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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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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 148
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some very light notes of orange when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized thin patch of bubbles near the center of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has moderate notes of bready and caramel malts with some lighter notes of orange peel and grassy hops.

T: Like the smell of this beer, the taste starts out with the flavors of bready and caramel malts. There are also flavors of orange peel and grassy hops that contribute moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers only shortly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but not anything special that makes it stand out - the addition of the orange peel is interesting but not completely successful for the style (in my opinion). Not sure I would seek this one out again.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MacQ32
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

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of billdirt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kromes
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.

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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%

Photo of jda007
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
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