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Gordon Biersch IPB-Imperial Pilsner Brau

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Gordon Biersch IPB-Imperial Pilsner Brau, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Craft Beers, an intensely hopped, robust pilsner

Gordon Biersch IPB-Imperial Pilsner Brau
Imperial Pilsner
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company/San Jose, California

The pilsner style is the most popular beer style in the world, but most macro breweries only imitate the style and leave out its most important aspects, the use of Noble hops and an assertive hop character. Gordon Biersch's co-founder Dan Gordon studied brewing engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan, which provided him with the needed expertise to craft German beer styles. His brewery's take on the pilsner style stays true to his authentic, traditional German training and honors the Noble hops by infusing all four — Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt and Saaz — to create an intensely hopped, robust pilsner that is naturally carbonated and unfiltered. At 50 IBUs, this beer has double the hops of GB's standard pilsner, and it's the brewery's first to be packaged in a 750 ml bottle with a traditional German swing-top enclosure. This hop-forward lager will appeal to IPA fans, but is smooth enough to please any beer-loving palate.

Price: $9 for 750 ml
6.5 percent ABV

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