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 ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +11.7%
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 +11.4%
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 +10.6%
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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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 564 ratings