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Terrapin Hoptaneous CombustionTerrapin Hoptaneous Combustion

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mcallister on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a Terrapin Pint Glass. Bottle #1334.

This entry into the Theater Series pulls on my heartstrings. I enjoyed many great shows at the theater, so a smoked beer representing the fire strikes a sad chord with me. That said, I don't take it too seriously. It is all done for the benefit of the theater, after all.

Pours a clear golden with a thin barely off white head. Carbonation bubbles float lazily to the top o the glass, not in any hurry to escape.

Aroma is sweet & spicy. Doesn't smell like any IPA I've ever had, but then again this might be the world's first smoked DIPA. I could be wrong, though.

The smoke is a major player in the flavor profile. It's almost like hoppy bacon. Very slight crisp bitterness on the back end. No sign of the 9%+ ABV.

Drinks very nicely, especially for a hybrid style. All too often, these types of beers turn into trainwrecks. This one is worth a look. I probably would have called it a pale rauchbier, but Smoked DIPA sounds sexier. Give it a shot if you have a chance.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ltdantheman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of KingoftheTitans
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011

Pours a nice glowing gold with a creamy white head. Supposed to be a smoked IPA, but I can't really detect any smoke. Fairly typical IPA aromas of caramel, grapefruit, and pineapple with a definite "different" flavor, but I dunno if I'd guess that it was smoked. Tastes like a normal imperial Terrapin IPA. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decently drinkable, but the smoke it the "schtick", and I'm not getting any.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of kk73
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for another limited release from Terrapin. A smoked DIPA, sounds unusual, here we go.

A - This pours an almost clear golden orange with a finger worth of creamy white head, which quickly recedes and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Wow, lots and lots of smoke. The aroma of smoke actually hits you while pouring this. Some pale malts and some citrus hops trying to peek thru the smoke.

T - This is interesting. This is smoke foward, like a campfire or some smoked meat. The smoke somewhat hides the hop bitterness until the end. Again some citrus hops trying to peek thru, primarily grapefruit. The smokiness last throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with nice carbonation.

D - The smoky DIPA just may not be my thing. A good well made beer, but was difficult getting used to the smoke. Without the smoke this maybe a hell of a beer. The smoke hid the bitterness from the hops which I tend to like. One bomber is enough in one sitting.

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Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of elizago
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jtmcgraw
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to Lillie1128 for this bottle!

We need more brewers crazy enough to add smoke to random styles like DIPAs and whatnot, dammit! Trust me. This experiment in proving me right (as if that was even needed here) pours a clear auburn-amber topped by a finger or so of rich cream foam. The nose comprises soft pine needles, mesquite smoke, dry-ish caramel, and a light touch of pineapple flesh. Everything melds so well here, you'd think they were all of one scent (something like that, anyway...). The taste holds notes of sweet/buttery toffee, light mesquite smoke, very light char, spicy greens, and a spar between light maple syrup and light pine resin in the very back that only makes its presence known once everything vacates the area down the throat. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and the lightest possible syrupy feel. Overall, a tasty beverage, indeed, but one that I think loses sight of the smoke when it really needs it: in the taste. I think a thicker, heavier smoke would have popped nicely. While this dearth is noticeable and detrimental, it doesn't detract enough to make this beer anywhere near unpleasant. In other words, good times regardless.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked me up a bomber of this while she was out grocery shopping...no golden ticket for me. I poured the beer into a tulip, and the beer pours a bright, surprisingly light, clear, rose-tinted yellow-gold coloring with a huge frothy, foamy, chunky, big bubbled, off-white head. Nose is a heavy, strong, bold dose of resinous, wet hops. This smells like a big old glass of green, and I am ready! There are some very slight meaty notes that sneak in at the end of the nose, but you have to get in pretty deep in the glass to get anything but the hops. The beer is a round and robust bodied brew, and the flavors are initially a pepper spiced bevy of hops flavors, with a strong does of wet, resinous hops, but also some dry, spicy hops as well. Good malt presence to balance all the green in the glass, and slightly smokey at the back of the tongue and in the sinuses. The beer is robust and full in mouth, and it carries a mild, malty sweet and slightly peppered aftertaste to it. The beer has a dry, hopped bitter finish that lingers a bit. Very tasty. This is a decent beer!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hoptomic. The brew pours a bright golden hue, slightly hazed, and is capped with a big pillowy off-white froth that deposits rings of lace. Delicious smoked notes emanate from the glass, complementing fruity and woody hoppiness and sweet sugar-cookie malt; the nose is tremendously well-apportioned. The flavor shows many traits common to DIPA, such as a fairly sweet sugar-cookie malt and a boatload of fresh and pungent hops that contribute immense citric-tangerine, catty-dank and floral bitterness; all of this is delivered with an additional suggestion of smoked ham. It is important to note that the smoke is never overwhelming, nor is it understated, though it is also a tad on the medicinal side. The smoke nuance is delivered in a proportion that is quite a bit like the Schlenkerla Lager. Nice feel; soft and lighter-bodied for a DIPA. Overall, I am a huge fan of this beer. I find it to be interesting, delicious and just all-around very good.

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Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Golden orange in color, nice off white head at the top that leaves a nice retention of lacing around the glass.

S - Strong hop hints, citrus as well as strong grapefruit notes. Some smokiness throughout.

T - One of the weirdest brews I have tasted to date, very very smokey, felt like I was drinking beer with a bbq wing dipped in it. Very nice hints of citrus up front finish was very smokey and a bit of booze.

M - Medium Bodied with perfect abundance of carbonation

D - Not my type of Double Ipa, but not bad for a one time try, good job by terrapin!

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Photo of PaulMc
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of grover37
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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