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Side Project 5 - Monk's Revenge by Terrapin Beer Company
Belgian IPA
9.80 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 15 3 7 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle that my lady picked up for me at Green's off Buford in Atlanta, GA. As usual, I am stoked to try something new from Terrapin. Served up in my DFH shaped pint for ultimate IPA experience.

A: Well . . . its less than epic. Pours an incredibly, crystal clear orange hue. Held to the light, you get more of an orange tinged yellow color. A pretty good amount of carbonation activity in that clear body. The pour yielded a finger or so of white head, but it quickly fell to a thin white ring. That ring tries what it can with some lace, but really to no avail. I am a bit worried.

S: The smell is a big improvement. There is a big DIPA presence kicking here with some major hoppiness. When I popped the cap, I was immediately hit with a bit of slap yo momma hops. The hops are of the grapefruit presence, lots of citric and bitter aromas coming forth. Then you get that Belgian yeast and malt. The malt smells bready with a touch of sweetness that is really nice representation of the unmistakable Belgian variety. Smells really nice.

T: Whoa, we have found the hops. Lots of citrus hops in here. Big time grapefruit presence that is slightly puckering in bitterness. The hops are VERY in your face. There is also a bit of earthy hoppiness as well. The hops smack you and then get a pretty stern talking to by its Belgian supervisor. The Belgian qualities give you that breadiness from the malt along with a touch candied sugar. The Belgian spices are well represented along with a touch of orange peel and skin in the finish. The Belgian Tripel qualities do a good job of keeping the DIPA qualties in check, but that DIPA is like that 3 year old you just can't reach. You can only try to contain it.

M: Medium bodied brew that has that slick and oily DIPA quality to it. It is sticky and coating of the palate. Carbonation keeps this crisp and pretty smooth. ABV has some bite, not going lie. It shows its at or around 9% for sure. Aftertaste is mostly that cooling malt and Belgain yeast spice trying to contain that bitterness that tries to linger.

D: Well this is a drinkable brew. My only squabble is that this is far more DIPA than Belgian. There just isn't that balance I was looking for. If this beer is cold, that DIPA quality really comes out big time. Closer to room temperature, you get more Belgian qualities. I must be fair in that respect, but this is a very hop-centric brew. I just feel like they took the IPA side a bit further than the Belgian side. Still both are represented. Still I am love of all things Terrapin. If Terrapin were a band, I would be a groupie (like a hardcore groupie). I am going to take this experience as if they put on a show where I wasn't completely satisfied. Maybe the set list didn't have my favorite song, but I still had a good time. I may have contemplated whether or not I'd go back stage on this night, but I still went and made the best of it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-22-2009 04:51:40

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 7 13 3 6 2010
22oz Bomber

The super generous RustyDiamond sent me this bomber as an extra in a recent trade, thanks again Rusty! Monk's Revenge spouts from the bottle showing of a copper body like a freshly minted penny. The clarity is top notch; of course this has been in my fridge for a couple months now. The cotton white head took a hard pour to develop but grew to one finger in height by the time my snifter was filled. A few minutes into the drink and the head falls to a skim coat with a small collar that leaves patchy lacework.

The nose has a definite Belgian appeal to it with bursts of bubblegum, banana, and clove hitting right off the bat. A little cinnamon dusted pear and green apple make appearances in a welcoming way. Candi sugar and sugar cookie sweetness add some complexity while a slightly faded citric hoppiness brings up the rear. A clean booziness brings up the rear but adds depth more so than detracts from the overall aroma.

Glistening orchard fruits get the flavors moving. Gritty pear, green apple, and even a hint of peach get things moving. Luckily for me the banana and clove die down in the mouth and nondescript yeast spiciness takes their place. The finish, unfortunately, fizzles out. The flavors seem to thin and warm booziness makes too big of an appearance. This is still a solid brew but the finish drops my enthusiasm a bit.

The weight of this hybrid is moderate and the body has a light, almost watery feel on the swallow. Oddly enough, it works well. The alcohol leaves some heat behind but it's not of the tongue scorching variety. I don't get any bitterness from this brew which is a little bit of a letdown after reading the label.

I knocked a few aspects of this beer throughout my review but all the complaints were minor. It's an easily drinkable beer and pretty damn refreshing. I could see this getting me in trouble if I had enough on hand.

Terrapin makes some good beer, I've sampled a couple of these Side Projects and they seemed to miss slightly in each case. Don't get me wrong, they're still good, just a little off base. Thanks for the generosity, Rusty!

Reviewed: 6/12/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 06/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
A solid pour produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a nice copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungent hops and spicy clove phenolics as well as some children’s aspirin like notes as it warms up. The hops are a bit more herbal focused because of the Belgian yeast influence but still manage a healthy note of tropical fruit, lychee, tangerine zest and some sharper essential citrus oil notes. Other hop notes of pine are also here as well as some pale malt toastiness and some cracker malt.

A light malt sweetness and a biting bitterness greet me as the beer first hits my palate. Through the middle and finish the beer picks up herbal hop notes as well as some spicy, lingering fermentation notes of pepper and clove. The combination of fruity hops and fermentation esters makes me think of juicy-fruit bubble gum. The tropical fruit flavors definitely play a prominent role here with notes of lychee, grapefruit zest that is lightly sweetened and some kumquat zest notes. The spicy phenolics in this beer tend to accentuate the sharpness of the finish along with the biting hop bitterness, though this isn’t overly bitter for an IPA, just aggressive. As the beer warms up the spicy phenolics take on some turpene like character as it lightly numbs the tongue. This beer has a light fullness to the body that places it well within the IPA range, though I guess you could say it was on the heavy side for a light bodied Belgian brew, though it is still quaffable enough that I easily polish off the 22oz bottle. The extra body does bring along with it some more malt sweetness that helps accentuate the fruity hop flavors. The malt plays a supporting, but noticeable role here as it supplies a backbone of cracker / biscuit type malt notes that are noticeable throughout the flavor profile.

Definitely an enjoyable brew, of course I seem to have developed quite a taste for a solid mix of Belgian yeast derived flavors and aggressive hops. I could definitely see this as being a touch harsh in its mix of phenolics and hops for some people, but I can’t get enough.

Served In: Tulip

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