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Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
Exceptional
251 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively with an enormous, almost reckless, amount of first harvest noble hops - Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Germany. 110 IBUs. The "murkiness" is from hop particles, which are literally in suspension and create a permanent haze. It's part of the overall experience, and was intended.

Added by kbub6f on 03-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
251
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.43
 
 
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3
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1
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0
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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really interesting beer, in a really strange style which I didn't even know existed. I'm a big fan of pilsners in general though, so I was glad to see this one hit the shelves. Appears an orange color with lighter yellowy straw hints shining through. Big, foamy, dense head with some excellent staying power. Really hoppy in the nose, and a whif of alcohol mixed into a doughy German malt base. Taste is pretty complex actually. Lots of hops, lots of malt, lots of flavor. This is sort of a barleywine of the lager family, which I'm sure is pretty hard to pull off if you think about it. Rustic, bready grains, spicy hops. Quite a alcohol kick to it as well which I wasn't expecting. That makes it a bit tougher to drink. I think if they toned that down a tad this beer would be amazing. It's still great though. Big and bold and definately unique. Try it out.

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Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 251 ratings
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