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Terrapin Boom ShakalagerTerrapin Boom Shakalager

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #11

Added by glid02 on 05-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It poured a dark amber color. Hazy enough that you cannot see through it. Tan head.

S - Malts and hops come through.

T - Delicious, as is usual for a Terrapin side project. A little maltier than I am used to with a Terrapin. I tasted the malts first, then the hops. Sweet at first, than bitter at the end. A nice combination.

M - Carbonation with a bitter finish.

D - I could drink this all day long, although its not advised as its very strong! Delicious!

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Photo of opwog
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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A - I may have even mentioned this in other Terrapin beer reviews, but one thing that distinguishes Spike as a brewer is his attention to the appearance of a beer. The color and clarity of this beer is almost unparalled. Deep amber in color, perfectly clear with a nice head that maintains a nice shelf through the drink.
S - Exactly what you want in a darker lager. Roasty, nutty malt with a hint of sweet caramel and the alcohol is completely hidden.
T - The only issue here is that the ABV finally makes its presence known in the taste. There is a spiciness that must be from the hops, because it is not defined enough to be from any sort of additional ingredients. A little earthy and tart and hinting at a stock ale.
M - Very nice carbonation and body. Maybe a bit astringent and/or alcohol burn.
D - I am not sure that this is correctly categorized as a marzen, as this by far the strongest marzen that I have ever had (but I don't have a better suggestion for category, either). I think of Oktoberfest beers as one that can be drank in multiple large mugs. This is a good beer, but much more of a slow sipper.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper finger head with good retention, excellent lacing.

Smell: Crisp noble hops metallic

Taste: Carmel, roasted grains, grapefruit, Hops (rather predominant and I was pretty happy about that)

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium carbonation, sharp on the backside that lingers in the form of a dryness after the bite subsides.

Drinkability: I liked this beer a good deal and I can imagine drinking enough of it to get in some trouble it hides its ABV well enough

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Boom Shaka Lager" is the next installment in Terrapin's Side Project series of beers. This Imperial Lager is made exclusively with German malts, German hops and a true Bavarian lager yeast strain.
While 99% of the beers brewed at TErrapin are ales, we figured we should show some love to the lager style as well. N?ot that this off-beat, big beer is going to be brewed to a traditional style or anything."

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass a golden, orange-amber color with a tight, stout white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass as well. The head retention is quite nice.

Quite a fruity aroma. I guess that is the German hops in there. Kind of a metallic smell as well. I was hoping to get more of a grassy aroma typical in some german lagers, but instead, its alcohol and fruitiness.

The flavor is actually really nice. Again, I was expecting this to be close to their Imperial Pilsner, which I hate. This one, however, actually has some bitterness to battle the sweetness from a large, alcoholic beer such as this. More fruitiness in the flavor and the sweetness up front, but followed by a significant hop bitterness. Really quite balanced and complex.

I was very surprised with this one. I was expecting a sweet, alcoholic mess, but instead, I got a balanced, alcoholic, German lager type beer. Well done.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured into a pint glass, the foamy beige head, and the amber color made this look more like and IPA than a Märzen. The smell was more full of citric hops than anticipated. There was a distinct caramelized malt backbone to the aroma. The taste was a natural followup with a bready to sugary sweetness, a toasty middle, and a hint of spice in the finish. Alcohol did not feel like 9%, and the beer was easy to enjoy. A pleasing, long drawn out sweetness lingered on between sips. The sweetness may be a little much for some, but if you can tolerate that, this one will be a rewarding pour.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an extra in a trade. 22oz bomber...

A: Deep bronze color with a 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get some sugary matly apples with some hints of caramel blended in. Some hints of banana on the backend. Ok.

T: The label seems to very well describe this one correctly. I get some malts banana with some creamy malts. I also get some bitter earthiness on the backend blended with some faint hints of alcohol. Good.

M: Medium body with a very good carbonation feel. Very good.

D: This ones goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not worth hunting, but if you have access and like the lighter beers, then definitely give this a try.

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Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one!!! Fairly mild taste like a Marzen, but nice rich mouthfeel.

Poured into a pint glass, reddish-amber color with a fairly big white head and spotty lacing. Head retention is about average. Smell is sweet malts and grassy hops. Taste is the same, the malt is up front, sweet and rich, the Marzen bitterness comes in at the end.

A lot of Marzens are crisp but kind of thin and some have a metallic aftertaste. This is a big beer (9%). It finishes crisp but there is nothing thin about it. Nice rich, malty beer with a bitter finish.

Drinkability for a Marzen would be bad. The German mayor that said you could drive after 6 liters of Oktoberfest beer was not talking about this one!!! I'm calling this an "Imperial Marzen" and as such, the drinkability is good.

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Photo of babaracas
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with amber edges, thin fast-fading white head, a few small dots of lace. Smell: spicy, a wee grassy, lemon rind, bready and musty, caramel beneath with just a hint of sweet dark fruit (date?). Taste: lots of caramel, that great toasty/salty/musty munich contribution, spicy, grassy and with a slap of leafy and lemony at the finish. Sweet with a nice mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied but thins out and gets a bit metallic in the finish. It's decently boozy but not in a negative way. Definitely imperial, but somewhere between a maibock and a marzen. (does bring make me think of the much more impressive SN 30th impy maibock). Side project #11, released in June 2010.

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Photo of Buebie
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from gford217, thanks Grant!

Poured from the bomber with gold tin. A solide 1+ inch and growing off white head. Settling to leave thin but drapey lace, nice cap and collar of retention. Color is a mostly transparent redish copper.

Aroma is sweet on the knose, unfermented honey, uncooked doughy pumpernickel rye aroma. Distant grassy hops. Mostly sweet though and a bit of grains. No alcohol to be found.

Taste is sweet all the way through with honey malt, cara 60 abundance, a good amount of bready caramel malt, rye through the middle and spicing up a bit into the finish. A touch of hop bitters lingering off the finish as well, mostly light pine and a touch of grapefruit rind. Finishing slightly dry and a mild warming.

Mouthfeel is slick, carbonation and bitter ending keeps the abundance of sweet flavors balanced.

This is a very well received Marzen for me!

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight amber pour with 1-finger pourous head. Faint retention and sparse lace.

Nose is all malt, fairly dry and sweet. Some dried apple with a hint of maple.

Syrupy initial hit, though not heavy at all. Burnt toast and caramel malt come through next. Finishes with a hint of maple but mostly toasted malt. Alcohol really comes out in the finish, too.

Feel is as expected for a juiced-up marzen. Slightly thick and syrupy.

One and done is plenty for me on this one, but not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a golden yellow with a light tan head.

The aroma is very European type hoppy. The aroma is very pale and floral, and draws on German (duh), but also some Belgium characteristics.

The taste follow suit. Toasty and floral. The flavor profile is backed by a rigid malt back bone with an slightly bitter hoppyness. Actually for this style this beer packs a little more bitterness then expected.

The mouthfeel is good without being to spectacular. The drinkability is also the same.

Personally, this is definably a lager on steroids. A welcomed change to the beers that have been gracing my pallet over the past few months.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 08/31/2010:

22 oz. poured at 42* into an Ayinger weizen glass.

A: It pours medium brown with red hues and 2 fingers of fluff with great retention and even better lace.

S: The nose is unlike anything I've come across. Funky hops, bready malts, cherry, and booze are the most noticeable.

T: The taste is more "normal" if you will; moderate hoppiness, bittersweet malts, some banana, and a meaty finish.

M: It is a little "hot" as the carbonation fades and the beer warms.

D: It was certainly enjoyable but especially so when it was at a cooler temperature. It ought to be drank fast.

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Photo of atsprings
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle labeled Bavarian Style Imperial Lager, so certainly not an Imperial Pilsner, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a thin light tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet malts with a slight floral hop presence. The taste is toasted malts with a nice bit of burnt caramel and a decent hop backbone, very much like a strong Märzen. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence, but not as much as I expected in a 9% lager. This is a very decent Imperial Lager, even on a hot Summer evening.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Clear, amber body, with thin off-white head. Soapy, thin lacing. Aroma is an intense amalgam of sweet malts, hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a bit hot, as expected, but I was prepared after the aroma. The German ingredients mesh together well, but I feel that the beer could actually use a few months to "cool off". This may add to the sweetness but it should be interesting to chart this one's progress for a little while.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose snifter glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Medium to light brown with a pillowy, two finger, beige head. Good retention. Receded to a thin coating on top.

Aroma: Heavy butterscotch and toffee notes upfront. Really sweet. An almost spicy hop note way in the background.

Taste: Caramel, butterscotch, and toffee notes make for a very sweet profile upfront. The hop notes are way in the background here too. Very sweet, but this is pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. I am getting an almost feel toward the end of each sip too.

Drinkability: As an imperial Oktoberfest, this is high in ABV. I could barely finish one bomber. I would have preferred about half that.

Overall, an interesting take on the style. Really sweet and pretty smooth considering the ABV. Doubt I would seek this out again, but I enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of tchenery
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber-slightly orange, mostly reddish amber color. It has a thin lacing head. It looks very bright.

There is a slight sweet roasted malt smell to the beer, and almost a fruit smell as well.

The taste is a warm one, definitely showing it's strength. It has a puckering bitterness to it, with a sweet candy/bubblegummy malt flavor. It is definitely smooth like a traditional lager and has some raisin-y, plum flavors, but doesn't taste like anything else out there. I would prefer a more roasted flavor.

It leaves the mouth pretty dry. This is definitely a one and done beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from my excellent Ba friend, JohnQVegas-- Thanks Dustin!

Pours a copper color, very clear and bright, with a 3 finger tan head. Leaves a nice thick ring of lace after every couple sips. After half a pint, the head has settled to a a few sporadic bubbles.

Smell is of grainy malt, some sweetness lies in-between as well. A floral and spicy hop note melds into an alcoholy estery note.

The taste couldn't follow the nose any closer-- a sweetness gives way to a grainy malty booziness that reminds me of grain alcohols. The hop note kicks in, a bit peppery in its spiciness with a nice, pleasant, almost noble hop floral note.

The body and carbonation are just right-- for an imperial marzden! Medium to full in body, but still smooth. Nice and easily drinkable-- despite the ABV and the hints of booze, this bomber went down easy.

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Photo of thain709
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A deeper shade of amber with some golden and ruby hues...actually a nice color...a white, fluffy, 1.5 finger head forms and stays around a little...decent lacing

S - Not a big nose...lots of caramel notes with some toasted grain

T - The taste is a step up from the nose...there is a sweetness all around from the caramel malts...I am picking up some toffee as well...the middle of the beer has your earthy feel with grain and bread...both present a nice toastiness...the ending was a nice surprise...a touch of hops that present themselves as both citrusy and earthy

M - Medium bodied...smooth...nice hop bite...crisp

D - Although Oktoberfests are not my style this one has a clever name and the flavor profile isn't bad...this one could have been better if the nose was more pronounced

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Supernova777 for busting this one out. Josh I'll bring more to share next time!

A- Pours a deeper amber color. One finger off white light tan head shows great retention overall. Ring style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This one was a little off putting at first but I grew into it. Tons of bready caramel malts in the front of the beer. Some light citrus hops in this which didn't belong I thought but I didn't mind overall. Some light rock candy style sweetness as well. More earthy hops toward the back which is where the Noble hops shines. Big dose of alcohol tingles the nose as I take deep sniffs.

T- Tons of caramel malts in the front of the beer with a light citrus hop bite. THe hops die fast though in the flavor. The alcohol makes its first appearance in the middle with a bready backbone shinning through as well. A light yeasty taste toward the end with more caramel bready malts. The ending of this is Noble hops coming through with a nice bitter earthy bite to the overall beer. The alcohol does creep up once again in the very ending of the beer. It actually goes well with the overall ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style and beer. Caramel malts left on the palate with a hint of alcohol. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, caramel malts, and a lot of Noble hops. Flavors were as balanced as they were going to get without taking away anything from this style. No real off flavors but the alcohol was off putting when it first hit the palate. Medium heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. A interesting take on a simple style to begin with. Once this beer warms up a little the alcohol really shines making it hard to drink a full 22oz by yourself..unless you like a faint medicinal flavor in your beer. A good treat to split with a friend or three.

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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jmhart
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce from Green's on Ponce poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep bronze with a surprising white head. Head is moderately dense but fades fairly quickly. Not much carbonation in the appearance, which is good.

S- Strong sweet malts, toffee but maybe a little more grainy. Some floral hops linger on the nose after the sugar fades.

T- Delicious sweet malts combined with crisp floral hops. There's a bit of tartness to it. Definitely some toffee, and something sweet/tart like apple....yes, that's it: a muted carmel covered apple combined with some noble hops for a bit of bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a bit more. Less body than I would have expected from an "imperal lager" but not a disappointment. A fair amount of carbonation and not so much bite from the alcohol.

D- This was a really delicious beer. Smooth drinking, with a decent body and some wonderful flavors. However, it's a weird brew as a summer release. The dark profile and deep flavors almost make this much more of a fall beer. It's too big, dark, and dehydrating for the summer. Not really refreshing at all like a good Munich lager or Czech Pils.

So, overall, good beer, but definitely a weird summer release. I'd buy 2 or 3 and save them until the temperature starts to cool off. Maybe that's Terrapin's intent.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Terrapin Boom Shakalager from Terrapin Beer Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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