Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 723
Hads: 3,011
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 107
Gots: 648 | FT: 12
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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 Adrianized
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange tone with a bright white head which dissipates to thick foamy blotches with excellent lacing.

Big citrus and pine nose.  Grapefruit, lime, and pine.

The flavor profile is aggressive buttering hops; I mostly get grapefruit and pine.  Middle is malty, but bitterness wins in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with nice carbonation.  It does finish with some perceivable alcohol.

This is a nice, hoppy, bitter IPA. But, a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear deep golden color with about a half inch of white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Unfortunately i'm drinking this only about 2 weeks before the best by date so hopefully that doesnt ruin too much for me. Sweet sugary malts on the nose with some juicy hops as well. Not as pungent as expected but the nose smells good anyway.

Extremely clean and crisp with lots of carbonation. Good deal of hop bitterness but not overbearing which is good. Piney juicy and fruity with a nice dry finish. Definitely a citric juiciness is present. The malts balance the abundance of hops pretty well and all the flavors are pretty nicely blended.

A well done IPA.

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Photo of topofthehops
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a tall draught right now at Buffalo Wild Wings. I'd previously tried it from the bottle and wondered if it would taste different from the keg. The answer: no. Both times I've been disappointed. As a previous reviewer opined, the name is deceptive. This is not the hop bomb the name suggests. Not even close. It's not bad. Not bad at all. But it's utterly forgettable. A "Hopsecutioner" should never be forgettable.

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Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Bright orange copper with a small, bubbly white head.

S - Light but pleasant aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and sweet caramel malt.

T - Sharp, mildly bitter grapefruit and orange mixed with a earthy, woodsy malt flavor. Hints of pine and caramel.

M - Light-medium body, slick, crisp carbonation. Semi-dry.

O - A good balanced IPA. A little watery, but it's definitely flavorful and easy to drink. Alcohol is masked really well. While there are much better examples out there, this is worth the low price of admission and worth a try.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Good retention, spotted lacing. Aroma is piney with a hint of toasted grain. Taste is very bitter with some pine and some grapefruit with a slightly noticeable alcohol finish. Not an unique flavor but is certainly an enjoyable palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent brew but there are so many better IPAs out there to spend your money on.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A generous extra from sincereNc. Thanks Ian!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, but clear, orange-amber body with half a finger of light beige head. Retention is poor, eventually leaving a thin collar with some light bubbles on top of the brew. Not much lacing.

S: It's impossible to miss the citrus-heavy nose on this one. Tangerine and grapefruit are quite powerful. As the beer warms, those scents fade in favor of pine, earth, and grass. Quite nice.

T: Tangerine juice right up front; grapefruit is less powerful, but still noticeable. Pine and earthy hops define the mid-taste, which brings out a light biscuit malt character. Plenty of grass in the finish, with a moderate tangerine-tinged bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Slightly slick and oily.

D: I find this incredibly solid. I've been hit-and-miss with Terrapin, but I like this one.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh. I just haven't really found truly great beer brewed in the South or South Eastern U.S. It's all mostly decent to pretty good.

This is a serviceable IPA with a muted hoppy quality on the front and back. Well balanced, but just not very memorable in light of the significant quantity of front line IPAs America can boast of.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is burnt gold with a very small white head leaving sticky lace.

Smell is over-ripe citrus fruit, a little skunky, leafy hops. Sweetish caramel malt and marmalade.

Taste is bitter and robustly hopped, countering the sweetness of the malt. Orange citrus and a little earthy. A little muddled behind the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily. Medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is OK. It's clearly a strong, hoppy beer, but it lacks distinction. Easy to suck down for a hop head, it's a nice fix for me on vacation in the SE IPA wasteland, but I'll be happy to be back to the NW for a proper American IPA. In fairness of this critique, the hops taste a little stale, I'd be surprised if this is fresh and not a high turnover brew at the Orlando area grocery where I got it - unrefrigerated!

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Clear copper pour. Finger of white foam quickly fades, and deposits some nice sheets of lacing.

Nice, hoppy aroma. Big citric hops and sweet malts. Also some resin. Very enticing nose.

Lightly sweet up front, then empty bitterness. It doesn't taste like the hops actually contribute any flavor; just bitterness. Reminds me of Sweetwater 420 in that the nose promises this great citric hop character, but it just never really materializes in the flavor.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Simple drinker. Not great, but a solid, crisp IPA.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is served from a grolwer from Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC. Pours from the grolwer into a pint glass a clear copper color with a small white head. The head quickly recedes into a film and leaves a very thin veil of lacing.

Aroma is hoppy yet strangely musty. Smells like someones under arm or pit sweat. Not exactly redemming but oddly enough, not a complete turnoff. Citrus and grapefruit hops with minimal malt presence in the nose.

More of that armpit juice flavor but a sweetness follows. Quite bitter but well balanced, even without much of a malt flavor or feel.

This one is in the hoppy realm. It is bitterly hoppy without being over the top or out of whack. Nicely carbonated but finishes stark dry. Slighlty thin on the mouthfeel but I think the dryness is to blame for that. Not a bad beer. I actaully like it pretty well because I dig slightly-out-of-balance-towards-the-hops type beers.

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Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with small foam with little retention..but the lacing is good.

Aroma is piney, hoppy and not much in terms of malts

Taste is mainly the hop profile, with less attention paid to the malt balance. With a name like Hopsecutioner, that's to be expected. But the hops aren't even that strong to begin with anyways..

Well carbonated light to medium with okay drinkability (marred by the lower malt presence. It's there, but minimal. Thankfully, the hops don't overpower you anyways)

A good IPA, but weak for the name it has

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell is sweet bready spicy and earthy. The taste is nice and smooth and well balanced. The finish starts out slightly sweet and then the bitterness takes over. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and slippery. nb

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw yellow color. No head what-so-ever with a vigorous pour, strange.

Smell is bitter grapefruit, some orange, and sweet flowers.

Taste is similar to the smell. Bitter grapefruit. Sweet tasting compared to most IPA's. This is not a pine tasting IPA. Definitely get some pineapple and maybe some peach flavors. This thing is sweet.

Mouth feel is slightly syrupy due to the low carbonation level.

Overall, enjoyable to drink. Nice IPA, not spectacular or noteworthy.

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Photo of boralyl
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an inch of fluffy white head that has a good retention and leaves some nice lacing. The beer is copper colored and clear.

S - A little bit of citrus and sweet malt. Overall, though, the aroma is pretty underwhelming, which is disappointing.

M - Medium in body and well carbonated.

T - Hops up front, very earthy with some floral notes. There is the smallest presence of sweet malt, but it's mostly hidden by the earthy flavors. It finishes fairly bitter and dry.

A good IPA, but for this combination of hops, I would have preferred more of a malt presence. Regardless, Terrapin proves once again to me that they can brew a fine beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color with multiple finger head that recedes slowly. The lacing is thin. Subtle nose of hops with booze. For a beer called Hopsecutioner, it had a surprising malt body between the hop start and finish. The hop was a little bitter at the tip of the tongue and mellowed out at the end for a smooth finish. Light carbonation and a medium body without an alcohol aftertaste.
It is a fine and drinkable IPA, but not nearly as hop heavy as it advertises. It's smoothness is my favorite part of it. Middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drink by 5/13/15, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a thin film on top, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- piney hop up front with a trace of citrus, biscuity malt overtakes the hops slightly, some earthy yeast on the close

T- flavor up front starts a little flat, but then some piney and earthy hops kick in, the finish is slightly herbal with a malty linger

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish

O- a little malt dominant for an IPA, drinkable but would like a little more hops

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Photo of detlefchef
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear reddish brown color and medium head.

Honestly, I pull way more malt off the nose than I do the hop profiles. Not that it isn't without piney and citrus notes, but it's all sitting behind the ripe malt. Sort of like an almost double and I think I'd prefer it not so.

ETA: On second swirl, I did get some nice mango fruit on the nose. Ticking it up a half pt.

That said, there is a nerviness and somewhat aggressive hop quality to the palate but it's certainly not remarkable in any way.

Solid texture but the toasty quality on the back curbs the refreshment.

Solid enough but I could start listing IPAs I like and get long into the list before I got to this one.

Paired with:
Dried fruit and sweet potato stuffed anaheim with walnut cream sauce.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to key west for having this available at conch as a single and thank you to TSA for not breaking everything in my suitcase!

A - pretty thick and syrupy looking amber orange. poured into my capt lawrewnce SFTO tulip and it perfectly filled the glass with a finger of head.

S/T -smell and taste were both syrupy subtle hops.

M/D - thick, almost like one of them x-treme beers, but not quite. Not tough to drink, but terrapin makes a lot of better beers and there are a lot of other ipas who hit my tastes better.

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Photo of tut2528
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours golden brown that elicits just a bit of transparency. the head is cream white color and also creamy in its appearance. and the lacing is quite nice.

S: really not getting much on the aroma here and I am really having to pull for this. lemons, malt, and pine. ???

T: glad to see that there is something to this brew because the smell wasn't there. subtle citrus notes, some malt, piney hops, there is a unique sugar candy sweetness here too. at 7.3%, the alcohol is extremely well hidden

M: medium bodied, leaves a nice bitterness with a slight citrus profile on the palate.

O: the bottle description couldn't be more wrong in my opinion. as this one is very plain and doesn't give me that "hophead" feeling. i will say that the 7.3% is extremely well hidden and i find this one pretty drinkable. overall though, i want a beer to at least resemble its description, and i feel cheated on this one.

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Photo of greencovesteve
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: orangish yellow, near gasoline color. Thin to no head with mild carbonation.

S: floral hop smell. Spicy notes.

T: solid dry hop forward with a bit of funk on the end that seems to deminish deeper into the glass. The bitter end attaches itself to your tongue and numbs it to the funk.

M: dry and bitter. Keeps you thirsty.

O: fair selection of a middle of the road American IPA. Dry hoppy goodness with not too much overall depth.

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Photo of grover37
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a six pack I picked up at a Publix in Lakeland, Florida. About $9 if I recall correctly. I was happy to grab it while down there as it was one of my favorites at Shirlington Oktoberfest but Terrapin doesn't distribute to DC.

Appearance (3): Cloudy dark orange with yellow around the edges. A dense half-finger head with large bubbles. Reduces to a thick ring and sparse covering with the large bubbles remaining. Only a few tiny patches of lacing.

Smell (3.5): Ripe oranges and some floral smells. Not much malt.

Taste (3.5): A bit watery up front. Orange and maybe lemon. A bit of booziness too that isn't hidden by a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A bit thin but not that dry. Medium to light bodied and medium to high carbonation. Slick with a brief sting of bitterness up front. Aftertaste is floral.

Drinkability (3.5): This one isn't as good as I remember from the beer fest. It's just an average IPA and it could use some more body and character to the hop flavor. I could drink more than one of these, but it's a little high in alcohol so I probably wouldn't drink more given the quality.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled Jan 15, 2010. Pours amber with a one finger off-white head. No real haze, pretty clear. Maintains a very small cap and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is pine, citrus hops, a small amount of bready malts.

Flavor is resinous, piney hops, a little citrus, caramel sweetness. Some bitterness on the finish, but not that much for the style, finishes a bit watery too.

OK, but Two Hearted is the same price and a much better IPA. For a local IPA, I'll go with Sweetwater which is a better bang for the buck.

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Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a finger of white head that lasted for awhile and left nice lacing on the glass as it receded. The nose is rather light; there are some hoppy and floral notes, but that is about it. The flavor is light - far too light. The hop profile on the finish is quite light as well.

I am not saying that powerful hop bitterness is the only thing that makes for a quality IPA, but when a brewery is bold enough to call its beer Hopsecutioner, then it should deliver on that promise by producing a profound hop bite. This beer does not even come close to that goal.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer! Pours a clear yellowish amber color with a nice size delicate white head with lots of tiny bubbles - like a Belgian. Good ladder-like lacing and decent head retention. Smell is disappointing for an IPA, some hops bitterness but mostly grassiness like a lager.

Taste is fairly average. Nice balance between hoppiness and malt but nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel is richn enough for an IPA and fairly crisp.

Drinkability is average/slightly better than average. Definitely some flavor here, nicely balanced but not enough to warrant downing a lot of this 7.2% beer

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Photo of jrallen34
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero.

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

A clearish medium copper with hints of orange. Tope head, only rises about a finger, gone right away, very light and watery, light retention...Aroma is super light, very little orange and a tinge of piney alcohol. boring...Taste is also very light, a little orange on the front, a pretty dead taste. The finish is light piney with alcohol. Not much going on at all.

Overall, this is a pretty boring ipa. Mostly you get is light pine. So maybe and I stress maybe, this would be a good introductory beer for someone who wants to get into piney hops because its very light.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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