Terrapin Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Monk's RevengeTerrapin Monk's Revenge

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass at mellow mushroom panama city, fl. Bottle says vintage 2011.

No head at all...no lacing, and very little carbonation. You would think it would have at least a little personality for a belgian right?
Aroma is pleasant; orange citrus, belgian yeasty hops, and fairly malty. Taste is a bit disappointing...its too sugary and way overly malty. Its basically an overly malted ipa fermented with a belgian yeast...
Some banana and clove notes but flavor is lacking. It drinks easy for such a high abv but its not very tastey.
I don't know about this one.

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Photo of marvin213
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is pretty Plain Jane. When you get up to smelling it, however, things change! It smells like a champagne or another something similar...it's refreshing like a steam room or something. It smells as if it's bubbling! There's definitely a mint or similarly "clean" component to this....

It's readily apparent why it's no longer a side project, it's a well-done tripel-sorta style with a lotta hops. It's consistently the same, Belgiany sort of spritzer-like zing with a nice hoppy (genuine IPA-style) batch of hops. It's delish! The feel is a little flighty, as the bubblies flatten to a finish rather than tickle the cheeks (it IS a beer). Haven't I seen this in Cabernet barrels? Now there's a side-side project (in a bottle) I could go for! Why not release that in a series with Substance Abuse (WnB in JD barrels)? That'd be awesome.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MacQ32
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly I am just not down with Belgian yeast, I wish I was but I just am not

A - Pours a nice golden/straw color with a decent half inch near white head. head is still 1/4"+ 15 minutes later, very dense and smooth looking. Great lacing, this is a fantastic looking beer.

S - Lots of Belgian (fruity/clove) esters/funk from the yeast, slight pineapple hop presence.

T - Lots of clove/banana type flavors up front, thankfully the citrusy hops make a pretty noticeable appearance. Clove/banana (maybe even grape ish?) flavors from yeast, citrusy pineapple hops. I actually quite enjoy this and am very pleased the yeast isnt as overbearing as the smell would suggest.

M - Lightish bodied+, appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable, a really nice warm day type of brew

O - The aroma was less than desirable although I didnt blow it up on my rating because I can appreciate the style, its just not something I'm into. Thankfully the flavor of the brew had more going on than the nose would indicate and the yeast allowed really nice citrusy hops to come through. Really kind of surprised how much I enjoy this one, one of the most enjoyable Belgian IPA's I have had

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is a bit sweet and has aromas of Belgian yeast with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has peppery spices in the finish along with a moderate amount of bitterness. No hop flavors are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be considered as a Belgian Double/Imperial IPA and hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mscudder
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy straw yellow with a fair sized fluffy head. Nice bubbles from the head but receded quickly.

S - Belgian yeast, hops and some warming fruits. Nice aroma.

T - Wow I like the Belgian style fused in an IPA. Follows the aroma with a crisp bitter finish. Another please?

M - Too thin and light in my opinion. There is a lack of body here that I cannot ignore.

O - A good beer with high drinkablility. The ABV is masked well but I feel there is much that could be improved.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: OClear orange. Fluffy head on the pour that quickly reduces to a ring with a smattering in the middle.
smell: That is nice and alluring. Sweet fruit with a hint of aromatic spice, maybe cardamom? Alcohol too, but just enough to know it's there. This nose says drink me.
taste: Not up to the nose but still nice. The refreshing sweet fruits don't quite deliver.

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Photo of julian89
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer several times recently. It's my new favorite from Terrapin.
From tap to pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange yellow body with a dense half inch white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: So sweet with strong white wine smells, a lot of white grape dominates.

Taste: It's a strong taste of sweet, bready malts and white grape notes. I feel a similar backround to orange blossom pilsner. The subtle fruit mix is amazing , orange, citrus, pinot gris,... and the hops aren't as pronounced as what I would expect for a triple IPA. Wow, what a great medley of taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, so good, good job Athens, from a GT alum.

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4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold color with a soapy white head.

S: Belgian yeast, funk, pineapple, and hops.

T: There is a strong Belgian yeast, tropical fruit and alcohol flavor right off the bat. The flavor doesn't really subside and remains up front throughout. There are also some earthy hop flavors in the background, but it doesn't really come through until near the end and then you get a heavy dose.

M: Heavy body and a little syrupy. Peppery on the tongue.

O: In the Belgian IPA style it is pretty good. I would definitely recommend this beer. No off flavors, very crisp and clean with natural Belgian flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass.

A: Hazy, light apricot copper in color. Medium head.

S: Very Belgian in the nose - yeast esters, banana aroma. I don't get a ton of hop aroma.

T: Starts like a good Belgian, yeasty, sweet; then a bit of pine hop flavor. There's a bit of a sticky finish with accompanying alcohol taste.

M: Lightish mouthfeel, not very much hop hang.

O: Good, one of the better Belgian IPAs in my opinion.

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