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 -49.3%
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 JustinBrousseau
1.98/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uncarbonated and sour. May have just had a bad bottle

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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 bigred89
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of EmeraldMist
2.04/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Look - Poured into pilsner glass, hazy golden color, a short white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Honey, apple, table sugar, butane.
Taste - White bread, simple syrup, clean alcohol, odd fruity flavor, maybe cantaloupe.
Feel - Medium bodied, low carbonation, very syrupy, alcohol burn. I've had 8%+ malt liquors that drink smoother than this.

Overall - Trainwreck.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of PEBKAC
2.32/5  rDev -35.7%
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 GmAn613
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of anewlanguage
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of nzerbe
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of VALIS666
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
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 -29.9%
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 -27.7%
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 -27.4%
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 -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 wschmit
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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 imbibehour
2.72/5  rDev -24.7%
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 wembly13
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of BigTrubble
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of philosobeer
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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 -19.1%
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 -18.3%
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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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 323 ratings