daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dcschiller (2203) - 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 (224) - 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 (913) - 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 (742) - 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 (1650) - 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 (1380) - 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.