Hobbit Beer: Gollum Precious Pils Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has movie tie-in merchandise for everyone, except for beer drinkers, until now. This week Fish Tale Brewery of Olympia, Washington, USA released an Imperial Pils called Gollum Precious Pils in 22 oz bottles. This part of a three-bottle set of Hobbit beer.

I sent the elves out to Seattle to get one of the first bottles of Gollum Precious Pils, and here’s my review…

Gollum Precious Pils pours golden with a firm off-white head of fine foam. This is not your father’s Pilsner. Gollum is an Imperial Pils that weights in at 9.5% ABV. It is fortified with hops at 85 IBU. The bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the balance, if anything it’s a bit sweet. It has the mouthfeel of a strong Pilsner without any hint of the high alcohol. It’s a beer that beer lovers will enjoy.

If you’re not familiar with Fish Tale Brewing, they have several labels including Leavenworth Biers, Reel Ales, and Fish Tale Organic Ales. The bottle does not indicate that this beer is organic, so it probably is not. Fish Tale Brewing is one of the larger breweries in Washington State.

Here’s the text from the bottle:

The Tale of Gollum: Once a hobbit-like creature named Smeagol, Gollum’s body and soul have been poisoned by the small plain, gold ring that he has kept hidden deep in the dark cavern within the Misty Mountains. Unaware of the true nature of this Ring, Gollum knows only that it is more “precious” to him than life itself.

And I love the bar code:

Hobbit Beer Bar Code

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