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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,982
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 106
Gots: 626 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of squonk45
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CUTE LABEL .. name doesn't fit what u drank.. I'm guess in is made with dry hops .. Glad I tried it if you offered it to me I'd have another but not going to be buying (172 characters)

Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange-amber with white marshmallow head. Aroma of deep citrus, wet hops, soap, and faint mint. Great taste and full of hop bite. Citrus notes, slight hop resin, faint orange rind towards the finish and light, alcohol-soaked fruit towards the end as well. Thick in body with light carb. Full of flavor but surprisingly unintimidating. I was expecting much more of the alcohol to come through but it hides well behind the big flavor. Another round of applause for Terrapin. The Hopsecutioner is a contender. (519 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight copper, pillowy eggshell shaded head that fades kinda quickly,

Smells like fresh hop flowers. I love it. There's citrus in there as well and some sweetish malts when the head dies down a bit.

T - Pretty bitter and citrusy, slight maltiness. It's mighty tasty, just not as potent as the aroma.

Nice and crisp, light to more a medium body.

Superbly drinkable IPA.

This is a true hophead's IPA, and my first Terrapin beer did not disappointed! (458 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug. Many thanks to atsprings for the trade!

Pours a crystal clear, maple-copper body with the smallest hint of carbonation. The head, limestone in color, retreats quickly to a wispy patch and ring of bubbles, failing to leave behind much in the way of lacing. Aromatically, this IPA is the judge, jury, and, well, the Hopsecutioner. The hops are floral, resinous, and full of fresh citrus, like a pine tree dipped in a bath of tangerine peel and potpourri. The balance is there, too, and heavy on the amber malts with fragrances of cotton candy and glazed donuts. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one.

The sweetness that backed so much of the aroma is replaced by hop oils that are equal parts flavorful and bitter. Pine, wet grass, citrus peel, and a hint of pungent herb all work their way across the palate, while the subdued maltiness adds notes of caramel toffee and honey-coated peanuts. Body is down-the-middle-medium, with a lowish carbonation level and a lingering hoppy finish that smacks with a few traces of residual sugars. A bit chewy, and ultimately dry, but still quite excellent. Overall, a delicious beer from Terrapin, and a long-overdue mainstream style worthy of their name. I must admit, the end result was worth it. (1,278 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Flying Saucer... served a rusty red that was a bit cloudy in color. not much of a head that dissipated quickly

classic smells for IPA... pine, earthy & citrus that was heavy on the orange side

at first, tastes like it smells... hops, pine & citrus. in the middle there seems to be a nice sweet taste of lemons & sugar before the bitter finish hits. very crisp and refreshing

medium body with good amount of carbonation.

really enjoyed this beer. there was a unique sweetness between the hoppy beginning and bitter ending. (535 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a see-through amber with a 1 finger foamy white head, leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Piny and flowery with a touch of freshly mown grass. Not too over powering but there's also a hint of a malty background.

Taste: Pine needles with a nice flowery hop finish. Just malty enough to balance the subtle bitter background. Very nicely balanced. Makes good of use a number of hops, especially the earthy ones.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean, not quite as dry as a 50+ ibu west coast IPA but still reasonably dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA, the balance of this brew makes it very appealing.

Notes: Great beer, doesn't overdo anything and keeps it drinkable. (681 characters)

Photo of Bernerdawg
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear copper with 2 inches of white head. Nice lacing and retention

Smell is fantastic. Raisins, pineapples, sliver of orange rind. Basket of overripe fruit. Malt and a vespery trace of alcohol. Octane of apple and pear.

Bitter up front but not maliciously so; kinda tame. A nice stroll through hopville. Finishes nicely with a slight sweetness

Smooth with no issues. Again middle of the road as far as carbonation is concerned. Slightly south of medium bodied.

I've had this before, drinking from a bottle, but enjoying this from a glass brings it to a more memorable level. The smell on this is quite good; although smooth and sufficiently bitter the taste takes a backseat to the nose. Would love to try this on tap, in Spring, and reevaluate. Will purchase again regardless. (794 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small off-white head that remains as a light ring throughout and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Citric aroma of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits upfront with a touch of caramel and pine in the back.

Although the bottle may have you believe you're in for an intense hop bomb, Hopsecutioner is actually pretty well balanced. Toasted malt and caramel show up in the taste before giving way to the hoppy profile that yields hints of pine upfront followed closely by fruity notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit and mango. Still very much on the hoppy side into the finish but not a total hop explosion, and the balance of flavors worked out quite nicely.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall this was a very drinkable and maybe even underrated IPA from Terrapin. Next time I have access to a sixer of this, there's a good chance I'll be picking up some more. (928 characters)

Photo of eepound2
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer from Terrapin. Drink it often being from GA.

Off the bat, beer pours a pretty dark copper color with a decent foamy head. Smell is malty, with some citrus notes.

Taste is also malty with a nice hoppy blend. Pretty well balanced, nothing spectacular but solid taste and abv.

Drink this beer a lot and enjoy it a good bit. (336 characters)

Photo of aesopsgato
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been an avid Terrapin supporter, in that I buy their beer nearly every time I hit the store, for quite a while now. Hope this one is better than some of their other year rounds, more like their delicious seasonals!

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass, this beer has a medium-density head that hangs out for a little bit before leaving minimal lacing. The color is orange copper, and if the head had hung around a bit longer the appearance would have been rated higher.

Upon first smell it reminds me of SNPA, hoppy but not unbalanced. Pine, a little citrus, very floral, this is certainly an IPA. Some malt leads me to believe this beer will be at least somewhat balanced.

This beer isn't an unbalanced mess like some of the pale ales I've tried recently, which is a relief. Its nice to have an IPA that has some semblance of maltiness. But don't get me wrong, this is pretty hoppy. The taste is also very floral in nature, with pine flavors definitely dominating the taste. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker, but its still pretty good, and in line with what an IPA should be.

Drinkability? Glad I got a sixer! (1,129 characters)

Photo of n00tz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber Orange body, thin white head, and a perfectly distributed wave of carbonation.

S - Wonderfully appropriate piney hops, without anything else to compete with.

T - Pine hops take the lead followed by a sweet woody flavor that I can't really pin to anything in particular. Slight citrus and spice hops can be detected after it sits on my palate for a bit.

M - Medium-light body without the stickiness of most piney IPAs, very well done in my opinion.

D - Is this offered year-round? I've only seen it in the 12-pack sampler locally, but if I can find it again I'd be curious to compare it side by side, one after another against Sweetwater's IPA. This is a very close contender for my favorite craft IPA. (715 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a little bit of haze. The off-white head is small but musters up plenty of lace patches. The aroma is of citric PacNW hops and equal parts doughy malts. A decent level of hoppiness is punctuated by toasty crystal malts in the taste. Melon and peach notes show as the beer warms - lots of heavenly hop flavors here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a brisk, but not overbearing carbonation. The finish lasts for a long time with plenty of bitterness and also some malt flavors in there.

This is an excellent ale. Very liberal amounts of hops but also a competent malt balast. As 'balanced' as a proper American IPA can get. (649 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tumbler glasses and consumed between 45 and 55 degrees over the course of a wonderful half hour. Then, re-experienced fresh on-tap in HotLanta.

Bubbly head with good, but patchy retention. Golden cider color that shines like autumn with clarity beyond what the big hops should permit.
Lemony pine plus papaya and some warm banana bread balance out the alluring nose.
Herbal fizz with rosemary opens into tasty spice showered in bright citrus. Resin trails behind.
Bitterness and chalk hover throughout a long, undulating current of tastes, but are never out of balance. Cream spins into tart and melts into chewy spreadable cheese with a happy funk near the finish. That cheesy edge is just a bit too prominent for me, especially in the aftertaste, and with warming.
It's creamy and rather full bodied with just the necessary crispness to clean the tongue. Balance and complexity, as in every other aspect, define the feel of this beast.
Overall, bright and doughy; spicy but smooth. This killer is a special treat. For me, it's slightly better balanced after a few months in the bottle than it is on tap, but it gets muted after a year without improvements of malt maturity. (1,188 characters)

Photo of MightyCasey
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Had a very good appearance
S: Good smell. Nice and hoppy.
T: The taste of Hopsecutioner fits the name. It's a very hoppy beer. I liked the taste quite a bit.
M: It had wonderful mouthfeel. I wonder if it is left unfiltered.
Overall, this was a very good IPA. I wish there was a 4.25 ranking, becasue I see I have it as half 4.0 and half 4.5. (384 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Smell: honey, tangerine, white pine, grapes, juicy

Taste: mango, citrus, clover honey, white pine needles, apple skin, lil dank too.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, coats the mouth with hoppy greatness (204 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3rd week of September marked on bottle

Pours clear orange with a wisp of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with some earthy undertones.

Surprisingly full bodied, the malt base rounds out the hops nicely. Speaking of which, there is a great grassy/straw hop flavor that really shines. I wasn't expecting such a full bodied and balanced beer after the pour and lack of head. The hops are very prevalent, but this beer is still very drinkable, and the alcohol is well masked.

This is a very solid IPA. A pleasant surprise - I just picked this up randomly from the store. I'd get this again for sure. (680 characters)

Photo of Lahoi
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I very nice IPA. At 7.4% ABV I was prepared for something that took me back to a high school party at a gravel pit, grave yard, barn, abandoned house, or all of the above. But I was pleasantly surprised. It was not overpowering, yet still bold. My first experience with the beer followed a Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin. Big mistake. Too much comparing and contrasting. I'm too much of a green horn to be doing that. The next time around, however, I started with the Terrapin and it was a totally different experience. I would gladly have another. Or two. Or twelve. (567 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish color with a white head that lingers a bit.

Smell is piney with hints of citrus

Taste is piney oily hops with a slight sweetness. Little hop bite on the aftertaste. Little or no malt in the taste or finish.

A solid out of my region IPA that I was glad to get a chance to try. (339 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours hazy copper with a stout two-finger dense, creamy head and lots and lots of effervescence. Very nice retention, the head lasting well through the glass, and beautiful, ridiculously thick walls of lacing.

Nose is piny, resinous, with a firm, toasty caramel sweetness setting up underneath the hops. Fruitiness is in there as well, both grapefruit from the hops as well as a general fruitiness from the esters as well. A playful nip of alcohol rounds out the experience.

Taste is big in every aspect, and quite balanced. Earthy, piny hops lend a resinous character that defines the initial experience. Toasty caramel quickly comes in to balance, wrapped around notes of grapefruit and tropical fruit, moving towards a robust, lingering bitterness on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel is softly carbonated, oily, lightly astringent, full bodied.

Drinkability is good, well balanced and packed with flavor. This is a big IPA though, and for all its qualities, that never gets lost. Very nice beer. (1,040 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. This was the name given by the Porter and seems descriptive enough, it's a dry-hopped version of regular Hopsecutioner.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops. As it warms hints of bright citrus hop aromas waft in and out.

Tastes good. Mildly sweet pale and caramel malt flavors, more the former than the latter, kick things off and are joined quickly by deep pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and allows citrus and earthy flavors to work their way into things. The combination of hop flavors with the malt backbone carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is god. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm more and more impressed with this beer each time I have it, although the additional hops certainly have a positive effect. Well worth a shot if you see it around. (1,165 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a nice white head and some pretty decent lacing.

Smells of sweet hops. Some citrus and assorted spices (cinnamon?) along with flowers and pine. I love IPAs that can maintain that sweet hoppy smell.

The taste is more citrus than spice finishing on the pine side of bitter. Well-balanced and tasty.

the creamy feel compliments the malts and brings balance to the bitter hops. Nice body, too.

While I appreciate those big hop bombs I prefer my IPAs with some balance. I could drink this anytime. (513 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi effervescent honey color with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Lemony & grassy hops, some biscuitty malt, then grapefruit, great nose

T: Grapefruit then lemons, pineapple & biscuitty malt up front, along with dryness. As this warms grapefruit dominates, some lemony hops, honey malt & biscuitty malt. Finishes with slight boozeyness, more grapefruit & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, not a perfect mix of hops for me, but still a nice effort, a bit pricey a $10 a sixer IMO (569 characters)

Photo of brewcore
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Agressive pour yields a one fing soapy white head. Head dissipates quickly. Hazery dark golden color. Little lacing.

S: Appropriate for the name: very hoppy. Mostly floral and citrus. Sweet malts take a backseat to the hops.

T: Like the nose, hoppy. Hops step up giving a piney and citrus character. Lots of bitter citrus grapefruit. Malts balance the bitterness at first but the bitterness outlasts the malts and leaves a lingering bitter finish. Just what I want in an IPA.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Great drinkability for a hoppy IPA.

O: If I want a super hoppy IPA without having to go huge, this is my go to. Great beer representing the style. (712 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I was not a huge fan of the bottled incarnation last year, this one is very nice; I don't know whether it is due to batch variation, or a result of it being better on-tap, but I like it a whole lot more. Firstly, it has a great nose; tropically fruity with dank notes of cannabis. Tangerine, mango and lychee are suggested with some very piney bitterness; the taste is more of the same but perhaps lesser in intensity. The malt is sugar-cookie like, the feel is medium-bodied and toothy with a clean finish. Overall, this is really quite good . (550 characters)

Photo of IPAcraig
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light transparent orange hue with slight eggshell head.

Pungent, intense hop aroma. Pine resin.

Semi sweet caramel body. The hop flavor is extremely bright.

Medium body. Light carbonation.

A very nice ipa that I enjoyed whilst watching the saints beat the falcons at 3 crow bar. Will try again. (300 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.