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Terrapin Side Project Hop Shortage Ale

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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.

DietPepsican's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Thanks to dickheadmgee for this one. Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Strong plastic hop aroma and flavor. Bitter pine finish. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (5712) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Slutfest 6: Toffee, orange, and grain nose. Clear amber, medium yellow head. Tea, caramel, slightly vegetal. Medium body, soft carbonation. No hops but none expected given the age. Of the several cellared side project series beers sampled at Slutfest, this fared the worst, which is not surprising. I really hate myself for not having this fresh, because it was probably wonderful

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Pours dark and cloudy amber/orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Streaks of lacing left behind. Smells more like a barleywine with some boozy sweetness and strong malt profile balancing out the citrus and piney hop notes. Medium bodied with a good balance of sweet and bitter hops followed by a decent malt backbone and dry boozy finish. Hints of orange peel and dry pine needle countered by bicuit and caramel. Malt backbone provides balances without interfering with bitterness. Well balanced and quaffable but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruit, and dusty hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Unclear to hazy medium orange color with a small average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white grey head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, light honey, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, grapefruit notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration, dry, honey sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110223]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy amber - white head. Ok hoppy.... old hoppy, honey, oxidation, cheese, knækbrød, sweetness, sharpness, pure american IPA - but too old !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
bottle at papsø orange not much head. quite hoppy, dusty, aroma, sweet malty. flavor is flowery, bitter malty, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7880) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle. Poured hazy golden with a medium off white head. The aroma is sweet maltym caramel, fruit, grass and citrus. The flavour is sweet malt, spices, caramel, honey and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, hops, grass and pine needles with notes of cookies. Sweet flavour of caramel, hops, grass and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is soapy and citrusy. Citrusy, slight peachy and flat malty. Bitter, fruity and mild citrusy. Ends lingering fruity and slight malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of sincereNC. Pours a cloudy and almost opaque amber with an off-white head. The nose has a little citrusy hops and an oxidized caramel touch. Medium body, sweet fruitiness, caramel and licorice allsorts. Clearly the hops have oxidized by now. The finish is not all that bitter. 230211

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