Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,948
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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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 corby112
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark peach/golden amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin half finger off white head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing.

Crisp hop aroma with hints if pine and subtle citrus and tropical fruit balanced by a strong caramel and biscuit malt presence.

Slightly chewy medium body that is pretty hop forward with a decent amour of piny dry bitterness. The citrus and tropical notes from the aroma are very faint wint hints of pineapple, orange peel and mango. The hoppiness is cut mid palate by a very prominent malt backbone with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. The malt character is a bit too strong for my liking but it's still decent and pretty quaffable. (710 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent amber with an orange hue. A small white head slowly fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense hoppy herb and citrus with some notes of earthiness.
Taste is of the aromas with some vanilla cream pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, and herbal. (348 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in Florida 4/2012 from notes.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden bordering on amber with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly into my glass. Smells of citrus and pine mostly with hints of caramel apricot and toffee. It took a couple of days to find this but yeah this is what I needed after days of macro only restaurants. Taste is sweet up front with bready toffee malts that quickly fade to citrus and pine. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous and sweet mouthfeel. Nice brew, it almost works in 85 degree weather too. (566 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TH pours an amber orange color with OK head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive in this IPA, showing orange citrus, cherry and some light sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA. Initially I got a fairly sweet malt flavor profile, but it wasn't overdone and it was balanced very nicely by some decent hoppy bitterness. Alcohol didn't strike me as very high in this beer (guess that's a relative impression), which enhances this beer's drinkaiblity and keeps the mouthfeel fairly light (though certainly this beer delivers plenty of flavor).

While nothing extraordinary, this was nevertheless an easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA. Nice beer... (726 characters)

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

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, chill-hazed, copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of resinous hops and tart grapefruit forward, with a tangy caramel backbone, and piney highlights. Great nose! Flavors are grapefruit and pineapple forward, with a tangy caramel and roasted backbone, peppery herbal notes, and piney resinous tones throughout. Smooth and balanced, on a light, smooth body. The aftertaste is tropical fruit, with a subtle bitter resin character. Smooth, resinous, slightly dry finish. Very tasty and very drinkable. (579 characters)

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 plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some maltyness, nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA. (336 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, poured into a tulip. BBD 4th week of November.

Appears a moderately hazy copper brown, with a couple fingers of head, excellent lace and relatively thin retention. Aroma is overwhelmingly dominated by grapefruit, with pineapple, lemon zest and a bit of pine playing a part. All of this is held together by the typical toffee malt. Taste here is relatively underwhelming, quick blast of the citrus from the hops and some bitterness lingering, but on the whole doesn't really impress. Would've liked to see the malt play a more important role in this. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery, but still remains fairly drinkable given the alcohol content. A let down in my eyes. (703 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/11
*From notes

I sampled this one per cadaugherty's recommendation. Cheers, Chad!

A: Brilliant, rich amber. A reasonable pour leads to a dissapointing 1.5 finger head. The lacing, like the head, doesn't impress.

S: Nice - piney hops! Bitter citrus and slight hints of cedar resin.

T: Really sturdy hop presense up front, which lays a great foundation for the malty mid and a heavy, biting and refreshing finish.

M: Less carbonation then I would have expected, but it's really got a good amount of weight behind it.

O: Quite a delicious surprise. I haven't been overly impressed with a lot of Terrapin's Side Projects recently, and I feel that they've been valuing "quantity not quality".

Having said that, I'm happy to report that their bread n' butter - the Hopsecutioner - is alive, well and drinking beautifully.

Thumbs up. (881 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick inch off white head into a tulip glass. Beer is an orange hue. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Citrus notes.

T- Hops aren't so hard hitting in this one and match up nicely to the malt...well balanced. Faint citrus. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel though creamy.

D/O- Can an IPA be easy drinking at 7.3%abv? If so, put this one in that category. Nothing stands out flavor-wise but solid none-the-less. (439 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright orange with a good clarity and a linen white frothy head that was a finger or two high. Retention was good, as well the lacing leaving a stick film coating. Carbonation was light with only a handful straggling bubbles making their way upward.

S: The nose was standard issue, nothing to exciting here, with the usual show of citrus and dried orange skins. The strength was moderate with some fresh sticky pine notes coming in on the finish. Again, standard issue, no surprises, no disappointments but nothing that really stuck out. Decent but maybe predictable and lacked any strong incentive.

T: Things start out with sweet caramelized grains with a good strong showing of citrus and flowery grapefruit notes. The hops get progressively stronger on the finish ending with dry pine and a warm flowery grapefruit hopping.Not overly aggressive nor intense but packs just enough of a punch to make you aware of its intentions leaving you tongue coated with a pollen like coating of citrus.

M: The mouthful was light bodied but lacked a crisp carbonation bite. A dry hoppy fade ensures on the swallow.

D: A decent drinking ipa that doesn't have much to hide. In the end a standard issue per style but does warrant good regards and makes for a decent sesson ipa. Fairly solid drinkability wise worthy of repeat. (1,331 characters)

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

A - Nice orange gold body. Creamy white head with mixed bubble structure, nice lace and retention.

S - Herbal thyme, sweet malt, and red grapes. Kiss of booze warms things up a bit.

T - Sweet honey, malt, grapefruit citrus, and green parsley. Some of the warm booze from the nose is in there too. Nice residual bitterness on the backend.

M - Smooth, medium body. Nice carbonation.

O - A solid IPA. Nice balance, good drinkability, and a nice hop character. (460 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The best by date is December, and it's July...not sure how Terrapin does their freshness on hoppy beers but I hope it isn't more than six months out and so I'm assuming this one is pretty fresh.

Very pure golden amber color, nice and clear but pretty typical for an IPA. The head is thin and fades pretty quickly.

The nose is pretty sweet, not a lot of hops but some enticing candy aromas and some floral and weak citrus notes. Taken by itself, the smell is very nice. Considering that the beer is an IPA, it's not very promising in terms of what kind of hop profile you might expect.

Okay, it's hoppier than the nose led me to expect, but not by much. Not a lot of complexity in the hop profile, just some light bitterness with a bit of sugar thrown in somewhere. Maybe a little flower, maybe a little orange citrus, but really you have to search hard to find anything interesting.

Not really sure about the mouthfeel, there's noticeable fizz in the mouth but not a lot of body and no head retention. Not terrible but not very impressive either.

Overall, the beer is plenty drinkable but hardly oustanding. Not very hoppy, not very citrusy, but fortunately not very malty either. I'm going to finish the glass but I'm not going to buy it again anytime soon. Decent but boring.

5.8/10 (1,290 characters)

Photo of harpus
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus and hops. Taste is good, big hops up front, lots of citrus, a good malt balance, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out. (279 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty balanced between the malt and the hops. Sweet caramel and citrusy hops largely make up the aroma. Nothing over the top, but very nicely done.

T- The taste like the aroma is almost perfectly balanced. It has a solid caramel malt base with a good dose of bittering hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a great IPA. Not over the top in bitterness like some on the market, but just a well-crafted IPA that is highly drinkable. (640 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

It pours a slightly haz orange red with about an inch of foam.

The smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit and pine, some grass as well, a faint hint of malt. Big hoppy nose that says drink me.

The taste reflects the hop character of the nose nicely. Bitter but done less brashly than some IPAs I've tried so the results please me. And the not big but definitely there taste of some malt, yeah in the background, helps. Good stuff.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation fits this well.

Drinkability? It goes down pretty darn quick. Excellent quaffability. (604 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scored a couple bottles of this in DL trades. Thanks to whomever, yall was all cool that day.

Amber and orange color. Big foamy head and good retention. Aroma of hops.

Taste, very good, hoppy, heavy on the malt, although the color would lead one to believe otherwise. Alcohol is up front, but not too hot. Hops and bitterness are a tad underwhelming given the namesake. I really like this brewery though, everything I've had of theirs has been at worst, pretty good. Prolly should have drank this quicker, but again, given the name, I thought it would be a little sturdier. (576 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)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. The beer is clear and copper colored with an off-white wet-looking thin head (less than 1/2 finger). The beer smells hoppy, more in a bitter way than in a citrus or floral way. Same with the taste, bitter and a little spicy, not really all that pleasant an after-taste. Overall, this feels like a generic brewpub version an IPA, not bad but nothing special. When will I stop expecting more from Terrapin? (446 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 1, 2010, part of the Terrapin "All The Hits"
variety pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mainly citrusy hops (mostly tropical fruit, little bit of grapefruit), along with a bit of pine hops and sweet malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. The bitter hop flavors are noticable, but they mix with the fruity hops flavors well so neither one overpowers the other. There's also a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I liked this brew a lot, I'd buy this again. (751 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. This was the name given by the Porter and seems descriptive enough, it's a dry-hopped version of regular Hopsecutioner.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops. As it warms hints of bright citrus hop aromas waft in and out.

Tastes good. Mildly sweet pale and caramel malt flavors, more the former than the latter, kick things off and are joined quickly by deep pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and allows citrus and earthy flavors to work their way into things. The combination of hop flavors with the malt backbone carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is god. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm more and more impressed with this beer each time I have it, although the additional hops certainly have a positive effect. Well worth a shot if you see it around. (1,165 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.