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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner | Uinta Brewing Company

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Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,040
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
323
pDev:
13.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 323 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/4/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but there is an alcohol bite after each sip that slightly takes away from the drinkability in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Good balanced aroma. Caramel, toffee and some floral notes.

T - It has a spicy hop bite and a little alcohol burn. Good sweet caramel and toffee flavors. Nice, not overdone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - I know a lot of people dislike the idea of an imperial pilsener, but this is a good one. Not overly sweet like some others.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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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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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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/23/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is strong and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden amber in the Orval chalice with nice lacing and swirly foam. Perhaps not as intensely hopped as some light-bodied Pilsners, but it has a good dose of hoppy flavors. While not seriously bitter, it does have enough hops to balance the large malt. It's not really sweet, however, just ridiculously strong. It's the best malt liquor you ever had.

There's something comforting about this stuff. It's so big and rich, without either an overdose of hops or a crazy flavoring. It's beery to the max and very straightforward. Cold night + hot bath + imperial pilsner = Tilted Smile.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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 russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/25/10, picked this up in Arkansas.

Pours a bright, honey colored with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. This has a viscous look to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & wet cereal, white grapes

T: Breadyness, pears, herbal & faint grassy hops & a touch oaky dryness up front, along with sweet apple juice, a bit detracting. Cereal maltyness, doughyness & apple skins dominate as this warms, a touch of grainy honeydew as well. Finishes fruity, grainy with just a bit of grassy hops, the sweet apple & white grape juice is prevalent

Chewy enough, carbonation seems a little subtle push the malt along, okay balance, does warm me a bit

I could drink this all night or until I pass out, ABV is well concealed. This would work better for me as say, a Mai Bock. Would love to get a fresher bottle, to see if the hops are more prevalent, but one I'll buy again to be sure

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3.14/5  rDev -13%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Not the greatest nose on this beer. Lager yeast and corn with a big apple aroma. A light floral and grass quality to the nose. Very light malt character, too.

T: Fairly sweet with a lot of pale malts, bread, table sugar, and a fair amount of corn, too. Just a mild hop flavor to it and very little bitterness. As it warms up, a hint of toasted bread comes through.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Sort of a letdown for me as I have come to enjoy a lot of this brewery's beers.

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 323 ratings
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