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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.
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
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
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.
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.