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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 04-30-2012)
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

methtlcai, Nov 23, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

VinsanityDiesel, Aug 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

CGMLS3, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of 7ate9
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A medium brown pour with decent head and retention.

This sniff is almost all wood. A raw, green unpleasant wood that comes across as cheap wood chips or green cedar. Upon warming a bit more, some malt characteristics wrestle through and the wood takes on a not much more pleasant herbal, sweet-gale-like nose.

The taste is even more dominated by wood. A whisper of spiciness and malt hit the front of the palate and then the finish hits hard with herbal, green, chewing-on-a-pencil-type of wood flavor and strong, solventy alcohol. the finish lingers for minutes but I wish it wouldn't.

Very dry, tannic, with an unpleasantly hot, acrid finish.

It was hard for me to drink. The wood character was completely unpleasant and dominates the entire experience. The mouthfeel was unpleasantly dry with a brutal chewed asprin finish that makes this beer a struggle to get through.

7ate9, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of bigkingken
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I was drawn in to this bomber by the artwork on the label and the desire to try something creative from Terrapin. There was almost no hop aroma coming out of the head after or during the pour. It's dark, brown, and ever so slightly hazy. Surprise, surprise, there's barely any hop flavor to go along with the absence of hop aroma. It's got a really strong oak flavor but not much in the way of malt complexity. Seems a bit simplistic overall, sort of like my sister. Without any flavors coming in from the hops or malt bill, it screams a single note of flavor, and not one that I particularly enjoy. Not a fan of this one.

bigkingken, Mar 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Jun 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Beejay, Jun 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

jsanford, Feb 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

krl2112, Jan 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Duff27, Aug 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

BeerThursdays, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark copper color that's completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of dry oak, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit. Slightly earthy with a musty wood character followed by leather, caramel and toffee. As it warms the dark fruit notes come out with hints of plum, raisin and fig. There's also a slight diacetyl cream presence but it's pretty faint.

Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that's countered by leathery and sweet malts, zesty spice, earthy hops and vinous fruit. Tastes like virgin oak barrels were used with lots of dry, ashy oak that slightly overpowers the other flavors. After it warms, there is some leathery malt and boozy heat but it's lacking the sweetness and complexity that the nose suggests. The diacetyl character is gone but it's lacking in complexity with lots of wooden toothpick flavor, leathery malt and boozy heat. The ABV us poorly masked and the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are very faint. I was really excited to try this beer but it was a bit of a letdown.

corby112, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again an over oaked beer from Terrapin. I like strong ales of various types, and they can indeed benefit from a touch of wood, but Terrapin has a noticeably heavy hand with the oak. In this case, the beer has a strong spicy, woody note in the nose and especially in the flavor that pretty much dominates the other components. Some residual sweetness comes through, but otherwise, this is overwhelmingly woody. The beer pours a slightly murky orangish brown with a head that fades away to a thin ring. I'd prefer some balance here and a defter hand with the oak.

Georgiabeer, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

hef, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ncstateplaya, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

SlowWideTurns, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ohtheguilt, Jun 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Holland, Jun 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

deapokid, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

djrn2, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of C20Percent
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark copper-brown with a bubbly head of light tan foam on top. Clean look.

S: Caramel malts. Vanilla. Oak. Toffee. Butter. Tropical fruits. Taste like a average imperial amber ale.

T: Heavy on oak. Malty. Vanilla. Boozy. Very average.

M: Decent carbonation. Little bit of a bite. Whatever chewiness is there brings out oak. But, this is largely forgetful.

O: This is a mostly forgettable brew. Very disappointed with Terrapin overall. Probably done with them.

C20Percent, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

IdrinkGas, Oct 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

BGsWo22, May 16, 2013
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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.