Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tampa Bay/Cigar City Hop Silo #1: Imperial Pilsner

Fill date: 3/9/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager; 5D Czech Pils)

AROMA: Moderate spicy/floral hop presence Moderate bready/biscuity malt with a slight graham cracker component. All components seem rather low for an "imperial" brew. Seemingly clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate bready maltiness with a slight graham cracker taste. Not especially sweet, but attenuation seems a little low for a so-called pilsner (which makes it feel more like an ale than a lager). Hops are subtle at first, but break through with a strong spicy flavor at the apex which linger into the aftertaste. Actual bitterness is moderate with a drying sensation from the spiciness of the hops. There may be a trace amount of diacetyl, but it is not distracting (though this could be the alcohol). 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and easily drinkable. Supposedly 8% ABV, this feels closer to sub-6% as there is no alcohol presence and it's lacking the crispness of a lager. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Palette is rather simplistic, but the hops are nice. Interesting brew, but difficult to truly judge to traditional styles. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

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