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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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205 Ratings

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of chilidog


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was on hunt for thisone as we passed thru Atlanta the month. Im glad I found this summer release.

It poured a good-looking amber-gold with a dark copper hue. The head was off-white, about half an inch. Maintained well, some lace with control of the carbonation on this full bodied brew.

The aroma was malty and fruit.

The taste was fruited malts with a alcoholic hop toward the lingered finish.

The mouth was soft, crisp, thick from the brews body. The alcohol was well carried.

Drinkability, yes, by itself or with a meaty meal. The 8% brings it all home nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:25:40 | More by chilidog
Photo of kirok1999


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never liked any pilsner I've had....until now. This thing is massive, malty, sweet and delicious. Thanks to mikesgroove for the trade in Double Trouble BIF. Nice clear amber with slight head and lacing.
Smells sweet, caramel, grass.
Tastes fantastic, much more than I expected. Super sweet malts, caramel, toasty bread, grainy. Damn, I like this.
Mouthfeel is slick and thick.
I could drink these all damn night. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:18:39 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 22:21:29 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of nlmartin


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the 2007 vintage. Thanks to Imstillthegman for sending this beer my way.

Appearance: The beer has a golden / honey coloration. The head made a short appearance and went away.

Smell: The beer has a musty caramel smell. This gives way to a pleasant pine citrus aroma very spicey.

Taste: The beer has a very sweet biscuity flavor. This gives way for a spicey alcohol and pine bitter finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has an almost syruppy medium body. The carbonation helps to break things up abit. I not so certain about Imperial / Double Pilsner as a style but I like it. I wouldnt turn this easy drinking strong pils down.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 14:45:17 | More by nlmartin
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce "Vintage 2007: bottle into a pilsner glass.

A. Hazy golden with lots of evervescence. Nice creamy head.

S. Malty with just a hint of hops.

T. Sweet malt with a citrusy aftertaste.

M. Good even beer, The 8.1% abv is well hidden.

D. Because of the abv not a session beer, but definitely a true pilsner. Very faithful to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 16:52:17 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing observed. The smell is stronger smelling than a pilsner. The malty aroma of bread dough and fruit. Full bodied, the mouth feel is rich and adequately carbonated. The flavor has a bitterness that gives it a mock version of the fresh crispy clean feel of the un-imp'd version. That bitterness rides the fullness of the malt and lingers some. A good drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 20:40:13 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Zorro


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

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

A brilliantly clear orange colored beer with a good of-white colored head. This beer has an interesting color it is gold with a strong orange color to it but I can't call it amber or gold, orange best describes the color.

The scent is quite sweet and a little musty maybe? There is a definite scent of caramel to this. Nobel hop aroma is present and a little spicy.

The taste begins sweet and thick with a little candy corn in the mouth and a big Nobel hop bitter bite. Definitely a little candy in the mouth from the malt in this one. Thick in the mouth this seems a bit thick. Decent Nobel hop flavor but it is missing something in the spice department this is all herbal and bitter.

The mouthfeel is thick, really Bock beer thick.

Drinkability is just so so here. If the flavor had been spicier I would have like this more, as it is this is just a middle of the pack Bock beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 02:50:16 | More by Zorro
Photo of ruleof72


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

Thought I would try the beer out of the bottle to see how it compares to the tap. Out of the tap is better but not by a lot:

Pours with an off white creamy head and honey color. The head dissipates to a thin ring and there is good lacing on the glass. The smell is like a sweetened Budweiser, the basic pilsner smell is there but sweet with a malt overtone. Taste is OK, nothing fantastic, but definitely not a bad taste. It is not real complex. The first thing to hit you is the malty sweetness followed with a slight citrusey/pine flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. The beer feels good in the mouth with enough carbonation and drinkability is good.

Overall a decent beer but not my favorite of the Terrapin seasonal line.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 22:09:59 | More by ruleof72
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 20:59:32 | More by wedge
Photo of Cindirene

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of pilsners in general but this one surprised me - Poured a golden caramel color with very little head but nice lacing - Smell is rich and malty with a promise of hops on the end - The first sip revealed a full-bodied beer which fulfilled the promise of the nose - Rich, smooth, slightly caramelly, with a noticeable taste of hops on the long finish - Really nice beer

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 15:17:11 | More by Cindirene
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

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

I had this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, but failed to review it at that time. Being impressed with it at the time, I picked up a four pack while shopping at Sam's Quik Stop (also in Durham). This bottle is marked 2007, so I'm assuming it's well within the range of freshness.

Maybe I shouldn't be so taken with the dark amber color of this beer, after all, double or imperial pilsners should be more intense than regular versions. It is truly more amber than golden, with a short-lived, near-white head. The aroma contains elements of malts, hops, and a sweetness that reminds me a little–really, just a little–of malt liquor and caramel. You really notice the imperial part in the flavor: it's thick and rich with quite a lot of upfront sweetness and a mildly hoppy finish. What is really impressive about this is the creamy texture; there's just nothing quite like it. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners; this and others like it really get me excited about them.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 23:59:05 | More by CWiggins
Photo of rajendra82


2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 03:03:34 | More by rajendra82
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 02:44:22 | More by thaichile
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13%
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."

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:57:53 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2007 16:33:01 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition. The beer pours a crisp orange with a decent head that diminishes to a thin layer. The aroma is a surprising balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste has all the characteristics of a lager with almost enough hops to confuse it with an IPA, perhaps the most hops I've ever tasted in a lager. The beer is slightly heavy with warming alcohol, yet somewhat crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a very complex and unique beer, a good Monster beer for Summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 02:53:13 | More by atsprings
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner? This tastes more like an IPA. Pours an orangy gold, with a good head that settles down to rim the glass. Citrusy hops overtake the aroma with an orange marmalade taste to go with its dry hop bitterness. Don't get any real "pilsner" taste out of it, though the beer is quite good by itself. No question it is a great brew, but it resembles an IPA more than any pilsner I've ever had. A little too bitter (not a bad thing) for a "pilsner". But still, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 06:20:02 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2007 21:20:39 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of goindownsouth


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and effervescent in its appearance. White and almost pillowy head. Aromas of freshly mown grains, hops and some citrus notes permeate. Good maltiness plays well with the crisp feel of this pilsner on the palate. No telling this brew had this kind of alcohol. The flavor could have been a bit more pronounced, given its alcohol content and grain and hops bills. But this is still a solid brew, and a consumate summertime pleaser.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2007 01:10:41 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 22:47:49 | More by khiasmus
Photo of afordney


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber, with a cloudy hue. Very bubbly in the pour, a very tightly wound head that wasn't very thick.

you really smell the hops, slightly grassy, and a bit of malty sweetness

A sharp hoppy bite in the beginning, sour taste in the end very little alcohol taste even with the high abv

very hoppy and bitter in the beginning with an incredibly clean finish, almost like the best of both worlds

A great summer beer, it lived up to the hype a great drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 22:16:18 | More by afordney
Photo of brewcrew76


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 22:48:09 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a small head and mild carbonation.

S - Sweet, malty aroma on an orange backdrop; fruity hops lingered in the air for awhile.

T - Hoppy malt with a fruity background...tastes a bit unbalanced as the sweetness overpowers the other flavors. Orange lingers through the aftertaste; no detection of alcohol - I never would have pegged this as 8%.

M - A little thin with a sweet aftertaste...ample carbonation.

D - I've been excited about the last two Double Pilsners (this and DFH Golden Shower), but was disappointed both times. I can't really see myself drinking more than one of these...the only consolation I have is that it might be a bit out of date - this was part of the Big Beers 2006 series (the drink-by date was 035906, so I'm not sure what to make of that), so it might have been a bit past its prime. Either way, I still love Terrapin, so it's all good....this would make a pretty good cooking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:42:00 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Imperial Pilsner, eh? I can't say I've been dying to try one of these, but it looked lonely in my fridge, so I pop the cap and pour into a Pilsner glass.... the result is a bubbly, not quite clear honey-gold beer, sporting a tight white head. Head sticks around but leaves no lacing in my glass.

I smell lots of Saaz-like hops, and actually this smells quite like a pilsner but moreso. Mainly getting sweet malts and alcohol here, with a few undefined floral notes and a hint of spice. Shades of a Belgian strong in here, now that I think of it. Grainy, in a good way.

After a few sips: Terrapin Imp Pils is an odd one, it really does tastes like a pils with more malt than is needed, the result is a sugary, unbalanced beer, with a very evident alcohol coming through along a tasty caramel malt profile. Sweetness dominates this beer. Bittering hops are citrus and pils-like and put to good use, but the malt overpowers and leaves behind an overly sweet flavor. This isn't refreshing like a normal pils, it is simply too heavy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is also quite sticky and sweet, which (along with the 7.5% abv) limits the drinkability on this one. Carbonation level is good however. The finish? If you guessed “sweet” you are correct, with an undercurrent of bitter grapefruit hops.

A curious brew! It really is what is advertised, and while I can’t fault it for being what it is, I can’t say it’s one of my favorites.. Frankly, I'm not sure the Pilsner style needed to be "Imperialized", but if you've ever wanted to try one, this is your beer.

Not bad by any means, but more a one-shot than something I'd seek out consistently.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 23:07:15 | More by kkipple
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

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

This beer is a nice dark yellow / light orange. There is not much head. The smell is sweet and grainy. The taste is pretty much a typical pilsner but with a alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fair, but the abv shows up here a little. Drinkable, average, but take it easy. This one packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 17:17:29 | More by Enola
Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.