STYLE: Imperial Pilsner
APPEARANCE: Dark gold and clear
HEAD: Giant, bright white head that fades moderately fast
LACING: Decent…splotchy, but persistent
NOSE: It’s a pilsner, so lots of bready, biscuity notes up front. It’s cut through by a remarkably bold hops aroma. Although it’s still grassy as you would expect from the style, it’s much more assertive and citric than other pilsners. A faint aroma of apricots and peaches rounds things out.
TASTE: There’s a shocking amount of cognitive dissonance here. The “framework” is a pilsner, so I’m expecting a mild, pale lager taste. But its got huge Imperial IPA notes hitting me from all sides. Every sip begins with a malty, biscuit flavor that is quickly washed away by massive, bitter citric notes. And while the finish has the clean, grassy flavor you would expect, the bitter hop profile never really subsides. It’s like drinking two beers at once.
MOUTHFEEL: It’s medium-bodied, but a touch syrupy. Good, sparkling carbonation keeps it light on the tongue.
DRINKABILITY: A really interesting beer, but a little too overwhelming and off-balance to be truly drinkable. It’s more of a novelty than anything else, but I’m glad I was able to sample it on draft. Bought a bomber as well just to see if it was any mellower in glass. It was not.
RATING: 2.5 Hops