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Review by everetends on 06/15/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 15 3 7 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle that my lady picked up for me at Green's off Buford in Atlanta, GA. As usual, I am stoked to try something new from Terrapin. Served up in my DFH shaped pint for ultimate IPA experience.

A: Well . . . its less than epic. Pours an incredibly, crystal clear orange hue. Held to the light, you get more of an orange tinged yellow color. A pretty good amount of carbonation activity in that clear body. The pour yielded a finger or so of white head, but it quickly fell to a thin white ring. That ring tries what it can with some lace, but really to no avail. I am a bit worried.

S: The smell is a big improvement. There is a big DIPA presence kicking here with some major hoppiness. When I popped the cap, I was immediately hit with a bit of slap yo momma hops. The hops are of the grapefruit presence, lots of citric and bitter aromas coming forth. Then you get that Belgian yeast and malt. The malt smells bready with a touch of sweetness that is really nice representation of the unmistakable Belgian variety. Smells really nice.

T: Whoa, we have found the hops. Lots of citrus hops in here. Big time grapefruit presence that is slightly puckering in bitterness. The hops are VERY in your face. There is also a bit of earthy hoppiness as well. The hops smack you and then get a pretty stern talking to by its Belgian supervisor. The Belgian qualities give you that breadiness from the malt along with a touch candied sugar. The Belgian spices are well represented along with a touch of orange peel and skin in the finish. The Belgian Tripel qualities do a good job of keeping the DIPA qualties in check, but that DIPA is like that 3 year old you just can't reach. You can only try to contain it.

M: Medium bodied brew that has that slick and oily DIPA quality to it. It is sticky and coating of the palate. Carbonation keeps this crisp and pretty smooth. ABV has some bite, not going lie. It shows its at or around 9% for sure. Aftertaste is mostly that cooling malt and Belgain yeast spice trying to contain that bitterness that tries to linger.

D: Well this is a drinkable brew. My only squabble is that this is far more DIPA than Belgian. There just isn't that balance I was looking for. If this beer is cold, that DIPA quality really comes out big time. Closer to room temperature, you get more Belgian qualities. I must be fair in that respect, but this is a very hop-centric brew. I just feel like they took the IPA side a bit further than the Belgian side. Still both are represented. Still I am love of all things Terrapin. If Terrapin were a band, I would be a groupie (like a hardcore groupie). I am going to take this experience as if they put on a show where I wasn't completely satisfied. Maybe the set list didn't have my favorite song, but I still had a good time. I may have contemplated whether or not I'd go back stage on this night, but I still went and made the best of it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-22-2009 04:51:40

Served In: Pint Glass