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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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529 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 529
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)
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

skinzzfan25, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

anteater, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BeerMeBrah, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mdterps, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MattSweatshirt, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaybags, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Poor head retention and a just a small bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Lots of spicy, earthy hop aroma with a decent amount of oak thrown in. It is all kind of muddled, however, with a little bit of toffee and caramel spread around the edges. Nothing offensive but it is just a little messy.

Oak figures very prominent in the flavor with the hops taking somewhat of a back seat. Earthy hops prop up the oak but much like the aroma, there is really no strong definition or separation of flavors. Toffee and caramel are mild in the background along with just moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with drinkability being somewhat limited.

Overall, a nice attempt by Terrapin but I'm not so sure that it works. It is just a little bit of a mess. Glad I got to try it as I normally love oak aged beers but this one just doesn't really work for me.

rangerred, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

WebGuyMike, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

rvajohn, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

KevinGordon, Jan 17, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says Vintage 2012.

A- Pours a rubyish light brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam, plus a small patch of bubbles in the middle. Semi-resilient lacing slowly cascades down the glass.

S- Big blast of oaky malt and earthy hops. Also some heavy booze characteristics but everything works together to make a decently pleasant, if not rough around the edges, bouquet. Notes of caramel, bourbon and some light vanilla.

T- Taste is similar to the regular BHM but with a solid smack of oak right off the bat that steadies into a comfortable malt sweetness mid-palate. Becomes semi-astringent upon multiple sips. Hops aren't as prevalent as one would expect, they're more of just an afterthought to all the other bold flavors, providing a semi-bitter aftertaste. Alcohol and hops are more noticeable as it warms.

M- Very sharp and dry with medium-low carbonation and a full-ish body.

O- I like the original a bit better, but fans of barrel aging will certainly get their kicks with this one.

Immortale25, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jeddis1, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beergelden, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

emceecue, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beezee, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Scott_McCool, Jan 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

DonFrap, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

freduardo, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

brentblackwell, Jan 11, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a mudied amber/brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes leaving a only a (relatively thick) layer across the surface. The outer ring rides up the glass nicely.

S - Very oaky, decent amounts of piney hops, plenty of alcohol, some pineapple, toasty caramel, and dark fruit.

T - Sweet pineapple, piney hops and oak up front. Dark fruits and alcohol follow. Slightly dry and slight alcohol/dark fruit twang at the finish, lingers a bit but not too strongly.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, less carbonation, not a total sipper but pretty robust.

O - Very flavorful, very well balanced, very smooth, and its a big beer. Very good.

MacQ32, Jan 11, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74%

BlakeL, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Evan, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RoryOMoore, Jan 08, 2013
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.