Terrapin Hoptaneous Combustion
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens
$9.99/ 22-ounce bottle; also available on draft at select beer bars.
Profile: Hoptaneous Combustion is the final release in Terrapin’s Georgia Theater Sessions, a series of four limited-edition beers aimed at helping rebuild the historic Athens music venue that was gutted by fire in 2009.
This time, brewer Brian “Spike” Buckowski presents a playful take on the tragedy with a smoked double IPA. The hybrid style is different, to say the least. But the addition of Weyermann smoked malt creates some exciting aroma and flavor fractals with a blend of Warrior, Nugget, Centennial and Simcoe hops adding bright citrus and spicy notes to this strong (9.3 percent alcohol by volume), sticky brew.
Pair with: Spicy barbecue, Mexican mole, tacos al pastor or pasta with Amatriciana sauce would make good matches for big, bright, smoky Hoptaneous Combustion.
By Bob Townsend, AJC Drink
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast. www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew