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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner | Uinta Brewing Company

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Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tilted Smile breaks away from the crowd. Big in alcohol, yet approachable and versatile. Confidently balanced with Saaz hops and 100% Pilsen malt. Crisp and delightfully carbonated.

30 IBU

Added by smcolw on 06-05-2010

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320
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
22.13%
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty yellow vibrancy yielding a bright white head around 3/5". Dropped a sorachi like lemon aroma, saaz hops, noble stuff.

Hit the carbonation, spritzy, biting edge hops. Good light lemon citrus tang. Somewhat noticeable alcohol. Bitter. Would be better paying $10 for a 6 pack of this instead of a 750ml. Prolly won't return to it at that format/price, but would in the summer if it were $10 for 4/6pack of 12oz.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml cork and wired topped bottle served in a pint glass. Date stamp is unreadable.

This is a boozy, relatively malty pilsner that gives the impression of a cross between a pilsner and a barleywine.
It's also quite sweet for a pilsner, although not at all cloying or overly sweet. The hazy apricot body doesn't look like a typical pilsner either, and the head and lacing are poor by pilsner standards.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with medium carbonation and some heat from the alcohol.

O: poor as a pilsner but a rather nice American Strong Ale.

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

2013 Bottle served cold in a pint glass. 750ml bottle.

Pale honey color with a nice cap of foam. Nose is sweet with honey, malts, and some hop aroma. Mouthfeel is dense, much like a stout and very heavy on the tongue. Taste is very sweet, almost cloying at times. Malt forward, not very complex and not terribly refreshing. It coats the mouth and is sticky (like most Uinta beers I've had come to think of it). Not a bad beer and I'm glad I've finally tried the style but I would not buy this again. It was very cheap though, $9 for a 750ml isn't bad.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange, lasting sandy-colored head with sheets of sticky lace. Smells very malty with some orange rind in there. Taste is sweet, malt-driven, some mild fruit esters, a touch of boozy spice/warmth on the end. Heavy, kinda sticky kinda creamy mouthfeel, not much carbonation makes its way through this syrup. I wish I could transfer these qualities to some otherwise great stout. The problem with this beer is the style: supposed to be light and refreshing, but also trying to cram a ton of alcohol in there; the result is not going to be classically balanced. This one hits that off-balance well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/23/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is strong and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy golden with lots of soda like carbonation, 3 fingers of yellowish off white head that has good retention. Little pinhead or fragments of glass formations as lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, slightly fruity like fruit cocktail, lager qualities, lager hops, saaz.

T: Deep sweet qualities with a hint of canned pineapple at first, then big lager qualities, big malts and big saaz hops, some oregano oil, quite herbaceous. A good amount of sweetness, then a big alcohol burn in the throat. A sort of plastic like quality I sometimes get in some Hefe Weizens as well. A sort of exaggerated pilsner quality in the aftertaste, like a pilsner on steroids, leaving a sort of lager burn taste which I assume is the saaz.

M: Thick, bready, syrupy, lots of heated soda like carbonation. Balanced finish.

O: I got this to better understand the style of IPL, which I was told this represents by the experts at Bruisin’ Ale’s in Asheville. I had Hitachino’s Nipponia a while back, and this is also considered an imperial pilsner as this one is. So, I am guessing IPLs and Imperial Pilsners are considered to be under the same category, not yet specified by some experts. Of the two, Nipponia is superior in my opinion. Tilted smile is good however, and worth a try.

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Photo of VALIS666
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottled two years ago, but stored in a dark 68 degree area for 18 months or so it's been in my possession. I mention this because on one hand I think this beer might have turned a bit, but reading through the reviews, plenty of them mention an overly sweet taste, and mine is almost syrupy. Smells faintly of citrus, but also rusty water. Plenty of carbonation and lace left, though, so maybe this is just far more sweet and sticky than I prefer.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber body with three fingers of bubbly white head. Really nice retention and the foam clings to the glass the entire way down.

S - Dank fruits and sugary malts. Smells just like a pilsner should with a Belgian twist.

T - Tons of cherry and tangy apricot fruitiness. Again, strong Belgian yeast flavor profiles. Malts are full and bready. Alcohol is spicy but well masked by the strong flavors.

M - Medium full body with moderate high carbonation. Very sticky and syrupy.

O - Not a bad brew. Flavors seem more like a Belgian/pilsner. Normally I prefer a pilsner to be lighter and more dry. Definitely a beer worth trying, but not one i'm likely to come back to often. I do love the labeling though.

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Photo of mediumtommy
4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great beer and style I haven't seen before. Even though it has a higher alcohol content the beer didn't have an alcohol flavor to it. It came in a 22 oz bottle and was a perfect size and ABV to share with 2 other people. Everyone enjoyed it. There is no hoppiness to the beer as would be expected with a pilsner, but my biggest pet peeve is when pilsners have an overwhelming amount of that strong pilsner malt, but this one did not at all. It was a great balance of a strong beer and a pilsner, if Imperial Pilsner wasn't written on the bottle I would have had a hard time putting this beer into a category.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a good sized head that reduced to a puffy layer. Nice lacing from the reduced head. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing on the glass as the best was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet Pilsner malts followed by grassy noble hops. Nothing fantastic.

Taste: Pilsner alcohol, boozy alcohol, grassy and mild hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Chewy, crisp, refreshing, low to medium carbonation, a little boozy, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: This imperial pilsner is a bit too much for me. Alcohol is a bit much along with the pilsner malts. The hops are nice and traditional.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cage and cork stylie bottled on 8/8/13 consumed on 11/19/13

Deep golden color, massive, smooth pure-white foam crown.. Active look.

Hearty, spicy hop and yeastie aroma, saaz hops smell wonderful! green veggies, spring water, mild citrus, sour white grapes. The aroma is actually very pungent.

The flavor is pretty intense, high heat for sure, spicy and tangy bite with hops and yeast taking over after the heat. This one dry's out nice, hits you as slick and rich at first then becomes earthy and dry with a tangy bite. Complexity in flavor and mouth feel is really high, layers of flavor...which makes this Imperial Pils rather interesting concidering how mundane and standard most pilsners can be. corn, hearty wheat, veggies are all in the flavor in a minimal way, but the complexity reveals many interesting aspects. As the brew warms, some cloying malt slickness coats the mouth, but this is an Imperial pils, so I'm not to surprised by this.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style usually, but this one is spot-on. Big in all the right ways while still leaving room for the classic aspects of a pilsner. I also appreciate any brewer that can create a well rounded IMP Pils. not an easy style, almost blasphemous in many regards, but it certainly is a style-bender and envelope pusher!

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber/copper color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit and caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. Worth trying. $8.49 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Hannaford's Concord, NH.

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Photo of jwff
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 9/16/13

Tilted Smile pours into a standard pint glass a honey/gold. The head was pristine and white while it lasted, and there isn't much carbonation in the glass. There are maybe 2 or 3 lazy streams. Smell is a mix of sweet and grainy. Mild earth note is present from the hops, but I am really searching for it.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with a more pronounced hop finish. Incredibly sweet, and low in carbonation. As it warms there is an alcohol presence in the middle that clashes with the hops in the finish. Body is viscous and undercarbonated. I enjoy the hop flavor I do get, but the overall presentation of flavor struggles to cooperate.

In the end I'm disappointed, because almost everything on the label about the beer has been completely the opposite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/4/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but there is an alcohol bite after each sip that slightly takes away from the drinkability in my opinion.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color witha two plus finger fo white fizzy foam. On the nose its a bit sweet with a honeyed grassy profile that mixes with a bit of fruity yeast. On the palate it is more of the same. A touch sticky and the yeasty fruit flavors far outweigh the saaz hops and the bready pilsen malts.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pretty amber with an orange hue and a fat head of off white foam that fell slowly and left a layer on top and cloud like lace. Nose is good. Pilsner malt, spicy hops, spice and a touch of lemon. Starts off with a little grass that becomes more pronounced as it warms. This has a light bread with honey that becomes an actual caramel sweetness as ti warms. I did not observe any alcohol on the nose.

Taste is heavy and immediately boozy. Instead of that citrus and grass and saaz you get alcohol and then a light hop bitter. The sweetness is heavy and detracts from the grain. There's a corn sweetness in here too. It's verges on cloying and all the elements of a pislner are fighting with the heavy alcohol and clashing with the caramel. The corn is just too much.

This finishes clashing. Sweetness with a moderate bitter. Thank goodness the carbonation was more than ample to keep the body of this beer from being heavy like a rock. The corn outdoes the spice and that is half the flavor of the pils as far as I am concerned. It's a little slick on the palate and overall just average.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from champagne style bottle into a perfect pint glass. My first beer from this brewery.

Pours medium amber, slightly dark, with huge white foam. Sticks everywhere. Light malt layered nose, hints sweet. Taste is straw like light but with a firm hop. Crisp and boozy.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 of this from World Market tonight on sale for $8 - score!

Can't say that I've ever had a double-pilsner, nor do I drink a lot of regular pilsners, so I went with a tallish, thin goblet for this one. Initial pour yielded about 3/4" of liquid and 4" head, so I set it down for a few while I got dinner set out.

Smells pilsner-y; earthy, funky, bread/yeast/toast, and maybe some figginess - got me thinking of some Oktoberfest I recently had. Body is a rusty golden yellow, with bubbles streaming up, and looking pretty active.

I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor, especially after reading a lot of reviews that seemed to rate that as the low point. I think it's nice - really follows suit to what you get in the nose, with emphasis on the malt-toast and fig. The alcohol is unbelievably well-hidden. 9%? You're kidding me. There's some spiciness and warmth in the background that gives it away, and a slickness to the mouthfeel, but otherwise you wouldn't know.

Overall, I really like this one, and heartily recommend!

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Photo of VelocityXMass
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice taste, not amazing, but there was something about the head that just felt great, not at all the gossamer insubstantiality of other lights, but rather, a curiously coherent, dense foam approaching - what? the chewiness of hops itself? - that was different, exciting, and enticing.

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Photo of weonfire
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Golden, translucent, full finger of white thick head, sticky lacing, head dissipates slowly

S - barley, grain, water, low hops, booze, carmel

T - malt, saaz hops, sweet carmel, high booze, melon. finish is a sweet carmel booze.

M - creamy, med body, med frothy, real boozy which lingers

O - Booze dominates this beer. Nose is just about nonexistent. small carmel, booze and a hint of barley. Uinta must tone down the booze. Carmel is nice. More Saaz. Crisp this up. This is straight sugary maltiness. Germans would be disgusted with this pilsner. I don't recommend this.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.49/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big 750mL bottle, crowned and corked. Bottled on 02/1/13, so roughly 3 months old. Paid $7.49 at Dover Discount Beverage, Dover NH, USA. Attractive high quality label, nice presentation. Served cold in a pilsner glass.

A: A gentle pour gives a nice 2" of ivory head, which I guess isn't difficult in this skinny glass. Brew is crystal clear deep yellow in color, tons of robust carbonation flowing upward. The head slowly retracts and pulls away from the glass like taffy, leaving a thick marshmallowy lace. Seriously, the head looks like something you'd need a spoon for.

S: Thick light malt backbone with a good dose of grainy silage and a touch of sweetness. Hops are present but mild, not much emerges from underneath the malt, very faint fruity floral notes bound up with the sweetness. Alcohol is masked well.

T/M: Alcohol plays a major role in the taste, but it is incorporated well into the overall profile and isn't dominating or out of place... pleasant in an odd way. Very well balanced in that regard. Good thick light grainy malty backbone. Touch of sweetness, in the very early stages of caramelization from what I presume is a longer boil. Hops are present mostly in a bittering capacity, just a bit of floral/ herbal thing going on. A nice bitterness lingers in the finish and hides nearly all the alcohol, but I do feel it on my breath. Mouthfeel, like the rest of it, is just enough and not too much. Carbo and body keep each other in check. Not nearly as fizzy as it looks

O: Supremely well-balanced. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Great execution of this uncommon and difficult style.

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Photo of Monalenard
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok, lets remember what we're talking about, what most pilsner tastes like, and that this one would kill a baby. packing 9% abv into a pils without it tasting like steel reserve deserves some recognition. i definitely, however, do not sip this and go "mmm, goddamn this is good", and i do do that when i feel so. what i do is sip this and refer back to the bottle going "nine percent, really? yeah, there it is...man, wow" like a zillion times.

The steps:

bust out the stupid pilsner glass that i hate

pours with a thick pillowy head, more so because traditionally, apparently this beer is meant to be poured into a test tube, whatever. clear pour, dark gold, nose is mostly biscuty, slightly toasty but not too much

This is a flavorful beer for how bready it is, like if they had a bread flavored boullion cube or something. Its good. ive had this once before and i remember liking it more. this is probably not as fresh a sample as i have previously had...is this really nine perent?-yeah, totally still right about that. typically i would not call a beer "smooth" but that really is kind of the case. thick mouthfeel. nice, sort of, fine grade carbonation, all of that especially for a pils.

overall, its just a good flavorful version of a pilsner which is usually a really lack luster brew style save for the few that add some light, super dry hopping.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle 6/27/12 into a standard pint glass. I do think the bottle art is stupid.

Appearance: Pours an opaque glowing orange with a one finger of white fizzy head. Decent retention with still a thin ring settling in. Watery lacing here and there slides down the glass eventually. I'm shaving .25 pts for the dumb label by the way.

Aroma: Euro hops, grassy, floral, hints of melon and citrus fruits, pilsner malts, sweet.

Taste: Starts out sweet and malty, light caramel, light and somewhat odd melon fruitiness, with some grassy, floral hops hitting in the middle. Saaz hops really kick in the finish along with a touch of alcohol heat and sweetness again.

Mouthfeel: The heat in the presence is neat in a pilsener style but it's not all that distracting. Medium bodied but heavy for a pilsner. A little thick actually... carbonation feels... lazy. Different take on the style. Moderatley complex flavors. I'm sure this would rank a bit higher with fresher example.

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big frothy two plus finger head of eggshell white, mainly dense microfoam but some larger bubbles interspersed here and there, adequate plus retention, the lacing is actually much stronger than you’d expect and the residue all but fully coats the inside walls of the glass. The liquid is a dull rust water orange, light in hue and more pale yellow at the rims and glass bottom, the widely dispersed tiny bubbles are active as they rise. The nose is quite fruity with pear, yellow apple, fig and peach notes, some pepper and then salted pretzels, more straight up malt than associated scents like chocolate, not herbaceous but has a stiff spine, some cornmeal but the good kind. Full-bodied, almost heavy for its type with an unusual emphasis on sweet citrus, a blend of lemon, grapefruit and orange, very dominant. Leafier here, the hops come through in a drying sense, helps balance out that citrus as well as the apricot, pear, mango, cantaloupe fruit. At times close to honeyed. The carbonation stays on the fluffy side and spreads it like glue across the palate. Buttered biscuits and some sweet corn but nothing in the area of adjunct land. This is a definite “take” on the style and not a classic rendition, as such more likely to polarize. But, in the end, it’s fun taken on its own terms and just thrown back in that spirit.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden yellow with a finger of white head and some lacing.

Noble hop aroma upfront offers ripe citrus fruit, apple, green melon, grassy herbs, berries, gum.

Good bit of citrus fruits in taste with some moderate funk. Big moist grassy/herbal flavors, more bitterness than I expected but it plays well with pilsen malt. Residual bitter dry aftertaste.

Refreshing feel despite high ABV and moderate bitterness.

Would have this again as the weather warms. Interesting take on the style.

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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