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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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Ratings: 2038
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

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 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 LuthersMug


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice pour, golden orange with lots of head.

S - Citrus and piney hops, very strong and pleasant smell.

T - Great flavor, orange and lemon notes and fresh piney hops.

M - Good fresh hops.

O - Enjoyed this beer with a friend, always the best way to do it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:40:02 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of russwbeck


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out of the bottle a semi-hazy yellow-orange color with about a finger of white head. The head doesn't stick around for all that long, but it does leave behind some lacing.

S: Really citrusy aroma with a large amount of hop oils. Slight malt base, but really all about the citrusy, bitter, hop oils. It stands out when compared to other American IPAs with this interesting and different aroma.

T: Resinous hops all over the place. Citrus, oils, pine, tropical fruits, and a slight caramel malt note. It's very different from what I'm used to, and it isn't bad, but I think I prefer the big, bitter hops instead of the oily side of things.

MF: Light to medium body with a lower than average amount of carbonation. The finish is nice and dry with hop bitterness. Drinkability is decent. The balance here is nice, but the resinous hops are starting to get to me.

O: This was pretty good. Different, and tasty. I'd say if you haven't yet, give it a try! You might like it even more than I did.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 23:07:25 | More by russwbeck
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 Cold


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, no haze, slightly pinkish tone while pouring (before bubbles came out)

S: Hops. Grassy, planty, resinous, slightly soapy. Light malt present

T: Incredible burst of piney, resinous hop right up front. Soon, citric, floral hop notes blend in, followed by the balance of honey & shortbread cookie malt.

A: Smooth, with slight bready malt taste nearly completely smothered by the lingering hop bitterness. Floral & piney flavors linger.

Overall: A no-nonsense IPA, with plenty of big, bold hop presence throughout. While not extremely complex, several different hop flavors combine with a subdued, but essential balancing light malt for a well-crafted, completely enjoyable beer. The 7.3% ABV is detectable, but the alcohol serves more as a flavor-blender than a flavor element unto itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:54:22 | More by Cold
Photo of sulldaddy


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 2 year old bottle from my cellar that I poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a mostly clear amber to copper color with some sediment suspended in the beer. The last 1 cm of the bottle is heavy with sediment and I decant as carefully as possible but left some behind in the bottle.
Scant eggshell color foam builds up on the surface and fades instantly to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and general citrus notes with some pine sap and a bit of caramel. Not a super pungent hop boost, but definitely present.
First sip reveals an average body with light crisp texture and very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is briefly caramel and grain but rolls to fairly assertive grapefruit rind and pine sap hops. Finishes dry and leaves an astringent taste in my mouth.
A well made IPA that may have been less balanced fresh from the brewery, as it stands it is a tasty brew that I consumed very quickly with no hint of the booze evident as I drained my glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 04:27:43 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:17:51 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of macrosmatic


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Gold color, slight haze. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation leads to half a finger of head head that dissipates fairly quickly. This beer looks dead inside.

S: Overall seems a little muted in this department. Citrus & floral hops primarily. There is some malt/roasty aroma in the background to me.

T: The citrus hop flavor dominates upfront, but it is more of orange/grapefruit rinds than the fruit itself. There is indeed some maltiness in here. Piney and bitter flavors take over at the end as the dryness sets in, but not in a bad way.

M: Much better than I expected. Mouthfeel has *way* more carbonation than the appearance would suggest, to be sure. As it dissipates the texture is almost creamy. Bitterness doesn't last too long.

O: This is a good beer, and one that I will likely pick up again. But there's nothing particularly exceptional here.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:53:45 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of BrownNut


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forgot to let this one warm up a bit before trying it. Will need to do this again.

A - blah blah blah

S - Metallic initially, later a bit malty and a bit hoppy

T - Not particularly hoppy until the aftertaste, at least when drunk cold. I was expecting a lot more. I got this from a grocery store choose-your-own-six rack though, so who knows how long it might have been sitting there. The main thing I get out of this is a fairly dry finish and a somewhat stripped tongue feel afterwards with just a bit of residual hop bitterness. I also get a subtle pulsing tingle afterwards that I haven't encountered before, though I've avoided IPAs until recently.

M - dry

O - With a name like Hopsecutioner, you gotta bring it! This one didn't seem to. Hopsadaisy more like. It was pretty easy drinking though, and would be pleasant enough as a sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 22:52:40 | More by BrownNut
Photo of abrand


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

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color with a 2 finger white head and decent lacing on the glass. Aromas are full of citrus fruits and hops. Pretty straight forward. Taste is light but enjoyable. Not overpowering but a nice sweetness with floral notes and a hop finish. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but well carbonated. Overall this is a decent session IPA. Could handle quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 20:06:46 | More by abrand
Photo of thecheapies


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

Yellow ochre in color, the beer pours with a meager half-inch of head that didn't retain very well. Soapy film layers the surface. Leaves thick bands of proteins in the glass. 3.5

A grassy, tangerine hop character to the aroma, but nothing really big and punchy and out-of-this-world. I've let it warm up. It's showing some bitterness and a mild note of pine/spruce. Smells a bit woody with some perfume notes, as well. Pale malts wrap up rather biscuity. 3.5

Bittering hops at work here, but nothing substantial flavor-wise. A little bit of juicy orange, almond, and Asian greens. Strange pilsner malt characteristic reminds me a bit of a hoppy lager or Czech Pilsner. Weird tropical fruit candy flavor in the finish, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher, but not nearly as sweet. Now, the Best-By date on the bottle says before June of '12, so I'm clear on freshness. This one just doesn't have the oomph I'm looking for. 3.5

Drinks very well. Chewy with some nice bubbles in the bite. Easy to quaff. A highpoint of this beer, for sure. 4.0

For a beer that I wasn't entirely sure if I've had before, I figured I'd pick up what seemed to be a fresh bottle. I thought it would be an enjoyable IPA and a fun review. As for the IPA, I'm a bit disappointed. I should have picked up the past-expiration Rye Squared they had at the bottleshop instead. A lesson learned. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:02:03 | More by thecheapies
Photo of dataskatt

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with surprisingly small head. Not a lot of lacing. Smell has citrus, pine, and some grassy notes...but not a very strong smell at all. Again, surprised by that. (Maybe this bottle isn't very fresh?) Taste is bitter forward hops with piney-citrus notes. Finishes very clean. I like this beer a lot and would not turn it down, but somehow it was a little bit "less" than what I expected. To me, it seems very balanced (more of a pale ale), and not what I would consider a "hophead" beer. But, hey...pale ale's are my favorite style, so that's okay with me. A true "hophead" may want a bit more though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 21:20:04 | More by dataskatt
Photo of tone77


4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 19:56:57 | More by tone77
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 John1985


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ale pours a deep gold color with barely an inch of head. Some lacing down the pint glass. Pleasant aroma of tropical fruits, taste has a burst of hops balanced with malt. Finishes pleasantly bitter with smooth aftertaste with slight alcohol burn. Very smooth and drinkable at 7.3 ABV. Watch out it catches up with you!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:44:09 | More by John1985
Photo of gustogasmic


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a 20-oz. snifter. Looks great- clear penny copper with a sticky printer paper-white head that lines the top evenly and nicely, less than 1/2". Nice effervescence all around the glass- constant and quick bubbles.

Smells orangey, lemony, sweet. Reminds me of the scent of Terrapin Monk's Revenge- I wonder if the hop blend is similar? More tropical and citrus than pine or earthy.

Taste is very similar to the smell, but with a great frothy mouthfeel to spread that citrusy, orangey hop all around. A very pleasant IPA, impeccably balanced. The flavors seem sweet, but the finish is nice and dry. It's not especially rich or sweet to drink, and the dryness lets the hops leave a nice bitter lining on your tongue.

I'm happy I grabbed a few Terrapins in Florida-- tough to find in MI, and impressive all around so far- loved the pale, Monk's, and this, and VERY excited to crack my Wake N' Bake!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 03:09:51 | More by gustogasmic
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 FosterJM


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

1145th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from Whole Foods Tampa for $1.99

App- A big dark orange with spotty brown caramel highlights. A small 1/2 finger head with some good sticky cling.

Smell- A ton of caramel, orange juice, hops and a bit of an olive oil note.

Taste- Big hops on this one but not overly bitter. Smooth and rich with touches of creamy caramel. Balanced out with rich and good piney citrus.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium lush carbonation. A ton of orange and piney residual flavors.

Drink- A very good beer with big flavors and a good layering without being overly bitter as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 17:54:59 | More by FosterJM
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass (while listening to the Grateful Dead)
Best before June, 3rd week

A: Pours a translucent light amber with just under 2 fingers width of light off white colored head, with decent retention that settles to a thin film and remains throughout the drink.  Leaves some slight spotty lacing.  

S: Lots of citrusy hops, pineapple, grapefruit, orange/tangerine, lemon zest.  Some spicey hop characters as well, a little bready malt aroma, and a hint of booze.

T: Initial sip is some malt sweetness followed by spicey hops.  Other flavors that come out are piney hop bitterness, some lemon zest and grapefruit (but not nearly the citrus hop presence that the aroma would suggest) and a bit of booze on the back end.  Pretty decent flavor profile but I would have liked some more of the citrus hops characters to have come through in the taste.

M/D: Really smooth, medium to full bodied with a nice low level of carbonation.  Nice mouthfeel that leaves you longing for the next sip. Incredibly easy to drink.  

O: Overall, a pretty fine IPA.  Very nice aroma, pretty tasty, with a great mouth feel and drinkability.  I've had this a number of times and will have again in the future.  

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:39:16 | More by zac16125
Photo of cyclonece09


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker straw color with a small white head. Smells of hops, hops, hops, with nice malty tone. The hops give a little bit of a floral note which compliments the malty hint nicely. Tastes of hops, light malts, and a finish of hops. Carbonation seems right, smooth finish with a little hop bite. Overall, a good beer and IPA, one of the better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:24:33 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of greencovesteve

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: orangish yellow, near gasoline color. Thin to no head with mild carbonation.

S: floral hop smell. Spicy notes.

T: solid dry hop forward with a bit of funk on the end that seems to deminish deeper into the glass. The bitter end attaches itself to your tongue and numbs it to the funk.

M: dry and bitter. Keeps you thirsty.

O: fair selection of a middle of the road American IPA. Dry hoppy goodness with not too much overall depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:29:59 | More by greencovesteve
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Dsho in a trade, best before June 2012, poured into a cheater pint.

Slightly darker than straw gold, foamy white head with excellent retention. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Nose is pine and light citrus. Taste has nice bitterness, citrus, and faint caramel. Improves with warmth. Medium bodied, finishes dry. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:48:18 | More by UDbeernut
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
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.