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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Photo of Chaney
1.83/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled on 1/12/11... cool bottle art!

A: Looks like apple juice... same color, clarity, etc. No head or anything that even resembles that.

S: Not much on the aroma front.... maybe a puff of citrus and sugar here and there.

T: Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever guessed that this was in Imperial Pilsner. I would have said that it was one of DFH's archeological concoctions gone wrong. Sugary and then some, with very little (no!) hop crackle to balance that out. Sweet lingering.

M: I squinted and cringed as I was drinking this because of its sugar - carbonation ratio. No lacing, but a helluva lot on the palate.

O: I've loved all of the other Crooked Line series brew except for this one. "Explore pairing with grilled meats and seafood." That better be some damn good meat and seafood...

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Photo of brewerdrew
1.99/5  rDev -44.3%
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 PEBKAC
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled On: 05/11/11

Gorgeous bulbous off-white head that stiffens up once it reaches it's peak. Clear, vibrant bronze/gold active body.

Sweet doughy scent. Leafy green hops. Faintly peppery. Medicinal alcohol. Bland yeast. Fairly ho-hum.

Taste is sweet upfront, turning slightly sharp. Middle ground is mellow/mushy doughy malt & a little yeasty character to keep it from being completely drap. A little salt. A little plastic/adhesive. Practically no bite & very little herbal spiciness. Thankfully it turns dry & toasty on the finish.

One sided malt & barely any noticeable carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel, exposing a subtle margarine slickness & taste. Thins out a bit as it warms, so my rating might be a bit skewed, but why would I want to drink this warm? It does hold it's alcohol remarkably well, but this is not what I look for in a impy pils, & even as an imperial cream ale(which it leans more towards), I think it lacks the crispness it advertises on the bottle.

I received this as a gift, but at $8-$10 retail in my area, I doubt I would ever drink this again, unless I saw it on draft during happy hour & had an understandable bartender who(if needed) would take it back. :/

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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 Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Picked Pig, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Small pour (thank God) served in a snifter, hazy straw-yellow color with a medium-sized frothy white head that receded to a wispy layer. Lagery aroma, corn, toasted grains, grassy, floral hops. Similar taste, corn, toasted bread and grains, biscuity pils malts, floral hops with a metallic bitterness. It's true I'm not a big pilsner fan, and this was no champion among them. Light-medium body, sort of harsh going down, with some alcohol heat coming through. Definitely glad I only got a small pour.

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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 Gueuzedude
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled May 2010; Sampled October 2010
Not even a hiss as I pop out this bear-to-remove cork, and a solid pour barely produces some scant bubbles to top this hazed, gold colored brew. The beer smells up front of sweet grain, but the dominant note is that of crushed wheat, or really flour. A touch of spicy hop character adds a little something, but not nearly enough.

This is fairly sweet tasting, but more because it is flat than it is overly sweet for a beer of this strength; in fact it is actually quite dry considering it is 9%. This has a very soft bitterness to and only a touch of herbal / grassy hops. The lack of carbonation really kills the texture, but likely makes this seem a touch lighter bodied than it would be otherwise. The finish has a dominant grassy note that seems to be a combination of the malt and the hops found here. There is also a touch of lemon zest towards the end that mixes with a light, pale malt sweetness that suggests of honey.

Bah, I am quite disappointed that this was so disappointing; I wasn't expecting much, but I was expecting a carbonated beer and this doesn't even deliver on that. Well that is $8 dollars down the drain, but there might actually be some potential here.

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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 wschmit
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.75L bottle into a Perfect Pint. Dated 9/30/10...kinda old, and not expecting much hoppiness. It wasn't a bad price, I suppose:

A: Crystal-clear, almost orange body with pretty weak carbonation supporting a fluffy, but quickly deflated, head.

S: A bit of pilsner malt, and a strange, subdued floral note. Just a bit of vaguely spicy hops, and a definite alcohol note.

T: Not very good. Fusel alcohol (odd, after this much time in the bottle, no?), mild cotton-candy sweetness, and a bit of bittering. Pretty disappointed...my fault for not checking the date first? It lacks the clean sweetness and quality hops of a real pilsner, opting instead for an unbalanced, overly boozy character.

M: A bit cloying for a pilsner, and undercarbonated. Alcohol is too pronounced and hot.

O: Perhaps if I see it fresh, I'd try again, but otherwise....pass.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pilsner glass giving off a dark lemon almost light gold color. Has a decent white head not much retention. Excellent lacing upon the glass however, decent elevator music for the bubbles with a somewhat opaque but not totally consistency.

Smell.. at first is a macro metallic smell, took awhile to figure that out but doesn't go away. Slight yeast, a wet smell but clean but has a Bud quality macro smell to it. Not impressed by that at all.

Taste though is much improved from the bouquet, chewy to some extent, some hop and a bread character, but only slightly crisp. Body is good, but the afterfinish is actually not that great, slight metals, alcohol present..

I'll pass on this one, a mish mash of some good but also disappointing faults.

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Photo of philosobeer
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Heard Uinta broke Chicago's market, and wanted to give it a try. Got a bomber of this and struggled for ten minutes with the cork. (I'd like to note, this experience will contribute neither negatively nor positively to the review.

A // Pours a nice, golden straw yellow. The head is pilsen white. Head retention isn't that bad. Mostly attractive.

S // I get a smell of the Czech[style] hops that are the main virtue of this beer. Also I get some grain, and nice simple sugar. But, then, I also think I'm about to drink some alcohol. The smell of ethanol, and some chemical flavors -- maybe phenols -- are also there. Overall, not so bad though.

T // Sharp and clean with some spice and floral character along with the malty sugars. That's what it has going for it, but that's not enough. It does not hide its alcohol or [what I believe are] off flavors. It's alcoholy. So much so that I wanna slap 'works every time' on this bottle. Not a good main feature. Is that a plastic aftertaste? Below a well thought out attempt.

M // This is nice and clean for something that is surely very well malty. I can give them props on this and it would up the drinkability (below) if it weren't for all the alcohol.

D // Not very drinkable. I was trying to see if any of my companions that night would have some, and I'm struggling through twenty-two ounces. I guess I can imagine worse.

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Photo of dankster
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes April 2011

A- clear gold with big carbanation after slow pour

S- lemon and african spices. white pepper and grains of paradise.

T- pepper taste up front burns a little. but the citrus cools as you go.

M- crisp easy drinkin.

O- Good price for a good beer. $8 a 750 worth checking out if you like the style

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Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a dark golden yellow color with a wispy head. Some large bubbles hug the side of the glass.

Smell: sweet malt and alcohol are clearly evident and not overly pleasant.

Taste: big sweet malt base with wet grass, lemon zest, hint of pepper, and a moderate bitterness create an average tasting imperial pilsner. Alcohol is very warming and quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry towards the finish. Long aftertaste as the boozy flavor linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: compared to others in the style, this one just didn't cut it for me with a slightly unbalanced profile. Very slow sipping, and a bomber bottle is too much for one session.

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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 Rhettroactive
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 750mL bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 10/21/11
*From notes

A: It looks a bit like a pale golden wheat beer - cloudy golden yellow. A standard pour yields a two finger head. Nice retention, nice lacing.

S: Like a freshly starched shirt.

T: It's hot as hell. Hints of raisins and prunes. Weird, this bottle isn't that old. As it moves back, there's a solid dose of banana and yeast. Nothing too special here.

M: Hugely thick and creamy. Almost too much so, in fact.

O: Uinta's Crooked Smile is underwhelming. I'm still confused why the brewing world feels like we need Imperial Pilsners. The entire purpose of a good pilsner is balance. And like so many other offerings within this subcategory, Crooked Smile is about as unbalanced as you can get.

Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and pass on this. If you're looking for a top shelf Uinta brew, grab their Impy Stout Labyrinth or their Imperial Pumpkin beer Oaked Jack.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle
S: Bread, straw, and moderately mineral-parsley character. Peppery alcohol is a touch grating and not well hidden.
T: Semi-sweet up front with bready malts, and nice parsley/herbal hoppiness. Hints of pepper and alcohol. Nice balanced sweetness and bitterness throughout with nice dynamics and oscillations between them. Often nicely pleasantly bitter but at times its a bit sweet and syrupy, but overall its not a bad balance. Pleasant and reasonably complex classic noble hop character with a parsley, herbal character. Finish has a nice mix of alcohol and graininess, but is still crisply bitter. Has a pleasant, balanced, and complex herbal hop character which lingers nicely.

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Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from brown magnum into a clear oversized wine glass. Bottled on 7/26/10 on side of label. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Clear honey-gold with short, 1-finger off-white head with average retention for ABV and a few random spots of lace.

S: Aroma is fruity of pears and apples but bready malt and noble hops are missing. Alcohol is not missing and is prominent in the nose.

T: Flavor is extremely hot with bitter fusel alcohols not mixing all that well with fruity malt backbone. Hops are too far under the radar and don't assert much presence.

M: Medium-full body with low carbonation and a viscous feel overall, like thinned honey.

D: Not a winner by any stretch, falls far short of the promise of Detour DIPA. Very disappointing.

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Photo of LosRobots
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a golden yellow color and it is somewhat hazy. The small head disappears within a few seconds and only lingers on the sides of the glass and there is some is some lacing on the surface of the beer.

S - Smells like a hefe. The hop bouquet is evident and it smells of citrus; oranges.

T - The 9% alcohol is not obvious and it is actually pretty easy to drink.
When I first poured it, I was detecting citrus as well as some 'off flavors'. It sort of tasted like a not-so-good hefe type beer.
As the beer has been sitting and opened up though, I have noticed those 'off flavors' to be less noticeable and the beer has gotten much smoother and now tastes like a true crisp pilser. It is growing on me as I drink it.

M - It is crisp and light.

D - This beer is very drinkable. At 9% you'd think you would taste a lot of booze but in this case you do not. I think this beer is as drinkable as standard alcohol pilsners and will get you drunk much faster, if that's what you're going for.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled: 5/11/11.

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow-body with a tall, lasting, pure white head. Looks pretty nice, as did the bottle presentation, but is the beer nice?

Smell: Sweetish nose of concentrated pilsner maltiness, lightly grassy, spicy Saaz, and booze.

Taste: Rock candy dissolved into a lightly grainy pilsner and dosed with alcohol and a spoonful of clover honey. Spicy Saaz hops with a faint grassiness, moderately bitter, but that's when the booze really hits ya. Low citrus taste. Tongue-warming, spicy-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. As much carbonation as can be expected is on-deck and ready to keep this thing from being a gooey mess. God bless those bubbles. Still some slickness to it, though.

Overall: These doubled-up, imperial-fied pilsners can be a real chore to get through, like changing the rear tire of one's car along the side parallel to traffic. This one, well, it's about average among its brethren, not as cloyingly ganky as some, but it sure ain't that Boulevard Imperial Pilsner.

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Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the 750 ml bottle:
"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. Explore pairing with grilled meats and seafood."

Nice starting head of four fingers. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving a wake of spider web lace. The color is golden and clear.

Grassy smell with nearly no hop. Neutral to the nose.

Strong alcohol presence as promised. Not as crisp as most pilsners but it's probably because of the high alcohol level. Not much hop to the flavor either. The finish is alcohol warmth. Surprisingly dry aftertaste...short lived. Good body and lowly carbonated--on mouthfeel alone, I would think I was having a Barley Wine.

It's a big beer but only from the alcohol content. The malt/hop content is completely dominated by it.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber color that produced a decent white head but was not well retained, but did leave some traces of lacing.

The beer gave off a rather a much weaker aroma than expected, grainy sweetness mostly with a hint of the alcohol. Nothing great, average at best.

The taste followed the nose, but also noted some citrus hop bitterness as well as some spices, as well as the alcohol presence. Again, nothing overwhelming.

The beer had a thick body to it and seemed to be lacking in some carbonation. Overall, the beer was enjoyable, but I think that it could have been so much more. Certainly not the best representation of the style.

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Photo of stevoj
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A mixture of good and bad elements. Good: slick, syrupy body, nice alcohol warmth on the finish, Bad: Overly cereal grain aroma and taste. See Lagunitas Scare City for a good imperial pils.

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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 JRed
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent yellow with foamy white head that sticks around for the entirety of the drink. Smells of sugar, floral notes, vague hop leaves. Tastes of leaf, sugar notes, hop bitterness towards the finish but still with underlying sugar residue. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. The booze is unfortunately brought on by the excessive sugar that is placed in this drink. The crispness is downplayed by the sweetness and no pilsner should have that.

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