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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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 7
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had anticipated having this beer for a couple years prior to finally having it and man what a let down,poured a clear medium golden with a thinner white head that didnt stick around long.Big overly sweet aromas some adjuct-type vegetal notes a slight herbalness but its faint if had no idea what I was drinking I would say this is a Euro strong lager really.Flavors I'll harp back to the Euro strong lager its overly sweet and the alcohol reallyshows itself at times it almost burnt going down,a light drying herbal note kept it from going down the drain.I have had other double pilsners and they had some character of a big pils this has none its a Euro strong lager in style and a not very good one at that,I do enjoy most of Terrapins beers though.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a dull, tarnished brass colored beer with a thin brite white head. The aromas are musty grain, sugar, and spicy hops. Taste is a blunted metallic twang with slight pear fruitiness, and a dry, grainy finish. Mouthfeel is thick and slick. I would say this is "malt liquor done right".

Note: DO NOT drink with Twizzlers. You will be sorry.

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 merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed as a nightcap in the upstairs section of Barley's Tap Room in Asheville, on 9/23/2005. Served in a tall, pilsner glass, the body is a hazed marigold color with a moderate white head. Sticky patch lacing is left all over the glass. Aroma is citrusy orange and lemon, with a pineapple accent and a note of hoppy grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, surprisingly full for a pilsner. Good carbonation. Taste is fruity and citrusy, with no suggestion of the higher alcohol. Tangerine, lemon, and orangepeel comprise the primary flavors, with some bready pils maltiness in the middle. Light, hops bitterness is sufficient to balance this one very well with a note of floral noble hops. Smooth, but a bit chewy for a pilsner. Lemony citrus finish and aftertaste. Very well done. This is the best imperial pilsner I've sampled. I hope they bottle this one soon.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at the Terrapin Brewery.

Pours a copper color with an orange hue to it. One-finger of tan head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky. Just from looking at it I thought I'd been served the Rye Squared, but after closer inspection it's just a bit lighter and the head is not as foamy.

Smells good. There's a lot of sweet malt aroma to go along with some light citrus and floral hop notes.

Tastes similar to the smell. Mild malty sweetness that gives way to a slight citrus flavor and finishing with a solid amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got good thickness and carbonation and it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This beer goes down very easily, but there's nothing that really makes me terribly excited about drinking another one.

Overall, I believe this is the first Imperial Pilsner I've had so I don't have anything else to compare it to. It's a solid beer and I would be glad to drink one if given to me, but I don't think I'll be planning on buying it again anytime soon.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass and received a big ol' fluffy head on top of a golden/copper color leaning toward a ruby shade. The clarity is fantastic. Plenty of lace leavings appear as the liquid disappears.

The aroma is big and sweet. Lots of fruit, especially sugary pineapple, and some bubblegum too. I'm curious if the taste is as sweet as the smell is suggesting...

Yeah, it's very candy-like. Pretty intense in terms of sweetness, as it's not really tempered with much else. Pineapple still showing up, orange too, as are oceans of sugar water and piles of bristly hops. This is radiation-mutated malt, really...crazy stuff. Gave the yeast a run for it's sugar-eatin' money, no doubt.

This might qualify as a so-called "extreme" beer, not in terms of ABV but in sheer balls. I like sweeter beers, so this actually turns me on. I'm sure lots of people don't or won't like this.

As for the style, I suppose the only reason it's a Double Pilsner and not a Double IPA is that this is presumably bottom-fermented...because it could almost pass for a DIPA (if a fairly one-sided DIPA). But I don't know much about DPs, this is my first one. I do know that it doesn't so much double a pilsner's traits so much as it kicks, smothers and shits on the pilsner style. "Sacrilege, sacrilege" the pils purists are probably saying after drinking this, but you know what? It's a wild, tasty and fun beer. Thumbs up.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle contract brewed at Frederick in MD... What I enjoyed most about Terrapin's All American was that it wasn't overdone like so many Imperial pilsners can be. Sure it initially seemed light for the style, but there was a full and fairly rich maltiness to it; and it did have a decent amount of hops. It was balanced and drinkable, with a little bit of extra character. The malt flavor was clean, the hops came through clearly, and the alcohol was fairly well cloaked. In fact, the only downside I see is that there's really not much there to warn you of its strength; and for a beer of 8% I think I would like a little more flavor. Still, I could enjoy more than one of these. Good show!

Photo of cjgator3
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orangish amber color (not your typical golden yellow pilsner) with a white head. The aroma is fruity malt and some yeast with a little bit of alcohol prevalent in the nose as well. The taste is loaded with malt and has a rather thick and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. The alcohol shows itself in the taste but it is not too distracting from the brew. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try. For a summer seasonal, I would have liked to seen a lighter bodied pilsner for the warmer weather.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense golden yellow with a thick white head. The aroma has some citrus and floral hops upfront along with some corn syrup sweetness, biscuity malt, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has an intense floral and citric hop character initially, along with some biscuity malt, corn syrup sweetness, and lively carbonation. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is pretty good. A solid double pilsner, not quite as complex as youd expect but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of dgallina
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle dated best before 10/2006.

Pours crystal clear dark yellow, an inch of soapy and foamy head, good lace retention for a pilsner. Smells gently hoppy, a bit earthy and grainy. Clean tasting, with a dull american citrus hop bite and not much else. Slightly syrupy, weakly carbonated medium body.

Not very interesting. Trades the subtlety and freshness of a better pilsner for higher strength.

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

A- Hazy amberish orange with golden hues like a rich natural honey. Head is 1 finger of yellowish white foam and leaves nice lacing all the way down and a nice film on the surface for the duration of the drink.

S- Oranges are strong. Very citrusy hops, maybe Amarillo is in there? Not sure, but seems familiar of those. I can get the corriander scent that some folks talked about, but oranges override anything else.

T- Hoppy as hell with the same orange citrus tastes. Light caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is there on the back, but still finishes sweet.

M- Oily and sticky on the tongue. Carbonation is somewhat low.

D- Hoppy beers are not great for sessioning for some, but this one seems great for a stand alone.

Overall- This one is a hop bomb for sure. I am a hop head, so I really enjoyed it. I found it very different than most I have had. This is my first brew of this style, so it was all new to me in that respect. I think it is well crafted and will definitely drink another one soon.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a pure gold with good carbonation. The head to a nice 2 fingers off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is plenty hoppy, with a fruit syrupy aroma.

The taste follows, lots of crisp hops, couples with a thick fruity base, includes pear and apricots.

The mouthfeel is big thick with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good for the style that is a bit odd but seems to be catching on.

Prosit, MK

Photo of rebel1771
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden honey color with a big fluffy off-white head.

Sweet malts dominate the smell with citrus like hops showing up at the end.

Intense sweet biscuity flavor with plenty of hop bitterness finshing with a potent alcohol spice.

This is my first Double Pilsner and I have to say it is pretty intense in both flavor and alc. content. This brew is interesting and educational if nothing else.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle, labeled "Vintage 2007" with a stated ABV 8.1%:

A: Appeared a deep hazy orange color with noticeable sediment in the beer as well as pretty noticeable carbonation streaming to the top. It poured a nice thick slightly off-white head that dissipated fairly slowly and left a slight film through the entire drink.

S: Wow, the aroma is heavy malt. Truly a unique aroma that I have yet to come across in a beer yet. I certainly would not compare the aroma of this beer to traditional malt liquors.

T: Again, wow. The taste is very good. A lot of malt with a ever so slight hints of hops and maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

M/D: The beer is top notch. Carbonation was right. It seemed to leave a heavy malt aftertaste but I guess that it to be expected. I am not sure that I could drink more than one at a time, due to the richness and creaminess of it. Exception beer. Highly recommend.

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

A: The pils is a hazy golden color with a thick head on pour that dissipates quickly.

S: The aroma is one of citrusy hops with a sharp piercing alcohol aroma that does not hide itself at all.

T: Taste is a fruity hop taste. I am not sure what hops that Terrapin uses, but the beer has a biting, slightly sweet flavor the reminds me of their Rye2. The malts are firm and support the hops. In my opinion, the hops are too citrusy and not earthy enough, losing some of the impact of a pils.

M: The hops are pleasant, overdone as only an American brewery could do.

D: Very drinkable, this beer is closer in taste to a pale ale despite its lager origins.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a cloudy copper/amber color with a light foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt kind of took me by surprise with some dry hops. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt almost reminiscent of a barleywine with a dry hoppy finish which clash with the malt profile. Body is quite full with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I didn't like the mix between the sweet malt and the hops and it is not something I would wish to try again.

Photo of timericka
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time having Terrapin after several people recommended.

Imperial Pilsner was a hazy orange/red. Head was a dense but thin layer that dissipated pretty quick but left some traces. Smell was of hops and burnt orange. I tried to smell coriander that another person put didn't get it. Smell was intense and almost to much of the orange. Flavor was more of the orange but with some caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was pretty good but nothing special. Overall I like the beer but not as much as I let expectations build to.

Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clean orangey copper color with a lush off-white head that drops down to a sticky, bubbly top. The aroma is sweet and bready; very bock-like actually with some fruity alcohol. Sweet, toasty malts in the flavor as well. Herbal and fruity hops are present, but I wouldn't call this a hop-driven beer. With all the noble hops (albeit American substitutes for European varieties) and especially considering the "pilsner" moniker, I was expecting something with a significant hop presence. As it warms, both the taste and aroma begin to resemble straight-up boiling wort. Sweetness lingers through the dry mouthfeel; medium bodied, warming the throat every so often on the way down.

I'm thinking as soon as you take a crisp, hoppy lager like a pilsner and try to jack it up to "big beer" levels, you lose all the inherent qualities of the original beer. To me, at least right now, this is more of a bock than a pilsner. The level of malt was amplified so much, the hops can no longer dominate at the levels they are currently at. I guess I don't see the point in calling something a pilsner, especially in the "double" classification, unless you hop the friggin' crap out of it. This is not a BAD beer, I'm just not really sure what its trying to be.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07 edition on tap at Barleys. Poured a nice light burnt amber with a nice big frothy head. Great head retention and a good bit of lace on the glass. Smell was lightly hopped, but full of grain and fruit notes, apricots maybe? Lots of malt. First taste impression was very smooth, lots of carbonation and a great light feel. Slight hint of alcohol, but hardly noticeable. A very nice strong cereal and malty grain presence. Enourmouslt enjoyable, drinkability is great, and I may have had a couple too many as a result. This was excellent and cant wait to do a vertical with last years.

Photo of wcudwight
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. Thin fizzy head and little lacing.
Aroma is fruity and spicy. Mango.
Taste is great. Lots of fruit is supported by a big malt backbone. Somehow this Impy Pils is both a malt and hop bomb at the same time. Mango, tangerine, and cantalope are noticable in the taste. Dry finish
Mouthfeel is full to be a pilsner, which I love.
The 8% is undetectable. Very drinkable.
I generally do not prefer pilsners. But Terrapin created a diamond here. Very unique. Maybe not so true to style, but overall an excellent beverage.

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

A – Hazy golden color with a nice, persistent head.

S – The aroma is floral and sweet.

T – Sweet, malty, slightly spicy with perhaps a bit of a citrus flavor. Nice, clean finish.

M – Light with noticeable carbonation.

D – Smooth and easy. This beer works well.

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 weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Blackwater Brews in SC...
Appears a transparent, dark gold with a silky white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Plenty of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of malt, corn, wet hay, cornbread, brown sugar, yeasty dough, and citrus.
Flavors are that of the aromas with some brown sugar, and caramel making there presence known but still being buried by the wet hay, and cornbread.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, medium bodied, dry with a somewhat hot finish of booze.

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
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