750 mL bottle from Green’s on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Batch 278.
I’m always in two minds about JP; I generally like the beers that they brew AS LONG AS the style fits the funk. When I get a “stout” for example that has funk, then I’m annoyed. For that reason I am hoping that this beer will be a beer that I feel good about.
Decent gunsmoke on opening and some serious head. In the Terrapin snifter the rocky, snow-capped head and lace is gorgeous, but the body is MUCH darker than I was expecting. I was hoping for a golden body, but I get dirty brown Dubbel body – not that attractive.
Very typical for the JP series, but not very subtle or clever. Sour notes destroy much of the milder funk that should really accompany this style, and the dry puckering nature of the brew ties everything else up. Sourness is added to with a drying bitterness that does nothing for me. Hops fit awkwardly into the equation and the mouthfeel is thin. It grows on me a LITTLE bit as it warms, but to be honest it still fails to impress.
I dunno, another JP beer that uses an inordinate amount of sourness to eclipse the more subtle notes that should/could be present. Not much to say other than another opportunity missed. Shame.