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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

844 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

brudz2134, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

adamwn, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jucifer1818, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

DaPan, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Travcofarms, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

t0rin0, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

UnderPressure, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GeorgianBayPackr, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

DmanGTR, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

drewone, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

BigDaddyJohn, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jnance34, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

StefanosG, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mullenite, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

baybum, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of dsigmon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one of these on draft and took a growler home with me after :)

A: Gorgeous deep amber but little to no head retention.

S: Excuse me for being slightly congested but I caught the sweet malty smell with a nice touch of pine and oranges...need to get over this cold.

T: The first thing I noticed was how well balanced this beer was. A perfect combination of sweet malts and slightly bitter hoppiness, not overwhelming as the name may suggest. A nice finish of vanilla and oranges.

M: Terrapin has something good going with this. I love the thicker mouthfeel and how it layers the tongue.

dsigmon, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

sendbeer, Dec 23, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an BrewDog cervoise glass. I am surprised I've not reviewed this before. Unfortunately, this bottle is a little more than a year old. Vintage 2011.

A: Pours very dark, with little to no head. In direct light, it's only lightly translucent, being a pretty solid ruddy brown. Some effervescence, but almost no lacing.

S: Malty-bitter-sweet. Brown sugar and citrusy hops.

T: Very good! Age has hardly diminished the appeal of this imperial amber. It has all the round, fruity maltiness, but with a wicked bitter twist of abundant hops. The aftertaste is smooth and wet, but the hops and the ABV impart a modicum of dryness.

M: Light carbonation, thin body, sticky finish.

O: A good, high-powered beer and excellent amber. Powerful but well-balanced. Recommended; would enjoy again.

AgentMunky, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

KevinGordon, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

inspektor, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

CelticAleMan, Dec 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

kirbmeist, Nov 21, 2012
Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.