $7.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clearish, golden body with a thin, white head on top.

Smell: Sweetish waft of pils maltiness rounded out by some earthy, spicy hops scents and unripened fruit notes.

Taste: Ponderous amount of pilsner malts downed with a spoonful of confectioner's sugar. Interesting fruity blend of passion fruit, white grape, and tart pears. Small pinch of Goody's Headache Powder precedes a rustic, earthy, caustically pithy hop character with a pronounced medium-high amount of bitterness. However, the staunch bitterness really embodies the last half of the beer. Finishes dry, a tad warming, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's a very light stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The heavy nature of these Imperialized, Double-fied pilsners totally negate the simple, refreshing qualities of a good pils. Starts engaging, but, for me, it soon grew tiresome and turned into the beer-equivalent of helping someone move.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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