Terrapin Phlux Capacitor | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor
BA SCORE
3.65/5
189 Ratings
Terrapin Phlux CapacitorTerrapin Phlux Capacitor
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
189
pDev:
15.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head with nice retention on a deep murky brown with no light getting through.

S: chocolate and caramel malts with breads, yeast, oak and cedar notes. Nicely complex.

T: very woody with oak and cedar prevailing in the middle and finish. Chocolate and caramel malts up front. Finish is slightly tart with also some brown sugar sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall:  a touch boozy which I think is accentuated by the strong wood presence. Although I feel the taste is simple, it does a good job of bringing in wood notes which dominate but don't offend.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of boozy alcohol in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: You really need to warm up this beer to get flavors other than alcohol out of the taste as then there are some hints of oak. The alcohol and notes of bitterness linger through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and a good amount of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is a trifecta when it comes to alcohol because it's very noticeable in the smell, taste and mouthfeel. This isn't one of the easiest beers to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a bull in a china shop, Terrapin's Side Project 16 unleashes its brash and boastful taste on the palate with a flood of malt flavor, a pang of hop bitterness and the woodsy rusticity from oak- As this trifecta of taste pummels the palate, it seems to do so with some love and care.

Pouring a dark and russet brown, its rusty and reddish hues dip and weave through its heavy haze. Building a dense sand-stained head above, its tightly woven froth is in it for the duration, trailing with concentric rings at each sip.

Deeply malty with toffee, toast, brown sugar and a hint of molasses and maple, its savory and sweeter tone is supported by bready underpinnings, seemingly of spice-cake or rum-cake. As notes of orange peels and sawdust waft about the nose, that fist sip is seeming more and more intimidating.

All that malty-sweet goodness of the nose is assured in taste. Those cake-like flavors are delicately laces with spice, toast and nuttiness to allows roasted chestnuts and French toast to come about. The middle balances with citrus tones of grapefruit, oranges and tangy verbena flavor. As the sweetness breaks apart slightly, its finish allows for a sharply resinous finish to dry the palate and bitter it up a bit. Lighter oaken echoes swirl about the palate as the malt further lifts and the hops latch onto the throat.

Full bodied and long to resist any fading, the bread and sweeter textures accompany the hops and oak deep into the finish. Its spicy alcohol bite and oaky powdery texture offers a slim sense of lightness even though its cake character continues in lighter capacity.

Reminding me of Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, the balance, power and controlled chaos is both impressive and scary- both for the brewer and for my own taste buds.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy yet almost opaque mahogany to medium brown in color with minimal amounts of visibel carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Huge aromas of eye-watering booze along with lighter notes of dark fruit (raisin) and oak. Additionally there are notes of molasses and the booze mellows as the beer warms up.

T: Very similar to the smell with some dark fruit (raisin) sweetness upfront with molasses, oak, and vanilla notes. Heavy amounts of alcohol in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The alcohol is far too noticeable in all three phases of this beer - past, present, and future (smell, taste, and mouthfeel). Great name for this beer but not an easy one to drink and did not live up to my expectations.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interestingly named beer at least.

Decent but small creamy head darker colored, nice lacing, super murky chestnut color

Nose pretty good, toasty brown malts, nice toasty oak, light sweet reddish candy malt aromas, molasses, caramel, toffee, hint of earthy hops with a light celery like herbal, hint of vanilla, aromatic.

Taste strong oak, pure oak chips, toasty, light vanilla. Malts are toasty brown molasses caramel toffee hint smoke. Then earthy hops, some pine like pine tree sap not hops, syrupy, chewy. Finish is quite sweet, more oak and spruce pine sap, bitterness, woody esters, light booze and spicy chewy hops

Mouth is syrupy med bodied, decent fluffy carb,

Overall meh, a few flavors I wouldn't like in there, nothing special, oak is way over done (which I know since i've done it in my homebrews a few times), and the spruce like pine is not nice, weird bitterness, although there are some saving decent flavors in there.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The latest Side Project,#16.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed deep amber with a thinner lacey slight off white head atop.Sharp resiny hops and light oak from the aging in the nose,some sweet alcohol zip is there as well,the hops are real assertive wich is a very good thing.Somewhat boozy and fruity with some caramel that quickly melds into resiny sticky hops,love the balance and love the big hops!This style is my favorite style when done right and this is done right,big hefty boozy malty and a large dose of deep resiny hops,I loved it.I love the hop burps left behind.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Poured a dark mahogany, mostly clear, with a finger of tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Lots of toasty elements in the nose, bready, nutty, citrus and pine hops with a dash of spice. Taste of toasted bready, somewhat nutty, caramel, very woody, a dash of dark chocolate, moderately hopped with notes of citrus zest and pine, and again a little bit of indistinct spice. Medium body, pretty easily drinkable, for a decent beer overall.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured deep mahogany in color with a thick, fluffy, tan colored head to it. Nice lacing and retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big oak presence to it with notes of wood and some vanilla. Some very nice malty flavors come out in it as well with some caramel, toffee and a slight dark fruit flavor to it.

The taste shows a little bit more of a roasted malt, slight coffee like flavor to it. Caramel and toffee sweetness come out more towards the finish. The oak really compliments well with some very nice notes of vanilla and oak.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer. Everything really comes together very well in it, and the oak compliments nicely. Very flavorful and drinkable beer overall, and one of the better side projects in recent memory in my opinion.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark reddish-brown body with a tall, unabashed, light beige head. A smudge of lace here and there as it goes. Well, it looks promising, hopefully it'll perform better than their anniversary beer I had earlier in the day.

Smell: Oven-toasted nuts and a notable note of dark bread crusts with a small edge of roast, chocolate, but it's mild, at best. Spicy oak wood, zestfully earthy hops hinting at dried citrus, pine needles, sun-dried grasses, and even a sliver of cleansing spearmint.

Taste: The first sip made me think of an emboldened Hop Karma given a dose of oak, and, well, that initial impression stayed with me until it was long gone. Toasted bread, toasted nuts, with a small helping of lowly sweet caramel and even less than a hint of chocolate and roast. Earthy, piney hops with some citrus, a little mint, and a full-on grassiness. The oak character remains fairly subtle, be it in the nose or the on the tongue, though warmth allows it to come out more, though the hefty hopping and myriad of dark crystal malts provide plenty of interference. Robustly bitter throughout. Dry, grassy, slightly oaken finish with a long bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The fervent Side Project release pace has, at least for now, slowed to about a one-per-year trickle, though it hasn't stopped the Terrapin new-beer parade as we've got Easy Rider, Road Warrior Kolsch (didn't catch it), Tree Hugger (been meaning to try it), their 10th Anniversary beer (ugh), and, presumably, another Reunion: a Beer for Hope release. This one, I thought it was alright -- I still can't shake my thinking it's a Hop Karma bumped up and given a touch of oak.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - dark amber with a thin white head

S - bread, chocolate, floral, grapefruit, strong hop aroma

T - bread, alcohol, piny, grapefruit, chocolate

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

This to me is an odd in between version of a regular IPA and a black ale. It has characteristics of both. It's a solid beer worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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Terrapin Phlux Capacitor from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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