Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner | Uinta Brewing Company

Tilted Smile Imperial PilsnerTilted Smile Imperial Pilsner
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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 OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of seanchai
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was really impressed with their crooked series at ACBF. Brought home a few bottles. 750 into my Stone glass.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Poured with a finger and half of white head with only a touch of lacing remaining on the glass with each sip.

S: Fresh clean malt. A touch of sweetness and only the faintest hint of hops. I never get much aroma out of this style so it is expected.

T: Nice clean pilsner taste. A little bit of fruit comes through as well. I always wonder what yeast they use to get the ABV up this high. Little bit of a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M: Very light and refreshing body. Well carbonated.

D: I don't know why the reviews are so low for this. It is spot on to style. One of the better examples I have had in fact. Dangerously drinkable to boot. Watch out for their crooked series.

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev +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 Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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 bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/9/11

Many thanks to nickd717 for this long-time want

Hazy golden yellow; thin at the stem and deep-hued enough higher up in the glass to have a tangerine highlight. One and a half finger head crackles away after several minutes leaving a bubbly layer and decent swaths of patchy lace.

The aroma is straight up grains; toasty pilsner malts in abundance. Smells very dry. Hops seem tame in the mix, adding a subtle earthiness. Very faint light fruit ghost notes. The bottle reads 9% abv; no sign of that found here. Pleasant; I do enjoy the smell of grains. it's like a brewery.

The hops hit briefly upfront with a grassy penchant and some earth and hop bite. A faint juiciness in the middle. Grains are prominent to taste, too, and carry the flavor profile from there but they are a bit more robust than the aroma. Toasty, bready and a hint of dough. Dry, dusty notions, too. This definitely leans well to the dry side of things.

Medium-light body; puffy enough for the style. Carbonation is a shade lower than moderate; it's certainly low enough for my liking. The beer is a slow-mover and content to linger; it isn't crisp in that regard. As with the aroma, the abv is well masked; all that's found is a slight warming sensation on the back end. Grainy residuals a plenty linger.

Pretty good take on the style here. I could go for more prominent hops, but the malt bill seems pretty choice for showcasing the old pilsner malts. I'd definitely like to drink it again.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Phelps
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle and into a tasting snifter during a tasting of the entire Crooked Line series at Tops.

Looks: pale sunflower yellow, clear and watery, with a fizzy soda-like head of off-white bubbles that becomes a patchy ring, leaving no lace.

Smells: like apple juice. Absolutely tons of sweet red delicious, with just a tiny bit of soil and grassy hops.

Tastes: like the nose, yet slightly maltier. Sweet apples, cereal grain, sourdough, grass and a crisp pilsner finish.

Feels: subtly carbed, and light-bodied with a nigh unnoticeable alcohol character -- impressive considering this beer tops 9% ABV.

Drinks: very sweet and flavorful for a pilsner. Not one that I'll seek out again, but interesting to try nonetheless.

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

2013 Bottle served cold in a pint glass. 750ml bottle.

Pale honey color with a nice cap of foam. Nose is sweet with honey, malts, and some hop aroma. Mouthfeel is dense, much like a stout and very heavy on the tongue. Taste is very sweet, almost cloying at times. Malt forward, not very complex and not terribly refreshing. It coats the mouth and is sticky (like most Uinta beers I've had come to think of it). Not a bad beer and I'm glad I've finally tried the style but I would not buy this again. It was very cheap though, $9 for a 750ml isn't bad.

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Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 BigTrubble
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 47.1% out of 100 with 323 ratings
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