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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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The Terrapin “30 Strong” is a high gravity (8.8% ABV) Ale. Brewed with 30 different ingredients and aged on American oak spirals, the “30 Strong” will leave your palate begging for more. This fun little experiment has really opened my eyes to a new style of brewing. I call it kitchen sink brewing! Hope you enjoy! Spike O.G. 20.6, F.G.4.3, ABV.8.8% Just check out this list of ingredients… Malts: Canada malting 2-row Silo, O-I-O Flaked Barley, Best Wheat LT, Canada Malting Rye, Weyermann Acidulated, Best Caramel Malt Pils, Best Vienna, Best Munich Malt I, Best Munich Malt II, Gambrinus Honey Malt, Briess Victory, Briess Special Roast, Thomas Fawcett Crystal Malt II, Thomas Fawcett Dark Crystal I, Weyermann Chocolate Rye, Thomas Fawcett Chocolate, Wetermann DH Carafa I, Thomas Fawcett Black, Roasted Barley Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Simco, E.K.G., Cascade, Magnum, Glacier And… water, yeast, oak spirals


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4129) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Rating #1900.:: Tap @ TacoMac. Terrapin’s offering to their 30th Birthday. 30 F’n ingredients!!! Cloudy, deep copper \ orange \ light brown color. Creamy almond colored head. Huge lacing down the length of the pint glass. Aroma is of everything in this world that is good. From honey to wood, caramel to straw, freshly milled malts, honey roasted malts, big citrus hops, some light grass. Light raisin and some apple, nice vanilla, and more honey. Flavor is a big predilection of sweetness. Big sweetness that some would call cloying. Superbly balanced. Nice hop. Calming bitterness with a hint of citrus essence and spice. Flavor is out of this world. It is beers like this that makes American Brewing #1 in the world. Full bodied. Smooth, sweet and creamy. Heavenly. This beer even finishes with a hint of Pinot Grigio fruitiness. Thank you, SPIKE!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 draft at Taco Mac, Cumming. I really enjoyed this special anniversary beer made especially for Taco Mac’s 30th.... it is quite a complex and exciting beer. came to the table with a nice off white head and a deep orange / brownish color. very pleasant and dynamic aroma with banana, apple, spice, yeast and some lingering hops. very big over the mouth, almost chewy... there is a ton of stuff in here.... the hops really take the front along with some more apple and banana. Sweet malts, bread and caramel over the top and a big strong finish with the alcohol poking through with some bitterness and spice. Very enjoyable and extremely complex and intriguing. I didn’t really pick up on the oak. Too bad its a one off brew - b/c this is really good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Initially sampled in delightfully copious amounts at the Terrapin Anniversary Party back on April 11th. Now, I’m enjoying it down at my local Taco mac in Kennesaw. Appearance: Obscured, brownish-amber body with a frothy, off-white head that yielded a nice coating of lace on the way down. Smell: The aroma presents an elaborate multitude of both malt and hop scents all bound up with a tidy bow of piquant oak wood. Each visit to the nose is a little bit different, at times it’s a bit spicy, sweet-scented, bready, or even earthy. Taste: All at once, a dizzying, complex array of malt flavors blitz past the tongue: some toasty, grainy, bready, caramel-coated, roasty, and, yes, there’s even the anticipated touch of spicy rye. Overall, there’s a fairly subdued sweetness. The addition of oak is noticeable, but certainly is not a stand out flavor -- heck, with so many ingredients and so much going on within the beer, none of them were. There’re plenty of various hop flavors to be found as well, some earthy, citrusy, fruity, and some even downright pithy. Medium-high bitterness. Farther down the 20 ounce mug, fruity hop tastes of tangerine and grapefruit began to shine through a bit more. Finishes dry, warming, and with a slight lingering spiciness. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, thankfully neither too thin nor grotesquely heavy. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It was great fun watching various tasters at the anniversary party try to interpret and correctly decipher the 30 ingredients. I safely assumed "water" was included, sort of like the "FREE" square in Bingo. Also, I fully felt an inclusion of oak wood and rye was another safe bet as, well, Terrapin likes both the oak and rye. I recall hearing everything from maple to smoked malts to chamomile to honey (which, I’ll admit, I thought may have been included). Another interesting creation from Terrapin, and here’s to many more.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft at Taco Mac (not that it’s available any other way...). Pours a slightly cloudy brownish-orange amber with a thin white head. The aroma is complex and malty with awesome notes of fruit and spice. There are aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, maple syrup, and molasses. It has a very nutty quality and subtle herbal notes. It smells very sweet. The flavor starts bready with aromatic, herbal, somewhat medicinal qualities. You can also taste up front a little bit of ethanol with spices and lots of malt sweetness. At midpalate, there is a soft, herbal bitterness with lots of caramel and toffee. The finish is aromatic citrus (bitter orange marmalade), soft earthy hops, some almost astringent, floral, herbal qualities, and grainy semi-sweet malt. There is some warming and bitter ethanol in finish. The mouthfeel is crisply carbonated but subsides into a frothy creaminess. It is also full in body. Overall, a very nice, very interesting, sweet, malty ale!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009
Date: April 11, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, touch of chocolate, spicy hops, light earthyness, growing oak
Flavor: rich malt flavor, rich dark caramel, nice chocolate, big oaky character, nice balancing earthyness without being hoppy, touch of vanilla, light herbal spicyness in the finish

Date: May 08, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac kennesaw
Score: 3.8 to 4.0
Aroma: light spicy oak aroma balanced by dark malts
Flavor: oak flavor dominates with the rich chocolate and caramel malts playing catch up, malty sweetness comes in a second wave to add richness and balance, touch of alcohol at the bottom of the pint glass

Date: May 11, 2009
Mode: cask
Source: taco mac va highlands
Words: fuggles dry hop
fuggles takes over the base beer with too much woodsy earthyness,

Date: May 11, 2009
Mode: cask
Source: taco mac va highlands
Words: pearl dry hop
picking up more of a sweet fruity character that does a good job complementing the base beer,

Date: October 04, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac kennesaw
still rich and oaky, not much change over five months, a rare treat to find a lost keg on tap,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Draft at the Terrapin Brewery. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma of sweet honey, caramel, oak and malts. Lots of malts in the flavor. Full bodied with a ton of sweetness, honey, caramel, molasses, maple syrup and a ton of malt. Nice beer and thanks to the guys in Athens for making sure I got to taste it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Draft at Terrapin. Poured cloudy light brown with off-white head. Aroma is really nice mix of sweet malt, chocolate, maple, citrus hops, and oak. Taste is really sweet and oaky, with some fruity notes coming through as well - citrus and others. Mouth is pretty full and sticky. Finishes with a little hop bite and some smooth oak. A really enjoyable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2478) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Draft at Taco Mac Highlands. Pretty interesting offering here. It took me a while to decipher and narrow down the individual flavors and aromas going on. This is a pretty complex one. Aroma at first was floral and sugary. It gave way to a raisin and fruit character and finished off with a bit of vanilla from the oak treatment I imagine. The flavor was dominated by vanilla and wood throughout which was a little one dimensional considering the kitchen sink method used to brew here. There is touch of caramel malt chewiness and a very faint bittering hop experience but not enough to get past the oak flavoring going on. It is almost too much going on to have any one element stand out in either the aroma or flavor. If anything the oak treatment/aging is reminiscient of other offerings from these guys and readily apparent here as well. There is plenty else going on too to keep you occupied in figuring out the 30 ingredients.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (882) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap @ Taco Mac Metropolis, served in a pint glass. This batch was from 2009, aged in house. It poured a very hazy orange color with no head. Each sip left lots of sticky lace. Obviously there was a lot going on in this one. The aroma was surprisingly laid back and subdued, just some hints of malty sweetness and various hops. Lots of malty flavors up front, a bit sweet but is complimented by a big hop kick. Some citrus paired with some earthiness as well. Finished with a light bitterness and a bit of sweetness. This was kind of a mess but actually turned out nicely. I am sure the age mellowed it a bit, good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2009
On draft at Taco Mac (VA-HI). Cloudy red-gold in appearance, delivered w/out a head. Definitely a lot going on in this beer--the complexity of the aroma and flavor really too much for my rather simply palette to glean a lot of the individual elements. Thought it was nicely balanced among the sweet (roasted malts, vanilla, bready), the spicy (but not overwhelmingly so), and a twinge of lingering bitterness. Also got some interesting tartness from somewhere, but maybe that was just me. Interesting for sure.


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