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  • Terrapin’s Georgia Theatre Sessions – Hoptaneous Combustion

    Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions - Hoptaneous Combustion

    Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions - Hoptaneous Combustion

    Well, folks, it’s finally time for the fourth and final chapter of Terrapin’s Georgia Theatre Session beers … Hoptaneous Combustion.  One might guess from the name that this beer contains a fair amount of hop flavor and bitterness.  Seeing as it is labeled as a smoked double IPA, you would indeed be correct.

    Brewed as “A nod to the tragic fire” (that burned down the Georgia Theatre) “and a nod to the future”, a smoked beer seems oddly fitting.  However, most smoked beers I have had in the past have been a bit too smoky for me in that wet burnt firewood sort of way.  Regardless, as this was the final beer in the set of four, I had to give it a shot.

    I do have to say that I am pleasantly surprised.  The smokiness really compliments the hop aroma while at the same time the hop aroma keeps the smoke from overpowering the nose.  The beer itself pours a hazy, orangish-gold color with a fluffy white head.  And while Terrapin touts this as a “west coast hop bomb”, I’d have to disagree.  It is indeed hoppy and there is a significant punch of hop bitterness, but it is nowhere near the level of a Stone Ruination or Moylan’s Hopsickle.  To me, though, that is a good thing.  I don’t think they were out to see just how many IBUs they could cram into the beer but I do think they were out to brew a beer that, while extremely hoppy, was balanced with a bit of malt sweetness.  For a 9.3% beer, it really is fairly easy to drink.  I’ve gone through about a third of my bomber while typing and, well, I’m ready to be done typing so I can continue to enjoy this beer.

    As I said at the start, this is the last of the four beers Terrapin offered in the series and while it was supposedly released in December, it was only in the past couple of weeks that I saw it start to show up on shelves.  If you happen to be in Georgia and feel so inclined to give this one a shot, by all means snag a couple bombers while you still can.  If you enjoyed Terrapin’s Side Project 12 – Hopzilla, I think you’ll enjoy this beer as well.

    And with that, I hereby solemnly swear that I’ll lay off talking about Terrapin beers for a bit.  I’m still peeved though…no “Golden Ticket” for me.

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