Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale - Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe)
Terrapin Beer Company

Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale - Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe)Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale - Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe)
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Brown Ale - American
3.8 | pDev: 5.79%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale - Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe)Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale - Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe)
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly darker brown than others in the set (but still relatively clear with a reddish hue). I had a finger of tan head. Thin sheets of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and marzipan notes in an otherwise light coffee aroma. These continue to the taste -- just light, sweet, easy-going coffee impression.

Medium bodied with a zingy, well-carbonated feel. Best by of 6/16/17.

Now that I've had all in this year's series, I rank them: Kenya > Ecuador > Costa Rica > Indonesia.

May 09, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found it hard to suppress my excitement when I recently saw this series available as single bottles at the FGBS! I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor who thrives on coffee and the combination of coffee & beer really trips my trigger. I am looking forward to an upcoming purchase from of both JP-5 (300x of standard caffeine) & Battle Stations (darkest roast available) to really jump-start my mornings!

From the bottle: "Brewed with: Jittery Joe's [coffee]"; "Coffee Notes [-] Origin: Ecuador[;] Reg: Zumba[;] Co-Op: ACRIM[;] Elevation: 1300 - 1900m[;] Processing: Washed[;] Varietal: Bourbon, Typica[;] Tasting Notes: Sweet, Citrus"; "Four distinct single origin coffees from around the world, each brewed with the same base Ale."

I was quite anxious to Pop! the cap and begin the pour, as you might imagine. My anxiousness led to the formation of three fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality & garnet highlights. 8=O Nose had a lightly roasted coffee odor, easily recognized as involving coffee, but not at the level of roast that I enjoy. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was easily recognizable as coffee based, and as they stated on the label, it was quite sweet, like drinking café con leche, which is not my bag. The citrusiness eluded me, but it was a non-factor. Finish was semi-dry, coffee-like, but lacking the Ooomph that I would have preferred. I know, review to style, not to taste. For an American Brown Ale, it was different & interesting & my scores should reflect this. I just think that, for me, one was enough.

Feb 05, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewers are always on the search for the perfect spice to balance the sweetness in beer. Whether hops, herbs, spices or seasoning are used, each brewer takes pride in each spice as it's likely going to give a beer its identity, its thumbprint, its own unique signature that no other beer has. And for the Terrapin team, their latest series of brown ale employs unique coffee varietals for just that specific taste.

Ecuador's Zamora-Chinchipe coffee bean takes comfort in a smooth buttery, nutty aromas with hints of citrus fruit- a perfect kickstart to an envelope of brown ale. Swirling with a creamy off white foam, the medium hued brown beer is light in its haze as the taste of caramel, toffee and chocolate simmer on the tip of the tongue.

As the coffee comes to life on the middle palate, the caramel and toffee maltiness of the beer begins to fade and the true nature of coffee shows its coconut, cashew and candied pecan nuttienss. A hint of lemon and lime mingle with a woodsy, sprucy hop bitterness, the balance is even and earthy.

The coffee has the softness of cold pressed technique while the ale is softly biscuit-like and molten on the finish. Medium bodied and standing slightly on the malty sweet side of balance, the coffee trails with a linger of butter pecan, lime and cashew.

Jan 18, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This is the second beer after the Indonesia I've had in this year's version single origin series. The first series was with coffee stouts featuring coffee from distinct origins around the world. The second series that this beer is part of is four different coffee brown ales.

Pours a dark brown color with light tan head. The tasting notes on the bottle are sweet and citrus. The nose and taste are dominated by the sweet caramel malts and coffee. The coffee on the nose is a little subdued compared to other variants in this series and there is a little more sweetness in the aroma and in the finish.

Feb 20, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola like brown color with a sudsy beige head.

The aroma is of sweet brown sugar. Some earthy bark notes. Slight lemony note.

The taste is of pumpernickel bread and light caramel. A bit woody but not much coffee, perhaps a touch of the grounds.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet with a lemony sour twang.

A solid earthy brown but not picking up much coffee.

May 25, 2017
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buzzedup from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 05, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 06.17.17 on bottle neck.

A: Same light chestnut brown with short-lived beige head with spare lacing.

S: LIghtly caramel brown ale with a soft light-roasted coffee with a hint of floral

T: Still delicious as with all of the Single Origin Brown Ales from this collection but more subdued and definitely softest on the coffee contribution of all. More malty and nutty and less sweet than the aroma with a bit of woody, herbal and a dash of nondescript citrus in the finish. The coffee lays in the weeds but comes through more with warming. Low bitterness.

M: Very smooth with a bit of tackiness in the finish, light bodied with low carbonation.

O: Stellar work by Terrapin on this set of coffee brown ales. While I liked Ecuador the least, it is still quality beer with attention to detail and highly enjoyable.

Apr 01, 2017
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animal69 from Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2nd out of the series for me poured a little darker than the 1st but still a clear burnt copper color with a short lived head and little lace, smell is of dark roast coffee and toffee/caramel and chocolate, flavor starts w acidic coffee and toassted wheat bread, notes of caramel kick in next with a slight amount hops present at the end, body is dry and med-light, carbonation is low on this one but very drinkable overall

Aug 18, 2017
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 29, 2017
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice amber color with a white head. No real lace to speak of but good clarity.

Aroma of light coffee and some slightly nutty malts. A bit of hops in the aroma too with slight pine and floral notes.

The flavor is bitter sweet with a hint of citrus and herbal hops. Mild nutty body could be more assertive, the same could be said about the coffee.

Medium bodied, limp, watery finish, ample carbonation. This was a weak coffee brown

Apr 02, 2017
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golf4collet from West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 04, 2017
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socon67 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 11, 2017
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archero from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 21, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Brown with a bit of clarity, no major lacing or head

S - Coffee beans, brown sugar

T - lightly roasted coffee, semi-sweet.

F - Medium body and light carbonation

O - Coffee is ever present, but the beer itself is just subpar

Jul 22, 2017
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

such a weak brown ale, the stout was so much better, there is no reason for these to taste old not light on the coffee, but all four of them do, a major disappointment. this one was quite similar to the indonesian one we though, lots of caramel and sweetness in the coffee seems to play that aspect of the malt base up quite a lot, with cocoa in there as well, less roast and bitterness than the others, but still some of that in the finish as well. i just cant get over how sweet the base beer is, almost artificially so, they should have reworked it to honor the special coffees a little better, asleep at the wheel here or what? nobody who tasted these at the brewery could have been like, "yeah thats it! nailed it". its so sweet it almost distracts from the coffee experience. this has a little woody and nutty aspect to it, which i also found in the indonesian, but this is quite a bit less fruity to me, more of a honey and brown sugar profile. i kept trying to like these, to give them all a fair shake, but they just dont come close to the single origin stouts they did...

Aug 28, 2017
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cuvtcuv from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 03, 2017
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 10, 2017
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sd123 from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 19, 2017
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srw from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 03, 2017
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 24, 2017
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My second favorite of the 2017 single origin coffee brown ales from Terrapin. Hints of orange gummy slices (seriously, it's the first thing I thought of).

Jan 13, 2017
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 28, 2017
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KeyWestGator from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 18, 2017
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Cubatobaco from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 12, 2017
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