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Terrapin Hop Shortage Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Hop Shortage AleTerrapin Hop Shortage Ale

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Side Project #1

(Beer added by: nickfl on 03-13-2008)
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Reviews by Backer2004:
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Brawley's Bevergae for $6.99. Great name and timeliness, though probably not as funny for brewers having real trouble finding hops.

Appearance- nice head and carbonation that persists throughout. Very clear. Lighter in the spectrum than the medium gold normally found in an American IPA.

Smell - very prominent citrus and floral hop aroma. nice american hops noted, very little malt. not over the top as the name may suggest.

Taste- higher hop flavor profile but not the the point of an Imperial IPA. nice balance, actyally. piney and resinous aspects, no malt character.

Mouthfeel - some astringency, medium body. fair amount of carbonation on the tongue. little alcohol warming

Drinkability- I was expecting a true hop bomb but i actually enjoyed the ease of consuming this one (in fact, not a problem drinking the whole bomber). worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 01:05:00 | More by Backer2004
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-31-2014 14:58:34 | More by KevinGordon
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-27-2011 01:22:24 | More by whitekiboko
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-17-2011 02:49:53 | More by TasteTester
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and cloudy amber/orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Smells more like a barleywine with some boozy sweetness and strong malt profile balancing out the citrus and piney hop notes.

Medium bodied with a good balance of sweet and bitter hops followed by a decent malt backbone and dry boozy finish. Hints of orange peel and dry pine needle countered by bicuit and caramel. Malt backbone provides balances without interfering with bitterness. Well balanced and quaffable but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 14:01:13 | More by corby112
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

11-14-2011 21:38:47 | More by jophish17
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of biscuit malts. A medium amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:36:25 | More by metter98
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the generous trader that sent me this one, I think I've finally caught up with all the past Side Projects now. When reading the name I assumed that this was a malt forward low on the hops beer. After reading the label apparently I was wrong. Probably was a lot hoppier fresh but this is the only way I'll ever get to try it at this point.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone Imperial pint glass. Poured a hazy amber/orange color with a frothy white head filling a half inch of the glass. It had both very nice head retention as well as very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a herbal, earthy and slightly spicy hop presence to it. It has a little bit of citrus to it but not a lot. The malt comes through with a bit of caramel and bready tones.

The taste has the same herbal and slightly spicy hop presence the nose did, with a touch of citrus. The bready malts come through a bit more in the taste. A little caramel is present as well. Definitely not the "hop bomb" described on the label anymore, but that's no real surprise. Still a pretty good tasting beer though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It was actually a fairly balanced and drinkable beer even though the hops have probably faded.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:50:23 | More by billab914
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bronze-amber body and a thin white, fine-bubbled head that reduces to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is all hops... there must be malt somewhere..but damned if I can smell it. Pine, citrus, pineapple, fruity evergreen, cedar wood, bitter orange... excellent.

Tastes like it smells, only better... large, complex presence of many hop flavors without any being overpowering. A beer balanced by hops alone...dry,fruity,bitter,sweet,fresh,funky,minty, medicinal... all hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:45:49 | More by Anthony1
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
This beer pours a clear amber/orange color with a one finger of off white head to it. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves nice thick lacing on the glass the whole way down. Nose is of floral and piney hops predominantly with a touch of caramel malt in the background. Taste is of the floral and piney hops up front, nice huge burst of bitterness, lending to a touch of grainy/biscuity flavoring to mellow it out with some caramel malts, finish is of a citrus hops that leaves you with a nice bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp clean feel with a dry finish. This is a nice lil IPA to sit with for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 14:54:25 | More by Jayli
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed bright copper color with about two fingers of dense light tan colored foam. The head settles to a thin layer and leaves a sticky lace on the inside of my glass. Nose and flavor are full of resinous pine, grassy hops, slightly oily, very nice caramel malt sweetness to bring the balance. maybe a notch better than medium bodied and certainly amply carbonated for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 04:41:21 | More by ClockworkOrange
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a number of times over the last year or so, but never did seem to get around to reviewing it. Managed to sneak another one the other night so here we go. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours our a very nice orange amber in color. Clear with a lot of carbonation streaming up toward the surface throughout the session. Big foamy white head on top settles down nicely and leaves tons of sticky side glass lacing.

Aroma - Nice hoppy nose. Piney with hints of herbal grass notes and a touch of light grain as it warms. Light pinch of orange peel as it opens up as well.

Taste - Clean, crisp and light. Not as hoppy as one might think given the name, but quite nice. Qucik hitting dose of piney hops in front melt into a light malt base. Buttery at times with nice grainy quality. It fades back with a nice light and very bright dry bitter finish.

Feel - Agin nice and light, refreshing with a nice carbonation. Nothing too thick at all and everything checks in just about right.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink this one, in fact I could easily polish off the bottle and head down for another without batting an eye.

Overall very solid. Not a huge beast of an IPA, but rather a nice hoppy pale ale that seems to be very well balanced. A nice one timer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:00:13 | More by mikesgroove
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one thanks to WesPatrick...
Orange pour with a Thin white head...
Great grassy, piney big hop Smell with the same taste..I like it.
I get a malty undertone that really balances this one out. Some peppery/ warmness in there also...the alcohol maybe?

Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:32:00 | More by stonequarrywest
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an almost clear orange golden color with 1/4 inch of foam that left just a layer of fine bubbles

S - a nice mix of earthy piney hops along with citrus notes

T - Nice and smooth from start to finish, flavorful pine and cirtus hops throughout and hints of caramel malts to round it out

M/D - Very nice blend of flavors with nothing too overpowering. The hops are very flavorful but not so overpowering. Very easy to drink and would definitely seek out another.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 12:38:25 | More by mikereaser
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no date but im assuming this bottle is close to 10 months old...

Pours a cloudy orange brown color with a medium size peachy head that leaves some stickage. Sweet malt with a good subtle mix of leafy, herbal and resinous hop in the nose. Juicy with good citrus (grapefruit) and plant/earthy hops (cannabis, pine), semi-sweet aftertaste and definitely mouthwatering. Damn the more i drink it the more i wish it were fresh. Either way this sucker still gets good marks.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 01:21:17 | More by ATPete
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rnorgart for sending this one my way.

This one surprised me. Perhaps I left in the fridge a bit too long, but there was little if any noticeable hoppiness about this one. To read the screed on the bottle, they pressed copious amounts of hops into this brew, but it neither smells nor tastes like it. Very little nose, & the taste is barely enough to qualify as an IPA. More soapy, malty, full-bodied, with only a faint afterwash of hops. I'd have bought this story in the opposite direction - "There was a hop shortage in 2008 so we brewed this bad boy with a minimum of hops to try to save those that survived the great purge of '08".

Anyways, pretty decent beer. Nothing earthshaking, & not as impressive as some of Terrapin's offerings, but good enough. And encouraging that they plan to keep churning out the experimental one-offs.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 02:48:08 | More by maximum12


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two and a half fingers of rocky light tan head is easily achieved and has nice retention. A scattered crown of lace is left. Body is a murky honey wheat amber in color. Nose has nice creamy sweet hops that are a bit sappy and balanced by a dose of malt. Hops are very diverse as you take first sip. The hop feel is not big but include minerals, sappy pine, citrus rind and alchol based chemicals. Crisp overall on the tongue. Malts are dry and balance the brew decently. Mouthfeel is a consistant mix of rich and bitter that is almost rocky. Bitter does intensify as you continue to drink. Solid drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 19:39:10 | More by SPLITGRIN
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for the brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a tangerine copper with a bit of hazing. Decent heads forms and falls within a minute or so. Some decent bits of lacing.

S: Some citrus and pine but not overly powerful. Definitely some floral notes that might be from some English hopping. Malts are nearly balancing with sweetness and some toasted nuts.

T/M: The bitterness is a bit on the weak side. No dating on the bottle but I don't think it was too old. Theirs still citrus and light pine notes as well as some grassy hops. Light on the oils and resins. The malts pretty much balance all the way out with the sweet caramel-y and nutty flavors. Body is a bit above medium with controlled carbonation.

D: Decent tasting and relatively easy drinking. Not as 'in your face' as I'd have liked it to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 22:12:17 | More by pwoods
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this through an LIF.

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A strong hop smell before tasting and I realized why after my first sip...very hoppy flavors, some malt flavor but mostly hops. Very nice taste and very drinkable. Good carbonation with a nice finish with some bitterness but not too much. Very enjoyable and I would definitely drink this again (if it were available near me).

Thanks again to mikesgroove for this one, I probably would not have been able to try this one if not for his kindness.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 19:17:08 | More by Yamar18
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3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity. Pours a four finger yellowed head over a hazed light copper liquid. Head starts fizzy, but does begin to cling. Smells piney and soapy. Earthy grassiness. With searching, some orange, grapefruit, and lemon.

Tastes decent malt with noticable hop flavor and mild hop bitter. More of an american strong pale than IPA. Malt flavor is non-descript sweet, perhaps some wheat. Hop flavor is orange zest, lemon, woody english, and tamarind powder. Some piney with a soured character to it, almost soured caramel. Hop bitter is mildly grassy, but some of that character may be the alcohol playing some sting. Finish dries to almost a teeth-sticky-ness. Actually the ry finish is a great counter to the sweet start. Would have been sticky unpleasant without the drying.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 07:02:59 | More by mentor
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3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pwoods was nice enough to bring this over and share it with me. He said he received this one as a recent bonus beer in a trade.

Poured a hazy/golden cooper with a little white head. Small amounts of lacing as I sipped.

I smelled light, floral/grapefuit hops and toasted malts on the nose. Rather simple nose overall.

I think we missed the prime on this one. There was a mix of caramelized malts with the essence of hops, but nothing that overwhelmed the senses. Slight alcohol on the finish that warmed the back of my throat. Sorta reminded me of Stoudt's Double IPA.

Because of the lack of bittering hops bite and reduction of floral notes I was expecting combined with low levels of carbonation on the mouthfeel, I think we had this one too late. I think this would have been much more interesting fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 16:28:34 | More by beachbum1975
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel a few months back. Might have waited too long but what the heck, I'm on beer drinking spree. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Hazy orange with a dense white head that slowly recedes to a disk.

S: Classic cascade hop aroma with orange hop aroma. Got some leafy character as well. Mild malt sweetness in the back. A faint hint of peppery spiciness. Solid

T:Starts off with a fair hoppy character with some orange and some definite white pepper character. There's a mild malt character with honey, floral notes and caramel malt before a mildly dry finish takes over

M: Fairly light and fairly bitter,ample carbonation. I wish there was a little more hop character on the finish

D: This pretty darned drinkable, I'm enjoying this slowly...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:36:40 | More by DefenCorps
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Pours an attractive golden light amber with a tall fluffy off white head. Lots of lacing.

Smells of citrus and floral hops with a strong caramel malt smell as well

Taste is more balanced than I was expecting. Slight grapefruit bitterness and a little bit of a pineapple thing maybe. Caramel malt drown out the hops before it gets too bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is highn an easy drinking ipa

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:36:15 | More by hellomcfly
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a way large hopey brew, this has hop in it from start to finish. the hops taste wet like a spring morning lawn, real fresh and screaming with flavor. the malt is big and sweet, then the hops charge in taking total controal of your tastebuds and leaves you screaming for more. this was the purfict hop bomb to finish off a hard days work. snap these up if you find them, very thankfull to have goten the one that i had!!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 14:33:55 | More by orcasteve
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangeish gold color. Nice white colored head that left a ton of layered lacing down my glass.

S- Tons of hops here..floral, citrus and piney. As the brew warmed up a little bit I could pick up a bit of caramel malts and a sweet honey like smell.

T- Well balanced and pretty tasty. Nice hop bitterness followed up with some nice malts.

M- Medium body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink and well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:53:41 | More by nrbw23
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Terrapin Hop Shortage Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.