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Terrapin Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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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#14,434
Reviews:
325
Ratings:
679
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
3.49
 
 
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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been excited to start trying some Terrapin beers. Here goes. Got this one thanks to kkipple.

A: A nice 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades in my Chouffe tulip glass. It's a very clear orange maple color.

N: Oooh, a really nice Belgian ale aroma to start. Some very light Belgian yeast, slight Belgian malts, touch of sweetness and very slight booze aroma. With that is some lighter fare hops. Low alpha hops with a nice grassy aroma, some citrus, and slight floral aroma. I really like how it keeps the hops lighter and doesn't overwhelm and become an American IPA with some Belgian malts.

T: Similar to the nose. Starts with some Belgian malts, little sweetness and candi sugar. With that is a slight booze taste with a touch of warming alcohol. It starts to get a dubble or tripel like taste with the booze and candi sugar. With that comes a little fruit too, and touch of Belgian yeast. Then comes a slight hop flavor. Some grassy and low alpha hop flavors, little spicy hop, and it maintains light but maybe too light. The alcohol stings a bit too.

M: Medium body with a little stinging alcohol and heat from the booze, good carbonation.

F: Dries a bit but still leaves a slight sticky sweetness. Some lingering citrus and orange peel, as well as other fruits. Some tangering and grapefruit on the finish, seem more to be from the yeast than hops, but could be some nice hop flavor. Either way it tastes nice. The alcohol is still warming and spicy on the finish, and it gets slightly bitter but not much. Some nice fresh dry hops linger on the finish, a Cascade like taste. It comes on really late and adds a really nice touch that redeems the beer.

Overall it started very nice, beautiful aroma, and the taste was pretty good. They kept the hops lower and really nice on the nose. However, the sweetness and boozy taste is way to high. Just for a Belgian Pale its more like a tripel with some light hops, and as the nose was perfect with hops the taste was a little lacking. The really late finishing dry hops add a really nice touch. If only the booze wasn't so high.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a rich, fruity, hoppy aroma that demands at least a taste. It pours a light clear coppery orange with a fairly thick and fluffy buttery off-white head. Flavor is quite hoppy yet minimally bitter, and has a firm fruity overtone, mainly apple with hints of banana and grapefruit. Texture is edgy, fizzy and lively, nipping at the tongue. Another winner from Terrapin!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to gford217.
This is my first terrapin brew, as I live in ct.
Bottle pours a nice amber / orange color with a crisp white 1/4 inch head and some light lacing. The aroma is a mix of citrusy and earthy hops crossed with what seams like a very saison style yeast (dupont?). Fruity flavors up front with a nice malty body. A well balanced tasting beer. The fruity flavors are followed by some hop bitterness and then finish with more bitter hops and a little astringency actually. For the style, for me, could be a bit maltier to balance the hops and strong yeast flavor and aroma. But the carbonation is good and has a medium to medium full mouth feel. I am very happy to have tasted this beer and enjoyed it a good bit. It is to bad terrapin is tough to come by up here, I'd buy their beers for sure!

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Photo of cochell
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice and golden with a one finger white frothy head that dissipated quickly to leave some lacing around the glass. (SA Pint)
S:Sweet Hoppy what I would expect from IPA. Citrus notes....call me crazy but Honey??
T: Really looking forward to this one. Terp finally released this side project into 4 packs this week. I was one of my favs a few years back and here we have it again! Ok taste: Hoppy creamy smooth lite citrus GREAT carbonation and a perfect summer dry finish.
M: Much thicker than your average BSIPA but super nice, would def get again.

This is a perfect session beer @ 9.6abv!!!! Perfect lake beer in GA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is fruit, hops, belgian yeast. Taste is more of a dubbel than a IPA to me. Lots of apples, and other fruiits, light dose of hops, tinge of booze. Drinkable indeed but needed a bit more hops to it for it to be an IPA.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unibroue tulip, low head atop the hazy copper beer recedes to a thin layer

s: clove aroma of belgian yeast firmly seated in a body of heavy pale malts and grapefruit rind hops, lemon and honey

m: carbonation medium-high, body around medium

t: pale and caramel malt body quickly dries into a clean, strong bitterness with yeasty phenolic flavors of clove, hops mostly grapefruit and young pine, solid flavor but lacking a bit in complexity

d: a nice shot at the style - but as another reviewer pointed out, well below the mark set by Raging Bitch

single from Sam's, Durham

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Photo of Thur123
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a vibrant orange color much closer to a DIPA than a Tripel. The head rises and fades quickly and the brew is slightly hazy with yeast. The smell is funky Belgian yeast with a big hop edge on top. The hops smell grapefruity and citrusy with a Sourdough like malt beneath. Smells good, much less funky than expected, and I'm glad about it.

Glug glug glug

The flavor rips into my tongue. The hop profile in this is amazingly tasty, all the things I love but the sourdough funk in the malt is much bigger in the flavor rather than the nose. This being said it's not too overwhelming as the hops do much to balance these flavors. Overall even more hops, IMO, would improve this beer, but that being said this is a tasty a different brew that's easy to drink despite is ABV and I really want this on tap.

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Photo of chaz410
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the flying saucer.
MUCH better than last year!!
Pours yellow/amber body wit thin white head that disappears quickly.
Smells of citrus hops with a little bit of pine and some faint belgian funky bubblegum musk.
Taste like a mild citrisy IPA with a thick belgian caramel malt underlining. Very balanced compared to last year. Good crisp finish but with some nice subtle toasty and malty belgian layering.
Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable for nearly 10 percent!

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Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours hazy golden-amber with a nicely formed white head and some lacing.

Aroma is very nice, Belgian yeast and sweet malt with citrusy and floral hops.

Flavor is Belgian yeast and pale malt, like a Belgian pale ale, with some resinous and citrusy hops.

Medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

Decent stuff overall, not amazing but enjoyable. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the new Monster Tour release pours a nice copper color, with a thin white head that doesn't retain particularly well. The aroma has some citrusy American hops upfront, followed by some belgian yeast type fruitiness, candy sugar and fusel alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with piney and citrusy hops initially, followed by a yeasty and fruity taste, some cane sugar, and a nice dose of fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and oily, and drinkability is really limited by the alcohol presence. Decent attempt at a Belgian IPA, but pales in comparison to Raging Bitch.

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Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber - an extra in a trade.

Looks nice, an orange cloudy mass in my globe.

Smell is OK - bit of caramel, tropical hops, and a ton of cardboard. This may be a touch old.

Taste is also nice - a ton of belgian yeast fades into orange and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ok, a touch flat.

Drinkability is alright as well. This isn't a bad Belgian IPA, just a mediocre one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden tinged amber color with a modest (for a Belgian style) head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: While its age must be taken into account, this is more malt forward than hop forward, with tropical fruit, hints of candi sugar and fusel alcohol; the hops are grassy rather than citrusy

Taste: Belgiany yeast influences, up front, with a biscuity malt base and an underlying sweetness that sets a backdrop to the spicy hops that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors come together but there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the finish that is a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to brisk carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that would be better without the fusel alcohol; the balance works well

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

"Revenge does not long remain unrevenged."

--German proverb

Radiant kumquat orange with highlights of golden honey. The pastel lemon colored lid has an incredibly rich and creamy texture. It looks even better as it melts and is starting to lay down a good bit of lace as well.

Even though it's now nearly one year of age, the American hops in this Belgian-style DIPA are still mighty pleasing to the nose. The lineup includes Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe. When it comes to the little green cones, these guys don't mess around. The Trappist yeast strain is appreciated as well.

Terrapin's stated aim was to brew a beer with the malt bill of a tripel and the hop bill of an American DIPA. I think they've done a fine job, but then those are two of my favorite styles. Even though this big brew was undoubtedly hoppier on release (99 IBUs), it still has more hop flavor and bitterness than most Belgian tripels.

Munich malt wasn't the best choice, although it doesn't do too much harm given what else is occupying the taste buds. The tropical fruitiness of Simcoe is especially noted... which is a very good thing. Finally, white pepper and clove from the yeast ties the whole thing up with a style-appropriate bow.

A faint rubbing alcohol vibe almost certainly wasn't present when the hops were still on a rampage. Besides, it's easily overlooked by those who drink Big Beer on a semi-regular basis. Warming softens things and brings the flavors into slightly sharper focus.

The mouthfeel does not drop the ball. It doesn't even juggle it. In fact, it's an enjoyable combination of firmness and smooth almost-creaminess. Bigger and thicker wouldn't have worked at all. Nor would have more bubbles.

Monk's Revenge Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale (Vol. 5) is a little better than Gamma Ray Wheat Wine (Vol. 3) and is much better than either RoggenRauchBier (Vol. 2) or Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter (Vol. 4). I'm still waiting for the Side Project beer that will blow the doors off the joint, but this one is worth a purchase if you can find it. Thank you to Rbald42 for the bomber.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with my carpool buddy tonight.. poured into my Delirium goblet....

Foamy 1" white head.. hazy gold.. sheets of lace that die to leopard spots.

Nice spicy phenols with citrus hops... I am surprised how well the hops have held up.. a bit of pithy grapefruit.. but grassy elements are showing pretty heavily.

Good bitterness.. yeasty presence is pretty abundant... a bit of pink bubblegum with some banana esters.. minor cloves... plenty of hoppiness still amazingly...

Perfect body but the carbonation is jumping out of the glass.. For the style, this is lacking, but for me, I really like it.

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruisin' Ales bomber. Pours lasting white head onto medium yellow body. Carbonation bubbles. Fresh yeast aroma. A Belgian ale, backed by sufficient hops to keep it from going to the sweet side. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel.Good balnce, alcholol well hidden.

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

22oz. bomber into tulip on 12/30/09.

A - Poured a slightly hazy amber/orange liquid akin to a sunset in the late autumn months, on top of which sat a finger's width of bubbly, bright white head that settled to a thin patch and foamy lacing.

S - Initial aroma is a little more Belgian than DIPA, but there is still a fairly pronounced hop aroma with citrus notes at the forefront. Spicy yeast, subtle alcohol notes and a hint of musty earth round out the aroma.

T - There's some fruity, chewing gum-like sweetness going on here with a citrus twang, but on the other end of the spectrum, you have a slight earthy, musty yeast character, although the spiciness of the yeast remains quite restrained overall. Overall, the flavor is largely comprised of citrus hop notes and sweet Belgian yeast.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy, almost chewy texture and minimal carbonation. Finish isn't too sweet, thanks to the generous addition of hops. Concludes with a hint of alcohol warmth and a spicy tingle on the palate.

D - While I think I should have consumed this a few months back, the hop character remained well represented in this Belgian-style DIPA, resulting in a fine example of the style.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Monk's Revenge, 22 oz. bottle courtesy of a friend, poured in to a 22 oz. Terrapin-logoed brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, slightly hazed orange amber, gorgeous at first and then a little tarnished once the yeast blends in. It's still a wonderfully hued beer, deeply colored in a mysterious sort of way but still light enough to be attractive. The half-finger plus of pure snow white head has average retention, though, perhaps not as nice as it should given both that it's a Belgian and an IPA. That is, the head is not nearly as amazing as the Dobblen Belgian IPA, which is to this day the most amazingly headed beer I have ever beheld. Similarly, the lacing isn't great, runny, glittery, and largely failing to stick.

Aroma: Herbal spicy grassiness (white pepper, hay, thyme) and slight pine marry with a handful of American hop overtones - strawberries, oranges, lemons, mango, and a few other tropical fruits - mingle with tons of bananas, coconut, and some light, moderately roasted, non-descript maltiness. Some additional Candi sugar emerges as it warms. Also, a decided chemically alcohol note is present throughout.

Taste: Tons of estery fruity notes, almost like drinking tropical fruit punch in places - presumably the result of Candi sugar mixed with the American hops - though with a ton of other pleasant notes. It's beers lke this that make you sort of marvel at the synergistic mix that can be achieved between the simple four ingredients that beer consists of. Regardless, the rest is similar to the nose: spicy, moderately bitter hop notes, grass; tons of herbal thyme and pepper notes; caramelized malts, slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and moderately fluffy, so I assume - once it calms down - the body will be reasonably thick. It's still somewhat subtle, though, well-integrated. Perhaps this beer's best aspect.

Drinkability: An interesting stab at the style, though lacking many of that style's (one of my favorites) hallmarks. That is, it has most of the elements of a Belgian IPA, a few extra that probably shouldn't be here (though the American hop addition was a nice touch, and I suppose in a style as eclectic and Chimeric as this, what really shouldn't belong?), an unfortunate chemical alcohol note, and a few notes that are a little too hollow. It also gave me one hell of a hangover, though I wrote this review long before that, heh. Again, worth a try, but not worth much more.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Orange-gold pour yields very little head, which dissipates quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is much more Belgian than IPA. White wine, sweet malts, pear, white grape, green apple, and a hint of citric hops.

Flavor follows. Very sweet, almost a Huyghe-like candi sugar flavor to it. It's funny, when reviewing Stone Cali-Belgique, I knocked it a bit for being too Cali, not enough Belgique. Well, Monk's Revenge is entirely too Belgian, not enough IPA. It's like a Belgian Pale. At least Cali-Belgique had some Belgian qualities, but that tiny whiff of citric hops completely disappears in the flavor of Monk's Revenge. This one really doesn't do it for me.

Body and carbonation are medium. ABV is slightly noticeable in the finish, inducing a bit of a recoil. Not nearly as enjoyable as Cali-Belgique.

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Photo of boldcity2008
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a mug as always.

A: pouring hard at 37F into the mug got a nice 3 inch head, lots of lacing that died down after about 3 minutes or so. Golden in color, somewhat clear to hazy.

S: I let it warm up for about 20 minutes, first impression was very hoppy, citrus and pine smells. After 30 minutes near 50F. i got some bread, and well as a herb like medicine smell out of it. Also detected a good bit of alcohol, was a good day for the nose. I also detected the brown almost sour dough bread smell of the yeast.
In short it smelled as good as any triple i had in a lot time.

T: Very dry and clean taste, lots of hops, big pine and grapefruit jump at me at first. The after taste is more yeast and bread, and a big hint of alcohol. 3rd taste at 50F you get that medicine like taste again. Not sure what that is really. Some malt detected, but I have to say the hops dominated.

m: Crisp, clean, dry. medium body, nice beer.

D: easy to drink, I have had a few others before this, very decent beer for what there trying to do a Triple IPA if you will.
Not really my favorite from these guys but its a nice beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It got this brew from Desaparecido for winning SNF Squares - Week 11, Thanks Ed!

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Hazy golden/orange color with a tight, white head.
Sweet Belgian candy yeast and a faint bit of citrus hops.
Upfront I got some sweetness and then a light citrus bitterness kicks in before finishing on the sweeter side.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation, good drinkability.

Final Note: I had this at about 9 months after it's release date and while it may have lost some of the hop blast it once had it was an overall very tasty beer that I totally enjoyed.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome extra in a recent trade with Yesac. 22oz bottle.

A: Clear, gold in color with a stark white head, not quite a quarter of an inch, but it sticks around nicely. Decent lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Definitely can smell the tripel more so than the DIPA, not bad but I was hoping for a little bit of a hop kick to the face underneath it. The hop presence is spicy. Malt profile is sweet smelling, almost honey like. Definite spicy Belgian yeast. Not bad.

T: The taste of this beer is much more spot on than the nose, sweet and bitter, hoppy yet malty too. I really enjoy the power struggle in these mixed style beers. Light malts, just a hint of wheat, and maybe some oats as well, pretty decent bitterness. Fairly spicy from yeast and from the hops. Slightly astringent alcohol in the end.

M: Medium body, warm alcohol, very dry and that hits the style right on. Pretty fair carbonation. Nice.

D: Fairly easy to drink. Nice beer, but I think it falls just a little short on the DIPA end of it from what the label claims. I was hoping for just a little more bitterness and a little more hop profile. Still a nice beer, but falls a little behind something like Le Freak from Green Flash. Very tasty though, and an enjoyable beer.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bhalter8 for bringing this one to me at DLD09. Thanks Ben!!

Appearance - pours a yellow/gold straw color. A finger of head and some light lacing ensue. Decent resilience, holding at a thin cover.

Aroma - fruity hop nose, good citrus character. Light caramel accents, not much Belgian influence but I'm digging the hops.

Taste - lots of sweet fruity hoppage in tandem with the caramel malts. Develops some tasty grapefruit flavor on the swallow along with a touch of the Belgian yeastiness. Fantastic balance using yeast instead of malt bomb attitude. Ends dry with the hops maintaining a grapefruit rind flavor.

Mouthfeel - good crispness, full-feeling with above average weight. Nicely done.

Drinkability - wow, 9.8%? I don't taste it, but I do feel it. Great campfire beer.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to open this one while I wait on the turkey that I just put in the oven...goble goble! Thanks to Kevin for including this extra on our recent trade.

The beer is a light copper or amber hue with fizzy bubbles that race to the top to form about half in inch of foam that falls down to a ring quite rapidly. A quick swirl of my Duvel glass brings back that half inch of foam but the retention is not that impressive for a Belgian style DIPA, or a Belgian, or even a straight up American DIPA.

Belgian yeast influence right away with some sweet candy sugar, white pepper, juicy peach, candied orange, flowers, powdered sugar, pale malt, and slightly nutty in the finish. A bit of cherry, light mango, and strawberry as the beer opens up. Quite nice on the aroma, very fruity with some spicy Belgian influence. Tangy and sweet citrus aromas intensify.

Similar to the aroma, toasty and slightly nutty malts, hints of caramel, fruity and tropical in the middle with peach, cherry, strawberry, orange rind, and a spicy finish. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish but very well balanced. Feels like it's a bit spicier than the aroma, the spiciness moves up almost to the front of the palate with some hoppy bitternes. Seems a tad too sweet in the finish at times and in other sips I get a bit of a grainy and very earthy bitterness. Fruity alcoholic finish, but not to be confused with "hot" or "harsh" alcohol flavor, very clean.

Moderate to high carbonation, a little filling once it goes down but has a clean and refreshing finish.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Malheur goblet. Thin white head, doesn't last, but lots of bubbles in the glass. Deep gold. Fits both the tripel and the American IIPA. More head would be nice, but then wouldn't it.

Aromas of hard candy, some hops. Expect more from the IIPA side of the house.

first sip - alcohol pop. some tobacco (expected from darker belgian versions, never from golden brews). Otherwise, very "clean, neutral" flavors. Not much either tripel or IIPA working here.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. Good mouth coating. No astringency. Fairly easy drinking, not challenging.

Good drinkability. Glad to have had a chance to try it. Wouldn't seek it out though.

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Photo of AltBock
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with some gold foil over the cap. This bottle has a green and sea blue label of a large happy turtle coming through an opening that has 3 spikes around the edges. Below the turtle is the name of the beer and that it's volume 5. To the left are 3 paragraphs that talk about the beer and how its a side project. In between the paragraphs and the picture is the definition of side project. To the far right is where they put all the mandatory US information and a fake white stamp that reads "One time release, grab it while you can." No brewed date unless you know when volume 5 came out. I don't so I'm screwed.

Appearance: I had a nice clean Corsendonk Tulip waiting for this beer. It seemed fitting because Terrapin said it was a Belgian style DIPA on the label. This IPA poured a hazy golden apricot with some faint lemon yellow highlight toward the bottom of the glass. It wasn't hazy because of hop or yeast particles like a good Belgian beer. It was just a well rounded natural hazyness. Laying on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch vanilla colored head of foam. When the head of foam first appeared, it looked like there was a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of my beer. I thought the head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a small sting of white rings and a bout 5 tiny blots of lace. You'd think a large head of foam would leave more behind, but I guess not.

Smell: I have to admit that this was one funky aroma! It was a little Belgian beer that was mixed into a good wholesome American DIPA. The first half of the beer was the Belgian part. This part of the aroma was filled with cloves, banana, a blend of numerous spices, a hint of citrus zest, and some dried yeast toward the back. The second part was of course the IPA. This part of the aroma was filled with crispy bitter citrus hops, a gentle touch of grapefruit, and a subtle whiff of pine. Swirling this beer around will awaken the Belgian side of the aroma. When that happens, this aroma will smell like spices and yeast.

Taste: While the aroma was a little more about the Belgian aspect of the beer, the taste was in favor of the IPA side. Like the aroma, it started off on the Belgian side with spices, cloves, banana, and yeast. Quickly after the Belgian taste leaves, in comes the IPA. This IPA taste was dry and bitter with both citrus and herbal hops, a few more spices, dried pine needles, and like a sucker punch to the face, in rushes the taste of alcohol. The Belgian side really didn't do anything to control the strong hops of the IPA and I'm glad it did.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied beer with enough carbonation and a spicy yet hoppy aftertaste. When I say spicy, I don't mean it was fiery hot. It was spicy with a whole array of different spices. This aftertaste contained herbal hops, yeast, and dried pine needles. This aftertaste will linger on for about a minute or two.

Drinkability: Thanks to Terrapin, I know what a DIPA would more than likely taste like if it originated in Belgium and not sunny SoCal. If you you ever want to try a IPA with a unique twist to it, then grab a bottle of Volume 5.

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Terrapin Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 679 ratings
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