Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 21:20:29 | More by TheBrewo
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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
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