It's Sunday night, and I'm excited! I normally wouldn't be so excited for a Sunday night, because Sunday means tomorrow is Monday, and Monday is work. But this Sunday night is different, because in one week, my wife Kerry and I are going to Maine for a vacation! We can't wait to go up there, relax, see some sights, and bring home some good beer! I think we'll also be visiting Atlantic Brewing Company near Bar Harbor.
My third beer review in the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2012 release is the Imperial Pilsner. Imperial Pilsner is a style I don't have have much experience with. A few years ago I tried Dogfish Head's My Antonia, and I remember enjoying it, so I have high hopes for this beer!
This was the description on the back of the bottle: "Packing a big hop-forward punch and bright crisp finish, this golden
pilsner features a hearty dose of "sticky," resinous Crystal and
Pacifica dry hops, which balance the light-bodied yet complex malt
I poured the beer into my Ithaca Beer Co. glass. It was a gorgeous golden color with a finger width head. The aroma was full of sweet malt, hay, grass and hops. It tasted of sweet malt, with a slight hop bitterness. Very earthy. There was a light to medium mouthfeel. Overall, this was an incredibly drinkable pilsner that was full of flavor. You could definitely drink a few of these in a session, however at 5.6%, it is not quite a "session beer." I don't really understand why it's an "Imperial" Pilsner either, maybe something to do with amount of hops and/or malt that was added. A solid edition to the Beer Camp series!
Have you had this beer? What did you think? Feel free to use the comments below!