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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Uinta Crooked Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner

Uinta Crooked Line Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner, another big offering from the Crooked Line at Uinta Brewing, poured a clear, golden yellow into the glass with a small, long-lasting white head.  The nose was light and subtle; malt heavy with toasted grains, hay, and pepper standing out.

Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner opened with a big, clean body of grass and toast with notes of lemon and butter coming though.  The heavy carbonation accented the herbal, peppery hops and kept the body reasonably light.  As the lager settled, the high ABV made itself known with some heat and a dry bitterness that defined the fade of the beer. 

Uinta Crooked Line Titled Smile Imperial Pilsner is an interesting, if not necessarily exciting, detour in beer tasting.  Lagers this big are hard to find, and Tilted Smile stays true to the spirit of a pilsner, with a “bigger is better” aesthetic that mostly works.  I’m not sure if the bigness of Tilted Smile will turn off lager drinkers, or if the mostly-true-to-style pilsner qualities will turn off big beer drinkers, but my palette thanked me and I’m a more informed person for having tried it.  

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