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 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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Ratings: 323 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of brotherloco
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C. Bottled on 03/28/11

OK, first off I gotta say the cork was extremely difficult to get out of this bottle. I understand that it's probably a cost issue that all the Crooked Line beers be packaged the same, but I almost ripped the cork in half before getting it out and had to resort to a cork screw. To balance out the rant, I will say I love the artwork of this series and think it's very cool Uinta hires local artists to design the labels. None of this is reflected in my scores, just wanted to get that out of the way.

Pours an extremely clear light gold color with a thin light beige head. Decent lacing in the glass.

Smells mildly sweet, quite like apple juice. Hints of bready malt and grass, but the sweetness takes the foreground.

Taste is sweet as expected, a bready and grassy middle, with a little bit of spicy bitterness in the finish. Alcohol stays well hidden except a bit of bite in the finish.

A fairly medium-full body, but the carbonation is kind of low. Not "delightfully carbonated" as it says on the label, sorry.

Overall I really like the taste of the beer. It brings a whole new dimension to pilsner. It lacks the full on crisp and refreshing nature of standard pils, but brings a big beer presence to the style. Just wish there was more carbonation.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 batt6343
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raszputini
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Thirsty Monk....pours a yellowish with a fizzy head as is indicative of a Pils. Slightly darker than typical though. Taste is grassy from the Saaz hops up front, but there is a much richer malt backbone than is typical. Drinks like an IPA without the hop dominance. Nice brew.

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Photo of Dwreck
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep hazy gold with a good white head. Some retention and lace.

Deep rich aromas, and a surpise bit of fruit and woody vanilla. This one smells like it is going to have some depth. And it does not disappoint -- big flavors of rich malt, some nice hop bitterness. Boozy, with some sweetness that eventually leads to malty bitterness and a crisp finish. Very odd how you get to this point, but still a nice finish.

Overall, not something you'd knock down alot of. Rich and boozy, this needs to be sipped. Worth trying.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Toadallen
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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 barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep golden yellow color with good carbonation leaving lots of bubbles and a big white cap

S: Pretty mute, but I managed to get some corn, booze

T: Good tatse. Some corn, booze, floral hops, nice booze sting, some light bitterness

M: Well carbonated, nice body, grains and booze

D: Pretty darn good

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Photo of RobTheKnob
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color pilsner with a rather large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry and floral hops with some sweet notes from a crystal malt base. Taste is a mix between some dry and floral hops profile with some quite sweet crystal malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though a touch too sweet to be an everyday beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous individual for sharing some of this at Sexual Chocolate. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a golden-straw color with a thin white head and not much in the way of lacing or retention. The nose is slightly fruity with a bit of grain and grass plus some slightly-sweet malt on the backend. The taste is mostly generic malt without the complexity of the nose. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is probably my favorite of the Crooked Line Series.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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