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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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Todd on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap, was this a good beer from the 2006 series – sent by limesmut in a nice trade!

Poured a study lite amber with a 1” ivory head in my, of course, tall pilsner glass. Left a blanket of lace all the way down, very impressive.

Then the aroma, and the quaff, were a surprising experience – barley wine type sweet caramel and malt! I could drink this brew all day and night (slowly, of course). Full and rich, there was no hint of this clocking in at 8%. I tried to sip this bottle, but the SOB was gone in 10 minutes! Damn it!

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Photo of Cindirene
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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

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Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

This is the second time around for me to review this beer. I just wanted to try it again and see if my tastes change and/or how much much opinions change over time. (because beeradvocate does not allow us to review a beer more than once, I will just average my scores for the two tastes.)

A: A coppery red and fairly hazy but not really yeast turbidity (no Tyndall effect). A nice and creamy eggshell head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: This is a very malty smelling beer with hints of hops. Alcohol not perceived. This beer just smells like a brewery.

T: Sweet malts and bitter hops at first. Both of these flavors continue through the consumption. Alcohol does add some spiciness as the beer warms. M: Almost chewy that this is so rich and full, with moderate carbonation that adds a tingly bite.

D: This is a special occasion beer. It has to be consumed slowly because of its rich sweetness, high alcohol and bitterness.

Overall: I like it. A little too sweet to be enjoyable for me.


(this was my first review)
Bottle poured into a glass

A: A golden orange; hazy. With a creamy, rich head with good (albeit small) retention and great lacing.

S: Corn-like sweet maltiness. Perhaps some light hops and alcohol in the nose as it warms, but the dominant scent is caramel malt. Perhaps I am just not getting what everyone else seems to sense in the head, but I am not perceiving any hop aroma akin to citrus. The hops aroma I perceive is more medicinal perhaps even piney, and subtle when compared to the sweetness and maltiness.

T: Big sweetness and alcohol in the first sip. Lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. Fulfills the promises of the beautiful nose. Good balance between the hop bitterness and the higher sweetness of the corn. No harsh aftertaste, just a lingering and pleasant bitter smartly balanced with a smooth sweetness.

M: A large and satiny mouthfeel, that is accentuated by the high carbonation. It is still fizzing as it goes down.

D: An enjoyable drink; however the sweetness makes for much slower consumption (which is probably good at 8.1% ABV).

Overall: When I first had this beer on a tour of the brewery, I committed myself to try it again for reviewing purposes (I was not of the appropriate state of mind to review it then). I was right. This is a favorite beer of all time.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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...

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Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by shivtim. Pours a cloudy orange color(with touches of redness) with a thin light white head. Odors of orange rind, pungent malt, fermented tangerines and coriander. Taste is aggressive and very bitter. Large, fermented overripe orange flavor with a strong malt and ethanol backbone. Malt is tangy and sweet. Full bodied and sticky. This one gets the imperial pilsner thing right, or at least as right as i can imagine it getting. They've supercharged the pilsner style without it being just an overwhelming ethanol mess. Good example of the "extreme-ing" of a beer.

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Photo of ddarden
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured dark gold with very little carbonation. Small white head that recedes very quickly. The smell is a mix of light malt and alcohol.

The first sip is much better than the smell and has nice sweet, malty profile that finishes fairly clean with a nice noble hop finish. The hops are definitely not over the top like Sam Adams and DFH Golden Shower. The finish is clean and very, refreshing for such a high alcohol beer. There is some alcohol warming at the end but the alcohol is very well hidden in this beer. Also, I am getting a little lemon flavor in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is close to medium and coats the tongue nicely.

I am a fan of Imperial Pilsners and the Terrapin is another nice example. Like I said earlier, this beer is nowhere near as hoppy as either the Sam Adams or the DFH, but it is very good in a different, understated way. The drinkability of this beer is excellent which could be trouble on a nice hot summer day. I will definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of danielharper
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Pours into a pilsner glass with an orange body and a thin but luxurious white head. Body is opaque, with a slight yellow tinge at the bottom.

S: Strong notes of hops. Sweet, citrusy. A hint of pineapple, grapefruit.

T: Nice crisp hops. Notes of oranges. Finishes dry but sweet.

M: Nice, thick, luxurious. Hops tickle the tongue.

D: A quite drinkable beer. Another winner from Terrapin.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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 ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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 chilidog
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a big 4-finger rocky, pillowing, white head. Nice retention but not really much lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of bubbles – not really that many for a pilsner.

S – Bready and grainy malt with a pretty nice hop profile with orange, grassy, herbal, and earthy notes.

T – A little bit of orange sweetness starts the taste with bitter earthy, floral, herbal, and citrus hops coming in close behind. As the bitterness fades, bready and grainy malt flavors become more apparent. Pretty tasty, but definitely more hop heavy than I was expecting.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp and somewhat prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation, and a bittersweet and slightly dry finish. Sweet bready malt and bitter herbal hop flavors linger nicely. There’s a little bit of heat from the alcohol, as well.

O – This is a very interesting beer. I haven’t really had many “imperial pilsners”, and drinking them is a little bit of a strange experience. It looks like a pilsner, but this one smells and tastes a bit more like a pale ale with all the hops and bready malt. Also, the warmth from the ABV is interesting because I wasn’t really expecting it. Most beers that look like this don’t have that warm kick. Despite all this weirdness, this is a pretty tasty beer and one that I’m glad I got to try.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter at room temperature. The beer pours a bright orange color with a fluffy off white 1/2 inch head, several streams of fine bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. the head fades very slowly.
Aroma is very citrusy and sappy too, lots of hop profile. Just a hint of grainy malt comes through, but is mostly hidden in the background.
First sip reveals an average body and mild carbonation.
Flavor starts briefly sweet but moves quickly to surprisingly mild citrusy hops. the beer finishes clean with just a bit of alcohol. This turns out to be an easy drinker, not the hop bomb the nose advertises. Actually pretty nice.

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Photo of inhoc00
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 BeerRun13
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super clear light, but not pale golden color. Thin white head fades to a filmy ring. Tall thin webby lacing.
Malty aromas. Kind of a biscuit/toast aroma. Maybe some caramel. Grassy/earth hop notes.
Caramel and bready/toastlike malt. Pronounced flavor. Hoppy mid sip to the finish. Alcohol aparent. Some woodiness and spice detected as well.
Medium boddied, but with a somewhat syruppy texture. Decent carbonation. Good mouthfeel.
Real good beer. I think my reviews are starting to confirm that I like big beers.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice murky orange color with a nice little head.

S: Nice sweet citrus aroma. I can pick out grapefruit and orange zest in the nose. There is a cotton candy like sweetness in the background which pulls it all together.

T: Where this beer shines is in the taste. Nice sweet caramel flavor with hints of cane sugar. There is some zip in the finish coming out mostly in the flavor of grapefruit.

M: It finishes crisp and clean with a hint of bite from the hops.

D: Very drinkable, wish this one would come by the bomber.

Overall: A great drinking brew and another great offering by Terrapin. I love the sweetness in this one and the ABV is masked nicely. There is a nice malt character in the background holding it all together while letting the hops come forward and shine. This truely is an American style Pils. It is nothing like a traditional Pilsner. It's an aggressive American version of a wonderful traditional style.

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Photo of mntlover
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with bubbles slowly rising to ringed white film some good sticky lace left behind. Know real head but poured that way from tap.

Aroma is good light bready malt good spicey hops along with citrusy fruits.

Taste is malt bready almost with lots of hops light citrus with some herbal spice and floral blended for a nice crisp hop flavors and finish. Malt is noticed underneath and balance it out but hops do prevel.

Mouthfeel is a light medium with a good bit of carbonation levels but it is smooth and crisp at the finish.

Drinkability is good a nice summer brew a good solid pilsner loaded with hops. Would make a great session brew but the 8 is not tasted or noted and would lead to problems.

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