NOTES: Bomber @ McHops Monastery

STYLE: Imperial Pilsner

ABV: 9%

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


  1. I finally cracked the bomber Brother Barley kindly sent me last night, and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m really not a pilsner guy, and I was skeptical that you could pump the style up this high without it being an undrinkable mess of a beer. But I found myself actually paying attention to what was going on with this one (note: that’s how I broadly divide beers in my mind. If I want to pay attention to a beer’s subtleties, it’s “good”. If I have to try not to pay attention, it’s “not so good”. The line lies at roughly 2.25 hops on the Aleheads scale.). Certainly another interesting side project from Terrapin.

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