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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 715
Hads: 2,983
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 106
Gots: 627 | FT: 10
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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 akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, yielding to full yellow-brown autumnal tones. Despite the darker colors, the ale retains is transparency. A finger of head is slow to recede, leaving patches of lace behind.

S: I really like the nose. The hops are floral, bitingly sweet with citrus aromas. Also surprising is the vigor with which the caramel malts make themselves known amidst the hops.

T: The taste turns out to be far more malt-driven, releasing bready caramel almost immediately. There are hops, don't get me wrong, they just don't leap out like the nose suggests. They are bold and citrusy, just not as bold as you'd like. I don't want to rag on the beer though, as it does have a very jarring floral flavor that I like. The floral citrus flavors leave a nice thud on the palate after each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is a solid IPA, sharp and biting with a strong malt side. I like this much more than Hop Shortage.

D: It doesn't feel like a 7%+ ale, a good IPA that squeezes a lot of hops into the bottle. (1,049 characters)

Photo of rcusick
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a very thin head (could be because it was too cold, forgot which way was colder on the dial).

Honey/Caramel in color, a shade or two darker then most IPAs I have had.

Not a very strong smell at all, so much so that in a blind smell test I might not pick it out as an IPA at all.

A great taste to the beer, strong hop flavor without an overpowering bite.

medium bodied mouthfeel, coats the tongue very well.

Very drinkable beer, would drink again, and look forward to the second bottle I have down the road. (525 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color with a big frothy tan head. Streaky lace. Pine resin smell with a biscuit malty backbone. Pine resin takes over the taste. Nice bitterness on the finish. Oily mouthfeel on a medium to full bodied brew. Another in a long line of good IPA's. 5 years ago this would have stood out, now it just blends in with the crowd. I guess we are just getting spoiled. Would definately recomend and drink again if offered. (426 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."

--Omar Bradley

Juicy apricot with warm butter rum colored borders. Several streams of bubbles lead up to a golden sandstone hued head that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. The suds are softly creamy, yet sticky enough to lay down an array of attractive lace.

The nose is musky and tropical fruity, with lots of American hops on the order of Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade (dry-hopped). These guys pull out the big guns for their APAs, IPAs and DIPAs. Well, they're some of my favorites anyway.

Hopsecutioner is a delicious IPA that would be a little better with a paler malt bill (personal preference). It's definitely hopped to the gills, which was expected given the 78 IBUs. If you're going to give an IPA a name like this, it had better not fall short in the alpha acid department.

Munich and pale crystal malt contributes a bit too much toasted nuttiness and melanoidin. It's nothing that the murderer's row of hops (pun intended) can't overcome, though. The earthy resinousness of Chinook is on display, as is orange peel from Amarillo, mango from Simcoe and white grapefruit from Centennial. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is hefty enough and has a firmness born of a 7.2% ABV and plenty of alpha acids. It still manages to be borderline creamy and almost soft as it continues to warm. The carbonation is a little lively, which works out just fine.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale (APA) and Rye Squared (DIPA) are my favorites from this brewery. Hopsecutioner is nothing to lose one's head over, but it's a more than solid ale that any American IPA lovin' hophead should seek out. Thanks to Mavajo for the bottle. (1,772 characters)

Photo of evansrdbrew
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on: 3/8/10
best by: 8/1/10
7.3% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Golden orange translucent ale. Nice thick lace left as 1/2" head receeded slowly.

S= Nice light malt on forefront followed by thick resinous floral and pine hop aromas. Slight hint of sweetness and alcohol.

T= Once agian has a very thick hop flavor of citrus (grapefruit), pine and notes of flowers. Nice bitterness which grows in the midddle and then slightly receeds, leaving a nice lingering bitterness. Very small hint at malt body, but from start to finish hops enjoy center stage.

MF= Thick resinous mouth coating from the start. Very nice mild weight with a good tingle on the tongue. Slightly dry finish.

D= Good IPA with a lighter lingering bitterness than some. Great hop flavors are thick and heady ask to be sipped agian and agian. (814 characters)

Photo of cavedave
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Southern gem from mrandypandy, I am so spoiled now.

A golden clear beauty, almost glowing, with a half finger of off white head, and bits of lace but not a lot. It fades to a lasting skim.

This has a full aroma, heavy on citrus, with pine, a neutral sweet, hints of yeasty tart and floral. Well balanced and fragrant.

Hopsecutioner is big on flavor, a nice bracing mouthful of pine and citrus greets my palate, invites some light bready sweet along, and greets some tasty and dry earthy bitter at the finish. As it warms even more the floral notes grow in the profile. Very nice hop showcase of an IPA.

It has a medium body, nice resin cling, and an excellent dry finish. It could be even better with a bit less carb.

Due to the excellent flavor, and wonderful finish, this beer is very drinkable. A sixpack of these would be hopsecuted rapidly here.

Impression: A beer I would seek out again if it didn't involved a multi-day journey. (949 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. An extra from a trade with StormKing47. Josh rules. Review from notes

Golden amber in color. One finger white head. Recedes to a slim layer of foam on top. Wispy lacing.

Light mango fruity hops scent. Cereal malts.

Taste is resiny dank piny bitterness up front. Then mango an pineapple fruity hops. A bit lemony. Cereal like malts. Some smokiness too (which seemed kinda weird, but in a good way like it would go well with grilled meat). Nicely balanced with a lingering resiny bitterness. However, as the beer warms it becomes more cereal malts and lemony citrus hops, and loses the tropical fruits that were present when freshly poured which was a bit of a bummer (probably would've given it a 4.5 if it weren't for this).

Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. A bit sticky. Good IPA mouthfeel.

I could probably have a bunch of these. Solid drinkability. (884 characters)

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of carolinahophead
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this IPA at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.
A: A typical American style I.P.A. color , deep in burnt orange and very clean pour.
S: Big citrus aromas and well presented malt comes to life. I know they used great hop combinations for this one.
T: It comes through as crisp and snappy also a big finish . Not a rookie beer by no means.
M: The mouthfeel is medium with some alcohol present. I like the warm feeling you get with this one.
D: It is easy to drink if you are an I.P.A. fan .Not a session beer but would be great with nice meal or an pre meal treat.
Overall the Hopsecutioner brings goodness to those in need of punishment. (642 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden copper with medium frothy white head. Slow carbonation rising to the top with spots of lacing down the glass. Good smell of strong and piney resinous hops and a solid caramel malt backbone. Taste features both strong hops and malt but with a lack of good balance. There seems no method to the madness here. They are muddled together with neither shining or proving where they stand as a part of the beer itself. Hops win with an ever present bitterness but they are combined with an incessant sweetness that persists relentlessly at times. Finishes bitter and drying, though with a slight lack of carbonation, it seems a tad watery and nearly syrupy due to the competition with the malts all the same. Doesn't tickle my tongue or urge me to take the next sip. I'm normally a fan of almost anything Terrapin puts out there...this one is a bit of a miss. (867 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes I took back in January.

The beer is perfectly clear, a deep orange color, with a very nice head. It is a little thin, but it kind of sticks around. Decent looking. The smell is nice - mango, mint, tangerine, and pineapple come to mind. Resinous and floral, citric and fruity. I kind of like this hop profile. And you can smell a bit of sugar in there too, from the malt. Decent smelling. The flavor can best be characterized by it's balance. Which basically means, that it won't impress you, but it won't leave you bored and wanting something else. The hop profile comes in with a flavor of underripe mango - which provides a distinct bitterness and resinous taste - with some citrusy orange flavors. The malt is bready and a bit nutty, and just a little bit more sweet than I would like - I think that's kind of hurting the floral hoppiness in terms of flavor. But overall, I would say it's got a good balance between dryness and sweetness, and it's fruity enough, resinous enough to be a beer I like - and it is very clean in terms of yeast profile - the slight nuttiness, and low esters - which I really like, though I suppose it's not as complex for it. The body is a little thin, with a bit of carbonation, not bad, about average I would say in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is probably the best aspect of this, the balance really makes this something I could drink a few of, but probably not too many at 7.2%, but I wouldn't be embarrassed to ask for it again. I think it's solid, but something seems to be holding me back from loving it. (1,558 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt base with some light crystal and Carapils malt as well. The hop aroma is good. It's citrusy and quite bitter, but not over the top like I was expecting. It's more of a balanced aroma. The taste is great! It's a smooth, well balanced IPA. The malt bill is really well done. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt flavor with a touch of crystal malts for some added complexity. The hops taste amazing. Again, they are well pronounced and quite bitter, but within range and not overly done. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed IPA. I love the balance and the exceptional drinkability. (790 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle, obtained via trade with wedge421 (thanks man!), into my Stone Levitation glass at the appropriate temperature (03/04/10).

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a nice amber hue. Capped by one finger of an off-white with average retention and some patchy lace.

S: Mild aroma of bitter hops with some citrus and a toasted malt.

T: Good clean flavor of bitter hops with some citrus and floral characteristics. The malt seems slightly toasted and adds a bit to much balance to this American IPA leaving the hops a little underwhelming, but the flavor is still nice.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp and clean carbonation with a mild amount of bitterness.

D: Quite surprised that this beer is 7.2% as it drinks much like a 5% abv. IPA.

Overall this is a nice and straight forward American IPA from Terrapin and is certainly quite sessionable. Thanks Chris for including this in our trade! (918 characters)

Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guiness tuliped pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a radiant amber-orange color that is somewhat ruddy and very much translucent. Atop the beer is a fluffy two-finger head that falls all over itself on its way down, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: This one has a very balanced smell to it. The malts might actually be the predominant scent, but there are some juicy, fruity hops present in there, as well. Other than that, the pale, toasty malts are the main actors in the smell.

Taste: This is not a great example of an IPA, but it is a good beer, so it's hard for me to mark it down because of it's loose adherence to the style. The pale malts are still the principal tastes, but the hops do provide a really pleasant and appropriate finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a very nicely carbonated beer with a very adequate amount of body. It's also pretty crisp and dry, which is a good thing in my book.

Drinkability: Hopsecutioner is a very drinkable beer, even at 7.2% ABV. It's crisp, not-so-heavy and the alcohol is very absent in the taste, but I would hardly consider making a session out of it because of the price - $10 for a sixer in North Carolina.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, though it's not the best example of an IPA. I'm a big-time hop-head and I expect my IPA's, especially those containing the word "hop" in their names, to be hop-forward, bitter beers. This one is not, but that doesn't preclude it from being a really nice brew that is definitely worth a try. (1,541 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. I will say, this is some pretty cool artwork on the label.

A: Pours a deep copper, almost apple juice color. The pour drops a finger of off white head that fades pretty quickly and dosen't leave much lace.

A: Hoppy, citrus and pine. Maybe some sugar cane or honey. A hefty amount of caramel malt balances the nose.

T: Falls a little short for me here. The malt overtakes the hops in the brew. An IPA should be about the hops, but not in this case. Finishes sugary and dry.

M: Medium to heavy body. Small carbonation makes for a syrupy mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is on the lower side here, I just couldn't get past the overuse of caramel malt. Overall, not very impressed with this one. I wish they would have dialed back the malt and let the hops take center stage, but oh well. Not one I'll be trying again anytime soon. Skal. (906 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear (with active bubbles), pure amber, thick, whipped cream head, just off-white, sticks immediately, starts to fade after a few minutes but maintains some nice substance

S: Very sharp heady aroma, floral too

T: Same type of flavor profile as smell, but falls a little short, strong floral hops, but that is really all, not really sure what it needs but it never made me say "wow", has some light malt towards the end, but almost an afterthought

M: Pretty dry, but not too much, medium

D: Good, a simple beer that is pretty hoppy

Notes: In the battle of Atlanta area IPA's this is definitely second to Sweetwater. It has very strong hop presence, but not much else. Since it is a new beer maybe some improvements will be made. It has promise, but needs a little tweaking to put it over the top. (842 characters)

Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a nice off white sturdy two finger with frothy off white head.

S - fragrantly piney with some floral notes and citrusy hints. Slight honey?

T - on the front end the flavor is on the weak side. I take a gulp and wait a few moments for the flavor: a weak pine flavor, some honey, a subtle malty depth, a hoppy finish that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - medium and mild syrup feel. Light carbonation.

D - good, a gulper here. (441 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruddy orange with a very thin lace of head which creeps up the glass.

S: Pine and citrus tropical.

T: Nice array of hops assault the toungue and make your mouth jump with life.

M: smooth medium bodied, nice thin bubbles fizz and clean the palate going great with some pepper jack.

D: Overall a likable brew and will def order this one again. (353 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 cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a trasparent deep golden orange color with a white head that is quite fluffy. It has decent retention leaving a thinner lace all over the glass

S-the nose starts it off with a grainy pale malt and is then complimented by some light citrusy hops of grapefruit and honey

T-a touch of pale malt, but very faint, hops take over and bring an oily pine, grapefruit, and a touch of honey. The finish brings a low level of bitterness that helps round this off

M-very smooth and creamy. Lighter body, highly carbonated giving it a crisp clean finish, as it is somewhat dry

D-this is a pretty solid ipa and goes down nicely. Well bittered at the finish to give a bitter hop presence but still extremely enjoyable. (715 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cool amber color with a sticky head
S - Smells of citrus and hops. Pretty decent for an IPA.
T - Very hoppy for the name! Nice and bitter. Wonderful!
M - Dry but refreshing.
D - I may have this again. It's not too overpowering with hops but not weak enough to taste malt. (275 characters)

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear as can be
H. Dark golden yellow, Almost perfectly amber
N. VERY HOPPY, EXTREMELY Pleasant. Piney and slightly citrus-y

Ok, Hop Heads I thought that this would take my head off by its name...well not really. This was a sexy beer with its white sticky head, that decided to hang out on my glass the entire time. It smelled like a Hop BOMB but fell a little short on the attack. A smooth taste lead into a lingering bitterness. Don't get me wrong this was an awesome IPA, just the name lead me to believe that I finally found a beer to compete with Ruination. Well not so much, but it was still a great drink. I would put it on par with Hop Slam by Bells. This is a beer that is easy to drink more than one, and is definitely worth picking up this weekend from your local beer shop. I think I will grab a few more.
Score: 4.498 (834 characters)

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 (533 characters)

Photo of jbone78
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear amber. Nice head with great lacing. Smells of English hops and malt, not bad Taste is a little over bitter for me, which hurts drinkability. The bitterness is balanced alright with malt character, but I just think hop flavors are not super. That is me! (272 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.