STYLE: Imperial Pilsner
APPEARANCE: Clear copper
HEAD: Thin, white head that fades fast
LACING: Decent…spotty, but tenacious
NOSE: A pilsner aroma with an impressive amount of hops. It’s grassy and earthy with a touch of caramel and a very floral hop profile.
TASTE: The herbal hop profile gives the beer a faint bitterness throughout the sip, but it’s mostly a bready, biscuity malt backbone. The alcohol is present in the crisp, dry finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-mouthfeel and good carbonation. Just a bit syrupy.
DRINKABILITY: Pilsners certainly aren’t my beers of choice, but Terrapin does the style proud. Considering that this is theoretically the same style as a Bud, Miller, or Coors is just amazing. The big hop profile adds a ton to the brew, but the delicate Pilsner taste and aroma manages to hold its own. I don’t think Pilsners are ever going to win me over, but for the style, this is about as good as it gets.
RATING: 3 Hops