cheap (3751) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2013
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
As expected, on tap at the bocktown. Big and brutal. Not at the smell of the brew but at the start of the tasting. The olfactory is mild and friendly but that is no indication of the terribly on style blast that is to come. Somewhat light brown in color. Taste? Wew, over the top. Kicks you in the teeth, elbows you in the side of the head. Warming sensations all down the throat. Gullet is alarmed before it is sedated.. .... Big rude rotor tiller nasty Nellie fer shure. Not impressed but blown away. Mouth coating soapy slippery experience.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. Vintage 2013. The bottle I received is listed as “Monster Beer Tour Hopzilla Double India Pale Ale” and has an ABV of 10.3% on the label. Description sounds just like this beer. The pour is a mostly clear golden copper with a smallish off white head. The aroma is strongly sweet floral hop and resin cracker malt. Some light alcohol in the nose as the beer warms. The taste is really sharp floral pine hop bitter with a rough resin malt and a ton of sweet boozy alcohol. Quite arresting in the strength of the booze and bitterness. Sweet pineapple. The palate is medium bodied, low soft carbonation and the blast of alcohol dry in the back. Not totally my kind of beer. Cheers for sending this my way, Phil.
garmonbozia (422) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
120z bottle from Wine World in Destin Florida. Different label than on web site. Very big beer. The pine and citrus cover your tounge like a thin film. The malt is big in the beer too. Copper color with thin head. But this beer delivers a huge punch.
maxwelldeux (2944) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is slightly floral, but isn’t all that strong. Taste is actually slightly sweet up front with a tad bit of bitterness coming through on the back end. Feels a little sticky, too.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber orange with copper highlights under an off-white head which fades into a thin yet solid layer of foam. Swirls with a few random bubbly spots while maintaining its creamy head.
Floral, herbal, and orange rind followed by a generic yet bright citrus snap in the back. Floral and herbal up front – lavender, rose petals, daffodils, ferns, thyme, basil, and parsley. Spearmint mingles with fir trees and hop oils on top. Crunchy crackers and malt along the edges.
Chewy and herbal from start to finish. A soft full bready mouthfeel finishes airy with bitter orange rind on the top of my tongue. Massive floral and herbal presence in my breath minutes after each quaff – lavender, rosemary, basil and parsley followed by ferns, fir trees, and bitter oily hot resins. The hop cone and resin bitterness quenches and induces for a refreshing Imperial IPA experience without crushing my palate. Quaff and repeat.
Definitely one of the better side project beers from Terrapin Beer Company out of Athens, Georgia. There are plenty of grapefruit and pine tree hop bombs out there so it’s always nice to drink of one that explores the other hop varietals that offer a more herbal floral presence. Good stuff.
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mikedR (877) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. Cloudy pour with strong grapefruit aroma. Very resin-forward DIPA, both in taste and (thick) mouthfeel. Bitter, but has a good somewhat sweet malt backbone. My only criticism is it's slightly boozy, and could benefit from being dialed down a percent or two in ABV. Nevertheless, recommended!
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FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2013 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a vibrant very dark orange-apricot color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy sugar, strong tart grapefruit, orange and faint notes of pine and resin. The flavor was very sweet and tangy with sugar, strong orange & grapefruit and a bit of bread dough. Long sweet and tangy orange and grapefruit finish. Moderately full bodied. Moderately boozy but in a way that did not detract much. Very nice.
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a hazy orangish-brown with a one finger white head that fades away pretty quickly. A fairly solid white ring is left around the top of the beer with some splotchy lacing.
The aroma is filled with tropical fruit and grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Not a whole lot of malt but the juicy hops more than make up for it.
Huge hop burst upon tasting with a big rush of tropical fruit much like the aroa. Grapefruit, mango , pineapple, and orange are predominant. There is some nice biscuit malt character in the background and just a quick whiff of alcohol about halfway through. Bitterness is quite high but does a great job of counteracting the sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is slick and fairly dry for the style with a very balanced finish.
Overall, an extremely well done IIPA. Alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is not overly sweet as often happens with these beers. Great hop and malt balance and really quite drinkable for the strength. A nice beer.
lamas (1312) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Vintage: 2013. Different label than that in the picture. Mine says 10.3% ABV. A rusty orange pour with tons of funky floaties and a nicely sized antique white head. The pungent and relatively well-balanced aroma features quite a bit of pine, grapefruits, oranges, citrus rinds, caramel, and a biscuity breadiness. Some touches of vanilla and a booziness become apparent as things warm up a bit. Medium to full-bodied. Caramel and a sweet breadiness start things off taste-wise. Kinda grainy. Vanilla is evident in the middle. The finish is crisp and just a tad harsh with some tongue-stripping grapefruits and zesty citrus rinds. Definitely resiny. A fair amount of alcohol warmth and a bit of booziness throughout.
nealm759 (31) - Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12oz Bottle
Appears to be very light, must have been brewed with two row or light grains though has a very robust flavor. Nose is sweet, floral, citrus and hoppy! Not much head on pour, very clear hay yellow color, which is suprising for such a big beer. Slight malt tones with grass hop flavor not much of a citrus note but a little citrus after taste on the tongue. Not as malty as you would think for a big ipa, but does have a nice sweetness. Overall another success from the guys at terrapin!!