Suttree (5682) - 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 (3046) - 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 (3288) - 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 (11048) - San Diego, 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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a light tan creamy head. Big citrusy grapefruit aroma and sweet malt. Crisp bitterness with a good malt backbone and tons of hops. Medium leaning to full body. An excellent beer. I could drink gallons of this stuff. Strike down the idiotic ABV laws and look at what this unknown (at least outside of their area) brewers can produce! Yum!!!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Rerate 11/18/06, 2006 vintage: Sweet caramely malty aroma has some buttery toffee notes and fresh grapefruity piny hops, but not as much as I remember from the 2005 vintage. Body starts with a good sweet caramel maltiness showing a fresh hop balance toward a slightly warming finish. Not quite as good as the 2005 vintage, but still a nice beer.
Rerate 11/18/05, First bottled batch: Pours a transparent deep amber mahogany with a very nicely lacing, frothy tan head. Aroma has a ton of piney hops with a touch of grapefruit. Body starts with a very nice sweet, toasty caramel maltiness well balanced with a fresh, bitter hoppy presence. Finishes bittersweet and crisp with no signs of alcohol. Tastes like hop candy if there were such a thing. This is just the epitome of an assertive and well-balanced big beer. Between this and Oggi’s Hop Whompus, I’ll take an imperial red over and imperial IPA any day!
Original rating 11/15/04, on tap: Pours a clear mahogany copper with a thick and well-lacing, cream-colored head. Aroma overflowing with rich sweet caramel malt and fresh piney hops. Starts with a pleasant syrupy sweetness nicely balanced with its more bitter counterpart leading to a grapefruity hop resin finish with an almost gritty malty palate. Has an awesome mouthwatering finish that hides the alcohol very well and leaves one yearning for another sip. This bigger, hoppier version sure is tasty!