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
A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thank you very much for this delicious brew! A 2011 bottling into an Alaskan pint glass...
The pour is a gorgeous, dark mahogany/amber color. Brown and ruby hues dance throughout the body as it sits beneath a centimeter thick layer of cream-colored bubbles that constitute the head. It dissipates slightly faster than I'd hoped, but that's a minor gripe.
The smell begins the wonderful experience that is the Big Hoppy Monster. The toasted malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and bit of hoppy citrus immediately inform me that this is my type of amber.
The taste follows through with caramel, toffee, plenty of toasted malt, some orange citrus, and a subtle hoppy finish (read slightly piney and bitter). The alcohol is completely hidden. While my brian knows that this one should probably be sipped, by mouth prevents that from being possible. This thing was gone before I knew it, and I was very sad.
The mouthfeel is phenomenal; very smooth throughout, and the additional hop presence prevents it from becoming too sticky or sweet on the finish.
This is a very well done amber, and my favorite to date. I probably should have rated it higher still, but I wanted to leave room should I discover something else on/above this level. My only complaint with it is that I cannot buy it locally, for this would be a staple of my fridge. Jay, I cannot thank you enough for this one!
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2011 02:31:34 | More by eclipse54
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