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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Bottle. Reminds me of a maltier version of Gren Flash West Coast IPA. Nice, bitter hop finish. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2006
Largish light beige head; faintly hazy red body. Deep, dense, dry malty, straw sweetnesss with notes of cinnamon and floral hops. Deep, intense, sweet oily roasty malts with dry, floral hop aftertaste. Clean, broad, oily mouthfeel. Excellent! A great beer. (0.655l bottle.)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2909) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & blankboy - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Slightly hazy ruby-amber with a small off-white head. Nice tea-like hops in the aroma alongside sweet malts. Flavour is very nice, full and well-balanced - tons of malt and hops, with some mellow rye notes and a dryish finish. Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Nice brew. Solid malt backbone. Great bitter hoppy finish. Incredible balance. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3801) - - OCT 21, 2006
red colored. medium sized, creamy, off-white head. hoppy IPA aroma. very similar to an IIPA. very hoppy citrus, mandarin. nice bready malts underneath.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1063) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Pours a dark red/caramel color with a lasting white head. Very malty upfront with some sweetness evident as well as some piney hops. Initial taste is heavily carbonated and the hops spring forth on the tongue. Full bodied with woodsy pine hops towards the middle. Some citrus towards the end and the malt is evident throughout. Some booze in the finish as well. This is a pretty agressive beer!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (958) - 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?

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
On tap at Collins Pub, Seattle. Russet colour with beige head. Rich red fruit and hop aroma. Lots of strawberry malt aroma, lots of grapefruit hop on finish. Lots of hop on aroma. Lovely richness. Great malt base to run the Impy hops over. Love it. Unsubtle but lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3867) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle; Hoppy, spicy, clove and caramel aroma, copper colored with a bit of beige head; slighty bitter hop and pine with caramel flavor and a small hop finish. Complex for a strong ale! Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Hoppy and weel balanced malt with no obvious defects. Clean and rich on the palate with resinous and citric hop character. Nice full and rich mouthfeel.


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