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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 149
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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Photo of ruleof72
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I would try the beer out of the bottle to see how it compares to the tap. Out of the tap is better but not by a lot:

Pours with an off white creamy head and honey color. The head dissipates to a thin ring and there is good lacing on the glass. The smell is like a sweetened Budweiser, the basic pilsner smell is there but sweet with a malt overtone. Taste is OK, nothing fantastic, but definitely not a bad taste. It is not real complex. The first thing to hit you is the malty sweetness followed with a slight citrusey/pine flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. The beer feels good in the mouth with enough carbonation and drinkability is good.

Overall a decent beer but not my favorite of the Terrapin seasonal line.

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Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clean orangey copper color with a lush off-white head that drops down to a sticky, bubbly top. The aroma is sweet and bready; very bock-like actually with some fruity alcohol. Sweet, toasty malts in the flavor as well. Herbal and fruity hops are present, but I wouldn't call this a hop-driven beer. With all the noble hops (albeit American substitutes for European varieties) and especially considering the "pilsner" moniker, I was expecting something with a significant hop presence. As it warms, both the taste and aroma begin to resemble straight-up boiling wort. Sweetness lingers through the dry mouthfeel; medium bodied, warming the throat every so often on the way down.

I'm thinking as soon as you take a crisp, hoppy lager like a pilsner and try to jack it up to "big beer" levels, you lose all the inherent qualities of the original beer. To me, at least right now, this is more of a bock than a pilsner. The level of malt was amplified so much, the hops can no longer dominate at the levels they are currently at. I guess I don't see the point in calling something a pilsner, especially in the "double" classification, unless you hop the friggin' crap out of it. This is not a BAD beer, I'm just not really sure what its trying to be.

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

I had this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, but failed to review it at that time. Being impressed with it at the time, I picked up a four pack while shopping at Sam's Quik Stop (also in Durham). This bottle is marked 2007, so I'm assuming it's well within the range of freshness.

Maybe I shouldn't be so taken with the dark amber color of this beer, after all, double or imperial pilsners should be more intense than regular versions. It is truly more amber than golden, with a short-lived, near-white head. The aroma contains elements of malts, hops, and a sweetness that reminds me a little–really, just a little–of malt liquor and caramel. You really notice the imperial part in the flavor: it's thick and rich with quite a lot of upfront sweetness and a mildly hoppy finish. What is really impressive about this is the creamy texture; there's just nothing quite like it. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners; this and others like it really get me excited about them.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The delightful Imperial Pilsner from 2006 has come out this year as a total mess. The looks were handsome, but the sickly sweet smell told me right away that something was off. The taste was an awful mixture of cooked corn, rusted metal, and rotting vegetables. What a load of crap. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but what a bad bottle this is.

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Photo of thaichile
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2007. Pours a deep amber with not much head. Nose is malty with hops lurking in the background. Very similiar to 2IPA IMHO. Flavor is very malty with thick, viscous fruit. Syrupu sweetness, not cloying, with hop dryness in the blend. This is what Imperial Pilsner is supposed to be? What happened to the Pilsner part? The Terrapin brews seem to remain in this family and similiar mouthfeels. It was interesting and I would like to try other interpretations of Imperial Pilsners. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps one of my least favorite styles. Bigger and "better."

Pours darker than I expect. more brown than golden pilsner. Fairly flat in appearance without much of a head. Nose is malty and reminds me of walking into a brewery for a tour--boiling wort and all. Husky grains. Definitely my favorite aspect of this beer.

Flavor is more malty without the biscuit crispness and hop tang of a traditional pilsner. Honestly, what makes this a double? More malt? Higher ABV? Definitely more of a malty, bready flavor and more alcohol. but not much more hops. A bit out of balance and leaning towards the malts. Crisp-ish but not light. Easy enough to drink and it packs a wallop but still not sold on this beer. Just such an odd style to get "bigger."

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

07 edition on tap at Barleys. Poured a nice light burnt amber with a nice big frothy head. Great head retention and a good bit of lace on the glass. Smell was lightly hopped, but full of grain and fruit notes, apricots maybe? Lots of malt. First taste impression was very smooth, lots of carbonation and a great light feel. Slight hint of alcohol, but hardly noticeable. A very nice strong cereal and malty grain presence. Enourmouslt enjoyable, drinkability is great, and I may have had a couple too many as a result. This was excellent and cant wait to do a vertical with last years.

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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 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 barefootbrewer
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Hazy golden color with a nice, persistent head.

S – The aroma is floral and sweet.

T – Sweet, malty, slightly spicy with perhaps a bit of a citrus flavor. Nice, clean finish.

M – Light with noticeable carbonation.

D – Smooth and easy. This beer works well.

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

Golden and effervescent in its appearance. White and almost pillowy head. Aromas of freshly mown grains, hops and some citrus notes permeate. Good maltiness plays well with the crisp feel of this pilsner on the palate. No telling this brew had this kind of alcohol. The flavor could have been a bit more pronounced, given its alcohol content and grain and hops bills. But this is still a solid brew, and a consumate summertime pleaser.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of khiasmus
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden honey color with a hint of chill haze, and a single finger of head that disappears in moments, but manages to leave a bit of lacing.

S- Some faint honey, piney hops, a bit of malt. an enjoyable, well-balanced nose.

T- Tastes more like an IPA than an imperial pilsner at first, although the mandatory pilsner hint of corn is there. Slightly sweet maltiness up front, with some heavy hops coming to balance. Vegetal finish with a bit of nuttiness, some corn, a bit of white bread, but the finish is downright bad. Leaves alcohol, but mostly an unpleasant vegetal aftertaste... like the morning breath you have after smoking 3 cigars the night before... that makes you want to chug it rather than let the flavor hang around longer.

M- The best part of this beer, the mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D- The taste is pretty good, but the finish is so bad I want to give away the rest of the four pack. I had this yesterday on draft, and it was much better, so if you have a choice, have it on tap.

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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 brewcrew76
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A - Pours a straw golden with 2 fingers of white head and sticky lacing.

S - Very heavy cooked corn smell with a touch of hops and alcohol in the background.

T - Cooked corn with sweet malts, tropical fruits and a hint of grassy hops. On the sweet side.

M - Medium bodied with a slight full feeling and what feels like a lack of carbonation.

D - Sweet corn and tropical fruits are not the greatest tasting combo in a beer.

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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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