Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A couple of BA traders have asked me about this beer when I told them I could get Terrapin. I bought one for someone, and then picked one up for myself to see what all the Hooplah was about:
Ap: Pours black as night, with a 1/2 inch head that left instantly, and carbonation to spare.
Ar: Not really strong in the aroma department, but what Iím getting reminds me of Coca-Cola - slightly bitter, with a hop sizzle.
T: Not at all vicious, actually very malty, and much smoother than I expected.
P: Frothy lacing and very creamy in texture. Very soothing.
O: Nothing really special about this one, but the beer itself is not too pretentious. Also, I REALLY love the bottle art!
finn1918 (203) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small, dense head. Pretty typical for a black IPA--lots of citrus hops on the nose and taste with a decent malt backbone. Good dry finish. Not an outstanding black IPA, but one of the better 12 pack beers Iíve had.
Aggiebob (56) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This black IPA has a bitter coffee taste and a long finish as the hops dominate. Overall, it is a good IPA but not one that I will go out of my way to get.
Ed5388 (2315) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via variety pack. Pours black with a finger of creamy tan head. Aroma is a little odd. Notes of milk chocolate, over ripened grapefruit, and orange juice from concentrate. Taste is better then the aroma. Notes of dark malt and dark chocolate up front, followed by a big hit of bitter orange and pine, and finishes with roasted malts and caramel.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very soapy, large, four centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of fresh citrus and piney hops with a good deal of roasted malt, coffee and a bit of alcohol - nice and fragrant, mostly from the hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and citrus-based hops with a good and relatively smooth roasted malt backbone and a bit of earth coming through near the finish. Aftertaste is very one-dimensional with the hops battling through the roasted malt, but since this is more hop-heavy, the balance is a bit off. Overall, a decent Black IPA, not stellar, but showing more hops than malt and seems a tad watery near the finish. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom - I Street), DC on 16-October-2014 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on 11-November-2014.
bytemesis (3699) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, light pine. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, some pine and citrus, but more of a stout than an IPA on the nose and mouth. Light-medium body overall. A bit of an anachronism for me.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good Black IPA. Not the best Iíve ever had but still a real good showing from Terrapin. This brewer is one of the best.
John25 (734) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Dark malts with light smooth chocolate on the taste. Piney hops up front with citrus on the finish and prickly bitterness. Smooth, on the thin side, yet semi-rich at times. Good stuff.
bigguns22 (718) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a mahogany color with a medium tan head. Aroma is hops,malts with a earth/ floral presence. A nice combination of floral hop flavors and rich malt back ground.
conway (1692) - - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with thick tan head. Aroma is roasty and nutty malt with piney hops. Taste follows but adds a bit of chocolate up front and citrus in the finish. Thin mouthfeel prickly mouthfeel and medium finish. Good.
slowrunner77 (6164) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
more subdued and less fresh hop aroma and flavor than i was hoping for, though still nice, and better than average...but far from elite. Had it side by side with Hop in the Dark and Sublimely Self Righteous and it got itís southern ass thoroughly kicked. More complex and less roasted malt tones than usually found in a black ipa. Again, nice, but the bitter hops needed to be more aromatic and assertive."