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 Lawl3ss
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. 2012 vintage.

Look- Near opaque cream soda/dark ruby amber color with three fingers of dense toasted marshmallow head. Gobs of lace cling to the glass, excellent retention.

Smell- Resinous, earthy, powerful hop presence with a vague lemon feel that's all but overpowered by the dusky green aromas. Strong toast and burnt caramel notes, with a bit of sweeter toffee emerging as it warms. Swirling brings out some booze, candied pear, and a blast of woody vanillin. This is what I was hoping for, but hadn't dared to expect

Taste- Woah oaked. This one comes off as a vanillin-char-woody-toasty-boozy flavor bomb. Toffee, tea, and vague hints of bright citrus barely peek out past the strong barrely flavors. Not as bitter as expected. Big, bold, and not something I've ever encountered before. Not quite sure how I feel about it, but it's tasty and unique.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, light-medium carb, silky feel. Not particularly boozy for the ABV, lighter than expected. Good drinkability.

Overall- I've not had the original, but for some reason I feel like I would prefer it. Worth trying nonetheless.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly dark rusty red with an average bubbly tan-amber colored head on top. The color is nice and complex -- reminds me of Maine's amber ale. The head is dissipating rather quickly. Definitely like the color, though -- lacing isn't good, though.

S: First thing I smell is hops followed by some sweetness. Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar. Certainly get that oak smell too. There's some caramel in there some fruitiness. It's smells like a nice imperial red ale that's been oak-aged -- surprise.

T: Get a lot of the sweet malt followed by some oakiness with a nice bitter, slightly dry, finish. The hops are there, but trail behind the malts and oak. The fruitiness is there to, but way in the back for me. The beer warms the throat -- it's not boozy or anything. I'm just not quite sure I can give this beer a 4. Close but not quite.

M: Heavy medium feel. Light medium carbonation. A little bit of chewiness, which brings out the oak and booze. I really like the feel, and the warmness. But, it's just above average for me.

O: I want to like this beer more than I do, but than I do, but Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas IRA and Maine's Red Ale are all better than this. And, for me, those are the most comparable. I'm not quite sure the Oak adds much. It's a nice addition, but I just don't think the backbone is there. That said, it is a good beer, I'd drink it again, but I don't think I'd search it out. This would be a good extra in a trade.

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Photo of maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks again to AtlCarl as I work my way through all the beer that landed, with a resounding noise heard for blocks around, on my porch not long ago. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a clear light red that turns to mild murk as the last bit is poured from the bottle. Much like it's namesake sans oak, this is a beer dominated by malt (Big Malty Monster?) - my pharynx is filled to overflowing with sweet, sweet toffee. Neither hops nor oak appear on radar.

Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster, once tasted, definitely needs a moniker change. Caramel malts flap in your face like a loose feather boa covered in sickly sweet honey. Oak is barely visible over the shoulder of the malts, & a tiny bite of vanilla appears. Hops? None. Heavy. After a few sips I feel like I've ingested three Krispy Kremes in less than a minute. Stomach, expanding.

Just like the original, this is a heavy, filing, brutal beast of a beer that gets points knocked off for false advertising.; I couldn't do more than six ounces, nor would I want to. This monster doesn't even frighten to mediocrity; sub-par.

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

Great to finally have this oaked.Poured into a standard pint a clear rich amber with a thinner slightly off white head atop that lasted well.Toastiness and brownsugar notes slightly out weigh the resiny hops,faint toast from the oak is there as well.A mix of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mixed with piney hops,again the oak is subdued wich might be a good thing.It's solid, not amazing by any strech but just a good oak aged hopped up "big" amber.

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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 zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown with just over 1 fingers width of khaki colored head which dissipates at a moderate level down to an outer ring with whispy center. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, caramel malts, candied sugar, dark fruits, booze, hints of citrus and piney hops, raw oak. Hop presence is mild. Smells very good, not like a Red Ale though, more like a barley wine or old ale.

T: Oak is significantly more prominent on the taste than the nose. Huge oak component. Burnt sugar, some booze, citrus rind and piney bitterness on the backend. Vanilla-y oak lingers for a long time after each sip.

M/D: Smooth for the style, full bodied, slightly chewy, boozy in the taste and smell but not at all hot. Drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, another great beer from Terrapin. Ive only had the regular BHM once, and it was at about 8 months after bottling date, but I absolutely loved it. The hop presence had mellowed and it drank like a barleywine/old ale. The oak aged version also is reminiscent of a barleywine, which is a good thing as its one of my favorite styles. As of now, I like the original BHM more. However, Im gonna try to grab a couple more of these to let them cellar for a while. I imagine this one will age really well, mellowing out the hops and bringing out some of the malt flavors. At 9% with big boozy notes, this one might age well for a year or two. As is, still very good though! Definitely worth a try.

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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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Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Vintage: 2012 on side of label. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.29.

A: Very clear orange-amber with 1/2-to-1 finger of off-white head with decent retention and only rare spots of lacing.

S: Caramel-toffee, tropical fruity and citrus hops, and strong but mellow oak aroma

T: The flavor is exceedingly smooth with the oak pretty dominant throughout. It is a non-vanilla oakiness which is not a problem as the caramel and bready maltiness is solid throughout. The hops qualities are mostly providing a low-moderate bitterness with only a little of the fruity and pine character from the aroma. The alcohol is not easy to feel -- except in your belly.

M: Very smooth and creamy with medium-body and low carbonation. Superb feel.

O: A really surprising beer as I remember BHM being pretty bitter and hoppy and this beer is neither of those -- very smooth and unassuming with great malt backbone and a nice oak current throughout.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured a murky mahogany color with a creamy, off white head to it. Decent retention and good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma does show the oak presence in it with some dry, woody notes. The oak blends very well with the sweeter caramel and light fruit flavors I'm getting out of the malts. The hoppiness seems little more reserved than I remember from the base beer, but the oak and malts area nice combination.

The taste shows a stronger oak presence up front with more of the dry, woody flavors to it. Again, I'm getting a very rich maltiness to it with notes of caramel and dark fruits. The hoppiness adds a little citrus rind to it, but for the most part continues to play more of a backseat role to the oak and malts.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. I liked that the oak complimented rather that dominated the flavors. The malty flavors were very good as well. Everything came together pretty well in it.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4 pack of this on a recent trip to Nashville and decided to give it a go today... I love the regular BHM so I'm really excited to see what a little oak aging does with this...

This pours out into my AB pint glass an incredibly murky reddish hue with a very small and quickly fading thin wispy head... There's nothing clear about this at all... Very murky appearance...

Slightly oaky aromas wafting out of the glass... A bit of sweetness from the malts followed by a punch of pine from the hops... fairly subdued, I must say... Doesn't have nearly the pop that the regular version does... I'm guessing the oak has quieted this one down some... I will say that as it warms, the aromas get a little more pronounced and the hops begin to shine a little more... Quite nice overall...

A punch of those pine hops right off the bat but the earthiness of the oak and the sweetness of the malts pull that bitterness back and meld everything together quite nicely. The booze is warming in this for sure. It's a sipper... In a good way though.. Hints of that oak keep resurfacing bringing to mind a bourbon aspect to this... again, quite nice...

I liked this one... As much as the regular version? Not so sure about that. That's one of my favorite reds (might be my favorite) and it' s tough to top that beer when fresh... That being said, this is a good effort and one that I plan on enjoying while it's still around.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky brown with a slight reddish tint. good lacing

S - Oak and citrus hops

T - Deep alcohol malt flavor with a deep scottish ale flavor. Earthy hops with herbal accent. Malt over power the hops, but balanced nicely

M - Full bodied, smooth, between medium n light carbonation

O - What a great beer. A tasty alternative to the main one!! I recommend it!

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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 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 Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish in color with a short 1/2" head. Some moderate lace appears.

Smell: malt sweetness and some caramel is all that can be detected.

Taste: caramel, earthy tones, oak, some vanilla, a bit of fruitiness, and a hearty biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: definite slow sipping beer. Bold flavors too.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger tan head on a on a maroon mahagony body. Nice lacing.

S: some nice cirtrus and candy flavored on a background oak with nice malt backbone.

T: Tart and tangy related tHe citrus and candy flavors with oak malt and bourbon in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I honestly don't recall the regular hoppy monster to compare but this is a typical oak barrel aged beer.

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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 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 elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours red/copper with a one finger beige head that recedes to a light foamy cap and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is pine, earthy and grassy hops, some citrus, toffee & caramel malt and dark fruit, some oak and vanilla notes come through as well. Very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, pine and resinous hops, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, a bit of oak, fairly sweet but with enough bitterness to help balance it out. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, creamy, a bit sticky, good carbonation.

Equally as good, if not a touch better than the regular stuff. The oak aging is a little subdued and just offers another little layer of complexity to this fine brew.

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Photo of garuda
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Murky deep amber with a one finger head that retains well with some lacing.

S/T - With a name like Big Hoppy Monster, there's minimal hop content in aroma and taste. Mostly dominated by dark fruits of plum and raisin, and a lot of sweetness. Oak comes in through the finish, with only a touch of earthy hops adding a small amount of bitterness.

M - Medium body, thick and creamy with a low carbonation. The oakiness helps dry it up a bit, but residual sugars are still left coating the mouth.

O - Totally not what I was expecting from the name. Almost no hop character, very sweet and malty, with the oak not really incorporated well into the beer. Kind of turns me off from trying the regular version.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at trapeze recently

pours a really deep amber, nice head for oak aged, looked yummy. smelled hoppy and a bit fuity. some subtle oak notes, mostly similar to the regular hoppy tho. great taste, a bit more fruity/vanilla with a subtle oak after thought. plenty of hops along with a solid malt profile

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Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber color with a white foam head that left some scattered lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and pine scents. Big grapefruit character with oak and a touch of vanilla and spice.

T- Nice initial hoppy bitterness with a clean citrus bite. A bit of sweetness relief with oak and vanilla flavors prevalent throughout. A hoppy grapefruit finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium/full bodied with just enough carbonation.

D- Very drinkable given the style and ABV. Balanced enough to not overwhelm with bitterness but enough hops to keep us 'hopheads' happy.

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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +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 ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 563 ratings.
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