My Antonia

750 mL bottle, capped. From Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL, USA.
Typical pour into the DFH signature glass. Great looking golden pour with a large head head which is fluffy, dense and produces a lot of sticky lace. Lovely, whipped topping effect from the lace. Very thick.
Nose gives a little white pepper but also some bitter, herbal notes. Some hops in the nose. Some sinus clearing menthol.
Tastes are very interesting. Lots of Pilsner malts, but also plenty of herbal bitterness from the continuous hopping. The sweet malts are constantly competing with the bitter hops and the beer has a real battle going on between to the two extremes. The aftertaste and finish give a similar feel. A battle between the sweetness and the dry, peppery bitter notes. Finishes relatively dry for the style and does not leave a film in the mouth and is pretty clean.
I’m half expecting the alcohol to cut in more aggressively, but at 7.5% we’ve seen more aggressive ABV’s in this style in the past, too. A little prickly nature in the mouth, but to be honest that fits right in with the style and enhances things.
Interesting beer as the typical, syrupy viscous notes that sometimes accompany this style are absent. Also the alcohol is well hidden and does not impinge upon the tastes as I have found with other impy pilsners.
Nice beer

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11/07/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4.03
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