Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
We pour a bottle into our Hop City pint glasses and it glows the color of sunset at dusk. It holds a two finger head of yellowed foam comprised of big soapy bubbles, showing superb retention. Chunky patterned lacing is left around the glasses. The chill haze clears quickly to reveal no sediment. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is a malt bomb of thickly toasted pale and caramel grain, honey and maple syrup sugars, wheat cracker grit, grassy and herbal hops, soft fusel booziness, planted wet seed and resinous weediness, dry dog food bite, and mineral water. A soft citric hop begins to seep with warmth, but at no point rises to the challenge of the balance. Our first impression is that, as with the nose, the taste is heavily malt forward, but is much more savory than expected, with biscuity butters and juicy, yet bittering, hops. The taste begins with soapy and lemony citric hops, pale, amber, and lightly caramel grain depth, apricot and mango fruitiness, orange rind zest, hints of fruity esters, and light booziness. The middle comes to a peak with more of an adjuncty grain wash, with sweetness of white grape juice sugars, continued citric peel oiliness, green grassy resins, earthen mulch dirtiness, mineral and musk, sweet caramel maltiness, and candy corn. The end washes through with bittered and dried grassiness of hops, faint caramel grain, more toasty pales, burnt buttery crispness, aromatic fruity esters, enhanced black pepper fusel booziness, bronze, and dried oregano. The aftertaste breathes of newspaper, envelope adhesive, black pepper, ethanol, confectioner’s sugar, green grassiness, spicy pale malts, salted cured meatiness, green plantains, wet bark, sweet bubblegum esters, melty vinyl, and magic marker phenols. The body is on the fuller side of medium, while carbonation is bubbly and prickly, but still solidly medium. Big froth, smack, and slurp accompany the sip, but it feels thin on top at times, with creaminess falling to the wayside. The mouth is left coated and oily, but this eventually dried in a gently puckering astringency that will put you to bed. The abv is up there for a “single” IPA, and drinkability is just okay.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its appearance. The head is a nicely aesthetic cap, and retains wonderfully to the last drop, helping to keep up the air of an open invitation. The flavoring, although sweet, relatively clean, and heavily malted, does raise questions for something labeled “Hopsecutioner”. Unless they meant that they were killing the hops here, then maybe it would be appropriate. Joking aside, the grain does go overboard in both the aromatic and gustatory departments, marginalizing and underplaying the hops. For a DIPA, in comparison, that huge grain bill with the dog food wash and grit would be much more appropriate, and somewhat expected from an American producer. Although this beer seems to sell itself on reputation alone, they might be better pressed, if they ever find the need for rebranding, to call this one double/imperial in the future to justify the recipe. That said, this is not a bad beer, but also not something you want to coddle all night. Our biggest complaint is that it lacks a certain inherent freshness of hoppiness to it, which again, might be expectationally altered with a rebranding.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 01:50:03 | More by TheBrewo
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