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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 72
Gots: 175 | FT: 6
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 2/1/11

Appearance: A bit darker than a typical IPA, more copper/amber than just orange - nice head and lacing

Smell: Mostly resiny hops with some grapefruit - sweet caramel malts - actually smells pretty balanced

Taste: Starts off great - nice, sweet and toasty malt backbone - mostly pine, but some citrus - bitterness is great, and it seems to accumulate over time - unfortunately, this did not warm up well - both the malts and hops became less interesting over time

Mouthfeel: At first, medium-bodied and nicely balanced - but as it gets to room temperature, it almost tastes watery

Overall: Good, not fantastic

Hopsecutioner is definitely good and definitely worth a try. I will certainly never forget it simply because of the label art. If this were labeled "Tonberry Ale," it wouldn't be a stretch (except for copyright laws).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 15:25:35 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of mbudner


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Maltzilla for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into a Terrapin pint glass.

A- Golden to orange with an eggshell-colored 2-finger head.

S- A lot sweeter than I expected. The biscuity, caramel-like malts seem to dominate the aroma as opposed to hops (which is what one expects from a beer with a name like "Hopsecutioner.") I get some floral hop bitterness, but not much.

T- Not really very sweet (as nose led on) and not really very hoppy. Tastes a little watered down almost. The bottle says best before the 2nd week in July, which I wouldnt trust, but that's also still 4 months away. Slight lemon-cleaner-like bitterness, but nothing worthy of the name.

MF- A little thin and no stickiness or hop oil slickness which I usually like in the higher abv American IPAs.

D- Goes down easily, but the flavor is so mediocre that it doesn't really deserve a great score for ease alone.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:15:50 | More by mbudner
Photo of AgentZero


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from dpodratsky3

A - Pours a nice dark/burnt orange color that is fairly opaque with a nice head. Some nice stick that turned into a decent amount of lacing.

S - A bit of citrus, although not grapefruity, decent amount or bitter resin. Not super malty, but feel this falls a little flat, althougn not bad.

T - Small amount of citrus with a bit of pine that fades to bitter resin. Good, but a bit watery.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, the mouthfeel is just not adding enough to the taste here.

D - Pretty easy to get down, would enjoy doing more, good but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:19:43 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Pellinore1


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this one.

Pours clear, golden amber, yielding a finger or so of white head. This fades to a thin cap of foam.

I smell light floral and fruity hops, and just the smallest hint of sweet malt in the background.

The flavor opens with pine hops, shows just a bit of biscuity malt, and finishes quite bitter.

Medium bodied, with some lively carbonation.

A fine IPA overall, though I'd prefer a slightly different balance of flavors. In any case, I'm glad to have tried it, and would probably have it again given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:31:46 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of zrab11


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice golden color with a 1 finger off white head.

S- Has some hints of pine and cirtus notes. With some carmel smell too

T- Has a sweet but tangy flavor to it.The hops and cirtus are there though the hole beer.

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D- Overall this was an ok beer. I felt its flavors werent too complex or balanced. this just didn't have the wow factor for me. I love terrapin beers and will give this another try sometime. but my first thought was its ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:11:38 | More by zrab11
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin - Hopsecutioner IPA

Appearance: Light orange in color with a large soapy head. Chunks of lace.

Smell: Piney, citrusy. Bready malts in the background. Perfumey floral hops.

Taste: Sharp, biting hops. Earthy and resinous. Malt/ale yeast provide a subtle fruitiness that pokes through for a moment, then is dashed away by bitter grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel: Astringent hops add to a drying, bitter finish.

Drinkability: A pretty extreme hop bomb. Bitter, in your face. Still I found myself enjoying the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 14:47:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent drinking IPA. Solid, if not unique.

Sun orange color, a bit hazy, with a generous pad of foam on top. Good lacing.

Earthy hop aroma - not rustic or dirty. Juicy.

The most notable aspect of the beer is the orange peel, or perhaps tangerine notes in the flavor. Quite enjoyable - subtle. Bready, malty backbone. Drinks well, the balance of the malt character and carbonation may be slightly off - not fizzy, but in the release of the dissolved CO2 with each sip. Did NOT feel or taste the 7.2%, which I liked.

I'll drink this again if I come across it. Would go good with a hot sandwich and fires. But won't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:50:47 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of beerwolf77


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Terrapin received from multiple BA's. Thanks guys. Poured into my tulip from a bottle.

A: Orange amber. Small amount of beige head. No lace or cap.

S: Moderate citrus with a hint of malt sweetness. Nothing too powerful.

T: The malt is a bit more forward in the flavor. Underlying citrus helps pep this one up. Again nothing mind blowing.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

D: Overall a decent IPA. Hard to discern this from the million others though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:54:56 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of jzeilinger


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with white, light foam lacing and medium carbonation.

S - Has a pungent and dank citrus, grassy aroma, with a little bit of crackery malt in the background.

T - Just like the nose: Dank and pungent citric grass, light crackery malt underneath and finishes with a little caramelized nuance. There's an almost pete moss flavor left in the mouth after the sip.

M - Medium body and smooth.

D - Decent.

I enjoyed this but not sure I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:49:31 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of harpus


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Not much problem to generate a modest amount of froth. Pure white, Blood orange body, and the head lasts a decent amount of time. Some evidence of lacing does come out as it bubbles down. The vision, when held to light, morphed into this beautiful golden wheat color with TONS of bubble streams.

S- Malt forward on this nose. We have this caramel presence that leads into the battle of grass and bitter hops. Not much else. Enjoyable, not amazing. It may be simple, but it is delicate enough to make it work out well.

T- Evidence of grape, sweet malts, and a finish that smacks of bitter hops. Resinous. The middle is clean with a brash, striking transformation from the start into the finish. Different. Doesn't mean it is bad, just different.

M- Mild body, good level of carbonation, and a crisp, clean feeling in the middle. Easy drinking. Finish is enjoyable, not overpowering, but generic in its average nature.

D- Like it. Don't love it. Don't hate it. Just like it. It is a solid beer from what I can enjoy from it. Almost run of the mill, but overcomes some set backs to shine a bit brighter than other IPAs out there. Comes in a bit more alcoholic than I'd like, which does seem to taint the edges of certain flavors. I wouldn't be averse to drinking this again, but I won't be searching it out any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:38:47 | More by harpus
Photo of clayrock81


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold body w/ frothy head that died quickly but left some lace. A decent smell of piney, citric hops and a hint of malt. It is an easy to drink IPA w/ a decent citric hoppiness and some sweet malts but the malts are even w/ the hops and I can't really pick them out. Has an alright dry finish but is rather weak if to be considered an IPA. An enjoyable beer but wouldn't get it if looking for a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 23:59:40 | More by clayrock81
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into bells tulip

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades down to a thin layer. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden orange. Has a nice glow to it.

Aroma: Some pine flavored hops with a citrus blend sticking out front. However, it has a fairly strong malt backbone. Very bready. Nothing too special.

Taste: Bready malts and grassy/pine hops. The citrus flavors are of pineapple and grapefruit. To much malt here, however.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a bit creamy from the malts. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry with lots of hops left over in the aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad ipa. It is super bitter. Has a lot of juicy hop resin going on. It is relatively drinkable and I am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:27:30 | More by mothman
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this 12oz bottle into a shaker pint. It poured a dark amber to copper with very little white head that didn't stick around. Decent, not great, slippery lacing. Smell is mostly citrus and pine, not overpowering. Well, like others have said, the name is misleading. Not the strong bittering hop flavor you would expect but is rather a bit sweet. The mouthfeel is thin and it doesn't feel well put together. It is easy enough to drink as it's not overly hoppy and it hides the ABV very well but it is just not well put together.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 19:08:14 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden/orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is pine hops, dry, little booze. Mouthfeel is pone, grass, little bit of booze. Mouthfeel has a nice clean, dry finish, not to much hop bite on the end, Pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 23:57:04 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of meatyard


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/red (a bit dark) with a 1.5-finger, off white head with little retention or lace.
The smell is bright and hoppy at first but tames itself down after a couple of minutes. What's there is grapefruit and and sweetness.
The taste is very similar to the aroma, nice but still on the milder side. There is some malty sweetness and a light, bitter bite near the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/light.
Drinkability is fine but it just feels that this slightly misses the mark and with some tweaks or just pumping up the hops volume could be a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:54:48 | More by meatyard
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin's Hopsecutioner, 12oz's into a 0.3L DollarTree Tulip (Yeah, we rich over here). Pours a delightful amber shade not typical for an IPA, with a 1/2" bone white head. Smells of cascades without a doubt, floral and aromatic. For some reason this beer has a different level of hoppiness in the taste every time I try it. Tastes somewhat sweet this time around, with pale, light crystal, and a slight touch of biscuit malts making themselves known. On the swallow the aromatic cascades really march through causing quite a pleasant aftertaste. Bitterness is medium, and makes me wonder if they're substituting hops for this brew on a regular basis. I suspect galena or columbus are providing the IBU's for this brew but hey, I could be wrong. Standard IPA here this time around, maybe I'll grab one of the old bottles in the Jail Cell and see whats goin on with it. Overall, a usual from Terrapin's stable of brews, not the best, and definatly not the worst. $8.99 per 6pk @ Kroger makes this an affordable beer to bring home to the battle axe. =P Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 23:17:20 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle with breakfast on my day off.

A- two good fingers of off white head from a hard pour that slowly settles leaving a thin skin of sticky lace and a faint ring. Copper orange in color with great clarity.

S- sticky sappy hops, some cut grass, sweetness coming of with some honey and caramel.

T- citrus and piney hops and a bigger honey and caramel sweetness. More sweet then bitter but not way out of balance. Touches of bready malts.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body and a bit sticky slippery. less then medium carb.

D- this is tasty and drinkable for sure but in the vast sea of aipa in this world this one is more middle of the pack then a stand out. Ill look to try it on draft and hope for a fresher hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 16:59:57 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of CapitolCrusher

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice grab from a local bottle store which is good considering i was in the mood for some hops ok who am i kidding i am always in the mood for some hops

poured out but one thing noticed right away the head did not stay very long maybe it was a shy head lol but it backed away

smell was real nice i thought i could smell some pineapple and orange in there i definitelyt hink some fruit and citrus is coming up

strange in the taste i gotta lit bit of some booze character but then a nice pine hop in the finish

good mouthfeel overall real nice and light on the back end but still enough body to make it interesting

overall a good ipa but it has not been my favorite one and not my favorite terrapin either but still pretty good

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 14:16:36 | More by CapitolCrusher
Photo of tempest


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. Appeared a dark amber with a short white head. While this IPA did have a big, tasty citrus punch, it fell flat at first. It took a moment for anything more than the mellow caramel malt to come forward. The body and mouthfeel were on point, but it seemed like the hop additions could be improved.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 03:54:01 | More by tempest
Photo of seedsofchaos


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a friend visiting Atlanta this last week and like a great friend, she brought back some good craft brews for us to try.

A: Poured from a 12oz glass bottle labeled best by 7th month 1st week (it's currently March). Pours a dark amber with redish hues. This brew is very active with carbonation ever-present. Head is thin and lacing is poor but those are the biggest things that take away from an otherwise beautiful appearance.

S: The smell is reminiscent of grapefruit and cannabis sativa. A very vegetative scent is complimented with fresh hints of citrus. Great hoppy, sweet and promising smell.

T: Coming from the smell, the taste is a bit of a letdown. An instant effect of bittering hops is followed by heavy malt character. Malts get progressively heavier and more medicinal. A standard ale taste prevails but mellows near the end. The aftertaste is quite pleasant with well-rounded and complementing hop and malt flavors. Oddly enough, the aftertaste is far more pleasing than the actual taste...

MF: For an IPA this has a medium to medium-heavy mouth feel. To me, it's a little heavier than what a "good" IPA should be.

D: A slightly too high ABV to be able to classify this as a good session but a casual beer drinker could probably put a few of these back. For the IPA lover, one or two of these will be more than enough before having something truly great.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 03:25:36 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of smakawhat


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Says have before June 3rd week of year... mystery?? ok that's real useful there... whatever.

Nice copper clear red body with visible carbonation. Two finger off white head which goes down slowly. Leaves a good ring and white circle throughout the drink.

Apricot nose at first, but also muted grain. Not much else really not even very hoppy. Sweet smelling though.

Fruit first in the mouth. Nice finish but a little wet in terms of body. Strangely not that hoppy or much grain character. Afterfinish has an interesting berry fruit quality almost cherry like, or some stemmed berry fruit. Missing bread punch and chew and hops are kind of muted.

Drinkability is actually pretty good considering I could have this again for its fruit characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:40:22 | More by smakawhat
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a heavy malt sweetness with a balmy piney hop spice.

The taste consisted of a full caramel sweetness from the heavy grainy malts coupled with peppery and piney hops. Some alcohol detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a good malt driven IPA. Not the hop forward beer I was expecting however.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:01:48 | More by plaid75
Photo of maxwellboh


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel color with large head that disappears quickly.
S: Can instantly smell the citrus hoppy smell of this style of beer.
T: Not an immediate hop taste. Finishes very strong though.
M: Alcohol hot, but it is an IPA
D: Very good IPA, enjoyed the hoppy feeling throughout. High alcohol volume, but drinks like a 4%.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:36:40 | More by maxwellboh
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow/light orange, very light in color for an IPA. Minimal head, fizzles quick, very small amount of lacing.

Some good citrus or piney hops hit the nose, with good malt balance. Smells as an IPA should.

Carbonation and malt hit the tongue, with hops coming through, but somewhat underwhelming. Hoppiness is average for typical IPA,lingering for only a minute after. Rather dull body,heavy carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, making an easy session.

Bottom line: I like, I would buy/consume again, so it's good, but I expect more, particularly for a brew with a bad-ass name like Hopsecutioner.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:31:39 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of donmonkey1


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color. The head recedes too quickly and there needs to be more carbonation. The head laces nicely until you take a sip. Then the head is gone, and so too is the lacing. That sucks.

Smell: There's a slight plum-like hop smell, but it's weak.

Taste: There's a really nice mango/pine hop thing going, but not much more.

mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall: It will satisfy a hop jonesin' , and it's a better than average beer, but there's many better beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 22:06:48 | More by donmonkey1
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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