Friday, August 24, 2012

Reverb Imperial Pilsner

  • SRM Color : 4
  • Brewer: Boulevard Brewery
  • Brewer's Description:   With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, Reverb Imperial Pilsner echoes our Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, produced in 2009 with esteemed Belgian brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock. Like its predecessor, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip 
  • Russ' rating: 8.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Going to 11
  • Comments: This was a fun beer to review. From the start an unexpected pleasure. The clever packaging has a guitar amplifier as its primary feature and the knobs are all references t the brewing process and nature of the beer such as Beginning Gravity, IBU, ABV, Kettle, Hops etc., culminating in a knob that "Goes to 11" an intentional nod to Spinal Tap. The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a lovely head of average size (0.5mm - 0.7mm) bubbles. The head is aromatic and lasted for some time. There was wet lacing the entire beer. I was surprised that the recommendation was to use a tulip glass over a Pilsner, but the brewer knows best. The immediate scent is that of Pilsner hops with a malty backdrop. The flavor is large and Imperial, with the Saaz hops taking center stage and providing the dominant flavor as you finish the beer. I am not usually a fan of the Pilsner style but this was a very easy beer to drink. Its a clean and light taste that would be welcome at any summer event.