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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 160
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Red Ale.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 10-09-2004)
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

woodycorn44, Jan 24, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

Lisadarling, Apr 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

LJWalker, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of HopHeadRyan
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Deep cloudy brownish red

S - Sweet Sweet Malts...NO HOPS HERE AT ALL...if there were...they are long gone...so far not a Monster of any kind...maybe a MALTY MONSTER

T - Redicoulously malty sweet...cloying candied fruit killing my taste buds with only a hint of bitterness...No hops here either...

M - Good carbonation...Full bodied candied syrupy liquid...its like drinking coca cola syrup I imagine

Overall - Unless you can get this one straight from the brewery and super fresh...don't bother...

"Drink local or don't bother" (is my new slogan)!

Freshness is everything with any hoppy beer!


HopHeadRyan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: deep amber/mahogany w/reddish highlights. the color of red stained wood. very hazy and cloudy. decent light brown head and lacing.
S: not getting the hops in this, either they faded or just weren't there in the nose. rummy, boozy caramel and toffee malts dominate.
T: more rum soaked caramel and dark fruit, moderately sweet with a medium spicy hop bitterness underneath. finishes a bit sweet and spicy.
M: almost full bodied. viscous, but also being well-carbonated is the saving grace here.
D: not so much. very hot and boozy for an 8.3% hoppy (supposedly) red ale.

MrMcGibblets, May 27, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

lakersfan16, Feb 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

MrHolland10, Mar 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

sharpski, Apr 04, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Dark ruby red with an off-white head and decent lacing.

Aroma – Malty and piney.

Palate – Lively carbonation.

Flavor – Toffee and burnt sugar taste with a light citrus hop aftertaste.

Final thoughts – Not a beer that could drink a lot of as it lacks depth of flavor.

praufs01, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Founder's pint glass. Excited to try this although I see it's contract brewed.

Thick. slightly viscous looking liquid with a hazy brownish gold out of the bottle becoming a bold copper red in the glass, almost like a oddly painted barnhouse. Alot of force on the pour only gave way to a half inch of caramel colored foam on top. Small spots of lacing.

This is not a very big hoppy monster I can tell by smelling it. There is some hop sense in a grassy earthy way but citrus is what the nose is lacking. Some grapefruit and pine if you search for it. Caramel malt is up front with a dash of honey.

The malt is just getting in the way here, it overpowers any hops in here. Seeing that this is an amber I would venture to say that it tastes like a Imperial amber/red with the bigness here, to bad the wrong ingredient takes the lead here, malts galore. It goes like this, malts, caramel, a dash of dark fruit and than some lingering bitterness from small hoppage, barely nothing.

The feel on this is big, a bit to big in fact, I feel this is a chore for me to drink with the diminishing returns. The body needs to be lighter, the hops need to be boosted, this is a typical example of a East coast amber. Give me a Nugget Nectar anyday over this. Medium bodied, kind of surupy, kind of bland.

Well, this was a miss for me, but I got through it. It's not a bad beer but it's lackluster as fuck. It doesent taste bad, it just does not taste as advertised. I will re review when I try this at Terrapin, I hope this is a contract brewed issue.

BARFLYB, Jan 22, 2010
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

smartassboiler, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

BigDaddyJohn, Jan 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

BHopp12, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in Raleigh, $3. This beer was much darker than expected, more brown than amber. The smell and taste were also more barleywine than amber ale or DIPA or whatever it says on the label. I suppose there was a huge malt bill balancing the large amount of hops used on this, and the result was more similar to Bigfoot or other hoppy barleywines than it was to an amber ale (even a hopped up amber ale). I guess I'm in the minority that didn't care for this beer too much.

TurdFurgison, Nov 15, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Provided as an extra from RustyDiamond, thanks for giving me the chance to try this east coast brew

12 ounce bottle, 2007 edition, split with my roommate, poured into my Flying Dog pint glass

A-Deep brownish red color, 3/4 inch light tan head that did not settle for a while, decent retention, some lacing

S-Crazy amounts of malt, figs, prunes, tons of caramel, toffee, very faint hoppy aroma, some floral accents, maple syrup, and brown sugar

T-Too sweet, expected a huge piney hop profile and it is definitely missing, wonder if the few months of age really played a role, dark roasted malt at the beginning with a little bitterness in the middle, ended very sweet with malt and a hint of smokiness, caramel and maple brown sugar were dominant, not balanced, not a hoppy monster in any respect, too much malt for me

M-Smoky and sweet mouthfeel, full body, not enough carbonation, could have used some more hops, taste lingered too long

D-Probably could not even finish a bottle of this by myself, so heavy, high ABV at around eight percent, not smooth at all

First beer from Terrapin, let me down to be honest, hope their Wake-n-bake is better than this one, far too malty and sweet for my liking, probably will not drink again, I guess it is worth trying if you are a fan of imperial reds

Floydster, Feb 17, 2008
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3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sent to me in a trade (Thanks Kevin!)

Pours a very very dark red. Almost brown/copper color. Very thin white head that goes away fast.

Smells of raisins and other dark fruits with some sweet malt/caramel. Very little hop profile in the nose as malts dominate.

Taste is very malt forward. For something called Big Hoppy Monster the hops are nowhere near the malts on this. More raisins and sweet caramel in the taste. Almost a profile of more of a slightly hoppier Belgian than an American red.

Mouthfeel is a little bit low considering the sweetness of the brew. Carbonation levels are med-low.

Really kind of disappointed in this. It's not bad, but I'd expect something with this name to be considerably hoppier than it is and not a fan of the dark fruit profile. I've got some other Terrapin brews that I hope I'll like better.

jmarsh123, Aug 08, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark malty brown, with some hints of amber. Pours rather flat, with a fast receding head. Little lacing

S - Not too much of anything going on here. Some notes of light hops, and a bit of roastiness.

T - Strong roasted malt backbone, only lightly accented with a hop profile that leaves a lot to be desired. Again, not too much to write about here as its rather bland.

M - Very slick and oily, although comes off with a little more carbonation than it appeared. Very frothy indeed.

D - Not one I would seek out again, but glad I got to try another of Terrapin's offerings.

NYCWheatFanSC, Mar 01, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blood-red, clear body with very little head and no lacing. The color is the exquisite part of this category for sure.

Big, high alpha bitter hop aroma evened out with a biscuity sweet malt balance. I wish there were more aroma hop presence, but still pretty good.

The taste is slightly medicinal and hugely bitter. Again, there's a lot of high-alpha hops going on, but I wish there was some mellower, more flavorful hops happening. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but very warming all the way down. The malt is a little low in the flavor, though.

Slightly, slightly over-carbonated, but I think this one would be really sticky if that wasn't the case. A tiny bit drying and a tiny bit coating, except that it really sticks to the back of your throat.

The medicinal taste and too-singular hop aroma and taste make this one a bit less appealing. Couple that with the price and I don't think I would drink this too often. I may buy one more to let it age a bit and see if the hops mellow and let the malt shine a little more in the flavor as it does in the smell.

bboven, Nov 01, 2007
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3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm reviewing this as advertised - DIPA. Call it an Imp red or such and it would improve dramatically.

A - Rich ruby red brew, nice billowy head.
S - Rich malts, candi sugar, ripe fruit and a touch of hops.
T - dark belgian candi sugar, ripe fruit with a mild unertone of citrus hops.
M - rich swirling flavors, smooth drinking and mildly carbonated.
D - very drinkable. ABV is subtle and does not overwhelm this brew.

Like I started, a tasty brew no question. A DIPA or hops monster it isn't.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 03, 2007
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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
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