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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2012
From a bottle stating vintage 2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Murky red with sediment in the body. Thin tan head which quickly disappears.

S: Warm and inviting, caramel and toffee notes slight dark fruits in this as well. Very sweet.

T: Caramel and toffee are huge through this, without much hop presence which surprised me considering the name. Sweet and malty, and very warming.

M: Medium to thick bodied with fizzy carbonation coating my tongue.

O: I was expecting something completely different given the name. This is still a good beer, though I feel it will mellow with time and age decently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2682) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Large hop bouquet, fruity/nutty/malts. The flavor is rich with munich malts, fruit, and big American hops. A good big Hoppy red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Aroma of figs, caramel, pine and a hint of tobacco. Pours thick and red with an orange head. Tastes of bitter chocolate, caramel, orange zest and pine. Big sweet taste. Reminds me of a barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burtonbaton930 (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2011
This thing really is a monster!!. Dark red, hops try and jump you the second you pop the cap. Smells serious with a huge resinous sent with dark caramel malts in the background. Tastes malty sweet with a slight roasty tinge and finishes with that huge hop bitterness. Very good brew that lives up to its name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (981) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
12 ounce bottle purchased at Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, NC while on a trip out east to visit my then-fiancee in Knoxville ($3.00). Pours very dark for a DIPA, a deep brownish-red with lots of floaties and one finger of beige foam. Aroma of crisp sweet-ish caramel and piny herby hops. Flavor is hoppy with pine and citrus notes paired very nicely with a great big tangy malt presence of creamy dark caramel. Also has a brewed tea-like quality in the taste. Finishes with more sweetness than bitterness. This should probably not be categorized as a DIPA due to the huge malt profile but rather an American Strong Ale as most "imperial reds" are categorized. Regardless it’s very flavorful and good drinking. (684, 638)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle at home, big thanks Doodler for just handing me the bottle! Pour was very dark hazy reddish with a nice half finger of creamy slightly tan head from 12 oz. Aroma brings big notes of pine, resin, and grass, some nice citrusy grapefruit sneaks in there with a rich toffee and caramel backbone, hints of spice in there as well. Taste is is a nice blend of quick bitter grass and pine, goes into very nice citrus with tangerine, some tropical fruit notes with mango, pineapple, and even more mango in there as well, hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit notes, goes into hints of spice, finishes nice and bitter but has some slight dryness in there too. Wow, delicious, delicious stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5168) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Hazy amber coloured body with a deep copper and ruby tint and a thin tan head. Aroma of pungent cascade and herbal hops, a lot of malt, some cherries, oak and a bit of alcohol noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich malt and toffee notes with a pungent hop kick and a dense earth and almost nutty finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol, serious body, a little fruit and a healthy dose of hops. Overall, a pungent and potent hoppy red (just as the label says), packed in a nice twelve ounce bottle perfectly. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia for US$2.99 on 09-October-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 03-November-2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2011
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1075) - Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2011
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.

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