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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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Photo of leagr
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

leagr, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of turnerk3
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a delectable deep amber color with a subtle eggshell white head. Unfortunately, the retention is noticeably lacking. However, it should be noted that I am reviewing a batch from 2010. It is always hard to predict what two years of aging will do to a brew.

S: A sweet malty essences comes across rather forcibly. There is a barley-wine similarity. Again, this is probably do to the aging since the ingredients have had more time to combine thoroughly.

T: Exceedingly unique malty sweetness provide a caramel, toffee, sugary flavor which combines nicely with the hops to provide a taste similar to that of a barley-wine combined with a amber ale.

M: Even with the barley-wine sweetness from the malts, it does not finish like a barley-wine. The hops work nicely to eliminate that thickness associated with most barley-wines. This is probably the closest aspect to a true amber ale.

O: After aging for two years, this oddly comes across much different than its original counterpart. It is highly complex and is definitely a beer worth the appreciation.

turnerk3, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of GoGators
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GoGators, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

elspaniard, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kylehay2004, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ssimpson89, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Zach136, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

RHIN0002, Jul 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jda007, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

poopsmitherson, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

fatbatcat, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Brushkanna, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Mississippi, Jul 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffreyJDavis, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

WynnO, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

eawolff99, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrFunkenstein, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CarolinaKev, May 14, 2012
Photo of cwguy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy rusty color with a thin light caramel head that faded quickly to a very thin cap; fair amount of spotty lacing

S - brown sugar, nuts, sweet malts, some hops in background

T - lots of sweet malts with a hoppy bitter edge; some caramel and brown sugar

M - medium bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel; a mild bitter aftertaste and moderate linger

O - solid balanced amber. a bit on the sweet side but that doesn't bother me. nice hops profile. recommended!

cwguy5, May 07, 2012
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage as labeled. Thanks zac16125.

Pours a red-maroon, clear elixir, thin tan head remains throughout tasting. Not much lacing.

The hops have left with Elvis. Sweet caramel, sugary, ripened fruits, barleywine action.

Yep, a bit of age on this one. The alcohol has settled and now much barlywine flavor. Nice, though, alcohol sugar esters, caramel, raisin, fig.

A bit under carbonated, smooth.

Have noted this change with DH Double Crooked Tree. Would prefer fresh so the "big hoppy" part of the brew could be appreciated.

CaptCleveland, May 06, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown, with just under 2 fingers width of khaki colored head.  Fine particulate sedimentation can be seen suspended in the glass. The head dissipates down at a moderately slow rate.  Leaves a good amount of lacing throughout the drink.  

S: Candied sugars, citrusy hops, caramel malt, dark fruits in the form of raisin and fig.  Really nice, but not much hops and doesn't follow the style.  Smells like a Belgium quad, or a barley wine.  I like it though, a lot.  

T: Interesting flavor profile, and actually quite complex. Like the nose there is ton of sweetness in the taste.  Caramel, burnt sugars, dark fruits.  Hop presence is light, and what is there is mostly just some piney bitterness on the backend.  Again, has the flavor profile of a barleywine or old ale.  Excellent taste, as long as you are ok with a beer that doesn't fit the standard amber ale profile (which I am).

M/D: On the lighter side of full bodied.  Moderate carbonation.  Sticky mouthfeel to the point of almost becoming a touch syrupy.  ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is impressively high.

O: Overall, what a nice surprise.  Nothing at all what I expected, or what the name implies, but I really enjoyed this beer and was thoroughly impressed.   It's hard to compare to others in the style, as it's completely different, but I will say IMO its loads better than Nugget Nectar (or really any other amber ale I've had) which I think says something.  I would really like to try one of these fresh.  It still drinks awesomely, but I have a feeling that the palate profile would be very different if it weren't 8-9months old.  If I wouldn't have traded away my other one I would have saved it to do a side by side with a fresh 2012.  I think I'll try to grab some extras of this years to do that in the future. Highly recommend.  

zac16125, May 05, 2012
Photo of MargaritavilleOH
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

MargaritavilleOH, May 02, 2012
Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.