Imperial Pils – Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA, USA)


Imperial Pils – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 8.6% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)

printed on the front-right label:

When ya think about it, calling any PILS an IMPERIAL PILS is somewhat ironic. At the time of its creation in the dim recesses of post-stone-age / pre-X-box European citystates teh PILSENER style was indeed the IMPERIAL beer of its time, putting every other more colorful beer of its time to shame amidst a revolution of thermometer making. And without a doubt, its reign was long. No American-born ales have usurped all of the imperialness there is to usurp and for the PILS to rise again, like every aspiration-ridden social ladder-climbing creature on the planet it must further evolve … This is that! We ahve made our own not-so-ordinary PILS every week of every year since 1996 and we have come to respect its stature in our own brewery-word … but Darwin never sleeps. Evolution persists, the weak are meat and the strong will eat, and now this brew has happened … further, further, further.”


  • Style: Imperial Pils
  • Taste: Cream-silky alcoholic sweet citrusy metallic barley malt lingering hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8 – 22 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure do

Visual: Pours pale orange with lots of suspended sediment, a very small long-lasting 3mm micro creamy head, loose clusters of steady medium-sized bubble streams.

Nose: very faint hints of tangerine-kumquat hop oils, barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: cream-thicker-crisp

Mid-palate: zingy alcoholic heaviness, more thick creamy, (lvl-6-sweetness), metallic, tangy-light tangerine-kumquat citrusy hops, sweet barley malt

Finish: light tongue numbness, apple exhale, lingering grassy bitter hops.

Summary: Solid flavours, body and mouthfeel. Not much on the nose but otherwise very enjoyable.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #9 – Hoparazzi West Coast Lager


Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #9

Hoparazzi West Coast Lager – Parallel 49 Brewing, 6.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Don’t mind the flashes. This unique pale lager with big hoparoma and citrus kick tends to attract a lot of attention.”

  • Style: West Coast Lager / Strong Pale Lager
  • Taste: Crisp sweet barley malt soft grapefruit bitter hopped light floral
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours golden deep orange with a long-lasting decent-sized very foamy head, very sticky thick lacing, several slow streams.

Nose: clean and direct orange-grapefruit citrus hopped malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming soft bitter hops

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) liquid barley malt, bread-toffee, light chamomile

Finish: light burpy, soft grapefruit bitter hops, long lingering bitter finish.

Summary: You got the liquid sweetness of a lager balanced very nicely with the bitterness of an IPA; Not harshly hopped, just enough to create a harmonious sippable balance.

Alhambra Reserva 1925


Alhambra Reserva 1925, 6.4% ABV – 330ml, (Spain)

  • Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pilsener
  • My Rating: C-
  • Taste Profile: creamy/fizzy -> alcohol/malts -> dry rough/med bitter finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13/6pack,  December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours light copper orange, almost no head, a few slow streams. Muted nose. Drinks creamy fizzy up front, alcohol detection, malts, dry roughish med bitter finish. Low-med complexity, low-med depth, not much carry, okay drinkability.