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Terrapin Monk's Revenge - Terrapin Beer Company

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635 Ratings

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 51
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of mullenite


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours out a slightly hazy orange-amber with a one and a half finger white head that dissipated down in to a small ring around the glass and an island in the middle. Leaves a nice lacing with some legs down the glass. Being my first "Belgian IPA" I'm not quite sure what to expect from the appearance. For a Tripel it's lacking for for an IPA it's decent...

Smell has an obvious citrus hop kick to it with orange, lemon. and a little grapefruit being prominent. In the background there is a little doughyness to the smell and a slight bit of wheat funk. It smells freakin' awesome.

Being my first sip of this style beer I am a bit confused. There is a definite light fruitiness to the beer. Pears stand out, maybe a light apple as well. Following this is some serious hop bite. Pine and citrus overwhelm the finish and leave a strong hop character in the mouth after swallowing.

Medium body with some decent sharp carbonation and a surprisingly long finishing note.

Pretty easy to drink if you are in to IPAs but if you are looking for something with more esters and fruit flavors you may need to let this one sit a little or look elsewhere. It is far more IPA than Belgian.

05-11-2009 12:47:17 | More by mullenite
Photo of cjgator3


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

22oz bottle

A- Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color wtih an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very fruity with some malt and spices. There is also some spicy hops in the nose as well. The aroma is very much like a Tripel with a bigger dose of hops.

T- The taste features a much bigger presence from the hops, which is definitely a good thing. It starts out fruity with some sweet malt and spices and finishes with a good dose of citrus from the hops. This is a very tasty brew that really grew on me with each sip.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another great Side Project beer. Keep on churning them out Terrapin, I can't wait for the next SP!

05-09-2009 03:34:52 | More by cjgator3
Photo of wagenvolks


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz gold-foil bomber into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to Mschae1017 for the trade!

Pours a viscous, vibrant golden-straw body with a nice clarity and active carbonation level. Still, the head drop quickly to a tiny patch and thin ring of manila bubbles. Really diggin' this aroma: takes the best of the Tripel and IPA styles and melds them perfectly. Lots of bubblegum and sweet crystal malts balanced by floral hops and yeasty fruit esters of tangerine, banana, and mango. A hint of booziness lingers in the background.

Very flavorful profile, probably the biggest-tasting of Terrapin's side projects yet, slightly outing their Gamma Ray wheatwine. Starts with a nice spicy Belgian yeast note that quickly gives way to raw, leafy hops and chewy Belgian malts. Finishes with a lingering booziness and hoppy bitterness. Body is relatively thick and harsh, even for a Belgian IPA, somewhat limiting the drinkability. However, the uppity carbonation level and complex finish make for an interesting drink. Terrapin's Side Projects seldom disappoint, and Monk's Revenge carries that torch well.

05-08-2009 02:39:07 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of israel

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks cashew70 for the chance to try this one

A- Golden straw in color with near perfect clarity; two finger head from initial pour but fades quickly to just a thin layer atop the liquid. Some decent lacing chases the beer down the sides of the glass.

S- A lot going on here, Belgian influence is easy to pick out with its yeasty scent(bananas, cloves, bubble gum), but then the IPA shows up to the party and makes itself known with its citrusy scents of grapefruit. A bit confusing to try and smell for a review but enjoyable none the less.

T- Back and forth they go as the triple and IPA tussle for center stage in this beer. It actually works in this beer and it really does taste like your drinking two beers at times. I can pick up on a bit of spiciness not noticeable in the scent as well as cloves and grapefruit.

M- Initially sweet with a dryness that is chased by a grapefruitiness that is enjoyable.

D- I'm sorry I only traded for two of these and might need more soon.

05-07-2009 21:23:26 | More by israel
Photo of wescj


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Looks nice. Golden orange, slightly hazy in color, with a two inch foamy white head.

Smells sweet, almost like bubble gum. Yeasty.

Taste is similar, but with a spicy, peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok, the sweet/peppery aspects of the beer leave an odd feel in the mouth. Sort of like drinking orange juice after brusing your teeth, but nowhere near that bad or unpleasant. Just odd. It's still refreshing, and worth a try.

05-07-2009 19:47:03 | More by wescj
Photo of RustyDiamond


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured this bomber into a Duvel tulip. Clear apple juice in appearance with a solid three fingers of white frothy head. Very nice to look at in the glass...great clarity. Aroma of grapefruit peel, spearmint. Banana and clove hit on the nose. Then a good dose of hop flavor ensues. Dry and citric bitter mouthfeel. Bitter finish with lingering chalky bitterness.

05-06-2009 20:26:10 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, cloudy, murky golden-orange, with a finger and a half of white head that subsided fairly quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Fruity, banana notes, with strong hints of pine and grapefruit citrus to balance it all out. The sweet banana and honey notes are at the front, almost masking the hops.

Taste: A sharp, bitter hop bite right away, which fades into a smooth finish of banana and honey. Some of the hops linger into the aftertaste, but the aftertaste is more smooth than bitter. Most of the hops are present up front. I can't tell if the flavors complement each other or just clash - it's almost like I'm drinking two separate beers.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness, but high, prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A sipper, partly because of the high carbonation, and partly because I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to make of this beer. I think the flavors of the hops clash a little too much with the 'belgian' flavors that make up most of the beer. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

05-03-2009 21:59:15 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

I picked up this bottle in Greenville SC a few weeks ago. The beer is dark yellow orange color, a little hazy, with a thin head. This has more of a spicy tripel aroma than IPA. I've had several beers of this tripel/IPA blend variety and haven't really been taken by any of them. This is turning out to be much of the same, with less IPA and more tripel in the smell and taste. Well done for what it is I guess, but not something I'd search for again.

05-02-2009 01:55:12 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev 0%

Pours out a deep copper color, with incredible clarity. I love watching the bubbles rise up through this one, and the head is sort of thin, about a cm, but its clingy and very pretty. A good looking beer. The smell is pleasant, but it doesn't make the style evident. There's a faint bready maltiness, with whiffs of powdery pale malts and a bit of sweetness. There's just a hint, barely a hint of earthy, spicy hops, like tobacco. Doesn't smell much like a Tripel or an IPA. The taste is very nice. I love the malty flavors, there are raisins, and sticky, very sticky bready flavors. Then the hoppy spicy flavor kicks in. I like it, there's even a hint of fruitiness in the back. But let me explain it a bit more, off the bat there's an orange flavor, like a fresh sweet Valencia orange, maybe a Clementine, this an earthy, leafy, almost like compost flavor, something like tobacco, finishes with a very spicy, like coriander, clove, citrus peel, even a bit of flower resins. The bubblegum flavor is quite nice in there too. This one is very complex, and I'm quite interested, this doesn't seem much like a combination of a Tripel and a DIPA, but like layers of both mixed in together. I really love the flavors in this. It is very full and enjoyable. Just like sticky and bready from the start, with the hop resins keeping it a little dry and clingy. But the bubblegum flavor slows me down in drinking it. It's definitely a sipper, slow drinking, but not too sweet or too dry, really fascinating and recommended. Definitely worth a shot.

04-27-2009 21:03:19 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of Jtschupp04


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

looks like: apple juice (no head, i'm disappointed)

smells like: sweet grapefruit (mmm)

tastes like: creamy grapefruit (creamy belgian double with an IPA kick)

feel like: cider but cold with tingling

drinks like: sparkling grapefruit juice (minus the sugar)

i cannot detect any alcohol at all, but i can feel it in my stomach. Two thumbs up to Terrapin. This is an amazing beer, i don't know why i like it so much but its not harsh at all full of flavour and not overtaking and warms the tummy up. mmm mmm mmm

04-25-2009 00:05:41 | More by Jtschupp04
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

"This new age beer style is a fusion of two great brewing traditions that are worlds apart- a hoppy American Double IPA and a classic Belgian Tripel. We hope you enjoy Terrapin's version of a Belgian IPA.

SPike's Brewing Words of Wisdom: "Beware the Gnome in the funny green hat!""

Numero cinco of the "Side Project". Pours from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice dark golden with a very small white head. No lacing, no retention. The head leaves quickly and not even a film is left on top.

Aroma is okay. Certainly get that belgian candi aroma with a touch of yeast. I also get the earthy and piney hops. Not sure of the correct terminology, but smells kind of "green" and new. The two aromas, Belgian and IPA, dont meld well and are each seperate.

I first get the sweet belgian flavor, followed by some sweet fruitiness, followed by the green hop flavor, followed by the hop bitterness. Again, the flavors dont really work together or in unison. The hop bitterness sticks out; kind of tastes like raw hop pellets.

The mouthfeel is decent. A little thin. I think this beer has some real potential. Perhaps six months from now it will have come together a bit more and jelled. Currently, this beer is definitely young and needs to grow up.

04-24-2009 14:03:48 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a cloudy orange with a slow forming billowy white head. Aroma is very sweet, lots of tangerine and sweet citrus, candied orange drops and hop oils there reflect the style very well. Taste is pleasant but a bit thin. Lots of citrusy, hoppy sweetness with a nice bitter overtone but the body is a bit lacking and could use a bit more character and meat. It's juicy and sweet, but not all that thick like a Belgian pale ale or IPA should be. Web site has the brew at 9.8 percent and the brew does do a very good job of hiding that, very light but with a bitter kick at the end.

All in all, a solid stab, but just not enough there to make me keep coming back.

04-19-2009 06:31:53 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a light golden color. There's a bit of haziness to it. Smell is peppery and spicy, with just a touch of hops and belgian yeast. Taste is even more of the spice, very well balanced with the hops. Very smooth and easy drinking. Quite surprised on how well this drank and just how balanced and smooth it was. A little bit of citrus in the finish. A very good offering from Terrapin, glad I had the chance.

04-18-2009 05:04:11 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle thanks to BeerSommelier. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of light citrusy hops followed by sweet Belgian malt. Flavor initially of tropical fruits and citrusy hops with a sweet yeasty and melony finish. Quite pleasant and easy drinking.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

04-15-2009 21:28:10 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours out an orange-yellow color, slightly hazy from suspended yeast. Moderate white head. Aroma is yeasty, with banana and citrus fruits.

Taste begins on a sweet note, followed up by some solid bitterness. Flowery with lots of orange flavor -- excellent hop flavor in the finish. Full mouthfeel, with some nice bready malts. Finishes up dry, with some yeasty flavors lingering.

Nice interpretation of what's quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. This one seems a bit yeastier than others I've tried. Carbonated well, great mouthfeel, highly drinkable. I'm loving this Side Project series...

04-13-2009 22:24:55 | More by bobbyc881
Photo of twelvsies


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

A nice, relatively clear and crisp looking golden ale, a bit of bubbly head but fades. Pale malt and a dry musty hop profile, faint fumes of alcohol. A decent crisp flavor to this one, a nice dry finish, and lively on the palate, but the alcohol seems to come through a bit to much and is kind of distracting. I'm not usually too sensitive to that but it's not really working here - not really enough hop flavor in this to cover it up. Almost a wanna-be Duvel or something but more like a weak Belgian Pale than an IPA. Decent though, but I much prefer some of Terrapin's other brews.

04-13-2009 14:17:27 | More by twelvsies
Photo of shivtim


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
Photo of Zorro


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Clear copper colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is dry and spicy with lots of clove, pine, grapefruit and black pepper aromas. Lesser scents of menthol eucalyptus and mint. Very slight peach and rose aromas.

The taste starts out dry and herbal with a savory aftertaste. Becomes slightly sweet as you drink it, this isn't as dry as expected at first. Slight banana flavor and very herbal and slightly bitter. Pine and grapefruit are subdued.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer spot on for the style.

Sampled through the efforts of Bentk56 and Secret Bunny 09 BIF.

04-13-2009 00:50:43 | More by Zorro
Photo of HopDerek


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks to jophish17 for the hookup. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden amber color with almost 2 fingers of white head. OK retention leaves some nice little lacing rings. Smells of fruits, Belgian candy, peppery spices, banana, pale malt, and white grapes. Tastes of fruits like pineapple, tangerine, melon, lemon, apple, and banana followed by some honey, sweet pale malts, and Belgian candy with a peppery spice, hoppy resin, and alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium in body with effervescent carbonation. Sweet and fruity with a nice dry bitter finish, slick with a touch of alcohol burn.

04-09-2009 00:42:43 | More by HopDerek
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

22oz bomber into a Duvel glass at Flying Saucer. Pours a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice fragrant blend of fresh hops, burnt caramel and mild yeast ans spice. The taste is a nice amount of Earthy hops, sweet malt and Belgian spice. The beer is somewhat heavy with slight sticky alcohol. This one is very enjoyable, one of the best American brewed Belgian IPAs I've had yet.

04-08-2009 19:33:42 | More by atsprings
Photo of spointon


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

I acquired this one in a trade with the outstanding BA everetends. I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Duvel tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a chill hazed orange-gold color with a slim 1/2" white head and a lot of carbonation release. The head dropped in under three minutes and disappeared altogether nearly as quickly. No lace to speak of.

S= Once this beer warmed, it produced aromas of sweet pale malts, faint caramel, a DIPA dose of spicy and citrusy hops, and a bit of Belgian fruitiness and funk from the yeast.

T= This beer is a never ending battle between the hoppy DIPA and the fruity Belgian beast lying within. I'd call it 60% DIPA and 40% Belgian ale on the balance sheet though. The malts are sweet and biscuity with a hint of caramel. The hops are spicy, grassy, and full of grapefruit flavor. As the two base styles wrestled for supremacy, the finish approached and produced a dryness and mild tartness that begged the next sip.

MF= Medium bodied with an undercarbed and slick mouthfeel.

D= This was a damned interesting beer. I think I prefer the Chouffe DIPA Triple to this example, but it is still a good beer in its own right. I wish the carbonation was a bit more effervescent, and that the "Belgian" qualities were turned up just a bit more (or the DIPA toned down a bit) but its drinkable and worthy for sure.

04-07-2009 05:00:40 | More by spointon
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Bomber. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small white head, very little lacing. Aroma is a little estery with bananas and then a good amount of pine (slight resin) and citrus (grapefruit) hops. Flavor is abound with hops. There is a little bit of banana, some sweet malts, and finishes with citrus and resiny hop flavor. Mouthfeel has a tingle to it, pretty good body and a nice bitter finish. Overall a very good beer. Yet another solid Side Project from Terrapin, so far I would call this my favorite.

04-06-2009 22:33:58 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of goatgoat


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a hazy honey lemon yellow. A finger thick white fluffy head builds and falls pretty fast. No lace.

Aroma is a blend of hops and Belgian character. Grapefruit, light fruit, banana, and a bit of spice back there.

Flavor is first Belgian, with light fruits, banana, and a nice spiciness. I don't get a specific hop character but a sturdy bitterness arrives late and dominates the finish.

Light body with a prickly carbonation. I'd like the carbonation to be less harsh. Nicely dry finish with a bit of resiny feel.

Overall a very good brew. I have a few nitpicks, but I enjoy this quite a bit.
I prefer pineapple/floral/pine hop notes to grapefruit, so while I think this is a good mix of Belgian and IPA, it's not the best kind of IPA for me. This is my first Belgian IPA. Color me intrigued.

04-05-2009 01:21:27 | More by goatgoat
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6%

I have had only a few of beers of this style and havent been overly impressed with them,this seems to go along that line.Poured into a large tulip glass a mix og deep golden and burnt orange with a thin white head that is gone quickly leaving no lace behind as it settled very quickly.Belgian yeast aroams stand out most in the nose,slightly smokey and quite spicey with some overripe pineapple,just a hint of resiny American hop.Flavors are also more like a tripel in my mind than a dipa but its is pretty darn good.Phenolic spice flavors with some grilled pineapple flavors meld into a bit of citric hop but it never really comes thru to strong.If your a fan of say a hopped up tripel than you will be all about this,me I think its good but not anything to seek out for my taste.

04-05-2009 01:11:22 | More by oberon
Photo of ahurd11085


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Served on tap.

A: Golden honey color with a bit of haziness. 3/4" fluffy white head that leaves mild lacing.

S: Typical Belgian triple smells up front with notable sweetness and fruitiness. Strong hop presence with strong citrus notes. Light alcohol on the tail end. Yummy smelling, but not as strong as I was expecting.

T: This is where this brew shines! Fantastic sweet malt backbone with a strong honey presence and a bit of light fruit. The hops take over from there with a strong melon rind presence and just the right amount of bitterness. Pleasant alcohol/bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Very much like a DIPA, very slick, oily and a bit chewy. Could go for a hint more carbonation, a first for a Terrapin brew IMO.

D: Good. While I would be hard pressed to put down more than a glass or two of this in a night I would have no trouble revisiting it a few times a week.

04-02-2009 02:12:51 | More by ahurd11085
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