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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 “Monster Beer” is truly not for the faint at heart.

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jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
On tap at the Foundry. Beautiful ruby red body with a moderately thin white head. Aroma is completely dominated by hops, mostly a citrus scent with some piney overtones. Flavor hits with a big citrus tone, most strongly tasting of orange and grapefruit, followed by a nicely-proportioned hop bitterness and a final sweet malty note. The alcohol is felt more than tasted. A nice smooth brew with a creamy mouthfeel. This beer presents a wealth of hop flavors without overwhelming bitterness, and I like it a lot.

TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours a deep red amber. Head fizzles out quickly and entirely. Nose is fresh and citrusy with a sweet malt follow through. Flavor is thick with hops and malts, yet for all it’s beefiness of flavor it drinks rather lightly. Refreshing and balanced, a little warming. Hope to see more of this.

MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
What a great beer! Pours with little head, a wonderful brown and deep ruby color. Aroma is very hoppy, almost citrus like qualities. Tastes with strong caramel flavor with a warm alcohol attack, mellows nice and sweet. Great beer, I really need to find the oak aged version next!

someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
pours a very cloudy dark reddish brown color. definately a fair amount of sediment floating around. aroma is strong caramel malts and some piney hops. taste is heavily malted with some caramel sweetness and a nice dose of hops. reminds me of a barleywine style a little bit. not bad but not what i was expecting.

dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
I was surprised to pick up a bit of smokiness in with the caramel sweet malt. Almost tastes like an overhopped scotch ale. Really enjoying this one a lot. I guess with a name like "hoppy monster" I wasn’t expecting as much balance with the malts but it is a pleasant surprise. Fabulous beer.

forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2010
clear brown, ruby red color. big malty and hoppy nose, along with some alcohol. taste is full flavored.. lots of rich caramel malt flavor along with some hop bitterness, and plenty of piney hop favor. very full bodied

sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Like walking through a forest of the big C’s of hops. Good lace and nice and viscous. Flavor is thin for the first second then fills your mouth with hops buds, really drys your mouth. A good beer, needs a tad more balance.

knights97 (110) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Grabbed this one draft at the flying saucer, and loved it. The body is amber, thick in nature, filled with hops but not dry hops like many other high alcohol beers. Taste is filled with caramel and taste a bit of roasted malts, this is well balanced.

Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2009
A very nice, super hoppy, red ale. Lingering bitterness, probably 85% of what Nugget Nectar accomplishes. A nice beer, but a bit pricey at 10 a 4 pack, Extra credit awesomeness for best labels in the business.

damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
On tap at Taco Mac. Opaque brown. Nose is slightly fruity and hoppy. Taste again is slightly fruity with dark malt. Finish is fairly hoppy. This is when the beer turned monstrous. I don’t know if it was a bad batch, an old keg, or just me, but there was this kind of stale/wet cardboard box taste in with the hops at the end as the beer came up to temperature. The beer was good other than that. Will definitely try again.

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