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RATINGS: 907   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Really nice reddish golden hue that’s clear. Nice creamy off white head. Wonderful earthy, spicy hop characteristic on the nose. Nice California chewyness to the mouthfeel. Mildly astringent. Taste has a lot of spicyness to it making it lively and drinkable. Nice amount of carbonation. Not too sweet on the malt flavor like some I have had. Wonderful bold beer I wish I could make sessionable. Enjoyability 4.5/5.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2012
12oz bottle from my brother. Pint glass. Appearance: Pours an amber hue wih nice clarity. A one finger beige head. Leaves a ring of rentention. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Citrus and piney hops. Caramel malts. Taste: Citrusy, somewhat sweet hops. A little bit of piney bitterness. Excellent balance with smooth caramel malts. Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering hoppy yet balanced finish. The malts and hops just blend seamlessly. This is truly a beer with balance. Will probably buy my own sixer of this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Pours a dark orange red with about a finger head. Aroma is sweet with cherries and what seems to be a hint of brown sugar followed by mild hops. Taste is also on the sweet fruit side and mild hops. Can taste the malt in a postive way. Very smooth, a perfect fall beer. Light to medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
I rather like this one, that’s for sure. Pours a reddish amber, clear and filtered, with a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma of fresh hops - pine and floral with an undertone of strawberries. Abundant flavors greet you, strawberry sweetness, slight caramel, slight cherry (some reds really overpower you with this) and nice balance of hops to delight. Slight alcohol presence, but not too much for me. A delicious treat! Thanks to Ernie for the brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This beer is awesome! - deep amber with sticky, thick lace - huge pine/spruce/hop aroma with background malt presence, a hint of strawberry and blueberry - flavor starts out very herbal, grassy, hoppy - a bit of malty grain and a swelling hop bitterness is cut but a sudden surge of chewy sweet malt, bringing with it a wonderful finish of strawberries and cherries with a hint of caramel - this is a great beer, deserving of much higher ratings.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours with a yellowish head, dark amber in color, good carbonation. Smells of hops with citrus tones. Good malt flavor followed by a hoppy finish. Medium thick mouth feel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 2007* Pours a used copper penny color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Decent hangtime receding to a full silky canopy and complete yet thin ring of lace. Aromas of strict hop flowers and sweet grapefruit malts. Full nectar w/ ample yet soft residual effers creating a full creamy texture. Nice! A fat caramel malt backbone is what you need to buffer the insessant stabbing this hop component (Robo Hop) inflicts and that is what you get. Robo Hop makes a deep, lasting emotional scar on the user resulting in cold sweat nightmares. Nuances of grapefruit rind, leather, and mildly sweet caramel. The finish is bittered perfectly w/ a lingering hop stabbing. Remember the shower scene ? This is it. ***2006* Pours a deep cherry wood color with a tall, stubborn, creamy froth. Aroma is big malt, hops flowering and fresh, wet hay. Full nectar with ample residual effers. Flavors are meaty, full, and chewy. Possesses a humongous malty backbone with big caramel flavors along with a defined wet hay nudge. The citrus rind really ballances this one out in the end. Overall: really good stuff. Highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 22oz bottle. Aroma has a slight fruit thing going on. It is pretty big in flavor, but not over the top. There is a slight toffee/caramel aftertaste, but for the most part I tast the hop, it seems more like an IPA than a Red. 3/9/12: Up from 3.7 to 4.2: This beer is great; huge everything and easy to drink. I think Lagunitas makes the best beer in this price range bar none. So many of their beers are fantastic and this is no exception. A big floral bitter malt delight!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Beer pours an attractive reddish amber color with a totally retained, beautiful off white colored head. Aroma is piney hops with a solid malt background. Flavor is up front bitter grapefruit then some caramel malt sweetness also some earth flavors. The finish is then, hoppy again with a quite drying sensation. I love American Strongs and this is a really good one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster was the first beer I have had, that claimed to be an Imperial Red Ale, and this is the second one that I have run across with that claim. The beer poured exceptionally clear, and had a hue that was amber, tinged with ruddy pink. The head was two fingers high, and the carbonation was steady and finely textured, so the head lingered on. While the looks were quite stunning, the mild aroma was subtly redolent with citric and floral hops. The taste was quite balanced for the style, with the bitter hops being just a little more dominant than the succulent caramel and pale malts. The hoppy aftertaste was supplemented by saltwater taffy like mouthfeel that was both sticky and mineralized dry at the same time. It did however feel thinner than what the label description suggested. Although classified as an American Strong Ale around here, I find this to be lot more similar to a standard (or a double) IPA. At first, it was hard to believe they rate this at 84.20 IBU, which is starting to approach Ruination territory, but as the pint glass neared emptiness, and the hop burps reached a crescendo, the realization hit that I had basically been immunized with Pacific Northwest hops. May I have more please?


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