Perfect Drift
4 Noses Brewing Company

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #89
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #14,843
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
17
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4 Noses Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Notes: In honor of our friend Mitch, an avid fly fisherman, Perfect Drift is a smooth and easy drinking twist on a German Style Pilsner. The German malts and lager yeast lend a bready, crisp and mildly sweet flavor of a traditional Pilsner. But, we cast off on our own with a heavy hand of American Cascade hops, generating a citrusy aroma and hop flavor to brighten up this thirst crushing lager.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 17
Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty decent pilsner, if maybe a tad on the heavy side. The 4.5% ABV is appropriate for the style, but it had a little something extra to it that I couldn't pinpoint, and it's not bitterness. You get the light crispness of a pilsner, and then a bit of hops, just like the description says, but I feel like there was also something else going on there. I might have to have another one of these to figure it out at some point.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite pilsener I have tried yet in Colorado, second only to Propaganda by Berryessa. 4 Noses always delivers the goods.

L: What an insane amount of sudsy white head on this puppy. You can tell from that alone that this has a bit more body in it than a typical pilsener. The body is a transparent straw yellow, and definitely medium-bodied from the viscosity. Thick bands of lacing stick to the glass. Never seen a pilsener look better. Nice blue can with the fish graphic too.

S: A gentle yeasty pizza dough aroma emanates from the glass. Going deeper, I get light hoppy aromas of lime, dandelion, white pepper, and maybe a hint of white peach.

T: As with the aroma, the doughy malt base dominates the flavor as well. Floral bitterness of dandelion greens and a clean grassy noble hop come up next, fading before the bread does. A peppery spice to the hops keeps it zesty.

F: The feel is in the medium-light range, which is a little heavy for a pilsener. It's almost as full-bodied as the Lagunitas Czech Style Pilsener, despite having only 75% as much alcohol by volume.

O: Easily the best lager brewed in Colorado that I have had yet. Thanks to 4 Noses for making such a tasty Pilsner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

man, this is really solid pilsener, and while it is the hoppy stuff that has always impressed me the most from these guys, this is awfully good, and further proof that they really can do it all, seems like every beer they have made lately has been awesome. this is a german style, fuller and maltier than some, frothy feeling with some almost creamy body i am not used to in the style, and while there is a bit of a noble hop character to it, there are also the cascade hops, which are used somewhat delicately here so that this still drinks like a traditional pils, its not in any way over hopped, but the higher alpha and spice character of the cascade gives this a unique finish, fresh and sort of zesty to me, beyond noble hops alone, defining for how subtle it is, impressive, a great addition. the beer overall is of very high quality, the lager yeast has some flavor and the fermentation is patient and complete, this is dry and crisp and refreshing, extremely highly drinkable, well carbonated, and clean. i like the body, i like the hops in the finish, and i am again reminded of how awesome these guys are. this is one of the better lagers made in colorado i have had in some time...

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Photo of daliandragon
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a liquor store in Lyons, CO on the way into the Rockies. Big floral and citrus hops in the nose are a bit of a surprise.

Flavor features broad, mixed hop notes with some buttered toast malt notes.. This is never really bitter but does feature plenty of juicy hop flavor. Really nice take on the style.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold. Bubbly, medium, white head that Fades fast.

Smells bready and Doughy malt, grassy, light fruitiness and sweetness.

Taste bready and grainy. Followed by light fruitiness and grassiness. Finishes dry with a grainy linger. Light body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow body; frothy, sticky, white head. Sweet, crystal malt-like aroma; muddled fruity scent. Light bread backbone flavor; a very mild honey sweetness; full-bodied hop bitterness with a long, lingering presence at the finish. Medium bodied; crisp with a mostly dry quality.

A fine example of a classic style.

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Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can (canned April 18, 2017 or maybe May 18, 2017...I couldn't clearly read the label) to a nonic.

A-The beer is nice and clear with a very light gold hue. It is notable for the lack of yellow tint, which makes it look more regal. The head starts at a finger of white foam and fades immediately to nothing, but there are a few bubbles of carbonation lurking below. No lacing left behind.

S-The aroma is heavy on the bread and dough. This stuff smells like a warm French baguette with hops. The hops are crisp and clean, rather than juicy, and they give the beer a noticeable lime aroma. I also sniff some perfume notes. It is a nice mixture.

T-The taste is less bready and doughy than the smell. There is still some baguette, but there is more of a dry, crisp cereal and grain note too. Hops remain floral-almost perfume like-and citrusy.

M-The feel is light, but right in line with the style. Carbonation is chunky and crisp and clean. This beer drinks easily.

O-This is a pretty great pils-style beer. It reminds me a little of a Firestone Pivo Pils, but done with complete different flavors that actually hew closer to a traditional German beer. I will buy more of this for summer drinking.

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Perfect Drift from 4 Noses Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 17 ratings