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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Terrapin Side Project 12 is none other than the fearless Hopzilla Double IPA. This hoptastic creature clocks in at 110 IBUs and has all the hop explosions of a B-rate monster movie.
Made with 100% Maris Otter malt to back up the barrage of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma, this beast knows no boundaries. With all of this hoppy goodness packed into one beer, we wouldn’t have called it by any other name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Pours a beautiful brick orange. Soft light emanates form the body of the beer to show off golden yellow hues and various shades of hazed orange. Fat head of khaki foam that lasted well. Nose is tangy ripe pineapple. A bit of sugary malt. Some candied orange peel. Earthy pine. A bit of bread and spice. Dank. No alcohol on this nose. Taste follows the nose all the way. It becomes complex as it warms. The fruits all have their turn on the palate. Pink grapefruit, tangy sweet pineapple, mango and orange. The booze is just a bit of warmth int he swallow. The malt comes up a bit impertinent in this one to offer some chewy bread. The bitter is deep in the beer and is part of the mouthfeel. (BRAVO) Creamy, lingering sweet finish with a surprising crispness and one last bit of bread before you are done. Outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3897) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2014
12 oz. Lightly hazy orange-amber with a lasting disc of cream on top. Aroma is tangerine, apricot, resin, caramel, grapefruit and buttery toast. Tastes of toffee, citrus zest, mint, tangerine, booze and earthy toasted whole grain bread. Some starchy rice and pithy wood in the long finish as well. Medium-heavy body is a bit minty and boozy, but has a nice balance with a long dry finish. Soft medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1163) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a clear with a slight head the aroma is citrus and the taste is smooth bitter citrus flavor that lingers on the pslate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3713) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Resin aroma. Flavors of orange and caramel. Not too boozy for the style. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to Homer321. Bottled labeled 10.3%. Shared with robotopera. Mostly hazy orange color. Thin off-white head. Good dots and ropes of lace. Ehhh... Really musty and metallic I think. Tastes a little oxidized to me. Definitely some bigger piney hop, some herbal character. Robby prefers this one to the STLIPA we just sampled prior. Again flavor is kind of mild on this one, he says, but it lingers a little bit better. I think there’s a distinct taste that might suggest that this may not be as fresh as it could be, but that could be in my head. Some caramel, light spicy bite to it. An uncomfortable tingle up front when sipping, initially... "Kind of like licking a 9-volt battery," as Robby puts it. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Lightly soft. Kind of dry finish. Overall, though, not a bad DIPA. Big piney hop, big bitterness, hides the alcohol reasonably well for 10%. Got to give it a point for that. Robby says he doesn’t get any booziness. He gave it a 4.0. This grew on me as I went. I went through it without much trouble. Robby continues, "A lot of oak on the aroma. A little bit of must, but not to the point of being offensive. Palate-wise for the aroma, it’s very well-balanced. You can do a full inhale, and there’s nothing that’s overpowering any other aspect of it." Wisdom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3254) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Lazy Dog Growler bottle, 2014 version where the "side project" label has been dropped. Nice copper color with a foamy khaki head of tight bubbles and sheets of lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, simple syrup and only a hint of hop bitterness. The flavor is actually fairly gentle with big note of citrus orange. Also no real hint of the 10+ ABV. Well balanced for the IBU count.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1331) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Dank, chewy, citrus, resin, huge hops, sweet malt backbone, nice warmth from ABV, highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1001) - Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours hazy orange with an off-white head. Smells of citrus and solid bitterness. Taste is citrus, hints of sweetness, and a strong bitter backbone. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Terrapin Hopzilla Double IPA finishes with a surprising lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Comes together well. Seems like some Belgian yeast because there are floral elements here. Finishes with light sweetness. Pours amber with good head and lacing, soft carbonation. Comes together well. Thanks to the people next to me for a taste of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamT (199) - North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2014
12oz bottle from The Beer Store Wilson. Monster Beer Tour 2014 Vintage. Orange hue, murky clarity with mostly diminishing fizzy off-white head. Virtually no lacing. Heavy grapefruit aroma, but also pine, lemon and bubble gum. Moderate bitter grapefruit up front with a moderate astringent citrus finish. Watery texture, flat carbonation. I was excited about this then quickly disappointed.

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