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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 207
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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 rowew
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, labeled as 2007 vintage. ABV marked, nice label with a patriotic turtle.

Appearance: Yellow orange color, average head, good retention.

Smell: Very sweet and syrupy, some resinous hop aroma.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells - very sweet, with the hops playing a distant second fiddle.

Overall impression: This one is way too sticky sweet to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Freshness date of 35906FX, whatever that means. Golden orange hued with a tiny head that leaves minimal lacing. Lots of floaties around the beer, I assume they are yeast. Aroma is biscuity malts and citrus hops. Taste is kind of lacking. Quite sweet even with a hop smack. A nice malt backbone accompanies hoppiness making it a pretty balanced beer. Light to medium body. The only other Imp Pils I have had is Sam Adams. In my opinion, this doesnt compare overall. Not as complex, but still tasty.

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Photo of oberon
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The delightful Imperial Pilsner from 2006 has come out this year as a total mess. The looks were handsome, but the sickly sweet smell told me right away that something was off. The taste was an awful mixture of cooked corn, rusted metal, and rotting vegetables. What a load of crap. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but what a bad bottle this is.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Taco Macs in Atlanta. The beer was pale orange yellow and hazy, thick creamy head. The smell is OK but not nearly as hopped as I'd expected for a "double pilsner". There was some citrus-like hops but not defining or anything. Same with the taste, not as hoppy as I wanted and actually a little cloyingly sweet. The thick body didn't help, this wtoo sweet and thick to be compared with any of the best pilsners or double pilsners. Unbelievably this came from Terrapin, whose beers I normally search for an love. Thumbs down for now.

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Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated 2006. Color was a hazy golden with a small and quickly fading head. Very few bubbles rose to the surface.

Smell was sweet and vegetal. Corn syrupy. Husky pilsner aroma very late.

Taste was sweet up front. Caramel. Some zestiness with a nice bitter finish. Rather well balanced but not full-flavored.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with very little carbonation. I will not bother to find another.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, bright, golden-copper body with a thin, white head which deposited significant amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts, slightly grainy, and with a light caramel scent. Floral, spicy, even citrus-packed hops arrive but soon yield to a background note of booze.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Ugh, there's that booze already. Spicy, floral, citrusy hops with a resounded bitterness which coasts along until well beyond the dry hop smack on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: In all honesty, I've never been a fan of this beer, try as I might. The various components don't come together to form anything cohesive or really all that refreshing, as it is more than a chore to finish on a hot summer's day in Atlanta.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from the "2007 Monster Beer Tour" or whatever, poured into a pilsner produces a hazy orange-gold body with a brief rush of head that reduces to a film and leaves waves of sticky lacing.

Smell is of sweet citrus, with lightly roasted malt. Slightly earthy.

Taste is big-time caramel malty;fruity and sweet; slightly grainy, godawful and predominant Karo Syrup (dark).

This brew sticky and thick, greasy,lightly-carbonated; and way toofa king sweet. Ick.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Cloudy dark orange/amber color. Thin foamy head on top.

S - Did not hit me as very nice. Almost had a whiskey smell to it with some sour aromas as well.

T - Citrusy taste up front and the alcohol came through at the end. The first sip didnt taste too great but it improved as I drank it.

M/D - Oily and little carbonation. When I started drinking it I was questioning if I would even finish, but by the time I did I was ready for one more.

The first time I tried this style and I wasnt a huge fan, but, like I said, it did grow on me as I drank it. An interesting brew from one of my favorites southern breweries.

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Photo of dgallina
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is small and recedes very quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of spicy hops and tangerines. The taste is like the aroma. It actually tastes more like an ale than a lager. There are a lot of esters. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this is drinkable, but there are a lot better Imperial Pilsners out there.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must say, I'm a bit disappointed in this one. I was hoping for so much more, and it simply wasn't there. It poured a golden orange colour, slightly cloudy. Single finger snow white head that lasted about 90 seconds. Sweet malt and a bit of fruit dominate the smell. Much less hops than I was anticipating. Still it smells nice. The taste is bitter up front with noticeable alcohol. It's also a bit grainy, almost like a malt liquor, quite honestly, but not nearly as awful and hard to drink as one. It finished with mildly dry malt and a slight biscuity aftertaste. Mouthfeel seemed a little harsh to me. I attribute this to the noticeable alcohol. I simply cannot get over that. You can clearly detect the alcohol right away. I've had 9's and 10's with the alcohol more concealed than this. Drinkability is okay. The whole alcohol thing sort of irked me a bit, but overall, this is decent. You could do much, much worse.

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Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner glass.

Pours golden yellow with a decent clarity and a thin white head that soon all but disappears. Very little lacing is left.

The first smell is of a sweet, apple-like fruitiness with citrusy hops in the background. Ok - not bad, not what I expected. It's also a bit thin.

The taste is of some vague hops and alcohol upfront. It's soon supported by a thick, sweet malt. After another sip or too, the sweet malt quickly takes over to run the show, with an alcoholic presence as the sidekick. Any hop presence only takes some of the edge off of the sweetness, but it still borders on cloying. Alcohol continues to interfere, even with the understanding that it has a high abv. I think I caught a glimpse of some earthy graininess, but it soon vanishes, if it were present at all. It lacks certain characteristics of a typical pilsner - very little grassy/hay, for example. The hops become all but lost in the mix of malt and alcohol. Very little in way of bitterness. Could use more balance. At times, something in it reminded me of a strong pale ale more than a double pilsner. Interested flavors, if unbalanced. But, it almost misses completely.

There is a creaminess in the feel, though it is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Some oily slickness helps it go down, otherwise it would leave a heaviness despite its body. The alcoholic bite is not too bad only because it is a cool day in autumn, but - this is a summer release, and I don't know that the alcoholic notes really do anything than add a warming kick to it.

There is a rawness to this one. While the flavors are not bad, they don't always mix so well, and I am left wondering about it fitting the style. Bitterness is nearly not existant. Interesting, but nearly misses the mark on too many counts.

Thanks to SilentSabre for including a couple of these.

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Photo of thaichile
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2007. Pours a deep amber with not much head. Nose is malty with hops lurking in the background. Very similiar to 2IPA IMHO. Flavor is very malty with thick, viscous fruit. Syrupu sweetness, not cloying, with hop dryness in the blend. This is what Imperial Pilsner is supposed to be? What happened to the Pilsner part? The Terrapin brews seem to remain in this family and similiar mouthfeels. It was interesting and I would like to try other interpretations of Imperial Pilsners. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A - Pours a straw golden with 2 fingers of white head and sticky lacing.

S - Very heavy cooked corn smell with a touch of hops and alcohol in the background.

T - Cooked corn with sweet malts, tropical fruits and a hint of grassy hops. On the sweet side.

M - Medium bodied with a slight full feeling and what feels like a lack of carbonation.

D - Sweet corn and tropical fruits are not the greatest tasting combo in a beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.12/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of spiveym
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Decanted into a 20 oz. Pilsner glass. Rich golden color, one-finger sudsy head with good retention. Lacing consistant.

S: Some hint of roasted malt. Not a very strong scent. There is something here though, that my inexperienced nose can't place. Is it alcohol?

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid but mild bitterness, not overly carbonated. Lingering aftertaste, but not objectionable.

At 7.5% ABV, this has a lot of bang for your buck. Sold in a four-pack. Tasty beer. Not really outstanding, but definately worth a try.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Kingdom Liquors, Brandon, FL. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with one-finger of good, almost white lace. The retention is only average, though it does leave some nice fingers and half moons of lacing hanging around. Carbonation is incredibly fine-bubbled and dense, though it rises rather slowly towards the surface - a sign of this beer's body, to be sure.

Aroma: Very biscuity, almost buttery in places. There's also a definite vegetal note about the hop presence, and not in a good way - like stewed onions, perhaps, buttered and salted.

Taste: Quite a disappointment. The distractingly buttery malt profile is still quite prominent, and it's accompanied by: 1) probably too much bitterness; and 2) a spicy, grassy hop presence that unfortunately comes off as a little soapy and chemical-esque.

Mouthfeel: The body is indeed fairly thick, though the prickly effervescence does indeed do quite a bit to lighten things up, lending a nice creamy, milky feel to everything.

Drinkability: A good looking and feeling beer, without much in between. The first disappointment I've had from Terrapin. It's not a terrible beer, but it is easily the worst of the Monster Tour series. The alcohol's reasonable for the style and well-hidden, but there's enough else that's funny about this one that I probably wouldn't come back for another.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a transparent dark golden amber. The strong aroma has a heavy fruity overtone, making it smell more like a cider than a beer. Flavor is more fruity than malty, rather like apple juice with a nice alcohol bite, rather like a good hard cider. Smooth and a little bitter, not outstanding but refreshing.

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Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps one of my least favorite styles. Bigger and "better."

Pours darker than I expect. more brown than golden pilsner. Fairly flat in appearance without much of a head. Nose is malty and reminds me of walking into a brewery for a tour--boiling wort and all. Husky grains. Definitely my favorite aspect of this beer.

Flavor is more malty without the biscuit crispness and hop tang of a traditional pilsner. Honestly, what makes this a double? More malt? Higher ABV? Definitely more of a malty, bready flavor and more alcohol. but not much more hops. A bit out of balance and leaning towards the malts. Crisp-ish but not light. Easy enough to drink and it packs a wallop but still not sold on this beer. Just such an odd style to get "bigger."

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours a bit dark for the style, on tap. Burnt orange with some soapy yellowish head and lace.

S. Smells like a hop sack of euro/american hops.

T. A hoppy beer with a subtle 2 row malt backing. A bit of grainy wheat. The hops are lightly acidic and a bit citric. On the hoppy side as the name and description would suggest.

M. Medium bodied and fairly light on the palate with a lingering, herbal bitterness.

D. This is not the easy drinking pilsner you are searching for. This is an Americanized hopped up version of the style.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden honey color with a hint of chill haze, and a single finger of head that disappears in moments, but manages to leave a bit of lacing.

S- Some faint honey, piney hops, a bit of malt. an enjoyable, well-balanced nose.

T- Tastes more like an IPA than an imperial pilsner at first, although the mandatory pilsner hint of corn is there. Slightly sweet maltiness up front, with some heavy hops coming to balance. Vegetal finish with a bit of nuttiness, some corn, a bit of white bread, but the finish is downright bad. Leaves alcohol, but mostly an unpleasant vegetal aftertaste... like the morning breath you have after smoking 3 cigars the night before... that makes you want to chug it rather than let the flavor hang around longer.

M- The best part of this beer, the mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D- The taste is pretty good, but the finish is so bad I want to give away the rest of the four pack. I had this yesterday on draft, and it was much better, so if you have a choice, have it on tap.

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.