Beer: Tilted Smile
Brewery: Unita Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Pilsner
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Imperial glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Deep golden, clear body with a dense, billowy beige head.
Smell: Terrific sweet pastry and grapefruit nose. Where’s the Pilsen malt, though? There’s a lingering ethyl alcohol note.
Flavor: It smells much better than it tastes. Flavor is like ethyl alcohol steeped with oranges and wheat bread. Tastes a little medicinal. A very slight floral hop at the end.
Feel: A little oily with great carbonation. The high ABV warms the chest.
Concluding Remark: What is this? The golden malt-to-hop ratio is not only off, but nonexistent. It just tastes bitter, and the alcohol note overpowers all other flavors in Unita Brewing Company’s (of SLC) brew. It reminds me of biting into the rind of an orange…reminiscent of fruit, but ultimately bitter and unpleasant. A European would be really pissed off for classifying this as a Pilsner. If anything, this is more of a strange double IPA than a Pilsner.
I have not been impressed with the Imperial Pilsners I have tried this month. I would much rather have two or three regular ol’ Pilsners than drink one of these. Just sayin’. But! Unita Brewing does employ local artists to design the labels of their Crooked Line, in order to “express their individuality.” Tilted Line is rendered by Leia Bell. And I can get behind that.