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 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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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a small head and mild carbonation.

S - Sweet, malty aroma on an orange backdrop; fruity hops lingered in the air for awhile.

T - Hoppy malt with a fruity background...tastes a bit unbalanced as the sweetness overpowers the other flavors. Orange lingers through the aftertaste; no detection of alcohol - I never would have pegged this as 8%.

M - A little thin with a sweet aftertaste...ample carbonation.

D - I've been excited about the last two Double Pilsners (this and DFH Golden Shower), but was disappointed both times. I can't really see myself drinking more than one of these...the only consolation I have is that it might be a bit out of date - this was part of the Big Beers 2006 series (the drink-by date was 035906, so I'm not sure what to make of that), so it might have been a bit past its prime. Either way, I still love Terrapin, so it's all good....this would make a pretty good cooking beer.

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

Imperial Pilsner, eh? I can't say I've been dying to try one of these, but it looked lonely in my fridge, so I pop the cap and pour into a Pilsner glass.... the result is a bubbly, not quite clear honey-gold beer, sporting a tight white head. Head sticks around but leaves no lacing in my glass.

I smell lots of Saaz-like hops, and actually this smells quite like a pilsner but moreso. Mainly getting sweet malts and alcohol here, with a few undefined floral notes and a hint of spice. Shades of a Belgian strong in here, now that I think of it. Grainy, in a good way.

After a few sips: Terrapin Imp Pils is an odd one, it really does tastes like a pils with more malt than is needed, the result is a sugary, unbalanced beer, with a very evident alcohol coming through along a tasty caramel malt profile. Sweetness dominates this beer. Bittering hops are citrus and pils-like and put to good use, but the malt overpowers and leaves behind an overly sweet flavor. This isn't refreshing like a normal pils, it is simply too heavy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is also quite sticky and sweet, which (along with the 7.5% abv) limits the drinkability on this one. Carbonation level is good however. The finish? If you guessed “sweet” you are correct, with an undercurrent of bitter grapefruit hops.

A curious brew! It really is what is advertised, and while I can’t fault it for being what it is, I can’t say it’s one of my favorites.. Frankly, I'm not sure the Pilsner style needed to be "Imperialized", but if you've ever wanted to try one, this is your beer.

Not bad by any means, but more a one-shot than something I'd seek out consistently.

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

This beer is a nice dark yellow / light orange. There is not much head. The smell is sweet and grainy. The taste is pretty much a typical pilsner but with a alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fair, but the abv shows up here a little. Drinkable, average, but take it easy. This one packs a punch.

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

I hear the term imperial used for all sorts of beer styles as well as double. Love the creativity out there. That said, this beer was acquired as bonus via trade. Not a style I'd search out on my own. That said, I enjoyed this bottle.
A - rich golden color, thick off-white head.
S - Biscut malts, mild background of citrus hops.
T - sweet light malts with a nice light citric hops flavor swirling around.
M - light bodied, smooth and nicely carbonated.
D - drank nice and easy. very hard to tell it's an 8% brew.

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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 RBorsato
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed at Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick, MD.

Light hazy golden color with a light tan head and light but fairly constant carbonation. Aromas similar to a traditional bock ... malty German style with some bitter hop aromas. Very malty in flavor for the style with a decent amount of hops to balance ... bitter hops without much character. Full-medium bodied and smooth with a dry malt and hop finish.

Nice but not really to style in my mind.

Per Label: "2006 Monster Beer Tour" & 7.5% ABV

Per TBC website:
Malt: 2-Row Pale Malt, Carapils Malt
Hops: Warrior, Mt. Hood, Santiam, Liberty, American Saaz (Dry Hop)
O.G.: 18.5
F.G.: 4.5
IBU's: 75
ABV.: 7.5%

Best Before: 359 06
Tasted: 11/12/06

($9.49 / 4-pack)

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Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated 2006. Color was a hazy golden with a small and quickly fading head. Very few bubbles rose to the surface.

Smell was sweet and vegetal. Corn syrupy. Husky pilsner aroma very late.

Taste was sweet up front. Caramel. Some zestiness with a nice bitter finish. Rather well balanced but not full-flavored.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with very little carbonation. I will not bother to find another.

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

A: Deep golden hay color with a lot of haze to it. Stellar amount of miniscule bubbles are conjured from the bottom of the glass and make their way to the top of the tall pilsner flute. Head is a 1/4 inch thick of what appears to be a nice, foamy mass.

S: Bouquet is very minute; lightly fruity with under the cover floral hops, malt and bit o honey.

T: This is a medium malty one with a honey profile and coin like bitterness. Sort of green tea like hoppiness that blends with bland peach and a subtle vanilla butteryness. Finishes with a small amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body, got a smooth texture that I'm digging on. That and the appearance are the best part of this beer.

D: Not a bad one. And why can't they make the level of carbonation on this beer with the Wake & Bake? Seriously, that was my only complaint!

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

A - light syrupy gold with a pale creamy head

S - light and clean scent of peaches and sweet bread

T - reminds me a little of a belgian. slightly sweet and bready as the hoppy bitterness settles around your mouth. good balance for a mighty pilsner. i think there could be juuuust a little more to push it over the top, but this is pretty good.

M - good, and a little viscous. way more than a pilsner needs, but this <i>is</i> a double. . .

D - satisfying. this would be great for those times in the summer where you want a bigger beer but one that's not too heavy.

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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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