Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
Uinta Brewing Company

Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
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Style:
American Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #66
ABV:
9%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,977
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.46%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
324
From:
Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  15
Gots
  43
SCORE
83
Good
Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
Notes: 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
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Reviews by CaptDavyJones:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of patre_tim
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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 russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had no intention of doing this, but this was bottled on 1/12/11 and today is 10/11/12. Probably too old to enjoy, but what the hell?

A: The pour is hazy with not more than one finger of white head. The retention is only ok and doesn't necessarily lace all that well. 3.5

S: Pretty sweet aroma overall. Pilsner scents, without much alcohol noted at all. There's an underlying grass, hay, and overall funkiness character as well. It's a little strange, but I'm not against it. 3.5

T: The taste is really representative of your typical pilsner...except it packs 9% ABV and you would never know. It is a bit sweet, probably from the extensive aging. Really don't know what else to say. Have you had a pilsner? This tastes like that. 3.5

MF: The beer is syrupy on the palate, but overall tastes a bit watered down. Crisp, clear finish. Pretty refreshing. The sweetness hurts the drinkability, but only slightly. 4

O: Shouldn't have aged this long. I'd like to see what it tastes like fresh. I didn't mind this, but it wasn't great. 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a light golden color with a nice frothy white head that laces on the glass. The smell is distinctly of that sour pilsner aroma, bold sweetness and a hint of pepper spice. The flavor is really quite pilsnery with the malts amped up for this brew. There is a decent mouthfeel to it and it's rather enjoyable, but not a beer that I would bring to a tasting. This is really a beer that is meant to be enjoyed with pizza and sports of some sort. But alas it came with cork and cage and shall never meet it's potential due to that very fact.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner is a tasty imperial pilsner. I don't usually like this style that much, but this was quite nice.

A: Straw colour and a small head that fades to poor lacing. 3

S: Grainy and a little sour. 3.5

T: Grainy with a little dusty flavour. Some barnyard flavour and the slightest hint of caramelisation. 4.

M: A little flat. 3

O: Tasty Imperial Pilsner. 4

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 09/14/12

A: Pours a clear golden color with a finger and a half's worth of head

S: Bready with lager yeastiness, fruitiness, slight hop notes, and light alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off fruity with lightly spicy hops and works its way into the malt and yeast aspects, which are bready, husky, and grainy. Definite pilsen malt and lager yeast. Alcohol goes almost unnoticed, but adds another layer of fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid imperial pilsner with complexity and depth. Very easy to drink given the abv. Worth a try if you're into imperial pilsners or lagers

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dear friend picked this up to try tonight..upon returning home, we realized it was bottled in 6/10. Not exactly the new batch. As it has the high ABV, and it is said to be cellarable for long periods, I feel I should carry on.

The cork pops out - a corked pils, the mind boggles - the first pour, not altogether violent, results in a gorgeous pile of foam in la fin du monde glass. The pour into the pint glass leaves a small ring of head that lingers. The bottle conditioning steals from the clarity of the pilsnering. Still, I can see through the haze in my glass fairly clearly.
Spicyness fades into a lemon. This mingles on the grassy lawn with the grains strewn about.
The flavor is nice, really easy drinking at 9%. Grainy and lemony with a bit of grass. Hops far in the background, no alcohol detectable. Age is something more than a number here. Bitterness not an extroverted feature here. Did I say easy drinking?? Oh, dear. . My glass is empty again.
First try from this Uinta Crooked Line series was nice. Looking forward to a fresh slice.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a weizen glass

A: pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of pure white foamy head that lingers nicely and leaves nice spotty lacing on the glass
S: kind of a muddled bright scent, slight lemon and slight wheat with a pretty nice malt depth
T: begins with a bit of a brightness with lemons then moves into the nice malt depth i had hoped for, finishes with a taste left on the palate like gym socks, not bad actually kind of nice, slight alcohol character comes in at the the middle end of the sip
M: intense carbonation, actually drinks pretty thick but still smooth, leaves the mouth with a bit of a funky feeling, slight alcohol burn towards the end of the sip
O: a pretty nice take on the style, good depth, definitely drinks smooth enough and has a good character, would like to see the alcohol hidden a bit more but id pick it up again for sure

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a slighlty hazy, amber tinted yellow-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, foamy white head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a dense cap on the brew. Good lacing along the glass as you go. Aromas are blended well and subtle, with a toasted backbone and some buttery highlights, as well as a slightly sour character. Flavors are bold, with a boozey kick. Biscuity backbone with a butter sweet blending and some floral and citrus highlights. This beer is a mouthfull, but remains smooth and mid-bodied in mouth. The aftertaste is more of the toasted grain flavoring common of a Pilsner, leading to smooth, clean finish. Tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged, bottled 9/28/11. Purchased @ Flatbread Community Oven, Meridian ID, and split into Crooked Smile tulip glasses with my father-in-law.

A: Pours a bright, almost brilliant golden orange with apparent turbidity...there is an awesome, huge rocky white head that sticks around forever...good lacing.

S: Huge bready malt presence, lots of grains, sweet fruity notes, banana & banana bread...distant crisp citrus hops...definite alcohol but its pretty masked.

T: Really follows the nose...caramel & toffee compete with crisp pilsner malts, hint of toasted grain...grassy hop notes...definite light fruity/yeasty component...touch of heat...very bready.

MF: Creamy mouthfeel...nice light burn from the alcohol...touch of viscosity.

O: Honestly I liked it, it was an easy drinker though a bit big...not too hot, pretty malty and I'm not the hugest fan of Saaz hops but Uinta did a good job here.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a lost abbey tulip.

A: Pours a hazy great looking golden amber color with a two finger pure white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly to leave some nice lacing and a white ring around the top of the beer.

S: Smells like delicious Belgian Pilsner malt with some slight yeast fruit esters in the background.

T: Taste is very crisp and clean like a pilsner should be with some really great hop character from what must be some pretty generous Saaz additions throughout the boil.

M: Mouth feel is is good, it is nicely carbonated and pleasant to drink.

O: I really like this beer. it is very drinkable which makes it dangerous at 9%. Definitely worth the 7 bucks and will most likely pick more up in the future

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 324 ratings