1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

552 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 552
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster Alström Bros
Ratings: 552 | Reviews: 110 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy brown amber with a thin layer of white head that sticks to the edge of the glass

S-caramel malt, raisins, light vanilla, and grapefruit hops

T-starts out malty with raisins and caramel and finishes with citrus hops and oak

M-medium to full body, lightish carbonation, a bitter aftertaste, and some alcohol warming

Overall I usually don't like very hoppy beers, but this is really nice. For me this was a good combination of malt and hops, I guess I could see some people wishing for a bit more

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dragoondingus
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mjw1200
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of wedge
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage: 2012

Pours a murky, deep chestnut color with a surprising amount of sediment floaties left in the bottle. A small, soapy off-white head settles to a wispy covering. Smells of dark fruit, spice, and oak over a rich caramel foundation and some sharpness from the booze. Honestly, upon first sip, this is way smoother and tastier than I was expecting. While most of the hops have faded from the aroma, they are still apparent in the flavor, though not in a big, brash, "American" sort of way. Earthy, tea, pine, and floral hops fuse with oak, vanilla, toffee, and moderate, spicy alcohol. Lingering oily resins. Oh yeah, this is quite satisfying. Smooth, chewy, not overly bitter or sweet. Nice!

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

A: Pours an extremely dark red-brown. Small but dense tan head. Fades away somewhat quickly but has good retention at least. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: Caramel and herbal hops. Mild tropical fruits in there too, primarily pineapple I would say. Maybe even hints of melon and honey?

T: Lots of melon, pineapple and then herbal hops up front. Get kind of a toasted, almost burnt breadiness in the middle. Tastes like stale, toasted bread crusts. Strong too. Finish is all bread crust with hints of herbal hops. Long lingering toasty bread crusts in the aftertaste. Has an oaky presence throughout the beer but nothing overpowering.

M: Medium bodied, a bit dry in the aftertaste.

O: Interesting amber ale. Strong on the breadiness, pretty much overpowers the hops. Oak is prominent too but more of an all-encompassing layer over everything. Never really stands on its own. A bit unbalanced but still unique and tasty.

Photo of mweso2000
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of chucksim
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of immobileman
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of LouDogg114
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tlacott1
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 2-finger frothy, rocky, tan head. Decent retention and some lacing. Slightly hazy and I can’t really see any bubbles.

S – There are definite oak-aged characteristics here with woody oak and vanilla aromas. There’s a good bit of caramel malt and citrus hops here and maybe some tropical fruit aromas, as well.

T – Oak and vanilla come in right up front and kind of slap you in the face. As those flavors settle down, some orange, grapefruit, and pine hop bitterness creeps in. As the bitterness mellows, caramel malt and brown sugar sweetness shows up. Some spicy phenols appear at the finish, as well.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky and somewhat viscous mouthfeel, and a spicy, slightly bitter, and slightly dry finish. Spicy medicinal phenols linger for a bit along with a mild throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a decent amber ale. As with some other oaked beers from Terrapin that I’ve had, the oak is a bit overdone. It doesn’t necessarily taste or smell bad, but all the good amber ale characteristics are muted behind all the oak and vanilla. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t seek it out again.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Hazy, dark reddish copper in color. Thin, off-white foamy head, medium visible carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus rind hops, with sweet and caramel bready malts and a sweet oaky vanilla.

T: Oak. Then some oak, and oak. Some faint pine hop bitterness, then some sweet malts. Then oaky vanilla dryness.

M: Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, alcohol noticeable but not to the point of distraction. Relatively low carbonation sensation.

O: This isn't truly a bad beer, but way too much oak and way too little hops. I'm not thrilled.

Photo of Charlie_Hoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ESeab
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with half a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Loads of caramel malts with notes of vanilla and oak mixed in. There are some subtle citrusy hop notes in there as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts dominate here as well, again with vanilla and oak notes. There are some light earthy pine notes and slight bitterness towards the lightly alcoholic finish.

M: Medium-thick beer with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky sweet, but could use either a creamier body or a bit more carbonation.

O: A decent beer overall, though a bit simplistic and lacking depth.

Photo of skinzzfan25
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.