Pistol Whip'd | Noble Ale Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
noblealeworks.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 11-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of eulerthegrape
2.04/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

I really enjoyed this beer but it was truly not a Czech pilsner. If this were a IPL or some other brand of crazily hopped up lager I would be raving about it. I will seek it out again but I really cannot score this beer well because it resembles its stated style in no way.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up this 1pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard label art and unbranded pry-off cap yesterday at my local Cap N Cork in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California for $5.99 USD. Served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I loved Noble's Naughty Sauce. Reviewed as a Czech Pilsner because it identifies as such on the label. 4.5% ABV according to the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness. Low creaminess. Little lacing as the head recedes. Retention is about average - 2-2.5 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable yellow-copper. Translucent; transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical vibrance.

Overall, it looks like any other pilsner.

Sm: Definitely has more of a hop presence than is conventional for the style; it's an herbal floral hop character that rings unique. And it's complemented nicely by the crystal malt/pilsner malt body. Some lime fruit is surprisingly present. A biteen grainy. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Overall, it's a generally appealing if quite nontraditional aroma for the style. I'm wary of the lime and hops, but I'm optimistic. Mild in strength.

T: It's got your standard saaz hop and grainy pils malt build, with some extra unconventional floral hop presence as well as some strangely integrated lime. I appreciate the experimentation, but this is not how a great czech pilsner is constructed. Fairly balanced with attempts at complexity, but that's missing the mark; czech pilsner is a style that revels in the elegance of simplicity, subtlety and balance. Here we find not a respectful accolate, but a supercilious American brewer intent on adding his/her influence to the style. It doesn't work. This isn't a style you brew to reinvent. The glossy crap doesn't fly. That said, it's a pleasant beer to drink and it's inoffensive. But Jaysus do they get the style wrong.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly artificial. Decent thickness and body. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Adequate carbonation. Execution isn't great for the style, but it's above average.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but it's brazen attempt at adding a unique touch to the style actually ends up bringing it down. I always applaud experimentation, but this just plain misses the mark. Nice try, Noble, but it's not a great beer. Wouldn't get it again at this price, but I do think there's a market for it. It'll scratch the pedestrian's pils itch, but it's largely unimpressive if you're familiar with the style. Quite common.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Buzz3d
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours gold with a soft medium white head. Excellent lace throughout.

S: Mild grassiness, some solid hop character, fairly light overall.

T: I thought this was much more like a German pils when I tasted it, but they call it a Czech-style, so I will review it as such. Real nice grassy and herbal noble hop character, but really no true Saaz flavour. The bready pils malt is good. A solid effort, just taking it as pils by itself.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy at times, refreshing.

O: As a Czech pils it's not that good. As a simple cosmopolitan pils, you don't know where it's from it's good. Give me some more Saaz notes, and I'll be a happy camper.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NickMunford
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very hazy, dark straw color with golden yellow edges and a massive three finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Possibly over carbonated taking a long time to settle leaving streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with pungent weed, resinous oils and floral buds. Fresh cut grass, pine needle and spruce tip along with a prominent dank weed character. Subtle citrus/tropical fruit presence along with bready yeast and light fruit esters. Pale biscuit malt with cracker, apple, pear and banana.

Medium body with tight carbonation but not as strong as I feared. Crisp earthy hop bitterness lingering over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a slightly dry finish. Spicy, grassy hops with resinous pine needle followed by bread, biscuit and light fruit sweetness. Some apple and pear toward the finish but lacking some of the tropical/citrus fruit found in the nose. Carbonation is too strong but otherwise it's crisp, well balanced and easy to drink with decent hop bitterness.

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3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Pistol Whip'd from Noble Ale Works
3.52 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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