Ivy League Pils | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Ivy League PilsIvy League Pils

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by weeare138 on 03-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by lou91:
Photo of lou91
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pour with a big white noisy head and a hazy orange which tells you that this is not a traditional pils. The smell was pleasant with some interesting hop blends with hints of wild yeast. The hop bitterness was long and lingering and a great thirst quencher. Another beer showing some experimentation/blending and charting a new course. Thanks to Beerbeing as part of Never Again BIF.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Pours a hazy, deep amber body beneath a massive head of rocky off-white foam that holds well and leaves very nice rings and sheets of lace about the glass. A thin but solid head of foam covers the surface until the end.

Lightly pungent and gently spicy hops mingle in the nose with grainy malt and a mild waft of alcohol.

It's smooth across the palate despite its initial effervescence at the pour, mainly due to its dextrinous medium-full body.

The flavor offers the same well-balanced combination of hops and malt that the nose does. It's not complex, but it is satiating. And unlike many other examples of the style, it's not overdone to either the hop side or the malt side. Some tend to exhibit sugary, dough-like malt, but this is nicely grainy and bread-like...biscuity. Others hammer home bitterness or excessive hop flavors, but this is remarkably well-balanced in both flavor and bitterness. And with that said, it finishes remarkably short for such a big beer. The malt, hops, and bitterness linger a bit, but it doesn't build on the palate, lending greatly towards its drinkability.

Overall, I found this to be one of, if not THE, most balanced double pils I've ever had. It's perfectly rounded between malt, hop, bitterness, and alcohol. And maybe my background skews me, but I really appreciate the refinement over the potential bravado. I also find it to be more European in nature than many others. Except for the fact that it's a big, malty lager that clocks in at 7.3%, it's very much like a hoppy European pils. Superbly done! Quite drinkable. Worth trying.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Ivy League pours a cloudy golden colour with a frothy semi-chunky, soapy looking head.

The smell is hoppy nice and fesh and floral, with some dirt and grain in the mix as well as a touch of honey.

This is a medium bodied brew with flavour that is primarily of wheat with some hop flavouring, dirty malt and alcohol. It is sweet all around but a bit tart too.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and undercarbonated for a pils, but it still nice overall.

This is a good, flavourful brew. There is a bit more oomph here than in most pilsners in terms of flavour and body. The alcohol is definitely noticeable throughout as well, but is never truly invasive. This one is tasty and a nice find if you do come across it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a small white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of mild citrus, mild grass, pils malt, and a touch of dough.
Taste is citrusy with the typical pils malt standing out. Slightly grassy and citrus in the mix.
Mouthfeel is ok. Sweet, and decently balanced.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 3/4" light beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head keeps on growing, sno-coning above the top of the glass, due to constant streams of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Once the head fades, which took forever, it was leaving tons of heavy, bubbly lacing all over. Aroma is pale malt sweetness and spicy hops. Taste is sweet and spicy, like the nose indicated, but it all seems to be fighting a losing battle to tone down the alcohol. Reminds me of a malt liquor a bit, but maybe that's just the way the style goes. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good, just has lost the crisp and clean that you expect from the pils family. Not bad, but not my fave of the OTOP family.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with yellow highlight on the edge of the glass. Two inch thick head lasted a while, and some nice lacing developed.

Smell: easily detectable orange citrus, hop bitterness, and some sweet honey.

Taste: stronger malt levels, with some grapefruit, grass, unripened green apples, honey, and a hint of alcohol. Bitterness level is the perfect balance for the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Dry throughout. Aftertaste is short with the flavors lingering briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this bottle went down fairly quicker than some other higher alcohol pilsners I have had. Very tasty and well worth seeking this out.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled my glass with a crystal clear and very bubbly golden body topped off by a bright white head. Grainy malts meld with spicy hops in the nose inviting you to take a sip. So, sip I must and I am glad to have obliged. Very tasty with more of a hop bite than I had expected. Along the line of you would think you would get from DFH in a double pilsner but even better than Golden Shower. The malts show up front and center but the spicey, bitter tingle in the mouth lets you know the hops are there as well. Very balanced between the two with a smooth transition from sweet to spicy. Feels great in the mouth with the awesome carbonation giving it a very crisp, very clean feel to it. Highly drinkable brew that goes down very easy. It makes me a bit sad to know that I may never get this on-tap again. C'mon Tom....please, just one more last round?

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the blitheringidiot, I too was quite surprised to find this at the Foodery upon a recent visit. Put it in the fridge overnight, and now it's time to enjoy as I sit on the couch watching the first day of the NCAA tourney.

As I pour, it is quite noticeable that this is not your typical pils; a much deeper sunrise golden orange color, much like a double IPA would look, and it's thick. Far from being fizzy or bubbly, this is the Imperial Stout of pilsners. Manages a huge pillowy head of goodness atop that looks beautiful set in my long pilsner glass. Nose is malty, grainy with notes of pinecones, sap, husks, and metal. This is earthy. Rich and thick on the palate, and lacking in carbonation. Honestly, it drinks like a high ABV (which it is, relatively) stout. Hop bitterness throughout, though it's subtle against the wallop of malt thickness. By far the chewiest "lager" I've ever tasted. This is a meal, and the booze can sneak up on you as well. Another interesting brew from Tom Baker, and certainly worth seeking out, not only for the flavor, but like so many Heavyweight beers, it's pretty unique as well.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Heavyweight Ivy League Pils pours out a hazy golden color with a large, white head. The aroma is malty straw and earthy hops. There's a tart aspect to the aroma too. The flavor is slightly sweet at first, but not cloying. Clean, malty flavor until some lemon flavor comes in at the middle. Not a whole lot of hoppiness, though the finish is bitter. The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected. This is probably the maltiest pilsner I've had. Alcohol is well hidden. I really enjoyed my one bottle. An unusual beer with a great flavor.

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Photo of cbl2
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date, but brewed only once.

Pours a slightly hazy peach-orange with over an inch of tight white head that slowly settles, lacing nicely as it goes.

Medium malty aroma with hints of biscuit, crisp and clean, but nothing startling.

Very coarse mouthfeel. Mildly sweet with some biscuity overtones. Muted hops throughout that lead to a bitter finish. Pleasant overall, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of OldSock
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – I bought this 750 ml bottle a while back at American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn. After being underwhelmed by Golden Showers I am hoping for a crisper double Pilsner experience from this one. Poured into my Warsteiner pilsner glass it is a swirling torrent of bubbles swirling through a clear(cloudier with each successive pour), bright-yellow liquid. The head looks like meringue and lasts for an eternity leaving perfect rings of lace. Truly a beautiful beer.

Smell – Sweet toasted malt with spicy noble hops. Not much going on in terms of yeast character, just a clean European aroma.

Taste – Clean, dry, spicy with loads of hop character. Solid lingering bitterness that doesn't stick around, but cuts through the sweetness perfectly. Not overly complex, but hits at the traditional mark for what a pilsner is, solid malt, spicy hops and not much else. My only knock is a hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel – Its a slightly thicker version of what a regular pilsner should be, light body with plenty of tongue tingling carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Crisp for the style, clean and easy to drink. Far and away the best double pilsner that I have had. I think Heavyweight made the right decision making this 7.3% alcohol and not getting into the 9% range like so many double pils that are cloying and thick. In my opinion this is the best of the three recent OPOT offering.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like a difficult style to interpret... kinda comes out as high quality malt liquor. Pretty thick in texture. Kind of a lemon wheat, lemon rum cake thing going on. Perhaps a bit like Brookyln Pils on steroids.
Pours almost opaque into the glass; looks quite a bit like grapefruit juice.
Becomes more enjoyable to drink as time goes on. Starts off a bit unremarkable, a bit like boring fizzy yellow beer... but turns out to be far more interesting than that. The 7.3% is definately sneaky.
Has quite a few saison moments.
Not too shabby... not as much impact as I might have anticipated but it works.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to see THIS 750 mL on the shelf t'nite. Picked it up, cooled it down and poured it into my glass.

The bottle opens with a long *shsssst!* Pours with a hazy stormy orange glow loaded with tiny bubbles rising to meet a thick dense pillowy antique white headcap that eventually settles to a bowl on the surface. Lace totally paints the glass as this descends.

Good Lordy that is a pilsner, alright. A BIG pilsner. Huge scents of grainy leafy dusty tones and loaded with brassy or coppery aroma notes like a handfull of pennies with a floral rounding.

First swigs: This is a thick full flavored glugger! I want to say "malt liquor" but with the awl-kee-hawl and adjunct off-ness. Can this get any more pilsner-esque? I doubt it. Almost some aspirin in there. A fluffy softly carbonated version makes for a big flavor. The middle finds a mix of plain oatmeal and chewing on Cherrios grain body.

Feel is smooth, too. Medium to full bodied but easy to drink. Aftertaste is a linger of bitterness thanks to the generous hops, surely.

Last swigs: If you ever pour malt liquor on a bowl of Cheerios, this is close to what you'd get. And for a measly $7 too! Killer! Drinkability falls a bit short with this darng style. Where's my Juhlia? Worth a try!

Beer is good. Happy 2Pils beerin'.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml a reddish-gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks slowly but remains as a solid ~1" layer and dang this brew loves to hug the glass. ;^)

The smell is quite strong of freshly baked biscuits and a bit of spice, wow. This one may be the best Pilsner for the nose that I've ever experienced.

The taste is big! The biscuits in the smell transfer quite nicely into the flavour followed closely by a heaping helping of hop bitterness that makes my mouth pucker but...in a darned good way. Oh, and there's some warming from the 7.3%abv but it's on the subtle side so the drinkability factor suffers not.

Bottom line: IMHO, this is a magnificent sample of the style, easily the best I've had. Go to the store and see if you can find it. Then...buy a bunch!

Many thanks to my good bud Nutbrown for including this in our trade!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a long lasting lace generating white head. Fine carbonation fed a steady pancake of foam as beewr was consumed. Aroma was floral hops and biscuity malts. No real hints of sweetness.Taste was extraordinarily crisp and a perfect pairing with the first warm and sunny weekend of the year. Must get more of this and soon...

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, Heavyweight is going out of business so I decided to crack this puppy open. Memory is a tad hazy, but it doesn't really matter at this point. My memory of the numbers are correct. At this point I feel the need to review this.

Hazy. Lots of yeast in this one. Half a glass towards the end of this bottle was murky.

Nice balance of hops and pils. And unlike most imperial pilsners, which tend to get barleywine-type tastes, this one does seem to be more like a typical, but stronger, pils.

Alas, Heavyweight, we hardly knew thee.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and bright golden body, topped by a mamouth mountain of snow white micro bubbles. Very good lacing already dripping in place of the receding head.

Big aroma of fresh hay and biscuits, morning in farm country.

Huge splash of malt slathers the tongue initially, but a counter tide of noble hops crashes down with a sharp, bitter snap. Big and crispy ain't easy, but here it is to enjoy. Mouth tingling aftertaste. Faint hint of warming lingers.

Nice big mouthfeel, solid but not syrupy, it flows down well.

Can we say dangerously drinkable?

Now this is what an imperial/double pilsner should be, revving up the classic elements while remaining recognizable. This ain't no mislabeled bock. Far more enjoyable DFH's Golden Shower. Tom, don't stay away too long.

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Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 @ Oak Tree Buy Rite (edison, nj) and they have plenty more...

OTOP ? one time one place eh ? I'll have to call this second time, second take. The first bottle I had chippied, actually broke into itself when I was opening it... man that sucked! So this is my replacement bottle as I didn't feel like ingesting glass to rate a beer... I mean, imagine the beer piss associated with that.. all I am sayin is "not pretty"...

exploding big bubbly head, crackling and foaming like a rabid drunk dog, hazy deep yellow with tons of carbonation billowing up like smoke on the horizon from a distant brush fire, clingy and sticky on the sides of the glass, for a pils ? freakin awesome. I am totally stoked by the look of this beer.

dark honey soaked pinecones, dry grain, this smells like a grain warehouse, this is a bit one dimensional but is quite intense, I am finding it hard to describe honestly. the grain bomb smell is quite amazing on this...

taste etc...
much fuller than most pils, almost syrupy in some regards, the carbonation isn't as crazy as it looks but gives ya some good burp action, the flavor really shows its mettle when paired with various foods. on its own it might be a touch too sweet for me but with a little food kick it seems to be a great balance. This honestly might be too thick for those looking for a usual pils, man is this beefy.

I am having this with some habanero salsa.. and it is strong enough to hold up. I found the rogue imperial pils to be more drinkable overall but this is an impressive beer none the less. it isnt scary drinkable, you do notice the ABV... maybe laying this one down for some months might mellow it out a bit.

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Ivy League Pils from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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