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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BA SCORE
83
good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Photo of wcudwight
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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 MSchae1017
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a clear golden with a frothy white head that holds a nice film and laces well down the glass. The aroma is full of sweet toasty malts and citrusy hops. The taste hits you at first with the sweet buttery and toastyness. There is also the lingering flavors of both citrusy and floral hops. This is truly an all american pilsner in opposition to the morimoto and the sam impy pils that I have previously had which had a lot of european characteristics. The mouthfeel is incredibly full with some nice carbonation to balance it out. Overall a highly drinkable pils. This thing really hides its higher ABV.

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

Tapped a sixtel and spent the rest of the day enjoying Terrapin's Summer Monster. Made from All-American ingredients, this classic had a fill date of June, 6th...just 18 days old!

Poured a very clear, slightly more gold than yellow with a 1 inch head and slight lacing. Smelled mildly hoppy. Tasted a lot hoppier than the average pilsner, but not over powering. You cannot taste the 7.4%. Just when you think this might be a session beer (due to the smooth as silk taste), the alcohol kicks in.

Another fine Seasonal in the Monster Tour - this "Pilsner with a Punch" deserves to be saluted!

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Not quite as brilliant as its brother, Big Hoppy Monster, but tasty nonetheless. To be honest, i think it could use a little more hops for the style. So it lost a few marks for that. But it's still a pleasant change of pace. Enjoyed this at the 2005 Georgia Craft Brew Challenge.

Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a big 20oz glass at The Brick Store Pub.

Pours a bright yellow gold, hazy with a healty snow-white head. Some fine lacing. Smells strongly of citrusy hops, grapefruit, sweet tangerine.

Taste also of strong citrus hops. Grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, big citrus flavors. Some bitterness begins to peek through as it warms as well as the sweet malt. Not an iota of alcohol flavor in this strong beer but there's no doubting its strength after finish a 20oz glass. Full flavored and creamy. Goes does smooth for a big beer and above all is just really tasty. They did it again, bravo...

Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More or less clear gold with smallish white head that laces nicely. Pretty dry malt. Grassy hops. Lingering bitterness. Doesn't really taste all that big. In fact, it doesn't taste like more than an Americanized, aggressive pilsner of normal strength. I'm not sure how they hide 8% ABV in a beer this dry. Pretty impressive brewing prowess.

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.