Terrapin Liquid Bliss

Tasting: December 8, 2012
Style: Porter

Liquid Bliss

Terrapin Liquid Bliss (c)2012 popsonhops taken with paper camera app.

Dave Kingman – remember him? He was a baseball player from the 1970s that played for my beloved New York Mets. I can’t say that I was a fan of him as a man, but I rooted for the jerseys and he happened to fill one for a few years. Every so often, he would hit these monstrous, jaw-dropping home runs. But more often, he supplied a lot of wild swings and misses. As a kid, he kept me watching and waiting for his next moon shot.

I have that same anticipation and disappointment relationship with certain breweries. Dogfish Head comes to mind. While Dogfish Head has delivered its moon shots, Terrapin has yet to deliver. But as it was with Dave Kingman, I keep coming back in hopes of discovering awesome. Here’s their record so far…

Oaked Big Hoppy Monster 79 points
Reunion 2012 80 points
Spike & Jerome 60 points
Hopsecutioner 73 points
Rye Squared 69 points

When Jimmy Carter was president, the fact that he was a peanut farmer from Georgia provided plenty of political fodder. But it also taught us that Georgia was known for growing peanuts. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Georgia brewer has made peanut butter (and other natural flavorings) a key ingredient in their 18th “side project”. A porter with an ABV of 6.7%. You can definitely pick up the peanut butter on the nose – if only that will carry into the flavor – they might have something. Well, that didn’t last long. I’m finding Liquid Bliss to be thin, fizzy with very demure flavors. Yes there is peanut butter, but you have to strain your palate to pick it up. Another disappointment – 79 points. Can anyone recommend a Terrapin beer?

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