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A NEW Sam Adams: Hallertau Imperial Pilsner

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according to the blurb on the 6 bottle carrier: " a one of a kind brew that uses enormous, almost reckless quantities of Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, 12 pounds per bottle. This beer is one of the hoppiest in the world. "

have any of you tried it yet??

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  1. a cloudy apple cider color with no head.

    1. "12 pounds per *bottle*"?

      Wow, I think you might have to measure that in EBU's (Extraterrestrial Bittering Units) <g>.

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      1. And just when I thought Sam Adams couldn't get any more hoppy. Yuck.

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        1. re: RachaelRaysConscience

          Sam Adams is hoppy?
          Not compared to the IPA I had tonight!!!

          1. re: niquejim

            Very, very hoppy (in my humble opinion). Now, IPA is supposed to be hoppy, but I find every Sam Adams product to be suprisingly hoppy. Your milage may vary.

            1. re: RachaelRaysConscience

              Sam Adams isn't hoppy. Bitterness in beer is measured in IBUs (International Bittering Units). Budweiser and Miller are around 10 IBUs, which is where the bitterness first becomes noticeable. Boston Lager is around 25-30 IBUs. IPAs and double IPAs see the IBUs go way up into the 80s and beyond.

              Whatever your own personal threshold may be, Sam Adams isn't a heavily hopped beer.

              1. re: RachaelRaysConscience

                Sam adams beers are generally mildly hopped. I think you may be averse to hops, which is ok. However if you could build up a tolerance to it a greater lad of beer awaits you.

          2. Has this hit the store shelves yet? Can't wait to try this year's version. Two years ago I got a chance to try some of the prototype for this beer at the brewery in JP and it was a hop bomb - who knew Hallertauer hops could give that piney, almost fruity aromas that some american hops do. Then SA released this in 24 oz bottles which was slightly different than the sample I had, but still highly hopped and quite delicious. They did not release it to the general public last year, but served a keg or two at fests and at the brewery - not quite the hob bomb it was a year earlier, but still quite tasty and drinkable. It all depends on that year's hop crop, how this beer comes out, so it is interesting to me to see the differences.

            I've had pretty hoppy SA lager in the Boston area -usually at the brewery though - not bitter, but alot of hop flavor and aroma for a lager. IBU's don't paint the whole picture.

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              1. re: MarkG

                Stopped at my local beer store yesterday and they said they were expecting to have it in today.

            1. If you like hoppy, try the Hop Devil from Victory in PA
              http://www.victorybeer.com/

              Not generally available in MA, but my friendly local beer store Rt 1 liquors, 1/4 mile from Gillette Stadium, has ordered it for me and it's an outsatnding beer. They now also carry Victory's Prima Pils, which won "Best Pils in America" a couple of yrs ago. Highly recommended.

              Look forward to trying the Sam Adams version, I'm a hoppy fan.