Terrapin Monster Beer Tour Hop Selection IPA

The kittens are getting really big. Simcoe is looking like he’s going to be bigger than Angel (and he’s a really big cat). Citra looks like he’s going to be a little bit smaller. They’re still running around like crazy and getting into things, which is to be expected, but they’re also learning that they really like the couch and the bed to sleep on. Anways, time for the beer, which uses neither Simcoe nor Citra hops.


ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Yearly showcase of our favorite hop! ‘Hop Selection’ Single Hopped Imperial IPA is a celebration of our favorite hop from the current harvest. Whether it’s an old classic, a new variety, or an experimental standout, this beer will continue to change yearly showcasing our favorite hop of the season.”

Random: The hop for 2014 was Ella. It also used 2-Row Pale, Vienna, CaraPilsner and Honey malts.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange with moderate carbonation visible. The nose wasn’t as intense as I would have assumed. It had citrus peel, but quickly went into sweet malt. It was almost like an orange gummy candy. The taste started with lemon and orange pith. It also very quickly went into floral hops along with a significant caramel sweetness from the malt. The alcohol was noticeable and astringent. The body was on the lighter side of the style with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet. A single of this set me back $3.50, which came to $.29 per ounce. This was a decent beer, but it was way too sweet for my liking. I wouldn’t have it again. There are too many better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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