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Midnight Monk Black IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Company

Midnight Monk Belgian-style Black IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, GA       

Midnight Monk Belgian-style Black IPA is being offered for the first time as the fall selection in Terrapin's Monster Beer Tour line of high-gravity seasonal beers. For this brew, brewmaster Brian "Spike" Buckowski takes the yeast and malt bill of a traditional Belgian Tripel and hops it up like an American Imperial IPA to create a truly transcendental experience. The addition of dark malts lends a toasty smoothness that beautifully counters the big, complex flavor and aroma of the hops and yeast to produce a deceptively quaffable high-gravity brew.

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Midnight Monk Stats:
Malts: 2-row Pale, Pilsner, Munich, Special Aromatic, DH Carafa III, Crystal 24
Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade (Dry Hop : Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade)
ABV: 9.8%
IBU: 88
OG: 19.8

Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few small bubbly patches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

Aroma - Big hop nose that's actually quite citrusy with some dark roast trailing behind it. Also a bit of booze.

Taste - Oh wow. A unique and pleasant synthesis of dark roast, citrusy hops and Belgian yeast all working in harmony to make a great flavor profile. It's really the yeast and hops that come into play most with the dark roast providing a solid template. And damn, 9.8%? Now I see why the price tag's so high, but it's worth it.

Mouthfeel - Sharp from the hops with a solid viscosity from the dark roasted malt. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

Overall- I was skeptical going into this one but now I'm considering getting a whole 4-pack after purchasing this single. In a sea of Black IPAs, this one stands out as unique and fully satisfying.


Terrapin Beer Company
Terrapin Beer Company was founded by Brian "Spike" Buckowski and John Cochran. The two men actually wanted to develop their own brewery, in 1998, before they had their own beer. After finally developing a beer the two were contemplating names when Buckowski, a Grateful Dead fan, mentioned Terrapin. The name comes from "Terrapin Station," which is a Grateful Dead album. After three years of talking to bankers and investors to no avail, Spike and John realized the only way to start Terrapin Beer Company was to begin as a contract brewery.  
Terrapin Beer Company Spike and John, founders of Terrapin Beer Company
It released its first beer, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, in Spring 2002 at the Classic City Brewfest. Six months later this beer, which was sold only in Athens, Georgia, was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival. With demand for Terrapin growing daily, the Rye Pale Ale was soon made available to beer fans in Atlanta, Georgia as well. Soon after, Terrapin was chosen by producers of "Blue Ribbon" on Turner South to be featured on a TV special about breweries in the South. The viewers of this show voted Terrapin as the Best Brewery in the Southeast by an overwhelming margin of 72%.

When a Georgia state law capping beers at 6% alcohol was overturned in 2004, Spike and John turned their attention to creating a line of seasonal beers that pushed the envelope of traditional brewing. It was this desire to challenge the palates of beer drinkers everywhere that led to the creation of the Monster Beer Tour. The seasonal brews consist of Big Hoppy Monster, Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Rye Squared, and All-American Imperial Pilsner.

Terrapin's brewery in Athens, GA is and open for tours. Located at 265 Newton Bridge Rd. in Athens, GA, the new brewery is 45,000 square feet. Tours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 5:30-7:30.


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