Terrapin Boom Shakalager | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Boom ShakalagerTerrapin Boom Shakalager
115 Ratings
Terrapin Boom ShakalagerTerrapin Boom Shakalager

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of jsanford
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my nifty Terrapin Pint glass

A - Clear copper with a thin white head. Minimal retention and no lacing. Kinda boring.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel malt dominates initially, followed my earthy hops and a bit of spiciness. There is some noticeable alcohol in there as well.

T - Sweet malt with a bitter earthy finish. The bitterness lingers for quite some time and borders on a unpleasant solvent taste. Not digging this too much.

M - Quite smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Honestly, I didn't even get through the whole bottle, the astringent alcohol taste really got to me about halfway in.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly strong and rather fruity, almost more like a cider than a beer, with an undertone of malt and a touch of sweetness. It pours an appetizing clear coppery amber with a fairly thick cream-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor is malty with fruity and hoppy undertones and a fair amount of bitterness, as well as a whisper of honey-like sweetness. Texture is smooth as soymilk and leaves just a little bit of a tingle. Not Terrapin's best, but worthy of at least a try.

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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 nlmartin
1.27/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was served cold in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a clear deep copper coloration. The head is white and resolved to a ring of foam rapidly.

Smell: The aroma is of toasted grain, caramel, then it goes kind of weird with a herb infused alcohol rubbed onto metal. Man this one is astringent smelling.

Taste: I taste caramel and solvents. Needless to say I dont like this one bit.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer has an astringent alcohol feel. In short this beer is a total wreck. I dont like it. This one goes down the drain.

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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 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 Florida9
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep brownish copper in color. Clear. Pours with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Some sweet caramel malt. Citrus and grapefruit.

T: Again, sweet caramel malt. Toast, grains, and wood. Mild to moderate bitterness with a long sweet malty finish.

M: Full bodied and a bit creamy with appropriate carbonation. Finishes chalky.

D: A fairly good beer, even if I'm not so sure how much of an Oktoberfest this one really is. Too me, it's more like an overly malty IPA, plus I found it to be overly sweet.

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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 clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden brown with a good head that died slowly and left some lace. A nice balance between some piney, sour hops and minor sweet malts along with a plethora of pils/bread malt. Overly dry with not enough balance as the hops and sweet malts are simple but overpowered so the light body is dominated by the pils/bread for a crisp yet cutting beer that gives off a bit of grassy (husky) feel and the ABV bleeds a little in the backbite. A decent lager to sip on but just not one I will seek out again.

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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 kbutler1
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a reddish amber color with a slight head. Clean aroma with some malt notes. Weird hoppy malty flavor that doesn't really jive well with me. Fruit like taste with almost notes of pineapple. Lingering bitterness in the end. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Overall a beer that I would not jump at again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 9/8/10

PDXHops warned me about this one, but I asked him to send it anyway...

Perfectly clear, burnt amber-brown. Carbonation is vigorous enough to produce over two fingers of foam. Though the head starts to dissipate quickly, it settles to 1/4th inch retention. A few spots of lace remain.

The aroma is earthy & very grainy. Toasted bread, a spot of caramel & hints of grass. Yeast notes are fairly prominent, offering a modest dough aroma & a musty bent. Faintly soapy. Not bad, not great. Kind of restrained, actually.

One sip tells me most of what I need to know. Extremely medicinal & somewhat numbing; not a good sign after the first drink. I don't know the abv, but there's a distinct alcohol presence. Though not overly hot, the alcohol seems rather inappropriate for the style. Second sip confirms toasted bread, lots of grains, a subtly spicy hop note & a slight caramel sweetness. Honestly, this beer tastes dirty.

Medium, maybe closer to full, bodied with low carbonation. Graininess rolls about. Slightly numbing finish. I took a good minute or two for the medicinal taste to leave my mouth; it's a terrible aftertaste. It hangs well after the finish.

I'm not impressed with this one. I'm going to put the other half in the fridge & drink it after a while. It isn't drain-pour territory but I'm not looking forward to finishing it.

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Photo of mothman
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pils glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear orange gold.

Aroma: Light grassy hop aroma, with some pale malts. Biscuit flavors. Not too much for a 9% beer.

Taste: Grassy hops with some pineapple and fruit flavors. Biscuit malts with some bready flavors. The booze shows a lot here, not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Rather large bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and bland.

Overall, this beer just isn't for me. Way too big for the style making it pretty undrinkable. Not too big of flavors either.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler glass

I'm intrigued with the existence of an Imperial Oktoberfest. The appearance is of a clear orange-red hue with a finger of white foam on the top. The smell is of floral, citrus, malt, alcohol, and what gives an aroma similar to that fake cotton candy smell. The first sip, woah! The Black-Eyed-Peas could write a song, What you gon' do with all that malt, all that malt inside that bottle, Imma get get get get you drunk get you really drunk off all this malt...or something like that. To clarify there is a lot of malt per cubic centimeter in this beer. The flavors aside from the sweetness of the malt are of boozy alcohol and what seems to be either red grapes or a diffused plum flavor in the background. But it's rather hard to detect the fruit out amongst the über-malt that exists here. I didn't know that an Imperial Oktoberfest existed, and for the time being I must say i prefer the non-imperial version of the style. Other than that, if you're not sitting down to dissect as I was you might actually find it pleasant and drinkable, but take it easy it's got a kick.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I need to unpack the rest of my glassware... This guy pours a clear russet topped by over a finger of creamy ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, banana, BO, bubblegum, helium, limestone, white grapes, cinnamon, and some slightly watermelon-leaning citrus hops. What an odd and off-putting odor. The taste holds notes of bittersweet toffee, orange peel, pepper, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, red grapes, light charred biscuit, honey, booze, and flowers. The body is a stern medium, with a moderate carbonation and an almost drying feel. Overall, a bit much for the imperial lager crowd, with tastes going all over the place accomplishing little beyond confusion. It's alright, but nothing I'd go for again. Stupid love of NBA Jam...

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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 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 Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...

Pours a surprisingly dark brown with quite an impressive head... Rather nice looking really... Definitely looks like a Marzen

Sweet malty caramel aromas mingle with booze right off the bat and have me thinking doppelbock at first but the noble hops finally show up in the background...this one is going to be a sipper with the amount of booze I'm getting off of it. Its deep and earthy and malty and boozy...

Starts off rather impressively with a rich deep caramel maltiness to it...then the booze kicks in and makes a brief appearance. Not fusel or anything but you can taste the 9% for sure...it makes for an interesting sipper and an unusual take on the style. Sort of like an Imperial Octoberfest I guess...

This is a good beer although an unusual one and I surely couldn't drink more than one per setting... Glad I got to try this though...

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Photo of claspada
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a off white head; good head retention and decent lacing as well. Excellent looking beer overall. Much darker than I originally expect.

Aromas are sweet graininess, lots of bready and malty quality to it. Some earthy hops shine through a bit as well.

The taste has a grainy and malty quality to it with some caramel coming through as well. A big dose of dry, earthy hops come through in the finish. A lot of poor ratings on this beer and IDK why. Granted it tastes more like a good IPA or a nice American Amber than a traditional lager, but that is a good thing. Lagers are tasteless and boring, yeah I said it, so what...

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, enough said, buy this beer and anything you ever see from Terrapin, period!

Overall it has some great flavors and anyone that says anything different is wrong. Is it worth $7.99, probably not, but I enjoyed it anyway.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this Terrapin bomber in Roanoke, $7.99 at a grocery store. I was more excited about this side project than any other to date, based on my conversion to Bavarian lagers in kick-ass old (OLD) brewpubs in southern Germany.

The beer pours a dark copper color, more reddish than I expected, clear, with a thin spotty head. Maybe so little foam due to the high ABV.

It smells sweet and malty and bready, sugar and toasted malts. It tastes stronger than I'd want for the style, some alcohol burn that doesn't make this feel like an authentic Bavarian lager. Marzens should be easy to pound in quantity, and non-marzen lagers especially shouldn't be this abrasive, least in my opinion.

Thickish body and sticky mouthfeel, again pretty aggresive for a lager. I guess that's why it's called "imperial", nice they're pushing boundaries but it's not really enjoyable.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice amber marzen colored body with a nice creamy lager style head. Nice lacing and very filtered body. A bit more red than most marzens. The aroma is very true to German oktoberfests. Sweet bready malts overlapped by spicy yeasty aromas. The taste is close to terrible. Take paulaner Oktoberfest and add a shot of vodka to it. The booze comes through way too much and the malts don't hold a candle to the booze in this sucker. Basically tastes like a distiller Oktoberfest. Gross. Mouthfeel is flat and leaves a booze residue that lingers for minutes. There is lots of flavor packed in this, unfortunately it's not integrated with the booze. Drinkability gets a low score and this really isn't recommended to anyone.

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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 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 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 farrago
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong two+ finger head of light tan to eggshell white foam, high degree of larger bubbles reduces retention, settles down to the surface quickly, the lacing does have adequate stick, though. Deep copper penny appearance, very good clarity with as much brown as red in the core and more a pure orange rust around the rims. Pronounced sweetness to the nose, plums to prunes, molasses and caramel, candied oranges, milk chocolate, allowing for this there is a solid spine of hops with both floral and herbaceous aspects, segues from baking spices to a pepperiness before it dissolves, never quite achieves liftoff. Full-bodied, tries real hard to spread itself cheek to cheek and then up and down, the carbonation strong enough to help ground coverage but not strong enough to add any refreshing qualities. Cane sugar, maple syrup, toffee, orange reduction, not as sweet here as in the nose although sweetness in the nose is technically a category mistake. Glazed white bread or potato bread more than graininess, still not quite flaky dessert crust. The fruit more red cherry, golden raisin, apricot and peach, no full-on dried fruit dominance. Pine, flower petals and hay to wild meadow grasses display hops, slight bitterness and mild astringency at the end but not really metallic as far as I can ascertain. Adequate degree of flavor intensity but no real complexity nor sense of twists and turns as it progresses. Which, arguably, for the price you should get.

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Terrapin Boom Shakalager from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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