Kiwi Imperial Pils | Evil Twin Brewing

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33 Ratings
Kiwi Imperial PilsKiwi Imperial Pils

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by LiquidAmber on 09-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of HollyHops
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Hopstuff
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice Pils. Although I have had better, I do love the earthiness this little guy possess. Like the color would suggest, I imagine walking through a field of grass in the cool Denmark summer. It falls a little flat in the mouth from what I expect from an Imperial but still retains enough backbone to make me want more. Perfect beer for a late spring day after a hard days work!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden colour, decent head, OK lace. Bit of cloud. Yeah, pretty nice-looking pils.

Resinous hops and lots of them on the nose. Bit of spice and herb: basil, star anise. Butter, too. Touch of lychee. Not bad at all.

Taste is quite gritty and hoppy. Lots of sweet booze on the back, quite ethanoic actually. Not a lot of residual sweetness, tastes a bit overattenuated, very dried out. Lots of hop resins and bitterness. Just tastes a bit off-balance.

Bit hot on the back, OK body though.

A bit of a hot one overall. Too much bitterness, and a little too hot. Maybe in the pils style the malt's just disappeared so it just feels a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a pour of this one during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a layer of fluffy off white head that sticks around quite nicely.

Smell: Light and slightly sweet. This one is just a bit grassy with a mild citrus fruity note.

Taste: There is a ton of bitterness here that didn't show up in the smell. The bitterness is a bit grassy with some citrus peel. There are some fruity notes that show up behind the bitterness. The finish is incredibly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a whole lot of foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was too bitter. I was expecting something more refined. I don't know if I would have guessed pilsner if it wasn't in the name.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of addiwilliams
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oxidized, but still good

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Photo of rrski198
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a barely translucent golden-orange color. Nice head on top with slightly sticky lacing. A very tasty looking beer.

Yeast and slight malty sweetness come through on the nose. Crisp. Something else here that I can't quite put my finger on, maybe it is a floral characteristic or some other earthy tone.

It tastes vegetal at first, then hoppy. This is just a weird beer. I was excepting the kiwi to add some sort of acidity to it, which it did not. Very bitter in a way that's not necessarily hoppy, so maybe that's where the kiwi comes in. The vegetal flavor comes back. A bit floral, but I can't tell whether it works with beer or not.

Very dry mouthfeel and well carbonated. It leaves a dusty and dry residue at the end of each sip, and a bit of alcohol presence develops as it warms up.

I would definitely consider this a unique pilsner. Once your palette gets used to the flavors, the vegetal nature becomes sort of nice and the beer is pretty decent. In the end, nothing special, but undeserving of the word “kiwi” in it's misnomer of a name.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of large bubbles covering the surface that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of tropical fruits in the nose-passionfruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the taste, but is much more complex. The Motueka hops lend flavors of tropical fruits along with hints of citrus and a good amount of spiciness towards the finish. There are also some hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The New Zealand hops definitely make this beer very interesting to drink.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark yellow with a dark cream colored head

S-smells like an aged pilsner....basically honey and some bright citrus. possibly just a touch of kiwi, but barely. medium strength

T-comes in with a very warming taste of creamy honey lageresque malts. there's a good bit of bitterness that comes in with it stays for a little bit. the after-taste is matching with a touch of citrus. there might be a bit of kiwi in the extended after-taste.

M-medium to low carbonation with an okay dry finish

O-this is a good pilsner. its quite boring though. i would've loved to see a bit more kiwi in it. all in all, a solid beer. i'd love to try this fresh. the after-taste is my favorite part.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out pretty active... comes out as a golden orange color with a cream colored head that foamed over the edge of the glass. The retention and lacing are both very strong on this beer. Really nice looking beer. The smell of the beer is bright, some citrusy aromas and just hints of caramel. The taste of the beer malty upfront that is followed up by some subtle kiwi and hops mixed together. The mouthfeel has a sharp carbonation with a creamy finish. This also has a medium oily body too. Overall I liked this beer, The price tag is unforgivable but still a decent brew if you're made of money.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to tb69 for sharing enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is a light amber like honey with moderate haze and thick white cream with fine bead and thick lace sticks. The smell is very floral and fruity with a citrus and mild aroma of grass with light melon and toast. The feel is good moderately high bitterness with low alcohol influence and gentle malt body with medium carbonation and mild resinous and nuttiness in the finish.

The flavor is a mix of tropical fruit and slight grassy hops with malty backbone with toasted malt flavor supporting the mild flavor of herbs and some grapefruit tinges with lemon-lime quality and some light alcohol coming forward as it warms. Overall a very good example of an amped up, hopped up...however you want to call it lager. It is a very drinkable regardless of style. I recommend this if you enjoy the motueka or nz hops in general since it has a good amount of hop flavor

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with some golden yellow and bright orange highlights along with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface. The beer has a pillowy/cloudy off-white head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - citrus/lemon + lime, spicy, tropical/passionfruit, and grassy. Underneath there is a light amount of bready malts with some slightly sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of malts that provide a solid backbone to this beer - bready first with some lighter amounts of sweet grains and caramel. Then the hops come in - first there is a moderate amount of citrus/lemon + lime and tropical passionfruit, followed by lighter amounts of spicy, and finally a light amount of herbal and grassy. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of dryness in the finish and very light notes of alcohol heat as the beer warms.

O: The choice of hops definitely make this an interesting beer, I like the combination of different flavors and aromas they contribute. This beer is fairly easy to drink and quite enjoyable but the alcohol makes it's presence known a little more as the beer warms up.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Houblon Chouffe Pokal. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger very slight off-white head that subsided to a minimal very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tropical fruit, kiwi, floral, and subtle wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, tropical fruit, fruit, kiwi, floral, earth, earth hop, and fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like what they had going on in this one as everything was very well presented and mixed together extremely nicely. This fact made it quite easy to drink and rather refreshing. Despite the higher ABV it was quite subdued if you ask me. I could honestly see this one getting a few people in trouble if they aren’t careful. Definitely would suggest this to others without hesitation.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-light gold pour that turned a dark gold as the pour finished with a white head that faded quickly
S-bread or biscuit aroma with a orange smell
T-same as nose, but the alcohol warming comes in strong in the aftertaste with a hops bitterness added to it
M-light body and high carbonation
O-The beer has a good combination of aroma and flavor that would go great on a good summer day, and an alcohol warming that would be great on a winter day/

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows grapefruit, orange blossom and some biscuity malt.
Pretty aggressive flavours, very hoppy. Pine and grapefruit with a fair whack of sweet clean malt too. Aggressive sharp bitterness in the finish. Very clean, making the bitterness stand out even more. Seems a bit disjointed.
Great moderately high carbonation.

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Kiwi Imperial Pils from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 33 ratings