Voodoo Brewing – Pilzilla

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

Pilzilla – 22 oz.  6.7% ABV

“…a bastardized German, Czech and Polish Pilsner…”

Purchased at the Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale for their Voodoo Rare Keg Competition.

Pilzilla roars into the glass a burnished-gold verging on light amber color.  It’s surprisingly hazy for a pilsner.  The head was minimal during the pour.  There are a healthy number of bubbles rising inside the glass.

The aroma is full of spicy hops, but no noticeable bitterness on the nose.  Voodoo used 9 varieties of hops from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland.  It certainly brings a good level of balance to the aroma.  There are some malt notes in the background, but the aroma is mostly grassy, herbal hops.

The flavor is really bold!  For a pilsner, it’s surprisingly hoppy and bitter.  Surprising, and quite good. It comes close to an IPA.  There is a hefty malt backbone which keeps the hops in check… at least a bit.  The grassy flavor is here, just as in the aroma.  The flavor goes off on a different direction than the aroma because there is tons of bitterness from the hops.  Pine flavors, resin and lots of fresh herbs.

The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with a pleasant carbonation.  Drinkability is OK, the ABV and the bitterness won’t make this a session beer, but it’s definitely enjoyable.

This beer truly is a monster.  I’m not sure the style designation is accurate because it has a LOT in common with an IPA, between the bitterness and the strength.  Good stuff, though.  Plus, it’s a steal at the current sale price at both Blue Dog locations.

Overall – B

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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