Hoptaneous Combustion
Terrapin Beer Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.1 | pDev: 12.93%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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chriswilkes33 from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Not sure how old this is is it was received in a mystery box from a friend in Georgia.

Appearance: Pours deep hazy gold color with not much head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Aroma is of faintly smoked alcohol. Not much happening in the nose for me.

Taste: I definately taste the smoke first. It isnt over the top alcohol like the nose would suggest either. The hoppy part of this beer is in the background and there is definately a strong caramel sweetness. There are a lot of flavors clashing in this beer. Not sure which one to point. I guess its kind of sweet and smoky at the same time with hop presense but not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little on the underattenuated side for my tastes but not neccesarily for the style.

Overall: Solid beer but not one I would probably seek out a ton. I am glad I am splitting this bomber with my wife, Im not sure I could drink two pints of it in one sitting.

Jun 13, 2011
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oberon from North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first try of the Georgia Theater series.Poured into an imperial nonic a slight hazed brass color with a thinner frothy white head that held thruought the entirety of the session.Aromas of hardwood smoke and resiny hop,it starts out well but there is a slight off briney element that is more pronounced on the palate.Flavors have a geen olive-like briney note to them it sorta overtakes the decent resiny profile,the smoke is to much intertwined with the brine component to make a huge difference.I have to say its a bit of a mess flavor wise,the smoke and hops make for a strange mix that dont work very well for me.

Mar 03, 2011
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clear body was amber in color, and the carbonation was gentle but ample, forming a three finger thick foamy head above the rim of the glass. The aroma was mango and peach, with a whiff of smoke. The taste was a fantastic combination of up front smoky flavor and floral hops, backed by a tropical fruit sweetness from the malts. The beer felt quite thick and sticky on the tongue, and each sip was satisfyingly rich, with lingering spicy aftertaste. A rare combination that appears to work quite well.

Bottle number 2585, for those that are counting.

Jan 15, 2011
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kkipple from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The near-legendary KP grabbed a bottle of this in Atlanta today to add to our New Year's tasting. So here we go. A smoked IPA? Can't say I have thought about smoking an IPA...

A. Shockingly clear, rich, translucent gold. Ultra-filtered. Low white head dies and flees to the edges. No lace.

S. Big citrus hop, booze, pale malt sweetness. Normal American DIPA... Reminds me of Terrapin's own Hopzilla - but then, there's that smoke... hmm... hints of Canadian bacon, woodsmoke. Interesting... I like it.

T. Same deal - at first this is a hoppy, citrus grapefruit bomb, very clear and refined, but it takes your brain a second to register the subtle smoked malt. It's not overwhelming, and at first I thought it was insubstantial, but as I drink more of this I think the level of smoke is exactly where it needs to be. This is a good DIPA with smoke malt, not a smoked beer that is overhopped. A weird beer, for sure, and memorable, and tasty.

M / D. Decently rich, the 9.3% is believable. Smoked malt flavor lingers briefly into the finish.

This is actually quite a successful beer. I wasn't sure what to think of it, but it earns points for general oddness and actually works. Never becomes a chore to drink. I recommend you geeks out there with a penchant for the weird get your hands on some Hoptaneous Combustion while you can.

Jan 02, 2011
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elm010186 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery-russet gold with a finger at most of white head. Almost no lacing on the glass, and beer appeared to have a middling viscosity in the glass. Nobody's going to see this dropped in front of you at the bar and instantly want one, but it looks as good as the average DIPA.

S: Some smoke in the nose, though it's more about the piny hop aromas. While it's not quite the citrus grove, shaded by a mighty pine forest, smelled through a window with an herb garden growing right below it that is the ultimate DIPA aromatherapy experience, the slight smoke note makes it more intriguing than most whiffs of beer.

T: To borrow from a friend's reaction to hearing about this beer, smoke and hops seem to be a zero-sum flavor game, where the addition of one would take from the other. To some extent this was true, but it's amazing how much of both flavors made it into the glass. The sticky, piny hop notes of a lovely DIPA coexist with the perfect touch of smokiness. Terrapin truly accomplished everything they set out to do with this fairly daring beer.

M: At the bottom-most rung of the "chewy" range. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: The subtlety that keeps the different flavors from overrunning each other in this beer also make it a wonderfully easy beer to drink with food, in this case a chorizo/beef burger.

Feb 19, 2011
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Bottle number 2002 marked on the label. Pours a nice amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features some smoked malt, caramel, and some citrusy hops. The aroma is pretty solid, but I do wish the smokiness and the hops were cranked up a little more.

T- The taste immediately hits your tastebuds with flavor. There is some smokiness up front with some malt as well. The hops kick in shortly after and linger well into the finish. There is also quite a bit of warmth in the finish from the alcohol, at times maybe a little too much.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid brew that is worth a try. I enjoy both smoked beers and DIPAs so this was a no brained for me.

Feb 26, 2011
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nickfl from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. the head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy, herbal hops with distinct notes of jasmine, rosemary, and lemongrass. Some sweet malt with notes of candied ginger in the background as well as a hint of sugary smoke.

T - Sweet, biscuity malt up front with a note of sweet smoke and ginger, kind of reminds me of teriyaki beef or something. Some orange and lemon hop notes in the middle with more light smoke and caramel/toffee malt. The spicy characteristics multiply in the finish with notes of jasmine, rosemary, ginger, lemongrass, soy, and orange peel. Lingering orange and lemongrass hop character with sugary toffee malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - When I saw this on the shelf at my local bottle shop, it sounded odd but at the same time too interesting to pass up. I was kind of reluctant to buy it and didn't really expect much, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The smoke interacts with the hops in some really interesting ways and creates flavors that I have rarely, if ever, tasted in a beer before. The sweet, toffee malt backbone provides a perfect counterbalance for both the smoke and the malt and softens both in a way that allows them to meld together quite well. The pervading notes of orange, ginger, and lemongrass kind of remind me of Thai cooking in a non specific way and the lemongrass in particular is remenicent of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. I didn't think smoke and hops would work, but they do and rather spectacularly at that!

Mar 03, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at barelys i was happy to be able to have a pint and not have to buy the bottle of this one.

amber color being presented to me right away. There was some haze and cloudiness to it, but to be honest, I was surprised by how clear it was for being unfiltered. There was a nice three finger high head of white foam that capped the top

surprisingly well balanced, with a good bit of malt welcoming me as well as a barrage of citrus hops right off the top. Nice bready and sugary tones were out first, but then quickly replaced by a piney hop sensation, which itself was replaced in turn by a slightly more acidic grapefruit like aroma. Very floral, I was really liking what I was seeing here. bready malt flavor was the first thing I noticed but this was washed away by the floral hops almost all at once. Nice rich pine flavors coming into play, but nothing really becoming detrimental to my palate here, this was remarkably well blended. Nice orange like hints working through with hints of grass and grain all around them. A strong finish capped it off with more then adequate drying and a sticky pine like flavor that lasted well into the net sip.

One of the thicker big IPA's I have had, it avoided becoming overly done and syrup like by keeping a nice carbonation profile kicking

May 29, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with an overtone of grapefruit and a hint of yeast. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor is - WHOA!!! Fierce! Very hoppy but minimally bitter, firm malty undertone, grapefruit, yeasty and woody tones and hints of spice and honey. Ragged texture is quite tingly and leaves behind a persistent and lively fizz. This one's a monster, so be prepared!

Mar 04, 2011
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jophish17 from Georgia

2/5  rDev -51.2%

Nov 14, 2011
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freduardo from Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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gford217 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a soapy film and collar. Lacing is decent.

Initial reaction to the aroma is that it's sweet citrus and spicy hops, but upon further inspection, it's the malts that lend a smoky sweetness to the aroma and mixes with some light citrus notes. Interesting...

The taste starts with a hop presence that kinda reminds me of Hopsecutioner, spicy hops, almost herbal with oranges and pineapples. But the hops are swept away by the malts which are sweeter than I was expecting when I saw "smoked" on the label.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky up front but there is an interesting dry smokiness in the finish.

I have to say that Terrapin's last two Georgia Theatre beers are superior to the first two. This is a unique and very tasty DIPA though the smoke is subtle and doesn't overpower the IPA character. Big fan.

Jan 05, 2011
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birchstick from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a music lover this beer is a very cool contribution by Terrapin to its live music community...cheers to help supporting an awesome cause. Plus being a Widespread Panic fan (hence the avatar) I know a lot of good music was played in this theater before it suffered its setback. Big thanks to gford217 for sending this my way and doing his part by contributing to the collaborative effort. Wish I could have held onto this for a while longer, but IPAs are meant for drinking, not sitting in the cellar. On to the beer...

A - pours a nice orange color with a billowing one finger head that has a really nice retention

S - has a nice hoppy bouquet of grapefruit with charred smoke and some bread malts

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. This starts off with a really nice sweet, juicy grapefruit hop flavour that is mixed in with some caramel and bread malt. On the backend and exhale the smokiness of the smoked malt creeps its way into the palate. I feared that this was going to be a smoky mess with subtle hop character; pleasantly, this was the exact opposite. Really nice twist added to your standard DIPA.

M - nice creamy mouthfeel goes down really nicely

D - I think this was a really cool concept of a beer. I really like how Spike took the concept of the fire and applied the idea to a nice IPA with smokiness as a reminder of the charred ash that remained from the destroyed theatre. Cool concept and Terrapin pulled it off well. Time and time again I have a new IPA/DIPA from Terrapin that exceeds expectations, well done!

May 01, 2011
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent golden brown with good head and lace. A citricy aroma as the hops are pronounced and also spice and some wood malt for a strong nose. Medium-bodied and chewey, this beer passes smooth with a biscuity feel and has a great piney hop bitterness kick so it is well-balanced. I find that as I drink it finishes dry, almost into rauchbier material, but not as smokey but just dry malts as well as the hops; finishes pleasantly crisp and I find that there's a touch of sticky sweetness on the backend as well.

Feb 17, 2011
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber bought in Atlanta poured into a couple of snifters. I think it cost around $12.

Appearance (3.5): Slight hazy dark orange or light copper. Small head from a soft pour and a slight film remains with a small ring with some bubbles. Not much lacing either.

Smell (4.5): Almost smells more like an oaked IPA at first, but when you pay attention, the smoke is definitely there although not overpowering. Some floral citrus with orange, grapefruit and maybe a touch of passionfruit. A bit of caramel sweetness melds well with the subtle smoke. Very well integrated which is what this beer is all about to me.

Taste (4.5): Fruity upfront with a strong crystal presence. Some sweetness but well balanced out my a fairly strong but smooth bitterness. Very easy drinking and smooth with the smoke only coming around in the finish. The bitterness peaks in the middle but isn't harsh at any point and dissipates in the finish. The orange and grapefruit stick around a bit in the finish as well, but this is where the smoke shines.

Mouthfeel (5): Very soft and smooth. Medium to high bodied and low to medium carbonation.

Overall (4.5): I was looking forward to this one and it did not let down at all. The amount of smoke was perfect to complement the aromatic hops (not dominant either) and the well balanced slight sweetness and smooth bitterness. A very well done, well integrated beer which says a lot as it is fairly complex with lots of strong flavors.

Nov 06, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit hops. Also present are slightly herbal notes and very faint smoke.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Midway through the sip the tropical fruit fades a bit and allows slightly herbal hops to join the citrus flavors. Near the end of the sip a slight bite comes in from the deeper malts, carrying through to a moderately bitter finish. Every third sip or so a hint of smoke makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is by far my favorite beer from the Theatre series. Robust hops that accentuate the soft malt bill all joined by very light smoke to add to the complexity. A very interesting beer that's well worth a shot.

Jan 27, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, quickly dissipating head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, but not too big, aroma of citrus, hops, malt, and a certain amount of smokiness.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, malt, and the smoky/burnt wood flavor. Definitely an interesting flavor that deviates from the usual DIPA template. Complex and flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer probably won't appeal to everyone, but it's still pretty tasty and drinkable in my opinion.

Mar 15, 2011
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billab914 from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a clear, orange/amber color with a modest, fluffy white head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some decent lacing.

The aroma has a lot of bright, citrusy, tropical fruit, pineapple juice type flavors coming through. I get some peach and mango as well but pineapple is the strongest. Behind the tropical, fruity hoppiness I get some of the roasted, burnt, smoky flavor. The hoppy and smoky flavors mix a lot better then I anticipated actually. I really liked the hoppiness it had, and the smoky notes just added some great complexity that really put it over the top for me.

The starts off with the hoppy, juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit flavors. It's sweeter at first, and then gets a little more bitter towards the finish. Once you get to the finish the roasty, smoke flavor comes through more and adds some very cool flavors to the bitter finish. Everything came together very nicely and really worked.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability was good, it was a very cool and good beer overall. I really liked how the smoke wasn't overpowering and just added some more subtle flavors in the finish. The flavors really integrated pretty well. I thought that this was going to be a tough beer to pull off, but Terrapin really nailed the flavors in this one. I can't say I prefer a smoked IPA over a good regular one yet, but I give a lot of credit to Terrapin for getting these strong flavors from opposite sides of the spectrum to blend into such a drinkable beer.

Feb 21, 2011
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to GatorBeerNerd for this bottle! In-person trade at SC '11 release.
Bottle #1,376. 22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip.

This one pours out a faintly-cloudy deep orange with a finger-width white head on top. Minor bits of lace cling to the glass. The aroma starts out with notes of grapefruit and mango. The smoke sneaks in at the end, but once it comes through, it's all I can smell. Charred wood, bacon, smoke. There it is. I like the melding of citrus and smoke more than I thought I would.

The mouthfeel on this beer is a big downside. This is thin; carbonation is lacking, and it is just too slick for the "bigness" of this beer. More bite! The citrus tones that I got in the nose carry over to the flavor, but are masked much more by the smokiness of this one. It's not overpowering as a Rauchbier would be though. Smoked meats, malts, and alcohol warmth finishes it out. The booze gets to me a bit. I don't know. This is an interesting stab at a new style, but I think it can be a bit messy at times. I'm glad I tried it though. Thanks again, Donnie.

Feb 09, 2011
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opwog from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22%

Dec 21, 2011
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a vibrant orange with a clear body. The head was magnificant and the lacing is some of the best I've seen in a long while with cascading layers.

An interesting smell, to say the least. Grapefruit and lilac for the hops. There's a pine aspect to it, but not in a resinous hoppy way, in a wood way.

Those same citrus and floral hops are predominant in the taste as is the smoke. The smoke brings a dry, yet not bitter flavor to it. As such, the finish is dry. It has a solid sweet malt backbone.

Extraordinary carbonation backed by the dry smoke gives it a unique mouthfeel.

I could see this being a "love it or hate it" beer. I fall on the love it side and would highly recommend it.

Apr 06, 2011
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CampusCrew from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce for an IPA, lacing head

smell: nice hop presence, citrus, but where's the smoke?

taste: great hop, citrus flavor, more balanced than I would have thought. smoke is there but on the back, sublte. nice woody flavor. maybe it will get more intensity when it warms.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: Yeah, Terrapin is back. Well done. Nice impy IPA with sublte smoke flavor, not overpowering but could have used a little more.

Feb 17, 2011
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PthPndr from Florida

5/5  rDev +22%

Nov 23, 2011
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cashew70 for this one.

A: A beautiful looking beer. A slightly hazy deep amber in color. Poured into a tulip. Forms a good two fingers of fluffy white head that slowly recedes down to a thick surface coating. Nice bit of lacing on the way down.

S: The smoke is quite prevalent, but not overpowering. Very similar to a Rauchbier, but with more of a citrusy quality to it.

T: The flavor of this beer is quite interesting. Starts off with the flavor of clean toasted pale malts then moves on to a complex blend of tropical fruit, smoke, and a odd sort of saltiness. Finishes with the mild orange-tinted bitterness intermixed with a (difficult to describe) charred astringency. Lightly bit of smokiness hangs on the tongue. There is a light booziness throughout.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, creamy feel to it. Appropriate carbonation.

D: An interesting brew for sure, but plowing through an entire growler of this proved to be a bit difficult. The blend of tropical fruit and smoke was both interestingly complex and less than appetizing. Thankfully, this beer was on the lighter end of the spectrum for a DIPA, as I am unsure if I could have handled anymore intensity out of this beer.

Jan 30, 2011
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EasyReader from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +22%

Nov 16, 2011
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