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 (1795) - 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 (3862) - - 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 (5192) - Brownstown, 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.
silver15 (15) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one has strong smell right off the bat. Got it on tap and it continued to grown in flavor (not that it was ever lacking) as it warmed up a bit. Not much of a head on this beer at all, but a little lace left. Overall good beer, I’m sure I’ll drink it again sometime soon.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Goldtwins
Deep copper with a tight long lasting off white head.strong PNW hop aroma piney and citrusy!Nice balance of malt and hops very smooth.dangerously drinkable @8%
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a reddish tone with spotty lacing being left behind.
Smell is of pine and citrus and sweet malt.
Taste is of caramel and sugary dough with nice hops coming through.
Mouthfeel is sticky with hop resin and sugary standing out.
Drinkability...very nice brew.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear orange with thin tan head. Solid pine christmas tree aroma with a thin balance of citrus/orange. Hoppy pine flavor with some citrus. Medium palate, hoppy bitter finish.