Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin All American Imperial PilsnerTerrapin All American Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 208
Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from aracauna via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" creamy off-white head above the clear dark golden brew. Head fades slowly, with plenty of sticky lace. Aroma is reasonably well-balanced, slightly leaning towards the citrus hops. Taste is sweet pale malts, with hops coming in with touches of Saaz dryness, but more dominated other more fuity varieties. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is reasonably good as well. Not enough pils quality in this one to warrant the style, in my mind. Almost seems like a somewhat light-bodied 1.5IPA or something. All told though, not one I would dump out of my fridge.

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

just got a 4-pack from brawley's in charlotte. brilliant beer store.

great color in the glass, dark golden with a hint of orange. clear with lines of bubbles streaming from the bottom. thick head drops down to a creamy white layer on top of the beer. lots of wavy lace after each sip.
smell is sweet, somewhat like a strong apple juice, and i mean juicy. not exactly pilsner, but not completely in a different category, either.
that juicy sweet malt and hop mixture is swirling all over the mouth. not overpowering bitterness, but a nice finishing hop tang. there is a does of pepper spicyness as well, but not like i've tasted in the czech and german pilsners.
medium in the mouth, some carbonation, but slick. a solid mouthfeel.
some alcohol does sneak in near the end of the beer, as it warmed up. not sure i could do a bunch of these in a row, but i would have it again. this is the first double or imperial pilsner (is there a difference) i've had, so not a lot to compare to. i dig it, along with most of terrapin's beers (just keep the cream ale).


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Photo of barleyman
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler.The off white head quickly recedes into a nice lace. The dark amber is too dark for a pilsner, but perhaps correct for a double pilsner. This is the first of this style I have tried. Very little aroma, consisting of straw, and malt. The taste is much larger, with a good bit of alcohol sweetness and a complex mixture of grass and straw. There is an excellent balance of malt and hops, with neither being too strong. Mouthfeel is also very good, with a light body and finish. Drinkability is excellent, despite the abv. I could drink a few of these on a hot summer day. Bravo Terrapin.

Just a thought,


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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle contract brewed at Frederick in MD... What I enjoyed most about Terrapin's All American was that it wasn't overdone like so many Imperial pilsners can be. Sure it initially seemed light for the style, but there was a full and fairly rich maltiness to it; and it did have a decent amount of hops. It was balanced and drinkable, with a little bit of extra character. The malt flavor was clean, the hops came through clearly, and the alcohol was fairly well cloaked. In fact, the only downside I see is that there's really not much there to warn you of its strength; and for a beer of 8% I think I would like a little more flavor. Still, I could enjoy more than one of these. Good show!

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intense golden yellow with a thick white head. The aroma has some citrus and floral hops upfront along with some corn syrup sweetness, biscuity malt, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has an intense floral and citric hop character initially, along with some biscuity malt, corn syrup sweetness, and lively carbonation. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is pretty good. A solid double pilsner, not quite as complex as youd expect but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of spiveym
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Decanted into a 20 oz. Pilsner glass. Rich golden color, one-finger sudsy head with good retention. Lacing consistant.

S: Some hint of roasted malt. Not a very strong scent. There is something here though, that my inexperienced nose can't place. Is it alcohol?

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid but mild bitterness, not overly carbonated. Lingering aftertaste, but not objectionable.

At 7.5% ABV, this has a lot of bang for your buck. Sold in a four-pack. Tasty beer. Not really outstanding, but definately worth a try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Pineapple and graham cracker with a vague hint of noble hops

Taste: Starts with a very sweet pineapple juice character that after the swallow becomes a bit richer and is joined by some bitter flavors and warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick and well carbonated

Drinkability: Like the DFH Golden Shower, I think this beer misses the point. I would much prefer an Imperial Pilsner to be Germanic with a less fruity but more noble hop bitterness.

Postscrip - Two years later, I purchased a bottle of the 2006 from Bruisin Ales in Asheville and I like it much better. The alcohol has toned down and the fruity flavors have melded nicely with the bitter. Who would have guessed an Imperial Pilsner would age so nicely?

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Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the 2006 monster beer tour
a - poured a two fingers thick head into a weizen glass. very clear and amber color with a pillowy head. lots of bubbles throughout glass and significant lacing throughout.
s - nice floral scent with a metallic hint.
t - not as hoppy as the rest of terrapin's seasonals so that surprised me. tastes sweet.
m - smooth and creamy texture that really covers the tongue.
d - drinks very clean and the alcohol is not very evident throughout.

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Photo of gbarron
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. Part of the 2006 Monster Beer Tour.

A - light golden, like fresh hay and straw. Perfectly clear. Head is very small, bright white, little lacing and not much head retention.

S - metallic aroma of hops and pilsner malt, dry grain, alcohol. Bottle states these are American hops, but it seems like they are maybe American-grown European noble hops. Spicy and metallic. Sweet biscuit in there, too.

T - tangy, sweet pilsner malt followed by sharp, spicy bitter kick. Tart, spicy hop flavor as well. Some biscuity, dry, graininess. Some alcohol warming as well.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is above average. Tangy, thick finish despite drying grainy flavors.

D - an interesting beer, not really hoppy or dry enough to be a solid imperial pils in my view. A little to big and carbonated to be highly drinkable - I got filled up after only a couple.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must say, I'm a bit disappointed in this one. I was hoping for so much more, and it simply wasn't there. It poured a golden orange colour, slightly cloudy. Single finger snow white head that lasted about 90 seconds. Sweet malt and a bit of fruit dominate the smell. Much less hops than I was anticipating. Still it smells nice. The taste is bitter up front with noticeable alcohol. It's also a bit grainy, almost like a malt liquor, quite honestly, but not nearly as awful and hard to drink as one. It finished with mildly dry malt and a slight biscuity aftertaste. Mouthfeel seemed a little harsh to me. I attribute this to the noticeable alcohol. I simply cannot get over that. You can clearly detect the alcohol right away. I've had 9's and 10's with the alcohol more concealed than this. Drinkability is okay. The whole alcohol thing sort of irked me a bit, but overall, this is decent. You could do much, much worse.

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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 rodrot
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a 1/2 inch pillowy head. Aroma was primarily of malt with some spicy hop notes in the backround. Taste was malty and biscuity. I could taste some nutty flavors along with a little bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was light to slightly medium bodied. This is an easy drinking beer. To my palate, malt was the dominant character with hops being quite restrained. Alcohol was not evident. Overall, a fairly good brew but nothing that will knock your socks off. I prefer the Rogue Imperial Pilsner.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a dull, tarnished brass colored beer with a thin brite white head. The aromas are musty grain, sugar, and spicy hops. Taste is a blunted metallic twang with slight pear fruitiness, and a dry, grainy finish. Mouthfeel is thick and slick. I would say this is "malt liquor done right".

Note: DO NOT drink with Twizzlers. You will be sorry.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the plastic cup crystal clear pale golden with a white wispy head that laced at the plastic cup as well as any beer could lace.

The aroma was fruity with a citrusy character. On the bottled version the aroma was also lightly bready with a bit of pineapple fruity character and a moderate caramel malt character.

The flavor was malty with a fairly sweet flavor when first contacting the palate. The beer contained a sizeable fruity character with pineapple and a citrusy bittering. The bittering was sizeable enough to keep all the malt character in check. The flavor was also lightly bready.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of fruity, citrusy and bread character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. No apprecialbe alcohol warming was present in the beer.

So had had this on tap in Georgia last year and then earlier tonight on draft (20 oz) at the Mellow Mushroom in Boone. I got back to the room, opened the fridge and decided to give the bottle a whirl. After looking around the room for an opener I opted for the bottom side of the ironing board. Due to not having enough angle on the board I ended up with a shirtful of beer. That made me decide that this one must be reviewed. The bottle seemed a bit more malty that the draft I had earlier tonight.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of dgallina
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle dated best before 10/2006.

Pours crystal clear dark yellow, an inch of soapy and foamy head, good lace retention for a pilsner. Smells gently hoppy, a bit earthy and grainy. Clean tasting, with a dull american citrus hop bite and not much else. Slightly syrupy, weakly carbonated medium body.

Not very interesting. Trades the subtlety and freshness of a better pilsner for higher strength.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Freshness date of 35906FX, whatever that means. Golden orange hued with a tiny head that leaves minimal lacing. Lots of floaties around the beer, I assume they are yeast. Aroma is biscuity malts and citrus hops. Taste is kind of lacking. Quite sweet even with a hop smack. A nice malt backbone accompanies hoppiness making it a pretty balanced beer. Light to medium body. The only other Imp Pils I have had is Sam Adams. In my opinion, this doesnt compare overall. Not as complex, but still tasty.

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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 MSchae1017
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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 Bonhoeffer
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 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 aracauna
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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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