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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

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BA SCORE
86
very good

553 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GJ40 on 11-07-2008

75 IBU
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Ratings: 553 | Reviews: 110
Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"This Monster Beer leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is complemented by an enormous, malty backbone and finishes with a multitude of hoppy goodness." Brewed in the style of an American Amber/Red Ale. For 2012-2013, this Oak-Aged variant replaced the standard Big Hoppy Monster for packaged releases, originally an on-draft rarity. Discontinued following the fall 2013 release. Compared 2013 alongside 2012 to note differences.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream head of a toasted cinnamon cream complexion over a densely hazy dark amber-red body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Toasted caramel grain, biscuity and tangy rye malts, earthy and light citrusy hop notes, big oak aged aromas of drying wood with little toasting or barrel characteristics, simply oak, little to no bourbon characteristics either. Moderate fruitiness underneath of dark fruit syrups and molasses sweetness. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Leathery, strong oak flavor up front with a drying character followed by moderate notes of caramel grain, biscuit malt and peppery, piney hop resins. Potent dark fruit characters and sweet fermented fruit syrups, nearly barleywine-ish minus an underdeveloped malt body and sweetness. It's a very nice display of oak character as the remaining malt and hop flavors are tame enough to merge with it very well, and the oak plays a considerable, but not dominating role in the finished product. Finishes dry with a lingering oak chip dryness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, softly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is oak dry over bitter and sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) After the 2012 vintage that did a sloppy job at showcasing oak character as well as balance in general, I was pleased to see that 2013 is a considerably better vintage and one I recommend, even nearly 2 years following its packaging, it holds together well. Despite its "hoppy" name, there is big potential that this beer would age nearly as gracefully as a barleywine due to its well structured malt profile under the right circumstances. I would love to see Terrapin continue to brew this beer again, if even in a small batch draft-only format as it had been for years prior to its first bottling in 2012. 3.75

Vertical Notes:

2012 (2 Years, 6 Months Aged):
Yields a shorter-lived head of a similar appearance over an equally murky dark red-brown body. The aroma doesn't hold to that of the 2013 batch, with peppery herbal and musty hop notes, grain caramel malts and less oak aged character. The flavor has slightly more developed malt flavors, fairly more viscous and potent, although the graininess and alcohol heat is stronger and there is not nearly as much oak flavor in this beer as there is in the 2013 version. More creaminess and chewiness to the texture, carbonation is flatter and more delicate. Not terrible but not nearly as enjoyable as the fresher vintage, ages decent as a beer but seems to have a dropoff point after 2 years, meaning any bottles of this beer newer or old should be consumed soon.

Terrapin Beer Company's
[Oaked] Big Hoppy Monster (2012 & 2013)
3.77/5.00

Photo of MaDeuce
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I have ever enjoyed, great everythIing

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Drinking a 2013 today on a Tuesday afternoon. I tried it when it was fresh, I thought that the booze off settled the Hops. So what did I do? Age it! So I'm reviewing it now. Pours a murky dark amber body with heavy sediments floating around. Looks really good! The aroma is of nice caramel and chocolate notes. Fruitiness and some char. Very interesting. Let's go n for a taste. First hits with dense caramel, chocolate and fruit undertones. Slight floral hop presence. Finishes slightly dry and bitter-sweet. There's more oak presence in the aftertaste, lingering tobacco flavor. The feel is perfect, not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation does it's job and keeps the palate entertained.

Overall: I'm glad I didn't throw these cute bottles out. I didn't really like it fresh, but damn! Age does this brew wonders! Fresh, I would've given this brew a 3.2, and I love Amber/Red Ales! I'm looking forward to the rest I have saved. This brew is Worthy!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 1.30.14
BK Parsip 12/15/12

A - Pours a hazy, very dark red-amber with a small tan head that just sits there.

S - Oak, big caramel malts, sweet.

T - Bitter hops fight off the sweet malts. Like a light barleywine.

D - Good carbonationn with a medium body.

O - Sweet and oaky with some mild bitter hops. ok.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep rusty color with a half finger of khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a fine layer of suds on the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Hits on big notes of toffee and caramel. Woody notes. Light citrus twang. Hints of coconut?

Taste - Big, predominant caramel body, backed by prominent notes of oak woodiness and soft citrus. Hits on toffee and faint coconut, along with some malt roast that touches on coffee. Mildly warming alcohol character in the finish to go along with everything else.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable for the size.

Overall - Hmm, looks, smells and drinks like a barleywine more than anything and, well, isn't that basically what it is? Maybe it was more hoppy back in October, but whatever was there is mostly gone by now. What's left is good and certainly drinkable, but it's more malty than hoppy these days. Regardless, a hell of a beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep copper color with hints of a ruby within, with the overall color bordering on a mahogany color. Upon pouring the brew has a small half finger head of just off white foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving some light foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a few spotty foam islands floating on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma of the beer very bready and heavy of some sweeter aromas of a caramel and toffee nature. Along with these malty smells comes a decent sum of an oaky smell as well as a big dose of a boozy bourbon smell. With a bit of a pine and grassy hop and some aromas of a darker fruit nature, one experiences an overall very sweet, malty and boozy smell that gives one a warming feel from just the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth malty flavor with a big bready and slightly doughy flavor. Tons of sweet caramel and darker fruits of raisin, plum and prune are on the tongue right from the start creating a very sweet brew. The sweet and bready flavors create a base for the flavor profile, lasting throughout much of the taste. While not very present at the start of the taste, hop and oak flavors develop more and more as the taste advances. The oak is the first to come to the tongue with it gaining strength more toward the end of the taste. Some hop flavors join the taste at this time as well, with a bit of a light earthy and grassy flavor coming to the tongue. The hop remain rather light throughout the remainder of the taste, not really living up to the “hoppy monster” name. While the hop remains lighter, the oak and sweet are both quite potent at the end of the taste, and with them comes some rather stronger boozy tastes, which with the rest of the flavors, leaves a boozy and sweet warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. The very thick body and low carbonation really accentuate all the boozy, oak, and sweet flavors of the brew rather nicely, making this one a very slow sipping brew.

Overall – While the “hoppy” in the name was never really delivered to a full extent, the boozy, fruity, and oak were very much big and monstrous, but in a rather nice way. Overall it is big, malty, and boozy with lots of oak flavors which makes for a rather nice slow sipper. Super delisious!!

Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pour a bottle into our Hop City pint glasses. It shows the colored of a wet fox’s coat, giving up a two and a half finger tall head of fat, soapy, crème brûlée colored bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving honeycomb lacing after simmering for a bit. A soft chill haze starts things off, but this eventually clears, without sediment. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives heavy caramel and pale malt roastiness, corn meal grit, white sugar and candy corn sweetness, lightly herbal hoppiness, soppy wet heavy oakiness, sweet bourbon and rub booziness, stamp adhesives, cotton swabs, apricot and syrupy fig fruitiness, tannic breakfast and raspberry teas, clean buttery diacetyls, and salty, dirty earthiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring holds massive oaky woodiness against a thick base maltiness of a warming, hearty red ale. The taste begins with notes of sweet and drying woodiness, moss, herbal and slippery piney hops, gravel grit, lightly soured ale yeastiness, amber and rye grain, dried gunpowder, honeysuckle sweetness, apricot, corn husk, and thick diacetyls. The middle comes to a peak with soured brown and amber malt toastiness, fusel hair dye, fumy black pepper booziness, white sugar, tobacco leafiness, lime rind, cinnamon sugar, and sweet banana ester cloy. The end comes through with continued huge oakiness, inks, stamps, soot, ragweed, graham cracker sweetness, soured lemon rind, touches of cider vinegar, caramel and sticky toffee sugars, and a light citric hop. The aftertaste breathes of oak, boozy bourbon wash, black pepper, garlic slickness, wheat and rye maltiness, bitterness of grapefruity, soapy, and piney hops, phenolic plastics, dusty sea salt, powdered clove, and warming amber maltiness. The body is full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. There is a thick fullness to the initial coating of the mouth, but this evaporates quickly into a bone dry, vinous astringency. The abv is big but manageable, and handles as a slow but decent sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its taste. There is this wonderful buttery and oaky woodiness that plays fantastically with the hearty, heavy, warming amber, red, and caramel malt base of the beer. These both blend with a certain oily bitterness of the hops that, although is surprisingly light, can’t easily be shaken free. The oak is also nicely representative in the nose, but here the hops are very, very hard to discern, making it a bit of a surprise that they are found in the flavoring at all. This is a tasty beer, but you’ve got to be a fan of a beer with an intensely malty base, big wood, and a lightness of hops. While it doesn’t improve upon or change the rules of the style, it is still an enjoyable find and an interesting review.

Photo of rajendra82
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beer's characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.

Photo of BradC
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish amber color, thin head with a little lacing.

Smells of vanilla, boozy, light hop aroma.

I don't think I've ever tasted anything like this....sweet with a oaky alcohol, vanilla, toasted malt, a little fruity. I wouldn't really call this a hoppy monster, hops are there for sure, but are well balanced by the malt and oak, they don't really stand out until the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation, sweet but not overly syrupy.

Really liked this one, totally different than anything I've had before.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red brown with a short off white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, hazy

S: oak, raisins, prunes, figs, malty and sweet

T: very sweet and malty, oak taste is quite powerful, raisin, sweet prunes, dates, not very hoppy

M: fuller body, sticky

O: the oak taste is strong, so are dark stone fruit flavors

Photo of Jimmys
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2013 vintage. into snifter.

A: a very, very hazy brown body. head is off-white and is bubbly. retention and lacing are minimal.

S: wood and raisins. plums and figs. not getting any oxidation or off-aromas. not getting any hops either.

T: a lot of raisins. dark, sweet fruit. a lot of wood. distinctive oak flavor right smack in the middle of the drink. really kind of unpleasant. finish returns to more wood and dark fruit. not cloying without much in this finish.

M: carb is pretty average. full bodied.

D: really not a desirable brew for me. too much wood, not enough malt and hops to provide balance. not all beers should be put in oak! I actually get no hops. don't think ill be trying this one again.

Photo of ChiChi
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sterilized glass, not much smell to it, however the color is a beautiful mid-brown with transparency and thickness that reminded me of iced tea. Sweet hops, slightly citrusy. Great wood Oak flavor that takes over. I agree with other fans of this beer that I taste bourbon as well.

Photo of Glennlawless
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

S - Getting some wood, raisin, fig, some alcohol, some very mild fruity hops...and bourbon.

A - very dark reddish brown, with a one centimeter white head that seems to be fading pretty quick. Nice thin lines of lacing wrap the glass as I am drinking.

T/M - Big wood flavor comes through along with some Twizzler sweetness maybe?? sticky and syrupy and some sweet malt kicks in. I can tell its hopped well, but you can easily be fooled because malts take over so quickly with this brew. medium carbonation. For an abv of 10.6, this is very, very drinkable. Almost scary. I've seen some comparisons to "candy" in other reviews and after a few sips I can definitely see where these people are coming from. As your swallowing the beer packs a very sweet, candy like twist.

Overall - Well, I've taken a liking to red IPAS over the last few weeks and this one is pretty good. Terrapin did a really nice job covering up the alcohol bite considering an abv that almost hits 11%. This is a beer you need to sip on and not race to finish..Despite the name the one thing i will argue that this is not by any means a big hoppy monster of a beer haha...If this beer where named...perhaps...."Wood Burner Imperial Red Ale", it would match the flavor profile a hell of a lot better haha.... I didn't think I would like this with because i haven't liked a lot of things Terrapin has put out, but this is such a deep, complex beer that needs to be drank slow and appreciated for what it is. I like it.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep red, not exactly opaque but not a light getting through this monster. Decent foamy off white head on the pour that mostly recedes.
Smell: juicy, fruity hops. Candy and vanilla are in there too.
Taste: the flavors in the nose are combined, not as independently distinguishable and a slight hoppy, bitter sting that's overcome with the sweet malts.
Overall: I dig this beer, not sure I'm getting the oak much but if it subtly adds to the profile count me in.

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish red with a finger of off-white head that did not enjoy much retention. Hop qualities are certainly present in the nose. The flavor profile starts with malty sweetness (the sweetness could also be attributed to the mild vanilla notes) and then gives way to the hop bitterness. There is certainly a slight alcohol burn on the finish, but it is not terribly unpleasant. The oak aging appears to have smoothed out the alcohol bite, but it may also have muted the hop profile.

Photo of cbutova
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 Vintage.

A- Double pint glass pours from the 12oz bottle with a murky brown appearance. Creamy, off-white head forms to about two fingers with nice retention. Supremely thick lace ring at the top followed by webs drizzling down below that.

S- Like a Barleywine off the top with big, semi-aged caramel and notes of oak beyond that. Hops come into play a bit with some citrus and pine. A touch of tropical fruit.

T- Oak essence extract bonanza. Somehow this takes oak chip flavors to a new level. The wood overshadows other good elements. Caramel malts, toasted nutty hints and spicy yeast raisin notes. Hops try to counter the oak but are kind of contrasted too much by it. Hops bring citrus rind, pine and slight tropical.

MF- Low-moderate carbonation level in a medium bodied brew. Some nice creaminess with the carbonation and it finishes with oak and hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

Too much oak. It seems to waver off with some sips but overshadows the rest of the beer a ton. Decent hop flavors but oak oak oak.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

pours a dark amber with a a nice head. the smell is hoppy but the oak is there too..hmm, interesting. the taste is extremely smooth. starts out with a good amount of sweetness but not overwhelmingly so.. the hops come in a bit on the back but arent too big either. the oak is very apparent but not dominating. the sweetness doesnt linger and its just smooth all around. a well crafted beer. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall im impressed. quite good.

Photo of tmm313
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange brown color. Poured an awesome creamy 2 finger head. Dissipated to thin layer of cream on top. Great lacing.

S- Wow. Tropical fruit, caramel, chocolate, BIG Oak, vanilla, and a touch of pine. Subtle Scotch. Very inviting.

T- Super sweet intro that morphs into flavors mentioned above. Complex and very well balanced. Booze isn't hidden, but adds a rich caramel meets licorice flavor.

M- Thick body. Crisp carbonation. Oily finish.

O- I am impressed. And a bit buzzed. 10.3% sneaks up on you. This is a wonderful beer. Super complex and incredibly balanced. Flavors all over the map. A hoppy, malty, Imperial Red Ale spiked with the luscious tastes, smells, and feel of a good Scotch. I really can't say enough. I will definitely have again.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date.

All hazed out with a rusty brown color, the lacing on top is the saving grace for appearance. Massive malt nose; caramel, brioche, faint honey, pineapple, guava, mild hop resin, oak, & booze. Very smooth, big bodied, ripe fruit, brown bread, oak, ample hop bitterness, very warming alcohol, light syrup, caramel, leafy, orange rind, mild spice, semi-sweet oaky finish.

One thing I love about this beer is that the hoppiness was not over done but rather steady throughout. An excellent tipple here.

Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook snifter

A - pours up a hazy burnt orange color with a tan two inch head, decent retention and lacing considering the high ABV.

S - pine, resin, bread, oak

T - pretty malt forward with some faint caramel and molasses flavors. Finishes very dry with a big oak taste and some alcohol warming. Alcohol though present is not as prominent as I expected.

M - very full bodied with an oak aftertaste

O - fairly complex, but the oak is sort of overwhelming.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color with a finger of off-white head and a decent amount of creamy lacing left behind. the aroma is fantastic; scents of maple, caramel, oak, fruity/floral/citrus hop profile.. this is the first time i'm getting any hops from a barrel aged beer. the flavor is a bit bitter up front, slight charred flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, oak, caramel, and a bit of a rough cough syrup aftertaste.
full body, modest amount of carbonation.. creamy/sticky on the lips.

overall, i'm happy with my purchase. this was almost $5 a bottle, or $14 a 4pk.. i know i got the worst end of the deal just buying one, but it's a beer i've been wanting to try for a few years and am just glad i did.

Photo of Scrapss
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into rinsed Stella Artois chalice.

A: poured a thick ecru head with two fingers. deep ruby amber as per style. nice retentions, minimal lacing.

S: some tart fruit, cherries, minor hop notes. Bitter citrus and bitter under-ripe tropical fruit, bready yeast. Oak, vanillan and phenolics. Is this a Belgian or a Red? very complex.

T: Follows nose perfectly. Smooth drinking considering the complexity. Boozy as it warms. Strong aromatic malts.

M: Creamy. minor hop, much strong malt phenolics. bread. spicy and boozy outbreath. Finishes with a very strange metallic note.

O: Interesting, Examples such as Nosferatu are more "hoppy" and, being a red ale, well. The style is diverse and has plenty of room for this example..

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red into my tulip with a small/medium cream colored head. Aroma us heavy pine and malt, toffee, caramel, with some oak. Very nice, but worrying there may be too much oak. Candy sweetness up front, not much hop bite or flavor. A very nice mellow vanilla left on the palate that I really like here though. Maybe a hint of dark cherry. Not like anything I have had before. Sweet, bordering on too much so but the smooth finish dials it back a bit. Slick resiny mouthfeel. Interesting. As a red ale, this kills it, but classified here as a DIPA it would seem to miss the mark. I don’t think I could classify this as a DIPA, so yum.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer pours a vigorous and creamy dark tan head before quickly dissipating. The beer itself is a deep and clear ruby red. The beer seems to be redder than most amber ales that most previous amber ales that I've had that it seems to be a slight brown.

Smell:
A heavy malt presence but overshadowed by an even stronger oak smell as well as alcohol. However, the alcohol smell is a bit overpowering and does not really mix well with the malt. The hops do appear in the smell in a pine form but does not mix well with the alcohol. The end result is that the alcohol and pine smell a bit like a pine scented antiseptic and ruins the oak/pine combination, which is pretty nice. After waiting a while, the key to getting the full flavor is to drink the beer warmer or at room temperature in order to allow the hops to air out a little bit. However, even after the hops emerge from the bitter cold, the smell is still overpowered by the malts and oak.

Taste:
The amber ale tastes fairly weird. The oak taste seems to dominate everything including the malts and hops. However, the alcohol is the only taste that does not get covered by the oak. The hop presence comes out in the aftertaste and not at the front of the drink. The malts barely come out in the taste. After warming a bit, the hop presence became known. However, even after the beer warms up, the hops are still dominated by the oak and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The beer feels slightly grainy with a sticky ending.

Overall:
I can see what Terrapin wanted to do with this beer but feel that they fell short. The oak tastes too fake and overpowering to really work with an amber ale and the alcohol taste just does not mix with a heavy malt beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, amber coloring with golden highlights around the edges and a thin, filmy, bubbly, off-white head on the pour that disappears almost immediately. Aromas of tangy sweet notes forward, with grapefruit highlighting caramel and toffee. Roasted notes are subtle, with some woody notes buried deep in there, as well. Flavors are hop forward, with a bitter and peppery blast being followed immediately by a rich, sugary, roasted caramel backbone. Pulls together nicely. The oak characteristics take a greater hold about mid-palate, providing a balance to the strong, robust hop and malt characteristics. Some tropical fruit notes highlight towards the middle to end of the palate, where there is also two building forces of spice and booze. This thing is layered, and it is a beast. Mid-bodied, yet light considering all the big flavor profiles. The pepper really draws the line between the palate and the aftertaste, clearing the field for a tangy sweet blend of caramel and tropical fruit. Slick, lingering finish, with a slow building warmth from the elevated ABV. This one is fun, but it's a workout for your taste buds, too. Be prepared to sip and absorb.

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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.