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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
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858 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 162
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: rajendra82 on 10-09-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Red Ale.
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Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont know about "hoppy monster," but this is still a pretty good beer. It's a hazy red with tan head a nice lacing. Smells and tastes of sweetened fruit, cherries and raspberries, with a citrus twist. Tastes like there might be some rye in there too. The hops aren't too big, but still have a pleasant lingering quality. A smooth drink, not too heavy for the abv. This is what I'd call a nice example of a big American beer.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a. 12 oz bottle - pint glass. A stunning ruby red with some offwhite head and fine lace.

s. Bready smell from the yeast and malt. Some very faint earthy hops.

t. Nice hoppy taste with a honey like sweetness from the malts. Mead like at times but just a ton of hops and roasted tones. The hops are enough to keep the sweetness down, and it takes alot of sweetness to balance the hops. Alcohol esters present but overall not unpleasant. Hops are a mixture of grapefruit, pine, earth and lemon.

M. Smooth and creamy, very carbonated. Finishes bittersweet, literally.

D. This is one strong, flavorful ale. A nice red, and a hop head classic. The high abv limits its drinkability a bit, but in a perfect world this beer would be a staple.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle of the 2006 release from a trade with DeaconBluez. As you'll see throughout my review, I treated this like a Brown Ale.

A: The IPA is surprisingly dark, looking more like a brown ale than an IPA variant. Some dark ruby red emerges from the bottom of the glass. The head was almost a finger and a half or so and has left a thin film all along the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is in line with the color, showing off a toffee and biscuit malt nose that have an inkling of hop undertone on the back end.

T: Big hop bitterness defines the initial impressions oof a sip. That initial bitterness is a brief flash in the pan that quickly steps away to allow the real star to come through. The toffee and nut malts are bold throughout the glass, providing a dry semi-sweet flavor that never allows the hops to come back out. The finish continues with the graininess, more cereal bomb than hop bomb without a doubt.

M: The mouthfeel is more amber or brown ale than IPA, clearing the formula has changed since that long-ago first review. The alcohol is well hidden, lending to a nice brown ale body.

D: The ale threw me for a loop, as I expected an IPA. That being said, this is a pretty good facsimile of an English brown ale, the flavors are nutty and strong and the alochol is reasonably hidden.

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Vintage 2011.

A one finger light tan foamy head is presented off the pour, but at least it stays. Body color is a very dark indian red with ruby and red hues towards the edges. It looks a little frozen and lifeless.

Nose is strong ale smelling. Big malts and a little bit of heat. There is a hint of piney hop wanting to creep out behind this thick malt booze however.

Taste is like a chewy strong ale, with a faint chocolate bitter. This doesn't feel much different than a typical American Strong Ale. Rich malts with a thick body that is certainly tolerable. Hop angle on this is pretty much non existent. There is a certain tobacco like dry finish on this which is kind of interesting, sort of a "tickle" in the back of the throat.

It's a very good beer, not worth of it's name, maybe I have an old one, but it's too much in strong ale territory, however, it doesn't taste particularly boozy either for an 8 abv. I do enjoy it for what it is, just the name hints to me of some disappointment.

Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

Pours an extremely dark beer for the style. Coke a cola brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A clear beer with no head formation.

Smell is light and VERY fruity to the nose. Aroma of menthol, pines and plums are the strongest. Lesser aromas of citrus rinds and brown sugar. Fairly spicy too mostly black pepper and cinnamon.

Taste is sweet malty and fruity with brown sugar and hops in the first sip. Good hops flavor behind the wall of sweetness. Lots of grapefruit and pine with a brisk lime bitter snap at the end. Long lasting bitter after taste without any of the usual woodiness. Lighter flavors of hops are in this too most unusually is lemon and lime in the sweet part of the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.


A very drinkable strong IPA. Probably too bitter for a regular beer drinker this is still good.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass) best if enjoyed by vintage 09 BB
A- This beer has a dark dens brown body with trails of microbubbles in slow motion supporting a creamy tan head that last a good bit.
S- The aroma of cereal is followed by a big pine hops with a cream hint. The pine flavor seems to grow as the beer warms. T- This beer has a big piny citrus hops flavor and a nice dark toasted malt flavor with a cream quality to it. The hops have a one and woody quality to them with a pine full finish with a slight resin flavor lingering after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a nice full hop flavor with a good malt flavor supporting and some dark malt notes and some nice depth to the hops flavor.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, haxy amber with a quarter inch of off white head that has great retention. Smells of bready malt and piny, faintly citrusy hops. Tastes like heavy barley malt with undertones of caramel, pineapple, and faint citrus. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

This is a very smooth, easy to drink beer with a relatively high ABV. The malt content reminds me of fresh Bigfoot or 90 Minute, but the hop character is a little more subdued and pineapple-like. Delicious; I'd get another one in a heartbeat.

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitz134 for this one.

Pours a dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head which lasts awhile, nice islands/sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is pretty hoppy with some sweet malts/slight citrus and a nice touch of caramel. The taste pretty much stays with the nose, hoppy/sweet malty, with a nice bitter bite in the finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, a very nice offering from Terrapin. Thanks again for this one Chris.

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep amber red color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty attractive, consisting of some light sweet malt and some pretty significant, perfumy hoppy citrus. Flavors aren't quite as attractive as the nose, though I still enjoyed the moderately sweet malt, cherry and baked apple, with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. There is also a bit of roastiness in the flavor profile, which I find to be generally typical for style. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is really pretty good for the abv.

This is a very easy to drink, uncomplicated, easty to appreciate hoppy red ale from Terrapin.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Appearance is a dark amber,almost brown color. Smell is dominated by the citrus from the hops. The caramel maltiness really comes through in the taste followed by the hoppyness. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I really enjoy this one and have purchased a few 4 packs of it now.

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from hoppedup as part of the East Coast 6-Pack & Shirt BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Best before box on label is empty.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head above the lightly cloudy red brew. What head there is lasts pretty well, with average lacing. Aroma is full of perky green hops, with a little room for malt sweetness and some alcohol to peek through. Taste is initially well-balanced, and the the piney hops keep coming and coming, with a slightly warming close. Possibly light on the hops for the style, but we'll give the benefit of the doubt here. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great for the style. Very nice brew, wouldn't mind having another of these, for sure.

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a one and a half finger creamy thick off-white head. There was very good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a heavy earthy oily hop aroma with a sweet caramel malt element.

The taste consisted of an upfront citrus and spicy hop with an equally potent caramel malt. Very slight warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full with a relatively dry finish.

Overall a very good DIPA. High drinkability here despite the hefty ABV. Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer.

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep burgundy-rose color with a pie crust tinted head that lapsed rather quickly with a clean glass void of lacing. Rather tame and laid back appearance for something called big hoppy monster but coloring is nice.

S: Alcohol is prominent at first along with flowery hops of modest intentions. The alcohol seems to be the main focus here along with some toasted breadiness and lemon juice.

T: Once again the alcohol plays a key role. Husky graininess, toasted bread and dry flowery hops with an overlay of pine and semi-dry lemons come out rather strong. The malt base is humongous, while the finish finds what seems to be Amarillo hops lacing the tongue. Nice example of hop usage and maltiness. The complexity of flavors is rather limited though its balance of malts and hops and body substance makes up for such.

M: Bready mouthful with a full bodied maltiness. The texture is slippery with a bit of syrupy feel and some alcohol warmth coming on followed by a flowery coating on the tongue.

D: Alcohol fueled, a bit warmer then expected per 8.3% abv, but worthy of its name and drinks really well by the bottle being easily handled.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz EXTRA received in an already fantastic trade with GeezLynn.. No need Geoff, but truly appreciated!! Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger head dies back and leaves very nice drapes of lace.. the brew is deep and dark amber..

Nose begins beautifully with great citrus hops but melts into thick and complex maltiness... caramel and subtle cocoa..

Flavor has a great bitterness with bunches of surprising malts that are abundant and somehow each independent.. citric hops and a bit of resinous pine.. burnt caramel and some chocolate malt.. very complex.. this is verging on Barleywine territory certainly... VERY American.. tons of hops and yet very balanced by the terrific malts.. body is medium with a smooth carbonation..

I've had this brew a bunch of times over the years, but the first time for sure that I've taken the time to review it.. I forgot how much I love the Terrapin goodness... Digging the handywork that is happening South of the Mason-Dixon.

Thanks again Geoff... proper trade! and a great trader who should be welcome with open arms and an eye for gots.

All 4's

Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to derrickt007 for throwing in this extra bottle as part of Double Trouble GIF.

This beer poured a clear, deep auburn with a light brown head. The foam formed a solid, short cap that showed decent retention and left a fair bit of lacing - pretty solid to start and a little more streaky as the glass emptied. The aroma was a nice combination of malt and hops - caramel and toffee sweetness along with notes of citrus and pine, just a little grassy and herbal. Pine resin bitterness starts soft and grows into the finish, gaining some grapefruit character by the end. Lots of rich caramel flavour with citrus, orange peel filling it out. A little viscous, very creamy with controlled carbonation. Just a little dryness with a hint of alcohol warmth. This is a damn fine beer, easy going down and leaves you wanting more. Thanks again Derrick!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a smallish head that disappears quickly. Aroma is surprisingly malty with caramel and biscuit aromas as well as a citrus hop aroma. I was expecting an over the top hop bomb. Taste is more caramel and bitter resinous citrusy hops. Very well balanced beer. Another great brew from Terrapin, my favorite brewery from Georgia.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my main man kkipple for hooking me up with a couple of these at DLD.

Pours a dark red, verging on brown, thin tan head forms, settles to a decent layer, drops some nice lacing on the glass, looks good. Smell is sweet bready malt, toffee, very fruity, nice floral hopping, sherry-like alcohol, quite nice. Taste is similar, rich, caramel, very bready, some light fruits, floral, orange/lemon citrus in the finish, alcohol, nicely balanced but a solid bitterness is there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth, quite nice. Thanks Dan!

Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
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