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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

525 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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:
75 IBU

(Beer added by: GJ40 on 11-07-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 525 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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.

TheBrewo, Mar 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to finally have this oaked.Poured into a standard pint a clear rich amber with a thinner slightly off white head atop that lasted well.Toastiness and brownsugar notes slightly out weigh the resiny hops,faint toast from the oak is there as well.A mix of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mixed with piney hops,again the oak is subdued wich might be a good thing.It's solid, not amazing by any strech but just a good oak aged hopped up "big" amber.

oberon, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

OhioBobcat, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of meatdreams4life
4/5  rDev +4.2%

meatdreams4life, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +4.2%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
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.

Jason, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mctizzz, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of KolbMarley
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

KolbMarley, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

xdefeatsy, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Vintage 2012"

Pours a deep brownish red color. Opaque, can't see through it with the haze. A skim light tan, off yellowish colored head that retains nicely. Spotty lace.

More malty than hoppy in the aroma which I did not expect based on the name. Molasses, brown sugar, caramalized malt, as it warms a bit of booziness comes out, very slight oak tannin, and some old stale hops. Not quite as complex as the taste.

Deep caramel malt, oaky tannins, brown sugar, molasses, light roasted grain, not really finding any hops, pretty much all malt. Very slight warming. Finishes with hints of woody pine hop bitterness. A nice sweetness overall.

Fairly heavy bodied, carbonation slightly creamy, good for the style. Rich malt sweetness. A slight bitterness lingers.

To me this is a barleywine or maybe even an old ale, and a pretty good one at that. But call it what you will, a good beer either way.

dogfishandi, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Cynic-ale, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Dchandler422
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Dchandler422, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

williamjbauer, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

chinchill, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of BadJustin
3/5  rDev -21.9%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
Photo of tlacott1
4/5  rDev +4.2%

tlacott1, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells mostly of floral hops. I was surprised how big the aroma was, I was expecting it to be toned down more from the barrel. There are also piney hop aromas to go along with earthy malt undertones that grow more pungent as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. After the smell I was prepared for the amount of hoppiness found in the un-aged version, but I was surprised that it was much more toned down. Earthy malt flavors dominate, with almost equal amounts of piney hop flavors. Bitterness at the end is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thicker than the normal version with more subdued carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. I would've had a few more of these had I not had a few others on my must-try list. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

glid02, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

dsauter, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

johnyb, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
5/5  rDev +30.2%

ltdantheman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark red color with a frothy tan head

smell is of american hops, with a sort of pineapple, gummy bear, fresh produce smell right off the top...a dark vanilla bean is there too

taste is thick, the alcohol is very present in the taste. vanilla is prominent too. the hops arent that noticeable in the taste

mouth feel is thick and leaves out dry from the alcohol

overall this beer is fan F*(^^%$#tastic!

nickthegun12, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Stigs, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

whatname, Oct 30, 2013
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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.