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Provisions Series: Run B.M.C.Provisions Series: Run B.M.C.

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vacax on 07-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair thickness, bad cream, and decent retention. Colour is a cloudy transparent dirty straw-yellow.

Sm: Full-bodied straw, barley, and a light PBR-esque faux cream note. Mild in strength.

T: Bland simple garbage. Barley and water. Simple crap build is "complemented" by a wretched balance. No layering, subtlety, or complexity is present here. Feels almost like a poorly executed homebrew.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but just short of watery. Mistake!

Dr: Repugnant. It's drinkable, but you wouldn't want to have it repeatedly on account of its low quality.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Bruery tulip at last weekend's tasting.

Pours a slightly-hazy light orange color with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. The nose brings forward a heavy pilsner malt presence and a touch of hops. Too bready and malty. The flavor is pretty similar. There's a lot of pilsner malt in this and it's far too heavy, even for an imperial version of the style. Bready throughout with a moderate hop bite to the finish. Just short of average.

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Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour - peachy-golden=yellow with a bit of orange and a huge white head

Smell: Way too malty, with some citrus and pineapple floral hops. A bit sweet and yeasty also

Taste: Too sweet, almost like tropical candy. Only slightly bitter, maybe it was triple hop brewed. Decent amount of honey.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter in body and mouthfeel than I expected, but loaded on the back end.

Overall: Too sweet, like malt liquor or something. They should spend more time on the beer and less time thinking up catchy names. Imperial pilsner probably isn't a good start for a beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pour is hazy orange amber and deep orange center with a bubbly thin white head leaving a decent lace. Nose is heavy grain with some stale cereal. A cream and citrus behind with a cardboard paper underneath. Taste is the same, paper and cream, grain is faint, light citrus, more zest and notes of coriander. Everything is slightly muted and a bit disintegrated.
Body is crisp, grainy, and highly carbonated.

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Photo of camil1mj
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from a great trader who lives near The Bruery. Chilled and poured into my Bell's tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with 2 finger whit head. Intermediate lacing.

S: This one has that off-base, funky Heineken smell to it but multiply it by 100.

T: Take your standard big pilsner taste and blow it up to the point that it is flat out too much.

M: The mouthfeel is comparable to other pilsners.

O: I do like the occasional pilsner, but this was flat out not good. I appreciate receiving from a generous BA, but would turn down drinking it again. In my opinion there is just no need for imperial pilsners.

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Photo of Koufax21
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a yellowish orange and carries a nice 1" of foamy white head. Smell is kind of bready. Taste is like a bud on steroids. Pretty much what I expected. Summer, I'm parched kind of beer. Not my thing but if it were priced similarly to BMC, I'd bring it to get togethers where people would be snaking beers out of the coola'.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little bit of a blurry haze to the straw belgianesque appearance of a beer, nice head, good retention. Aroma had almost a belgian yeast aroma to it, a little bit of clove and fruity esters attributable to yeast instead of actual fruit.

Taste, more of that belgian-ness. Quadruple hopped must have been a play on the triple hopped Miller Lite commercials, because this doesn't taste 'hoppy' like their humulus series, not even close. A little bit of hop zest, but nothing worth mentioning quad hopped unless you're just ribbing on the other company.
Hoppy by BMC standard, sure.

Why did I pay $10 for this? It's an ok beer, until you think about what you paid for it, then it is subpar for the price. A rare miss from the Bruery.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow, looked almost like a wheat beer, the head was almost a whole inch, and the retention was impressive.

Other than that, this was mundane. Aroma couldn't decide where it wanted to go. Are you a highly hopped American imperial pils? Or Euro? Belgian? All over the place.

Same with the taste, the alleged high hopping just wasn't there. Expensive when it shouldn't be, unnecessary to have a beer like this in a 750ml format. This shit should be in 12oz cans type of vibe.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some herbal hop and alcohol aromas. Taste is very much the same along with some slight nail polish remover flavors on the finish. There is a somewhat intense herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is quite harsh with acetone and alcohol flavors.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours yellow with a light white head, some lace, fair retention.

S: Pineapple, apricot, some grassiness, a tad herbal.

T: Lots of sweet malt with a generous hopping. Very American hop-style flavour with pine and citrus, hint of tropicality. It's fairly boozy which makes it akin to a Euro strong lager or malt liquor though there is no adjunct flavour apparent.

M: Full-bodied, too boozy, thick, creamy, cloying at times.

O: For me kind of an all-malt malt liquor if you will. Not really my style and comparing it to Humulus Lager is a laugher. The Humulus is considerably drier and much more direct and full-flavoured. Not a terrible beer in the end, though I clearly wanted more attenuation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Given our shared love for old school rap, classic Golden State Warriors trios, and odd new beers, I had to share this one with VDubb. His reaction was similar to mine: "Cool name, but does it have to be an imperial pils?" Yeah... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fresh non-flavored oatmeal, sweet corn, light wild rice, light sweet flowers, and a vague sense of greenery off in the distance, oasis-style. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a thankfully-mild-but-still-decidedly-perceptible vein of vinyl. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, one of the better imperial pilsners I've had, but still nothing I'd wanna go after again. Gotta love novelty, right?

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Photo of Retsinis
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Split the bottle with my wife, and poured into a Bruery tulip glass. A solid one inch plus of frothy, pillowy white head rose, and retained for abit, leaving some lacing. The beer is a semi hazy, light copper, or dark straw hay in color.

S: Complex scents of grains, fresh cut grass, and some tropical fruit notes from the generous hop addtions, notes of citrus, pineapple, and lemon.

T: Layered flavors of bread or biscuits, lemon zest, touch of orange rind, semi sweet lighltly toasted malts. Kick of alcohol though, bit distracting, makes it a slow sipper.

M: Light to medium, light dryness. Lacks the crisp drinkability of a regular Pilsner though.

O: Decent summer beer, but pretty strong though. Yes it's an Imperial pilsner that has all the flavors right, but the alcohol kick drags down that crisp drinkability for me. Certainly a complex offering, but hard to crave to have another. Maybe if they are able to ditch the Imperial part, and just make in a 5.5% pilsner, they would have something pretty good here.

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Thick white head that subsides in about 30 seconds. Body is a hazy golden color

Smell: Mediciny hops...I am not sure which ones, but it is not too strong.

Taste: Perhaps this beer has a short life span, but it is very one dimensional. Up front, I taste light notes of citrus and noble hops. However, these are very muted. The middle flavor is soft pilsener malt notes...again, not much. I taste notes that remind me of a lighter hefe, such as light banana and spice. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and not too pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a bit heavier as it is an imperial version. It is lightly coating but fades fast.

Overall: I am very underwhelmed with this beer. It was generous extra from a great trader, but I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden color, big white fluffy head.

Lemony spice hits first in the aroma. Grassy lemony hops.

Semi-sweet malt coats the tongue then finishes quickly. Moderately hoppy with grassy lemony hops. Was hoping for a bigger hop kick or at least something more flavorful. Some adjunct-like flavors. Clean finish. Not a whole lot going on but not really a bad beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with one finger of persistent white foam head that has a texture like sourdough starter. Light lacing remains on the glass. Frequent bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and rise in the column at first.

S: Grassy, with a sharp mineral snap and balanced light toast.

T: Begins off-dry, with pilsner malt that is assertive but balanced and hop flavors that are understated, even concealed, by edgy and metallic carbonic acidity. Soft bready malt matures in the middle. The finish features moderate bitterness that it is slightly sulfurous and forgettable.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: From the makers of the peerless Humulus Lager, this beer is a much less accomplished take on the imperial pilsner style. It is traditional in its approach, but struggles with continuity issues early. Flavors become pleasing during the too-brief middle, but fizzle in the finish. The label on the bottle insists on the service of this beer only at its coldest, but it is a let-down at any temperature.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-clear yellow with a whispy head that stays around for awhile

S-some banana and maybe a little note of cloves

T-eh. OK. Very clean and really no taste to it. Just ok

M-light body and crisp

O-clever little play on the label and title. Beer is OK. For the money I would rather buy the real thing

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Photo of jamescain
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow with about a fingers worth of white head that lingers and fades to a thin white lacing.

Aroma: Not the burst of aroma I was hoping for, there is a mild citrus zest with some malty bready notes.

Taste: A touch of citrus and some earthy hop flavors with a grainy malt flavor and something else I can't quite put my finger on, slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium high carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering grainy feeling.

Overall: More flavor and aroma then a typical lager, but could have been better.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured into pilsner flute

Pours light straw with a huge white head leaving moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma consists of grainy malts with a spicy noble hop profile

Flavor profile follows closely. Cereal grains supported by a spicy hoppy characteristic. Very light bodied.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I'm assuming Patrick is aping the big boys and showing you can do a pilsner that actually has taste. If so then bravo he succeeds. Not tremendous in any way, but is a great spicy light(er) lager. Went down very smooth.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip glass.
Thanks goes out to Jordan for this bottle.

A - Pours a light, cloudy, orange, that is almost a very dark yellow. A huge near-white head forms. Great retention and lacing as well.

S - Lemons, Wheat, slight hoppiness.

T - Lemons again, some tart tangerine,light wheat, some yeast.

D - High carbonation, light body.

O - Good summer lager/pilsner, but it works in November as well.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

725th Review on BA
Draft to goblet

App- A darker mix of some yellows and gold minus the haze of other double pils Ive seen. Had about 1 finger of head and very little cling.

Smell- You know right off the bat this is a big pilsner. Has a very refined earthy piney note. A little faint yeast as well.

Taste- Well in the scheme of things its a nice beer but its not the best I have had. This had a weird tinge to it with the pilsner yeast and the pine and resin, not working as one.

Mouth- Well I wasnt expecting such a light body but it was okay. Paired to a higher carbonation.

Drink- Eh, it was tasty and piney but something just didnt work for me. Probably wont come back to this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/09/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorep429 for sharing this one, knocking off another Bruery want of mine. 750ml bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, corn, grains, light spice, light fruits. aNot bad but a little bland...pretty average.

t - Tastes of grains, wheat, sweet corn, sweet fruits, and bready malts. A step up from the nose and some nice sweetness to the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent imperial pilsner from the Bruery. The nose is a bit bland but the taste is better, and it's pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine picked this one up for me as I don't get to The Provisions store as much as I want to.

Poured a nice slightly hazy gold hue with a fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass and there was lots of fizzy bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell was of grain sweetness, a sweet whiff of alcohol, and then a nice generous amount of floral hops. That was pretty much all.

Flavor was a clean, crisp dry maltiness that had a touch of sweetness to it and a nice dry hop bite in the finish. Hops were both floral and spicy in flavor.

Thinner body than medium. Nice drinkability as it goes down smooth.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured to a pint glass and red cup as requested but this review comes from a Bruery tulip, thanks Brian.

Pour yields a 2" white head that has excellent retention and a 1/2" stays throughout. The head and lace from this beer is some of the best I've seen from a bottle pour. Rings with webbing between as it slowly dissipates and rings left after every sip. Nice yellow/orange color, but it's quite hazy and cloudy.

Smells of fresh bread, yeast and orange peel. Very grassy, herbal and earthy in the taste though. Slight breadiness, lemon, and orange peel but a lingering aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant. Mouthfeel is pretty standard pilsener, medium carbonation and medium-light body.

Fairly drinkable despite the odd aftertaste, and ultimately a fairly enjoyable beer especially considering it's from The Bruery.

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

Pours a fairly cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of sweet pilsner malt, honey, grassy, grainy, earthy hops, and a hint of ethanol. Malt liquor in spades. Tastes is sweet grainy malt with a bit more of the alcohol bite. Earthy hops cut through the honey like malt sweetness but still allow it to shine. Long lingering malt sweetness after every sip. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet sticky mouthfeel. Hmm I'm torn on this one. I love what they did here, but think its got a bit to much residual sweetness and alcohol bite. Good but not great.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at The Bruery. Snifter.

A: Slightly hazy yellow gold with a finger of creamy foam. Lacing is scattered on the glass.

S: Orange and lemon with a pronounced floral bouquet. Grass blends with light tropical notes. Malt is bready and alcohol is evident in the nose.

T: Lemon and grass with herbal and floral notes. There's a good deal of alcohol in the flavor. Malt is bready and lightly sweet Bitterness is at a lower moderate level. The finish is clean.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good hoppy Imperial Pilsner, though a little too much alcohol in the flavor. I would have liked to try this right when it was released.

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