Terrapin Hopzilla

#12 in the Side Project series.
Drunk twice; once on-tap at Leon’s, Decatur, GA, USA on the night of the Terrapin takeover, and once from the bottle. This review is from the bottle version purchased at Green’s, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Usual 22 oz presentation with the gold foil.
Pour is a hazed, light orange affair with a big head that produces some excellent lace. Retention is OK. Looks nice.
Nose and tastes replicate a west Coast style DIPA quite nicely with huge grapefruit, pine and alcohol notes combining to produce a beer that represents the style VERY well. I need to be in the mood for this type of beer, but if I were, this would fit the bill nicely. With deliberate and obviously big alcohol, a syrupy mouthfeel and an aggressive blend of malt and hops, this beer is not trying to be anything other than an abusing assault on the palate. However, like great DIPA’s of this ilk, it still manages to remain within the parameters of the style (whatever they may be) and has just about enough of each element to hold the whole package together.
I seldom want a beer like this, but if and when I do, this would be a good one to turn to.
Drinkability is what it is, i.e. not great, but to be honest you are not going to want to drink a lot anyway.
In short, it does what it says on the can (bottle).

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08/30/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.8 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.9
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