Maltajo (329) - 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 (1944) - 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.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle. Dark, thin and black with a thick foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops and chalky powdered cocoa. Flavor is more of the powdered cocoa with a strong hop backbone. Very nice brew. One of my favorites of the Side Project series. thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. This brew poured a dark brown (almost competely black) with a one finger tan head. The aroma of this brew was piney. The taste of this was a very smooth earthy flavor that intensified upon swallowing. The hops were very subtle and almost missed. It maintained evident lacing throughout. Overall this was a very nice brew that is easy to drink while still maintaining an earthy flavor. With that said, I would have enjoyed it much more if there was some balance to the earthy flavor. This was still quite good for a Black IPA. DialSquare (5033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Tried on tap the other day - rating is a bomber from fermentation lounge. Dark brown pour with a frothy mocha head and sheets of lace. Aroma is a pleasant subtle mix of pine, floral, citrus, roasted malt and cocoa. Flavors are citrus hop ipa up front followed by earthy roasted malts and wood. Smokey vibe to it - in a good way. Lively medium texture. Astringent resiny bitterness in the long finish. Kind of comes off as two different beers at once. Not sure if that’s what the black ipa style is about. If it is, well played. aracauna (3609) - Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
My wife said this reminded her of the Wake n Bake Stout, but to my less-acute senses, the similarity was faint. There is a nice chocolaty quality to the malt, but the body is definitely lighter, but this goes very well with the hops. I’m actually a little surprised the hops aren’t more aggressive, but this is an excellent beer. djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours out black with lots of head. Taste is roasty piney. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, citrus, pepper, smoke, and some pine.Clean finish balanced smooth, good stuff.