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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Ratings: 866 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of MerkurKing16
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Dreizhen
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"2006 Monster Beer Tour"

A: Poured a murky auburn hue, highlights of brown and ruby, topped by a half-finger of head that dissipated quickly. Still, this is one appealing beer.

S: Mellow floral hops come through with a syrup-like sweet scent, accented by notes of dark fruit.

T: The malt presence is phenomal, with layers of hop goodness that complement so well, it gives the beer great balance. Granted, the aging has smoothed things out a bit, but this tastes great. Hops taste piney, sticky-sweet like sap, with the base of malt bringing the bitterness along to the finish.

M: Carbonation is limited, but adds character to the mouthfeel, which is sticky and oily on the palate. Big flavor leaves an impression on the tongue.

D: Definitely a unique tasting experience. With the complexity and boldness of the hops having mellowed, this beer is quite a treat. Somewhat like a hop syrup, with enough malt presence to match with the bitterness.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 3.8.09 once again at home while working late night.

great pour - nice reddish tone coming out of the bottle. great off white almost tan head. stuck around for quite some time. in the glass looked brownish red, really see red when you shine light through it. great lacing as well. nice hop smell up front. quickly followed by a malty base, a little caramel in the malt and some spice in the nose as well.

good starting taste - strong malty base immediately followed by a nice hoppy finish with bitterness in the back of the mouth.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2007 Bottle, many thanks to Lothore for the chance to try it. Poured into a Russian River pint glass... again thanks to Lothore! :)

A - Tan 1 finger head, dark red/amber... beautiful color.

S - Piney hops, caramel malt, slight alcohol twinge. Really smells tasty.

T - Surprisingly malty. I can see where they're going with this. Perhaps a brand new bottled sample, or a draft offering would've yielded a stronger hop profile. Nice toasty malt and warming alcohol. Not remarkable, but nothing offensive. It's more of a big malty monster.

M - Pretty much perfect mouthfeel, good thickness, carbonation is on point.

D - It's abv is up there, but the taste is pretty well rounded, though I can't imagine drinking more than three in a sitting.

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Photo of engagechad
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - DFH snifter glass

Pours a nice dark burnt orange.. er.. red.. ha. Head was just okay and lacing was minimal. Smells slightly hoppy but mostly of wet bread. It actually wasn't that pleasant on the nose or the buds. Taste was nice but a slight funk. Mouthfeel was nice though so overall this was a pleasant beer but not really worth the price tag and I'd take a NN or a G'night over this.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of pinotboy007
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Borderline opaque with hints of mahogany color beneath a huge, dense cap that eventually settled into a modest pillow. Decent lacing, too.

S - After it warmed up, I could smell leather, malted milk balls and pine.

T - Big malt up-front supported by reasonably balanced hops which leads me to believe the label is misleading. There's a trace of bourbon to this ale and has a pleasant sweet tinge to it on the finish.

M - Nice creamy fizz.

D - I'm not sure. The ABV makes this a tough call; not food friendly, shy of anything but smoked BBQ.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
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 YonderWanderer
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #100.

2006 Edition.

A: Pours a dark, dark reddish copper with a quickly dissipating head.

S: Some alcohol notes, a bit of hoppiness, and a bit of sweetness. Not much for an aroma. No really noticeable hops.

T: This reminds me of a lighter version of the Stone 10 after it had sat for a year. A big caramel malt backbone with some hot alcohol mixed in. The hops have largely faded. I wonder what this would be like fresh!

M: Smooth and crisp, with a nice bite at the end.

D: Again, I can imagine when this is fresh it must be great. Even aged a year though, it's still pretty tasty - just not what you'd expect from a beer called Big Hoppy Monster.

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Photo of chaz410
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OH my god this is an amazing beer! First point of buisness, Thanks a million to Dustin from the Terrapin marketing team for letting us try this and also the 2007 version, I am honored to drink your beer!
OK lets just say this beer pours like a perfect beer. It is Dark, Amber, Light head that's defined but not overwhelming.
The nose is amazing! It is an amazingly sweet Hoppy smell without the bitter notes and a smooth underlining malty note that really lets the smell sustain for a while.
THe taste is unique to say the least. It has a high palate barlywine-like sweetness but really sends home the hops with a nice blend of malts so it hits all the wonderful notes of spicy hoppyness without venturing into the bitterness. The malts really round out the flavor. In the 07 version it is nearly impossible to say there's a "spike" of hops but more so a wonderful rise of spice with a good smooth rounding from the malt (fantastic).
The drinkability is for everyone but I would recommend it for anyone who is a decently well developed beer fan

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Onibubba
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 Monsters of Beer Tour. Had this in a side by side with DFH 90 Minute. A good looking amber DIPA with little to no head. Aroma is knock you out of the park citrusy hops. Nearly overpowering. This is also evident in the taste. There is some malt in there, but not nearly enough to tame this. Nice carbonation. This is a bit harsh going down. Alcohol is evident and the hops burn.

Not a bad beer at all, but a bit of an ass kicker. I'm not sure I'd really want to drink more than one of these a night. If you like a DIPA with a serious hop bite, you may want to take a look at this one.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Prufrock for the gift.

Served at 40F from 12 oz amber bottle into shaker pint.

Pour was delicious, thick body and rich mahogany brown color. Terrific swirls of downward bubbles, like the famous stout. Nice inch high head slowly dissipating to persistent thin layer of bubbles.

Aroma is sweet and chocolately, with a hint of floral hops. Very much like a bock.

Flavor is thick and complex, with dark fruity notes, notable sweetness and moderate bitterness. Quite balanced, could use greater bitterness and hop aroma from a hophead point of view.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and tingly.

Overall a really good beer that will age well.

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Photo of leagr
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tmitch75
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DHermit for trading me this bad boy.

Cloudy brown color, like a Newcastle, with a thin tannish head that drops quickly.

Bready malt aroma with toffe and a mildly floral hint of hops.

toffe flavor with cinnamon raisin toast and a little maple. Hops are pretty sharp with a floral and fruity bite.

Good body, a bit over medium with good carbonation.

A very tasty kick in the tongue. Very good stuff, I'd love to try it fresh. Label said "2007 vintage" and "Best if enjoyed by VINTAGE07FX", whatever that means.

Tasted 5/17/08.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thank you very much for this delicious brew! A 2011 bottling into an Alaskan pint glass...

The pour is a gorgeous, dark mahogany/amber color. Brown and ruby hues dance throughout the body as it sits beneath a centimeter thick layer of cream-colored bubbles that constitute the head. It dissipates slightly faster than I'd hoped, but that's a minor gripe.

The smell begins the wonderful experience that is the Big Hoppy Monster. The toasted malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and bit of hoppy citrus immediately inform me that this is my type of amber.

The taste follows through with caramel, toffee, plenty of toasted malt, some orange citrus, and a subtle hoppy finish (read slightly piney and bitter). The alcohol is completely hidden. While my brian knows that this one should probably be sipped, by mouth prevents that from being possible. This thing was gone before I knew it, and I was very sad.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal; very smooth throughout, and the additional hop presence prevents it from becoming too sticky or sweet on the finish.

This is a very well done amber, and my favorite to date. I probably should have rated it higher still, but I wanted to leave room should I discover something else on/above this level. My only complaint with it is that I cannot buy it locally, for this would be a staple of my fridge. Jay, I cannot thank you enough for this one!

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Photo of DaveONan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fascinating head on this one. Totally dense and thick. Maybe 10 tiny bubbles showed up on the solid head. It stuck around and made its presence known. Red red red body.

The scent was the best characteristic of this beer. Tons of lovely hops all over the place. I'd rather inhale this beer than drink it.

Tasted like how the label described it: "imperial amber ale." Not hoppy to the point of offensiveness, and I suppose the brewers achieved what they were aiming for. Sort of interesting.

Mouthfeel was solid and supportive of the taste.

Drinkability? I tried this again after my initial sample and I wasnt sure what so many people are making a big deal of. Its hoppy and its decent, but it seemed kind of gimmicky to me, and I'm more interested in subtlety these days than being hit in the face with a sack-o-hops.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap and in bottle. I really preferred it in a bottle!! The aroma is slightly malty (but wait) a huge, heavy hop smell: flowers, pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple. Smells very similar to Middle Ages 10th annniversary. Head is creamy, off-white, that fully diminished. Body is clear reddish-brown. Intitial flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The initial taste is hoppy, but wait, the malt really comes through later. Carbonation is soft/flat with a light alcoholic finish. This is really an outstanding brew, as are all Terrapin beers. Unfortunatley, this may be a one-time bottling. This is most definitely NOT the 5 Seasons version of Big Hoppy Monster.

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Photo of nickss
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppedup for this one.

Pours a deep red hue... much darker than the typical DIPAs I'm used to, which may be why they called this an Imperial Red. Nice, thick head which refuses to disipate... light khaki in color. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Huge grapefruit notes complemented by a nice piney aroma... the hops are definitely dominant in this one.... a barely perceptable caramel malt lingers in the back, and becomes slight more dominant as the beer warms.

Wonderfully balanced this one is! I was expecting a hop drop-kick to the palate, and indeed, I got one... but along with it was a solid malty backbone that pushes through the wild citrusy hop to make its presence known. Delicious.

Hop tightness on the tongue, with moderate thickness and moderate carbonation.... creamy and nice.

The 8% is fairly noticeable, but not in a bad way... this just tastes like a big beer... and I love it. Extremely well balanced...I wish Terrapin distributed to Winston... I would buy this one frequently.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of deejaydan
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber red, almost like raspberries. Cloudy. Minimal head and little retention to speak of. Aroma is piney, resinious, hoppy. Taste is nicely balanced, there are hops there to be sure, but this is not a hop bomb by any means. It's balance, and that makes it nice.

Mouthfeel is nice, slightly drying and minerally. Full and thick though.

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