dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle from Maltzilla). Pours a clear dark amber color with active carbonation and a creamy khaki head. Aroma has caramel malts, candied sugar, citrus, and hard candy. Taste is sweet with a touch of bitterness. Its not really all that hoppy so this could be a bit old. Nevertheless, its quite tasty. In fact, I might like it better with some age as I tend not to like hoppy red ales. Sticky mouthfeel and smooth finish. Pretty good.
BazookaJoe (216) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The name says it all, a big hoppy monster. Dark red in color with a sweet hoppy nose. Taste of hops and finishing with a strong malt flavor. Another very good beer from Terrapin!
SPDickerman (864) - Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with small yellow fizz. Smells incredibly hoppy with a strong malt sweetness underneath. Tastes really bitter with some sweetness holding it up. Full-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth-carbonation, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster finishes a little too sweet, but still bitter.
ExpendableHero (723) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper/orange brew with a thin, off-white head. Strong aromas of grapefruits, and intense hops. Taste is a bit malty, some biscuit, loads of pine hoppiness, fresh cut grass, and some subtle hints of caramel. Ends on an herbal, bitter note. Oddly refreshing, and a great balance between the strong hop character and smooth malt. Very good.
Westmeister (1445) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours an amber orange with a nice off white head. Smell is citrus (orange and grapefruit) with some sugary caramel malts. The taste is medium bitter with citrus hops but is nicely balanced out by the caramel malt flavor. Easy drinking and very well balanced while still allowing the hops to shine. In no way a malt bomb. Lovely.
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was very impressed with this beer. The look and aroma are great and all, but the taste of this brew is unique and fantastic. Very hoppy (of course), a little raisin, toasted wheat, fig... just a whole lot of greatness in the taste of this. A perfect session beer. Try one!
zizzybalubba (1302) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Norfolk, VA. Ruddy orange pour, nearly reminiscent of a barleywine, with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit rind with a healthy amount of malt sweetness. The flavor is bold, bitter citrus hops with notes of tangerine and pineapple and huge caramel and brown sugar malts. The finish leaves a lingering bitter citrus and spicy coating on the tongue but there is also a touch of oak and vanilla that briefly makes an appearance. I think this has more in common with a barleywine than a DIPA in terms of appearance, aroma, taste, and palate. Whatever you classify this beer as it is a sure hit. An outstanding beer.
jw0406 (650) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Aromas of caramel, malt and pine. Medium bodied, finishes with sweet malt
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 vintage, but no bottle date. Pours hazy red orange color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of nice lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, and tropical fruit; with a bit of pine, spices, and alcohol. Fairly sweet aromas here with good strength. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, toasted malt, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish, with lingering notes of caramel, pine, citrus, and a bit of spice. Pretty large amount of sweetness in comparison to bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied, with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a warming on the finish noticed. Decent drinkability for the level of alcohol, but it was still somewhat of a sipper. Overall a decent imperial red ale, but maybe it is better when it is fresh. This may have bit a bit too old.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle and thanks to Matt for sending this from Florida.Red amber in color and off white head. Full bodied beer with a great balance of sweet crystal and caramel malt followed by solid bitter hop goodness. Finish is smooth and balanced. I would drink this often if I was living in the South. Yum.