Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster | Terrapin Beer Company

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564 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark red color with a frothy tan head

smell is of american hops, with a sort of pineapple, gummy bear, fresh produce smell right off the top...a dark vanilla bean is there too

taste is thick, the alcohol is very present in the taste. vanilla is prominent too. the hops arent that noticeable in the taste

mouth feel is thick and leaves out dry from the alcohol

overall this beer is fan F*(^^%$#tastic!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of beerluvr
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012. Pours into a Duvel Tulip with not much head, settles quickly over super hazy almost opaque brownish/red-colored liquid. Taking a whiff of the nose reveals little oakiness but there's a nice hoppy aroma with sweet malt overtones...smells inviting. Nice smoothly carbonated mouthfeel gives way to nicely balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness on the palate. Smooth. Finish is again nicely balanced but still not sensing any oak barrel notes...not complaining though, finishes on a not-too-bitter yet hoppy flavor note with a little alcohol warmth (it is a respectable 9.1%). Fits perfectly on this cold and damp late Dec. evening.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster pours a deep red color with a thick head that retains very well. The aroma is oaky and toasty, with some sharp hops. The taste is sweeter than anticipated from the nose, with the oak and a large amount of sweet malts really amping up the sweet factor. The candied hops only amplify this. The finish is very woody and a bit sticky from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, a good beer. I think I like the non-oak aged version better though.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine World in Destin. Served in a tulip.

A - Light tan foam settles to wisps and a thin collar, leaving minimal lace. Transparent amber-chocolate color. Some visible bubble streams.

S - Oak and piney and earthy hop notes, with a crystal malt imparting red fruits, cotton candy, and perhaps a touch of milk chocolate. Oak dominates, and it's a bit heavy-handed and sharp. Otherwise it's a balanced imperial red ale.

T - The taste has more balance, with a nice mixture of chocolate, caramel, red fruits, and and earthy hops. Oaky vanilla is present but less overwhelming, and mingles with the hops to provide herbal and woody bitterness. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Exceptionally smooth, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a dry, toasty finish. Perhaps a hint of warmth, but otherwise quite nice. Probably my favorite element of this beer.

D - Enjoyable stuff, although it's verging on brown ale in malt profile. I also expected more hop aroma from a beer called Big Hoppy Monster - the bitterness is there, but it's not at all what I was expecting. Still, quite drinkable and fairly unique.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage. It was poured into my FIrestone Walker tulip.

Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster pours a pretty clear ruby red, with some lighter red highlights. About two fingers of off white foam tops the beer, hanging around for a little bit before leaving a few chunks of lacing clinging to the glass. The nose is really nice, with aromas of caramel and oak mingling and playing off of a bit of resinous, piney hops. The flavor starts off with a healthy dose of caramel sweetness. A brief, but bracing bitterness follows, before allowing those same piney hops to come in. The finish though is straight oak, and a little more intense than is probably necessary. The body, while sturdy, stops well short of being syrupy or too heavy. The carbonation is definitely on the low side, in fact I'd probably say just a little too much. While this fresh bottle of oaked Big Hoppy Monster is drinking nicely, I think six months to a year of time will do some favors for the other bottle I have on hand.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thin, off white head that has good retention

S - woody, earthy, alcohol, caramel, faint candy sugar

T - oaky, bready, caramel, juicy fruit, herbal, citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a nice amber ale. Normally, I would have appreciated the oak touches here. I'm only disappointed because I love the regular Big Hoppy Monster. The oak here takes a bit away from the lucious malt flavors that I get from the original. On it's own it's a great beer, but in comparison to the original it leaves me wanting more. No matter the comparisons, it's definitely worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
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