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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 51
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009)
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1/5  rDev -73.9%

10-27-2012 04:16:11 | More by pthansford
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

08-12-2012 03:16:18 | More by JacobTC
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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -47.8%

07-20-2014 02:20:12 | More by Howlader
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2.48/5  rDev -35.2%

Pours somewhere between gold and amber. Very thin head, minimal lacing. Smell is odd to me for an IPA. I get a grapey, kinda cheap champagne smell above everything else on the nose. Same thing on the taste. Kinda sour. Hops are not on top to my taste. Sweet/sour with an alcohol bite. I'll avoid this one in the future.

06-08-2011 15:56:39 | More by jgurley
Photo of Reaper16


2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, honeyed orange color; a small shade lighter than an SAC Amber. No hop haze to speak of, no Belgian yest haze to speak of; this is one translucent beer. No carbonation stream either. Combine the lack of perceptible carbonation with the small, half-finger sized head and you have a beer that doesn't appear to have the correct mouthfeel and attenuation of a Belgian style beer.

Lightly tropical hop aromas peek out of the glass first: some tangerine, some orange. Some crabapple, too. There's a strong aroma of candi sugar and banana Dum Dum Pops -- that's the Belgian yeast showing through. Some light pale malt smells. This smells like an American take on the Tripel style more than anything. Pretty decent.

Like an unfortunately high number of beers labeled as "Belgian IPAs," Terrapin Monk's Revenge is not actually a Belgian IPA. It isn't hoppy enough to be a part of the IPA family. Crabapple hop flavors come right up front, but quickly fade to a simple bitterness. The malt flavors are actually unpleasant to me. It tastes like a poor Tripel: sugary and plasticky and without nuance. The finish is mostly sugar and appleskin. This is a disappointing effort.

Monk's Revenge has a medium body, but the attenuation is all off (as I suspected from the appearance). No lush mouthfeel. It's not quite flat, but it approaches flat. Overall, this is not a good example of the style at all. It's a melange of American and Belgian flavors that doesn't develop into anything cohesive or even tasty.

06-05-2011 01:21:31 | More by Reaper16
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2.53/5  rDev -33.9%

Many thanks to BPreston for the chance to taste this one. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a dark orange/red color, just a little head that quickly recedes, very little retention. Smell- a little acetone, some wine-ish (maybe sauvignon blanc grapes) flavors, a little bit of banana. This smells pretty harsh, it doesn't work that well. Taste- definite hop bitterness, but more acetone. Harsh Harsh Harsh. no real malt sweetness to speak of. This is a mess. Mouthfeel- avg. Drinkability- I'll have to choke this one down, but its pretty close to a drainpour.

07-20-2011 23:46:18 | More by lnashsig
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2.53/5  rDev -33.9%

Another generous bottle from Grant. Appreciate it! Poured into a tulip. This pours a hazy golden straw color. Small white head on this one that dwindles to a thin layer of foam quickly.

Yeast, toast, bananas and bubblegum dominate the aroma. Way to sweet in the aroma, with a very subtle grassy hop aroma in the background. Seems to be a lot like the aroma. Bananas and bubblegum come to the forefront in sweetness and it is kind of yeasty. Seriouly though, where are the hops? Really weak for an IPA.

Nice light body on this one. The carbonation seems to be a little bit low, I wouldn't mind it to be a bit more lively. Beh, a little dissapointed with this one. Seems to lack IPA qualities. Such as a hop presence in the flavor. Not a bad tasting beer, but it didn't deliver what I hoped it would.

05-04-2011 01:31:27 | More by Bendurgin
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2.55/5  rDev -33.4%

Purchased in FL recently. I was pretty excited as I normally like the style, and Terrapin has been proving itself to be a very solid brewery.

No real date, but the bottle states: 2011 Vintage.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Crystal clarity to a golden brew. A nice prickly white head. No lace though.

Smells very yeasty. There's no implication of hops, especially that on the order of an IPA, at all. Clove and spice. Is this a Belgian IPA or a Duvel clone?

Tastes overly Belgo-ified too. The listing claims this as a Spring seasonal, so perhaps this bottle is now several months old, but I doubt the IPA hoppiness has completely faded in that short a time. This beer was always about the yeast, or at least, became that way. There's a mild bitterness on the back end, but nothing that signifies an IPA base beer. The bottle does mention a tripel, and that is much more believable. Spicy and quite sweet.

Medium bodied, with mid to low end carbonation. Much boozier than the style ought to be too imo.

Overall this was a huge disappointment for me. This is such an invigorating style when done well.

07-19-2011 07:58:09 | More by Spider889
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2.58/5  rDev -32.6%

12 oz bottle. poured into long stemmed tulip. 2012 vintage.

A: bright orange hue. slightly hazed. head is very slightly off-white. retention isnt that great. some lacing.

S: a syrupy sweetness. this nose has a touch of hops, but it leaves almost as soon as the pour is over. this thing is a sweetness bomb.

T: a little bit of alkalinity in the finish. well even in the start. the syrupy sweetness makes up the bulk and almost the entirety of the palate. a little bitterness, but this one is all tripel over ipa.

M: mild carbonation on a big sweet body.

D: needs a lot of refinement. just a big sweet mess with a touch of metal. hardly any hoppiness in my opinion. pass from a brewery that has a lot of other solid offerings.

10-18-2012 01:14:39 | More by Jimmys
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2.7/5  rDev -29.5%

A - Pours a medium orange amber with maybe a finger of off white head. There's a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle that I pour into the glass.

S - Smells like a spicy Belgian beer. I like the smell, but I don't pick up any hops in it. Mostly it's the Belgian yeast, so some bananas are present.

T - Man, I just don't like the taste of this beer. The Belgian yeasty flavors dominate, with no hop character. The taste also has a weird tang to it, which I don't like at all. The alcohol is very present. If I were any less stingy, this would be a drainpour.

M - Pretty standard for a Belgian, slightly undercarbonated for what I expected, but the bubbles are the right size and feel.

Overall, I can't stand the taste of this beer. Everything but the taste is good, but I suppose that's why you buy beer...

05-04-2011 03:23:43 | More by gdrydenc
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

11-27-2011 03:41:39 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

12-08-2012 15:36:12 | More by Damian74Shensky
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

08-24-2012 03:09:33 | More by Gonzoillini
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

04-25-2012 03:33:12 | More by fisherbray
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2.83/5  rDev -26.1%

12oz bottle to pilsner.

A: About the color of iced tea maybe a little more golden. Crystal Clear moderate white head. Nice and lacy.

S: Banannas, citrus, slightly floral, alcohol when it starts to warm up.

T: It tastes like Banana Bread and you used unshelled black walnuts in it. The transition from sweet to bitter is very harsh and drastic. Its like I am drink 2 different beers one that is sweet and the other a bitter IPA. The two do not mix well at all.

O: Meh. Definitely not a favorite in either style or combined styles. Good attempt I guess. I won't be looking to try another anytime soon even though I have one in the fridge.

04-19-2011 04:04:41 | More by tekn0ph1sh
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2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

Couldn't wait to try this one. Bought at Mac's in midtown. Very disappointing.
Poured into a pint glass. Clear copper/gold. Small white head. Nose is sweet grass, ethanol, slight bananas. Mildly cloying.
Taste is a confusion of yeast, turpentine, ethanol, flowery hops, and metal. Way too much going on. Doesn't feel like a Belgian IPA.
Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, and probably the best part of the beer. Overall not very drinkable. I'll have to try this one on tap if I see it, but for now I'm basing it off this one bottle and it is my least favorite of the series.

04-13-2009 02:43:07 | More by shivtim
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2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

A - 12oz bottle with the blue ninja turtle dressed like a french robin hood playing a banjo on a tequila drinking jackass. ITS WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT, it pours a copper color with some orange edges, 1 finger of off white head, falls to a thin ring around the edges no lacing

A - very subtle hops up front, caramel malt and artificial banana syrup which is abundant throughout the aroma is rather intimidating, concerning the sweetness and alcohol, i prefer something different then what this style is representing. where is the belgian yeasty greatness???

T - subtle caramel malt, upfront then transitions into what the nose suggested with more hops, banana syrup again and it is everywhere, hops come in for a quick battle and show their face then retreat like the french would to be dominated by the dominating banana imposters and its alcohol sidekick. this beer is not bad...

M - medium to light, no carbonaiton, which is not necessarily a negative...does not coat a Gah damn thing flows over the edge and leaves its bananas behind.

O - i feel like adding banana flavored flintstone gummiebears to an ipa does not make it a "belgian" ipa and for that terrapin you fail, the yeasty characters are absoulutely wondering the halls on drugs without a hall pass, only to find a gah damn sno-cone stand serving nothing but banana. don't buy it more than once.

07-15-2011 05:02:08 | More by JayAre46
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2.95/5  rDev -23%

A-very transparent dark gold with a sticky cream colored head. lots of bubbles and good lacing

S-good spicy pale belgian malts with a sweet hoppiness to them.fairly malty. medium strength

T-ooo this is quite a bitter beer. the bitterness sticks to your tongue through out the experience. it comes in with low quality pale belgian malts that transform in to a short burst of bubble gum sweetness that a blast of sweet bitterness. it really has quite a strong bite to it. the flavors seem to all be off. this is very unbalanced. definitely can taste the ABV.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish, very bitter

O-for me, its another miss from Terrapin, but i'll keep giving them chances. as far as belgian IPAs go, this is just way too unbalanced. the belgian malts seems to be fake. its not easy drinking either. really nothing too great going on here.

05-25-2011 22:06:33 | More by AdamBear
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-27-2011 01:25:42 | More by whitekiboko
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-18-2012 20:59:49 | More by beerFool28607
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

Pours a golden brown color with a light reddish hue. The off white head is short and quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet with candied tropical fruit notes. Almost has a fruit punch aroma to it. There is some band-aid phenols and pepper from the yeast. Some fusel alcohol vapors. It has that typical American made Belgian style aroma; way too sweet and boozy. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is of a cracker-like palt malt. There is a good amount of tropical fruit sweetness. Again some fruit punch. The sweetness is quickly cut by a chalky earthy bitterness from the hops. The band-aid phenols come through in the flavor as well and it also brings the fusel alcohol. Kind of a mess of flavors.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. Both sweet and bitter on the palate. Not very clean on the palate and the ABV is noticable.

Meh, typical american made belgian style brew. Not sure why most American brewers can't figure these styles out. The flavors are too heavy handed, not delicate. Boozy.

10-14-2011 23:08:31 | More by Gmann
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-03-2013 02:43:14 | More by 100200300
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-08-2012 03:48:37 | More by IdrinkGas
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-01-2013 15:17:23 | More by ajtorres311
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy golden bodiy with almost no head from a vigorous pour.

Smell: yeast spicyness and faint hops. hops are more on the grassy and herbal smelling hops.

Taste: bready malts that are starting to become sweet. Pepper and spice imparted from the yeast. Not much hops flavor comming out of this beer. Strong booze taste that does work here at all.

Mouthfeel: medium to almost full bodied beer. No carbonation here. Its flat.

Overall: I think that this beer passed it prime along time ago. Or I must have gotten a bad beer. Terrapin is a great brewery and this is not the true representation of the quality beer that Terrapin makes. Will have to try this fresh and update the review in spring.

07-26-2011 22:23:05 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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