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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
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854 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 164
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very nice, definitely very hoppy. The flavor is also very hoppy and there is some toasted malt. The alcohol isn't particularly noticeable in the flavor but there is a touch of warming. Well done, definitely worth a try.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, thanks to 7ways for another treat from Terrapin.

Poured from the bottle a bright clear ruby red color with two fingers of foamy beige head.

Aroma of big grapefruit and piney hops along with caramel malts, spices, and brown sugar.

This one tastes so good. Grapefruit and piney hops along with the caramel malts, ripe fruit and a warming alcohol buzz.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

This is now one of my favorite red ales. Well balanced, smooth and creamy, with a big hoppy punch. A must try.

Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I got from a lovely four pack from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Beer two of the Red Ale goodness. Served up in a Terrapin standard pint.

A: Pours a really dark amber that is closer to a brown than a red. The read comes out more when held to the light and this thing shines. Maybe it has a cherry wood finish. Got a good finger of tan head on this (expecting more of a white, pleasantly suprised) and has some decent retention as well. The lacing is incredibly sticky and notches the glass with thick lace and webbing all the way down. Just looks great.

S: Smell is of some nice spicy goodness. Lots of spicy and piney hops. There is some citrus in there as well. The malt really tones this down a bit in the nose and with a touch of wood this smells a bit like a nice whiskey. Caramel and brown sugar can be found in here easily and rounds this out wonderfully.

T: Taste hits you with some hops off the bat. Peppery spice comes out nicely, along with some pine and grapefruit. You think that this will bite hard but not so much. The heavy malt sweetness comes in and really tames this monster. The brown sugar is very there and sweetens further. There is also some nice notes of apple and cherry peaking out at me. Damned tasty and a fine treat.

M: Medium to full in body that has a nice, light creaminess to it. Carbonation is a bit light and it makes this one a bit more of a sipper. The aftertaste is mostly of some hop bite that really coats the top of your mouth. ABV is slightly noticable but just enough that makes it pleasant. So nice.

D: This one is a sipper that you really want to savor. I am not game for killing more than one of these in a night, but thats just me. I would rather nurse this and enjoy everything this has to offer. So pour a tall glass and enjoy. I know I did.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, deep garnet colored. A finger of pinkish/tan head rises. Retention is shorter than expected leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Amazingly strong aroma. Hops take center stage coming on with huge pine and citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, pine needles, apricot, and definite flowery/perfume-like notes. A big punch of alcohol helps accentuate the full range of hop aroma, while the malt backbone of brown sugar and coffee round things out.

T - Immediately the alcohol is noticable and the hops follow. Huge fruitiness. Apples, peaches, and even a bit of bubblegum come to mind. A hint of pine and orange and grapefruit juice follow. Buttery malt and a touch of sweetness hold things together. Late palate a piney, herbal bitterness takes hold but is kept in check by the malt backbone. Alcohol becomes very evident as well with a lingering astringency.

M - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. What I would expect of the style.

D - Fairly drinkable for a such a big beer, the only detterant is the somewhat aggressive alcohol presence. Another solid hop bomb from Terrapin.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep red crimson beautiful pour with a large deep khaki tan head, small bubbles form a tight lacing that has even streaks as it clings to the glass with each sip. Aroma offers up big juicy grape fruit, pine, and floral hops. Sticky malt sweetness with caramel and tropical fruits galore, like mango and pineapple. Slight creamy alcohol soothes the whole session. Flavors are great, intense bitterness with floral and pine bitterness and a big malty caramel candied sugared edge really great malt sugars infused with hops. I always knew I loved Frederick Brewing, even if Flying Dog owns them nowadays what a great contract brewer. Thanks Spike and John for coming into the Burgh. Keep releasing these brews in the Burgh and I will buy em up. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with hop oils and alcohol simmering, what a brew I love every aspect harsh yet full of finesse on the palate it's hard to explain what a great drinking beer. Drinkability is awesome, I can't get enough I had Rye Squared while visiting Georgia, when my brother Dante' first moved down to the area. What an experience, I need to try more of these Monster beers. Including the Imperial Pils and Wake and Bake Coffee infused Imperial Stout. I love Terrapin plus I currently have a mixed case of their standard brews, those are just as good.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a very deep cherry-red color with a thick, creamy beige head that settles slowly. Retention is solid and the lacing is almost solid all the around the glass.

S: Nose is super--lots of grapefruit/citrus and pine with strong caramel and a sugary sweet note. Intense, bold, and big. This beer smells absolutely fantastic.

T&M: It's big, but a very gentle monster. The hops don't slap you across the face, but that's only because of the massive and awesome malt backbone. Pine and citrus are showcased nicely, but the sugary-sweet, candied, and caramel malt flavor is so big that it complements the hops supremely. The finish is long and sticky-sweet. Body is full-ish with a refined carbonation and a slightly oily feel. This one really fills your mouth out well and gushes flavor. I think the feel contributes to the overall flavor very well.

D: For how big it is, I put it down really quick. I'm sad I only have 3 more of these--I'll be gunning for a case of it next fall. Strongly recommended, but watch out because the 8% plus ABV can sneak up in a hurry because you can't taste a drop of alcohol in this beer.

Photo of swid
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout-out to tpd975 for sending me a selection of FL/GA beers. Thanks!

Big Hoppy Monster pours a deep ruby/near-brown color into my glass. A 1/4" tan head appears and then disappears nearly instantly. Low carbonation, virtually no lacing. The aroma is dominated by the hop elements, with pine and citrus being most notable. Only after the beer warms up after a while does any appreciable malty caramel aroma become apparent.

The taste of this beer is, once again, initially dominated by a pine and citrus hop bitterness. After about a second, a strong caramel maltiness comes through. A hint of dry alcoholic heat is detectable, but is remarkably well hidden for a beer of this ABV. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Finishes with a warm, citrusy bitterness.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but one that's a bit too "extreme" for the American Amber style. If a Double Red/Amber style existed, Big Hoppy Monster would be a near-perfect example. Oh well, a man can dream...

Photo of beckje01
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown with a quarter inch of head and some light activity.

S- Semi sweet hops and a touch of floral quality.

T- The taste starts with some nice big hops but not really bitter a nice balance of the hops and the malt. The hops is the star but not overly aggressive or bitter this is a great way to really enjoy hops.

M- Great activity and thickness

D- A slow drinker but good.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottling.

According to the label, the beer is still contract-brewed for the Athens gang by Frederick Brewing in Frederick, MD. I thought that Terrapin did all their brewing in-house now? My bad. Oh well.

A 12-ounce bottle with a hot-rodding, night-riding Terp' on the label, poured into my Terrapin pint glass yields a bright cranberry-tinted amber body with two quick fingers of light beige foam atop. The cap deflates a little sooner than I'd like, but persists at a broken sheet that leaves wide, fine-bubbled bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell is crisp and fruity with vinous notes of juicy citrus and smashed overripe red apples.

The taste is sweetly red grape-juicy and lightly tart with a fair bit of palate-cooling, tummy-warming alcohol. The flavors are crisp and winey with citrus hop notes and a succulent, dilute-juicy finish. The only real bitterness appears alongside a light drying sensation buried deep in the aftertaste.

The drink is light-medium in body with fine carbonation. A very tasty, juicy red ale whose drinkability is limited only by the 8.3% abv.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into wine glass (parents' house, no beer glasses).

Pours a slightly hazy red hue with a thin tan head. Although I believe the thinness is due to the dishwasher-washed glass (points are adjusted accordingly).

Plenty of citrusy hops with a little bit of a dark candy jolly-rancher like fruit aroma, almost like a barleywine.

Very sharp and spicy hops along with a little bit of a grainy finish. The hops give off plenty of grapefruit-like flavors. Full bodied. The feel is somewhat thick and syrupy. The alcohol adds a little bit of spice to the flavor.

This almost has the look, taste, and aroma of a barleywine, although with less alcohol. It's a tasty beer, and would pass well as a barleywine. The malts didn't come through as I thought they would. Try it for yourself, recommended.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin tan head tops the deep chestnut brown body of this excellent brew.

Deep, sweet dark fruit malt mask the alcohol presence that give way to a fresh hop presence.

Awesome sweet malt flavor and fresh hops combine to give this beer an excellent balance. Dark fruits most resemble plum, raisin, or something similar.

Medium to heavy carbonation, but a nice thin body accompany the unusual hop/malt balance.

What a great beer. The flavor and aroma have so much to offer and mask the generous alcohol content very well.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark colored body, closer to brown than amber really. Small off-white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing on the glass.

Floral and citrus hops in the nose. Malts come through also.

Hoppy up front and hoppy in the back. Bitter, pine, citrus. Big hops with a solid malt profile to back it up. Alcohol doesn't really come through at all. A nice amber.

Mouthfeel is a little oily.

This is a nicely drinkable beer for its ABV. I've been looking forward to trying this for awhile, and I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to giving this seasonal a try! Pours a deep crimson with a tiny head. What little is there dissipates to an even thinner sheet. Some spotty lacing. Smells of cherries, watermelon, alcohol, and some citrus. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel masks the alcohol content quite well making this very drinkable. Nice and balanced taste. Some sweet malt, but a nice crisp smack of bitterness at the end. This is a great red ale, and a sure thing for the season. Pick some up if you can.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby hued amber with a thick light tan/creme head. Beautiful looking beer. Nose is a purely hoppy red kind of thing. Leafy, malty sweet. Beautiful smelling beer. Flavor is thick with malts. Slightly sweet amber tones. A slight bit leafy. Beautiful flavor. Feel is a bit robust with carbonation and the liquid is as it should be. This is a damn good beer. Damn good.

Thanks to raverjames for another ridonkulous extra. Good lord.

Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sebletitje or jtrockchalk (both gave me this beer) for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a beautiful red hued amber with a sticky 2 inch beige head that left some serious lacing. The aroma is hoppy up front. There are definite hints of both citrus and pine but there are also subtle notes of raisins and other dark fruits. The flavor is full frontal hops. This beer reminds me more of a nice DIPA then an American amber/red ale. The huge hop presence really out weighs any of the amber qualities that the beer might have. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice oily feeling. I think this is a great beer but rather misbranded. If I were reviewing this to style I probably would have to lower the scores because it really reminds me more of a DIPA then an American Amber.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from World Of Beer.

Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hoppy and light malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

Very good balanced brew.

Photo of Poser
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker pour than I expected. Deep amber with decent top. Aroma is pine and citrus. Taste is earthy malt sweetness up front. Obviously a bitter hop finish. Texture is sticky like caramelized brown sugar. Very nice... the-caramelized-brown-sugar-ness is a bit strange for my tastes, but I respect what they're trying to do.

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.

Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby colored ale, with a large, long lasting head. C Hop, resiny hop nose with complimentary notes of caramel and toffee from the malts. Flavor has some depth to it, with a nice balance of caramel-like malts and resiny, super citrus-like hops. This is a pretty nice ale.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/14/08.

Pours a deep copper-mahogany color with a thin half-finger of light-tan head. Aroma is full of piny hops and sweet toasted malt.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Very malty and sweet up front with caramel, and slightly sweet malt biscuit. That is followed by a bitter rush of piny and floral hops. Feel is medium-full body with ample carbonation. The finish is fairly dry and has a lingering hop aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, and it's really smooth going down.

Overall, pretty good. I'm not usually a fan of hoppy amber ales, but this one has enough malt to keep it feeling like an amber.

Photo of johnd513
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one!
This beer pours a nice reddish copper color wiht a small head that quickly disappears. Smells sweet and is nice and hoppy with grapefruit and other citrus flavors. The taste of this beer is sweet and hoppy with some grapefruit and pine flavors and alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel has medium body and carbination and is a tad oily. Overall this beer is quite tasty and very drinkable. Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these but the high abv catches up to you. I am glad to have had the oppurtunity to try this.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish hue and a fairly clear consistency. There was a good half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: The hops dominated the smell, though you do get malt and some citrus mixed in as well.

T: Lots of hops, some toasted malt and citrus flavor. Well balanced and packs a bit of a punch.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a tasty, well-made beer. It has lots of character and is very drinkable.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ruby copper por, with a nice head that stays for a little while and laces real nice.
Aroma is mostly malt, and with this amount of hops I would expect a little more of the citrus aroma from the hops.
Taste is real nice, biscuit malts stand out, but there is a nice malt sweetness to round out a great hop flavor from citrus to spicy notes.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, almost creamy and very smooth. Easy to drink (Imperial?) red ale, and the alchohol is very nice and subtle.

Photo of Tilley4
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one more killer ass seasonal from the folks at Terrapin Brewing...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful....

That describes how the Monster looks with its reddish copper appearance and huge 3 finger head...

Sharp grapefruity hop aroma comes rolling out of the glass at me...smells nice and hoppy and bitter...that being said, there's also a certain malty backbone there that seems to balance this dude nicely...

Yep, its a hoppy monster alright. Not overly so, but enough that it satisfies the hophead in me...its a wonderful Imperial Red with its balance as well...

I'm liking this brew a lot....a whole lot.

Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.