Philly Beer Week, the citywide celebration of suds we wait all year for, kicks off May 30! PW is counting down the days with Eric San Juan's daily spotlight of great craft beers everyone should get to know better.
Some beer names are cute and clever inside jokes, tributes to something the brewer loved, or are plainly functional and descriptive. Others tell you exactly what the beer is in a slightly offbeat fashion. This is one of those beers. Terrapin’s Hopzilla probably doesn’t need a detailed description for most beer geeks, because it’s exactly what it sounds like: a Godzilla-sized beer exploding with hops. This richly copper-colored beer fills your nostril with resinous hop aromas that are floral and orange-kissed. The taste is not aggressively bitter, however. Instead it’s heady with hop flavor (some pineapple, grapefruit, and pleasantly abrasive pine) that is balanced by rich toffee sweetness delivered in every full-bodied swallow. Just be ready for plenty of warming alcohol, too, because this clocks in at a hefty 10.8 percent ABV. Available for a limited time at an IPA tape takeover at Jon’s Bar & Grille on May 31.
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