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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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bold orange with hints of amber. A one finger head caps it off and some solid lacing is left on the glass.

S: A lot of fruits and sweetness to this one. Some citrus fruits in there most definitely... but not in the manner of heavily hopped IPAs that I'm accustomed to. Quite interesting.

T:Sweet with some hints of fruit. A nice big malt backbone has some light hops notes dancing around on top of it. Not as hoppy as I'd like, but still tasty. I would have expected a bit more, but I'm still not that disappointed.

M: Smooth, a little bit of viscosity to the brew, but not syrupy in any kind of way. A nice crisp finish.

D: This is a pretty good pilsner - very tasty. However, I would have expected more hops. My standard for imperial pilsners this year is far and away the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. This is a nice take on the style though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright pumpkin skin orange with a tendril of smoky sediment (since I got the entire bottle into the glass in one smooth pour). Backlighting with autumn morning sunshine reveals beautiful amber highlights and very few rising bubbles. The orange mousse-like cap is thickly creamy as it melts and does a credible job of glass decoration.

It seems as though I could smell more as the beer splashed into the glass than I can at the moment. This isn't a hop bomb in any way, shape or form. Sweet chunks of golden fruit (apricots primarily) along with a hint of alcohol are all that greet my nose with each deep inhale.

Since this is the 2007 Monster Beer Tour edition, and since it's barely five months old (by my best guess), I expected quite a bit more hoppiness than my palate is registering. Are we sure that Terrapin brewed this? The same Terrapin Beer Company that is responsible for some of the hoppiest, most delicious beer to come out of the South, or any other region of the country? Looks like they need to double the hop load at least.

All American Imperial Pilsner is the German-hopped equivalent of a not very hoppy, incredibly malty, sweeter than most... DIPA. The hop bill consists of Warrior, Mt. Hood, Santiam, Liberty and American Saaz (dry-hopped). Oranges and apricots in heavy syrup slide over the tongue and ooze through the mouth with each upending of the glass. This offering strikes me as big beer for big beer's sake. In the end, it doesn't work as well as I had hoped.

If you like big, gooey, barleywine-like mouthfeels, this one should be right in your wheelhouse. I like it just fine, but would still prefer the less luscious mouthfeel that would result from cutting the malt by 50% and jacking the hops up to the stratosphere. A quiescent carbonation only adds to the melted glass smoothness.

Terrapin All American Pilsner is my sixth Imperial pilsner. I'm sorry to report that it comes in fifth, ahead of only DFH Golden Era. The best versions (those from Boston Beer Company, Old Dominion and Clipper City) are those that interpret the style as 'hops, hops and still more hops'. I have every confidence that the boys from Athens will get this one right in the end.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Blackwater Brews in SC...
Appears a transparent, dark gold with a silky white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Plenty of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of malt, corn, wet hay, cornbread, brown sugar, yeasty dough, and citrus.
Flavors are that of the aromas with some brown sugar, and caramel making there presence known but still being buried by the wet hay, and cornbread.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, medium bodied, dry with a somewhat hot finish of booze.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear semi-orange, amber pour. Bright. Nice foaming head, a bit soapy, but good lacing.
Aroma is mostly biscuit and malt, but a slight citrus from some hops makes me anticipate some crispness and refreshment. I"m not a malt guy so pilsners in general are about as malty as I get.
Taste follows the nose. Founded in malt, slightly toasted. The hops give this beer a floral appeal, some citrus. Real nice pilsner. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour into my Sam Adams pint glass. Smallish white head which doesn't stick around very long. Some lacing on the glass.
Sweet fruit mixed with citrus in the aroma.
Nice mixture of sweet malt with a big shot of hop bitterness in the flavor. One of the hoppier imperial pilsners I've encountered.
There is a nice bit of carbonation in here and some coating of the mouth. Mouthfeel gets a little fuller as the beer is warming.
This one goes down pretty easy. I'm not sure I could do more than a couple in a night because of the abv.
An enjoyable example of a style that is really becoming one of my favorites.

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

Got this one from stopbarking and tpd975, thanks guys!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a nice clear light copper hue with a fluffy two finger white head that dies down to a good layer. Stickiness is pretty good, spotty lacing here and there. Smell is of oily hops and strong sweet honey. A good caramel punch blends in well with some grassy tones as well. Some alcohol can be detected too, strong scent coming from this one. Taste is a creamy grassy hop flavor up front followed by a slick caramel malt. Alcohol flavor is a bit much, but could be worse. Aftertaste is kinda blah. Somewhat sweet butter like flavor lingers on the tongue which isn't very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a slick medium body with a mild amount of carbonation. Very different from the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Terrapin is less hoppy and more malt. Unique beer for sure, give it a shot if you get the chance.

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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 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 biggmike
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Poured a golden yellow almost orangey color. White head did not last long. Aroma and Flavor are both malty with a bit of hop bite in the finish. Hides the 8% ABV extremely well. Decent lacing on glass. I liked it.

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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 rebel1771
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden honey color with a big fluffy off-white head.

Sweet malts dominate the smell with citrus like hops showing up at the end.

Intense sweet biscuity flavor with plenty of hop bitterness finshing with a potent alcohol spice.

This is my first Double Pilsner and I have to say it is pretty intense in both flavor and alc. content. This brew is interesting and educational if nothing else.

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Photo of rowew
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, labeled as 2007 vintage. ABV marked, nice label with a patriotic turtle.

Appearance: Yellow orange color, average head, good retention.

Smell: Very sweet and syrupy, some resinous hop aroma.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells - very sweet, with the hops playing a distant second fiddle.

Overall impression: This one is way too sticky sweet to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a small white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Good sweet fruity smell. A tiny bit of hoppy aroma as well.

Taste: This is the unusual beer that is much better when colder than when it warms. When cold, you get a sugary sweet start with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. The warmer flavor loses the sweet beginning and the hoppy flavor is a bit flatter. Drink this one quick to get the best flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good thick texture.

Drinkability: Can't help but compare this to DFH Golden Era, which I enjoyed quite a bit. This beer, while good, does not match up. The sweetness and the hoppiness, while nice, are not bold enough to be completely enjoyable.

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Photo of Drew966
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin All American Pilsner pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty with a strong hop presence as well. The taste is similar, very malty and a strong hop presence too. I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. Not bad, your mileage may vary. Worth a try.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Monster Beer Tour into a pint glass.
I picked this up back in early 2007, so it had been on a shelf (a darker one, thankfully), for some time.

Body poured burnt orange with a wisp of a white head. Yeast chunks float listlessly throughout, most likely a result of the aging. Aroma is of a very sweet, almost candy-like malt backbone with citrus hops balancing quite well. Molasses, bubblegum, and more malts prevail, reminds me of a Sugar Daddy.

Taste is a bit on the fruity/hoppy side, with some caramel, spice, and sweetened malts. The body is medium with a crisp mouthfeel and still a decent carbonation level after one full year. Decent bitter finish as well. I must say, this reminds me more of a malty IPA or a hoppy bock than a pilsner. Way to bend the rules, terrapin. : )

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

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It's quite sweet with some bisquit notes. It's bold and warm to the nose. The taste is good. It has a rich malt taste as well as a strong hop presence. It goes down slow and finishes warm and creamy. The Munich malts really add a layer of depth to the palate. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's my cup of tea, but it's got good malt character and is well balanced with the hops.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a transparent dark golden amber. The strong aroma has a heavy fruity overtone, making it smell more like a cider than a beer. Flavor is more fruity than malty, rather like apple juice with a nice alcohol bite, rather like a good hard cider. Smooth and a little bitter, not outstanding but refreshing.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orangish amber color (not your typical golden yellow pilsner) with a white head. The aroma is fruity malt and some yeast with a little bit of alcohol prevalent in the nose as well. The taste is loaded with malt and has a rather thick and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. The alcohol shows itself in the taste but it is not too distracting from the brew. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try. For a summer seasonal, I would have liked to seen a lighter bodied pilsner for the warmer weather.

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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 Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass and received a big ol' fluffy head on top of a golden/copper color leaning toward a ruby shade. The clarity is fantastic. Plenty of lace leavings appear as the liquid disappears.

The aroma is big and sweet. Lots of fruit, especially sugary pineapple, and some bubblegum too. I'm curious if the taste is as sweet as the smell is suggesting...

Yeah, it's very candy-like. Pretty intense in terms of sweetness, as it's not really tempered with much else. Pineapple still showing up, orange too, as are oceans of sugar water and piles of bristly hops. This is radiation-mutated malt, really...crazy stuff. Gave the yeast a run for it's sugar-eatin' money, no doubt.

This might qualify as a so-called "extreme" beer, not in terms of ABV but in sheer balls. I like sweeter beers, so this actually turns me on. I'm sure lots of people don't or won't like this.

As for the style, I suppose the only reason it's a Double Pilsner and not a Double IPA is that this is presumably bottom-fermented...because it could almost pass for a DIPA (if a fairly one-sided DIPA). But I don't know much about DPs, this is my first one. I do know that it doesn't so much double a pilsner's traits so much as it kicks, smothers and shits on the pilsner style. "Sacrilege, sacrilege" the pils purists are probably saying after drinking this, but you know what? It's a wild, tasty and fun beer. Thumbs up.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the 2007 vintage. Thanks to Imstillthegman for sending this beer my way.

Appearance: The beer has a golden / honey coloration. The head made a short appearance and went away.

Smell: The beer has a musty caramel smell. This gives way to a pleasant pine citrus aroma very spicey.

Taste: The beer has a very sweet biscuity flavor. This gives way for a spicey alcohol and pine bitter finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has an almost syruppy medium body. The carbonation helps to break things up abit. I not so certain about Imperial / Double Pilsner as a style but I like it. I wouldnt turn this easy drinking strong pils down.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce "Vintage 2007: bottle into a pilsner glass.

A. Hazy golden with lots of evervescence. Nice creamy head.

S. Malty with just a hint of hops.

T. Sweet malt with a citrusy aftertaste.

M. Good even beer, The 8.1% abv is well hidden.

D. Because of the abv not a session beer, but definitely a true pilsner. Very faithful to the style.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing observed. The smell is stronger smelling than a pilsner. The malty aroma of bread dough and fruit. Full bodied, the mouth feel is rich and adequately carbonated. The flavor has a bitterness that gives it a mock version of the fresh crispy clean feel of the un-imp'd version. That bitterness rides the fullness of the malt and lingers some. A good drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to give it a try.

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

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

A brilliantly clear orange colored beer with a good of-white colored head. This beer has an interesting color it is gold with a strong orange color to it but I can't call it amber or gold, orange best describes the color.

The scent is quite sweet and a little musty maybe? There is a definite scent of caramel to this. Nobel hop aroma is present and a little spicy.

The taste begins sweet and thick with a little candy corn in the mouth and a big Nobel hop bitter bite. Definitely a little candy in the mouth from the malt in this one. Thick in the mouth this seems a bit thick. Decent Nobel hop flavor but it is missing something in the spice department this is all herbal and bitter.

The mouthfeel is thick, really Bock beer thick.

Drinkability is just so so here. If the flavor had been spicier I would have like this more, as it is this is just a middle of the pack Bock beer.

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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 208 ratings