Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pours out a hazy maple syrup brown color. An aggressive pour pulls out a orange creamcicle colored head with various different sized bubbles. After a few sips (or gulps) this beer shows a nice sheet of lacing all around the glass. After it settles for a little bit it almost looks like muddy water from a distance, which is why it didn't get a slightly higher score.
Smell is awesome, biiig time hoppy. Mostly grapefuit citrus and sappy pine, it's all good here. The hoppy aromas certainly back up the name of this beer; but don't be fooled, there's quite a bit of malt going on here. Smells pretty sweet too, certainly plenty of roasted caramel malts, almost a warm sugar smell.
Taste is as equally excellent as the smell. Grapfruitiness again in the taste, but also some additional orange zest. Plenty of pine flavors as well. Name is certainly backed up in the flavor as well, but this brew still has a big malt backbone. So much roasted caramel malted barley here. It doesn't taste bready, but there's sort of an liquor soaked citrus pound cake. So it's stilll pretty sweet after the initial bitter bite. I know I mentioned it, but a slight boozy flavor that's not overwhelming.
Certainly a full bodied beer and surprisingly rich and smooth. Well balanced and BIG on both ends. The yeast particles are visible but not as easily detectable in the the mouthfeel. Very drinkable but I recommend this one to be a sipper. Even though the alcohol is present, the 8.3 ABV is deceiving. Overall this is quite an awesome brew. Only my second Terrapin brew, but I want more!
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2011 00:03:15 | More by AndyAvalanche
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