Imperial | Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of biboergosum
2.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the local supermarket in Glendale, Colorado. Cool evil-looking avian label imagery.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparsely strewn specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of semi-sweet corn mash and grainy pale malt, a bit of cooked veggies, mild acetone notes, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty pale malt and corn husk graininess, a subtle acrid, strung out orchard fruitiness, nail polish remover, and lightly skunked weedy, musty hops.

The bubbles are fairly effervescent and mildly fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, thin, and watery in its generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the lingering corn and grain malt maintaining just enough gas to continue fencing with the fading skunky and phenolic essences.

More standard mass-produced swill, probably tastes 'better' colder and under a hot sub-tropical sun, yadda, yadda, yadda. Nothing worthy drinking, unless you have no other options, or you have Costa Rica on the mind.

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brenden
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow with a fizzy white head that actually manages a finger and leaves spotting on the glass. I might have been expecting less; average overall.
It's grassy with some huskiness to it and very much flaunting its adjuncts, and the typical green apple skin, but there may also be a touch of citrus adding a little something to the character. As a bad beer, it could certainly be worse. The taste offers a little more than the smell, as the lightness combined with the sickly sweetness underneath is too much.
Obviously light in body, it stays more on the thin side which avoids the nasty slickness that's the other side of the spectrum with these. It's as crisp as it should be.

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1.59/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: using my trusty Kirin glass for this one. Wow, this is one of the thinnest beers I have ever poured. It is only a yellow tinged watery color with minimal bubbling action and no head. I bet it has just about the same amount of calories as a light beer but they don’t specify it on the label. I actually read that the FDA wants to put nutritional content labels on beer soon. I have witnessed this on a bottle of wine named Quady Electra.
Smell: faint, husky, musty hops and cooked vegetables.
Taste: very light bodied. Almost no malt sweetness nor hop bitterness. Somehow it is all balanced and very smooth drinking as a consequence. This is fine to sip on a hot day, no need to pair with anything. I’m a little curious what the calorie content is.

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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
2.82 out of 5 based on 545 ratings.
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