Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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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 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. (527 characters)

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 (632 characters)

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. (759 characters)

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. (521 characters)

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. (908 characters)

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. (440 characters)

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. (1,111 characters)

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. (515 characters)

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. (580 characters)

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 (580 characters)

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. (632 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

American IPA
Terrapin Beer Co.
7.3% ABV
78 IBUs
OG: 16.3
FG: 3

12 oz. bottle with a best by of August, Week 2, poured into a shaker pint on 06/15. Thanks BulbMan!

Pours with slight haze, resembling orange candy with a moderate head. The retention and, especially, the lacing is impressive for the size of the head. Smells malty and fruity, with notes of tropical fruit. No pungent character to go with the name.

Tastes fruity, pineapples and mangoes in my opinion; with bitterness coming up only towards the end. Still quite bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and rather creamy; finish is quite dry and the carbonation is moderate. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that is delicious but lacks character. Gets a wee but aggressive with warmth (greener and sharper) but stays quite balanced; too balanced I think. Overall a well done AIPA but that's about it.

Also, I can taste the alcohol, I can feel the alcohol warmth and I do not think that this beer needs to be 7.3% ABV for any reason other than bang for the buck.

Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 3.5/5 (1,101 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a one off beer that I had. I drank it out of the bottle but poured a shot out to see that it had an amber-copper color. There was a lot of carbonation in the beer with a lot of bubbles in the same glass.

Typical hoppy taste that comes with India Pale Ales. My pension for the more mild wheat type beers leaves me unimpressed with this one. Could I pick this one out of a line up from Sierra Navada by taste? I don't think so. The more I drink of this the less it impresses me. I then poured it into a glass to open up the boquet. Once poured into the glass it had a sweeter smell, and a sweet initial taste followed by the hoppiness after taste. The one good thing this Georgian beer has going for it is that 7.3%ABV. (728 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased 8/2011, from a reliable bottle shop, could not really determine the date code, as they are said to be notch dated on the label, but I could not really see anything.

Poured into a British Imperial Nonic

Poured a nice, 3/8” head, which quickly settles to a thin cap, easily revived with a little swirling, golden amber color. An average looking ale.

The first smell is one of decent, mostly citrusy hops, with a hint of pine, followed by some malt and yeast, crusty white bread, enjoyable.

Nice crisp ale yeast flavor, mellow hops but still noticeable, followed by tasty grainy malt, good body and balanced carbonation make for good mouth feel, and a pleasant drink. The 7.3% ABV is not noticeable at all.

An acceptable finish, with some good lingering hop oils, and light malt.

This is certainly not one of the top IPA’s, but that being said it’s not bad, it is an enjoyable ale.
Uncomplicated flavors make for easy drinking, one to consume when working around the home, or watching a sports event, you know when you really are paying more attention to something other than the brew but want a decent drink none the less. As noted above I could not determine the bottling date, but experience tells me that this was not the freshest example. If I retaste a fresher bottle I will edit these notes. (1,333 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 yet again!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced an off-white head. Some lacing.

(S)- Pineapple citrus and damp wood. A subtle sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. Pineapple-like citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp yet smooth.

(D)- A good beer. Enjoyable and goes down easy. (373 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a caramel/butterscotch looking color. The body looks to be medium-bodied from the way it sloshes around in the glass. Barely a finger's worth of head on this one; made of compact bubbles and presents itself as a buttermilk/yellow-tinged color. Decent, spindly lacing.

Some tropical fruit on the nose of this one - guava, tangelo - along with orange juice. A gentle presence of pine. Some sweet malt smells poke through here and there. Sounds really good but something is off. It doesn't cohere. That and the tropical fruits are pretty light.

Hopsecutioner is strange in that it seems to have lots of good attributes on paper but the beer stumbles around a bit on the palate. There is ample pine flavor. Some grassy notes. Orange and a tiny bit of Summit hop scallion flavor. The finish is abrasive pine and a brief flourish of mango. It reads like a very nice IPA. But taken all together it doesn't add up to a cohesive whole. The tropical fruits come too late, the pine is too present without ever being bitter enough (so it is like weak pine, not-good-enough pine). Good effort, though tantalizingly close to being very good.

The body of this beer is pretty evenly medium for the style. I prefer a thinner body but this works. Something is slightly off with the carbonation. You get the prickly sensation of bubbles yet the beer feels nearly flat at points.

Overall I think this is a very decent IPA that comes close to being really good. A strong, solid offering. (1,533 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pours a creamy off white head that quickly dissipates. The beer's color is a brownish orange instead of the usual amber variation. The beer is filtered and clear. The beer's smell is unusually malt forward with very little hops coming through. The malt's smell is caramel malt. The hops that do come out are an orange and floral smell but are covered by the heavy malt presence. The taste is very similar to the smell with a stronger caramel malt presence than the hops. After the beer warmed up a little bit, the hops emerge but barely. The hop taste becomes a grapefruit taste but is still dominated by the malts. The hops are not as strong as one would expect from an IPA. The beer is medium bodied but on the heavier side because of the malts. Also, very little carbonation. The IPA is okay but it is very unusual in that the malts have a much heavier presence than the hops. I probably won't pick this one up again because of the lack of hop flavor. Given the name, I expected more hops. (996 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forgot to let this one warm up a bit before trying it. Will need to do this again.

A - blah blah blah

S - Metallic initially, later a bit malty and a bit hoppy

T - Not particularly hoppy until the aftertaste, at least when drunk cold. I was expecting a lot more. I got this from a grocery store choose-your-own-six rack though, so who knows how long it might have been sitting there. The main thing I get out of this is a fairly dry finish and a somewhat stripped tongue feel afterwards with just a bit of residual hop bitterness. I also get a subtle pulsing tingle afterwards that I haven't encountered before, though I've avoided IPAs until recently.

M - dry

O - With a name like Hopsecutioner, you gotta bring it! This one didn't seem to. Hopsadaisy more like. It was pretty easy drinking though, and would be pleasant enough as a sessioner. (849 characters)

Photo of jthahn
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Six pack

A - pretty standard for an IPA, orange-brown. very clear, so i marked is just above average. not much of a head from the pour so i couldn't go to a 4.

S - i hate to say it smells like hops, but thats about it really. maybe some light fruit smells, apple/peach.

T - this isn't an overly flavorful beer. but thats not to say its lacking either. if you enjoy bitter hops then you'll enjoy this beer, it just isn't more developed than that.

M - a little thin for my taste; i prefer the mouthfeel of nogne when it comes to IPAs so this is a bit thin.

D - you could easily session this IPA. i drank them on the beach, with dinner, after dinner (not all in one day mind you).

this beer isn't rewriting the book on IPAs, in fact its pretty by the book. but that isn't a bad thing. IPA lovers will likely find a spot for this beer in their fridge. in fact its one of the few IPAs i would drink on a hot day. and this is perfect for that, no wonder the brewery is in georgia. (981 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint at Lizzy's in downtown Orlando.

Light amber and clear. Starts with a dense head that soon fades. Fair retention. Earthy aroma with some fruit sweetness. Noticeable carbonation up front. Some sweetness comes out in the middle, but mostly hoppy bitterness. Very strong bitter finish. Lots of hop bitterness with no distinct flavor. Medium mouthfeel. (355 characters)

Photo of deepchills
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack at Bruno's in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Crystal clear golden pour with an inch of foamy head.

Big piney nose.

Piney hops and malt are very well balanced, grapefruit and orange in the middle with a clean, crisp finish.

I've had this beer in my fridge for 3 weeks, so it may have outlasted it's prime. I remember the pine being stronger up front with a better fruit middle.

It's a great IPA fresh, my review is probably a lilttle low, hopefully a find it fresh in my neck of the woods one day. (510 characters)

Photo of semibaked
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a Orangish/Brown with about 2 inches of bright white head, no much lacing either.

S - Hops are upfront, but I get alot of malt and even some rye. Not a typical IPA smell.

T - A nice combination of hops, some spices, and a little rye. This has a lot of depth to it.

M - Light bodied and good carbonation.

D - Has some good complexity and not your typical IPA, definitely recommended and easy drinking. (444 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of markwise poured into a pint glass. Deep orange bronze with a lovely, creamy head. The bottle says best enjoyed by the end of March. Aroma is less forgiving, with mainly wheat bread notes and a whisper of orangey hops. Flavor is just about the same. With a name like Hopsecutioner, you’ve got to bring the hops. This falls short in hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. The one thing this beer has going for it is a pillowy mouthfeel. Really soft and smooth going down. (494 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best if enjoyed by Month 8 week 4? Check. Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a soapy white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Beer looks fine.

Aroma is way way hoppy. Pretty good, almost a back sweetness to it. Pretty piny in the aroma.

Medium body, flavors of this beer are a slight let down. Not too bitter, hop character falls a little flat. Its odd. Second, still not really liking it. Its a little high in alcohol too. I'm just kind of annoyed by this beer. I've had better IPAs, a lot. (608 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.