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Terrapin Side Project Hop Shortage Ale

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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2008 will forever be known in professional brewing circles as the year of the Hop Shortage. Brewers everywhere are scrambling to find hops just to produce their standard line of beers. Some are so nervous they are even cutting back on brewing hoppy beers. NOT US! In typical Terrapin fashion we are going against the grain (or against the hops, so the speak). If there is going to be a shortage of hops, why not put them all into one huge hop bomb of a beer? We hope you enjoy our HOP SHORTAGE ALE.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Tasting at Brewtopia. cloudy yellowish pour. white head. Hops shine in the nose and on the tongue int his one. Full of grapefruit and citrus notes. Terrapin does a good job of sneaking some good malt in between the hops slamming your tongue. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Chewy Terrapin aroma with vaguely bright fruits. Hazy blonde. Crisp, bitter hops. Decent balance though it still has some of that Terrapin chewiness. The finish is off-dry and the bursting hop notes have more or less disappeared by this point.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1505) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle shared by wolf. Orange in color, average head. Classic hop aroma of grapefruit and cirtus. Taste has a nice bitterness to it. The only thing I didnt like about the beer was it seemed a little watery or think textured. But overall an average IPA... Thanks wolf for sharing!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9864) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Bomber courtesy of ATLBeerDog poured a hazy orange with a sm all lasting ivory head. Aromas of floral notes, citrus and light bread. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, floral notes and light citrus with a smooth lingering moderatly bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled from a 22-oz bomber, shared by AtlBeerDog at Surly D-Day. Pours a semi-clear orange amber brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention and awesome lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus zest, with a touch of iced tea. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, grapefruit, roasted nuts, toffee and iced tea. Finish has a dry bitterness that slowly disappears with a light grassy and grapefruit aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2008
650 ml. Clear, orange-copper with a quarter-inch of lasting cream overhead. Crunchy, frosty lacing deposited all over the glass. Earth-spiced caramel, orange and grapefruit aromas are nice. Flavors of dirty pineapple, caramel, resin, grapefruit and toasted nut. Light-medium body is a little too fizzy and watery, but well-dried on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (543) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2008
High drinkability for an IPA. With that being said, this beer is very average. Slightly bitter back end, with some slight citrus. Pretty well balanced IPA. Relatively sharp carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle shared by Springslicker. Poured orange with a frothy white head that left good lace. The aroma had a mix of orange and malts. The flavor had lots of orange with a good backing of pine and malt. Medium body, smooth carbonation, medium hoppiness throughout. Decent!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1089) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Fantastic IPA. Had this while watching the Iggles/Stillers game. I thought this would be a hop-bomb monster beer, but it’s actually a finely crafted and delicious IPA. Great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Bottle... Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8... Clear golden ale with a small, wispy, white head. Great retention. Grains, earthy hops and a notation of black tea compose the aroma. Medium to full-bodied with dull carbonation. Good balance. Black tea and toffee. Finishes grassy, bitter, then dry. Thanks to juiceisloose for providing the bottle!


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