Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner | Uinta Brewing Company

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Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American 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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Reviews by Teleweizen2:
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep gold in color. Dense white foam. Good retention. Descent lacing.

S - the aroma is simple yet pleasant. Notes of Honey comb are dominate but there is a well balanced hop counter point. Very grassy with some hints of citrus.

T - sweet honey malts on the front of the palate. Slightly grainy. Vaugely remeniscent of a biscuit drizzled with honey. Flavor does get a bit cloying but is fairly well balanced by bright citrus bitterness which enter mid palate. Candy hop finish.

M - Light body close to medium. High carb. Quite Crisp.

O - a pleasant version of a pilsner. I would never guessed it was 9% abv. But it was definitely too sweet for the style.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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 patre_tim
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 oberon
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner a clear rich medium golden with a large fluffy white crown atop.Aromas of sweet dough and drunken fruit mainly,the saaz hop that is supposed to bring some crispness and herb is really subdued.Sweetish caramel and alcohol dipped fruit hit at the onset on the palate,a bit grainy with just a slight shot of herbal hop in the finish.These double pilsners for the most part have a maibock-like quality to them,in saying that I dont quite understand the reasoning behind the style.

Bottled on 3/20/11

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pilsner. Gold color, thick, white, fluffy head. A good deal of lace. Vigorous carbonation.

Grassy hops aroma. Sweet malt.

Hoppy taste with a lot of caramel malt. Sweet up front with a nice hops background.

Crisp but sweet. Very balanced, very Old World.

This just showed up in Maine. I hope to find other beers from Uinta.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle pours a clear yellow gold body that is quite effervescent wiith tiny bubbles. Small white head has some nice legs.

Aroma is bready malts with an appropiate pilsner hop array of spicy, herbal, and floral notes.

Smooth and clean on the palate with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste is pleasantly balanced. Herbal and floral hops impart a frinedly bitterness upon the subdued bready caramel maltiness. Alcohol is barely noticed.
Not a classic pilsner but very tasty and drinker friendly.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brewerdrew
1.99/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a bit cloudy straw which I am not concerned about. Honestly believe unfiltered beers are fine and haze is not a problem.

smell was neutral.

The biggest issue with this beer was the OVERWHELMING Risidual Sweetness.

Pilsner's by definition are meant to be light and crisp. I will forgive a bit of the lightness given that it is Imperial but this beer was uber sweet.

Will not buy again especially when I can buy a classic German/Czech Pils or Victory pils for a quarter of the price

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Photo of Happy_Camper
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

(The hardest cork to pop off yet!)

A filtered, clear, golden yellow. Thick white head. Not much lacing.

A sweet, cracker-malt aroma along with some sweetness. There are some grassy and earthy aromas as well, but nothing that leaves me very wanting.

Not as hoppy or as bitter as I expected going in, but perhaps that was my own mistaken assumption. The flavor is bready, leafy, and grassy, along with a touch of sharp hop presence.

Medium to thick bodied.

A relatively simple beer for being so "big." Relatively earthy and grassy. A good pilsner with a real alcohol punch (in ABV only, no alcohol flavor present).

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Photo of squiz
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bright yellow pour with the most virginesque white head to it, yummy bitter and lemon aroma from this one.

Crisp hop bite, not over done, but definitely fitting the imperial bill. Tangy. Pairs great with summer, seafood. Mild citrus notes. A little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing that is a detraction at 9%. Touch of biscuit like mouthfeel from the light malt body. Some grassiness, sweetness. Bitterness held in check.

Not a bad beer, a lil pricey when its in the 9-10$ range, but saw it recently on sale for $7 which is tolerable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) Bottled 10/25/10

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a tornado of microbubbles and a thick creamy snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The raw grain and field corn notes have a faint buttery quality and a faint green spicy hop almost black pepper note in the finish.

T- The faint grain notes are scrubbed away by the carbonation and a lemon cream hop flavor finishes with a soft Noble pungent hint lingers for a bit after the finish. There is a sweetness to the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with scrubbing bubbles that hide the malt flavor and no alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer is light and crisp and not really dry as I would like. There is a light flavor for such a big beer and some DMS sneaks up in the aroma as the beer opens up. I would mind a bit more hop character for such a high alcohol beer either.

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Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of weonfire
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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 AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/22/10. And gee, where can I get a t-shirt reading "9% Alc by Vol" like the dude on the label? Sign me up. Large, please.

Wow, if I didn't know better I'd think I've just poured a fizzy macro lager by accident. Bubbles are many, they feed a crackling white head and the color is an extremely well-filtered pale yellow of impeccable clarity. Pilsner-ish for sure, although no sign of "imperialization," but how could you know from appearance?

Aroma is as clean and unassuming and traditionally pilsner-ish (minus the imperial, yet again) as the appearance. Clean, breezy, featuring Saaz hops without any doubt, cracked wheat, mild dash of uncooked sweet corn, biscuit, water cracker. Nice and polite and, by all accounts, something that's going to taste incredibly refreshing.

There's a nice, solid, simple handful of impressions the taste gives off: crisp green apple, ripe and juicy pear, faint sulfur, watered-down yellow cake batter, and the lightly bitter bite of Saaz hops. All very nice, all very enjoyable, but not a flavor that will blow anyone away. Yet...yet, it crept up on me, and not only its simplicity, but its purely enjoyable flavors had me in their grip after some time. One to contemplate slowly and with serious attention...so subtle, but it has its rewards.

Feels like a regular pils: crisp, a little airy and on the dry side. Somehow also attains a slickness that makes its travel from lips to stomach easily.

This is a style I've always enjoyed and Tilted Smile is even different within its style category, almost crossing over into the world of Belgian saisons/pale ales. I find it hard to believe it's got that much alcohol, and that it's an imperial anything, and I suppose I was mildly disappointed that it didn't perform with the "huzzah!" of other, better double pilsners. But in the end, the taste was a compelling, nearly seductive thing of subtlety and nuance that I can appreciate. I'll award Tilted Smile a high score for drinkability, because it drinks like a low-ABV pils or some such, despite being 9% Alc by Vol (nice shirt, dude).

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Clear amber body is topped by a small yet lasting creamy layer of pale melon foam. Rich, fairly dense lacing and superior retention.

Pure subtley complex aromatics - spicy distinctive Saaz notes are accompanied by a low biscuity sweetness and very delicate esters.

Rich malty palate entry - very deep and lasting breadiness with a hint of toast. The alcohol adds additional flavor and kick without being excessively hot. Finishes medium-dry with a long malty aftertaste. Low bitterness throughout with faint hay and white pepper notes offsetting the malt.

Creamy, effervescent, filling mouth-feel.

An excellent and rather unique example of the style - while not a replacement for my favorite retired Imperial Pilsners (e.g. Grand Teton's Persephone; the Blvd/Orval collaboration), I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw-gold. Thin head with zero retention. Settles to a very thin film around the circumference. Spotty lacings at best. Very slow moving bubbles within.

Worryingly malty aroma. I was holding out for some lovely grassy hops, but it's pretty much all sweet bread.

Malt right up front, bready like the aroma. Quickly gives way to fairly soft alcohol. The Saaz hops are pretty hard to pin down. Vague bitterness around the edges, but this is pretty malty.

Imperial euro-lager maybe. Was expecting some wonderful continental hops but not to be. Better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 September 2010. Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner (bottled 9 June 10) poured into a "beer clean" Imperial "nonick" pint glass.

Nice appearance. I kind of expected it to be unfiltered, but they've kept it to the style (Pils at least) and it's a nice, crystal clear golden. The head could have had much more retention though. For a bigger beer like this that's a fairly large fault, even if the 9% abv will help to cut down on the retention.

I find bready malt in the nose along with some spicy, grassy and floral hops. With an "Imperial" designation I was expecting more hops, but OK...

In the mouth it's full, but not overly done. It's clearly dextrinous, but that would be expected of an "Imperial" Pilsner. The carbonation seems low, however I'll admit it's hard to gauge where it's actually at with all this body... I'd still expect it to be more sparkling under the Pilsner moniker.

The bready malt found in the aroma carries over into the flavor, and it's almost bock-like. And as in the aroma, the hops are present, but they seem a bit lacking given the "Imperial" designation, so again, it's almost "bock-like". The bitterness is also restrained - do I need to repeat myself at this point? It just doesn't fulfill the title it's been given...

... but how is the flavor? Well it's not actually bad. It is very much like a helles bock. It's got bready malt with that almost grape-like flavor that appears in big, malty beers. The hops are clearly present, but they're more floral and leafy here with just a bit of spiciness in the finish, and then grassiness. It's good, but it's not great. I'd take it as it is under another style designation - or no designation - but it lacks hop flavor and bitterness to be an "Imperial" Pilsner.

Which leads us to drinkability. That falls where the flavor does - it's good but it's not great. There's nothing holding you back from wanting to drink more, but there's nothing there motivating you to want to drink more. That said, you might as well just have a decent Pils, or a decent helles bock.

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Photo of mediumtommy
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 324 ratings