Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by GJ40 on 11-07-2008

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Photo of krs0123
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer ages perfectly. 2013 pours a pretty red color with foamy head. The oak is available immediately and throughout the taste. The hops are gone, which works just fine in this case. I can't think of any examples of straight oak aging that i prefer over this.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby with brown highlights. Smaller off white head without much lacing. Smell is remarkable. The oak is in no way overpowering and adds another level of complexity to this already great beer. Brings out more of a pineapple scent on top of the base smell. Still caramel and that lovely brown sugar. Also pine and light citrus hops. Seems like there are even hints of coconut. Very light oak and wood presence. Just lovely. Taste is much of the same. This is one beer that I almost wish there was more oak presence, which is seldom the case as many are overdone. Still, very nice and gives the regular flavors a chance to shine while adding complexity. Great mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Moderate bitterness balanced with the malt sweetness. Not too thick and just about perfect. I could have had a couple more pints of this one. It is easily approachable and the oak flavor is in no way dominating. Very, very great beer. Who would have thought Big Hoppy could get much better? It does.

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Photo of tmm313
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange brown color. Poured an awesome creamy 2 finger head. Dissipated to thin layer of cream on top. Great lacing.

S- Wow. Tropical fruit, caramel, chocolate, BIG Oak, vanilla, and a touch of pine. Subtle Scotch. Very inviting.

T- Super sweet intro that morphs into flavors mentioned above. Complex and very well balanced. Booze isn't hidden, but adds a rich caramel meets licorice flavor.

M- Thick body. Crisp carbonation. Oily finish.

O- I am impressed. And a bit buzzed. 10.3% sneaks up on you. This is a wonderful beer. Super complex and incredibly balanced. Flavors all over the map. A hoppy, malty, Imperial Red Ale spiked with the luscious tastes, smells, and feel of a good Scotch. I really can't say enough. I will definitely have again.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells mostly of floral hops. I was surprised how big the aroma was, I was expecting it to be toned down more from the barrel. There are also piney hop aromas to go along with earthy malt undertones that grow more pungent as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. After the smell I was prepared for the amount of hoppiness found in the un-aged version, but I was surprised that it was much more toned down. Earthy malt flavors dominate, with almost equal amounts of piney hop flavors. Bitterness at the end is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thicker than the normal version with more subdued carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. I would've had a few more of these had I not had a few others on my must-try list. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 pz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark brown and has medium clarity. It smells very oaky and some malts are present as well. It tastes oaky and malty up front and then eases off into a pleasant hop finish. It has a big body which is a plus in my book and has decent carbonation. I would recommend but I could only do one or two before my pallet would be wrecked.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 4 pack picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy. I did not realize the season Hoppy Monster this year comes with a new twist...Oak Aged! Woo hoo!

A - Dark amber, little clarity. Lots of head and sticky lace.

S - Hoppiness, oakiness, Alcohol, sweet, toffee, brown sugar

T - Smooth at first sip, and then a huge hoppy/malty backbone hits you on second swallow and it just sucks you in. Huge flavor! All the same tastes as the qualities I mentioned in the Smell

M - Full bodied, very highly carbonated.

O - I love the standard Hoppy Monster. Even have the T-shirt. Absolutely love the Oak Aged version!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: red-brown; very good carbonation, but latent--very little head
S: robust, oaky hops come through in abundance; smells like a mean red ale; very inviting
T: wooh; love the flavor; huge hop bomb, combined with a classic red ale; very boozy, turning this in the direction of a barleywine style; watch out--this thing will knock you out

Very pleasing beer; don't let the label fool ya

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark cola brown with hints of red around the edges. The head small, tan and short-lived leaving generous lacing along the sides.

The aroma is dominated by floral hops, even more so than the regular BHM, which is interesting to me. I get hints of the oak and the caramel malts, but the pine scents are just massive in the this one.

The caramel malts are more prevalent in the taste, though the floral pine hops are still the star of the show. The oak comes through as well and the flavors really meld together well.

The mouthfeel is predictably smooth given the oak but with good carbonation and some sticky pine resin bitterness in the finish.

I'm probably biased as BHM is my favorite Terrapin brew, but I really, really like this beer and I was floored at how much the floral hops showed throw even with the oak aging. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beer's characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark chestnut with a nice cap that leaves some lacing. Nice citrusy hop aromas come through on the nose as well as lightly sweet malt and just a hint of oak. Nicely balanced and not overdone. The taste reflectss the same components and is equally balanced, which is nice beacause ocassionally this brewery overoaks some of their beers. Not this one, a very deft hand with the oak here. Just right, a nice beer, nicely enhanced.

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Photo of squonk45
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mine was sort of flat .. gets a 5 for look mainly for the cool label nice effort has piney resin taste just killed by the lack o carbonation.. if I see a double ipa from them I will give it a try

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appetizing, translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled, slightly reddish tan head. Aroma is richly hoppy and has undertones of spice and wood. Flavor is strongly hoppy but not bitter with a definite oaky undertone and hints of cinnamon candy. Smooth, lively texture leaves a woody, slightly smoky aftertaste. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barleys tonight. I had waited a long time to be able to try this one, so while we ate downstairs, I made sure to go up for me beer on this evening. Served straight from the tap into my pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/28/2008.

The pour was very nice, A rich looking dark brown with a nearly completely opaque look to it. Nice head of maybe an inch formed on the top and hung around for the entire session, only dropping down slightly as I finished the last half. Nice side glass presence as well.

The aroma was loaded with hops. Deep, rich, resin filled pine hops were the dominant note here for a good long while. Nice sweet malts buried underneath here started to show through with a candy like sweetness after a little while. Nice hints of vanilla as it hit room temperture. The flavor though, I could not have asked for better here. Rich and very hopped big red ale right out of the gate, this one really needed to warm up though, so I sat it aside for about twenty minutes. By the time I came out, WOW. This one blew the doors off of what I was expecting. Rich hoppy notes, swirled inside of candied sugar and a huge vanilla and oak flavor. Just enormous depth to the profile here. Unrelenting hops just kept pushing the envelope as the vanilal and oak chips just tore through your plate. Rich medium bodied feel was everything i thought it would be and more. A bit strong, but never the less, very much a nice sipper,

When all was said and done, this was easily one of my favorite beers of late. I would love to and , and plan on having this one again very soon. Solid from top to bottom.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 12.98/ 4 pack. 2012 vintage (I believe bottled 09/2012). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours cloudy ruddy red-brown with one and a half fingers of dense pale head that leaves nice sheets of lacing as it recedes.

Smells smooth and hoppy. Floral, piney, citrus and sweet bread.

Taste is a nice blend of hops and smooth malts and oak. Pine, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, biscuits, wood and vanilla. The alcohol is there but much more subtle than I expected at over 9% abv.

Medium feel with mild but present carbonation. Creamy slick and coating, the floral aftertaste lingers quite a while.

I liked the original Big Hoppy Monster but the oaked version brings it to a new level of richness and complexity. I'll be buying more and probably laying a few down to enjoy in 6-12 months. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brick Store Pub.

Arrived a dark copper/brown with dark red highlights. About a finger and a half of a nice tan head that fell to a thin cap with islands of foam.
Floral hops dominate the aroma, but aren't overwhelming at all. Caramel and dried fruit help round out the aroma with hints of oak and vanilla.
Flavors mirror the aroma pretty closely, floral/piney hops, caramel and bits of dark fruit, but the oak and vanilla flavors are more pronounced than in the aroma.
Somewhat oily, resiny mouthfeel from the hops. Good carbonation.
Pretty drinkable. A little hot to drink all night, but the flavors make this very enjoyable.
This is a very good beer. I don't know if they are bottling this, but if they are, pick some up. Or just grab a pint next time you are at BSP.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a mudied amber/brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes leaving a only a (relatively thick) layer across the surface. The outer ring rides up the glass nicely.

S - Very oaky, decent amounts of piney hops, plenty of alcohol, some pineapple, toasty caramel, and dark fruit.

T - Sweet pineapple, piney hops and oak up front. Dark fruits and alcohol follow. Slightly dry and slight alcohol/dark fruit twang at the finish, lingers a bit but not too strongly.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, less carbonation, not a total sipper but pretty robust.

O - Very flavorful, very well balanced, very smooth, and its a big beer. Very good.

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Photo of BWED
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Hazy amber with rosy/red highlights. Bubbly head, tan, retains some, and has some specks of lacing.

S- Sweet malt, balances with a sharp earthy/piney/floral hop.

T- Some pine notes ride on a sweet malty backbone of slight caramel/biscuit.

M- Medium body with light carbonation. In your face with bitterness to begin, but then dies on the finish.

O- Surprisingly great balance for a a "hoppy" beer. Yes, the hop is intense, but the malt pushes right back into the picture. Smell and MF are worth another compliment, too. I didn't really notice much of the "oaked" character. Maybe the mellow taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin khaki head. Dark mahogany, with a light red hue, body hazy.

S: Red sugar candy, toasted wood, caramel candy, no toffee, with gummy hops.

T/M: Yummy! Heavy wood up front slides easy with a sticky caramel candy coating on the palate. Turns to a sugary, warm vanilla sensation. Hops are resinous rather than bitter adding complexity instead being hop focused.

O: Well balanced. Red ale style lets the wood properties shine while huge caramel malts try to fend for attention. Big, pronounced hop flavor without being a hoppy beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been waiting for this one to hit and while I was out doing xmas shopping I stopped my the Mellow Mushroom to see if it was on tap.

Lucky for me it was, the rest is history.

A: Pours a unique shade of brown, deep and rusty would be how I describe it. Nice tight head which showed great retention. Thick, thick lace my friend.

S: Nice sweet malty aromas. Hints of sweet pine and a touch of grass. Nothing overthetop.

T: Ahh this is where this one wins. What a great brew. Nice candy caramel sweetness. I had a See's sucker earlier in the day and this one is just as sweet and good. The hops are there, but they are all about the pine. Sweet resinous pine dominates the middle. Hints of vanilla poke through, with just a touch of the wood. This one sweety malty hoppy concoction. The finish is sugary sweet with notes of vanilla laden pine showing thru. I am not a fan of the regular big hoppy monster, a bit of time in the wood transformed this one.

M: Rather full bodied for the style. The carbonation is understated which makes it feel even thicker. The head says it is well carbonated but this one carries it well.

D: Had two pints before hitting the door. Will revisit this one again before they blow out the keg. My only wish is this one showed a bit more of the wood. That being said, it is my favorite Terrapin brew to date.

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Photo of BradC
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish amber color, thin head with a little lacing.

Smells of vanilla, boozy, light hop aroma.

I don't think I've ever tasted anything like this....sweet with a oaky alcohol, vanilla, toasted malt, a little fruity. I wouldn't really call this a hoppy monster, hops are there for sure, but are well balanced by the malt and oak, they don't really stand out until the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation, sweet but not overly syrupy.

Really liked this one, totally different than anything I've had before.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster
Terrapin Beer Company

Pours a murky brown with a nice creamy head and excellent lacing, pretty much a wall of lace. Aromas of sweet vanilla, malt, and some earthy floral hops. In the taste, very sweet upfront with mild dark fruit notes. Vanilla comes through with a lot of barrel influence. Bourbon/rum flavors come through big with alittle pine and dry oak. Roasted malts and barrel char play nicely with the smooth richness of the feel. In the finish, oaky and boozy, very creamy full bodied feel. Overall, they should call this the Big Vanilla Monster, because the hops have died down for the most part and the barrel is doing the talking.

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Photo of HamFon
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at our local tap bar.

A: clear mahogany with medium beige head that fades but leaves some lacing

S: Caramel and some roast, with tangerine, perfumy, big floral, and woody hop character

T: roasty, caramel, molasses, woody

M: moderately full body, some residual sweetness, some alcohol warmth

O: Big combination of several different types of hops works well - great hop presence and complexity that is greater than the sum of the parts

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle

pours a dark amber with a a nice head. the smell is hoppy but the oak is there too..hmm, interesting. the taste is extremely smooth. starts out with a good amount of sweetness but not overwhelmingly so.. the hops come in a bit on the back but arent too big either. the oak is very apparent but not dominating. the sweetness doesnt linger and its just smooth all around. a well crafted beer. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall im impressed. quite good.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Hazed dark brown-amber body with a short lived crown of khaki bubbly head that settles to an alligator skin film on top.

S: Robust roasted caramel malt, toffee, timidly smoked oak, orange dish soap, vanilla, figs, apples peels, pumpernickel bread and dirty barley.

T/M: Huge flavors bursting into a robust malted beast with vanilla oak, smoldered barley and spicy-floral hops. Bready yeast, flowers, orange oil, figs soaked in spiced rum. This is similar to a barley wine style ale. Coffee comes out faintly in the background once swallowed. Full mouthfeel that is dense and chewy with moderate effervescence. Finish is dry with lingering bartlett pears, oak and pippali pepper.

O: A definite big boy beer. Robust and complex with big roasted malts and a great bombardment of spiced and floral hops. This is a beer I will always look forward to. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/rust/cloudy body, trace khaki head,

S: big oak, bready malt, clean pine

T: lemon peel, smokey oak, bread, long bitter pine finish

M: med/heavy body, hint of bubbly/oily mouth

O: POW! Again, really thrilled to have found Terrapin.
This is another gem that I will seek out and recommend.
So great to see a fine brewery in the South.


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