Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.95/5 rDev +21.9%
Hands down my favorite beer.
Excellent balance. Not over-hopped, but still bitter. Perfect complement to malt, especially when fresh. The malt is sweeter than I expected, but it really pairs well with the citrusy, bitter hops. The sweetness really comes out if you have a will strong enough to let it age (I prefer the balance provided by the fresh hop character). Beautiful golden amber color and excellent head retension, providing potent citrusy aroma through the entire pint. Head and aroma are perfectly accenuated by a goblet or tulip glass.
Bold in flavor, aroma and alcohol content. Definitely not a session beer. Perfect with pork or beef. Or possibly spicy chicken.
05-02-2012 13:12:30 | More by MargaritavilleOH
4.93/5 rDev +21.4%
Thank to UncleFlip for the bottle. An unexpected treat!
Pours a hazy mahogany, nearly opaque, topped with a modest almond colored head. Good head retention, lace clinging to the glass in large blobs. Surprising aroma. Very deep, earthy hoppiness, glinting with citrus and pine. Fudge drizzled with caramel, and a bit of apple crisp. I've never had a combination similar to this that really worked well, but this feels seamless, all the scents mingling together effortlessly. The flavor follows suit, the first sip instantly taking hold of the tastebuds, finally letting go long, long after the glass is drained. A slick, almost oily body coats the tongue with cake frosting sugariness. Chocolatey, but mostly caramel, a vague, undefined roasty character. Earthy, orange citrus hop juice gushing everywhere. Apple pie, or probably more accurately apple crisp fruitness. Hints of peach and something like...russian dressing? Sounds wierd, but that's what I'm getting. Good thing I'm a fan. Kinda meaty, too. Incredibly complex for such a hop driven beer. The finish retains some sweetness, moving into a more toffee like character than up front, blistering with hops, hops and more hops. Bitterness is high, but within reason, juicy as hell with a spicy, citric, piney, woody feel. Pretty much runs the gamut of hop flavors. Finishes with a lick of booze, the hop flavor coating the tongue long after the beer is finished. Reserved carbonation forges through the heavy body adequately, without being too nervous about the job. It keeps a very smooth, surprisingly soft and drinkable feel, while packing in the maximum amount of flavor in 12 ounces of big hoppy joy. Goddam this is great shit.
I'd heard this was good from a variety of folks, but it's really a stunning beer. I'd say one of the best, richest brews I've had in a long, long time, certainly of this style. Apparently R.E.M. isn't the only treasure to come out of Athens, GA. Completely boss. The tops. I can't speak highly enough.
03-29-2006 07:55:33 | More by UnionMade
4.85/5 rDev +19.5%
I heard so much about this brew through the fellows at free the hops, i had to check this one out. glad i did...
it pours a very brownish-amber. the head on this was very, very thin.
the smell: pine, hops, and some cintrus (orange and tangerine and grapefruit)...and more hops and pine. i could sit here and smell this brew for a while.
taste- the hops slams you pretty good on this one. alcohol is pretty evident on this, which may turn some away, but doesn't really bother me. the pine and oranges and grapefruit come back for appearance on the taste as well.
mouthfeel: i love love the way this is kind of oily and creamy in the mouth. it coats the mouth, leaving you tasting the hops on this for awhile after you sip this.
drinkability: i could drink this beer all night. this is by far one of the best double ipas i have had in long time. i am glad atlanta's so close to birmingham because i will be making several trips over to have this one frequently. a definite must have for ipa/hop lovers.
12-31-2005 23:49:17 | More by DeaconBluez
4.85/5 rDev +19.5%
These just showed up at TW here in Springfield. Terrapin is rapidly becoming a favorite brewery of mine!
A: coppery-red in glass, clear, not foggy, 4-finger golden brown head and when glass is tilted the lacing is solid. Very active carbonation.
S: Caramel malts, some grapefruit, pine and resin-hops.
T: Delicious!! Little to no bitterness, but very smooth throughout!! Definite strong hop-flavor, combined with some citrus, resin, tannins and tobacco. Finish is super smooth, and no hop build-up or bitterness build-up.
M: Fairly creamy-thick and pleasant.
O: I bought five 4-packs of this stuff after tasting it, and as with all their other brews, this will be a repeat offender!! Another great beer from the turtle!!
09-15-2011 20:51:26 | More by Emerson1310
Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.