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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial PilsnerSamuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Flyer on 06-18-2007

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4.06
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Photo of froggyfrog
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's cut to the chase here. This beer kicks ass! I'm sitting here drinking my second bottle recently received of ncvbc as part of a stellar haul for Secret Bunny '08. The first bottle was had at Cobblestones in York a month or two back. Both experiences with this beer have been standout.

Hallertau Imperial Pils pours a marbled mass of igneous orange and cloud white. Plenty of fluffy cream flecks the walls of the glass as the one-finger downy head caresses them.

Peppery alcohol greets the nose on an easy sniff. The Mittelfrueh hops embolden this beer with a peerless aroma. Grassy but oh-so-smooth and mellow, the abundance of unique noble hops creates true art in this snifter's bowl.

Tongue-curling isomerized alpha acids nuzzle my palate on a wash of velvety malt. Mossy spice and European Pilsner malt peek out from behind the sturdy alcohol.

Hearty in smell, taste and in mouthfeel, this brew is full of strong ale integrity with a soft and delicious delivery.

I appreciate this beer's candor.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hugely hazy bruised banana with apricot undertones. It isn't often that one can appreciate a beer's murkiness through a brown glass bottle, but such is the case here. I love 'dirty' looking beer, especially when hop particles are involved. The pale beige crown couldn't be any more beautiful. Scads of sticky lace only add to the magnificence.

I've never crushed fresh Hallertau hops in my hands and then inhaled the residue, but it must smell something like Imperial Pilsner. Actually, that isn't strictly true. The beer also has a sweet pale maltiness that gives depth and breath to the hop resins. I hadn't noticed it before, but this hop's muskiness reminds me, in some respects, of Cascade.

I like this beer just as much as the beer that inspired it, Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest. Maybe more. Pay very close attention to the label if you're ambivalent about hops because phrases such as 'Intense Hop Experience', 'enormous, almost reckless quantities... of hops' is truth in advertising. This stuff will rip the top several layers off your mouth and tongue without breaking a sweat.

The thing that makes this insanely delicious beer, though, is that it isn't *only* about the hops. Somewhere, way down deep, lives a sugar cookie-like pale maltiness that just does manage to take the intensely serrated edges off the alpha acids. Aging this ale should be a crime punishable by death. As fresh as possible is the only way to go.

I never knew that Hallertau Mittelfrueh were this fruity. I'm getting tons of peach and apricot, along with tidal waves of sticky orange marmalade and shards of bitter lemon. Each mouthful is an explosion of hop flavor that lasts and lasts and lasts. I better slow down or there won't be anything left to assess the mouthfeel.

While it doesn't quite deserve a perfect score, this elixir is pure pleasure in the mouth. It's at least medium-full and is as plush as one could ever hope for. It seems that the brewers have struck the perfect balance between luxuriousness and ease of drinkability.

I have no idea if Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is identical to Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest. My guess is that it's pretty damn close and my suspicion is that it's even hoppier. Cheers to Mr. Koch for making this a year-round offering. It's a damn good thing the hop shortage didn't hit Germany. In a word... Wow!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears an orange marmalade like hue with a thick large bubbled custard textured foamy off white head. Unfiltered but nothing like the hop particles that the 2005 version had to offer, head dwindles slowly great retention with lacing that forms unevenly with speckled pattern all around my pint. Aroma contains deep complex layers of herbal grassy hop bursts with mild skunk edged pungency. To balance out the intense hop experience comes pale biscuit malt sweetness with some hot alcohol action tickling the ol' nose hairs, a mild air of sweet honey character as well. Flavor offers up a barrage of Hallertau hoppiness with strong colossal hop bitterness over a delicate light biscuit malt character mild bready yeast notes too boot. Hop heavy in your face with the hops herbal grassy pungent citrus peels galore and a touch of that skunk flow. What a beer to really understand what Hallertau hops are all about, definitely tastes good to have raw hops on the tongue. Mouthfeel is full bodied with hop oils giving it the lusciousness that I'm sensing on my palate carbonation carries everything well, raw hop attack bites the tongue and finishes dry with alcohol and bitter hops left in the finish. Drinkability is great if you like the hops, because I feel like I could use about a case of this stuff just so I can fall in the hop pile every once in awhile, single hopped anything is usually great but this brew is world class.

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Photo of necrat
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow is the least I can say about this. Was recommended by my friend Steve Pascale.

Appearance is a nice foggy copper color. Laced head on the glass with a somewhat sticky head to it.

The smell is almost worth the beer price. Definatley a unique smell. I could smell Malts, Hops, and I swear I even smelled a little hint of Pine.

The taste is a nice balance of bitter hops and malt. The aftertaste is remarkable, some alcohol, hops and something I can honestly say I haven't really tasted before.

The mouthfeel is exceptional and this is definatley a winner. I have started to grow leary of Sam Adams beers as being "above average" but not at the level of some (Oaked Arrogant Bastard or Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA). This beer definatley puts Sam back on the map, in my book!

Thanks, Steve for the suggestion!

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Photo of jetfanzee
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden copper, cloudy in the glass, with a chunky head that stays around for a while. Good lacing that lasts longer than the beer does, with a strong stream of bubbles raising from the bottom of the glass.

Strong piney smell rises out of the bottle before you even start the pour. Gets even stronger in the glass, where it's joined by a hint of citrus. You can't wait for the hops to hit you.

The front of your tongue is teased by a hint of sweetness from the malt, but don't expect it to last. The hops then hit full force and boy do the hit. Your whole mouth is coated with the hop flavor, and the bitterness, but it never becomes overpowering. The hops never make it to the back of the throat. A bit of alcohol is there, but it doesn't distract from the hops, who are clearly the star of the show.

High carbonation cuts through the oily mouthfeel you would expect from a strongly hopped IPA. Excellent drinkability, the first one definitely calls for another.

Thanks Jim Koch for another great offering from Boston Beer.

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Photo of gatorguy813
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is without question, one of the best tasting,smelling,looking beers that i have had the pleasure of enjoying. I could give an in depth review of this beer, but it would be a waste of your time. I really hope this was not a one time release. If you have the opportunity to secure a bottle of this brew, do it!

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High marks for this hop-tastic beer. It looks great, smells great and tastes even better. On first taste the hops are like a citrus punch in the face, but just when you think its too overpowering the bitterness subsides and leaves you with the rest of the beers flavors. A complex and flavorful beer and a must try for anyone who likes a hoppy brew.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy peach nectar with wild carbonation that rises up to the thick and fluffy head. Leaves just a touch of lacing. Wow. Smells like sticking your head into a bucket load of hops or getting a whiff of a strong hop tea. Tons of hops in the nose with big earthy and herbal aromas. A malty sweetness and faint alcohol presence back up the hops. Hallertau takes the center stage of the flavor as well. All the intricate characteristics of this noble hop are magnified time 100 simply because there is so much of it used for this beer. Lots of fruitiness, flowers, perfume, tea, and general hop leafiness and spiciness are all up on the taste-buds. An assertive bitterness comes in the finish to wonderfully balance the well-stated malty sweetness. Although the alcohol is not pervasive in any way, it does show up a bit. While this adds a rounding complexity to everything, I kind of would have preferred this to be lower on the abv scale. It does something to the overall flavor slight so slightly hinders drinkability. Mouthfeel is full, a touch slick, and well carbonated. This goes beyond impressive.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy orange color with a patchy, clingy head that leaves decent lacing behind. masses of hop aroma fill the air upon pouring into the glass. These continental noble hops remind me of sea air. some clean pilsner malt provides good complexity in the nose.

the taste is quite rightly described as an 'explosion of Hellertau hops'. Ive never experienced this delicate hop in such concentration and its a beautiful thing. A solid bitterness resounds throughout, tempered by a complex mix of herbal, minty, tea, sea air hop flavors. Malt is always in the distant background but adds a complimentary caramel balance. The mouthfeel is full and highly carbonated with velvety bubbles. The finish is infinitely long with delicious concentrated noble hop flavors.

This beer is a real winner. Strange that its labeled as an ale on the bottle... Regardless it kicks ass and is must try material for hop heads.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a fairly weak head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S - HOPS!!! Floral, grassy, and some more subtle citrus notes, especially lemon. It seems that the full spectrum of hop notes can be found in this beer.

T - Every bit as complex as the smell. Grapefruit bitterness is blended with some sour lemon notes. A hint of peppery spice comes through as well.

M - Medium bodied, but finishes dry and crisp like a good pilsner should. Some lasting bitterness remains on the palate.

D - This has got to be the most refreshing 8% beer I've had since my first Duvel!! This is a very enjoyable beer and a terrific example of the style.

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Photo of StarSAELS
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This hazy brew from Sam Adams is worth the $10 a four-pack I paid at the marketplace Kroger. Enough said...

... yeah, right!

I picked up a four-fer a month ago and quaffed two in one night. The friend I gave a glass to struggled to finish it, and had to switch to Beck's afterwards. I can't fault him, really; this beer's not for everyone. But me, the hop-head I am... sublimely enjoyable!

In between now and then, I've had a few high-powered IPAs, so my comparison is drawn from there.

There's a little bit of sedimentation on the bottom of the bottle, enough to swirl away with the (unopened) bottle upended. Pours a thick, hazy orange-amber with a nice, fluffy, off-white two-finger head. Decent lacing, but I swirl the glass a lot, so if it gets sticky, I wouldn't know.

The resiny, slightly citrusy IPA aroma is uniquely balanced by a sweet malty scent. As the brew warms the alcohol becomes apparent. The initial (fridge-temp) taste is all IPA hops with a peppery finish from the well-hidden alcohol. As the brew warms, the intense hop flavor gives in to the sweet, caramelly malts and an astringent alcohol bite. Late finish is tantalizingly bitter from the hops.

It's got a full, rich and silky with a light carbonation tingle. If kept colder, the alcohol aroma and taste could be kept at bay.

One is really enough... the night I had two I was at a Halloween party... everybody was crazy that night! Will I get it again? You betcha.

*S

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Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific beer, intensely hopped, Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is impressive, and strong. The presentation is great, with two fingers of thick white head topping a cloudy orange body. Lots of dense lacing on the way down, very nice. The nose is good, lots of hops prominent, with a bit of fruit--orange, maybe a touch of lemon and grapefruit. The taste is magnificent, with the hops dominating but the fruit present and accounted for. The melange is very nice, with the grassy taste and fruit balancing each other very well. I'm completely wowed by the mouthfeel, with the initial bite of the dense hops outweighed by the smooth, thick texture. It really gets better as it's consumed, and masks the high ABV quite well.

An outstanding beverage. The ABV keeps the drinkability down somewhat but it is just great overall. I wish the store had more.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color, creamy light tan head and a healthy carbonation factor to bring out the incredible perfumy hop aroma.

S: Labeled as 12 pounds of Hallertau hops per barrel it definitely makes a presence on the nose. The noble hallertau hops definitely make an impact with a huge perfume aroma of fresh flowers.

F: The hopping is very big and spicy, yet is not overly done and is very well balanced and refined producing a beautiful spicy and hoppy flavor with some fresh flowery notes with light citrus notes. The finish is dry with a nice fresh flowery hop fade and resin lacing left on the tongue leaving you wanting more. Wow a very nice change to have a 100+ ibu hoppy beer that is not west coast hopped, but rather a noble hopping which I believe may be a first of this magnitude.

M: beautiful, fresh soft flowers and spiciness

D: heavenly.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright light orange colour with some chill haze. Generous eggshell-white head falls to about 1/8" layer.

Appetizing aroma of floral hops with light fruity character. Full body with a creamy, rich, velvety texture and very fine, light carbonation. Crackery malt with soft, floral hop notes. Bitterness is gently balancing, building into a firm finish. Hint of burnt sugar late. Well crafted lager with seamless flavours. Plenty of hops, but with a soft character.

Leaves some lace on the glass and lingering floral hop-bitter-caramel malt tastes on the palate. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms. Really excellent beer!

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Photo of bobsy
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy apricot with one of the stickiest ivory heads I have ever seen. Lots of rings of persistent lacing and great retention. Piny, leafy aroma. Huge pine and grass hop bitterness playing off against a sweet pale malt background. This beer has flavour and bitterness in spades. The hops are also well-rounded out by a pleasant fruitiness, with hints of lemon and peach, but at the end of the day this is all about the hallertau. The body is medium, yet at the same time sticky and chewy, which provides a pleasing compliment to the resin taste.

I can't get over how good this is... a pilsner that drinks like a double IPA, but with great balance. I've liked Sam Adam's beers, but never really been blown away... until now.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-yellow, huge frothy head that sticks around forever and laces nicely.

Huge hop aroma, it just freaking smeels like a handfull of fresh hallertau. Herbal, musty, delicious. A bright a crisp malt aroma in there to, Awesome.

Flavor is a solid rich malt backbone and a well balanced hop biterness, its like tasting wort, smelling the ketlle and enjoying a really good beer all at once, absolutetly great!

I've had a homebrewed imperial chinnok brown before this one, and my palate was not wrecked still when I had this one, its a hoppy experience indeed.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never done this before, but for this brew, which I consider superlative and intoxicating (in every sense of the word), I have reproduced word-for-word, below, the review of fellow BA beer lover BuckeyeNation. I could not write a better description of this (or any) beer. I want to read it repeatedly as I partake of SA's HIP. Feast your eyes on it:

"A+ / 4.85
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5
rDev: +16.1%

Hugely hazy bruised banana with apricot undertones. It isn't often that one can appreciate a beer's murkiness through a brown glass bottle, but such is the case here. I love 'dirty' looking beer, especially when hop particles are involved. The pale beige crown couldn't be any more beautiful. Scads of sticky lace only add to the magnificence.

I've never crushed fresh Hallertau hops in my hands and then inhaled the residue, but it must smell something like Imperial Pilsner. Actually, that isn't strictly true. The beer also has a sweet pale maltiness that gives depth and breath to the hop resins. I hadn't noticed it before, but this hop's muskiness reminds me, in some respects, of Cascade.

I like this beer just as much as the beer that inspired it, Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest. Maybe more. Pay very close attention to the label if you're ambivalent about hops because phrases such as 'Intense Hop Experience', 'enormous, almost reckless quantities... of hops' is truth in advertising. This stuff will rip the top several layers off your mouth and tongue without breaking a sweat.

The thing that makes this insanely delicious beer, though, is that it isn't *only* about the hops. Somewhere, way down deep, lives a sugar cookie-like pale maltiness that just does manage to take the intensely serrated edges off the alpha acids. Aging this ale should be a crime punishable by death. As fresh as possible is the only way to go.

I never knew that Hallertau Mittelfrueh were this fruity. I'm getting tons of peach and apricot, along with tidal waves of sticky orange marmalade and shards of bitter lemon. Each mouthful is an explosion of hop flavor that lasts and lasts and lasts. I better slow down or there won't be anything left to assess the mouthfeel.

While it doesn't quite deserve a perfect score, this elixir is pure pleasure in the mouth. It's at least medium-full and is as plush as one could ever hope for. It seems that the brewers have struck the perfect balance between luxuriousness and ease of drinkability.

I have no idea if Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is identical to Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest. My guess is that it's pretty damn close and my suspicion is that it's even hoppier. Cheers to Mr. Koch for making this a year-round offering. It's a damn good thing the hop shortage didn't hit Germany. In a word... Wow!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-26-2007 16:46:26."

Bruised banana with apricot, indeed. Excellent and precise; some of the greatest descriptive writing I've had the pleasure to run across. Thank you, Buckeye.

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Photo of John1985
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful deep amber. Ample half inch head with lacing down the glass. Earthy, spicy aroma; taste-intense hoppy burst followed by a delicious bittersweet malt-hop balance. Pleasantly long bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

This is truly one of the best beers I have ever had. Definitely a benchmark for others to imitate.

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Photo of rgore
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color - A hazey light orange. I poured it into a pint glass with about a thumbnail's worth of egg shell white head.

Nose - They call it "an intense hop" experience and it does not dissapoint. Pines, floral.

Taste - Obviously hops. You can taste the pine and florals too. This is balanced by a nice long bitterness that stays for a while.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with the bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability - Incredibly drinkable for the high alcohol content. I could session three of these after that the bitterness might get in the way. Still very drinkable compared to several other American IPAs.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is one of my favorite American IPA to date.

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Photo of JDK
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a very cloudy golden honey with a 2 finger head that lasted longer than most others.
Nice lacing that clung forever
Nice smell of citrus, mainly oranges and the hops.
The orange zest flavor stays around on the palette for the longest time. Nice blend of spices and hops.
Just the right amount of carbonation and this makes for a great brew. A tad on the pricey side but I don't think you'll be disappointed.
If you just don't like it, email me and I'll trade you for something you do like!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is that I am very grateful that this beer has returned. Poured in to a sniffer glass a somewhat hazy orange glow, with white heading that has nice retention. Smell has traces of tropical fruit (pineapple maybe) as well as an extreme spicy character from the hops. Taste is all about the hops on this one. It seems balanced to some degree, but the aftertaste leaves such a bitter hop flavor in the mouth that it becomes difficult to taste anything else. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and has a bit of that imperial sweetness from the alcohol. My feeling on this one is the hell with balance. This is a serious hop head brew that is sure to please. Even if you don't like hops though, certainly worth experiencing, as this doesn't quite taste like anything else. Too bad this is a limited offering in that I would sip it all year round. Cheers

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Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice head. As thick and as gold as honey.

I--I should have never have started brewing. It took the mystery out of beer. I found out that hop bombs were easy to make. I found out that subtle, light beers were really hard to make. That made to me reassess my whole process of reviewing beer. Confused me. I'm used to flipping shit around and rethinking it, but that's like books and music and my own forms of expression. That's not beer. Beer is a beverage. Not an art. You can't have meaningful arguments over its interpretations and receptions. You can't waste your time and energy--your precious brain cells and life--you can't waste those things on something that's supposed to be pure enjoyment.

But wherever there's enjoyment there's toil. There are people there. There is labor that has gone into your enjoyment. There is something--it might not be work, it might not be creation--but there's _something_ there that took effort. And effort isn't effort if it's blind.

So someone's eyes have to be open. And someone has to pay attention to what's going on. And someone, somewhere, is going to think to his or her self "hey, why is this good" or "why is this bad," and begin examining it. And their examinations will maybe make them join in the field. Or maybe they'll form a valuable opinion that will help shape the field. You can't abandon it because you don't want the intellectual challenge. You can't help run from your thoughts or your opinions.

It's been a while. But I have to say that I like this beer even though it's a hop bomb. It's a goddamn simple hop bomb and that makes it goddamn intersting hop bomb. Tons of spicy hops make it explode into a citrus hop. I never realized that that was how it works, that it was just a change of intensity that completely changes flavors. Does this mean that all flavors are one, parts of a different spectrum that effects different, imagined flavors when the intensity is brought up an down? No. BUT it takes a pretty goddamn fantastic beer to make someone think like that.

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Photo of marksto
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured properly into the terrific new Sam Adams custom designed beer glass. Appears golden and very hazy. The haze comes from the extraordinary levels of hops incorporated into the beer - the resins and acids are so intense they turn the beer cloudy. A white head with large bubbles lasts a long time and leaves lacing on the glass. Aroma displays huge floral hop essences and subtle malt sweetness in the background. Flavor offers a luscious interplay of hop complexity (bitterness and flavor) along with a smooth, firm, biscuity, malt sweetness.

This beer offers a great opportunity to see what a huge hop bomb of a beer can taste like when made with noble hops instead of the typical west coast varieties most of us have had the opportunity to sample. I find the hop character from hallertauer to be more complex and in many ways smoother than what american hops typically contribute.

This beer is not for everyone, but whether you like these hops or not (and I obviously do), this beer is a must-try for any hop enthusiast. Try it now, cause with all the hop shortages we're now starting to experience I expect it will be a long time before you see a beer like this again.

Bravo to BBC for this one.

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Photo of xxthepatientxx
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Appearance: beautiful hazy gold. Cannot see through the glass.
Smell: Hello, hops!
Taste: Wow! There's a kick in the taste buds! Hallertau, it is. No joke there. Hops most definitely dominate. Delicious and bitter, spicy and floral. Simply amazing, with just enough malt to remind you that there's barley in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, sharp, biting, dry. About what you'd expect for something called "Hallertau Imperial Pilsner"
Drinkability: Rough and sharpt, but I can imagine that after a couple when the taste buds warm up to the shock, this would be quite the exceptional drink. Fantastich.

Notes: This is my first beer review. Hooray! I received this beer as a gift from my boss (both of us are beer "snobs" and home brewers) for Christmas.
As easy as it is to talk s*** about Sam Adams, I actually have a lot of respect for the company. Sure they're "mass produced", but they've helped start the craft brew revolution, which I've noticed is becoming more and more popular with every day (Coors' Blue Moon series; look at what AB/Michelob is brewing) and I commend them for that. Plus, as this beer clearly demonstrates, they haven't given in to the pull of pure, sweet, dollars and still produce some damn fine brews. Hells yeah, son. Drink this now!

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Smoggy sunset orange-yellow, sunflowery in color, hazed and speckled with tiny flecks of hops. Spotty parchment off-white head with good, but patchy, retention.

Smell: Hops - Hallertau hops, piney, sage-herbal, floral, very resiny, and just a bit cheesy. Malts are true to the Pilsener name, sweet, clear, and honey-like.

Taste: Wow. The hops here are amazing. Have you ever been on a brewery tour where they have raw, dried hops for visitors to smell? And have you ever taken just a little taste of one? Yeah, it's like that. Very, very leafy, very floral, like rose petals or lavender or oregano with a hint of chamomile. Awesome. Surprisingly not too aggressive, but it is plenty bitter. Malts stand respectfully in the background. They are remarkably light, yet strong enough to provide balance, with a very pleasant, very honey-like flavor that enhances the hops' floral qualities.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, chewable, dry, and lip-smackingly sticky.

Drinkability: Amazing! This is like liquid hops, but not too extreme - not too sweet, and it doesn't land like a lupulic firebomb on the palate. It's just pure, flavorful hops!

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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
4.06 out of 5 based on 788 ratings.
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