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RATINGS: 746   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 ďMonster BeerĒ is truly not for the faint at heart.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - 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, canít 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 (340) - 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 (578) - 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. Iíve never had a DIPA like this one and I have to say it is the most shockingly complex and agreeable DIPA Iíve ever had - no exaggeration! You know, itís 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 (1313) - 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?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (6864) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle shared with iphonephan and others. Pours hazy amber with a cream head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee and citrus. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4304) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear amber with a thick off white head that recedes leaving lots of lacing. Citrus hop nose. Flavors of grass and caramel. Moderate to sweet flavors. Slightly bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
10/3/2010. From bottle. Hoppy aromas with pine, citrus, bread, caramel. A little buttery, but malty and hoppy flavors soon take over. Darn good!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours a very very dark red. Almost brown/copper color. Very thin white head that goes away fast. Smells of raisins and other dark fruits with some sweet malt/caramel. Very little hop profile in the nose as malts dominate. Taste is very malt forward. For something called Big Hoppy Monster the hops are nowhere near the malts on this. More raisins and sweet caramel in the taste. Almost a profile of more of a slightly hoppier Belgian than an American red. Mouthfeel is a little bit low considering the sweetness of the brew. Carbonation levels are med-low. Really kind of disappointed in this. Itís not bad, but Iíd expect something with this name to be considerably hoppier than it is and not a fan of the dark fruit profile. Iíve got some other Terrapin brews that I hope Iíll like better.


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