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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 ďMonster BeerĒ is truly not for the faint at heart.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 2, 2006
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: I must have tried the new and improved one becuse it is very good. Complex and well balanced with a distinct red ale taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 What an experience...This is a Beerís Beer. I canít see myself drinking anything better than this in the immediate future. It is officially my favorite as of right now. UPDATE - Iíve bought all the remaining bottles of this in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN. Chat Town is MY town, bitches.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
12 ounce bottle thanks to timtheenchanta 2005 edition deep copper color with a great tan head. Like the Rye Squared, I was very impressed by the density and retention of the head. Aroma is a very sweet caramel from the Huge malty presence balanced by the citrusy pine undertone. Not quite as thick and viscus as the Rye Squared but similar. Easier to drink. Another impressive offering from a brewery Iíd like to get to know better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (383) - 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. Thereís 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 wouldnít want to drink too many, but youíll 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 Iíve ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
twindadplus2 (623) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle in trade with Goldtwins. Nice deep ruby color with a good beige head. Big, hoppy aroma of sweet apples, grapes, caramel and chocolate malt. Flavor is lots more sweet fruit and malt with a bit of resinous, piney bitterness at the finish. I didnít think I actually cared for heavily hopped beers but Iím finding more that are really appealing to me. This is definitely one of them.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 2nd bottle of this, from goldtwins, first was from Pailhead and I didnít rate it. Thanks to the both of you. Man is this a fine IIPA. Not too over-the-top, just very well rounded. Dark mahogany in color with a huge dark tan head. Coats entire glass with lacing. Aroma is all sticky pine hop resin up front, with huge doses of sweet caramel malt and mollasses. Flavor again big sweet caramel malt kick, with sticky pine resin and citrus zest coming through in the middle and finish. Very thick, oily/sticky mouthfeel. Long bitter citrus zest aftertaste. Very well done. Re-rate already the hop presence has died down a bit. Obviously malt bill seems even bigger now. Almost cloyingly sweet in a way.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7267) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
2005 Bottle thanks to CaptainCougar! Poured a beautiful fiery reddish-orange with a creamy cap of beige head... would have been a 5 if it stuck around a tad longer. Excellent pine resin, grapefruit, juicy pear, and complimentary alcohol on the nose... not overly complex, but wonderful! Flavor begins with grapefruit meat, pine bitterness, and sharp alcohol at the tip of the tongue... heavier-bodied across the middle with a substantial and well-balanced juicy fruit and caramel base... heavier on the hops at the back end with lots of pine resin and pear. Syrupy on the palate with a high level of bitterness... complimentary alcohol in the flavor and for warmth going down... long sticky pear and pine finish... felt great! Thanks Tom for this most excellent brew!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Tap and bottle. The 2006 version is superb. Iíve heard sadly that they are no longer shipping it. So my case will have to last me a year. Brown/red color with a perfect thick head, wonderful balance and counterbalance between the sweek nutty maltiness and the the huge hop flavors. Itís like a baby Dreadnought. Wholly satisfying. Buy it, try it, enjoy it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
12 oz. bottle - poured a ruby color with nice frothy head. Aroma - huge hop and syrupy caramel nose!! My mouth was getting excited. Flavor - Syrupy caramel malt with nice balance of hops. Alot more malt with this DIPA and alcohol is displayed nicely. Palate - medium mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Finish is bitter a fairly long. Overall - My first beer from Terrapin and liked very much. Really good beer and would like another but I only purchased one in a sample 6 pac.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HereForTheBeer (5) - Brattleboro, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2009 does not count
This beer was right up my alley, loved the complexity of hops and malts. This beer came together for me. The appearance is a medium brown color, reminded me of Medium Amber Grade A Vermont Maple Syrup. The aroma was surprisingly mild and sweet. The flavor of hops was knock you off your bar stole in the first few sips, once your tongue is numb other flavors begin to peak through such as a nutty flavor. The palate of this beer was very smooth. I would definitely have more than one.


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