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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner | Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner
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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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Ratings: 565 |  Reviews: 334
Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy yellowish gold with a thinnish head. Not the most attractive. Smell is also lacking a touch. Solid dry hopping but not really anything else. Flavors are smooth and go nicely but nothing really jumps out at me. Some fruity base characteristics with pine notes at the top. They balance well in the end but the malts seem to sweet and hops too bitter. Finish is acidic. A good beer but not worth the price and it didn't wow me whatsoever.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S - .75 L painted ceramic swing top.

A - A somewhat deep hazy honey color. Would be nicer if the clarity were better, but I really dont care. It looks good to me.

S - Honey, Pine, Citrus characters flutter around my nostrils. Slight malty level. Very nice, just completely inviting.

T - Honey, citrus peel, hoppy twinge in the finish. Crazy warming in the chest. This brew is no joke, it is top notch. Sugary sweetness isnt cloying but in fact very well balanced. I am very impressed.

M - Jesus, if it got any better than this my head would explode. No area of the mouth goes unnoticed.

D - Give me two 750's of this for a baseball game with some brats and I will trade sexual favours without hesitation.

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Photo of techdiver
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous slightly cloudy golden color with an awesome solid head that hangs on modestly through the glass. Hops and citrus greets the nose. Taste is oh so grand with the bite of the hops and an impression of grapefruit on the finish. I find it very drinkable and quite concealing of the alcohol content. Hope to never pay this much for a case again, but for now; it's all mine.

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Photo of eballard
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow brown with a light foamy head that settles into a light lace that has good retention. The smell is fruity and mellow with a hint of a hops quality. The taste is citrus with a blend of hops and malts. The beer feels smooth and full with a creamy texture. It finishes with a hops spice and a slight tingle. In all this beer is great. You get a nice tasting beer that drinks well and a fun bottle for those that collect beer merchandise.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
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 sabrills70
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 10oz white ceramic bottle, with no freshness date, that I purchased a tad over a year ago and has been in the back of my fridge since. Pours a deep gold with just a hint of amber. One finger head with OK longevity and nice lace. Not much aroma but I am catching some pilsner malt mixed with citrus and honey. No real hop aromas to speak of. Taste has sweet malts up front mixed with fair amount of citrus and honey. OK hop flavor but a decent hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Nicely balanced until the hop bitterness in the finish. Crisp and fairly lite considering the ABV. A full flavored pilsner and another quality beer from Rogue.

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Photo of horshack7
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearnce: Pours a golden yellow with an inch worth of foamy head.

Aromas: One of the first scents that shows up is citrus aromas very nice hop notes and very slight malt hints.

Taste: Lots of hop notes little bits of citrus flavor very slight dried fruit notes. With a slightly chewy mouthfeel yet a little crisp.

Notes: This one is quite tasty nicely hoppy crisp a very well crafted brew out of Rogue once again. An excellent summer beer lace lines the galss from start to finish. Cheers

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently I have had many imperial porters and I was looking forward to Rogue's offering, but unfortunately this one doesn't rank very high with the rest of the lot. The smell is faint, but when teased out it is like a weak tripel, with a bit of citrus, spices, and sugar/honey. The taste is good, but not really what you would expect. It seems to me like Rogue took their fantastic uber-pilsner and tried to dry hop it, but there was not much forethought on the execution. Hops peek through about a third of the way through the beer, but nothing really develops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, simply because its not that big of a beer.

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Photo of
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ceramic bottle. Pale yellow and slightly hazy. Large white head. Hops are first impression, citrus and floral. Malt came next, a supporting role, earthy and bread-like. Flavor was similar, with the hops driving. Now I am getting floral and grassy, maybe a hint of grapefruit. Some sweetness, bread/yeast in character, shows up in the middle. Finish is a bit acidic. Light in body, medium carbonation and quite drying. Overall, an excellent beer. I will enjoy more of these despite the price.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous dirty gold -- not just an analagous gold, it looks like actual, primitively shaped gold. The nose hints at light sweetness, with big white pepper and spicy hops on a bed of hay. Great, appetizing, enticing nose. On the palate, this beer is quite sweet, due to both malts and, it would seem to me, present alcohol. The mid palate is full of doughy malts, while the hops kick in at the end for a sweet and spicy finish with relatively little bitterness for a beer this big. The quality of the mouthfeel is diminished somewhat by the raw, present alcohol, and the body is thin and stretched like a rubber band. Overall, an interesting beer that suffers from too much present alcohol and too much sweetness. Not terribly drinkable, but interesting.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, this is one of the most beautiful bottles that I have ever seen. Not that is the only reason to buy this beer but it is a plus. Poured a nice yellow color with a beautiful white head. Tasted very sweet with a little too much carbonation. I just wish i could have sampled this with a little sushi or some top of the line chinese food. Was definetly a great pilsner.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a light orangey color pilsner with a big white bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of hops is quite intense and reminiscent of an IPA. Taste is also dominated by big floral hops with medium bitterness and some sweet malt. A bit more balance between malt and hops would have been preferable IMHO. Body is above average for a pilsner and alcohol doesn’t show. Overall, this is a rewarding experience but not necessarily what I was expecting.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew shows how good a pils can be. It's a noble style written off by too many simply because so many bad beers presume to call themselves pilseners.

It pours a pale, clear gold and forms a frothy white head that subsides rapidly but leaves intricate lace down the side of the pilsener glass. The aroma is surprisingly bold-- flowery hops with a touch of spice. The taste is bold -- fresh malt, yeast, a tinge herb, andof course spicy hops. If it wasn't so darn expensive I could polish of a few of these bottles no problem.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kick ass ceramic bottle. The ink was smearring off a little.

Apperance- A pretty hazy banana skin yellow. Was a little hard to see the nice bubbling.

Smell- Geeted with dry hops and mix of some almost astringent, light malts.

Taste- A little alcohol mixed with some dry malts and hops. The hops give a decent citrus character. A little earthen hay textures come out as well.

Mouthfeel- Dry yet effervesant, almost champange-y.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco.

Transparant golden color, thin white head with good lacing.

Smells very fresh. Floral hops, alcohol definitely present.

Huge taste. Aggressive hops, great mouthfeel - incredibly rich for a pilsner.

As far as I'm concerned, a benchmark Imperial Pils. Best one I've ever had. Seek it out on tap, because it is pricey at $13/750ml in the bottle.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like other BAs, I had to try this because of the cool bottle, and also because I really liked DFH Golden Shower. This was a pretty good beer. It was orange, with a medium head. It had a floral aroma, and the alcohol was perceptible. A fruity, hoppy taste, again a noticeable alcohol taste. Smooth, and drinkable, but not my favorite.

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Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highs: Beautiful packaging, taste
Lows: Price

OK, I had to pick this one just because of the beautiful flip-top ceramic package. Alas, such beauty comes at a price, in this case $11.99 at a store that is known for reasonable pricing.

Pours into the pilsner glass a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a thick, fluffy white head that fades off at a slow pace leaving moderate lacing. (It’s kind of hard not to generate a huge head due to the narrow, long neck of the bottle.) Minor carbonation action. Scent of moderate hops up front, and already some of that 8.8% ABV is evident, though not annoyingly so. Nose is pretty complex for a pils, also having some honey-sweet barley malt and mild citrus and some nondescript spicy aroma as well. Taste is initially pretty well balanced, then the alcohol asserts itself slightly, soon eclipsed by moderately bitter hops, then reasserting itself toward the end, finally finishing on a well-balanced malty/hopsy note that lingers on the palate for a bit. Pretty well balanced throughout. I'd have to compare this to a good IPA, believe it or not. Mouth is medium-bodied and mildly carbonated. Drinkability is very good though ABV and pricing temper that somewhat.

Overall: A very good double pils, probably not the best pilsner I’ve had, but as a double, quite good. Recommended.

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Photo of Brian700
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the third session in a row where me and a few buddies had a great line-up of beers to drink and we always start with a different imperial pilsner. We have tried the DFH Golden Shower, Shorts Brewing Company - the Curl, and this one, Morimoto signature imperial pilsner. I think this one was the best of the three.

It pours in hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head. There was some nice lacing going on.

This one actually smelled like a pilsner. There is a corn presence with some mild hop aroma.

The flavor of this one was pleasant. It was a dense ration of pilsner malt but was very well balanced with the hops. Basically a souped up pilsner with nothing lost in the translation.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I thought this was very drinkable. It was enjoyed by all.

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Photo of cracgor
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall head. Rich golden wheat color, but more cloudy than I'd expect. Has a nice nose to it. Very floral with a hop smell that is like cascade hops mixed with some of that saaz smell and yet distinct. The malts come from behind with some grassy sweetness. A very sweet beer. Not a lot in the way of bitterness. The malts are by far the major player. Sweet and fruity. First Impilsner I've had that the malt takes center stage, but honestly I've only had two. It doesn't really have that pilsner funk that I like in some of the czech pilsners...at most a hint. Mouthfeel is very full bodied. Alcohol is deceptive since I don't really recognize it at all. An okay beer, but not worth the price I regularly see it for.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable beer. The appearance is a slightly hazy yellow gold beer with plenty of carbonation. Very big hit of hops in the nose and some malt although it is difficult to find much of anything past the hops. I'm not really sure which hop variety is dominating the aroma but it seems spicy and German which is kinda refreshing compared to all the American hops I've been exposed to recently. The taste is pretty smooth and a little fruity with a mega bitter backbone. The burn of the hops lingers on my tongue for a good while. Loads of body. Surprisingly drinkable for something so potent.

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Photo of hoffman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tell you what...I had written off all pils' as bland, grainy, half-hearted beers. This one let me know I should not turn my back on a style from a few bum offerings.

Pours up slightly hazy with a monster head thanks to the glug-glug-glug complements of Rouge's marketing department and their cermamic bottle. The bottle while quite easy on the eyes is not the best design for a model pour. The color is a straw yellow/golden tint, very full aromatics from this one....again the best pils I have had, but there are some sweet grains, musty ripe fruits (apples and strawberries), and even some grassy herbal hop tones. The base is mostly malty, you saw through that to a full grainy/almost tart middle, and finish with a dry hoppiness I have never experienced before. There is almost a faint tannin complex from the malt that blends with the hops to give this finish....i like it. A damn drinkable beer on an eighty degree evening. Enjoyment to the fullest.

Thanks Fugazme!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/apricot color, some carbonation, no head, not much lacing either.

S - Scents of hops, malts, citrus, plums and a slight floral tone.

T - The taste is a little tangy/sweet with a nice dry finish.

M - Medium Body.

D - Very drinkable. Rogue has a nice little Imperial Pilsner here, different taste than a SA Harvest Pilsner.

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Photo of Enola
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Boone Saloon

This beer poured a slightly hazey light orange. The smell was citrusy. The taste was pretty smooth. The taste of this beer flirted with an IPA. There was not a powerfull hop presence but it did have that feel. The mouthfeel was smooth. The higher alcohol was well hidden. Not a beer you could drink many of but a beer I could certainly drink again.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a small but tight white head that fades gradually and leaves behind some lacing. Smell is sharp floral hops with a piney tone, and a bit more sweetness than one would expect from a DIPA, which is nicely in keeping with this style. Taste is hoppy to be sure, but less so than I confess I was hoping for, and it fades into a fairly strong buttery taste with some fruitiness in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is thicker then I'd expected, with less bite, so pretty darn good all in all. Drinkability is solid, no trace of the big ABV, making this a dangerous beer, coming as it does in the big ceramic swing top. Thumbs up, but I'd like a bit more hoppiness to really take it to the next level.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an ever so minimally cloudy pale gold and apricot with a thin film of head that leaves a little lace at the top of my tulip.

Smells sensational with a little apricot and mandarin citrus sweetness that’s backed by some oats and honey much like Rouge’s Imperial IPA. There’s also a pleasant rose and soap lingering in the background.

Tastes crisp and bitter up front but quickly picks up some delicate buttery melon and not-so-sour limes with aromatic traces of alcohol and a delightful bittering hops. Finishes buttery with a pleasant hop sting along the inner edges of my tongue.

The mouth feel is smooth and buttery with a light carbonation that seems to appear out of nowhere as I drink.

I’m liking this one. Very appealing to all of the senses.

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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 565 ratings
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