Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Big Hoppy Monster
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
866
Reviews:
592
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
165
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Captain Couger. Pours Reddish with restrained but noticeable foam, in my anti-gravity glass.Very very smooth, though hoppy. Alcohol hits you without noticing in taste. Malty, satisfying, though not overly complex.Some toasted malt and sugar. Well balanced.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking red color with a yellowish white color. The head was a little on the fizzy side, the lacing wasn't too strong on this one. The smell was hoppy with a little sweet malts in the back end. The taste has some caramel malts up front giving off a sweet flavor that's quickly attacked by the bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly. Overall it's not a bad brew and probably worth trying again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like the Amber Ales hopped up to IPA proportions. They are much more malty, bready, toasty, and bold. The trick is balancing the hops (and adding enough of them) to stand out above the richer malt character. This beer does so beautifully. An unwavering malt base holds together from the initial sip, through the flavor, through the firmness, and well into the finish. The hops show flavorful and aromatic citrus and pine qualities, then intensify into a pleasant and dominating bitterness. Never any sharpness, weakening, or graininess at any point. Alcoholic heat and power shows up late, but does not deter. Much like a North Coast Red Seal, but amped up quite a bit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of shp555: Poured a deep slightly hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some light citrus hops is quite interesting. Taste is sweeter then expected with some great caramel malt and a medium bitter finish. Body is above average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I was expecting more of a citrus bitter ending but I’m not complaining about the balance but maybe I should re-rate with a more fresh bottle next year.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 vintage, but no bottle date. Pours hazy red orange color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of nice lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, and tropical fruit; with a bit of pine, spices, and alcohol. Fairly sweet aromas here with good strength. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, toasted malt, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish, with lingering notes of caramel, pine, citrus, and a bit of spice. Pretty large amount of sweetness in comparison to bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied, with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a warming on the finish noticed. Decent drinkability for the level of alcohol, but it was still somewhat of a sipper. Overall a decent imperial red ale, but maybe it is better when it is fresh. This may have bit a bit too old.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one tonight!

vintage 2009

Poured into a pint glass.
copper
Pours a fairly large near 2 finger beige head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a dark coppery hued ruby brown.

Aroma: Right of the top I get a lot of sweet caramel malt. This is a big malty beer. Some floral notes with a bit of citrus flavors. Not to much in the hop profile so far, but interesting.

Taste: This beer had a massive malt backbone, but it does bring some bitterness with it. I think the hops are faded, but there are some floral and leafy residual left with some light citrus flavors. The malt category is very unique. It is bready and sweet. Some caramel notes. A bit of alcohol shows. A big red ale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slight amount of bitterness. Medium bodied, but big for the style, with a good amount of carbonation. Ends malty, dry, and sweet. Not bad.

Overall, a decent imperial red but I would like to have it fresh. It is pretty easy drinking, but very malty. Another decent beer from Terrapin. Thanks Peter for sharing this one!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark crimson with a nice off-white head.

S: Plenty of piney, floral, and earthy hops alongside some pretty sweet amber malt.

T: Some definite malt sweetness comes into play here alongside the strong bitterness of piney, earthy hops.

M: Good balance between the dryness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts. Probably a bit too sweet for a DIPA, but well within the good range for an India Red Ale.

D: A bit thick and heavy at times, but very tasty. Something I'll definitely grab a four-pack of each year.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rich amber with a creamy-like reddish tinted head that leaves a sheet of lace behind,boatloads of grass and pine in the aromas with an underlying butteriness but the massive hops steal the show.A sublime creamy mouthfeel a touch chewey this glides down very easily,a big hoppy monster this is very resiny and piney there is some balance to this monster though a sweeter brown sugar flavor really comes thru not as big sas the intense hops but very noticable and appreciated by me.A damn good DIPA here big and balanced a hop heads dream here.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head that rests on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick rings of foam on the glass.

S - An aroma of toffee and caramel malt with just a hint of chocolate thrown in. Fairly strong pine hops assert themselves and blend with the dark malts to create a spicy, mustard-like aroma that is characteristic of this sort of dark, hoppy brew.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee malt up front with a hint of rummy molasses. Some spicy hops appear in the middle with notes of pine and citrus. The dark malt character continues through the finish with lots of molasses, some chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Strong hops help to balance the sweet finish and work with the malt to create a barleywine-like pine and molasses flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is an interesting beer, and I enjoy it ever time I have it, but I have always had a hard time classifying it. It has many barleywine-like characteristics that come from its combination of rich caramel malt and aggressive hopping, but it a little too dark and doesn't quite get up to standard American Barleywine levels of tongue numbing bitterness. I suppose that would make it an "Imperial Red Ale", but there is something about this beer, and that description, that doesn't quite seem fully realized to me. It has a lot of good points and no major flaws, but suffers from failing to fully commit to being either a malt bomb or a hop bomb. It is quite well balanced, but balance isn't as flattering for a beer this big as it is in a session beer. It is a good beer, but it might be a great beer if it went a little further towards either the malt or hop end of the spectrum.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from cashew70, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, tea, caramel and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced and starts out very malty with flavors of caramel, tea and some fruit. The malt character completely over-shadows the hops presence in this beer and with a name like “Big Hoppy Monster” you wouldn’t expect that. However, it’s still very good. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick to it, this would be a perfect beer for me to stick with for a whole evening as I could drink several of them. My only problem with this beer is its name. If you’re going to tell me the beer is a “Big Hoppy Monster” and make me expect a hop bomb, then deliver a hop bomb. This beer is more of an Irish Red Ale on steroids than it is an IPA on steroids; however I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger width of caramel colored foam. The head retains very nicely and leaves nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very pungent with a smooth smelling mix of fresh hop citrus, sweet caramel, spices, and heat.

The taste is strong up front with a big bready body of sweet malt that gives way to a mix of hoppy pine resin, citrus zest, and spices. The mouthfeel is a fairly heavy medium with an almost viscous nature to it. Alcohol is present but not distracting, adding even more beef to the body.

I look foward to this beer every Fall. Everything about it is big and bold yet it still remains smooth and easily drinkable. Another great beer from Terrapin.

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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philadelphia, PA

Somewhat resembled a Scottish ale or barleywine. Not bad. Poured out reddish-brown with a small beige head that left an oily lace. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose, caramel malts and some light fruits. Sweet with caramel in the taste, earthy, with citrusy hops flowing through mid-palate; pine and sugar, and a bit of noticeable alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, and a bit filmy. Overall quite drinkable.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Appearance is a dark amber,almost brown color. Smell is dominated by the citrus from the hops. The caramel maltiness really comes through in the taste followed by the hoppyness. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I really enjoy this one and have purchased a few 4 packs of it now.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version

Pours ruddy brown with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty, brown sugar & later

T: Bready with brown sugar & earthy hops. Follows dry with maple syrup. Finishes dry with subtle & earthy/lemon hops+ biscuitty malts, more hops please

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & medium/heavy body. Skews hoppy still. but more hops throughout

Drinks much better than previous try, not for hopheads

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4.05 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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