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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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207 Ratings

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-09-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

DerrickW, Nov 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

timjim1327, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
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

Terrapin Beer Company's
All American Imperial Pilsner

Jadjunk, Aug 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Zuidman, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Duff27, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Stugotzo, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

oldvines, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bacher468, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

corwindamber, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JMS1512, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

crownrl28, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mikeincharleston, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

skaboom420, Apr 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

duceswild, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

oriolesfan4, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

rolltide8425, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jsanford, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bcsbeer, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

maxk, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

riverrat, Jan 22, 2013
Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.