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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster

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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This mammoth imperial red ale leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is quickly complemented by an enormous malt backbone. Finishing with a multitude of hoppy goodness, this “Monster Beer” is truly not for the faint at heart.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnielsen13 (221) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Growler at home. Pours red with a mild head, I think the growler leaked. Aroma is caramel and toffee and piney and citrusy hops. Flavor is malt forward with the hops somewhat muted. I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (396) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours a reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Medium amounts of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, hops (citrus). Taste is initially a touch sweet, then a touch if bitterness, then a smooth round malty finish. Excellent with a good burger.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollinsr (335) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 3, 2014
Pours Amber with no head. Aroma is sweet and somewhat lightly hopped. Flavor is sweet and surprisingly blunt. There is nice cherry notes as well. Finish is very smooth with a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (667) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Poured from a bottle. Medium amber color, medium off white frothy head. Alcohol and malt aroma. Slightly oil texture with a good malt and hops mix. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Vintage10AA Dark brownish red with flecks of yeast cycling around in the ale with three fingers of persistent caramel foam. Strong sheet of lace. Smells good and malty, some toffee, tea and hints of mushrooms. Also smelling some brown sugar. Nice malty, sweet ale with some nougat tones and some nice white cake flavor. Nothing particularly complex, but the yeast seems to add a nice nutty element and this one is dangerously drinkable. Wish there were some spicy bittering from hops, but hey, can’t always have it all. Decent enough brew. I like the malt profile on this beer, but I like a little more hop character in my Red/Impy reds. Serving type: bottle 01-02-2012

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Dark cloudy blood orange pour with well laced white head. Aroma is sweet with malt and some pine. Flavor is strong hops & pine, moderate alcohol presence and heavy malt. Finish is strong but balanced malt and hop.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mattern33 (99) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Medium amber cloudy color. Malty aroma. Malty flavor nd palate. More malty than i like. Too malty; not a hop variety i enjoy. Eh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thewade (278) - USA - OCT 24, 2013
Sweet, hoppy, and rich. Always look forward to this every year. Very good fresh, and holds up well in the cellar for a year.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (392) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours a nice coppery-brown with a small off white head. Aroma has that candy-like white pine (sweetly bitter) aroma with a little malt background. Taste is exactly like aroma with lemon, orange, pine & spruce up front fading to a truly interesting chocolate & malt finish. I’ve never had a DIPA like this one and I have to say it is the most shockingly complex and agreeable DIPA I’ve ever had - no exaggeration! You know, it’s kinda like candied orange dipped in chocolate! Absolutely amazing!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Poured from a bottle clear amber with a slight head. The aroma is caramel and the taste is of toffee and malt. Rather than hoppy. So why is it hop monster?


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