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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Sampled at GCBC 2005. Pours dark mahogany with a big foamy tan head. Aroma is very caramel, delicate flowery hops. Then my taste buds are assaulted by the grapefruit juice. Holy cow. Mouthfeel is heavy and resinous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
The aroma on this beer hit me before I even finished the pour. Huge hops on the nose with piney grapefruit...even pineapple...with floral tones. Dark copper pour from the bottle with a nice off white, thick head that lasts. The flavor really follows the aroma with nice roasted malts balanced by the piney hops in the bitter finish. I like the balance in this beer. Even with the heavy hops and high ABV it still manages to be a refreshing and smooth brew. Lacing all the way down the glass. The flavor and aroma really open up as this beer warms. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 On tap at Summit’s Wayside. I didn’t expect the 5 Season’s version, but I didn’t expect this either. The hops smell was nicely balanced by the malt aroma. The appearance certianly matched the smell. Definite hop and malt taste that was too balanced for this style. While this is a good beer, I have a hard time comparing this to other DIPA’s like Ruination or Hercules. Originally gave the draft version a 3.1 However, I’ve had serveral bottles and have drastically increased my rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
On tap at the Brickstore. Darp amber color with small off-white head. Citrus and floral hop aroma is big and fresh. Sweet malt underneath. Malty flavors with caramel and crackers. Citrus hop runs through and a moderate bitter finish. I hope the bottle version will be this good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2005
On tap at Summit’s Wayside Tavern, Sandy Springs, Ga. Deep, dark copper pour with a thick, slightly off-white frothy head, thick lacing. Aroma, slighlty spruce, some floral accents, wee bit of alcohol - not as prominent as expected. Flavor is abundantly hoppy - mostly Cascades, good juicy grapefruity notes, some sticky malty nutty accents, a bit of nectarines and a finish of mint. Very thick mouhtfeel. All in all, very decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, the hops were overly done. I like hoppy beers, but not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5150) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Sampled at Asheville Brewgrass 2005. Copper, with a fomay off-white head. Really nice smoky, grapefruity aroma. Hge citrus / grapefruit flavor with a nice earthy finish. Nicely viscous palate. Tasty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
on tap at the Asheville brew festival. creamy white head. medium body. very hoppy as you would expect. some almond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2580) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Sample at Decatur Beer Fest. Well balanced beer that pours a golden/amber color. A bit thin and flat taste. Overly hoppy but what do you expet from something called big hoppy monster. Update, 2006 version is very piney.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
On-tap at Summit’s Wayside tavern in Sandy Springs. Pours a reddish-brown with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Smell is all about the hops. Enormous citrusy hops, aroma reeks of sweet grapefruit. Taste is remarkably balanced. The rich caramel malt makes a nice lightly sticky bed for those floral, cirusy hops. Orange peel and grapefruit hoppy flavors. Even with a nice malty body, it’s incredibly smooth for a big beer. Bitter aftertaste lingers for minutes after each sip. Not to belabor the point but this is a really smooth beer for 8% ABV. Very easy going down. These Terrapin guys seem to know what they’re doing, huh?

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