Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Big Hoppy Monster

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale.

Added by rajendra82 on 10-09-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brown color with a slight reddish hue. Nice thick head – tight bubbles, but it did dissapate. The aroma is surprisingly (for its name) mostly malt and caramel with hops noticeable in the background. The taste is initially hops with a strong malt/caramel backbone – very nice. The mouthfeel is full and slightly creamy. With the name, I was expecting something intense, but this is a smooth brew. I’d have to recommend trying one of these Monsters!

This was from the 2006 Monster Beer Tour series.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Big Hoppy Monster is my first beer from Terrapin, a brewery I've been hearing many good things about. It pours into my tulip glass a deep dark red, almost bordering on brown with a half inch of creamy khaki head. Garnet hues shoot out when held to the light. Aromas of sweet, nutty caramel malts with a touch of brown sugar leading into a plenty of citric, piney, earthy hops. Quite a rich, hoppy aroma.

First sip brings a big caramel, bready maltiness upfront with a bit of molasses. Such a dense maltiness that wasn't really expected. Hops comingle beautifully with lots of citrus, grapefruit and pine flavors interspersed throughout the rich maltiness of the brew. It finishes slightly sweet and nutty with a touch of bitterness. A huge red ale that's at the same time very well balanced. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is dense, creamy and smooth with good steady bubbles. I can see where the Big comes into play in the name. The label hits the nail on the head by calling it an Imperial Red Ale. I could see myself enjoying a few of these no problem, just wish it was available to me. Thanks to warriorsoul for tossing this my way when I was in Boston for the EBF. Now I'm looking forward to the Wake N Bake!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks OldStyleCubFan! ive been wanting to try this for over a year.

pour was DEEP ruby red with a light creamy head, decent lacing

very floral with giant sweet honey malt notes.

very deep with sweet chewy malts and a very floral and lightly bitter citrus flavor. light grapefruit and orange flavors.

light carbonation but with some bite. very thick

love this and so glad i got to try this. i would love to drink these all year round. i also love that they are 12oz bottles.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Monster Tour

Poured dark, cloudy, reddish brown with a small, off-white head. Cloudiness cleared up quickly.

Hoppy aroma with definite floral smell coming through.

The dominant taste is the hops, but there is also malt and sweetness to keep them from being overwhelming.

Medium-bodied and smooth, with very little carbonation.

I normally prefer more malty beers, but this one could win me over.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-red and clear. Almost no head after a couple of minutes. Big, powerful thick taste (getting a little too warm in Georgia for this brew). Good balance between sour hops and roasted malts. Buttery smoke lingering. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable for such a powerful ale. Not as viscous and overpowering as a stout, but with some of the same big flavors and heavy mouthfeel. If I have one complaint, it's that the name led me to expect more hops flavor. The predominant tastes are caramelized malt and smoke.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Since we popped the cap here in SC many of the new big beers were hop bombs which is not my thing. But this beer is well balanced. It poured a great dark color with a lingering 2 finger head. While the hops are evident, the malt aftertaste balanced it out. This is a fine example of a balanced beer and will definitely be a favorite. As a matter of fact after sampling a single I returned for several 4 packs to cellar away. The high abv is the only limiting factor on it's drinkability. Willdefinitely have more than one if I have no place to drive!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BurnsTau
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color, good head and lacing.

Smells are good, suprisingly a bit of a malty and sweet aroma coming through. Taste is good and rich, with a name big hoppy monster I would have though this would be a bit more hoppy. The hops are definitely there, but the maltiness is more than in check here, making the whole thing pretty damn enjoyable. Like others have said, think of a richer and more hopped amber, and this is it.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, if a bit misleading. Another winner by Terrapin, who are rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 version of Big Hoppy Monster I'm reviewing.

Pours a dark garnet color wwith a fairly short head.

The smell is fruity and beefy, with spicy hops and rich malt.

The taste is rich and very grainy and filling- like drinking a grain soup with malt and hop accents. Richer in malt but less hoppy than past versions.

Mouthfeel is big, rich and creamy.

A little heavy to drink many of.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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