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 rwmiscik
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a lost abbey tulip.

A: Pours a hazy great looking golden amber color with a two finger pure white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly to leave some nice lacing and a white ring around the top of the beer.

S: Smells like delicious Belgian Pilsner malt with some slight yeast fruit esters in the background.

T: Taste is very crisp and clean like a pilsner should be with some really great hop character from what must be some pretty generous Saaz additions throughout the boil.

M: Mouth feel is is good, it is nicely carbonated and pleasant to drink.

O: I really like this beer. it is very drinkable which makes it dangerous at 9%. Definitely worth the 7 bucks and will most likely pick more up in the future

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked bomber into a pilsner. Poured a beautiful golden color- totally transparent, HUGE head that sneaks up on you as you're pouring, great retention, nice lacing.

Smells almost exclusively of lager least- I'm pretty new to enjoying lagers so it's still a smell I associate with Pabst. A little pale malt comes through.

Taste is very sweet. Sweet pale malt all the way along with some yeastiness in the middle. Almost no detection of hops except at the end very faintly.

Mouthfeel is particularly disappointing. Even though it is "imperial", I was hoping for the characteristic bubbles from this pilsner. Almost no carbonation. Medium light body. I won't buy this one again.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged, bottled 9/28/11. Purchased @ Flatbread Community Oven, Meridian ID, and split into Crooked Smile tulip glasses with my father-in-law.

A: Pours a bright, almost brilliant golden orange with apparent turbidity...there is an awesome, huge rocky white head that sticks around forever...good lacing.

S: Huge bready malt presence, lots of grains, sweet fruity notes, banana & banana bread...distant crisp citrus hops...definite alcohol but its pretty masked.

T: Really follows the nose...caramel & toffee compete with crisp pilsner malts, hint of toasted grain...grassy hop notes...definite light fruity/yeasty component...touch of heat...very bready.

MF: Creamy mouthfeel...nice light burn from the alcohol...touch of viscosity.

O: Honestly I liked it, it was an easy drinker though a bit big...not too hot, pretty malty and I'm not the hugest fan of Saaz hops but Uinta did a good job here.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a weizen glass

A: pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of pure white foamy head that lingers nicely and leaves nice spotty lacing on the glass
S: kind of a muddled bright scent, slight lemon and slight wheat with a pretty nice malt depth
T: begins with a bit of a brightness with lemons then moves into the nice malt depth i had hoped for, finishes with a taste left on the palate like gym socks, not bad actually kind of nice, slight alcohol character comes in at the the middle end of the sip
M: intense carbonation, actually drinks pretty thick but still smooth, leaves the mouth with a bit of a funky feeling, slight alcohol burn towards the end of the sip
O: a pretty nice take on the style, good depth, definitely drinks smooth enough and has a good character, would like to see the alcohol hidden a bit more but id pick it up again for sure

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Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-gold with a thick, fluffy white head that takes a while to settle.

S: Citrus and a resonant spiciness, with a strong backbone of hearty wheat and yeasts.

T/M: Thick, full body that bequeaths notes of citrus, pepper, wheat malts and caramel. Delicious and sweet, with just the right amount of tang. Ends on a bitter hop note.

D. I could drink this all day. Delicious and relaxing to drink.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle pours a clear yellow gold body that is quite effervescent wiith tiny bubbles. Small white head has some nice legs.

Aroma is bready malts with an appropiate pilsner hop array of spicy, herbal, and floral notes.

Smooth and clean on the palate with a medium body and carbonation.

Taste is pleasantly balanced. Herbal and floral hops impart a frinedly bitterness upon the subdued bready caramel maltiness. Alcohol is barely noticed.
Not a classic pilsner but very tasty and drinker friendly.

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Photo of Pencible
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like faint lager yeast and herbal hops and citrus zest and fresh wheat.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and fresh wheat and sweet honey, with a little lager yeast and herbal hops. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some smooth carbonation. Surprisingly full body.
D: This wasn't anything special, but it didn't have a bad scent or taste either. The body was great, and the alcohol was pretty well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Enjoyable enough, but you're not missing out on much if you skip it.

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Photo of dankster
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
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 mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of ginemesis
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Frothy head that settles quickly
S- Hint of apricot which is very faint
T- Sweet, orange, hoppy, does not taste as strong as it is
M- Syrup-like, nice and bitter aftertaste
O- Nice label and overall taste. Good summer beer. Will purchase again...

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 750mL bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 10/21/11
*From notes

A: It looks a bit like a pale golden wheat beer - cloudy golden yellow. A standard pour yields a two finger head. Nice retention, nice lacing.

S: Like a freshly starched shirt.

T: It's hot as hell. Hints of raisins and prunes. Weird, this bottle isn't that old. As it moves back, there's a solid dose of banana and yeast. Nothing too special here.

M: Hugely thick and creamy. Almost too much so, in fact.

O: Uinta's Crooked Smile is underwhelming. I'm still confused why the brewing world feels like we need Imperial Pilsners. The entire purpose of a good pilsner is balance. And like so many other offerings within this subcategory, Crooked Smile is about as unbalanced as you can get.

Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and pass on this. If you're looking for a top shelf Uinta brew, grab their Impy Stout Labyrinth or their Imperial Pumpkin beer Oaked Jack.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle
S: Bread, straw, and moderately mineral-parsley character. Peppery alcohol is a touch grating and not well hidden.
T: Semi-sweet up front with bready malts, and nice parsley/herbal hoppiness. Hints of pepper and alcohol. Nice balanced sweetness and bitterness throughout with nice dynamics and oscillations between them. Often nicely pleasantly bitter but at times its a bit sweet and syrupy, but overall its not a bad balance. Pleasant and reasonably complex classic noble hop character with a parsley, herbal character. Finish has a nice mix of alcohol and graininess, but is still crisply bitter. Has a pleasant, balanced, and complex herbal hop character which lingers nicely.

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Photo of brewerdrew
1.99/5  rDev -44.3%
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 katan
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Pours a mostly orange color, very clear. Lots of head, bright pearly white - well retained. Nice and fluffy.

S - Pilsner malts all the way - very successfully draws in all the best graininess from pilsner. Some interesting fruitiness from a strong noble hopping.

T - Lots of sweet malts and fruity hops. Starts off more fruity than pilsner like. Mid-stream retains some sweetness, but the graininess seen on the nose is hidden. Finishes lightly hoppy and mostly clean.

M - Think mouth feel, lots of body, with a decent accompanying carbonation profile. Very Sugary sweet finish, somewhat sticky.

O/D - An interesting double pilsner - just misses the pilsner malts too much in the taste. ABV is up there but you wouldn't know it until you finished the giant caged bottle.

Good double pils, a style I am warming to. I prefer the Odells version now but I'll have to dig around for other options.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't tried much from Uinta, so I figured I'd give it a go. 750ml bottle, bottled on 05/2011...

A: A perfectly clean, super filtered, golden colored beer with a nice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace to a small fluffy head atop the brew. Very good.

S: I get some mild light sweet malts upfront with a very, very faint floral hop on the back. Decent.

T: A nice light wheat taste upfront with a hint of lemon in the middle with some more citrus followed on the backend. Not any hint of the 9% ABV! Very well hidden!! Good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation. A sweet citrusy finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a great example of a pilsner, very light bodied, mild flavors, and alcohol that is completely hidden. Give this a try if you like the style, even if the higher ABV brews don't appeal to you. The 9% ABV is hidden very well, you can't even notice it. Good beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber color that produced a decent white head but was not well retained, but did leave some traces of lacing.

The beer gave off a rather a much weaker aroma than expected, grainy sweetness mostly with a hint of the alcohol. Nothing great, average at best.

The taste followed the nose, but also noted some citrus hop bitterness as well as some spices, as well as the alcohol presence. Again, nothing overwhelming.

The beer had a thick body to it and seemed to be lacking in some carbonation. Overall, the beer was enjoyable, but I think that it could have been so much more. Certainly not the best representation of the style.

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Photo of Chaney
1.83/5  rDev -48.7%
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 JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. It has a 2-figner white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass.

S - The smell starts off grainy and slightly sweet. There is some spicy hop aromas, as well as a touch of booziness.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some sweet malt and a bit of graininess. There is a nice spicy hop flavor as well as some earthiness. The finish leaves some lingering spiciness and some alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down good and has a bit of a sticky feel to it. There is also some tingly spiciness and some alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down pretty easy and has good flavor. Overall, I thought this was a good beer. I am not the most familiar with the style, but I enjoyed this. I think it is worth a try. It gets a little too boozy as it gets warmer.

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine in early July for $6.99. Bottled on 3/28/11.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is huge pilsener yeast, big malts, euro hops.

Taste was well balanced, pale malts are huge but not cloying balanced by a generous amount of saaz hops.

Mouthfeel is full and pretty smooth. Not much carbonation, definitely a sipper.

Overall a pretty solid beer, very well balanced. Definitely a winner, and fun to try if you can find it reasonably fresh.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner is a tasty imperial pilsner. I don't usually like this style that much, but this was quite nice.

A: Straw colour and a small head that fades to poor lacing. 3

S: Grainy and a little sour. 3.5

T: Grainy with a little dusty flavour. Some barnyard flavour and the slightest hint of caramelisation. 4.

M: A little flat. 3

O: Tasty Imperial Pilsner. 4

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my 300th beer review and I had saved an unusual find for a few weeks to time to match it. Tilted Smile has a unique bottling and labeling, it's a name I hadn't heard, and I had yet to have a beer from Utah.

The pour yielded only a 1/4" head which faded fast. I wonder if that's because it's an Imperial, or an old sample, or by design. The color was a hazy yellow ochre color which although different seemed almost like you'd expect a fruit or veggie juice to look like instead of a beer. So the appearance didn't do much for me.

Smell was amazing. It honestly struck me as pineapple. It's a sweet tart and sour smell. The finest attribute of the beer.

Taste. It was indeed Imperial, quite the strong slap in the mouth. I get some thick sweet malt, some hops, and it's a little salty. The higher alcohol content was very obvious, in fact I'd say it downright burns. And that burn carries through into almost a heartburn finish.

My notes to self by the end pretty much said they'd shot for big bold everything but kind of overdid a few things and fell short in a couple others. So my beer 300 I'd call a B+.

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Photo of wschmit
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
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 jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow gold color, a little bit hazy (because it's chilled), not much action in the carbonation department, and a nice three fingered fluffy, white head. The foam sticks to the sides of my tulip like thick cotton candy. As the beer warms up, the haze completely goes away and leaves a very bright yellow gold beer.

S - Lemons, a little grassy, somewhat herbally, and a crisp crackery malt aroma. The nose is a little on the light side, but this was bottled on 1/12/11 so I expect things to be more on the mild side.

T - Sweetness hits the tongue up front with some zesty lemon followed herbs and lightly grassy bitterness. The sips ends with some spicy and zesty bitterness that leaves the mouth watering and with a slightly lingering bitterness. The coating left in the mouth has some tang to it. Crackery and crisp malt sits underneath but this beer lets the lemons and spice do its thing.

M - Heavy medium body for a pilsner, crisp, and creates a slight warming on the way down.

O - I would love to pop another one that's closer to the bottling date. With this one having seven months on it already, I opened this bottle with no expectations and more curiosity than anything to see how it fared over the months. This particular bottle, I enjoy, but it's not a bottle I will sit and savor each sip, I'm going to pair it with dinner, just wanted to try it on it's own initially. Worth checking out...there's not alot of Imperial Pilsners out there which makes it unique.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Cloudy golden. Decent head and lacing for a 9+.
smell: Bright fruit, honey. Restrained in the balance. Nice.
taste: This is a slurper. Flirted with a 4.5. Very nicely balanced and tasty.
overall: Hard to justify a higher overall than all the individual scores, but hey it is.

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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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