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RATINGS: 740   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Obtained on-tap at Taco Mac on Windward Parkway, this beer was served in a plain pint glass, and displayed a dark reddish brown color between sweet tea and cola. The head was non existent, and there was only a small ring of bubbles, but this Taco Mac serves all their beers like this. The carbonation appeared soft.

The aroma was right on for a Double IPA, with huge flowery and herbal hops. There was also a good deal of malt backbone coming through.

The taste was hoppy and bitter as it should be, with a ton of grapefruit rinds and pine resin. The bitterness was kept in check by chewy caramel malt sweetness. The beer felt soft and smooth in the mouth, with a slight prickle of carbonation up front, and a chalky dry aftertaste.

Terrapin nailed this Double IPA right. I hope it becomes popular enough to be a bottled year around offering.

Update 2005
The first Terrapin monster beer in bottles, and hopefully one of many more to come. From what I remember, the release on-tap last year was tasty, but a bit timid. The bottled 2005 release goes a step further towards the DIPA level of hop bitterness. Unlike typical offerings in this style from other breweries, the pour was dark reddish amber, and the head is thin. The smell was aggressive, with hop oils singeing the nostrils. The taste at first was a shock to the system, with unbridled grapefruit rind bitterness, and a high level of seemingly citric acidity. As the taste buds adjusted, a little nutty malt flavor started coming through. Thinner than I was hoping for, this could use a little more body. The ABV is 8.3% per the label, and not particularly well hidden. But as a hophead, I found little to complain. The Imperial Red Ale moniker that the brewer has placed upon this is closer than the DIPA categorization. These is very little sweetness to check the hops, but why bother.



Update 2006

The 2006 version reviewed on the day of the release. I did not realized how much I missed this. Rich, deep red color, and a decent head give this beer a stately apperance. The smell is mild for a DIPA, but that is not due to a lack of hops in the nose. Instead the caramel malts just seem to smooth things over more than normal. The taste is a little more hoppy than last year, and this seems to make this a more brilliant creation. Love the way this just glides across the tongue. Scary drinkability for a beer so strong. Before I finished my first bottle, I had to get the second one out of the fridge and warming a bit. I am not sure I will be drinking anything else for a while. For those of you that were able to cellar this, you have more restraint than I. Once this monster is in the house, I seem to be drawn to it.

4.6
   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

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Translucent and fiery cherry red in color with a dense, creamy and tan fluffy head that leaves remarkable lacing rungs on the inside of the tulip. Aroma is flawless, accentuated by simcoe, grapefruit, apricots, pine sap and sonorous sweet passion fruit vibes. I could sniff this all day. Wholesome hoppy quaffs with lucrative cherry toffee and sugary grapefruit chews for sweetening. Hints of amaretto soaked chestnuts amidst spicy, liquefied brown sugar. Subconscious cedar chest smoothness. Bitter, creamy and clean, running the gambit and taking all the right turns. Balance is executed to-a-tee, finishing with a slight tongue numbing factor and a bitter reconnaissance mission that leaves traces of brown sugar and grapefruit enzymes plastered to the palate. A lovely beer. Thanks for the bottle, CaptainCougar!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours to a deep red body with a nice bubbly white head. This beer smells WONDERFUL. Big, hoppy, monster. Enough said. The flavor is deep and grassy/piney/hoppy/malty. Good. Spicy and bitter body. Good stuff. I want a case.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2006
12 oz bottle (2005) obtained via in-person trade with Wunderbier in Savannah, GA (April 2006). The hops are evident immediately on opening the bottle, plenty of fresh leafy greens even after 6 months along with an awesome sweet vanilla/almond blend, ripe pears and an exploding orgy of flowers....all emanates from a deep, tawny maple-brass body topped by a creamy very slow-decaying tan head and thick ropy lacing.....the body is sweetly nutty, lightly fruity (apples, pears, and midway through, tart bing cherries), a touch doughy in consistency, and growing in dry, slightly aged hoppy-woody hardness towards the end, which still maintains some sweetness and a light syrupy quality....there is virtually no trace of alcohol at first though a hint of medicinal character develops with the cherry syrupyness, but not in any way that is damaging to the extraordinary sweet-bitter quality in any way, merely adding that something that lets you know this is an adult drink and not just some superluminous combination of the greatest soda you ever had and the best organic almond milk....simultaneously beguiling, soft, burning and fiery, juicy and hard, this feels like the most entrancing and jubilant example of a strong IPA that I’ve had since first encountering Dreadnaught, and it’s damn near the equal. I can’t imagine how great this would be fresh on tap....I won’t, or the tears will flow. Thank you so goddamn much Brandon!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Hazy brown, dense beige head, full body, medium carbonation.

Aroma: roasted malt, lots of floral citrus hops.

Taste: lots of roasted chocolate malt, lots of piney floral hops, and fruity alcohol.

A lot of flavor, but balanced. Not enough complexity for the amount of flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Thanks to Goldtwins Deep copper with a tight long lasting off white head.strong PNW hop aroma piney and citrusy!Nice balance of malt and hops very smooth.dangerously drinkable @8%

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Clear crimson hue, solid slab of creamy off-whitish foam above, slim but staying... Aroma: wide-open, huge flowering of piney hop aromatics, just the kind I love! Grapefruit, and other citrus are at play, but pine needles are largest in the overall profile...sweet, and slightly bitter, stuff here! Very nice! I could just smell his and smell this all day long! Rich, resiny, resonant. Taste, already...bitter, but extra-sweet and fruity, a huge expansion in the mouth, a blast on the senses...a fierce delivery of flavor...huge, immense...big and beautiful...humbling...delicious...wonderful play on the tongue, bitterness, fruit, and more, keeping the senses busy with all the flavors at the ready. Full-bodied, incredibly flavored, assuredly pleasurable for hopheads like me...dang it, but this is great stuff! Let all hopheads know that they must bow to the direction of Athens once in awhile,too...and genuflect to the folks at Terrapin. This is amazing stuff! "truly unique in taste in complexity", says the label. Well, I’ve had other beers like this, but they’re so few and far between that it’s useful to recognize each one that comes cross our path. A humdinger from the Peach State! Cheers!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
This beer I love. Its so damn easy to drink. Pours out a beautiful amber red with small white puffy head. Nose is huge hop with a nice maltiness to simmer it down a bit. Flavor is just pure great hoppy IPA goodness. And as stated it goes down easy. I can drink this by the case load. Which I hopefully can do soon as I have a 2 case blockbuster trade in progress.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 2010 Edition Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before date reads Vintage 10AA. Appearance: Pours a murky dark caramel color with light barely creeping through around the top and featuring a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Smell: Floral, grapefruit and pineapple hops with candied fruit and sweet caramel malt. Just a hint of alcohol in the background. Smells delicious. Taste: Floral and citrus flavors up front followed by caramel malt in the middle then a punch of grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter but not harsh. There’s an excellent balance between the malt and hops. The alcohol is very well masked in the flavor. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very creamy. Drinkability: Very high drinkability. This is is kind of a sipper because of the elevated ABV combined with the creamy mouthfeel. You wouldn’t want to drink too many, but you’ll really enjoy the ones you do drink. Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend this. This, along with Lagunitas Lucky 13, is one of the best high alcohol amber ales I’ve ever had.


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