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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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark amber color and a perky head that webs as it declines

Smell: Caramel and oak, with a hoppy undertone

Taste: Opens with a bit of caramel and brown sugar but quickly moves in a woody, bitter direction; after the swallow, the oaky flavors are a bit over the top, with a fruity bitterness underneath; just a hint of residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; the woody flavors dry out the mouth; some warmth

Drinkability: Pretty nice and very different but the wood is a bit too dominating for my palate

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky-looking, brown body with some orangey-amber hints at the edges and topped by a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Rich caramel malts scented with vanilla and citrusy grapefruit rinds and, oh yes, there's plenty of pungent oak character to go around.

Taste: Earthy, toasty malts with a full caramel sweetness. Touch of vanilla. It's right about this time the oak starts rolling in, drying out the flavor and practically soaking up any remaining sweetness like a doggone sponge. This leaves the tongue wide open for the assault of citrusy hops and their full bitterness. Finishes bitter and exceptionally dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Some oak jobs I love and some, well... I found this top by a bit over-the-top. Personally, I would be much happier to have just the plain ole', regular BHM.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Room, South Beach. Thanks to The Room for stepping up to the plate on this one. I hear this was one of very few kegs to make it out of Georgia.

A - Held up to the Room's candles, it shows a deep ruby red. Poured into a nonic pint, it exhibits very good head and retention.

S - Mostly grapefruit, like a fresh, Cascades-infused Double IPA.

T - Very nice. The citrus hops hit you first, but there's also a blueberry fruit overtone and a definite caramel malt presence.

F - This really makes me thirsty. It's oily, sticky, and coats the mouth. I love the taste, but I find the feel a little tough to deal with.

D - 2 is my limit, before I need a couple pints of water. It's really nice, but you can't have that much of it.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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 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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Charlie Mopps, Atlanta, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear brown with hints of red, a foamy one-finger head with amazing retention, and thick, sticky, huge, three-dimensional lacing. Great start!

Aroma: Malty ... check ... hoppy ... check ... oaky ... check. Very thick and sweet, with a nice citrus/herbal one-two punch (Centennial, perhaps?), brown sugar, lots of other caramelized sugar notes, and a good dose woodiness without the obligatory vanilla presence.

Taste: Very nice, mellower than fresh Big Hoppy normally is, with many of the citrusy/leafy notes having faded. There's still layers upon layers of brown sugar and molasses, some toasted astringencies, and a nice helping of vanilla and faint but earthy wood notes. It's very "green" tasting, probably due to a combination of the faded hop notes and the earthy wood notes. Very yum.

Mouthfeel: Despite the faded hop notes, it still leaves a nice "hop burn." Other than that, it's largely very smooth, with soft carbonation that leaves a nice even-feeling body.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as the regular Big Hoppy, with a nice added tasty bonus. Abv% is still up there, but it's also well-hidden, and it's about as tasty and aromatic as the original too - the barrel aging adds precisely what you'd imagine it would. So it's nice, but not amazing.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Bocktown tonight and was really looking forward to it. It has been on their "Coming very soon" list for a few weeks now.

A- Very dark, transparent reddish brown hue that pours with a 1 finger or so rust colored head. Head fades quickly to a thin colar but traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass. It seems to be a shade or two darker than the regular big hoppy monster for some reason.

S- Wonderful, bright hoppy aromas of fresh citrus and hints of pine come through upfront with a hint of woodiness in the background.

T- Rich hoppy flavors of citrus and pine upfront with a rich oaky, toasted malt background. The hop bitterness and a little bit of toasted flavors really come through for the finish and a medium hop bitterness lingers.

M-Medium carbonation and somewhat oily, and smooth malty body.

D- It was a great experience to try the oak aged version of this beer and its a very good beer, but I think I prefer the fresh hoppy flavors of this one in comparison to old hops with a nice oak aged flavor component. Still great to try this rare beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA.

A Dark amber body under a one cm head lasted about 10 minutes.

S Like smelling hop oil or a hop plant itself. Very Very hoppy indeed.

T Hop to the extreme. Some malt stuggles to come through in there.

M Full with hops.

D Not really good due to strong hops and alcohol.

Notes: One hell of a beer and an instant classic for hop heads. I was glad to have tried it even if I am not among the hop heads.

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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 glid02
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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 gford217
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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 GJ40
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

A - A deep, dark brown ale with a reddish tint and some light coming through. A small beige head. Great lacing.

S - Floral and fruity hops. I expected more of a sweet malt lead based on the color but the hops really shine. Very nice.

T - A complex combination of floral and fruity hop flavor and a rich malt sweetness. The oak aging really contributes a rich flavor.

M - Nice low carbonation level. Good consistency.

D - This is a complex beer worth trying. I enjoyed drinking it slowly. Between the alcohol and the richness, one is enough.

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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
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