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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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Ratings: 565 |  Reviews: 334
Photo of Fugazme
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear pour... well, as crystal-clear as a beer can be without looking like water. Light gold/straw...
No fogginess, no haziness at all, in other words.
An inch or more head brought on by the pour from the ceramic bottle... I don't think I'll ever get down a smooth pour from one of these. Excellent stick and tremendous retention. More than I've ever seen from a pilsner for sure.

Aroma started off weak but opened up a great deal within a few
minutes. First whiff was nothing but grain. Second was grainy, but I could sense some hops coming through. By the third whiff (10 minutes later) I picked up a very nice and sweet herbal tone with strawberry and grass. Definite malt background.

Absolutely smooth. Wow. Mouthfeel is perfect.

Some great grain/malt flavor like a pilsner should have... Honey... gives way quickly to smallish, but good citrusy hop flavor.

Great balance. Great beer.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance seems to be more of an unfiltered wheat than pilsner. A nice pour from the ceramic bottle that was pretty pricey. A nice thick head that dropped down to about 1/4".

Some hop and cereal like aroma. Hop bitterness on the tongue, reminds me more of an IPA. Some sweetness as well. Body is kind of thick and chewy.

This offering seems to defy the classic characteristics of a pilsner. A very complex beer. Nice to try every now and then, but probably wouldn't make it a must-have after this one.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a white ceramic bottle. Very hazy straw blonde color with big thick head and sticky lacing (a bit hefe looking). Aroma is sweet and malty with citrus and some earthy hop aroma. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected with a creamy body. Taste is huge malty sweetness and strong but smooth earthy but sweet hop bitterness. Finish is pretty smooth for something this strong. Alchohol is not noticed in spite of almost 9% ABV. Overall a strong but malty pilsner with nice hop balance. Goes down easy for being as strong as it is. Great flavor and helps redifine the pilsner style. However for the price of over $10 a bottle I am not sure it is really that great. If this were a regular $3.99/22 oz I would be more impressed. I give it a lower drinkability due to the price. . .

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Desperately wanted to try this one after my recent pilsner-kick. Poured a clean, clear gold, with a medium white head. Major floral notes, yeasty, and mild citrus. Taste is all Pilsner, but slightly sweeter and hoppier than I care for. I typically like a very dry pilsner, but maybe I'm accustomed to a German or Czech? This IS an American Double Pilsner, so I should keep an open mind. It was strong, plenty of alcohol, floral hops, mild sweet fruits, yeast. Well-balanced carbonation, sweetness and dryness make for a good mouthfeel, and if you sip this guy, you can polish off a few before you realize how housed you are. Not what I look for in a PIlsner, but nice take on one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to see this on draft, it pours a beautiful, clear honey yellow with a dense head of bone white froth that retains nicely for a strong brew and leaves little blobs of lace on my goblet.

Aroma is pure pislner, only on steroids. Pilsner malts and honey, lemon peel, light mineral notes, and dripping green hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit, floral and fruit.

Flavor begins with an overdose of clean pilsner malts, slightly sweet enough to prepare you for the onslaught of hop flavors. Lemon zest, fresh wildflowers, pinapple, and light herbals. Very hoppy, but well balanced.

Body is a hair below large, with a soft, creamy texture and slick, almost syruppy mouthfeel. No trace of the 8.5%, definately quaffable, but sipping is reccomended to enjoy all the not so subtle nuances.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
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 jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Hoppy/floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts sweet but hops take over in finish. Label description is actually close: "intense hop bitterness supported by a big malty backbone." Slight bitter aftertaste. Better than Sam Adams imperial pilsner. $13.99 for a 26oz (or 750ml??) bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of drumstik
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a creamy white head that bubbles off and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is very floral, fruity, and hoppy.

Interesting taste for a pilsner. Sweet malt and fruity up front but with a very balanced spicy hop flavor at the end. Almost a little belgian-esque yeast taste to it.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost a littly oily but not in a bad way. Goes down easy and the high ABV isn't very apparent.

Overall a very tasty brew and something to pop on a special occasion. Also one of the coolest bottles on the shelves and I must admit that it caught my eye right away and thats really what swayed me to buy it despite it's high price tag.

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Photo of eallured
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped this one on Singles Awareness Day (Feb 14) as a treat to myself.
Pours into a weizen glass a beautiful light copper/orangish color that is translucent, the thickest looking pilsner I’ve seen with a small, silky head that sticks around for a while and leaves lacing as it falls. The smell is relatively weak, but there is little malty smell and a delicate floral smell from the hops due to the dry hopping. The taste is very pleasant and well balanced, if just a bit bitter. Although high in alcohol, any taste is fully masked by the hops. Although it is noticeably hoppier than other pils, this is most likely to offset the extra maltiness that arises from the higher alcohol level. The hop levels are similar to most IPAs, but with a much more continental flavor.
I have had less than a dozen Pils that I’ve actually paid attention to (I’m relatively new to the beer advocacy thing), but this is far and away the best Pilsner I’ve had. It is a good thing this is a special release, because I could see getting addicted to this stuff.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer, not just because I payed....oh $14.99? Sounds outrageous even for such a quality brew. But it is cleary worth the money at least once. Great looking beer with nice creamy white head- breaks down sofly, like foam from a cappuncino. Bitter and more bitter, so if you like hops, this is for you. Not fruity or sweet, just dry and very mellow. This is a beer you have to pay attention to- you don't passively drink this pilsner- it's serious business.

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

26 ounce ceramic bottle with a plop top bottle, very expensive.

Pours a dark, hazy golden with a tight white head and good lacing. A solid pour.

Harsh Rogue sterling hops and pac man yeast. Very nice, both are against a blank pilsner background and, like a diamond against a black Jewler's cloth, the tiny complexities and cuts of these usually-obscured scents are allowed full exposure.

Pac man yeast, followed by a light hint of fruity hops--much lighter than the nose, and ending with some strange foreign-tasting berries, like very sweet Mexican candy. As it warms, a more traditional pilsner tastes comes through, with flowery weeds dancing alongside the yeast.

Very sweet and very tasty.

I dig the bottle and all, but seriously unless you like the hand painted fake Japanese stuff enough to use it as a vase this beer is overpriced.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, lots of carbonation and a thick, gigantor white foam head. Awesome lacing.

Very nice sour fruity smelling beer, (a saison comes to mind) light sweet malts, fruitiness of apples, cranberries, currants and light floral hops.

Freakin' delicious beer, light and crisp on the palate, smooth balance of malt/fruitiness and delicious hop bitterness. The finish is a dry spicy hop finish with sour hints of yeast that remind me of a belgian wit or saison. Very nice brew!

Awesome brew, went down way too fast and the ABV got me a little buzzed. Very expensive though. $11.50 per bottle.


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Photo of MSchae1017
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a 750mL ceramic bottle.

The beer pours a frothy white head on an orange-golden body that is quite cloudy. The head retains and laces well. There is a floral and sweet citrus smell about the hops in the beer. The taste does not reveal much more than the smell does. This is a very thick beer that is complemented well by the carbonation. This is a good beer that could use a bit more sweetness and less floral.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy red-orange with an apple cider quality. Creamy but overly excited head dissipates rather quickly, leaving wispy, cobweb-ish lacing.

Smell: Rather faint; caramel malts and herbal/spicy hops come through. Kind of a pumpkin smell, as well, with just a hint of clove.

Taste: Very fruity. Prune juice, orange rindy hops, and there's some banana action going on, like a dunkel weizen. A bit of powdery yeast runs through it as well, and just a drop of maple-like sweetness. This is not like any other pilsener I've had before. It goes pretty well with my New Year's Day dinner, consisting of roast goose, cranberry-pecan wild rice stuffing, and green beans. Alcohol is more present as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and surprisingly sharp and dry.

Drinkability: I did really enjoy this beer and I recommend it, but I can't say I'll ever buy it again. At most places it's $16 a bomber (I found it for $12), and I'm afraid it's just not worth that. Awesome bottle, though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head that dissipated slowly.

The smell is pretty subdued with faint hints of hops and that overall "pilsner" aroma.

The taste is a very pungent bitterness up front that makes my mouth pucker...I kid you not! Mid way, the bitterness settles down and becomes more of a citrusy flavour that carries through to the aftertaste. And...I find the alcohol in this imperial definitely noticeable but not in the "Malt Liquor" kind of way; it's soothing, and would be welcome on a cold winter's night.

If you add up what I just wrote, you might think that I don't favour this brew all that much but guess what? I liked it enough to say to myself, I'm buying this one again.

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Photo of PATECO
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Imperial Pilsner in white ceramic 1 pint bottle with a resealable cap bought at Whole Foods Market in Plantation Florida for $6.99 no date on bottle.

Poured smooth with a nice head of very dense somewhat spongy foam slightly cloudy/murky with lots of tight bubbles. Laced the glass nicely. Smooth and creamy mouth feel but very hoppy, good flavor, slightly sweet (I like slightly sweet beers), tastes of malt and some yeast flavors, good finish with a little alcholol bite. Reminds me of some ales I have tried. Overall quite nice I would buy again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a hazy bright orange brew flows out of the crock, tumbling in a haphazard fashion that ought to generate some reasonable head formation but doesn't.

Aroma - heavy malt, thick tropical fruit aroma. Nice aroma, if decidedly un-pilsner-like.

Taste - definitely an intensified pilsner flavor, but it is much closer to style than the Dominion I.P. The sterling hops imart a thick, almost candied or dried orange/pineapple flavor. Warming alcohol on the swallow, setting up some mild bitterness on the finish. Intriguing mix of tastes, I like it.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, heavier than average but not oily.

Drinkability - a good tasting beer but a bit costly and not on my short list of favorite styles.

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Photo of HogHill
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Morimoto Imperial Pilsner. 1 pint 10. FL. OZ. bottle, really nice design on this cream colored ceramic bottle.

Poured into a pokal. Ths beer looks damn good. A nice creamy white 2 finger head atop a dense golden body, there is no clarity. Similar to an unfiltered wheat beer.

Aroma: a bouquet of citric hops.

Taste: sweet malts with a huge juicy hop presence. Lots of high alpha hop bitterness and a lil alcholol warmness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Even at 8% I find this to be a very drinkable beer, though I think the hops might be a little bit overwhelming for non-hop-heads. Though I don't how often I will come back to this beer at $12 bucks a pop

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves big scads of lacing behind

Smell: Noble hops aroma with some sweet malt, too; the alcohol is also apparent on the nose

Taste: Starts out with a sweet malt flavor with a fruity character that is quickly attacked by the noble hops; although this is clearly a very hoppy beer, the sweetness also asserts itself right through to the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (a bit thicker than a traditional pilsner) with plenty of carbonation; a bit of warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: The strong flavors of this beer are very interesting, but impact the drinkability somewhat; I really like it but one glass is aplenty for me

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

Cool 750 ml bottle pours a hazy bright yellow color with a decent creamy white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Flowery and citrusy aromas, sweet bread, honey and lemon flavors. Medium to full bodied with a slick, smooth mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering bitterness, alcohol very well hidden.

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

The presentation of this bottle is superb. The colors, style of bottle, is just right. Sadly this cost an arm and a leg. The good thing is this is a great tasting beer when fresh and it even ages well for being such a big pilsner.

To quote the bottle:

No chemicals, preservatives or additives.

4 ingredients: 100% French Pilsner Malt, 100% Sterling hops, free Range Coastal Water and Czech Pilsner yeast.

Creamy, smooth, this pilsner was bursting with flavor. This is a different machine than a regular pilsner. Tart, sweet, bitter, smooth, creamy.

The bottle describes this beer particularly well. "Golden in color with a dry hop floral aroma and intense hop bitterness supported by a big malty backbone which cumulates into a hedonistic mouthfeel."

Indeed. Try to find some for under $12...and enjoy.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy wit color. The head is large, billowy and bright white. The aroma is of nobles hops, grassy and floral, but with some citrus notes too. The taste begins with grassy and herbal flavor, finishes with citrus, then reverts back to a grassy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich golden, orange, honey color with a huge foamy head.Aroma wise,this is a very floral smelling beer.The earthy floral smell along with the malt,hops,and even a little orange make this an outstanding smelling beer.The taste is very hoppy and you can really make out the alcohol.This may be this beers only slight flaw.It is very good and rich tasting,but the alcohol takes away some of the flavor.But don't get me wrong,this is an excellant tasting beer.The m/f is very full and dominates your taste buds.The only thing that I don't like is the price and ceramic bottle.I could do with just a regular bottle and give me a couple!!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue and Morimoto do it again!
This turned out to be worth the money (seen it for $20, I paid about $13 for a bottle at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street).
Looks pretty durned spiffy.The bottle is pretty durned spiffy. Not a big head but a persistent one. Clear bronze color. Smells quite hoppy with an herbal sweetness.
Overall flavor profile reminds me of a malty double IPA. Ample herbal profile. Good malty sweetness. Cider-like in character.
The mouthfeel is pretty special here. Reminds me of a good stout in the finish. Roasted and smokey textures.
Sneaky, sneaky alcohol content... I wouldnt have guessed it's almost a 9% by volume brew from the taste. Pretty damned easy to drink.
I'd love this at a kinder price tag... even if it means the absence of the spiffy ceramic bottle.

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Photo of scooter231
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rusty golden/ruby color with lots of extremely bubbly slightly off white head. Seriously, tons of HUGE bubbles in the head. Smell is hoppy, sweetly so. Floral and somewhat herby. Rosemary? Honey... very complex nose.

Taste is almost remniscent of a DIPA. Hoppy, and hints of caramel and honey. Lightly bitter with roasted flavors towards the end. There's a tartness in here that's really refreshing.

Mouthfeel is maybe stout-ish, smooth, very creamy. Not too thick. Very sneaky for 8.8%. A very tasty brew that's easy to drink- not sure if it's worth the price... wish it was cheaper... but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered.

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