Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Juancho (239) - Clearwater Beach, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap and bottle. The 2006 version is superb. I’ve 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. It’s like a baby Dreadnought. Wholly satisfying. Buy it, try it, enjoy it.
SHANER4 (442) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
HereForTheBeer (5) - Brattleboro, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on draft at firewaters in AC. my goal is usually to try as many beers as possible, so I know a beer is special when I get a second pint when there are 50 other beer taps. this has the perfect balance of maltiness and hoppiness, resulting in sweet and delicious perfection. the texture is thick and the aroma is irresistible
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Body is a beautiful dark cherry red hue and is perfectly transparent. Thin fizzy tan head fades immediately after the pour to a thin collar-which retains well and leaves behind no lacing in the glass.
S-Nose is light and very spicy. What comes through is a balance of spicy hops and sweet caramel malt.
T-Flavor is mostly faint caramel malt and a hint of spicy and grapefruit hops upfront. The spiciness of the hops really comes through in the finish with a hint of pine in the back of the throat, and a faint minimal bitterness. Hints of spiciness linger.
M- Medium carbonation and medium weight body, somewhat oily.
O- This beer is awesome. I haven’t had a beer with this much of an accent on spicy hop flavor without the generally associated bitterness. Imperial Reds are growing on me and I am finding more and more that I really like. ABV is undetectable in this also. Not quite Nugget Nectar or Winter Yulesmith-but definitely one of my favorite red ales.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-23-2008 01:12:47
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown/amber pour with frothy one finger head and some pretty nice lacing. Huge caramel like aroma. Super caramel and brown sugar flavor, pretty sweet, but some toasty/burnt notes that are actually pleasant. Kind of a burned, more dry, slightly less sweet Bigfoot. I liked it a lot.
SPDickerman (864) - Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with small yellow fizz. Smells incredibly hoppy with a strong malt sweetness underneath. Tastes really bitter with some sweetness holding it up. Full-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth-carbonation, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster finishes a little too sweet, but still bitter.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, big thanks Doodler for just handing me the bottle! Pour was very dark hazy reddish with a nice half finger of creamy slightly tan head from 12 oz. Aroma brings big notes of pine, resin, and grass, some nice citrusy grapefruit sneaks in there with a rich toffee and caramel backbone, hints of spice in there as well. Taste is is a nice blend of quick bitter grass and pine, goes into very nice citrus with tangerine, some tropical fruit notes with mango, pineapple, and even more mango in there as well, hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit notes, goes into hints of spice, finishes nice and bitter but has some slight dryness in there too. Wow, delicious, delicious stuff.
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?