Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.89/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a 12oz bottle 2012 edition into a tulip glass. color is a deep red hue, with a rich looking but not overly large head. Smell is aromatic full of herbal, floral attributes. First taste is smoothier then expected, hops are present full of pine and earth. The oak comes through next it acts almost like a cleaning agent it takes the hops and levels it all out for an extremely easy drinking double IPA. Overall a really nice beer, I don't like to be beat over the head by hoppy bitterness i appreciate the skill it takes to turn a bold IPA into something that stays true to itself but it also equally drinkable and something i want to go back to seconds on.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2013 16:34:47 | More by jkeefe1800
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A- Pours a brown but when held up to light you can see the reddish hue of this beer. Has a light tan head that dissipates after awhile.
S- Oak,Hops, and some caramel malts
T- Caramal malts with a nice oak background
M- Thin with solid carbonation
O- Theres a lot going on here but its well balanced and not over powering in any 1 area.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 17:13:17 | More by Juuroumaru
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
"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 and for 2012 is aged with Oak, replacing the standard Big Hoppy Monster for the year. Originally a sporadic draft-only release, 2012 marks the first bottled release of the Oaked version of this beer. It still stands as a Fall release in Terrapin's Imperial "Monster Beer Tour" catalogue.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a buttery copper cream head of a medium thick frothy consistency. Body color is a moderately hazy dark amber with red highlights and meager carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is light and streaked. It required a great deal of effort to get this beer to produce a very lackluster appearance and it's even less impressive in the way that it holds. It's a pretty standard appearance. 3
(Smell) Medium roasted grain, bitter earthy, piney and herbal hop, bready rye, buttery malt with a modest sweetness and oak chip notes. Much of it is quite sharp and collectively dry with a mild sweetness that flies under the radar by comparison. The potency and strong imbalance isn't going to be to everybody's liking, especially those who favor a balanced beer with a more controlled malt profile, but to the contrary, this may be the beast of a malt beer that yours truly savors. Potency is medium-high, and the oak character is noticeable. 3.75
(Taste) The flavor carries a lot of the same characters of the aroma with an even more pronounced hop bitterness, a more exaggerated and rough-around-the-edges grain malt profile and a further understated sweetness to balance. It's a graceful sipper to say in the least- the rough specialty grain bill and an intense hop bitterness works a number on the drinkability of this brew, and the flavors of herbal and earthy hops combined with buttery roasted caramel malts don't quite round it out as well. The beer is admittedly out-of-balance, but this may be to your liking, should you like a flavorful beer and one that may be heavy on the palate. There is an expected grain alcohol perk that drags on the palate, but most questionable characters grow on you through the drink. The oak notes adds some mild redeeming character but does manage to dry out the texture a bit. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a touch of chewiness, a hint of grain alcohol and a moderate soft dryness. Carbonation is very soft, doesn't impact much in this beer. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium+. The carbonation seems to be generally unfocused and misguided in what it could have done for this beer- a creamier or spritelier texture could have both been decent directions for the drinkability, but instead it's overly mundane. 3
(Overall) It's honestly not my cup of tea, but this beer takes an unapologetic look at the ambitious side of specialty malts and less bright hops and pulls together a concoction that is at least unique in its presentation and stands apart from more brightly hopped, milder bodied red ales. The oak character doesn't impede much aside from drying out the palate a bit, it's an indifferent addition, doesn't uproot the drinkability but doesn't push this beer ahead either. If you're a fan of an out-of-balance (and I mean that kindly) and earthier-hopped red ale, this may be a good choice for you. Never mind the oak, it does just as good a job as the standard Big Hoppy Monster. 3.5
Terrapin Beer Company's
Oaked Big Hoppy Monster
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 02:27:07 | More by Jadjunk
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.