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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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Ratings: 2023
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of tmm313


4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Darkish amber color. Super clear with quickly dissipating 1 finger head. OK lacing.

Smell: A lot going on at once. Ruby Red Grapefruit, tropical fruits, oranges, caramel, toffee, slight pine, a touch of pepper, and slight alcohol.

Taste: I've never had a beer harder to describe. It is touted as using 6 different hops and 4 different malts, and you can definitely tell it. There's pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pepper, something that reminds me of dry cinnamon that pops up every once in while, caramel, toffee, raisins, a slight touch of booze and things I still can't find a name for. The finish is a flavor I've never tasted, well, anywhere, yet it seems really familiar... Maybe its all the familiar flavors mixing together? The slight aftertaste is more peppery than bitter with just a touch of alcohol. Either way, this is really good to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Light lingering bitterness with a peppery, almost minty, tingle.

Overall: I really love this beer! The 6 hops and 4 malts mix together to form something super unique and addictive. Excellent balance and complexity. Will have this many more times to come.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 18:07:07 | More by tmm313
Photo of cambabeer


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love IPAs and this was a good one.

Nice golden color, and white head. Not a whole lot of lace on the glass. Smell was very clean, dry, citrusy, hoppy, fresh and herbal.

The taste followed suit perfectly. Very refreshing hops bitterness with the dry finish. Sweet upfront with some citrusy esters and full taste. Clean and crisp mouthfeel.

This is not groundbreaking in the realm of IPAs, but what it is is drinkable. I only had one, but wanted more. Surprisingly drinkable when you think about the 7.3 abv as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 15:51:38 | More by cambabeer
Photo of mynie


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Savannah, GA.

Pours a little limp. Smells like sweet malt and flowers--nice mid-strenght hop profile, but it's a little bit of a let down considering the beer's moniker.

Tastes way uneven, much heavier and more alcoholic than its ABV would lead you to expect. Pleasantly intense and fruity hoppy beginning moves quickly into an aggressively sweet, syrupy middle that lasts until the end and blots everything else out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 16:40:55 | More by mynie
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 01:50:04 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of TALER


4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the EMORY Convention Center and Hotel Friday 24 May after a 2-day drive from Connecticut. Delicious and very satisfying. This would be my regular brew if not for Dogfish 60-minute IPA. Liked this Terrapin in the bottle, like it better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 21:42:02 | More by TALER
Photo of hopheadhoward


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hopsecutioner is a nice ale. Not perfect, but if you like hoppy ales, this is a pretty good IPA. Nice bitter start, and it feels good on the mouth. Why do you like hoppy? You want flavor, right? Hopsecutioner has flavor, and it looks and smells like an IPA? Is it perfect? No, but this is a nice IPA. Alcohol is 7+%, so be aware.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 23:59:40 | More by hopheadhoward
Photo of mbunje


3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta at the Prado

A - clear, copper color with nice lacing.

S - nothing stands out. Mild citrus and biscuit

T - bitter on back of the tongue. Hops are present but don't dominate.

MF - very good. Crisp. Good carbonation. Medium body. Possibly the best attribute of this beer

Overall: I am a west coast IPA snob so keep that in mind. This was crafted very well but the hop profile was weak. Could have used some late boil or dry hops to give it a nose and an identity. Quality beer just not enough hops for what it claims to be.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 00:40:09 | More by mbunje
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into pint at flying saucer in Nashville. Pours a slightly cloudy golden brown with some sticky head. Lots of lacing.
Smell is rather boring for an ipa...generic hop and malt aroma. Taste is similar...very generic but I would give it a slight plus. Its good not great...but hits hard.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 23:35:16 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of acsprouse

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - copper with a orange hue. 1 finger head with little retention. Slight lacing

S - the hops are there, but not as strong as i thought it would be. Citrus and floral are in the nose... but there isnt much nose at all

T -hoppy and slightly spicy, floral with slight citrus. With a slightly malty sweet finish. Happy to see that the taste is not so faint as the nose.

M - good bit of carbination, medium thickness

O - Good flavor. Not the best ipa but overall its a Good and well rounded beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 06:50:53 | More by acsprouse
Photo of ranger60

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap at Southside Grille in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Appearance - dark golden color, slightly hazy...very little head.

Smell - piney, but not overly hoppy.

Taste - for a beer called Hopsecutioner, I expected more of a hop bang. but it is pleasant, and picking up some citrus.

Mouthfeel - good, strong mouthfeel. when I let it sit on my tongue, the carbonation is lasting.

Overall - it's drinkable and drinkable, but would not be my first choice when in the mood for a hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 18:15:15 | More by ranger60
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors from the hops and a light amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of honey.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink. Although the bitterness and hop flavors aren't quite as strong as some of the other beers in the style, it still has a nice amount of hop flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:25:54 | More by metter98
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Atlanta.

A - Medium orange. Translucent. A thin layer of off-white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit and pine with a slight malt sweetness in the background.

T - A massive bitterness up front with grapefruit and pine flavours and a fairly big malt backbone that adds some bready and caramel flavours and a good balance.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Good resinous hop oils. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 14:32:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Dudeletter


4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

F**k you in the Face
This category goes out to my friend Michael Kraus. He said that he likes a beer where the quality that people want in it (the sweetness, hops, bitterness, etc) is so strong it fucks you in the face. This one has a clear winner. Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner

Terrapin Hopsecutioner
This beer is nothing if not hoppy. Of the many breweries in the country, Terrapin handles hops some of the best. Of the many breweries in the south, Terrapin is one of the most known and respected. The beer is incredibly hoppy, but still drinkable. It is truly a triumph to Spike and the Terrapin crew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 15:35:29 | More by Dudeletter
Photo of Durge


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found at World of Beers in Altamonte Springs, FL this IPA has a yellow amber color, clear and fairly quiet, with a very solid white head that sticks and leaves a hearty skin behind. The aroma has very light citrus, lemon wheat, not much else. Okay. The flavor follows with a bit stronger citrus hop and a bright malt biscuit backbone. I taste what seems like alcohol, which at 7.2 percent, it probably is. This edge seems to mask the hop qualities in my opinion and steels the IPA value I was looking for. Really makes it ordinary to me. This is medium-light bodied with a busy, small bubble carbonation that delivers a crisp feel. It ultimately turns entirely harsh and grassy to me and is more regrettable than memorable, but it’s not awful. Disappointing though. I don't think I had any problems with it in a bottle, but this one on tap has some issues.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 03:42:29 | More by Durge
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local joint that rotates a few crafters.

A- clear copper-orange color with a fluffy 2-finger head. Mega-lacing.

S- citus hops with a touch of sweetness. Clean and mild.

T-Citus with some pine. Hoppy with just a hint of malt.

M-light and refreshing, disguising the 7.3% abv nicely. A bit of pine resin, some carbonation for livliness and a litte hop tang. Clean dry finish.

O-Easy drinking IPA. Not overpowering, could be a good intro beer to this style. And the second pour was better than the first, that's good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 00:03:36 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of ThickNStout


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Terrapin brewery. Served in a Terrapin pint glass. 

Pours vibrant clear copper with a frothy 1.5 finger pale head. A little lacing as it goes down. 

Nose is orangey citrus hops and sweet bread. 

Big citrus hop taste with plenty of breadyness. The malts are only barely present and the moderate 7ish% abv is well hidden. 

Medium light bodied with a pretty hefty carbonated zing.

Overall it's not my go-to local IPA but it's quite serviceable. It isn't mind blowing but certainly worth a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 22:56:05 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of tbern007


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at Marlowe's in Atlanta.
Apeears to be a typical IPA on the way with thick white head but a little less than expected thickness for something this hoppy.
Kind of light compared to the taste. Light citrus, hop and a little grainy.
Tastes like an IPA with not as much of a weedy and hempy character. Very citrusy, orange, lemon, tangerine. More of the malt comes through as well.
Crisp, refreshing, and drinkable due to the fruitiness of the taste vs a more striking, dry, piney hop of the Pac NW.
Good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 02:27:19 | More by tbern007
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark golden hue, a nice bit of head at the top that leaves just a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Floral and piney up front, lots of hops, the name says it all, a slight hint of hops at the tail end.

T: just like the nose, lots of hops all over, earthy, grapefruits and malts with slight hint of brown sugar as well.

M: Mid carbonation and medium bodied.

O: A nice IPA from Terrapin, nothing to crazy, a good balance for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:47:59 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Tucquan


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-03-16 in Lancaster, PA at Quips Pub

A - Clear, golden-orange with a 3/4-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Fresh oranges, yeast, hop floral, pale malt, light pine and light pineapple. Not overpowering but pleasant.

T - Orange flesh and rind, pale malt, moderately bitter. Aftertaste is sweet orange flesh, touch of pine and bitterness. The beer tasted better as it warmed.

M - Light body and bubbly and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Very drinkable. Doesn't knock your socks off but it continues to please in a balanced way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 22:20:42 | More by Tucquan
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh

Appearance is a clear amber with next to no head, more of a skim really. Some lacing in the beginning. Smell is lots of hops, as to be expected, that are mostly citrusy: a tendency towards grapefruit. Taste is hoppy with the grapefruit tones dominant and a hint of pineapple. The surprise in the taste is that there is a actually a ton of malt (caramel?) presence in this beer, maybe too much? Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy for the style with medium-low carbonation and lots of hop oils.

This is quite similar to Bell's Two Hearted in profile, but not as good. A good IPA but not a great one, the malt sorta weirded me out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:24:13 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I h ad this one on tap at Stonewood restaurant/Bar in Jacksonville. It was served in a standard pint and the beer is bronze with a dense off-white head.

I liked the big aroma of pine cones.

The beer is nicely bitter but with good balance. Lots of caramel malt evens out the big pine notes.

The mouth is pleasantly oily with a real coating quality.

I thought this one was well executed and would gladly reach for it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 23:46:57 | More by Redrover
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

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

Poured into a pint glass from the tap at Liberty Tap Room in Columbia, SC.

A: Dark orange/amber color with an offwhite, frothy one finger thick head.

S: Pine note is strong here with a nice balance underneath. Some citrus in there.

T: Very balanced on the palate. Good sourdough bready character and malt backbone to ease into the fresh piney hops. Some sap. Slightly dry finish with a citrus note.

Overall: Solid IPA with good balance, despite its name. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 02:20:07 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Spider889


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Brick Store Pub.

Served in a nonic pint.

A - very good clarity. Reddish-copper color. Left a decent broken horseshoe of lace.

S - Very hoppy. Citrus orange and grapefruit with lots of fresh pine bough to boot.

T - Bitter pine, grapefruit pithiness. Nice malty balance. Quite strong bitterness which lingers long.

M - Mildly dry, medium bodied with nice enough carbonation.

O - Nice IPA but seemed really close to DIPA territory. There are much better examples though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 08:50:32 | More by Spider889
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a bit of haze and a big white head.

Smells like big floral hops on hops. Some caramel malt comes through after a little swisheroo in the glass.

Taste is hop heavy with a sharp bitterness and big malt backbone. Six hop varieties blend perfectly to create an explosion of tropical citrus, earthy pine and bitterness.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Would definitely go for this again

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 17:16:40 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of DIM


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a chill hazed orange/golden color. It was served to me with a small, firm looking frothy cap.

s: Earthy hop aromas that are kind of garlic-y along with some citrus rind. The hops are backed by a sticky smelling caramel sweetness. A very balanced aroma overall.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Sweet honey and caramel up front with a lightly bitter but flavorful hop finish of that earthy garlic from the smell, plus a stronger citrus note.

m: Big and kind of chewy.

o: Good stuff bordering on DIPA territory. I'm becoming more and more of a Terrapin fan.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 19:57:48 | More by DIM
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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.