TheBeerGod (6028) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber pour to this with a very short white head. Nose is fruit and perfumy. Rather sweet as well with light orange notes. taste is strong orange, flowery and perfumy hops, sweet malts, candied fruit, light spice and yeast notes. Body is medium to medium-full with strong carbonation. Finishes with more orange and now some melon notes, more candied fruits, sweet malt, caramel, spices, and flowers.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh bomber. Pours a crystal clear, dark golden amber hue. A foamy head of off white foam is quick to recede, leaving wet micro-spots of lacing scattered about the glass. The nose is heavy on bready, floral, Belgian style yeast, with blonde candy sugar, orange peel, banana esters, and white pepper. Thereís an unfortunate, searing, alcoholic overtone to the aroma. Flavors are more like a tripel than a IIPA, very fruity and ethereal, with fresh floral notes, saccharine candy sugar, citrus hops, and overbearing alcohol. A little thin on the palate, with balanced carbonation, the finish is overly hot. Not my kind of brew, as there are very few tripels that Iím a big fan of.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep gold with copper core and a bit of haze as well as a white head. The aroma I get is banana, clove and a bit of bubble gum to go along with floral hops and faint grapefruit. The initial pulse of flavor comes from a dash of tart lemon and grapefruit before banana, cloves and a sense of pepper fill in behind. I also get a vague sugar sweetness by midway and more mild banana, bubble gum, yeast and floral hops into the finish.
douglas88 (8454) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Light spices and malts in the nose as well. The taste was more like a Belgian Ale to me; sweet spices, yeast, bananas, sweet malts and some citrus hops. A light bitterness in the finish. A light alcohol presence. Smooth and pretty good.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks BeerSommelier! - Pours a murky dk yellow with a small, frothy white head...aroma is hop florals coupled with the usual belgian suspects, clove, banana, yeast and dough...mouthfeel is immediately redolant of sandpaper, as the carbonation has now exfoliated my roof and tongue, I get the hops, and I get the the belgian yeast, and I do like this more than previous hoppy belgians...but there is still that burnt plastic finish I get here that I find present in belgian IPAs...is my taster broken? I donít know...but this is certainly an improvement on others of the ilk Iíve had...
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Prismatic amber ale sports a puny foam halo. Yeasty banana, rubbery cantaloupe, molasses and diacetyl scents form a crude estery miasma. Solvent, banana, and smoke flavors bespeak of rampant fermentation temperatures and a host of other potential amateurish negligences. Not even as overall hoppy as a generic pale ale. The barely-carbonated beer features a bitter/spicy paint thinner aftertaste, and a thick palate is nevertheless limp and "squishy." Tripel IPA is one of my favorite styles... but Monkís revenge not only fails as a hybrid, it fails in its individual parts, and furthermore is one of the worst beers period Iíve had the misfortune of tasting.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod on 04/18/2009. Very clear golden amber body with a medium rocky white head. Sweet grassy and floral hop aroma with a pale malt background. Sweet floral, light grassy and slightly citrusy flavor with a pale malt background. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle at Terrapin Night at the Thirsty Monk. Split with a stranger. Hazy golden yellow pour with large white head. Light lemon citrus with musty belgian yeast. More pine and hop in the aroma, and more belgian in the flavor. Very nice and mild alcohol warming despite the big abv. Nice side project.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting...I guess itís Terrapinís version of Hop-It, but not as good. Not as carbonated as I would like. Edges more toward an IPA than a Belgian in flavor, though the resemblance (light color, white head) is more Belgian. Not bad initialy but then the brew took on a foul aroma, not appealing. Packs a punch whatever the case.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz from Samís, Durham. This is a tough hybrid to pull off. When it works, itís dynamite, as with Chouffe Houbelon. Here, Terrapin does a bit better than some of the other Side Projects, but itís not top notch. Impressive pale orange pour with a thick sticky head. Strong hops and tropical fruits in the nose, a bit too much of the latter in my opinion. Yeasty esters too, and thereís a nice dryness in the taste that shows promise. But the mouthfeelís a bit thin, and it falls apart in the slightly oily, blandly fruity finish. Not bad, but . . .