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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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BA SCORE
83
good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 6
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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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of orange peels in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops and alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste has notes of orange peels from start to finish. It also has a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol relatively well and the orangey flavors help to keep this from tasting too malty or boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:42:44 | More by metter98
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-20-2012 21:26:35 | More by Falcone
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, a little citrus, and some malt.

T: The hops presence in this beer is extremely heavy, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also has good amount of citrus, as well. Malty in the finish. There was a slight grassy tinge, but it seemed to fade the more I drank. A very powerful, very robust flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer is big, bold, and tasty. A drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 20:16:22 | More by avalon07
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shand

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. 8.9% alcohol 2012 bottling.

Terrapin's All American Imperial Pilsner pours a hazy straw color with a small head. Pilsner malts, noble hops, and a toasty breadiness on the nose. The taste is very nice, it's got an intensely robust amount of noble hops in here that leave the tongue bone-dry and hold up well against the sweet malt base. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and highly carbonated and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is another good imperial pilsner. It seems that craft breweries have finally figured out the imperial pils, since I've had quite a few good examples in the past few months.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 01:29:10 | More by shand
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale but healthy yellow gold body. Snow white head which drops quickly.

Inviting fresh bread aroma.

Sweet, but not too sweet, beginning. With some depth. Ok hop bite, but needs much more. Late warmth. Tasty but lacks complexity.

Smooth medium mouthfeel with a late tingle.

Definitely an Imperial Pilsner, not a masquerading bock. Not great, but good and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:23:51 | More by RonfromJersey
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-09-2012 19:01:39 | More by st9647v3
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-08-2012 23:16:42 | More by Beer21
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MacQ32

South Carolina

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

A - Pours a nice golden straw color with a solid finger of near white head, great retention, excellent sticky lacing.

S - Sweet bready caramel malts, candied fruit aroma and a little funk, and maybe a trace of grassy/citrusy hops.

T - Mmmm much drier and more bitter than expected! Dry bitterness and yeasty funk/sugary orange come on quite strong (not crazy about that part). Malty sweetness is seemingly overpowered. Really nice grassy/pilsner aftertaste that hardly makes an appearance through all the other punches being thrown from this one.

M - Totally different that imagined, pretty full bodied for sure, thick, almost a sipper. Appropriate carbonation given its thickness.

O - Pretty solid, not everything I hoped it was but a nice surprise. Bold, dry, really not very pilsnerish at all for me, more like a golden hopped up dry ale with some funk

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:45:45 | More by MacQ32
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-03-2012 23:05:34 | More by djrn2
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-01-2012 22:40:36 | More by carrollmel7
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-01-2012 05:15:51 | More by UltimateLivewire
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billdirt

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-31-2012 22:47:48 | More by billdirt
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Kromes

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 version, 8.9% ABV...

A clear gold color with a finger's width white head.

Aroma is a little strange, but pleasant. It smells like biscuit malt and alcohol with some sweet orange peel and lemon. Almost like a toned down sprite.

First taste is alcohol, citric acid, and a slight biscuit malt. From there is gets a bit more acidic and bitter. The finish has a big bitter alcohol bite and grassy hop flavor with some sweetness from the malt. The beer is full bodied with a bit of a syrupy feel and somewhat low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:32:22 | More by Kromes
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-24-2012 00:26:54 | More by Zach136
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-24-2012 00:20:03 | More by Hanzo
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-21-2012 00:00:52 | More by Keith_R
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the re-released 2012 version, which clocks in at a hopped up 8.9%

A - Looks like a pilsner. Clear, straw color. No head or sticky lace on the glass.

S - Light malt aroma and strong alcohol presence

T - Light up front, but huge alcohol kick in the face towards the end.

M - Light bodied.

O - So an extreme hopped up pilsner. An extreme strong pilsner! Its very good, but I think its a little too strong. I remember the old version seemed just right at 7.5%

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 02:48:39 | More by BeerDawgs
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jda007

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-20-2012 01:57:28 | More by jda007
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-12-2012 03:24:37 | More by Tyrawlings
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jak

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-13-2012 23:45:48 | More by jak
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-05-2011 19:24:50 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 07:22:44 | More by nickfl
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -45.7%

11-14-2011 21:38:28 | More by jophish17
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billab914

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Calton for sending me this one, it's one of the last things Terrapin has bottled that I haven't tried yet. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a murky, brown/orange color with a thin off-white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows mostly a sweet maltiness to it with some caramel and a candied orange like flavor as well. I get just a bit of some citrusy and piny hops coming through as well. I'm making an assumption that it was hoppier when fresh. It's still pretty good though, I get some barleywine similarities out if it at this point.

The taste also shows a big malty profile to it throughout the flavor. I get a good amount of caramel along with some of the candied fruit like flavors that were present in the aroma. They give it a bit of a orange or pineapple like presence in the flavor. The hops are pretty modest but give it some pine and citrus, as well as some needed bitterness, especially in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy for the style but still below something like an average barleywine. Carbonation is on the lower side. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some nice malty, fruity, sweet flavors to it. It drank more like an American barleywine to me, which I didn't expect but actually liked. It would be tough to hold this to some of the pilsner style guidelines since it didn't seem to resemble that style at all. It doesn't seem like that was the intent so I'm not even going to try. Pretty decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:48:26 | More by billab914
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, I am blown away by Terrapin label art. This is a beautiful label. This is also one of the few imperial pilsners I have had the pleasure to review.

Served from a bottle into a conic pint glass at a local beer bar. Beer is reddish in color and hazy. Mild carbonation and barely any head. Does not look like a pilsner or an exaggeration of a pilsner at all unfortunately.

Smell is a mixture of sweet malt and hops. Also not what I expected.

Holy hops! This beer must have some serious IBUs. The whole thing is dominated by hops. There is some malt in the front of the mouth and then some midpalate hop flavors then a ton of bitterness. Is this an imperial pilsner or an ESB?

I did not hate this beer I just don't see how it fits into this style. It didnt remind me at all of any lager I had ever had, but maybe that's a good thing. It was seriously a malty IPA or an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:35:49 | More by drabmuh
Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
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