skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is the aroma there for a "Hoppy Monster"? CHECK. Is the taste? SEMI-CHECK. Is the finish, with the liveliness on the tongue, with fresh dancing hops? CHECK. Is the appearance of an IPA? Uh- NO! The color of this beer is like a dark iced-tea. Clear but deep. Not that this is a bad thing, but none of the roasted flavor of the dark color is found anywhere.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this at the brewery today. WOW. Great hop aroma, and the body does not disappoint. Great malt balance for the level of bitterness in this one. If you like hops, you will greatly enjoy this. I am looking forward to this going on tap.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big IPA in the West Coast style. Nice deep amber/light brown. Decent head. Hops from beginning to end, but reasonably balanced by the malt.
aracauna (3452) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I really consider this a 5 Seasons brewpub beer, I had this under the Terrapin Beer Co. label. I've also had it at the brewpub. The reason is that the two breweries share a brewer in Spike Buckowski. The Monster is pretty hoppy, although it seems not all that much of a monster next too the Terrapin Rye P.A. It's possible that this is a pretty malty beer as well and while the Rye P.A. is no malt wimp, Rye seems to accentuate hops to me. This also has a fruitiness to it that makes it seem a little more British than some of the cleaner American IPAs.