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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,979
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 105
Gots: 625 | 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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Reviews: 714 | Hads: 2,979
Photo of Ryan011235
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/11/10

Best by the third week of October

Many thanks to scottyshades for throwing this in our trade

Robust, deep amber in color; teeming with the blood of hops. One finger of head dropped to an intermittent swaths of skimy foam & patches of bubbles. Good lacing thus far. Skim of retention throughout with minimal lace.

Piney hop aromas & dense, ripe citrus notes are surrounded with floral overtones. The citrus seems pithy in nature; zesty as well, though not overly spicy. Faintest inkling of solvent. Malts are solid without being overbearing. Notes of caramel & doughy bread.

Ah, this is a mighty tasty brew awash in hops & malt galore. Resiny pine bitterness is accented by lemon zest & orange notes. It isn't super bitter, leaving room for the hop flavor to be fully expressive. Toasty malt backdrop; assertive but well-seated. Decent bit of caramel that isn't too sweet.

Somewhere between medium & full body for the style. Reasonably low carbonation works well with the grittiness of the beer. Dry pine & toasted caramel residuals linger on the finish. Maybe a hint of alcohol heat, not much though.

I really like Hopsecutioner. At 7.3% abv, it's pretty easy to drink. That being said, it may be too balanced for some. Since it isn't too sweet & has a good bit of grit, it's the kind of balance I can work with. I reckon this would reckon this would really kill on tap. (1,410 characters)

Photo of jsdunlop
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an orange-reddish amber with minor head and left minimal lacing. Smells pretty malty at first, hops make their way into the nose with some grapefruit, pine and a bit o citrus. Tastes very balanced. Nice and chewy on the palate, some sharp and spicy pine blends in with a touch of sweetness from the malts, aftertaste mingles the grapefruit and citrusy characteristics nicely, while the moderate carbonation level leaves a nice tingling sensation on the tongue. Just a touch of hoppy bitterness with each sip, body is fairly hefty on this one, no sign of alcohol that I could notice, even with the 7% + abv. A darn good IPA from the folks at Terrapin, drinkability is up there for sure. (696 characters)

Photo of zachary17
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean copper look with nice head. Bubbly, looks fresh.

spicy taste with good hops. not too overbearing or bitter. Tastes a bit piney. Smooth on the tongue. Refreshing aftertaste for an IPA. (195 characters)

Photo of BeerGodz
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Medium amber color, big fluffy head, good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, bread, honey

Taste: Up Front: Citrus, pine, grass, toast, wood. Finish: Spicy with a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky

Drinkability: This is a refreshing beer! Definitely a session beer for me.

Overall Impression: This is a solid IPA. I liked it better than the Rye Pale Ale. The picture on the label reminds me of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And just like the comic, this beer kicks ass! (487 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Jax in Florida.

A- Bright and clear golden body wit ha good 2-finger white head that stays for a while and leaves some very sticky lace.

S- Smell is big on piney hops at first followed by a nice mango/grapefruit citrus aroma. Some sweet breadiness comes through in the end.

T- Big bitter bite up front which almost deadens the palate, but the piney and citrusy hop flavors are able to show through no problem. Again, a little malt sweetness is there, but lightly.

MF- Nice full body, but crisp at the same time. Good amount of carbonation let the flavors coat the mouth and make it last. (605 characters)

Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Beautiful amber/copper with a nice dense head that slowly falls.

Very pleasant floral aroma dominates with a slight citrus in the background.

Hops hit first, bitter citrus, but are balanced with a caramel sweetness. Very well balanced.

Having medium carbonation and body, along with having a wonderful balance between the bitterness of the hops and malt sweetness, make this beer very drinkable and easy to enjoy. (455 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in New Jersey which is new to the area so i'm assuming it's fresh.

Tangelo orange with some persimmon shades makes up the Hopsecutioner. Some red drops here and there and a hazy outlook, this liquid looks delish. Into the stella glass, a whirlpool of bubbles creates a thick slice of tannish suds with lines of lace.

An interesting fragrence while not overly bold. a bit of, actually a nice amount of pale and crystal malts breaking bread. Citrus fruits with pineapple and the like and a dash of pine. Getting some 3C action and a small amount of grass(the legal kind).

Im greeted with a knock on the palete from a few malt varieties creating a slick base of bread and backing sweetness. Some toasted malt as well and after that a greeting basket of pineapple up front and some oranges from the vine, grapefruit is not so much. A little bit of simcoe taste and a dry hop effect at the end.

The feel is slick and not very bitter if at all, the hops are juicy and somewhat floral. This is not executing my mouth like I would like. The malt seems to dominate. I get alot of grassiness in the aftertaste and a some pine on the tip of the tounge. Somewhat medium bodied with great carb, terrapin always seems to have the carb on lock.

I like this beer, it has a interesting taste and it's probably my favorite hoppy offering from Terrapin. Very drinkable, I'll take three please if in for the night. No alcohol taste although there is some perfume scent. I don't know why they named this Hopsecutioner though as it's not a kick your fucking ass IPA, maybe they should of stuck it on a double or something. (1,628 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times now, and when fresh it's a very nice beer. I was particularly pleased with this version in a cask served at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous head. The aromas are a very nice combination of sweet malt, citrusy hops, earthiness, and some drying woodiness from the cask. The taste is similar, with a light citrus and paraffin profile to start and then some sweet malt and woodiness. A little thinner than I'd like for it to really shine- particularly with the oak notes, but overall it's very nice. (558 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of the 'Hits' mixed package. Poured from the 12oz brown bottle chilled into my tulip pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ 2 1/2 fingers of light tan cream from a vigorous pour. The bead is pin -sized and the lace clings like a woodland camo pattern on the glass

S - A mix of pine and citrus notes w/ a subtle malt sweetness in the aroma. The smell has subtle fruity esters and gentle caramel odors w/ sour apple tinge and lemony note

M- A very bitter entry yet mildly spiced hop texture w/ moderate level of carbonation. The ale has a sweet middle and dry,yet bitter finish w/ a lightly tangy tinge

T - A slightly piney entry w/ mild citrus tanginess in the hops which is cradled by slight sweetness and a light caramel malt tinge. The flavor is mildly peppery w/ a bit of grapefruit bitterness and the malt seems gently toasted w/ light sweet effect. The flavr seems more bitter and dry w/ gentle fruitiness in the finish which has a mild tangy flavor.

D - An exceptional American IPA w/ very good drinkability IMO. A nice balance between hops a still sturdy w/ malt. The abv is not very apparent, I could quaff several of these repeatedly - Kudos Terrapin! (1,185 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent copper/gold with a fairly thin inch or so of head. Has more of a pale ale color and appearance.

S: Smell is malty with a big hit of grapefruit and floral hops.

T: Taste is full of grapefruit and citrusy/grassy hops. Malt nose doesn't come through on the palate. Grapefruit is the main flavor going on here, with some passion fruit/bitter orange flavors. Very nice and crisp tasting.

M: A bit thin and fizzy feeling, great amount of carbonation though. The hops and citrus notes seem to pop along with the bubbles.

D: Great drinkability, crisp and clean and refreshing. Very well made beer as usual from Terrapin. (633 characters)

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass with a one finger white head, beer is a nice amber color with a slight orange tint.

S: Smell is very citrusy with a light sweet note.

T: Light caramel malt front with a large citrus and pine hop back

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, very dry finish.

O: A nice beer to pick up on the fly but not something I would personally go out of my way to seek out. (400 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these with my latest trade with ncvbc. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz pub glass. Nice frothy white head, thick texture that sticks to the walls of the glass. Body color is a dark coppery amber with good clarity. Great carbonation activity, very steady and vibrant streamers.

This is has a great hoppy aroma, which was obvious as soon as the crown was cracked. It's very green and a little sweet. The pale malts seem to be boosting the hop aroma. Taste is also a hop-head's delight.

Mouthful is super clean and crisp, very smooth drinker. I would love to get a six pack for an evening of drinking. (630 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden amber with a quarter inch of off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smell is floral and citrus specifically grapefruit. Taste is piney, citrusy, and floral with a nice balance of malt and hops. The bitterness is potent but well received. There is also a little alcohol ester that comes through in the finish, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

I love this IPA. It's probably one of my favorite (relatively) locally brewed IPAs. (562 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, shipped by bort, my apparent terrapin hookup

appearance: poured into an irish pint, clear golden-straw body, light beige ring with mild retention

smell: sharp hops, earthy, juicy hops, grassy and fresh

taste: interesting ipa - mild bitterness, sharp citrus hops, lemongrass, citrus zest, fresh cut grass, light lingering alcohol. Nothing new here, but i like it

mouthfeel: slick and oily, medium body

drinkability: good (437 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clouded gold/orange color with a qtr inch white head.

Smelled of hops, wet wheat, and biscuit. Somewhat sweet.

The hops were forward. Slightly dry, but bittered well and flavorful. Light malt, rich aroma and full body.

The beer was filling and rich, not overly sense killing and well balanced.

American IPA's are a really good type of brew. This was a well pitched brew with a lot of great hop notes. I enjoyed this one for sure. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one. (477 characters)

Photo of Gooball201
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pin is an up and coming brewery in my area in terms of distribution. This IPA was a great selection for a picnic. The subtle sweetness offset the Hoppiness perfectly. Will definitely be buying more for the Summer months ahead. The only problem (if you don't like high ABV) is the over 7.0 ABV. (297 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/14. Clear golden with a touch of amber pour. Nice head with lasting lacing. Very nice nose of citrus hops - grapefruit with a touch of lemon over a slight sweetness. Almost medium body with a mouthfeel that is almost slick. Low average carbonation level. The flavor profile is quite tasty and is hop flavor based, rather than bitterness oriented. It begins with citrus, mostly grapefruit, over a slight malt sweetness. It progresses to a nice low level burst of bitterness and grapefruit tartness. The finish is smooth over a bit of effervescence that is sweet, tart and has a lingering soft bitterness. Quite nice! (621 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head covering the top. didn't have much of a head to speak of but left pretty decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, mangoes and peaches. It has a very hoppy and delicious smell to it and I can tell I'm going to like this one.

The taste is like the nose in that it has a strong sweet hoppy flavor to it. It has a some citrus and pine along with some of the fruitiness found in the nose. It doesn't have much bitterness in it to balance it out, but if sweet and hoppy are your thing like it is mine you will like this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked this beer and will be buying it again. It had a lot in common in the flavor with some of the West Coast IPA's that have that sweet hoppiness to them. I really like that flavor and have been looking for one available to me that is similar. So far this one might come the closest. Terrapin has really impressed me this year with Hoppy Monster and now this one. (1,118 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another promisingly hopped up ale from our friends to the south. It pours a slightly cloudy orange, clover honey-color. The head gleams off white with a somewhat frothy consistency but recedes quickly with some persistent wisps of lace.

Not an enormous citrus bomb in the nose as I expected. In fact I might say it's rather restricted but still pleasurable with a spicy and floral hop nose and some metallic character. Some sweet and dusty malt is in there as well.

The hops hit you big time up front but mostly spicy/floral with some mild, abbreviated citrus tones scattered about. In my opinions its nice to drink, now and then, a hopped up, American style IPA that doesn't focus entirely on creating a purely citrusy hop experience. Plenty of caramel/bready malt backbone is present to provide some real balance. Honey sweetness floats around in the middle and fades to a formidable, lasting bitterness. The considerable ABV is hidden well. Exceptional from beginning to end.

Medium bodied but maintaining a crisp lightness. Effervescent carbonation holds is character through to the swallow and leaves a pleasurable and bitter dryness on the palate.

Dangerously drinkable. I often find that hoppy brews with this variety of hop character(balanced and not all citrus) take longer to deaden my palate and therefore takes longer for me to grow tired of them. A personal preference I suppose but certainly notable. This is one I would buy a case of. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wierd label art with a sort of "teenage mutant ninja turtle" chopping hops in a guillotine. Bright copper with a small head that diminished quick and clung quite well. Nice mostley pine smell some citrus in the background. Taste is big hop (citrus and pine, but this time citrus dominating) and some mild sweetness. Malt does actually come through a bit. Had to check the ABV on this one when I felt some warmth. Alcohol taste is far from boozey and really adds to this one. Linger sticks around for a while. Carb is super sharp and mouth wateringly refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium making it pretty drinkable. I will seek this out again. (637 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing dark translucent amber with a nice fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, somewhat evergreen, and just a little fruity. Nice hoppy flavor is only slightly bitter and has hints of grapefruit and just a touch of sweetness. Smooth, fairly fizzy texture leaves a nice tingle behind. (310 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light copper color. The acing on this one is very nice with rings around hte glass. Pour is a nice frothy foam. Minimal carbonation and translucent.

S - Scents of pine cones, pine resin, and mandarin oranges. Very fresh smelling IPA.

T - Initial sip has an earthy hop bitterness that stays throughout. Slight tartness of citrus balances this out.

M - Leaves a raspy sandpaper feel on the tongue. Easy drinking IPA. Went awesome with my pizza.

O - Glad I can at least make the trip to Jersey to get these guys. If its good enough for the Governor on Walking Dead it sgood enough for me. (594 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, nice layer of froth on the sides of the glass, carbonation is present, cloudy burnt orange color

S - Hops and orange peel, slight malt aroma

T/M - Medium bodied hoppy brew with a decent hop bitterness at finish, can't taste much in the malt department

D - Very drinkable IPA, not an over powering hop presence but blended well with citrus. I recommend this brew and would for sure drink this one again!! (504 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear orange color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Mostly hops, both pine and citrus along with some faint malts. Pretty inviting smell.

T: This is a really tasty beer. Nice citrus and pine hops balanced very well with some sweet, bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with good carbontaion. Very easy to drink.

O: This is an excellent IPA with great balance and is extremely easy to drink. It hides the alcohol well and is quite refreshing. I will be buying more. (532 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A - Golden orange, clear, with a cream colored head that slowly fades. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Strong pine, some citrus.

T - Bitter pine, followed by sweet citrus.

D - Nice Carbonation, well balanced. No bitter aftertaste. (279 characters)

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