PorterPounder (7431) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
on tap at the Asheville brew festival. creamy white head. medium body. very hoppy as you would expect. some almond.
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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?
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Classic City Brewfest.
Good amber color with an off white head.
Lots of fresh hops in the aroma with a decent malt back up.
Carmael and bitter hops are well balanced and go all the way to the long bitter finish. Very Nice.
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours caramel to amber with a tan head. Floral hop bouquet wiht a caramel malt nose. Sweet hop flavor, very smooth, with a malty finish. Medium-bodied palate, refreshing and fizzy.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005 Deep amber in color with a large off-white head. Avery nice over the top citrus aroma and flavor, very green and resiny.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hop aroma, and the body does not disappoint. Great malt balance for the level of bitterness in this one. If you like hops, you will greatly enjoy this.