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 DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big corked bottle. Poured in tulip shaped glass.
Cork popped a good 10 feet...ayiee!!
Pours with a large head. Nice 1/8 inch head hangs around over 30 minutes with lace...pretty.
Golden color...clear...steady head bubbles for awhile.
Aroma of sweet malt, slight melon, spicy Asian pear, subtle banana.
NOTE: At this point, I should say, if there were a category to add design of label, cork, and caged cap, I'd give this brew another 5 - 15% bonus...absolutely awesome designs.
Flavor of amber malt, powdered sugar, cantalope, funky melon, kumquat, citrus hops, black pepper, peppercorn...no shortage of malts and flavor. Takes a pilsner to a new level of richness and depth. Probably not cheap to make...no shortage of flavor and ingredients. Compliments on that end!
Unique and big bodied...big mouthfeel.
15 minutes into brew....
You know, like a good wine, opening up the beast and letting it "open up" helps give the true potential of a fermented beverage, which is what beer and wine are. So, giving this brew 20 minutes or so with incremental pours, and a few minutes fresh in the glass, there's still a head, fun lace designs, and aroma of powdered sugar and amber malt, big flavorful brew, that honestly to me is more like a big Belgian more than anything resembling a Czech or German Pilsner...but hey, new styles, new taste treasures.
Overall, big and somewhat weird. Lots of body and complexity, but from a stylish or delicious "Oooh, I want to drink you again first thing tomorrow..." ... well, this is a more specialty brew. Melon rind with poignent hops....sweet aroma, tantalizing spice and biting sweet taste. ..there's a mouth puckering element.
40 minutes later... at this point the beer tastes more balanced, smoother, still unique with a semi-funky melon rind note, but more balanced with sweet lovely malts. Nothing like any Pils, pilsner, pilsener or the like that I've tasted, but tasty...if not better...but still funky, and mouth puckering vs. fully "Ah, lovely" satisfying...but hey, it's an Imperial, or so it's stated...hey...it's from UTAH! Gotta love it!!!
Tasted again...full bottle...3/23/2013...above and beyond all stated above, tasting much better with a touch of age...ratings gotta reflect the love...

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Photo of phishbone23
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of iKasey
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of deNerval
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of aubrey
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pilsner. Gold color, thick, white, fluffy head. A good deal of lace. Vigorous carbonation.

Grassy hops aroma. Sweet malt.

Hoppy taste with a lot of caramel malt. Sweet up front with a nice hops background.

Crisp but sweet. Very balanced, very Old World.

This just showed up in Maine. I hope to find other beers from Uinta.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 09/14/12

A: Pours a clear golden color with a finger and a half's worth of head

S: Bready with lager yeastiness, fruitiness, slight hop notes, and light alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off fruity with lightly spicy hops and works its way into the malt and yeast aspects, which are bready, husky, and grainy. Definite pilsen malt and lager yeast. Alcohol goes almost unnoticed, but adds another layer of fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid imperial pilsner with complexity and depth. Very easy to drink given the abv. Worth a try if you're into imperial pilsners or lagers

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #70 in my great Utah Brew Hunt. And the final installment of the (short-lived) living in Utah experiment.

Total Utah-brewed ounce count on this journey: 1,219. <---- That's 9.5 gallons of beer, by the way.

As far as this beer goes, there are a lot of grain tones to it. Quite boozy. It's just a boozy, alcoholic pilsener really. Nothing overly interesting about it, or interesting at all really. Just...a beer. And thus ends this whole Utah thing.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had no intention of doing this, but this was bottled on 1/12/11 and today is 10/11/12. Probably too old to enjoy, but what the hell?

A: The pour is hazy with not more than one finger of white head. The retention is only ok and doesn't necessarily lace all that well. 3.5

S: Pretty sweet aroma overall. Pilsner scents, without much alcohol noted at all. There's an underlying grass, hay, and overall funkiness character as well. It's a little strange, but I'm not against it. 3.5

T: The taste is really representative of your typical pilsner...except it packs 9% ABV and you would never know. It is a bit sweet, probably from the extensive aging. Really don't know what else to say. Have you had a pilsner? This tastes like that. 3.5

MF: The beer is syrupy on the palate, but overall tastes a bit watered down. Crisp, clear finish. Pretty refreshing. The sweetness hurts the drinkability, but only slightly. 4

O: Shouldn't have aged this long. I'd like to see what it tastes like fresh. I didn't mind this, but it wasn't great. 3.5

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. It has a lot of movement and liveliness to it. A large, frothy, white head sits on top can lasts throughout the drink.

S: Up front there are is a sweet,kind of fruity aroma to go along with a big toasted malt backbone. Hints of floral hops and a bit of spiciness, like black pepper, come through as well.

T: The sweetness from the malts and the fruity aromatics nearly disappear in the taste. Instead we are left with a taste that is dominated by toasted bread flavors. Everything else seems kind of muddled together.

M: It has a body that is on the lighter side. The surprisingly high ABV is hidden very well and is very easy to drink. There is a light crispness found in the finish that urges you to go back for more.

O: The taste was the big let down in this one. I found it to be too one dimensional. Some added complexity, particularly the sort that was found in the aroma, could really add some value to this beer. I haven't had many imperial pilsners yet, but despite the disappointing lack of complexity in the taste, this seems to be an adequate example of the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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