PorterPounder (8355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2005
On tap at Summit’s Wayside Tavern, Sandy Springs, Ga. Deep, dark copper pour with a thick, slightly off-white frothy head, thick lacing. Aroma, slighlty spruce, some floral accents, wee bit of alcohol - not as prominent as expected. Flavor is abundantly hoppy - mostly Cascades, good juicy grapefruity notes, some sticky malty nutty accents, a bit of nectarines and a finish of mint. Very thick mouhtfeel. All in all, very decent. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, the hops were overly done. I like hoppy beers, but not a big fan of this one. Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Sampled at Asheville Brewgrass 2005. Copper, with a fomay off-white head. Really nice smoky, grapefruity aroma. Hge citrus / grapefruit flavor with a nice earthy finish. Nicely viscous palate. Tasty Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
on tap at the Asheville brew festival. creamy white head. medium body. very hoppy as you would expect. some almond. jrob21 (3874) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Sample at Decatur Beer Fest. Well balanced beer that pours a golden/amber color. A bit thin and flat taste. Overly hoppy but what do you expet from something called big hoppy monster. Update, 2006 version is very piney.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
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?
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
On tap Classic City Brewfest.
Good amber color with an off white head.
Lots of fresh hops in the aroma with a decent malt back up.
Carmael and bitter hops are well balanced and go all the way to the long bitter finish. Very Nice. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
Pours caramel to amber with a tan head. Floral hop bouquet wiht a caramel malt nose. Sweet hop flavor, very smooth, with a malty finish. Medium-bodied palate, refreshing and fizzy. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2005
GABF 2005 Deep amber in color with a large off-white head. Avery nice over the top citrus aroma and flavor, very green and resiny. belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2005
Great hop aroma, and the body does not disappoint. Great malt balance for the level of bitterness in this one. If you like hops, you will greatly enjoy this.