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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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86
very good

2,837 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 101
Gots: 531 | FT: 8
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009

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Ratings: 2,837 | Reviews: 727
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Photo of CaptRob73
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of woodchipper
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
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

Photo of steelerguy
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 7/2012

Best by second week of December (assuming 2012?)

A - Pours clear amber with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves good lacing.

S - Aroma is pretty subtle, but there is some citrus, mostly orange.

T - Surprisingly malty for what seems to be a fresh bottle. Hops are quite subtle, though there is a good hop bite initially, it fades quickly, yielding to a tea-like flavor. Not really digging this, but it is ok.

M - Medium mouthfeel and slightly bitter. Not very memorable.

O - It certainly doesn't seem like a year-old bottle, so I have to assume this is a relatively fresh bottle that just doesn't live up to it's name.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mntlover. Pours a hazy amber hued body with a small offwhite head. Good retention and plenty of scattered lace around the glass. Aroma features citrusy grapefruit with pine and grassy hops. Just a hint of toasty caramel underneath. Medium body with lively carbonation. Taste is deinitely of an IPA. Assertive bitterness has some pungent grapefruit, pine, and an earthy grassiness. Barely a hint of caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and earthy. A solid IPA, but I would prefer something with just a hint more sweetness, like a Sweetwater IPA from the same state.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from a six pack purchased at Capones outside of Philly. "Best if enjoyed by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours lighter amber, with a subtle light golden orange hue. Leaves fine scattered lacing on the glass. The head is tight and solid, with retentive powers in evidence. Light fruity sweet, and mildly hoppy nose. More tropical fruit infused hops picked up, nice flowery and r. Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA. Picking up further notes of biscuity malts, some quite drying graininess late. I like. Solid AIPA. Robust and heady sessioner

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass on 5/23/10, best enjoyed by September Week 3 punched into the label.

Appearance: Pours light copper to amber with great clarity. Constant up-flow of carbonation leading to a persistent half inch creamy off-white head. Pretty impressive lacing to begin the session, ends with the occasional sticky patch.

Smell: Big hop aroma right away, citrus and grass with a hint of pineapple. Very pleasant and what I expect from an IPA.

Taste: Similar to the nose, hops right up front. Light flavor, not overbearing bitter. Citrus and pine with an earthy finish. Sessionable and a good candidate for a beer to introduce to non craft drinkers, but not as bold as I would have expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation as apparent from the look. Medium to thin body with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic drinkability. It would be no problem to put a few of these back. Alcohol is all but non existant, which could be dangerous with how easy these go down.

Overall, good but not fantastic. Light flavor that isn't as hop forward as I would have hoped. Is one I will have again, great value, but not the most impressive.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to blutt59.

Pours yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some pine. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with a good some good caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good IPA with lots of hop flavor.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass.

Amber copper, slightly opaque, with a thin head. Good lacing and retention.

Nose is malty and bready, with notes of citrus hops and grapefruit.

A nice, balanced IPA, easy to drink. On the sweeter side of the spectrum, but still quite good.

Slightly creamy texture, with a lighter body and carbonation than I'd expected.

Not a bad pickup - a solid IPA. Worth a pick up for the label art alone...

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Nice malty IPA. The pronounced malt in this beer definitely helps balance the assertive hops. Has a lot of biscuit and malt notes in the aroma and the taste as well. Good mouthfeel, and perfect carbonation. Overall a good beer but not great.

Photo of hotpauko
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, took me to 4th of a six pack to figure out. Decent offering but definitely more malt than hops. Smells hoppy, initial taste is hops but malty takes over and lingers with a malty bite rather than a bitter finish. Almost in agreement with another review that called this a pale ale. Maybe my review would be different if I tasted blind and was told this was a pale ale. Worth a bottle but maybe no more unless you like a malt hop combo leaning toward the malt side.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweet floral hop aroma. Copper penny color. Fantastic clarity and effervescent carbonation. More of a pine like hop aroma on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel considering the level of hop intensity. Good balance of piney hops and malt backbone on the palate. This is a well balanced beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before month 5 notched.

Pours a hazy orange- light copper color with a skim, yet retentive off white head, big bubbles. Spotty lacing.

Not the big hop aroma I was hoping for. Grapefruit citrus and pine resin. A bready, light caramel malt is right there.

A better taste than the aroma. Dry, slightly sharp grapefruit citrus, pine resins. A big bready, slightly caramalized malt balances things out. Finishes with a sharp lingering hop bitterness.

Slightly heavier side of medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Fell a little below my expectations. Maybe better fresh. Hops tasted and smelled quite faded overall.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a translucent orange gold with an off white head. Nothing to impressive, but still tasty looking.

S: The aroma on this brew is a little mute. It's dominate by fruit like hops, and has a very similar aroma to their Boom Shaka Lager. Bready malty yeastiness grounds this beer.

T: The flavor is average for an IPA. Very refreshing and fruity For a name like Hopsecutioner, I expected something that can compete with a Hop Stoopid type IPA.

MF/D: The mouth feel is full with a good amount of carbonation. The drink is great....again refreshing and well crafted for it's ABV of over 7%

Overall this really is an excellent beer. I've had a lot better IPAs, but not many that were refreshing, yet satisfying like this one. Having had the Boom Shaka Lager, I have a feeling they based that brew off of a recipe very similar to this and just bottom fermented the brew.

Photo of Dudeletter
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

F**k you in the Face
This category goes out to my friend Michael Kraus. He said that he likes a beer where the quality that people want in it (the sweetness, hops, bitterness, etc) is so strong it fucks you in the face. This one has a clear winner. Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner

Terrapin Hopsecutioner
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This beer is nothing if not hoppy. Of the many breweries in the country, Terrapin handles hops some of the best. Of the many breweries in the south, Terrapin is one of the most known and respected. The beer is incredibly hoppy, but still drinkable. It is truly a triumph to Spike and the Terrapin crew.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH IPA glass; hazy orange-yellow with a moderate tight white head from a careful pour (I could have gone bigger) that doesn't fade much at all.
Smell is clean sweet malt, grassy/leafy hops, some sweet citrus and floral, and a hint of pine.
Taste is bittersweet at first; hop bitterness fights against malt sweetness. Then it all falls down, revealing some subdued sweeter fruit flavors, fading into nothingness as bitterness remains the only aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thin and a little fizzy.
Overall a good quaffable IPA, although the %abv puts it out of session range.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scored a couple bottles of this in DL trades. Thanks to whomever, yall was all cool that day.

Amber and orange color. Big foamy head and good retention. Aroma of hops.

Taste, very good, hoppy, heavy on the malt, although the color would lead one to believe otherwise. Alcohol is up front, but not too hot. Hops and bitterness are a tad underwhelming given the namesake. I really like this brewery though, everything I've had of theirs has been at worst, pretty good. Prolly should have drank this quicker, but again, given the name, I thought it would be a little sturdier.

Photo of dwren89
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orangey gold with white creamy head and decent clarity

Aroma: citrusy, piney, caramel and biscuit hints

Taste: very biscuity with a nice citrusy and bitter hop finish. A nice balance is struck in this IPA

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly creamy and very drinkable body. The body and overall drink ability belie the 7.3% abv

Overall: A nicely balanced IPA that certainly finishes with that IPA bitter kick, especially emphasizing the citrus hops, but also containing a strong biscuit note with a slight amount of caramel that makes this a very delicious and balanced version of the typically highly unbalanced IPA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great I've loved it since the first week it hit the taps in the Burgh at Fatheads it was the best beer of the evening in a night of drinking on the Southside which says volumes considering your options. Aroma has a great citrus peel bouquet with floral highlights with a slight tart sourdough bread malt character. Greeen with hops not as lively as the tap version I tasted at Fathead's but it was a bit fresher. I'm sure this one is coming around in their sampler packs but the label may just be the highlight. A hooded Terrapin pulling the rope on a guillotine with a hop plant poking through the gallows. Classic Georgia based hop imagery. Ample sweetness with vinous fresh hops citrus, herbs, and pine elements play nicely but the citrus/grapefruit tropical fruits really stand out what an amazing session IPA I'm glad to be lucky enough to live in driving distance to the Terrapin lineup great beers for sure. They need a cap that will represent them better than the plain shiny golden version. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils a nice all around hop monster that doesn't overbear the palate in anyway. Medium bodied mild carbonation which equates to a very nice drinking experience. Drinkability is pretty effortless a beer that I plan to catch again and again especially on tap.

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass

Slight hazy amber color, with short=lived off-white head.

This beer doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by the name "Hopsecutioner", but that's probably a good thing.It has pronounced, but modest hops with substantial contributions of other flavors. Not very bitter. I'll ignore the mismatch of name and taste in this review.

Very citrusy hops with a good amount of sweet malt to balance the flavor. High drinkability and smoothness for an Amer. IPA. Nice finish with a fine aftertaste.

M -moderately carbonated; medium body.

Although I am sensitive to the taste and smell of alcohol, I didn't detect the high ABV.

Photo of timontheroad
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured semi-hazy, Amber color. Two finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.
Smell: Nice resiny, piney, fruity aromas and a good sweet malt smell.
Taste: The hop flavors weren't as prominent in the taste as the aroma. Pretty malty for beer with hops in the name.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Not a bad beer, just thought it was a little underwhelming, probably won't seek this one out again in the future.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,837 ratings.