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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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.

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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 550 ratings.