Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appropriately named, big hops from the start when I cracked the bottle open. Pours much darker than expected. A bit sweet start, but adds to the balance of the hit you over the head hops. I detected some hints of chocolate malts mixed in after the first sips washed down and the bitterness of the hops subsided. Quite a nice surpise, excellent brew.
TAR (2650) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unfiltered burgundy. Spongy and sticky dirty-white head. Fresh piney hops line the surface of the aroma, as jellied toast, plums, and musty grapefruit pith rest beneath. Crispy, spacious carbonation. Initially slick and fruity with strawberry esters, but precisely balanced by a pinpoint pine-laced hop sting. Succulent ruby red grapefruit absorbs the seductively sweet wave of toasty, nutty malts. Trace toasted husk crunchiness firms up the predominant softness. Slightly overstated grapefruit and plum acidity imparts too much mushiness and, in turn, inhibits the lusher malt depth. Finishes Crystal malt sweet and vaguely nutty, and continually slick with esters, but the sweet and spicy pine fails to endure the soggy fruitiness. Extensive dry-hopping yields salvaging burps of fresh citrus and pine flavors. This would greatly benefit from less acidic sharpness, a more-soundly structured malt frame, and a denser body. Thanks, brewbandit.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear crimson hue, solid slab of creamy off-whitish foam above, slim but staying...
Aroma: wide-open, huge flowering of piney hop aromatics, just the kind I love! Grapefruit, and other citrus are at play, but pine needles are largest in the overall profile...sweet, and slightly bitter, stuff here! Very nice! I could just smell
his and smell this all day long! Rich, resiny, resonant.
Taste, already...bitter, but extra-sweet and fruity, a huge expansion in the mouth, a blast on the senses...a fierce delivery of flavor...huge, immense...big and beautiful...humbling...delicious...wonderful play on the tongue, bitterness, fruit, and more, keeping the senses busy with all the flavors at the ready.
Full-bodied, incredibly flavored, assuredly pleasurable for hopheads like me...dang it, but this is great stuff!
Let all hopheads know that they must bow to the direction of Athens once in awhile,too...and genuflect to the folks at Terrapin. This is amazing stuff!
"truly unique in taste in complexity", says the label. Well, I’ve had other beers like this, but they’re so few and far between that it’s useful to recognize each one that comes cross our path.
A humdinger from the Peach State! Cheers!
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy aroma. Red in appearence with large heavy head. Hoppy aftertaste but still malts are there. Not too bad.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to my boss Tom for bring me this Monster back from Fredric Brewing Co.
Rating # 870
This beer’s appearance was in no way what I was anticipating. The body was a burnt shade of amber… chestnut… almost approaching black. The head was a tall and rock hue of khaki. The aroma and flavor were remarkable! There was so much balance and continuity to this IIPA… it almost seems preposterous to say such about a beer style that was created out of excess, Impearl anything, but Terrapin has done it here! The beer not only boasts it’s piney resin like hops, but it also shins with it’s mammoth amount of toasted barley, which adds a hint of toffee and smoke to round things out. The piney bitterness and the molasses like cereal sweetness are like yin and yang on my palate… the Monsters body was nobly viscous… it glided with the perfect texture from glass to gut… 12oz was not enough to satisfy my Lupulin lust! - Must Find More!
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to captain couger. pours a dark red with a thinner tan head. aroma is citrus hops very floral with a heavy malt backbone taste is hops malt caramel and quite citrusy. has a smooth bitter aftertaste. damn fine brew.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(many thanks to beeryum for the hookup)this hoppy monster poured a deep red with a very tiny white head.the hop aroma exploded in my nose and my eyes lit up with delight.the flavor had the same wonderful hop presence with a nice malty backbone.this is simply outstanding!
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 sweet hop aroma of lemon, cherry, orange. amber color with medium off white head. mandarin orange flavor hops with a unpleasant alcohol warmth in finish. not as bitter as great divide.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like walking through a forest of the big C’s of hops. Good lace and nice and viscous. Flavor is thin for the first second then fills your mouth with hops buds, really drys your mouth. A good beer, needs a tad more balance.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of aracauna and TheBeerCellar2 via trades. Excellent aroma of sweet orange, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel. Pours a transparent garnet with a moderate off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Very malty IIPA with lots of sweet orange, caramel, and residual sugar. Nice citrus hop finish. Alcohol isn’t noticealbe at all.