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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,802 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 96
Gots: 497 | FT: 8
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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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Ratings: 2,802 | Reviews: 723
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with some orange hints. The smell is quite hoppy at the offset, with the few citrus notes being dominated by more spicy and floral hops. The taste is similar with a bit of spice again coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for an IPA without much of a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is quite high--an intriguing brew with a rather unique hop profile, almost reminding me of Ruination light.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange and crimson. Single finger head.

S: Cirtus, malt and hops but not very strong.

T: Very piney and bitter taste. Lots of hops. Citrus and caramel notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice east coast IPA example but the bitterness was too much for my taste.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious IPA with some sticky maltiness and juicy citrus notes- fairly typical of Terrapin's hop-forward beers.

The beer pours with the typical medium copper color, rustic haze, and well formed off-white head. The beer's head retention is very solid while leaving convencing rings of lacing behind. Definatley a formitable appearance.

Aromas of both bright citrus hops and pungent resiny ones work to form the complex hop profile. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with pine and grassy elements for a very variant nose. Not to be forgotten are the deep caramel malts that nearly rival the intensity of hops- taking on a Double IPA aroma.

Flavors also fall in line with the aromas. Caramel malts make much more of an impact in flavor than expected, but soon enough the hop flavor and bitterness grow to eventually dominate the beer. All of those citrusy and tropical flavors continue to grow thought the mid palate, but then they turn the corner and the more bitter pine and resiny bitterness gain control and drive the beer into a malty-dry and resiny bitter finish.

The beer takes on a heavier-than-usual body, starting out with a weighted creamy texture that diminishes greately but never really releases into complete dryness or lightness. A persistant sweetness lingers on the palate, lessening what's great about the style.

The intesity and complexity of hops are outstanding. It's those pesky malts that keep the beer form displaying the hop dominance that it deserves.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear copper color, with a thick white head on top. The lacing was pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a large amount of hops on the nose, as it should with a name like Hopsecutioner. The taste of the beer is citrusy, piney, and had a pretty good malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty slick and still well carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty enjoyable. I would drink it again for sure.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

Finally able to try this one, seems like I have been waiting damn near forever. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/16/2010.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Overall this was very solid and something I could see myself enjoying many times over.

Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a lightly cloudy copper color with a minimal white head, leaving some nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost honey-like with some sweet citrus and floral hops and a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is adequately bitter, but not overpowering. There is a bit of sweetness to the beer that seems to be a mix of citrus, mango, and caramel. This is counterbalanced with a bit of pine on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: Not the most amazing IPA out there, but certainly serviceable. The flavors were better than the nose, which I generally find to be a good thing, but this wasn't quite the "hop bomb" that I'm used to.

Photo of largadeer
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a mix of a burnt orange-like and alighter amber shade,a thinner wispy head that was gone pretty quickly atop.Big grapefruit in the nose with some apricot,a toasted malt notes sticks out as well.A little prickly in the mouth wich surprised me a little,flavors are more of a rounded hop flavor than an in your face hop punch,grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of leafy/mint,a toasted lightly sweet caramel base holds up into the finish.Really nice flavors with a different sort of hop profile,pretty good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, orangey-amber body with a sudsy, nicely-frothed, whitish head. Smattering of splotchy lace on the way down.

Smell: An aroma of top-notch pale malts lusciously layered with full notes of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops that also spill out some well-earned pine sap-soaked, earthy scents.

Taste: Pale malts, with a rather minor touch of breadiness and fairly low level of sweetness, set the stage for a nice blend of hop flavors: plenty of acidic, caustic lemon juice, distilled tangerine oils, fresh-cut grass, humble yellow pine, and an unyielding background earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Finishes drying and understandably bitter with a lingering taste of tangerine-laden Amarillo hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a very, very light oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fair amount of malts transition into a bright, delightful hop profile and punchy (without being overbearing or unnecessary) bitterness -- it's a good IPA. Terrapin can check off the India Pale Ale box on the "to brew" list.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thing rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus notes with some caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted of pine, burnt toast maltiness with caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice IPA from Terrapin. They seem to do a very nice job with their IPAs.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

How many outfits does that wannabe-actor turtle own, anyway? This performance pours a clear tawny amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hoppy citrus and florals, backed by a rather sweet caramel. It's like an art deco IPA scent: yeah, it's pretty, but very diagrammatic as well. The taste holds some strong notes of citrus hops, along with a nice bitterness and a light toffee backbone, less sweet than one would figure from the smell. The body is a very light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, not a bad hoppy IPA at all.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Great name. Great label. Great IPA.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable wide rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Floral, honeyish, and gently citrusy. Mildly biscuity. Some soft pine. There's not a whopping amount of hops there, but at least they're unique - no one really goes for floral anymore, it's all citrus and pine. Nice.

Flavor: More citrus appears in the flavor than in the aroma, and more pine as well. It's nicely fruity, and the floral character remains. Mid palate the hops are parted and some malt breaks through, biscuity and honey-drizzled, but it's short lived as the bitterness ushers in a dry finish. There's a little bit of everything left over in the aftertaste, but mainly golden malt, a squirt of fruit juice, and leafy hop flavors that become very tea like. Well balanced!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. The moderate carbonation leaves it gently creamy and smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: The bitterness is solid but it doesn't kill you. And the hops are bright but they don't overwhelm. There's just enough malt in the balance; and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Readily drinkable.

Photo of oline73
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy orangish amber with a fluffy white half-inch head. The head dissipates quickly but a layer of bubbles remains throughout.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy with hints of tangerine, not much malt comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and fairly smooth. Bubbles are very delicate. Carbonation is on the low side of average. Finish is dry, but just on the front of the tongue, boarders on chalky.

Taste: This beer isn't bad, but definitely isn't my favorite American IPA. Bitter citrus peel hops dominate throughout. I'm picking up on a mild sweet malt flavor as well. Not very well balanced if you ask me.

Drinkability: Don't know how often I would go back to this one. That being said, I wouldn't complain if it were being served.

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, dark orange body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decant lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with some pine. Caramel and toffee malt with significant sweet malt character.

T - Fruity hop flavor up front with notes of orange and pineapple. Some red apple notes in the middle with brown caramel and toasted malt. Finished with some pine and caramel as well as moderate bitterness. A little lingering fruit but otherwise pretty clean in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hops and a good malt character. The hop aroma is quite well developed, thought the hop character in the finish is a little bit weaker. My only real criticism is that the finish is a bit watery, there just isn't quite enough malt or bitterness to make the beer fell as substantial as I want it to be. Nevertheless, it is well balanced and drinkable with a great hop character. I've been hoping for an IPA form Terrapin for a while now and this one is quite good.

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

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering bite of hops bitterness. Then a very fruity citrus sweetness comes in along with some caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stays frothy on the edges, leaving a creamy cascade of spotty lace. There is lot of pine and tropical fruits in the aroma (with some juicy pineapple notes really coming out) but also has a certain amount of stickiness in the nose from a sweet and tangy backing of caramel malts.

Pine and spice moderately rip in the tongue in the taste, while there is a LOT of deep sweet tanginess from those tropical fruits and caramel malts. Resins and spice linger for a good bit, really drying the back of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness to it, yet this still retains an oily slickness to it that keeps this fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Maybe a touch of beef to the body but I'm not really getting any warmth at all.

This was pretty decent and I'm glad to see that Terrapin has jumped in with something a little more aggressive than their regular Pale Ale. There was a little too much sweetness in this to keep it well balanced but overall the body and drinkibility of this was right on. I'm not sure that I would call this a go-to IPA or anything but I surely wouldn't turn a pint of this down.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice color on this one. Decent hop profile, though could use more kick. Malt shows through more than I would expect, or prefer really. Pretty easy drinking though. Nothing really mind blowing in the end, to be honest. Decent enough, and certainly well made.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Terrapin thanks to kkipple.

A: Rises a huge 3+ finger head in my Chouffe tulip glass. The fluffy head fades very slowly, maybe too slowly as I have to wait for it to bide down so I can pour the rest of the beer, and more importantly drink it! It's a clear amber nectar orange color. The head leaves a fluffy Belgian-esque foamy lacing on the glass.

T: Mmm, nice hops and slight malt base. It almost has a Belgian malt aroma with touch of yeast. More importantly is the earthy chewy hop aroma with a slight fresh dry hopped aroma. A slight pine and citrus addition.

T: A slightly less fresh IPA taste, perhaps not as fresh as it could be. The date tells me to enjoy by the first week of July, no year, but perhaps the hops are supposed to taste like that. A nice bitterness with some juicy and fruity hops, slight pine, chewy hops, and a hop taste that tastes slightly dulled. Then is some more malty flavors. A nice malt base with some slight sweet malt flavors. A slight bitter orange peel and citrus hops. Not very hoppy or bitter overall. More like a pale ale than IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: A nice bitterness rises and slowly fades. It builds pretty well, and with that comes some dryness. A very slight malty presence on the finish. Some lingering orange peel, citrus, a little pine, and some chewy earthy hop tastes. WIth all that is a slight lingering creaminess.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great I've loved it since the first week it hit the taps in the Burgh at Fatheads it was the best beer of the evening in a night of drinking on the Southside which says volumes considering your options. Aroma has a great citrus peel bouquet with floral highlights with a slight tart sourdough bread malt character. Greeen with hops not as lively as the tap version I tasted at Fathead's but it was a bit fresher. I'm sure this one is coming around in their sampler packs but the label may just be the highlight. A hooded Terrapin pulling the rope on a guillotine with a hop plant poking through the gallows. Classic Georgia based hop imagery. Ample sweetness with vinous fresh hops citrus, herbs, and pine elements play nicely but the citrus/grapefruit tropical fruits really stand out what an amazing session IPA I'm glad to be lucky enough to live in driving distance to the Terrapin lineup great beers for sure. They need a cap that will represent them better than the plain shiny golden version. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils a nice all around hop monster that doesn't overbear the palate in anyway. Medium bodied mild carbonation which equates to a very nice drinking experience. Drinkability is pretty effortless a beer that I plan to catch again and again especially on tap.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,802 ratings.