Friday, December 09, 2005

Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest

The Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner is a beefed up pilsner beer made with loads and loads of fresh Hallertau Mittelfruh hops harvested in 2005 from the Hallertau region of Bavaria in Germany. I was very excited to try this new brew and I was not let down at all. Cheers to Sam Adams for cheering me up after a horribly shitty 4 hour drive through snow last night!

Pours from the big 24oz bottle a viscous, deep, opaque amber orange color with a wispy fluffy inch of off white head. Sticky strings of lacing all over the glass as the head falls on the brew. Aromas stand up and smack me in the face with a hoppy onslaught. Spicy, herbal, citrusy, piney hop notes abound along with an underlying sweet creamy bready, caramel aroma. Fresh, divine Hallertau Mittelfruh goodness. A very enticing aroma...way to go Sam Adams!

First sip brings a somewhat sweet doughy, caramel/crystal maltiness quickly followed by a blast of resinous Noble hop oil dominance. The freshness comes through via the intense green, herbal leafy sensation that each sip brings. The citrusy, piney, spicy hops fill the mouth with a hefty dose of bitterness on the way down. Lingering Hallertau after each sip met by spicy Noble hop burps. Nicely balanced, with the scales tipped rightly in the favor of the hops. Only a faint hint of the 8.8% abv exists.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly dry with a wonderful creaminess in each sip. Simply delectable...this brew goes down very easily for this hop lover. Smooth and tasty it's really hard to put down the glass here. One bottle is enough for a sitting...but I'd pick up a few as you'll want to go back to this one again. A wonderful new entry from Jim Koch and Co. and I hope there is more to come. More brewers need to explore the Imperial Pilsner IMHO.

Overall I gave this one a 4.35 out of 5. Simply a damn good beer that I'd highly recommend to everyone and anyone.

Care to see what else Sam Adams is up to? Check out www.samadams.com

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!!

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