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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 148
Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage
A: Opaque orange gold with a fluffy off-white head. Good lacing and head retention.
S: Bread, toffee, cereal, caramel, ethanol and light hop aromas.
T: Biscuit, caramel and ethanol flavors.
M: Smooth and bold. Lingering alcohol warmth.
O: Big flavorful pilsner that is well worth tasting.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Back from a long congressional recess, the All American Imperial Pilsner makes its return. Brewed with ALL American malts, hops, water and yeast, this beer is clearly the front runner for this election year." Brewed in the style of an American Double / Imperial Pilsner. Originally brewed in 4 packs of 12 oz. bottles annually for a summer seasonal release in the Terrapin Monster Beer Tour, this beer was discontinued until it was resurrected in the Summer of 2012 in light of the upcoming presidential election.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a Terrapin Pilsner glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium-thick frothy off white creamy head over a medium hazy amber-yellow body with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. A lack of clarity makes for an interesting deviation from what is expected from a pilsner, imperial or not. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of cracker pilsner malts, a touch of biscuity caramel malt body with a dash of clove honey for sweetness and a pinch of rye for body builds a light but charismatic malt profile. Hop notes are faded grassy, floral and herbal, very mild by comparison. Yeast and water characteristics are very diverse, expect mild mineral water notes, mellow esters, a moderate diacetyl note with the malt bill, some may add complexity, others may be unpleasantries to the style. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter with an expected amplified body. Potency is mild/medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor showcases a cleaner, better rounded out drinking experience. Malt profile is consists of hints of pilsner malt, a mild pale malt, a touch of wheat for texture and thickness, and a very mild biscuit and rye character. The hop profile is strikingly bitter, notes of grassy, floral and resinous varieties provide a substantial bitterness to pair with the malt body and yet keeps a low profile on bold hop flavor. There's a density of characters that remain accessible and highly drinkable without the expected lightness that most Pilsner Beers carry, expect some alcohol in tow. Altogether, the beer is much better balanced and less alarmingly sweet than the aroma predicted. A potent bitter resin drags out the dry finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly chewy, slick, very lightly syrupy yet clean. Carbonation keeps a low profile and adds a touch of muted creaminess, perhaps underwhelming the potential that this beer could have with a more decided texture in mind. Body is medium+ for an Imperial Pilsner, and medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium, perhaps too out-in-the-open by a very light specialty malt profile. Finishes dry with a touch of esters and sharp hop resins. 3.25

(Overall) Terrapin pieces together an Imperial Pilsner that doesn't bring too much new to the table, and some conflicts with the aroma and mouthfeel of this beer may hamper the enjoyability of this beer overall. It's a bolder alternative to it's light-bodied younger brother but manages to keep a decent drinkability, even though it might not be the ideal thirst quencher you were looking for. Enjoy this beer as fresh as possible for the best results. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
All American Imperial Pilsner
3.55/5.00

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a big 4-finger rocky, pillowing, white head. Nice retention but not really much lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles – not really that many for a pilsner.

S – Bready and grainy malt with a pretty nice hop profile with orange, grassy, herbal, and earthy notes.

T – A little bit of orange sweetness starts the taste with bitter earthy, floral, herbal, and citrus hops coming in close behind. As the bitterness fades, bready and grainy malt flavors become more apparent. Pretty tasty, but definitely more hop heavy than I was expecting.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp and somewhat prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation, and a bittersweet and slightly dry finish. Sweet bready malt and bitter herbal hop flavors linger nicely. There’s a little bit of heat from the alcohol, as well.

O – This is a very interesting beer. I haven’t really had many “imperial pilsners”, and drinking them is a little bit of a strange experience. It looks like a pilsner, but this one smells and tastes a bit more like a pale ale with all the hops and bready malt. Also, the warmth from the ABV is interesting because I wasn’t really expecting it. Most beers that look like this don’t have that warm kick. Despite all this weirdness, this is a pretty tasty beer and one that I’m glad I got to try.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden with orange hues body.

S: clean and mild with mostly pale malts and light sweet citrus with almost noting else coming through for me.

T: grains and both bready and pale malts. Mildly bitter without any sweet flavors. the citrus is even more understated than was picked up in the aroma.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I actually really liked how drinkable this one is. so many of these are too boozy and although it is simple, its flavorful enough for my liking.

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cpinto6 for this interesting beer, another one from the great brewery Terrapin, and after Obama was elected again, yay.

Pours a pasty white fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, surprisingly light lacing thought, over mostly clear golden tan colored with a slight wheat beer like haze.

Nose has strong malts, straw, light wheat like almost hay, toasty golden malts, light booze and sweetness, light grassy herbal hops.

Taste continues, more big malts, sweetness with toasty golden malts, some straw and a big pilsner malt flavor but very little of the pilsner softness or crispness, a juicy sweet malty flavor, like fermented malt juice (imagine that). Then big hops, grassy herbal hops, lightly spicy and earthy too, with a fair amount of bitterness that ramps the more I swirl it around my mouth. Some warming booze in teh background weighs down the sweetness and bitterness. Finish is a bit drier but sticky and semi sweet, more lingering booze warmth and light pilsner malts, and a long semi bitter herbal hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied but feels bigger than it should for a pilsner, hence the imperial, with some warming booze and decent carb.

Overall decent, malts are pretty good but a bit too heavy for a pilsner, imperial pilsners just don't make sense to me, it's counter intuitive as a pilsner is supposed to be soft light and crisp, this is very little soft and crisp, and not light by any means. The hops are not much my cup of tea either, herbal, grassy in the wrong way, and fairly bitter that offsets the beer a bit. The sweetness, booze, and bitterness balance fairly well though.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is now retired, huh? Hmmm... I just bought this one two days ago!

The "Imperial Pilsener" has always been an anomile to me. Aren't pilseners supposed to be light and refreshing? 8.9% ABV kinda negates that.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a clear, gold color, with little to no chill haze, and a very soft 1/4 finger head that melted into one even smaller.

S: Smelled like an Amber/Imperial Red. Sorta like a very hoppy red-velvet cake. So far, I dig this in that particular style class.

T: Like a DIPA, with muted hops, sugar in place of leaf, and with a slight bitter kiss on the very tail end. Much better than I was expecting.

M: Sort of a honey-like texture, with a sugary disposition for sure, but no booze to speak of (unlike DFH's "My Antonia)."

O: I rarely go into a session knowing that I will hate the beer I'm about to drink. However, this was one of those where I knew I was going to... NOT!

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a foiled top, 2012 vintage on the label.

LOOK: Clear golden hue, wispy lacing

SMELL: Alcohol, hop resin, herbal, bready, biscuity, grass, lemon pith, tangerines, spicy

TASTE: Full hop jacket, smooth, slightly crisp, very noticeable booziness, shortbread maltiness, oily hop, ample bitterness, spicy, orange rind, spicy hop, fresh grass, hoppy drying finish

Glad to run into a hoppier American Impy Pils, I feel with this style if the hops are not there then you may as well call it a malt liquor. Damn good beer here.

Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 11-06-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Lots of bubbles seen in this clear and golden beer. The head is white and a couple of fingers high, with good lacing and a fair level of retention.

S: Citrus and grassy hop aromas, plus some fruity and also vegetable notes.

T: Starts with a bready malt backbone and then kicks in with big hop bitterness. Also has some unpleasant vegetable flavors as in the aroma.

M: Medium-bodied, with a high amount of carbonation. Dry finish, with a moderate amount of bitterness.

O: This beer delivered as far as being a bigger and bolder pilsner lager, but was detracted by what seemed like a vegetable quality to me.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some very light notes of orange when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized thin patch of bubbles near the center of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has moderate notes of bready and caramel malts with some lighter notes of orange peel and grassy hops.

T: Like the smell of this beer, the taste starts out with the flavors of bready and caramel malts. There are also flavors of orange peel and grassy hops that contribute moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers only shortly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but not anything special that makes it stand out - the addition of the orange peel is interesting but not completely successful for the style (in my opinion). Not sure I would seek this one out again.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of orange peels in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops and alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste has notes of orange peels from start to finish. It also has a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol relatively well and the orangey flavors help to keep this from tasting too malty or boozy.

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, a little citrus, and some malt.

T: The hops presence in this beer is extremely heavy, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also has good amount of citrus, as well. Malty in the finish. There was a slight grassy tinge, but it seemed to fade the more I drank. A very powerful, very robust flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer is big, bold, and tasty. A drinkable brew.

Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. 8.9% alcohol 2012 bottling.

Terrapin's All American Imperial Pilsner pours a hazy straw color with a small head. Pilsner malts, noble hops, and a toasty breadiness on the nose. The taste is very nice, it's got an intensely robust amount of noble hops in here that leave the tongue bone-dry and hold up well against the sweet malt base. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and highly carbonated and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is another good imperial pilsner. It seems that craft breweries have finally figured out the imperial pils, since I've had quite a few good examples in the past few months.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale but healthy yellow gold body. Snow white head which drops quickly.

Inviting fresh bread aroma.

Sweet, but not too sweet, beginning. With some depth. Ok hop bite, but needs much more. Late warmth. Tasty but lacks complexity.

Smooth medium mouthfeel with a late tingle.

Definitely an Imperial Pilsner, not a masquerading bock. Not great, but good and enjoyable.

Photo of MacQ32
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden straw color with a solid finger of near white head, great retention, excellent sticky lacing.

S - Sweet bready caramel malts, candied fruit aroma and a little funk, and maybe a trace of grassy/citrusy hops.

T - Mmmm much drier and more bitter than expected! Dry bitterness and yeasty funk/sugary orange come on quite strong (not crazy about that part). Malty sweetness is seemingly overpowered. Really nice grassy/pilsner aftertaste that hardly makes an appearance through all the other punches being thrown from this one.

M - Totally different that imagined, pretty full bodied for sure, thick, almost a sipper. Appropriate carbonation given its thickness.

O - Pretty solid, not everything I hoped it was but a nice surprise. Bold, dry, really not very pilsnerish at all for me, more like a golden hopped up dry ale with some funk

Photo of Kromes
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 version, 8.9% ABV...

A clear gold color with a finger's width white head.

Aroma is a little strange, but pleasant. It smells like biscuit malt and alcohol with some sweet orange peel and lemon. Almost like a toned down sprite.

First taste is alcohol, citric acid, and a slight biscuit malt. From there is gets a bit more acidic and bitter. The finish has a big bitter alcohol bite and grassy hop flavor with some sweetness from the malt. The beer is full bodied with a bit of a syrupy feel and somewhat low carbonation.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the re-released 2012 version, which clocks in at a hopped up 8.9%

A - Looks like a pilsner. Clear, straw color. No head or sticky lace on the glass.

S - Light malt aroma and strong alcohol presence

T - Light up front, but huge alcohol kick in the face towards the end.

M - Light bodied.

O - So an extreme hopped up pilsner. An extreme strong pilsner! Its very good, but I think its a little too strong. I remember the old version seemed just right at 7.5%

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Calton for sending me this one, it's one of the last things Terrapin has bottled that I haven't tried yet. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a murky, brown/orange color with a thin off-white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows mostly a sweet maltiness to it with some caramel and a candied orange like flavor as well. I get just a bit of some citrusy and piny hops coming through as well. I'm making an assumption that it was hoppier when fresh. It's still pretty good though, I get some barleywine similarities out if it at this point.

The taste also shows a big malty profile to it throughout the flavor. I get a good amount of caramel along with some of the candied fruit like flavors that were present in the aroma. They give it a bit of a orange or pineapple like presence in the flavor. The hops are pretty modest but give it some pine and citrus, as well as some needed bitterness, especially in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy for the style but still below something like an average barleywine. Carbonation is on the lower side. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some nice malty, fruity, sweet flavors to it. It drank more like an American barleywine to me, which I didn't expect but actually liked. It would be tough to hold this to some of the pilsner style guidelines since it didn't seem to resemble that style at all. It doesn't seem like that was the intent so I'm not even going to try. Pretty decent beer overall.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, I am blown away by Terrapin label art. This is a beautiful label. This is also one of the few imperial pilsners I have had the pleasure to review.

Served from a bottle into a conic pint glass at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish in color and hazy. Mild carbonation and barely any head. Does not look like a pilsner or an exaggeration of a pilsner at all unfortunately.

Smell is a mixture of sweet malt and hops. Also not what I expected.

Holy hops! This beer must have some serious IBUs. The whole thing is dominated by hops. There is some malt in the front of the mouth and then some midpalate hop flavors then a ton of bitterness. Is this an imperial pilsner or an ESB?

I did not hate this beer I just don't see how it fits into this style. It didnt remind me at all of any lager I had ever had, but maybe that's a good thing. It was seriously a malty IPA or an ESB.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

This is the second time around for me to review this beer. I just wanted to try it again and see if my tastes change and/or how much much opinions change over time. (because beeradvocate does not allow us to review a beer more than once, I will just average my scores for the two tastes.)

A: A coppery red and fairly hazy but not really yeast turbidity (no Tyndall effect). A nice and creamy eggshell head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: This is a very malty smelling beer with hints of hops. Alcohol not perceived. This beer just smells like a brewery.

T: Sweet malts and bitter hops at first. Both of these flavors continue through the consumption. Alcohol does add some spiciness as the beer warms. M: Almost chewy that this is so rich and full, with moderate carbonation that adds a tingly bite.

D: This is a special occasion beer. It has to be consumed slowly because of its rich sweetness, high alcohol and bitterness.

Overall: I like it. A little too sweet to be enjoyable for me.

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(this was my first review)
Bottle poured into a glass

A: A golden orange; hazy. With a creamy, rich head with good (albeit small) retention and great lacing.

S: Corn-like sweet maltiness. Perhaps some light hops and alcohol in the nose as it warms, but the dominant scent is caramel malt. Perhaps I am just not getting what everyone else seems to sense in the head, but I am not perceiving any hop aroma akin to citrus. The hops aroma I perceive is more medicinal perhaps even piney, and subtle when compared to the sweetness and maltiness.

T: Big sweetness and alcohol in the first sip. Lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. Fulfills the promises of the beautiful nose. Good balance between the hop bitterness and the higher sweetness of the corn. No harsh aftertaste, just a lingering and pleasant bitter smartly balanced with a smooth sweetness.

M: A large and satiny mouthfeel, that is accentuated by the high carbonation. It is still fizzing as it goes down.

D: An enjoyable drink; however the sweetness makes for much slower consumption (which is probably good at 8.1% ABV).

Overall: When I first had this beer on a tour of the brewery, I committed myself to try it again for reviewing purposes (I was not of the appropriate state of mind to review it then). I was right. This is a favorite beer of all time.
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Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a small bubbly head that lingers for a while leaving decent lacing. The smell is mostly a sweet malt aroma with caramel and a decent citrus hop aroma as well. The taste also starts with the sweet malts with some spiciness in the middle before a citrus hop bitterness in the finish. little low on carb

Photo of CampusCrew
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

review is with one year age.

appearance: Golden pale with quickly disapating head retention,

smell: resmbles of some hops but not strong

taste: hops way gone and this did not even taste liek a pilsner at all

mouthfeel: light bodied. had an ale feel too it but maybe because it was aged

drinkability: did not even resemble a pilsner at all. avergage beer mayeb it's better normally.

Photo of CBlack85
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a golden color with an orange hue. About one fingers worth of creamy white head with a fair amount of lacing.

S-Nice balanced malty smell with a fair amount of hops evident as well. I can also smell the presence of the alcohol.

T-Much less hoppiness than I expected, I don't know if that is due to the fact that it is a vintage 2007 and the hops have faded a bit or if that is the natural flavor of the beer. I will have to try a fresh one to compare. Nice sweet flavor with the malts at the forefront.

M-Very pleasant, almost leaves a sticky feeling on the tounge. A slight burn from the alcohol, but overall a very nice balance.

D-Very nice overall, but I am a bit disappointed. I expected a bigger beer from Terrapin.

I enjoyed the beer but will probably not put it into my regualar rotation.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Appears a mildly hazy deep apricot color with about two fingers of pale yellow foam. Aroma and flavor are of sweet malts, mild lemony citrusy notes, bread, a bit buttery. Just about medium bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try if you find it around.

Photo of czfreeman
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I just moved back to the South from NY a few days ago for a few month's stay, and I must say one of the things I have looked foward to is more Terrapin beer. I could start each day with a Coffee Oatmeal Imperial. I found this bottle at a local beer store, dated Vintage 2007.
Once decanted, a bright orange-malt colored Pilsner emerges, almost a fall-leaf like tone. The cap to this brew sports a nice tan color, and leaves a good amount of lacing.
Upon first impressium, malty caramelized squash, pumpkin, brown sugar, definatley some alcoholic phenols. Im picking up musty barnyard-like aromas,yeasty funkiness. This actually smells really good, almost like a malty Rare Vos with a touch of true Belgian funk, but I wanted a over-hopped uber-Pils. The hops are muffled as I had expected them to be, but are still in there somewhere, maybe? On second thought, this is the least hoppy Terrapin brew Ive had, which I didn't know such a thing was possible.
Flavor is fairly rich and malty. Hops are taking a backseat by far, but are appreciated ever-so-slightly. Malts dominate, caramel, sugary, syrupy on the palate, alcohol barley adding enough balance to keep All American Pils from being too sweet. Not very complex, overly malted flavor for my taste.
In order to do this brew justice, I will try to pick up a fresh bottle this summer to appreciate it in a younger form.
My only advice is, drink this one as soon as you can get a fresh one, lest all "hop" is lost!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 2007 vintage keg on-tap at Bocktown.

A-Body is a slightly translucent golden hue. Served with an approximately 1 finger creamy white head which has pretty nice retention before fading to a very thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S-Lots of pale malt comes through initially with a slight edge of German hops at the end a just a touch of phenols. Smell is somewhat subtle and rings through like a typical German Pilsner.

T- Flavor is much like the taste-only less subtle. The initial taste is loaded with pale malt sweetness and just a touch of alcohol. The hops really come through for the finish but are a touch more bitter but less biting then I am sure this was when it was fresh. Finish is pretty clean leaving nothing to linger.

M- Wow. This is great. Nice medium weight, very smooth, oily body and medium carbonation. Wouldn't have expected this much from a Pilsner.

D- This is good, crisp, and refreshing- but not my favorite of the style. The ABV is somewhat noticeable but still subdued. Looking forward to trying a fresh batch in the summer.

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.