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 TheMultiYeast
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden yellow with a finger of white head and some lacing.

Noble hop aroma upfront offers ripe citrus fruit, apple, green melon, grassy herbs, berries, gum.

Good bit of citrus fruits in taste with some moderate funk. Big moist grassy/herbal flavors, more bitterness than I expected but it plays well with pilsen malt. Residual bitter dry aftertaste.

Refreshing feel despite high ABV and moderate bitterness.

Would have this again as the weather warms. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a fluted glass

Appearance- The beer pours an orange amber color with a big and billowy just-off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is big on malty aromas with a lot of pilsner malt smells. Mixed with this aroma is a yeasty and haylike aroma as well. Some lighter notes of light fruit (apple, pear, and peach) are also there with a rather strong melon aroma. The melon smell is a strange one, being a mix of honeydew and casaba melon with some almost fermented melon smells mixed within.

Taste- The taste begins with a sweet melon and caramel and a very malty body. Some flavors of other fruits enter the tongue quickly with apple being the strongest, but mixed with some tangerine and peach. A haylike and funky flavor come to the tongue more toward the middle where they knock down the sweeter flavors. At the end some flavors of alcohol and more haylike ad grassy flavors come to the tongue with an increae in the sweetness with more melon tastes. In the end, all the flavors mix to leave a funky and fruity malted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is on the chewier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. The chewiness is very nice for the malty flavors of the brew as well as oddly quite complimenting of the melon flavors of the brew. The carbonation does a good job of keeping the beer quite easy drinking, yet not overshadowing or hiding any of the interesting flavors of the brew.

Overall- This was a rather interesting brew. The aroma with its fermenting melon smells was slightly off putting, but not totally so (somewhat intriguing). Its taste was rather unique with a fascinating mixture of flavors and transitions. I kind of liked the odd flavor profile and while it is not something I would go frequently, it is worth a try and a time to time go to.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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 DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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 lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -0.6%
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 -2%
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 -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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass. Bottled on 02/23/12.

4.5 A: Well hazed brown tinted medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy off-white head. Retention is very good given the ABV and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The aroma is as big as the ABV. Grassy and hay with grassy hops. Grainy and biscuity. Potent neutral malt sweetness. Faint lemony fruitiness. Booze is hidden very well.

3.5 T: Grassy hops with hay. Peach and lemon fruits. Again grainy and biscuity. Nice hearty sweetness. A touch of booze.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to almost heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Not crisp like a normal pils, but rather viscous and velvety. Very nice here.

4.0 D: Everything other than the taste is done really well, so this is getting a better score than it deserves. But, in any case, this is a tasty beer and I'm happy to be drinking it.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one at Total Wine and More. Henderson, NV.

A: Golden body. Soapy white head.

S: Spicy herbal hop nose.

T: Sweet, slightly spicy. Not enough hops.

M: Slick, slightly soapy.

O: OK, not a world-changer. Booziness not evident. Decent brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Kendo
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the caged & corked 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is yellowish-orange with a small white head. Leaves some rings of lace up top.

S: Sweet malt predominates, but there's really not a lot going on in the nose.

T: First impression is more about the feel than the taste - it's thick for a pilsner, even an imperial one. Flavor is sweeter than expected for a pilsner as well, with a touch of spice at the finish. Not much hoppiness going on - maybe some orangey citrus but that's about it.

M: Slick, kind of thick. Medium-to-full in heft.

O: OK.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Clementine in color, pours a light white foamy head which quickly becomes decent lacing, minimal internal carbonation, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, light citrus, some orange peel, mild elements of wheat, even what seems to be a bit of sweet spice

T: Much akin to the nose, strong elements of coriander, moderate citrus, not incredibly complex, though, almost seems out of line with the style, moderately flavorful overall

M: Even with the high abv very smooth, almost no aftertaste, not overpowering, drying, or lingering on the palate

O: Not bad on its own, but certainly not representative of the style and not as strong as I expected it to be

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep gold in color. Dense white foam. Good retention. Descent lacing.

S - the aroma is simple yet pleasant. Notes of Honey comb are dominate but there is a well balanced hop counter point. Very grassy with some hints of citrus.

T - sweet honey malts on the front of the palate. Slightly grainy. Vaugely remeniscent of a biscuit drizzled with honey. Flavor does get a bit cloying but is fairly well balanced by bright citrus bitterness which enter mid palate. Candy hop finish.

M - Light body close to medium. High carb. Quite Crisp.

O - a pleasant version of a pilsner. I would never guessed it was 9% abv. But it was definitely too sweet for the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a slighlty hazy, amber tinted yellow-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, foamy white head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a dense cap on the brew. Good lacing along the glass as you go. Aromas are blended well and subtle, with a toasted backbone and some buttery highlights, as well as a slightly sour character. Flavors are bold, with a boozey kick. Biscuity backbone with a butter sweet blending and some floral and citrus highlights. This beer is a mouthfull, but remains smooth and mid-bodied in mouth. The aftertaste is more of the toasted grain flavoring common of a Pilsner, leading to smooth, clean finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of raszputini
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Thirsty Monk....pours a yellowish with a fizzy head as is indicative of a Pils. Slightly darker than typical though. Taste is grassy from the Saaz hops up front, but there is a much richer malt backbone than is typical. Drinks like an IPA without the hop dominance. Nice brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Pilsner glass. A nice light copper color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. A nice column of carbonation in the middle of the glass. Moves a little slower than a regular Pilsner. Fun to watch.

S: Biscuit malts and a crisp sea shore hop aroma.

T: Biscuity malt and grassy and earthy hop. There is a big alcohol flavor and burn along with bitterness in the finish.

M: A little thick and maybe syrupy. Good Carbonation.

O: For a Double Pilsner it is pretty good. Not a big fan of the style but it is definitely better than others I have tried.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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 scruffwhor
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good head and foaming when its colder. As the beer warms, it has trouble keeping some foamage going. Light bubbling in a dark toasted copper and bronze color. Looks more like an IPA in color.

Sweet toasty and yeasty fruit aroma with a touch of alcohol. A light citric aroma from the hops as well.

Toasty malts,sweet yeast combine for a sweet and warm pilsner overall. A little earthy and citric ops here and there. Finish is particularly alcholic once this beer warms. A sipping pils.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden hue with big sticky bright white head. Crisp toasted bread on the nose with a semi-sweet bright fruit bowl nose of citrus and melon. Underneath are subtle notes freshly cut grass along with other earthy scents. Slightly flatter than you'd like a pilsner but this is made up for with the slightly larger body which keeps the beer from falling apart but still remains seemingly light on the palette.

Earthy and floral hops ride smoothly over the tongue during the entire time the beer stays in your mouth. Floral hops predominantly up front followed by a delicate malt presence and finished with a slightly acidic grapefruit punch. Alcohol is barely detectable and makes itself known only as a miniscule bite on the back of the tongue. Lemon-grass flavored tartness through out with fresh herbs and flowers. Delicate, intricate, and dangerously drinkable.

The alcohol becomes a bit more apparent on the nose and tongue as the beer warms but it's not terribly bothersome.

Overall pretty good and something I'd recommend for converting a BMC drinker to the craft side.

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Photo of Thingus
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting, 750ML corked and caged into Duvel Tulip...

Appearance; pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, nearly 3 fingers of thick, billowy straw colored head... Retention is ok, after a couple minutes it's fallen to a spotty film. Lacing is good, with thick splotches of head sticking to the glass.

Smell; smells like an average macro pilsner to me... Notes of bread and lime sneak in.

Taste; bready and slightly sweet, with a crisp finish, notes of lingering honey.. Slight hints of hop bitterness and resin. I'm also getting notes of citrus...

Mouthfeel; quite a bit thicker than I anticipated, definitely medium to medium full bodied, slightly sticky but goes down smooth... Carbonation is good, although a little more would definitely help "lighten" the feel of this beer up in my opinion...

Overall; a good beer in a style I don't drink all that often, the ABV is well hidden and it goes down smooth... I'd definitely drink this again, perhaps on a hot day behind the BBQ if I was looking to go a different route than an IPA...

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Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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