Terrapin Hoptaneous Combustion - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
The near-legendary KP grabbed a bottle of this in Atlanta today to add to our New Year's tasting. So here we go. A smoked IPA? Can't say I have thought about smoking an IPA...
A. Shockingly clear, rich, translucent gold. Ultra-filtered. Low white head dies and flees to the edges. No lace.
S. Big citrus hop, booze, pale malt sweetness. Normal American DIPA... Reminds me of Terrapin's own Hopzilla - but then, there's that smoke... hmm... hints of Canadian bacon, woodsmoke. Interesting... I like it.
T. Same deal - at first this is a hoppy, citrus grapefruit bomb, very clear and refined, but it takes your brain a second to register the subtle smoked malt. It's not overwhelming, and at first I thought it was insubstantial, but as I drink more of this I think the level of smoke is exactly where it needs to be. This is a good DIPA with smoke malt, not a smoked beer that is overhopped. A weird beer, for sure, and memorable, and tasty.
M / D. Decently rich, the 9.3% is believable. Smoked malt flavor lingers briefly into the finish.
This is actually quite a successful beer. I wasn't sure what to think of it, but it earns points for general oddness and actually works. Never becomes a chore to drink. I recommend you geeks out there with a penchant for the weird get your hands on some Hoptaneous Combustion while you can.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2011 03:05:57 | More by kkipple
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3.68/5 rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Thanks to Lillie1128 for this bottle!
We need more brewers crazy enough to add smoke to random styles like DIPAs and whatnot, dammit! Trust me. This experiment in proving me right (as if that was even needed here) pours a clear auburn-amber topped by a finger or so of rich cream foam. The nose comprises soft pine needles, mesquite smoke, dry-ish caramel, and a light touch of pineapple flesh. Everything melds so well here, you'd think they were all of one scent (something like that, anyway...). The taste holds notes of sweet/buttery toffee, light mesquite smoke, very light char, spicy greens, and a spar between light maple syrup and light pine resin in the very back that only makes its presence known once everything vacates the area down the throat. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and the lightest possible syrupy feel. Overall, a tasty beverage, indeed, but one that I think loses sight of the smoke when it really needs it: in the taste. I think a thicker, heavier smoke would have popped nicely. While this dearth is noticeable and detrimental, it doesn't detract enough to make this beer anywhere near unpleasant. In other words, good times regardless.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2012 04:58:14 | More by TMoney2591
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A 22oz bomber bought in Atlanta poured into a couple of snifters. I think it cost around $12.
Appearance (3.5): Slight hazy dark orange or light copper. Small head from a soft pour and a slight film remains with a small ring with some bubbles. Not much lacing either.
Smell (4.5): Almost smells more like an oaked IPA at first, but when you pay attention, the smoke is definitely there although not overpowering. Some floral citrus with orange, grapefruit and maybe a touch of passionfruit. A bit of caramel sweetness melds well with the subtle smoke. Very well integrated which is what this beer is all about to me.
Taste (4.5): Fruity upfront with a strong crystal presence. Some sweetness but well balanced out my a fairly strong but smooth bitterness. Very easy drinking and smooth with the smoke only coming around in the finish. The bitterness peaks in the middle but isn't harsh at any point and dissipates in the finish. The orange and grapefruit stick around a bit in the finish as well, but this is where the smoke shines.
Mouthfeel (5): Very soft and smooth. Medium to high bodied and low to medium carbonation.
Overall (4.5): I was looking forward to this one and it did not let down at all. The amount of smoke was perfect to complement the aromatic hops (not dominant either) and the well balanced slight sweetness and smooth bitterness. A very well done, well integrated beer which says a lot as it is fairly complex with lots of strong flavors.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2011 00:25:42 | More by grover37
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Hoptomic. The brew pours a bright golden hue, slightly hazed, and is capped with a big pillowy off-white froth that deposits rings of lace. Delicious smoked notes emanate from the glass, complementing fruity and woody hoppiness and sweet sugar-cookie malt; the nose is tremendously well-apportioned. The flavor shows many traits common to DIPA, such as a fairly sweet sugar-cookie malt and a boatload of fresh and pungent hops that contribute immense citric-tangerine, catty-dank and floral bitterness; all of this is delivered with an additional suggestion of smoked ham. It is important to note that the smoke is never overwhelming, nor is it understated, though it is also a tad on the medicinal side. The smoke nuance is delivered in a proportion that is quite a bit like the Schlenkerla Lager. Nice feel; soft and lighter-bodied for a DIPA. Overall, I am a huge fan of this beer. I find it to be interesting, delicious and just all-around very good.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2011 15:51:48 | More by ktrillionaire
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Not sure how old this is is it was received in a mystery box from a friend in Georgia.
Appearance: Pours deep hazy gold color with not much head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Aroma is of faintly smoked alcohol. Not much happening in the nose for me.
Taste: I definately taste the smoke first. It isnt over the top alcohol like the nose would suggest either. The hoppy part of this beer is in the background and there is definately a strong caramel sweetness. There are a lot of flavors clashing in this beer. Not sure which one to point. I guess its kind of sweet and smoky at the same time with hop presense but not much bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A little on the underattenuated side for my tastes but not neccesarily for the style.
Overall: Solid beer but not one I would probably seek out a ton. I am glad I am splitting this bomber with my wife, Im not sure I could drink two pints of it in one sitting.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2011 23:02:53 | More by chriswilkes33
4.13/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
on tap at barelys i was happy to be able to have a pint and not have to buy the bottle of this one.
amber color being presented to me right away. There was some haze and cloudiness to it, but to be honest, I was surprised by how clear it was for being unfiltered. There was a nice three finger high head of white foam that capped the top
surprisingly well balanced, with a good bit of malt welcoming me as well as a barrage of citrus hops right off the top. Nice bready and sugary tones were out first, but then quickly replaced by a piney hop sensation, which itself was replaced in turn by a slightly more acidic grapefruit like aroma. Very floral, I was really liking what I was seeing here. bready malt flavor was the first thing I noticed but this was washed away by the floral hops almost all at once. Nice rich pine flavors coming into play, but nothing really becoming detrimental to my palate here, this was remarkably well blended. Nice orange like hints working through with hints of grass and grain all around them. A strong finish capped it off with more then adequate drying and a sticky pine like flavor that lasted well into the net sip.
One of the thicker big IPA's I have had, it avoided becoming overly done and syrup like by keeping a nice carbonation profile kicking
Serving type: on-tap
05-29-2011 14:15:10 | More by mikesgroove
Terrapin Hoptaneous Combustion from Terrapin Beer Company
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