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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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148 Reviews

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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.

No notes at this time.
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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 marcpal
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a six pack brought back with me from Charlotte. Poured into a Sam Adams uber glass. 2007 Beer Tour edition.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10.

A: Hazy yellow creamy color with a thinnest of filmy white heads. If I were to guess, I would have thought that it would show the appearance of a citrusy IPA. Extremely thick and luscious lacing.

S: Plenty of malts and some molasses. Sweet burn of alcohol in the nose, I think its fair to say spicy sweet. Fruity flavors dominate from the sugar, not much in terms of hops. This has to be stronger than 8%.

T: Sweet sugar dominates. Here come the hops somewhere down the line. Interesting hops that I guess are the type that make is a true member of the pils family rather than an ale. Whatever it is, it is well done. I started it out too cold and the character was nicer as it warmed off.

Intensely sweet flavors of almost a barleywine in the throat early transitioning to more of an IPA later- but I have to take away that the hops were much lower than I had thought I would get here. Maybe it would have been a different story fresh and raw. One odd point is an aftertaste of grape jelly- not sure where the hell that is coming from?

M: Very creamy and not too much carbonation. I have a hard time thinking of it as a pilsener but I guess the ingredients make it just that. The specs would be interesting to find out more about: I have to call it a pils-wine. There is noticeable alcohol here.

D: It is much different than my standnby of the style, the Sam Adams, but I like it quite a bit.
This was one damn interesting imperial pilsner. It was much thicker and by all means, worth a try.
The booze is far from hidden and I would have guessed it would come in double digits. Very extreme and flavorful. I prefer their wheatwine but this pilswine is fun to sip on.

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Photo of cracgor
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a golden straw color but without any head. The smell is basically normal for a pilsner with the characteristic pilsner hops. Drinks a little better, with more ester like complexity. Overall, fairly good to drink for an evening playing pool, but nothing really exceptional.

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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 superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 release, poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice golden hue with a solid one-and-a-half finger off-white head that fades to a small cap and lingers for the duration of the drink, leaving behind beautiful web-like lacing.

Aroma is bright, delicious, and inviting, with a very fruity, citrussy nature with overwhelming notes of pineapple. Beautiful.

Medium-bodied and smooth across the palate. Sweet malted grain flavors appear briefly up front and are quickly overtaken by delicious citrus fruit flavors and mild bitterness in the middle with a long, gently sweet finish.

Drinkability suffers slightly due to the higher alcohol content, but otherwise the beer is so delicious that it leaves a massive craving for another. Extremely balanced and perfectly aged, this one ranks up there as one of the most delicious, well-balanced beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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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 glid02
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at the Terrapin Brewery.

Pours a copper color with an orange hue to it. One-finger of tan head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky. Just from looking at it I thought I'd been served the Rye Squared, but after closer inspection it's just a bit lighter and the head is not as foamy.

Smells good. There's a lot of sweet malt aroma to go along with some light citrus and floral hop notes.

Tastes similar to the smell. Mild malty sweetness that gives way to a slight citrus flavor and finishing with a solid amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got good thickness and carbonation and it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This beer goes down very easily, but there's nothing that really makes me terribly excited about drinking another one.

Overall, I believe this is the first Imperial Pilsner I've had so I don't have anything else to compare it to. It's a solid beer and I would be glad to drink one if given to me, but I don't think I'll be planning on buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of 7ways
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/22/2008 12oz bottle in a pint glass. 2007 edition.

A: Darkest Amber with a slight haze. White head depleted to a ring, no lace.

S: Cereal, salt water taffy, pale malt, muted hops and corn sweetness. It reminded me of what I smelled when I toured Makers Mark. Nice.

T: Sweet bread, more pale malt, lively fruity hops, and sweet spices. Much sweeter than anticipated, but not cloying.

M: Silky. Great carbonation.

D: Scary how quickly I can drink this beer.

I'm guessing 'imperial pilsner' is an American thing. This is the only one I've had besides Small Craft Warning, and while both are quite good, they're a far cry from the crisp feel and light aromatic noble hops you would associate with a bohemian lager.

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Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the mail today from Imstillthegman...Thank again! Poured this one from the fridge into my pint glass...

A: Hazy orange copper with an extremely creamy tan head. The head here can be scooped with a spoon it is that thick...very nice looking. This one laces extremely well as well.

S: Wow, tons of pale malts here and tons of citrus as well. I am also getting some vanilla and toffee in the nose which is both surprising and intriguing. Also some brown sugar and caramelized sugar going on. There is also some alcohol coming through from the huge ABV.

T: Wow is this very, very creamy. For an Imperial Pilsner, I was expecting this to be a bit rough, and with a lot of carbonation...but this is the exact opposite. It has the consistency of an imperial stout. The flavors are of tons of pale malts, tons of caramel, caramelized brown sugar, and a hint of toffee which really sets this beer apart. The hops are also very prevalent and citrusy.

This was one damn interesting imperial pilsner. With the consitency of a a big stout, and the taste of a huge pilsner/vienna lager, this is definitely one worth grabbing.

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Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty sure I got this one from mikesgroove in a trade. I gotta keep a list of all the stuff I get!

Pours a hazy ruddy orange, dark gold, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, no lacing really, the colour is quite nice though. Smell is very sweet, brown sugar, caramelized aroma, kind of bready, some floral and citrus, apricot, quite rich in the malt department. Taste is weird, very medicinal, sourdough, caramel, sugar, biscuits, very malty, some alcohol comes through in the finish, more medicinal, not totally unenjoyable but a little odd. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, has a bit of bite to it, alcohol is well hidden in the aroma and flavour but there is some heat going down. Not bad stuff, the medicinal character is a bit off putting but I wouldn't say no to it. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of everetends
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Terrapin Brewery. Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Very bright and clear, darker golden color. Had a big, fluffy white head on it that actually stuck around for a bit. Created some notches with some lacing, tracing where you have been and where you are going. Looks great for a pilsner.

S: Smell is of some sweet malt, earthy and sweet grains, a touch of fruit (can't place it), and booze. Lots of booze.

T: Taste is a very nice malty sweetness, with some nice citrus and earthy hops balancing it out. Once again there is a touch of some nice grains here. Booze plays a role in the flavor profile as well but not as much as in the nose. Tastes good.

M: Light side of medium in body with a nice full carbonation that really makes this puppy crisp. This brew really is pretty clean on the palate with very little aftertaste. Booze is not as present in the mouthfeel as it is in other areas.

D: Not my favorite of the Monster series but that my be why there are rumbles that they are going to get rid of it. Still a solid brew that really is creative with what a pilsner can be. I really liked it. The ABV is a touch high to drink too many though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All-American Pilsner, Terrapin, Athens, GA

Pours a hazy, amber gold, thin white head.

Nose of fruit and grain, cereal-y, with whiffs of apple and cherry. Lovely, if loud.

Huge flavor. Big and bright. Loads of malt. Flashy, forward hops. An extreme pilsner, this. Nearing malt liquor land. How strong is this?

Drinkable, yes, and thick, fat, complex, and complicated. Nothing wrong with that.

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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 deepsouth
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

this beer pours a cloudy yellow with an amber color with a nice two finger head with some rocky bubbles and a thick lingering head.

the smell is piney hops, clove, and malted barley. this smells like it's going to be delicious.

WOW. this beer does taste good. it's pretty sweet, where i expected a bit more bitter. almost boozy. actually it does taste boozy. only

other imperial pilsner i've had to compare it to is the sam adams, which was as heavy on the hops as this is on the malt sweetness.

the mouthfeel is not overly carbonated and medium in feel.

i've actually tasted barleywines that tasted more like dipa's, where this almost drinks like an american barleywine. this is a solid offering from terrapin who rarely disappoints.

if anyone is reading this and has an extra, i'd love a couple more of these.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BSP out of pilsner glass no less

A - pours a clear amber body with a nice white head

S - my nose got a lot of sweet malt action with a bit of hoppiness. Pretty inviting

T - hops are more pronounced and give an initial bite which gives way to waves of malty goodness. Hints of alcohol. A nice flavor for sure

M - medium bodied with some good carbonation

D - this is my least favorite Terrapin seasonal, but it's still very enjoyable. Would probably order some more at Bstore, and probably by a 4 pack, but don't have to worry about that as Terrapin did a very small release this year with only certain bars getting it. Looking forward to what they try out next year in its place. Word up

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Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden with a small bubbly head that lingers for a while leaving decent lacing. The smell is mostly a sweet malt aroma with caramel and a decent citrus hop aroma as well. The taste also starts with the sweet malts with some spiciness in the middle before a citrus hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little low on carbonation and a little sticky and thick for a pilsner. This is a decent brew but I'm not exactly sure what to expect from the style.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one is verry ballsey for a pilsner, it is ok but a little sour for my taste. i do like the strong hop pressance in thiss one. this is the thickest pilsner that i have ever had, i think that this one is trying to be an ipa. i would drink more of these if thay come my way. it just isent my favorit style of brew.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, labeled "Vintage 2007" with a stated ABV 8.1%:

A: Appeared a deep hazy orange color with noticeable sediment in the beer as well as pretty noticeable carbonation streaming to the top. It poured a nice thick slightly off-white head that dissipated fairly slowly and left a slight film through the entire drink.

S: Wow, the aroma is heavy malt. Truly a unique aroma that I have yet to come across in a beer yet. I certainly would not compare the aroma of this beer to traditional malt liquors.

T: Again, wow. The taste is very good. A lot of malt with a ever so slight hints of hops and maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

M/D: The beer is top notch. Carbonation was right. It seemed to leave a heavy malt aftertaste but I guess that it to be expected. I am not sure that I could drink more than one at a time, due to the richness and creaminess of it. Exception beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is not a pretty brew, hazy dark golden orange with balding crown leaving only a small glass ring and little else.
The body is full and the carbonation is light.

Aroma is to the hops, a light citrus scent with a touch of yeast.

Taste is hop started, little oily and floral to finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to 67couple for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent sticky lacing behind. The nose is big on malts, slight hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some hops, spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice Impy Pils, finally got to try it.

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Photo of inhoc00
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on trip to Columbia, South Carolina last fall.

2007 Vintage aged for 1 year poured into a Dogfish Head cognac goblet.

A- initial white head has left within a minute, bubbles.

S- sweet apricot, very similar to dogfish head's golden era.

T- not as sweet tasting. heavy hops up front but does not linger.

M- carbonation mellow, not creamy but lack of spritz that you might expect in an imperial pilsner

D- cool may evening in Chicago- can't drink any warm weather wits but wanted something lighter in color. good but the 9% alc is catching up. sippin one and done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some citrus.

T: The taste is hoppy and bitter up front, with some flavors of caramel and citrus in the background. There's a hearty malt character that provides some substance. There's also a notable alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're looking for a strong and flavorful beer.

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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 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 SchmoTerp
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One good beer from a terrific Southern brewery. This lager has a distinct taste and one that stays pleasantly - not bitterly - with you for a little while. But do not mistake, you get a good blast of taste as soon as it hits your lips. I look forward to each summer when they release their latest batch and save it for as long as I can. The one I'm drinking now is my last for 2007.

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