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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin All American Imperial PilsnerTerrapin All American Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
83
good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-09-2005)
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Reviews by Chaney:
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 05:28:16 | More by Chaney
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S: Bread, toffee, cereal, caramel, ethanol and light hop aromas.
T: Biscuit, caramel and ethanol flavors.
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"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

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.