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Terrapin Downward Spiral IBA Cask

Terrapin Downward Spiral IBA Cask
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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IBA on American oak.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Cask: Pours a hazy brown color with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is caramel, roast, chocolate, oak, some yeast, and spicy hops. Flavor is caramel, toast, oak, vanilla, and a bitter spicy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
Firkin at brewery party. Poured a cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma of oak, toasted malt, citrus hop. Taste is of very fresh oak, with some light vanilla. Typical Terrapin IBA malt and hop profiles are present. Finish was still hoppy and bitter. Carbonation and body were solid. Very nice oaked brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
Tapped on cask at the Thirsty Monk on March 25th. Damn this beer went fast, I only got a single pint! Hazy brown pour with some khaki foam head. Spicy floral nose with some green wood. Flavor had a lot of the hopiness replaced by vanilla and tannens, but still enjoyable. Smooth palate with medium low carbonation. The IBA is a pretty decent brew but i liked the added woody spiciness of this cask edition.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2009
Appearance: Pours an opaque body the color of walnut wood and capped by a head of off-white foam. Smell: Earthy malt aroma of toast, brown sugar, and cocoa peppered with notes of oak and fresh, fragrant hops. Taste: Darkened malts with tastes of brown sugar, bread crusts, and cocoa powder. The oak character is shoved in back, only providing light touches of spicy oak and vanilla. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-plus bitterness. Drying finish with a small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It’s good. The Indian Brown Ale greatly improved upon by the cask conditioning and oak aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
On cask @ Redlight. Hazy dark brown color with an even 1-cm tan head. The aroma has an overall earthiness that you can pinpoint more than straight up oak, but the oak is definitely there along with some nice toasty notes. Nice mild tannic flavor mixes well with the moderate hop profile. Real nice on cask, melds nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Draft... Murky, prune-colored ale with a wispy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. Restrained, earthy, malty hoppy aroma - grapefruit, chocolate and oak. Medium-bodied and coarse with gentle carbonation. Just like Three Floyds Ol’ Dread, the wood sucks most of the hop bitterness right out of the brew. The rough, bitter edges are rounded and the full-flavored hops come shining through. Caramel and chocolate plays nicely with herbal, earthy hop flavor. Lightly bitter, bone dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Cask at redlight. Pours a deep brown color with a big tan head that slowly settles to a thin film. Rings of lacing surround the glass. The aroma shows citrus and earthy hops, fresh oak, and some sweet chocolate. The flavor follows with the chocolate malt and caramel sweetness blended in with the fresh oak. A touch of vanilla and hop bitterness on the backend add balance. Really nice flavor in this one. Medium bodied and very smooth and easy drinking with a lingering bitter finish. Really solid brew and very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2603) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Cask at Redlight. Pours a nice deep brown with a wispy soapy white head. Nice fresh cut wood, earthy hop aroma. You can tell the wood really helps smooth out the hop characteristics. Taste is really nice, smooth chocolate malt body with touches of oak, vanilla and citrus hops. Just damn good and well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Near opaque brown with a tiny, sudsy off-white head. Lightly earthy hop nose with touches of vanilla and oak. Rich, earthy malt flavor with just a dash of hop bite in the finish. Smooth and velvety. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Date: 03/08/2008
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Brewery growler via Trapeeze cask

Appearance: clear brown, frothy tan head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with a nice earthy oak character the blends with and tempers the light citrus hops,
Flavor: lots of oak flavor works really well with the chocolate malt, growing dark caramel sweetness with a touch of vanilla provides great balance, light bitterness comes out of the oak and mixes with a hint of dark chocolate to leave a lingering bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: ***+/4


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