Terrapin Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
678 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay
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Terrapin Monk's RevengeTerrapin Monk's Revenge
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
678
Reviews:
325
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange tinted golden yellow with a thin white head that held fairly strong and left spotty lace.

S-Simple but good--hoppy, spicy, citrus, floral...mmm

T-Damn hoppy! Good stuff. Not overly sweet, certainly more hoppy up front than anything. Good floral citrus pop with a subtle underlying sweet biscuit malt.

M-Medium bodied with good lasting bitterness and a hidden honey sweetness.

D-Really nice. A well done Belgian IPA. For a style that has quickly become one of my favorites this one certainly stands out.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Golden pale with good head retention

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: great beer. slightly sweet IPA with tons of hop flavor. Pine, some citrus

mouthfeel: medium, a little chewy

drinkability: awesome beer and one of Terrapins best. Wish this was a regular or atleast makes a repeat.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from a trade with gford217. Thanks dude!

This beer was clear yellow, as expected, with a thin layer of head that remained for a while into the glass. Oh, yeah, poured into a pint glass as most of my beers are (except some of the special Belgians, where I break out my chalice).

Aroma was slightly sweet, mostly citrus hops. Some floral characteristics were present as well. Although double IPA is my favorite style, I am still cutting my teeth on the Belgian interpretation of the IPA style. This being roughly a Belgian DIPA, I looked forward to it. So far, it's doing OK.

Taste was of citrus and floral hops in equal quantity. Malt was present, but only lightly, as a background for the hop profile.

Mouthfeel was OK. It was well carbonated, which helped body it up a bit to match the big beer expectations. But not so much so that it took away from the taste.

Just a hair less for drinkability. For me, it was just a tad too floral. Not as much as a Fraoch, where you expect it... but this was just more than I wanted.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz beer poured in a chalice. Thanks to mrandypandy for throwing this in as an extra!

Pours a deep golden color with a bit of haze and what little head there is dissipates almost instantly. On the nose is just what you'd expect if you read the label. a nice hoppiness as well as some solid Belgian aromas.

The taste is sharp at first and the high abv does linger for a bit. It's got a decent amount of bitterness although it's not too strong. The Belgian Tripel side of this is really coming thorough. Very sold for the style.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle last night, poured into a pint glass. Had this in a trade from HalfBaked, away we go.

Appearance: Dark orange hue with nice white head and decent lacing. The coloration and pour were both above average, and definitely looked like an awesome IPA.

Smell: A lot going on here. Smells a bit like apple juice out of the bottle, with some peach, pineapple, and almost minty quality to it. Slight medicinal aroma as well, with some citrusy rind smell as well. Hops were not pine or all that grassy, but more along the citrus line, and pretty subdued for an IPA in my opinion. Smelled almost more like a dubble or tripple than an IPA, and an aromatic one at that.

Taste: Sweeter than I expected, with the fruity, apple taste coming in first with some light bitterness and slight warming alcohol. Citrus and sugar notes hold on first, with some herbal qualities as well, finishing with a sweet alcoholic end. Pretty interesting.

Mouthfeel: Eh, some where in between smooth and carbonated, but it really didn't ever pick a side and felt a little underdone, maybe the hops had started to go and affected the finish, but not bad by any means, just detracted slightly from the beer.

Drinkability: At 9.8% (not listed on the bottle, almost surprised when I saw the ABV) it was pretty drinkable, but almost too sweet to really enjoy much more than I had. Still, a very interesting and fun IPA for the evening and a cool take on a relatively unpopular style.

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Photo of DanielClouser
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. This is my... 4th (I think) time drinking this beer, and I usually drink it from my Duvel tulip (I think the tulip is a little better, but the DFH glass is good too).

I just love this beer. I really hope Terrapin decides to brew this one again.

Thin head (it IS 9.8% ABV, after all), but decent lacing. Luscious fruity scent that takes you from tangerine to apricot to pear and back again. Amarillo is the star here, if I'm not mistaken.

The flavor delivers everything in the aroma, with a heavy bitterness that avoids being either too resinous or too thin and grassy. Amarillo's aspirin quality shows up, and it is excellent in this brew. The yeast actually works with the hops instead of playing a crazy, topsy-turvy balancing act, which is very rare for this style.

Mouthfeel is nice, and the drinkability is just off the charts (until you fall off your chair).

I had this beer very shortly after it came out, and it was good but a little boozy and overly bitter. I have to say that it's really reaching its peak now. Too bad there's not much left anywhere (the one bottle I have left is the only one I know how to find).

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Photo of degerbah
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Good lord the smell. Oranges and hops. Overpowering and almost unpleasant when I bring my nose to the top of the glass. The taste is about how it smells. I'm splitting a bomber with other BA's and they are going apeshit for it. I really don't see it. The orange and hops seem to ofset each other in a bad way. Overall it reminds me of a more drinkable version of past-date orange juice. A fantastic extra in trade though and I'm glad I got to try it. One of these days I know Terrapin will have something that I enjoy. I can't grade this too low because it is not really an unpleasant. Just a little overpowering.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not only the first beer I have had from the Side Projects, but the first that I have had from Terrapin. mwa423 acquired this in a trade and I am very excited to taste.
A. Pours golden in color with very little head, and is very clear
S. Smells strongly of oranges and of hops, I guess this is what to expect of a Belgian IPA
T. Very fruity initial taste that switches to bitterness as it fills your mouth
MD. Leaves a bitter aftertaste of an IPA in the mouth for a few seconds that fades into a sweet taste on the tip of the tongue. Although unique it goes down extremely well, especially for 9.8 abv

This is a combination of two of my favorite styles and it is excellent. All the good tastes of a Belgian with the hops of an IPA. I love it.

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Photo of mwa423
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from craytonic. Great extra! If this is a Monk's revenge, I am going to piss one off and he can rain this stuff down on me.

Pours with relatively little head and the color/clarity is close to a light lager, extremely impressive for the style.

Aroma is a knock out blend of belgian yeast and hops, never had a Belgian IIPA with so much in the nose...wait, not sure I have had another....

Anyway, the taste has a good hop bite and lots of orange peel and belgian yeast. Fantastic pairing that makes me think this could become a regular terrapin favorite...well if they make it again.

M/D - Fantastic, couldn't improve it. That is all.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with a bubbly white head. Head is about a finger thick with excellent retention. Beer is very hazy.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops. Lots of lemon rind and a little grapefruit.

T - Strong hop taste up front with strong floral and piney tastes. More fruity esters quickly come through with lots of lemon. Light breadiness underneath.

M/D - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very easy drinking. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy gold. Thin white head with nice retention and some sticky lacing.

S-Lots of pineapple sweetness, Belgian yeast and citrus hops.

T-Orange and tangerine notes kick things off with an underlying hint of candi sugar. Citrus hops take over through the finish. Interesting and different.

M-Medium bodied with some nice lingering bitterness and some hints of yeast hanging around.

D-Delicious. Probably my favorite entry to date in the Side Project series. Nice Belgian elements combined with delicious American notes. I was happy to be able to grab another bottle.

HV

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Photo of colts9016
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from a BIF, thank you.

Poured in tulip glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger white head that was creamy and foamy and, lasted only a few seconds. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with orange hues. There is some carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a touch of haziness.

Nose: A nice floral bouquet, citrus, and wood penetrates the depths of your nostrils. The malt is strong and slightly sweet in the background.

Taste: The beer has a bright citrus and heavy bouquet of flowers with pine binding the flavors together. There is a good malt back bone in the beer with a sublte sweetness and phenols. I can taste the alcohol in the beer that leans a little towards solvent.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, dry, and astringent. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is full. The beer commences a brutal assault on the palate. HOLY MOLY. This is cross between a Belgian Pale and DIPA. This has a ton going for it. I don't what else to say, except WOW!

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Photo of Anthony1
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two snifters

Decided i NEEDED to drink this beer after i realized i was already 3 side projects behind. Could only find it in one bar. Bottled poured into two glasses.

started off with a slightly hazy golden color, crowned with a thin white head. decent lace.

smells sweet and floral. Hops, bread, orange, honey, sugar, spice, and fruits. tastes sweet. very bready and candy like. contrasting sweet malts and bitterness. so many levels of different tastes mixed together into an awesome beer. medium body with decent carbonation. very enjoyable beer. More then happy to put out an above "rAvg" score for this beer.

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Photo of Aenema
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear honey with a 2-finger, frothy white head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Citrus and brown sugar.
Taste - Citrus/lemon transition into a slight sweetness before a mildly bitter finish. The sweet, bitter finish seems out of balance and the components just don't click.
The flavors are not bad, they just fail to complement each other and end up detracting from the beer.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fine bubbles and an overall moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - The combination is out of sync, but smooths out and becomes less jarring the more one drinks.
Overall - A disappointing beer, there are better Belgian IPAs out there IMO. Try Green Flash's Le Freak.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ckeegan04 and everetends for including bombers of these in recent trades; I drank one already and it was quite good so I guess it's time to drink the other one and actually think about it. I'll think about pouring this one into the Duvel tulip right now...

Pours a very clear honey color with tiny bubbles of carbonation that are quite sparse. On the first pour the head is quite thin (only a small to moderate pffft of the cap upon opening) and it goes rather quickly. Swirl it around a little bit and the head gets to about a finger, thins out again rather quickly and leaves faint lacing.

Man, I dig that Belgian yeast strain in an IPA/DIPA. It just works - the yeast electricity and the carbonation toss the bountiful citrus hops into a strong supporting role. The very oightly carmelized malt gives off a solid honey texture.

Wow...this is DRY. And good. Sure there's a little maltiness left but barring that, the hops are pine and this one is like balsa wood or whatever you want to call it...arid. To me that's a good thing - I don't like a lot of sweetness in my Belgian IPAs...this dryness could be mistaken for boozy astringency but I don't take it that way.

Palate feel is...what else...dry. Maybe after a little while we do get a little more astringent from the heft of the booze...hops may be on the back 9 but only a hint of earth here. Some residual sweetness layers over the dryness like a summer-weight sleepin' bag.

I must be getting sick of reviewing beer or I must like this one quite a bit, 'cause I don't feel like babbling about it anymore - I just want to drink it and enjoy it, 'cause it's good. This is another synergy beer - the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Whatever you call it...drinkability or "overall impression," it's very good stuff.

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Photo of Klgkenny
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A very thin head on top of a golden body. Extremely clear. I can read the newspaper through this pint of beer. Looks suspiciously like miller light or some other light american lager. (Don't worry, comparisons to macro lagers end here.)

A beautiful aroma of citrus hops blends with funky belgian-esque yeast. If this were bigger and bolder it would get a much bigger score. The aromas are beautiful, but thin.

The taste is good. As a matter of fact, better than good, and just short of great. This tastes like a belgian/white/ipa. So good. Up front you'll find the belgian yeast followed by belgian spices. I get cloves and cinnamon. So nice. Finally rounding this out is a splash of citrus hops that fades to flowery essence. This beer blends together so well.

Mouthfeel on this is it's weakness to me. There are a couple of ways that they could improve this to me. It could be thicker and less carbonated, or it could be just more carbonated.

As for overall drinkability, this is great. With a high abv and a belgian/white/ipa flavor, this is perfect for sundown and beyond during the autumn. After a long hike, while you light the fire, pour one of these for yourself and enjoy.

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Photo of wryepicures
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- light copper, gold and red tones. clear and effervescent. Large off-white head with good retention- slight Belgian lace.

Aroma- from the fridge, the initial aromas are hop heavy. Flowery, perfumey hops, citrus esters (grapefruit). As the beer warms the malts and yeasts become more prevalent- biscuity yeast.

Flavor- floral hops up front, low hop bitterness. alcohol warmth but not hot, slightly sweet malts balance the hops. Biscuits and sweet bread. Citrus notes and spices (herbal, coriander- not pepper/clove). Tart finish. Not cloying.

Mouthfeel- light med-medium body, very carbonated and refreshing. some alcohol warmth, some tart/bitter finish. not hot or astringent.

Overall its an interesting mix of US hoppy IPA with Belgian Tripel, the hops are balanced with the sweet malts and yeasts. A little less complex and interesting than I had hoped but its a really nice warm weather refreshing beer but with a wallop.

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Photo of BluesDaddy
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into a brandy snifter style 16oz beer glass:

Pours a deep, cloudy orange when held up to the light. Quite attractive.

This beer has a very strong aroma of hops when first poured straight out of the fridge. The Belgian yeast "breadiness" is noticeable, but the hops is the dominant aroma. As it warms up, the floral notes die down a bit and the Belgian yeast aromas start to take over.

As with the aroma, what dominates the first sip of this brew is the hops - not in an overwhelmingly California style DIPA way, but very strong nonetheless. On the middle of the tongue, however, the Belgian ale notes come forward and the beer is quite smooth on the finish. The first thought that struck me is that this was Terrapin's version of DFH 90 - but better! As the beer warmed in the glass, the hop edge started to wane and it took on a character of its own - not so much DIPA as just a very well hoped Tripel or even Quad.

The more I drank this beer the more I liked it and I would lend my voice to others calling for Terrapin to release this brew on a regular basis.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours and almost clear golden red with some pink hues around the edges. A little over one finger of dirty white head slowly wisps away and leaves a few broken lines of lace behind. Subtle floral hops are accentuated with some sweet malts and bread; thus the "Belgian Style" I suppose. An estery essence works itself into the aromas, adding complexity, and putting a pleasant finish to the aromatic experience. Tastes of citrusy hops which are immediately subdued by a mixture of sweet malts and phenols. A good alcohol heat hits the back of the throat and a another bite of bitterness is also felt. Goes down fairly smooth, although the lingering alcohol heat might detract somewhat, but doesn't bother initially, although eventually, after finishing the first glass, makes you understand who's the boss. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy in nature, and there's a decent amount of carbonation. This is a very nice change from the American hop bombs we're all so used to.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pouted into a Goblet:

Opaque orange with a light, white, creamy head that was not all that well retained but full of carbonation, but did settle into a small thin cap.

The aroma was more Belgian triple than IPA, Sweet and malty.

The taste is a very nice balance of the two styles. A little more hops, but balanced very nice with the sweetness of the malt and fruit.

The beer had a medium to full body, perhaps a little too thick for my taste, but still good. The beer had a nice bitter dry aftertaste and was well carbonated. The beer was fairly easy to drink give the ABV, but after the 22oz, I was pretty well done. Overall, a good beer and probably the first one of the side projects that I think the brewery should consider brewing on a regular basis.

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Photo of azorie
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a mug as always.

A: pouring hard at 37F into the mug got a nice 3 inch head, lots of lacing that died down after about 3 minutes or so. Golden in color, somewhat clear to hazy.

S: I let it warm up for about 20 minutes, first impression was very hoppy, citrus and pine smells. After 30 minutes near 50F. i got some bread, and well as a herb like medicine smell out of it. Also detected a good bit of alcohol, was a good day for the nose. I also detected the brown almost sour dough bread smell of the yeast.
In short it smelled as good as any triple i had in a lot time.

T: Very dry and clean taste, lots of hops, big pine and grapefruit jump at me at first. The after taste is more yeast and bread, and a big hint of alcohol. 3rd taste at 50F you get that medicine like taste again. Not sure what that is really. Some malt detected, but I have to say the hops dominated.

m: Crisp, clean, dry. medium body, nice beer.

D: easy to drink, I have had a few others before this, very decent beer for what there trying to do a Triple IPA if you will.
Not really my favorite from these guys but its a nice beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungent hops and spicy clove phenolics as well as some children's aspirin like notes as it warms up. The hops are a bit more herbal focused because of the Belgian yeast influence but still manage a healthy note of tropical fruit, lychee, tangerine zest and some sharper essential citrus oil notes. Other hop notes of pine are also here as well as some pale malt toastiness and some cracker malt.

A light malt sweetness and a biting bitterness greet me as the beer first hits my palate. Through the middle and finish the beer picks up herbal hop notes as well as some spicy, lingering fermentation notes of pepper and clove. The combination of fruity hops and fermentation esters makes me think of juicy-fruit bubble gum. The tropical fruit flavors definitely play a prominent role here with notes of lychee, grapefruit zest that is lightly sweetened and some kumquat zest notes. The spicy phenolics in this beer tend to accentuate the sharpness of the finish along with the biting hop bitterness, though this isn't overly bitter for an IPA, just aggressive. As the beer warms up the spicy phenolics take on some turpene like character as it lightly numbs the tongue. This beer has a light fullness to the body that places it well within the IPA range, though I guess you could say it was on the heavy side for a light bodied Belgian brew, though it is still quaffable enough that I easily polish off the 22oz bottle. The extra body does bring along with it some more malt sweetness that helps accentuate the fruity hop flavors. The malt plays a supporting, but noticeable role here as it supplies a backbone of cracker / biscuit type malt notes that are noticeable throughout the flavor profile.

Definitely an enjoyable brew, of course I seem to have developed quite a taste for a solid mix of Belgian yeast derived flavors and aggressive hops. I could definitely see this as being a touch harsh in its mix of phenolics and hops for some people, but I can't get enough.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to psycohops for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into a pair of standard shaker glasses. Appears a hazed, muted straw yellow color with a very thin layer of quickly fading bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of candi sugar, grapefruit, bread, bubblegum, sweet and tart, a bit spicy, crisp apples. A notch better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Thanks for the chance to try this Bob.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came courtesy of Marc "Bartender-Of-The-Year" Smith at Beer Run, and shared with good company. Thanks, Biggs!

A: Clean golden with a semi-creamy head... it's quite short, but does retain a decent little collar and leaves some strings of lace in the glass.

S: I really enjoy the aroma of this one. Sweet, with what appear to be some notes of clove. Malts are accented with a bit of a caramelized sugar aroma.

T: Hops are a little more puckery with a citrus rind flavour. A little sweetness is there, still... a slightly fruity estery note.

M + D: It's got a surprisingly full body... big, almost a little too thick, honestly, but good. A nice carbonation keeps it from being sticky or overbearing. A nice, easy sipper and certainly good when split with others.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to moose3285 who dropped this into a recent box as an extra.

Pours IPA, a little milky. Smell isn't anything like I was expecting, very sweet.

Taste is more like a dubbel? Light, strapping fruits that come on with a serious zestiness, & a touch of ever-so-slight funk at the end. And then a touch of hops dusted with earth from the orchard. What a weird combination of tastes. I'm not sure if this is cutting-edge wild or just a fusty mishmash of unrelated stuff tossed into a pretty bottle?

Beer is pretty flat with almost no carbonation, but it...well, not sure what style this is, so hard to tell if it's appropriate. Drinkability isn't good, too sweet, and disjointed.

Decent enough beer. Like the friend you really like but he just talks too damn much, or has that distracting third eye on his cheek. Eventually it kills the relationship.

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