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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7106) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Got this in a trade. I prize this beer for its originality and quality. Big hop aroma with a sweet malty flavor that finishes with delicious hops. Creative and yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7053) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2010
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 31 March 2010) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, citrus, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Fruity, hoppy taste with pine needles, black-currant and caramel. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Generous piney bitterness. Well balanced with alcohol well hidden. Very nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle, courtesy of pbsmooth. Shared with Rudolf, Jacb & El Jefe. Deep amber pour. Solid hop filled aroma. Caramel malts & solid hop flavor. Really good India Amber. Want more

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (6924) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks Bunker). Looks solid; a semi-transparent brandish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells hot and malty. Tastes like it smells with some hops. Average on the palate. Alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6819) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
12-oz., 2006. Thanks, um, either Boboski or FranksnBeans! I think. One of the all-time great labels. Pours opaque dark mahogany brown with a big, thick, sudsy off-white head that falls quickly to not much. Big cobwebs of lace in the corners of the glass. Ultra sweet, brown sugary, caramelly, bready nose. Not so monstrously hoppy, olfactorily speaking. Body’s on the high side of medium, not much carb. Thick, oozing sweetness all over the mid-palate: caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread again. Thick, sticky sugar on the finish. Not really what they’re aiming for here, but if it’s too sweet for *me*, it’s too sweet for almost anybody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6709) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 29, 2009
bottle 355 ml
Appearance: poured as amber-brown red with large, mid dense foamy crown. Off tanned with sparse lace.
Nose: Ahh, rich sweet brown malts , chocolate sweets with light fresh hop top. Malt presented here very nicely. Good blend. 8-
Flavor/Palate : Full big bodied, bready hint of rye (wood oven baked) bread. Toasty , even earthy in character with rounded feel. Dry alcohol on edges. Very high on top you will find hop scent. It is named as Big Hoppy Monster but even bigger show is malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of ross. Pours a hazy dark ruby-copper with an average size diminishing tan head. Fantastic aroma of piney and citrus hops along with caramel malt and brown sugar -- simple but it smells great. Delicious flavour of caramel malt and fruit followed by a nice amount of those aforementioned hops and though there’s some alcohol, for the most part it’s very well hidden. Nice full body, creamy mouthfeel -- man, this goes down easy and so smooth. This is a damn good IIPA, I’d have this on-hand all the time if it were available locally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle: Blood red caramel, big beige foamy head, fantastic lacing.   Big sweet malty nose with heaps of citrus shavings.   A touch of tea leaves and caramel.   Oddly enough, I am getting some Lakerol (Norwegian salted licorice, and I love it).   Malty start, semi-sweet, tea leaves and very soft citrus peel.   Certainly doesn’t feel like 8.3%.   Somewhat full bodied, but the mouthfeel seems fairly average.   Finishes clean, by now its more of a tobacco leaf with subtle candied citrus peel.   Great stuff!   Thanks to the real Larry of RateBeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (6525) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle at St. Stephen’s. Pours a dark, hazy amber red body with thin white lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus hops - conjuring memories of hop 15. The Mouthfeel takes a turn for the worse but with notes of mild sweet hop,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, bottles provided by Tom the Cougar, much thanks!

Ruby hued with a nice tan frothy head and outstanding lacing. The nose displayed a big juicy and fresh hop character with pineapple and starfruit, a little pepper and clove and a carmel bready malt vapor, very inviting indeed! The taste is surprisingly nicely balanced with those big hops playing well with the crystal malting. Snappy but never out of hand, finished with a spice kick in the buds. Sharp and biting but once again, never came off overpowering, the alcohol is well hidden behind that hop character. WOW, one most excellent brew, I enjoyed this more than half of the top 10 IIPA on the site. GET YA SOME!

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