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Terrapin Boom Shakalager - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Boom ShakalagerTerrapin Boom Shakalager

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.26%


Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Side Project #11

(Beer added by: glid02 on 05-28-2010)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber colored liquid coming through immediately. This was followed up closely by some nice carbonation that could be seen through the very clear liquid that was in the glass. No real substantial head on this one which was kind of surprising, and this led to not much in the way of side glass lace either.

The aroma was rather light and muted, some decent malts, and a ton of bready like flavors, but overall just a touch too light for me. Crisp, clean feel, which was nice and adequately carbonated, but again, just a touch too light to really be effective. Smooth flavor started with a light hint of caramel and a touch of earthy grains. This quickly floated away though and the only thing left was a nice touch of biscuit like flavor that linger for a moment. Very session able as it was light enough to be thoroughly and quickly enjoyed.

Overall not a bad beer by any aspect,

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:18:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty hazy beige color lager with an average size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt base with some floral hops is quite interesting. Taste is also an interesting mix between some sweet malt with are offset by floral hops with light bittering and dry finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Maybe a tad too sweet for the style with not enough dry hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:41:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Slips out a clear-looking, copper-brown body with a well-sized, reasonably dense, off-white head.

Smell: Large wafts of lightly sweet-scented German malts giving off scents of toasted bread and grain. Secondary notes of floral-toned hops with a hint of spiciness.

Taste: Rich German maltiness, primarily the sweet toasted bread amalgam of Vienna and Munich malts. Medium-light sweetness throughout. Light Red Delicious apple fruitiness. Spicy, floral Noble hops imparting a medium degree of bitterness which lingers a bit beyond the drying finish. Negligible warming alcohol character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, it's fairly good for one of these 'imperialized' lagers, but personally, I'd have been happier to see a lighter, sleeker version of this, as a heavy lager doesn't exactly hit the spot on a sweltering afternoon in the mid-90's.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 15:15:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off this is NOT an imperial pils,not even close,its a vienna and or marzen lager.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich deep amber with a fluffy slight off white head that settles into a creamy mass.Aromas are clean except for a little caramel malt,much cleaner than expected.Very much a marzen on the palate,caramel with a bit of sweetish dough,a nice herbal sharpness of noble hop comes in a cleaner finish.Much lighter than expected in the mouth wich isnt such a bad thing,this should have been made in late September,I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:34:02 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I need to unpack the rest of my glassware... This guy pours a clear russet topped by over a finger of creamy ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, banana, BO, bubblegum, helium, limestone, white grapes, cinnamon, and some slightly watermelon-leaning citrus hops. What an odd and off-putting odor. The taste holds notes of bittersweet toffee, orange peel, pepper, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, red grapes, light charred biscuit, honey, booze, and flowers. The body is a stern medium, with a moderate carbonation and an almost drying feel. Overall, a bit much for the imperial lager crowd, with tastes going all over the place accomplishing little beyond confusion. It's alright, but nothing I'd go for again. Stupid love of NBA Jam...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 03:19:46 | More by TMoney2591
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in NC

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Fairly nice head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, oakyness, & orange piko tea

T: Breadyness, toffee, booze, metallic hops & a touch of woodyness up front, there is a faint spicyness (cinnamon I think). Heat persists as this warms, along with orange piko, caramel & woody hops, plus breadyness. Finishes dry, bready with a touch of peach schnapps, this almost came together

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, balances nicely, but a touch too hot

Given the "imperial" nature here ( I'd just call it a hellesbock) this drinks alright, seems to be begging for another 2+ months in the cellar. I had much higher hopes

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:40:56 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Terrapin pint glass. Forms a dangerously huge head that robs me of nearly 2 ounces of beer. Head falls away in a few minutes leaving no lacing on the glass. Beer is moderate carbonated and dark red to brown with a lot of haze. It looks OK.

Aroma is kind of grainy with a lot of malt sweetness in there. Interesting aroma overall.

Beer is medium body and a little bitter. Mostly sweet up front with nice midpalate character. For an imperial pilsner or whatever this is, its about what you'd expect. Drinkability is OK and mouthfeel is OK.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 17:29:11 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this beer. One of the best named beers I have tried in a long time.

The beer pours a amber color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops and earthy hops with some toffee notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel, grapes and a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:46:35 | More by Mora2000
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew should have come with a warning signs do not consume solo. Poured a deep ruby amber body with a nice caramel tan head forming thick, sporadic lacing lines my 1/2 liter Oktoberfest mug. Aromatics offer up earthy/herbal noble hops and bready caramelized candy notes. A healthy dose of booze cinges the nose hairs, I should have took the warning shot with my first few sniffs. Flavor wise it beefed up the popular caramelized malts kicking up the ol' abv with more than normal impy O fest noble hop levels. At first when cooler this beer was drinking like a big but tame beast, as it warmed up the beast was uncaged. Alcohol and cloying malt presence made this beer a challenge while drinking alone. Mouthfeel has some syrupy moments but the healthy carbonation level and big alcohol were balanced out most of the time. Drinkability keep it to a cool 12 ounce pour and you'll be safe, quite the strange experience and the sweetness reach Diabetes inducing levels towards the end of the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 16:41:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: light caramel, some grassiness, and a hint of lemon citrus.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, pear and apple sweetness, a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is quite prominent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: slower sipping marzen. Decent flavor profile but one bomber is more than enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:08:22 | More by Gavage
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mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with 1 inch of white head.

s - Smells of pretty mild caramel malts, and light citrus.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, light dark fruits, and light citrus.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok beer, but probably not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:05:53 | More by mdfb79
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear deep copper, capped with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a thinner look but this stays soft and creamy, with a good frothy flare-up to it that leaves a good bit of sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Hops offer up some flavor here in the aroma, with a layer of spice, earth, and gentle floral tones that all sit on top of tangy malt notes of caramel and toast. The spiciness of the hops really works nicely here with the bready sweetness of the malt. Almost liked a spiced cookie thing going on. There is a touch of alcohol heft here but it just gives this some fullness in the nose.

Those Noble hops have some aggressiveness to them, bringing earthy flavors, green citrus, and a spicy and gritty bitterness to the table and lay with a certain amount of heaviness on the tongue. Thick sticky notes of toffee and toasted bread swoop in from behind and do their best to offer up some balance but the hops really control this profile for the most part. Those earthy hops linger with some dryness and some leftover bitterness that gets a little borderline harsh at times. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big creamy sharpness to the feel that almost gets a little bit too carbonated at times in the back of the throat. There is some alcohol heft present in the body but it is mostly confined to feel and luckily stays out of the flavors.

I wasn't a big fan of the few examples of this "Imperial Oktoberfest" style that I've had before but this was probably the closest that I've come to really liking one. While fairly hop forward at first, this did even out nicely as it warmed up and achieved a smooth balance between the hops, malt, and alcohol that I wasn't expecting as I neared the bottom of the glass. Well done Side Project effort from Terrapin here that I wouldn't mind seeing them refine and explore again down the line.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 14:44:59 | More by Kegatron
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Terrapin's website: Volume 11 in our Side Project Series of beers is The Terrapin Boom Shakalager! This out of the box Imperial Lager weighs in at a hefty 9.0% ABV. Handcrafted with all German malts, hops and yeast it has an aggressive flavor that will wind most anyone's Cuckoo clock.

This amber elixir has an aggressive balance of sweetness and bitterness that is complemented by a bombardment of citrus from dry hopping with German Tettnanger hops.

OG: 19.5 FG: 3.2 ABV: 9.0%

HOPS: Magnum, Perle, Hallertauer Mittelfruh, Tettnanger (dry hop) MALTS: Pilsner, Munich Malt, Vienna, CaraMunich III

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with good amounts of breadiness. Also present are mild floral hops with even more mild light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pilsner malt flavors with hints of darker malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are smooth bready flavors that fade midway through the sip to allow leafy and light citrus hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting a toned down version of their original imperial pilsner but I was given a mildly hoppy and robustly malty brew differing fairly substantially from the now defunct imperial pilsner. Worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2010 04:30:39 | More by glid02
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy copper, with a 1 finger initial head that fades away to a thin ring. A little hot in the nose, and although malt driven, the malt isn't very toasty, well rounded, or bready. A little too austere and alcoholic. The flavor is similar, with a sort of vague bitterness on the finish capping things off. Not very true to style nor really very satisfying if truth be told. Oh well, not every beer turns out exactly as you'd hope.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:25:38 | More by Georgiabeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pils glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear orange gold.

Aroma: Light grassy hop aroma, with some pale malts. Biscuit flavors. Not too much for a 9% beer.

Taste: Grassy hops with some pineapple and fruit flavors. Biscuit malts with some bready flavors. The booze shows a lot here, not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Rather large bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and bland.

Overall, this beer just isn't for me. Way too big for the style making it pretty undrinkable. Not too big of flavors either.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:55:36 | More by mothman
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly strong and rather fruity, almost more like a cider than a beer, with an undertone of malt and a touch of sweetness. It pours an appetizing clear coppery amber with a fairly thick cream-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor is malty with fruity and hoppy undertones and a fair amount of bitterness, as well as a whisper of honey-like sweetness. Texture is smooth as soymilk and leaves just a little bit of a tingle. Not Terrapin's best, but worthy of at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:46:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of Ding!

A clear copper colour with a 1 finger head of foam and some spotty lacing, it sure looks the part of a Marzen, damn the upped abv.

Oodles of sweet malt greet my nosebuds, it smells fruity as well. Some light graininess in the background. Can't say the same for the alcohol. It's there.

The taste is grainy, some caramel sweetness but less than I expect going by the smell, and plenty of alcohol and hoppy bitterness, something I was NOT looking forward to.. Very very warming and actually kind of burns my throat. Some of the "Imperials" of lower abv styles I've been able to deal with/enjoy. Sadly, not this one.

Medium bodied bordering on full, with medium carbonation, it has a good enough mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Let me just say that I'd PASS if someone offered me one. It isn't to my liking any which way...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 19:40:47 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A generous extra from craytonic. Thanks!

The pour is nice, a reddish-amber hue, and once in the glass it has a solid and well-sustained head. It's what you would expect from a marzen, but a shade darker.

The aroma is on the sweet side, but clean - toasty and nutty Munich malts, faint peppery spice, a bit of date and caramel. It could be mistaken for a light doppelbock.

Caramel malt flavors are prominent, but there's plenty of nuance: peppery spice, stone fruit and dates, light earthy hops. The problem is that it has no finesse, it's like a doppelbock without enough dark malt to balance the sweetness and alcohol. It's slightly cloying up-front, and a bit astringent in the finish, which has some noticeable alcohol and an astringent grain husk flavor. In the American quest to imperialize everything, there are bound to be some (actually, many) failures, and this is one of them - this style really just doesn't work with the amped up alcohol and sweetness, it ruins the delicacy that makes a good marzen so appealing. Not that this is terrible, it's just unnecessary.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 03:15:17 | More by largadeer
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gford217

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a small fizzy beige head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with caramelized pale malts and toasted bread. A bit of floral and grassy German hops and some spiciness from the yeast.

The taste is thick and almost syrupy sweet with a bit of toasted grains and corn syrup even. There is only a hint of the floral hops and the finish is spicy and tingly with alcohol.

The mouthfeel is, as mentioned earlier, close to syrupy due to the heavy sweetness and the alcohol is definitely evident. The carbonation is low and isn't active enough to offset the heft of sugary sweetness.

This is certainly an imperial version of a lager as it's not all that drinkable and the alcohol and sweet malts really dominate from start to finish. Interesting take on a style I don't drink very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:42:46 | More by gford217
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam with just a hint of tan to the color. The body is a perfectly clear, amber-brown color. The foam settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - A deep, malty aroma with lots of bread notes as well as caramel, plum, and moderate, spicy hops.

T - Thick, biscuit malt up front with lots of toasty notes and some light caramel. Spicy hops come out in the middle with some alcoholic notes. It finishes with increasingly fruity notes of plum and perhaps red apple, accompanied by sharp alcohol and strong, slightly medicinal hop bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is an unusual beer and I don't think that I have ever encountered anything similar to it before. It works better than I expected but there are still some issues. The malt richness in both the aroma and the flavor is excellent with a bready, biscuit character that is exactly what I would expect from an imperial O-fest. However, it falls apart towards the finish with increasingly harsh, medicinal alcohol and hop character. Additionally, the bready notes become harsh and reminiscent of burnt toast in the aftertaste. It seems like this beer would have benefited from longer lagering time to mellow out the alcohol and toasted malt character. It seems like there is a lot of unrealized potential here, so I may just have to buy another bottle and cold condition it myself to see what happens.

Update 4/23/11:

Based on my previous experience with this beer, I felt that it suffered from insufficient lagering at the brewery and that it might have the potential to improve with further cold conditioning. In order to explore this possibility, I bought another bottle which has been sitting in the back of my fridge for the last nine months.

So, has it improved? The alcohol and harsh bitterness have both mellowed out quite a bit, though there is still some phenolic harshness in the finish. It is definitely better and it has become more bock-like with aging. Still the excessive dry, toasty flavors remain as does the medicinal finishing notes; clearly long term lagering can only do so much.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 06:44:48 | More by nickfl
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this Terrapin bomber in Roanoke, $7.99 at a grocery store. I was more excited about this side project than any other to date, based on my conversion to Bavarian lagers in kick-ass old (OLD) brewpubs in southern Germany.

The beer pours a dark copper color, more reddish than I expected, clear, with a thin spotty head. Maybe so little foam due to the high ABV.

It smells sweet and malty and bready, sugar and toasted malts. It tastes stronger than I'd want for the style, some alcohol burn that doesn't make this feel like an authentic Bavarian lager. Marzens should be easy to pound in quantity, and non-marzen lagers especially shouldn't be this abrasive, least in my opinion.

Thickish body and sticky mouthfeel, again pretty aggresive for a lager. I guess that's why it's called "imperial", nice they're pushing boundaries but it's not really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:41:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave for sharing. Served in a tulip. Poured a translucent amber with a white, quarter inch skim of a head. Nose is bready/pruney, sour mash, caramel and the classic pilsener rankness at the finish. Taste consistent with nose - no real surprises here. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a mild viscosity and a lively effervescence. Flavor profile was a bit muddled on this one - all and all, not really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 23:24:08 | More by Jwale73
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from dpodratsky3.

A - An amber/yellow color with a white head that had a decent amount of lacing.

S - Smells sweet with a bit of bready and grainy backbone. It's mostly malts, but really not a whole lot else going on.

T - Basically a lot of sweet malts. Decent amount of alcohol burn, not much else. It is somewhat marzen like, but the malts aren't quite as "deep."

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Not great, couldn't finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:08:00 | More by AgentZero
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden brown with a good head that died slowly and left some lace. A nice balance between some piney, sour hops and minor sweet malts along with a plethora of pils/bread malt. Overly dry with not enough balance as the hops and sweet malts are simple but overpowered so the light body is dominated by the pils/bread for a crisp yet cutting beer that gives off a bit of grassy (husky) feel and the ABV bleeds a little in the backbite. A decent lager to sip on but just not one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 10:47:23 | More by clayrock81
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta be one of the worst beer names. Ever.

Really nice appearance, and true to style: slight dirty white head, tiny bubbles holding firmly in a tight formation; color is a rusty copper color with very good clarity.

Aroma also seems true to style, if a little bit magnified. Damp caramel malts; grainy/dark-bread center; a hint of savory and sweet spice; apple cider; herbal; mild sulfur. Really nice, although the alcohol sneaks in a shoves some of that stuff to the margins, and I wish it wouldn't.

While the appearance and smell hints at tradition, the taste does anything but. Yeah, it's got some dark bread elements, and lots of caramel characters, but if this is a Marzen/Oktoberfest, it's a surly, boisterous, eccentric one, at best. Herbal and mildy hot spices flash by (probably the alcohol talking), a kind of cake batter-y thing that brings in cinnamon, or, wait, butterscotch? Neither, maybe, but in that ballpark. Some kind of tropical fruit too, although I can't put my finger on it. Alcohol borders on solvent, but never totally gets in the way. A strained, grassy, herbal tea bigness pushes in too. That's also the prevailing element of the finish, an astringent greenness, so this is clearly hopped-up American style. Somewhat of a mess, I admit, but I kind of dig it. Not sure why. Maybe because it's puzzling, and has enough attractive elements to entice rather than appall.

Great feel, having a slippery, buttery glide over the tongue, a decent carbonation tingle, and has that sweet and light vibe of its more traditional, lower-ABV counterparts. Excellent.

I can hang. But I probably wouldn't buy another. I think style guidelines serve a purpose, but I also think they're there to be smashed to pieces by innovators. This isn't the best Imperial lager of any sort that I've ever had, but it's interesting. And when the label reads "not that this off-beat, big beer is going to be brewed to a traditional style or anything," you can hardly fault this wretchedly-named beer for being untrue to style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:37:34 | More by Metalmonk
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Terrapin Boom Shakalager from Terrapin Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.