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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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3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Splotches of lace left behind.

Aroma reminds me of an old ale.  Some toasted, earthy oak along with subtle vanilla followed by caramel malt and earthy floral hop notes.  Oak becomes more prominent as it warms giving off a slight toothpick character.  Caramel malt sweetness, toffee and rye overpower the hops.  Subtle resinous piney character but not what I was expecting for a hoppy beer.

Medium bodied with a nice oak barrel presence that's decently integrated into the base beer.  It's strong but doesn't completely overpower the other flavors.  Virgin oak/toothpick flavor with a little bit of spicy rye.  Again, the hops are there but are overpowered by the strong barrel and malt profile.  Hints of caramel, toffee, spicy rue and cocoa followed floral and slightly earthy hop bitterness.  A bit dry but the malts have sweetness for balance.  Abv well masked and decently drinkable but overpowering wood flavors hurt a bit.  Also, way too malty for the style in my opinion.  Not bad but the barrel character is too dominant and the hops are overpowered.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of Bulbman into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, dark copper color. Aggressive pour leads to a mostly white 1 finger head that fades slowly to thick sticky lacing.

S: Big malty monster is how I would categorize the smell of this brew. It definitely has hop bitterness in the nose but the big fat malt profile takes center stage. Also rearing its big ugly head is the oak notes. Definitely on the back end of the nose (after the malts) but absolutely present.

T: Sweet malts hit first followed nicely by the oak and immediately by sweet raisin, vanilla and the alcohol. Really nice balance of malt and bittering hops at the tail end.

M: Creamy finish, big body. Not overly carbonated. Bitterness leads to good puckering long after the beer has been swallowed.

O: A solid beer. It's not overpowering, it's not a "wow" beer but it's solid and it's big. Good winter sipper.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy brown amber with a thin layer of white head that sticks to the edge of the glass

S-caramel malt, raisins, light vanilla, and grapefruit hops

T-starts out malty with raisins and caramel and finishes with citrus hops and oak

M-medium to full body, lightish carbonation, a bitter aftertaste, and some alcohol warming

Overall I usually don't like very hoppy beers, but this is really nice. For me this was a good combination of malt and hops, I guess I could see some people wishing for a bit more

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage: 2012

Pours a murky, deep chestnut color with a surprising amount of sediment floaties left in the bottle. A small, soapy off-white head settles to a wispy covering. Smells of dark fruit, spice, and oak over a rich caramel foundation and some sharpness from the booze. Honestly, upon first sip, this is way smoother and tastier than I was expecting. While most of the hops have faded from the aroma, they are still apparent in the flavor, though not in a big, brash, "American" sort of way. Earthy, tea, pine, and floral hops fuse with oak, vanilla, toffee, and moderate, spicy alcohol. Lingering oily resins. Oh yeah, this is quite satisfying. Smooth, chewy, not overly bitter or sweet. Nice!

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely dark red-brown. Small but dense tan head. Fades away somewhat quickly but has good retention at least. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: Caramel and herbal hops. Mild tropical fruits in there too, primarily pineapple I would say. Maybe even hints of melon and honey?

T: Lots of melon, pineapple and then herbal hops up front. Get kind of a toasted, almost burnt breadiness in the middle. Tastes like stale, toasted bread crusts. Strong too. Finish is all bread crust with hints of herbal hops. Long lingering toasty bread crusts in the aftertaste. Has an oaky presence throughout the beer but nothing overpowering.

M: Medium bodied, a bit dry in the aftertaste.

O: Interesting amber ale. Strong on the breadiness, pretty much overpowers the hops. Oak is prominent too but more of an all-encompassing layer over everything. Never really stands on its own. A bit unbalanced but still unique and tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 564 ratings
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