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RATINGS: 743   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 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3191) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10333) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2004
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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2004
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2004 On tap Taco Mac Alpharetta. This one was brownish red with a rather large head. The aroma was citrusy with a little bit of caramel also. The flavor was very hoppy with a bit of a syrupy character to it. I tasted mainly orange peels, lemons, pine, and a little bit of the caramel. Overall this one was quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3162) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
This is definitely a bigger beer than the old 5 Seasons recipe. Amber brown body with a nice thick head. The aroma is a nice thick caramel malt with a nice spine of citrus peel hops. Malt dominates the flavor as well, but the hops provide a good bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malt. Nice silky mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...This is a fine specimen my fellow beer geeks...A wonderfiul blending of hops,hops ,and hops...Excellent fruit tones that carried on a tangy, tart vehicle for glorious hops..please do yourself a favor and try this beer...hopefully things will pan out for the guys at Terrapin right now they do not have a place to brew their beer and are doing some batches up in Virginia i think

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