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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner | Terrapin Beer Company

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149 Reviews
Terrapin All American Imperial PilsnerTerrapin All American Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
208
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 208
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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Terrapin All American Imperial Pilsner from Terrapin Beer Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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