Apparently, some have their knickers in a knot about Terrapin converting debt held by MillerCoors into a minority equity share in Terrapin. Gasp…the big beer boogeyman. I say pop a ‘lude, brochacho. As long as they keep making good beer, who the fuck cares?
Terrapin decided to make their fresh hop beer with Challenger hops. Which is an interesting choice in a beer supposed to showcase its hop character. Challenger hops are a British hop often used in the British-styled Extra Special Bitter (ESB)…which sounds promising. But, unfortunately, it seems the ever-witty Brits use “extra special” to mean “not very”. ESBs aren’t hoppy.
It pours a beautiful, clear copper; and it has a nice-looking head, which results in some lacing. There is a light smell of spicy hops…fairly underwhelming for a fresh hop beer. The taste is a little better: a well-balanced front-end, a slightly spicy hop tail-end, and a dry finish. I kept waiting for more, like a luscious hop aftertaste. But that was it.
In a beer-style that is supposed to be a love letter to hops, we get an airport-purchased postcard from a layover at Heathrow. Frankly, I found tonight’s TMZ coverage of Justin Beiber’s paternity suit more fulfilling than this beer.
Perhaps I am a victim of my own expectations. Maybe this would be a good beer for someone dipping their toe into the hoppy beer pool for the first time.
The Haybag: Disappointing. Justin Bieber should have known better. Oh, and the beer was lackluster and underwhelming.