jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, slightly hazy, brown with red/ruby highlights and a medium-sized tan head that leaves thick swaths of lace on the glass. The aroma is delectable: lovely oranges with notes of dark chocolate. The citrus hops smell great (cascade or centennial? perhaps amarillo or ahtanum?), and the malt character provides a subtle roasted grain and chocolate tone to the beer’s smell. The flavor starts with a strong note of citrus hops with a chocolate, toffee, and toast malt character. Just before mid-palate, the combination of citrus bitterness and chocolate reaches decadence. At mid-palate the malt profile becomes grainier and drier - like dry, bitter, cocoa powder. The hop bitterness peaks - but is never overpowering, but rather reaches a beautiful balance with the malts. The finish is dry, slightly warming (with a very subtle flavor of alcohol), and both roasty (with a subtle nuttiness) and hoppy. The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated, lightening the perception of the full body so that it feels more medium in body and slippery. Overall, a very drinkable, hoppy beer that perfectly fits their description as an India-style Brown Ale. rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottled Terrapin IBA, with a label featuring artwork depicting the eponymous reptile playing a Sitar, when poured into a pint glass, looked red tinged brown, and sported a small head. The smell was pretty much halfway between the two styles as the citric hops intersected with a nutty malt. The taste was wavering between these two styles as well before ultimately settling closer to an IPA. The mouthfeel was a letdown to me, as the body felt watery and somewhat weak. The finish was dry and mineralized. I am not sure why Terrapin chose to release this style of beer, but my mind just kept going back for a comparison to a similarly constructed but wholly superior Big Hoppy Monster from them. Worth trying and savoring, but not a spectacular offering. Hangover (1142) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Dark brown-reddish pour with a nice, creamy tan head. Nice citrusy hoppy aroma, not at all in line with the appearance of this one. Medium body, lots of hops all through this one, citrus, pine. The finish is as the bottle advertises, pretty roasty. The roastiness and the big hop flavor really bitter this one out at the end. It’s pretty good. You can always count on Terrapin to come out with cool ideas for brews. thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
From tap at Bonnaroo. Aroma was hardly there, but what was there was good and clean and roasty. Color was a rusty dark red-brown. Flavor was pretty darn good. Good balance of hop and malt. Nit too strong on either side though. Good stuff. CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Draft from Cask. Tan head atop clear brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, floral/orange, some butterscotch. Taste is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, some floral, spicy, caramel. Light-medium body.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On draught at Bonnaroo: This brew pours a nice nut brown colour with a medium sized tan head. Aromas are nutty, caramel and hint of raisins. Taste is very pleasent, creamy- noticeably hop character, very tastey all around. robbmotiwalla (62) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
draft at mellow mushroom ($2 on terrapin tuesday in kennesaw) nice brown color. wow, alot more hops than i would expect, they are more pronounced than the nutty brown side. much better than the dogfish head IBA. this is my favorite from terrapin KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Draft-Nashville. Holy Crap this was hoppy for a Brown Ale. A nice kick in the teeth with a sweet, mellow, malty finish. Never had anything like this one. kevd193213 (992) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Draught. Brown slightly cloudy pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt and faint hops. Taste of caramel malt and coffee with a surprisingly strong hoppy finish. KieferUGA (462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Draft at the grand opening of the new brewery. Color is a nice deep mahogany. Medium sized, mother of pearl color head. Earthy, hoppy aroma. Hoppy taste with a sweet caramel backbone.