Additional notes 11/09
I’ve really come to the conclusion that I don’t like this beer very much at all.
The combination of what amounts to a wet, fresh hop presence against a malt-based, sweetish Brown Ale simply doesn’t work at all well.
It simply goes beyond the American tinkering with styles and is a very good example of why pushing the envelope often ends up producing crass beers in poor taste, that taste poor!
I’m even going as far to say that this beer simply isn’t very good.
Original notes 04/07
On-tap at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. 16 oz pour.
Pretty much exactly as I expected. A generally good quality beer, but WAAAAY too many hops for the Brown Ale style, BUT at the same time typical of the American version AND typical of Terrapin. Outside of that very, very little to report.
If you are looking for a malty, sweet, traditional Brown Ale (English), then don’t bother, if on the other hand you are seeking a hop-based version of the style then you’ll probably be very pleased.
My final thought is, “Why do these brewers seem to need to hop-up a style that was perfectly delicious without bells and whistles?” I don’t get it.