Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by kevinjosephlee:
4.38/5 rDev +19%
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.
(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.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2009 21:17:20 | More by kevinjosephlee
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4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 19:59:38 | More by Paincane
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
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
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All American Imperial Pilsner
Serving type: on-tap
08-03-2013 01:49:39 | More by Jadjunk
Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
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