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Beer Review: Terrapin Beer Co. & Left Hand Brewing, Peaotch (Midnight Project Collaboration #4)

Oct 1, 2011

Ding Points: 58.00

Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 50.00

Tasting Notes:

The latest in the Midnight Project Series (brew four) from the Left Hand and Terrapin collaboration. More, somewhat juvenile naming. Label describes this as “Ale with Peaches added’. Brewed with peaches form Georgia and Colorado. They grow peaches in Colorado?

Mid copper pour, nice clarity and some white head. Some retention and lace but not a huge amount.

Terrapin & Left Hand, Peaotch

Terrapin & Left Hand, Peaotch

Nose is strong, heavy on the peach preserve note.

Some of that flavor comes through immediately in the tastes but it is less strong than the nose would have suggested. Not sure where this beer sits in the grand scheme of things. It drinks like a medium bodied lager, but tastes like a simple ale with a lot of artificial peach flavor added. I suppose that if someone was in love with artificial peach flavors a la an ester, then they might be interested, but who is that person?

The fruity tastes grates on the palate fairly quickly. Sweetness begins to jar, and with a noticeable 7.2% alcohol the beer feels like a floral, fruity mess to me. It drinks something like a really bad Oktoberfest with some fruit flavor added. More viscous than even a 7.2% beer might suggest, I find it quite a struggle to finish the 22 oz.

Another disappointing beer in a massive succession of mediocre beers released by Terrapin. Having thought for a long time that Terrapin had lost their way, this is the beer that really seals that feeling for me. It’s simply below average at best.

Other: 7.2% ABV, Midnight Project #4.


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