Big Hoppy Monster
Terrapin Beer Company

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American Imperial Red Ale
4.07 | pDev: 10.81%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Imperial Red Ale.
Reviews: 592 | Ratings: 867 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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Photo of jackorain
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at Tacomac in Alpharetta, GA. Jessica the bartender poured it correctly.

A-It is a beautifully dark amber, almost brown with a 3/8 inch head that fell quickly to nearly nothing. There was minimal lacing. The quickly dissapating head and the lack of lacing is what held this very attractive beer from being a 5.0 in this category

S- Carmel and roasted malt hits 1st, citrus and green hops jump out next. Howeveer, the aroma overall is not that strong.

T- Amzingly balanced. The biscuity, carmel and molases malts hit up front immediately and linger long enough for one to think "This beer is named wrong it should be Big Malty Monster", Then POW!, out come this rush of hops that just push back the huge malt profile without mercy. The finish here is all hops, pine and citrus with the green hanging around the longest after eah sip. This is really good stuff.

M-Creamy and oily from the hops, real nice carbonation.

D-very good drinkability, high ABV prevents hihger scor here.

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Photo of bamadog
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks go out to Imperialhopper83 and Onenote81 - I've recently traded with both of these amazing BAs and a bottle of this showed up from both, so I'm stoked that I still have one more :) Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark toffee brown and starts with a one finger tan head that fades to a full and even skim; body is very cloudy and nearly opaque; lots of lacing holds tightly to the sides of the glass; the body looks a little viscous on the pour.

Smell: Sweet carmalized malts; some toasted grains and a faint hop presence; nose is actually a little weak.

Taste: Wow - much unlike the smell, the taste is full of robust aspects! Fantastic and full of deep toasted grains and very sweet carmalized malts and a citric hoppiness; I feel this beer is very well balanced amongst these three big and bold flavors; there is a slight presence of alcohol as it washes down, but at 8.3% that should be expected.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and leaves a ton of stickiness throughout the mouth; the carbonation is strong enough to be present in the thicker body but it is still smooth and very easy drinking. Near perfect.

Drinkability: I give it a 4 overall as I LOVE the taste and the robust flavors and balance of them all; the mouthfeel is thick and it definitely sits a little heavy and the ABV is a tad high, but the outstanding taste would keep me coming back for more. This my first offering from Terrapin and I've got a few more from some trades and I cannot wait to crack into them after this introduction.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BlindPig
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1/2" tan head on a lightly cloudy deep amber body. Lacing sticks to glass quite a lot and a nice collar with a thin amount covering the top of the beer.
S- Big hop smell but with a nice caramel malt background. Has some grapefruit, some light orange, and maybe one or two other fruits. Well balanced smell though.
T- Taste a lot more of a red ale than it does a DIPA. Big malts with equal amount of hops. Leaves a dry taste from what seems like the malts and some grass hops working together. Has a bitterness that isn't overpowering and kind of blends in with the rest of the beer. I think the malts come through most though. Some breads come through also. Is a bit watery too.
M- Medium to full body with a lower carbonation.
D- It is very good. If any beer (that I have tried) deserves the title of a Imperial red ale it would be this one. I think they hit it on the head perfectly. This is a very nice easy drinking big beer though.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G311 is the man! Thanks for the bottle Vince.

The color is darker than expected, more in the way of crimson or marron than amber or red. Tall tann-ish head holds up nicely.

The nose is full of caramel apple, bready and sweet malts, floral and earthy hops. THis kinda reminds me of a marzen or oktoberfeston steriods.

THe taste is sweet upfront, rich and malty backbone with some alcohol heat on the finish. A good deal of earthy bitterness is also present along with a healthy dose of bread/biscuit.

Medium bodied brew with a moderate level of Co2 and an overall smooth texture.

I am not sure just how old this bottle is, and I do like the beer, however I feel like it does NOT quite live up to it's name. Very tasty? yes. Strong, yet drinkable? yes. BUT the hops are a bit understated.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra from Ding (thanks!). I poured this monster into a pint glass. The smell was hoppy. The color was dark, dark, red-brown with a substantial, pillowy cream head. The taste was really good with the malts showing up more than the hops. I thought this had almost a barleywine characteristic to it. Very good brew.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle from DeaconBluez as an extra in our recent trade. Thanks Chip!

Pours a dark amber-ruby color into a tulip glass. Has a large two finger creamy tan head that doesn't have the best retention, and shrinks to a thin layer. Leaves sheets of lacing all over the glass.

The nose is an excellent combination of floral hops, fruity malt characters, caramel and a light alcohol warming presence. Pretty solid malt backbone with a light floral hop balancing it out.

This beer should be called "Big Malty Monster" because the sweet caramel malts are much more dominant than the piney hops that come in the taste department. Very sweet from the malts, yet very balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is a little higher than I would have liked, as it takes away from the taste a little bit. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is ok. This is a good brew, but it's not different from many other brews I've had. It's just kinda plain, but like I said, still a good brew. It does everything it's supposed to just fine, but it doesn't do anything spectacular. Thanks for the chance Chip!

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of CWiggins
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently tasted on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC. This dark brown beer exhibited a white, one-finger head, and smelled a bit citrusy with a whole lot of hop background. The flavor was intensly malty, with a nutty, hoppy aftertaste that lingered just long enough. It had a smooth texture with medium carbonation, and I particularly like the biscuity finish.

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Photo of PthPndr
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of scott
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.06 best by 064007FX

Very opaque mahogany with a tight frothy head minimizing itself into a fine layer rather quickly.
Nose reminscent to Stone's 10th (grapefruit blossoms,etc.). Very nice hop profile, but not explosive. I'm assuming this has lost some of it's bite due to the fact most of my favorite hop varities are represented (Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Warrior) and they don't slap me around when I sip. Sweet sugar, bisquit, pine.
Clean, refreshing and a tad bitter as it finishes.
This is highly drinkable, given the fact 8% is hard to detect.
I really like this, and would push you out of the way to get a bottle of it fresh. Yet another beer I truly enjoy that I can't get with any regularity.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever "imperial red ale"... Retrieved this 12oz bottle from my beer cellar. Distinguishable marking of VINTAGE09AA on the side of the bottle.

Pours a dark and opaque brown reminiscent of ice teas at its lightest point and thick bourbon on the opposite end. One finger khaki head with moderate lacing but little retention.

Smell is of heavy malts and rye bread. Alcohol is slightly hidden in light oak and molasses.

An alcoholic bite hits first with nuances of mostly molasses, malt and hop bitterness. Malts are quite roasty but there's plenty of sweetness in this brew as well.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, smooth but nothing awe inspiring.

This brew is heavy and the alcohol will sneak up on you. Not something I'm likely to keep in my cellar at all times but definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of johnd513
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one!
This beer pours a nice reddish copper color wiht a small head that quickly disappears. Smells sweet and is nice and hoppy with grapefruit and other citrus flavors. The taste of this beer is sweet and hoppy with some grapefruit and pine flavors and alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel has medium body and carbination and is a tad oily. Overall this beer is quite tasty and very drinkable. Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these but the high abv catches up to you. I am glad to have had the oppurtunity to try this.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown with a quarter inch of head and some light activity.

S- Semi sweet hops and a touch of floral quality.

T- The taste starts with some nice big hops but not really bitter a nice balance of the hops and the malt. The hops is the star but not overly aggressive or bitter this is a great way to really enjoy hops.

M- Great activity and thickness

D- A slow drinker but good.

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Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark copper with tan head. It smelled like caramel malt and copper hops, with bready yeast and a bit of prune. It tasted like earthy copper hops and roasted barley, with some caramel and yeast and a bit of floral hops. It was oily and somewhat thick, with a bit of carbonation and a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this wasn't the hoppy monster I was expecting, but it did have a nice malty taste for an amber ale. The flavor wasn't terribly clean, although that might improve with some age? Of course, that would fade the hops that the brewers probably intended to showcase. Very confusing. Either way, it had nice body and hid the alcohol very well, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. This doesn't hold a candle to Nugget Nectar, but it's still an enjoyable beer in its own right.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of PCampbell
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a great dark brown with a thin off-white / cream head that laces along the edges.

Has a heavy intermingling smell of dark fruits and malts and spicy hoppiness to it. Has a much more malt forward flavor to it with bready and caramel characteristics, hops come in at the end with some grapefruit and lemon. Has a more fuller mouthfeel to it with a fair amount of carbonation.

Wouldn't say its big and hoppy, but it is big and malty. A very tasty beer none-the-less, definitely worth picking up if you get the chance.

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