dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Great stuff, best beer of the night in a sampling I did two weeks ago. Great hop flavor but smooth and drinkable. I’m really becoming a big fan of black IPAs, they seem to have a great flavor while beeing more drinkable than some of the bruisers.
jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
This beer pours as black as an imperial stout. Smells like one too. However it taste like one might expect with a roasted hop flavor that finishes clean and smooth. Awesome Maltajo (330) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bomber bottle from Dchmela, ( thanks Dave ). Nice black pour with a fine tan head. Roasted barly goodness with a nice balance of hops with a little wheat. Every sip was a pleasure. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Very good Black IPA. Not the best I’ve ever had but still a real good showing from Terrapin. This brewer is one of the best.
GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2010
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, opaque mahogany that almost sits black in the glass with a surprisingly big and fluffy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves a hefty cap and great lacing.
The aroma starts with some light fruity citrus, oranges and lemons maybe, and some resinous pine. The hops are balanced a bit by the dark roasted malts but the citrus is dominant.
The taste is a bit more balanced and complex with the dark roasted malts forming a bigger backbone that the aroma suggested. That said, the hops are still big and start with oranges and tangerines and give way to a more grassy and resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. The dry roasted character of the malts balance the hop bitterness of the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, though it’s bubbles that lend a very creamy feel to things overall.
I enjoyed this one a lot and I’m glad I got to try it super fresh as the hops are the dominant player now. Honestly, I’m intrigued to see what happens as the hops die down as I bet this turns into a completely different beer. Not sure if it’ll be this good, but I look forward to finding out.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2010
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is hops and roasty malt. Taste is dry hops, toasted malt and coffee. Goes down very smooth. Really good stuff. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
22 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10. Pours dark brown with huge mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with hints of oak and pine. Nice sweetness then a great bitter mocha finish. Balanced carbonation that really brought out the roasted malt.