Terrapin Hopsecutioner | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Anthony1 on 11-03-2009

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Reviews: 750 | Ratings: 3,178
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CaptRob73
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer, just not as hopy as a would have thought.

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Photo of zoolou
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Underwhelming in a crowded ipa market. Hop profile is muddled; nothing cohesive about how hops were put together. Nose nothing special. Just ok.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color and light cream colored head. Pretty highly carbonated. Smells mostly pine with some citrus, taste is dominated by the pine. Was expecting it to be more bitter, but its not, and it drinks really well. Light to medium body on an overall nice IPA. Its not a Two-Hearted, but its a nice local beer on a trip to Georgia.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received this as an extra in a trade and was really impressed. This is a great IPA for those who don't want theirs too bitter as it has a touch of sweetness to it. A great IPA for a hot summers day

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by: 12.19.14. Drank 11.13.14. 12oz bottle poured into a Mason Jar pint.

A: Pours a hazy bright orange with two fingers of bright, billowing head. Lots of big pitting, small patches of lacing, dissipates to a few small islands and a high collar. A fair amount of suspended particulates. Light visible carbonation.

S: Earthy, metallic, traces of what could resemble hops... but nowhere near enough to get past the grunge/yeastiness/biscuity aroma. Awful for an IPA, and to be frank, awful for any beer style.

T: Weak. Little to no clarity. Pepper and Earth. Bready malt, toasted biscuit... once again, awful.

M: Watery and bitter. Not much carbonation, dull to taste. Lingering earthy bitterness reminds me of how awful this smells and tastes well after I last went though those painful endeavors.

O: An incredible disappointment from a beer which I didn't even have high hopes for, just that it would be a decent regional IPA to drink in the Southeast. But this is not even close, not by a long shot. I'm giving a 2 all around for effort.

Maybe I had an infected bottle, but unless someone one day hands me this beer, I will not be having it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan with medium and fine sized bubbles, nice lacing along the glass.

Smell is subdued malt, toast and caramel; hops come through quickly as light pine, earthy, slightly spicy.

Taste is fairly simple malt, light toast and caramel, then quickly overtaken by the subtle but bitter hop flavors which are earthy, lightly spicy and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel is fairly bitter, but this beer seems to have higher bitterness from the hops than aroma or flavor which is nicely balanced by the malt sweetness.

Overall, a solid IPA, slightly subdued aroma with a nice flavor and mouth presence.

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average brew. Wish it had more hops as it's called the hopsecutioner but they are there just not as much for a seasoned hop head.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a mix of a burnt orange-like and alighter amber shade,a thinner wispy head that was gone pretty quickly atop.Big grapefruit in the nose with some apricot,a toasted malt notes sticks out as well.A little prickly in the mouth wich surprised me a little,flavors are more of a rounded hop flavor than an in your face hop punch,grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of leafy/mint,a toasted lightly sweet caramel base holds up into the finish.Really nice flavors with a different sort of hop profile,pretty good.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful golden orange in color with a head that came up nicely but didn’t show much stamina.

Smell – The nose here is light but evenly balanced. Hops are rindy orange and the malt a bit grainy.

Taste – The flavor is balanced if uninspiring. The grainy malt takes over here and although it’s not bad it just doesn’t suit the style. The hops abandoned ship.

Mouthfeel – This was a huge disappointment. The ale if very thin and dull.

Drinkability – I made it through this one but won’t buy again.

Comment – I find that whenever I rate a beer whereby all five scores are different that means it is all over the place and that is definitely the case with this one.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-straw color, very mild amount of haze, translucent with a slightly off-white head; big and bubbly, creamy and lasting with nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon first whiff, the hop profile smells pretty nice; perfume, spicy, white pepper, roses, florals, and a slight earthy, citrus-peel sweetness that sneaks into the background. First taste isn't quite as bitter I was expecting, though not necessarily a bad thing. The first thing I notice a slight peppery, ashy hop flavor, a touch floral and earthy. Alcohol flavor comes out halfway through. More peppery and herbal hobs flow through the palate on the way down. Slight bread and biscuit malt backbone for the hops to stand on but not too much else from that side of the spectrum. The outro is full of that warming alcohol presence with a decrescendo of spicy hop flavor with a finishing touch of dry malt and a bit of yeast. Medium body, just outside the range of being sticky on the palate, somewhat dry finish, low-medium carbonation.

Nice spicy, peppery hop profile leads me to believe the type of hops were Central European. A decent IPA and easily drinkable even with the alcohol being a prominent role in the flavor department.

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Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serria Nevada Hopsecutioner 7.3% alcohol poured from 12.oz bottle to snifter.

A- Pours a copper colored fluid that produces a small off white head that falls to a froth and leaves mild lacing behind.

S- Smell is mostly floral hops with a light roasted malt background.

T-M- Taste is of lightly bitter hops with undertones of sweet caramel malts followed by a smooth hop tingle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good with nothing more than smooth flavor rolling over the buds.

Overall this is a good beer to go all night with and enjoy all its charactoristics in mass quantities.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of woodchipper
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle labeled enjoy by 4/15 into belled pint glass.
L- darker amber with reasonable head
S- Malty for all the hop hype on the label
T-balance tips towards malty
F-slightly low on carbonation, but not far off

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Brent_ray
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of steelerguy
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lackluster off white head, very few bubbles, nice amber color, and quite bright.

S - Lots of hop aroma mainly citrus but with a bit of fruit also. Sweet malts with the citrus and fruit aromas almost remind me of a nectar.

T - Much like the smell with the citrus fruit, a bit of sweetness, but also a touch of toasted malts in there with a bit of breadiness.

M - Good, but could use a bit more carbonation to clean it up. Although I don't think the body is too heavy, it comes across a bit syrupy with the sweetness and lack of carbonation.

O - A very nice IPA, hope to be able to enjoy again.

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Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color. There was a good tan head with a ton of lace.

Sweet fruit aroma, a bit of citrus.

Tropical fruit taste, just a hint of grapefruit.

Nice beer, not too hoppy.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.