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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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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devilfluff

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-03-2014 00:47:55 | More by devilfluff
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Book

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-30-2014 05:00:39 | More by Book
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:20:29 | More by TheBrewo
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Hopscat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-26-2014 20:15:10 | More by Hopscat
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-25-2014 19:20:19 | More by ramrod666
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-24-2014 19:56:21 | More by masterofsparks
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-18-2014 21:20:40 | More by Stinger80OH
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jaemeno3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-16-2014 03:23:48 | More by jaemeno3
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MAJ85

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-16-2014 00:43:45 | More by MAJ85
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beer's characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:50:19 | More by rajendra82
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mlhenson

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-13-2014 06:52:29 | More by mlhenson
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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-12-2014 20:29:15 | More by ArtZan
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-11-2014 01:06:10 | More by NastyNate11
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BeerGod27

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-07-2014 17:29:08 | More by BeerGod27
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Butch_DeadLift

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-05-2014 03:49:01 | More by Butch_DeadLift
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Dchandler422

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-02-2014 23:09:04 | More by Dchandler422
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-02-2014 05:11:20 | More by Dave_Treat
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JoeMans

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-28-2014 06:57:32 | More by JoeMans
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eseids

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-28-2014 04:25:28 | More by eseids
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fire34fighter

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

02-28-2014 00:46:24 | More by fire34fighter
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-27-2014 02:05:52 | More by KolbMarley
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-25-2014 16:26:06 | More by KJ2013
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish amber color, thin head with a little lacing.

Smells of vanilla, boozy, light hop aroma.

I don't think I've ever tasted anything like this....sweet with a oaky alcohol, vanilla, toasted malt, a little fruity. I wouldn't really call this a hoppy monster, hops are there for sure, but are well balanced by the malt and oak, they don't really stand out until the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation, sweet but not overly syrupy.

Really liked this one, totally different than anything I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:38:26 | More by BradC
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red brown with a short off white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, hazy

S: oak, raisins, prunes, figs, malty and sweet

T: very sweet and malty, oak taste is quite powerful, raisin, sweet prunes, dates, not very hoppy

M: fuller body, sticky

O: the oak taste is strong, so are dark stone fruit flavors

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:23:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-24-2014 00:27:48 | More by jmdrpi
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.