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Terrapin Side Project Hop Shortage Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
bottle at grand opening. Very green but very good. I’ve never had a iipa that was too young, but this is very young. In 2 wks it will be awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Got the last bottle at Terrapin’s Side Project @ Bruisin’ Ales. If you dream of hops, this beer is for you. Aroma is super hoppy with citrus notes. Flavor is a mouthfull of hops, decent carbonation. White creamy head. I am glad to be one of few to drink this awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2008
A dark orange appearance with some pine, grapefruit, and lemons in the nose. The flavor is rather bitter like an IPA should be by god. Some pine, oranges, lemons show up for this one. It wasnt a hop bomb, it had a nice malty backbone to it. Overall yet another gem from Terrapin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
pours a clear orange copper with nice full white head. not at all too over the top, and very well balanced. hop light ctirus aroma. smooth balanced palate, weith citrus finish. Loved the citrus presence, and the mild bitter background. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2008
22oz bomber (with gold foil around the cap and neck). Pours a nice, clear, deep gold with highlights of orange and yellow. The foam is off-white in color, and though it pours only a thin head it leaves loads of lace on the sides of the glass. Despite the label describing the beer as a huge hop bomb, it seems quite a balanced IPA. The nose starts full of fragrant hops - a nice bouquet that blends citrus (lemony?), spicy, and earthy hop aroma. There is also a dose of residual sugar and bready malt in the aroma. The flavor starts bittersweet with some earthy and citrusy (grapefruit) hop flavors combined with delightful pale malt character - a nice balance of sweetness from caramelized malts, too. The middle of the tongue detects a lovely balance of pale malts and more hops. The finish is quite hoppy - bitter notes of perfume and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is perfect for a pale ale - crisp but not overdone carbonation with a smooth and medium body. Overall, a great beer. It doesn’t taste too strong (label doesn’t indicate alcohol level, and I can’t really notice a big alcohol flavor, so I assume it is 6-7). It also tastes very well-balanced - not as one-sided of a hop bomb as some west coast interpretations of the style. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marbecurb (2) - USA - APR 16, 2008 does not count
Nice smooth IPA. Not as bitter as most IPA’s. I love a good bitter IPA, but this was a nice change of pace. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor. Goes down easy. I love the stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2008
22oz bottle pours medium golden orange with an white head. Citrus hop and pine aroma. Medium body with a slight sweetness. A nice IPA that is balanced as opposed to other east coast IPAs that are just hop bombs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCMike22 (90) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Poured into snifter. Medium golden color. Huge hoppy nose. Much more balanced than the nose would indicate, very drinkable. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dangle (31) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2008
Light amber color with with a citrus aroma. Tastes sweet and hoppy. I really like it and am going to get more before its gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2008
One of the best IPA’s on the market. Malty nose, then big hop flavor! Simcoe, Cenennial, and Columbus types. Awsome hop flavor, malt is well balanced, clean, and flavorful. This beer seems under rated for what I see other beers rated on Ratebeer.com. The only thing I gig this beer on is that it needs more hop aroma. The best offering from Terrapin so far.

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