Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,951
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 104
Gots: 606 | FT: 9
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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 gillagorilla
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Terrapin Pint

A: Poured with a nice head that stays for a bit but fizzles to a film with a large section of bubbles. The lacing is quite nice too. It is a slightly cloudy golden amber color.

S: Quite citrusy with a bit of pine intermingled. It is a pretty nice smell, but it kind of reminds me of a stout smell for some reason.

T: Not the best tasting out there. There is a mild citrus note that is overpowered by the pine in it. I remember it being more citrus-y on tap.

M: Pretty crisp all the way through but it is still quite mild.

O: I feel like there is either something wrong with these beers or with my palate today. I had this at a Terrapin event but it was just a sample. I remember it tasting better. Luckily, a friend gave this to me. Their Hopzilla is much better. Still not a bad IPA, but it is one of the lesser IPAs I have had. (868 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Noticed an enjoy by 5/13 bottle and decided to give it a try.

Pours a very clear orange amber color, with a foamy fluffy white head. It's got some decent retention and lacing is chunky.

Smell overall is a bit muted. Light pine hops and citrus zest, with a tartness to it.

Flavors consist of light pine resin, lemon zest and a now blend of hops.

Not too bitter, very smooth and tart.

Overall glad I tried it fresh. It's crisp and tart, which is unique, but smell and flavor are not entirely there for me. Cheers. (517 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass
Thanks to sommersb for the beer

A - It looks like a sunset with an orange center and golden highlights. It is hazy and has a couple inches of off-white head.

S - I notice it has an evident malt presence. I can tell by the aroma I will not appreciate this IPA. I has that overtly bitter smell that warns me of bitterness in the taste. I also get some citrus.

T - As expected this is a bitter bastard and not in the way that I like. There is some malt but not enough to balance it. It has the taste of a very bitter grapefruit.

M - Medium

O - I'm sure this is a great IPA for some, but this hops profile does not agree with my palate. I cannot eat a bitter grapefruit, and this beer reminds me of that experience. (764 characters)

Photo of Craigory
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Hopsecutioner pours a deep, slightly murky orange, with a finger's white head and plenty of bubbles. The head quickly dies down to a slight ring on top of the beer, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: This is not the most aromatic of IPAs, but I do get a good whiff of pine and juicy (tropical, rather than citrus-y) hops. Smells pretty good, on the whole.

T: Good pine-y bitterness over the tongue, followed by a light tropical fruit sweetness. Finishes dry, with a little interplay of bitter and sweet. Pretty standard IPA profile.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: A good, but not amazing, IPA. It hits all the right notes, without setting itself apart. I do think the name invites certain expectations that only an extraordinary DIPA could meet, but this is a solid IPA. I would grab a six-pack now and again. (912 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light copper color. The acing on this one is very nice with rings around hte glass. Pour is a nice frothy foam. Minimal carbonation and translucent.

S - Scents of pine cones, pine resin, and mandarin oranges. Very fresh smelling IPA.

T - Initial sip has an earthy hop bitterness that stays throughout. Slight tartness of citrus balances this out.

M - Leaves a raspy sandpaper feel on the tongue. Easy drinking IPA. Went awesome with my pizza.

O - Glad I can at least make the trip to Jersey to get these guys. If its good enough for the Governor on Walking Dead it sgood enough for me. (594 characters)

Photo of mbunje
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 10/23/10. Good beer, but doesn’t really stand out in any way amongst IPAs. Aroma is kinda musty and a bit muted. Grapefruit rind, pineapples, grass, caramel, yeast. Taste is a little thin. The malt isn’t quite dry enough for a West Coast and not really round enough for a good maltier IPA. OK bitter bite in the finish. Appearance is a nice medium amber, transparent, with a creamy, off-white head. Overall, it was a bit of a letdown for me. (457 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a finger of white head that lasted for awhile and left nice lacing on the glass as it receded. The nose is rather light; there are some hoppy and floral notes, but that is about it. The flavor is light - far too light. The hop profile on the finish is quite light as well.

I am not saying that powerful hop bitterness is the only thing that makes for a quality IPA, but when a brewery is bold enough to call its beer Hopsecutioner, then it should deliver on that promise by producing a profound hop bite. This beer does not even come close to that goal. (580 characters)

Photo of acsprouse
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (496 characters)

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

Received as an extra from tictactoe. Enjoyable and drinkable IPA. However, there is an odd taste that comes through, like a licorice rye flavor...I can't quite figure that taste out. The flavor reminds me of Wookey jack from Firestone. A lot of people love that beer so it might not be a bad thing, and I might be in the minority.

No hopsecutinor (not a hop bomb) but worth a go. (381 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden color with an orangish hue. Nice tight white head with some large carbonation bubbles that leaves a nice wall of lacing.

The aroma is quite sweet. Tropical fruit notes from the hops are combined with a toffee like sweetness from the malt. Some apricot fruitiness. Not a big fan of this hop profile, which unfortunately you see in many DIPAs.

The malt is bready with honey notes and a bit of toffee. The hops are banging the tropical fruit flavor. Big pineapple and ripe mango. Strong apricot flavor as well. Quite sweet. A bit of a resiny bitterness in the finish.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. There is a nice carbonation edge to it which breaks up the heavy malt body and makes the beer quite drinkable. Mainly sweet on the palate but does have a bitter finish.

A well made DIPA but just not my cup of tea. Too sweet. (859 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into glass

A - Clear copper/orange color. Pours a medium sized head that quickly dissipates leaving a small amount of lacing

S - A very small nose on this one, suprising. I get bread, floral, and funk are most pronounced, with a tad of citrus and sweetness. Has a nice smell, too bad its so faint.

T - First hits you with spice and floral notes, then malt, with a hoppy/bready finish. Happy to see that the taste is not so faint as the nose. Just a bit of an stale bread/funk aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate-high carbonation for the style

O - All in all, a beer with an interesting and good flavor (619 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Crystal clear copper body mounted by a creamy froth if off-white head that settles to a thin layer of froth. Micro lacing on the edges.

S: Spicy rye, floral perfume, earthy notes, faint pine essence, and a touch of old orange peel.

T/M: Follows the nose with spicy rye, earth notes and floral hops. Citrus bitterness creeps up toward the end. Finishes super dry with floral bitters and orange oil.

O: I really enjoyed this execution! A solid IPA that delivers floral and earthy notes with a sprinkle of citrus delicacy. A easy drinking brew that delivers flavor and quality. One to surely revisit time and time again. (625 characters)

Photo of ranger60
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy copper color, thin head dissipates quickly into nothing. Very little lacing left behind.

S - Pine, citrus, hops.

T - Follows the nose with pine and citrus dominant upfront. Malt definitely present in the finish, which I like a lot.

M - Decent carbonation, but easy to drink. Not watery at all, to me.

O - I enjoy a good IPA from time to time, but my favorite beers tend to be more toward stouts, browns, etc. However, I really enjoyed this particular IPA. To date, my favorites are Torpedo and Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada, and this one, respectively. Definitely worth a shot. (594 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-straw color, very mild amount of haze, translucent with a slightly off-white head; big and bubbly, creamy and lasting with nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon first whiff, the hop profile smells pretty nice; perfume, spicy, white pepper, roses, florals, and a slight earthy, citrus-peel sweetness that sneaks into the background. First taste isn't quite as bitter I was expecting, though not necessarily a bad thing. The first thing I notice a slight peppery, ashy hop flavor, a touch floral and earthy. Alcohol flavor comes out halfway through. More peppery and herbal hobs flow through the palate on the way down. Slight bread and biscuit malt backbone for the hops to stand on but not too much else from that side of the spectrum. The outro is full of that warming alcohol presence with a decrescendo of spicy hop flavor with a finishing touch of dry malt and a bit of yeast. Medium body, just outside the range of being sticky on the palate, somewhat dry finish, low-medium carbonation.

Nice spicy, peppery hop profile leads me to believe the type of hops were Central European. A decent IPA and easily drinkable even with the alcohol being a prominent role in the flavor department. (1,211 characters)

Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured aggressively into a snifter, yields a half finger of white head which dissipates rather quickly. Shows a gorgeously clear orange-amber.

S: Where are the hops?! A touch of piney, citrusy funk and a ton of sweet, bready malts. Seriously, where are the hops?

T: Oh, there's the hops. The pine-citrus-funk hits you up front before falling off to a really nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness. I really wish there was more hops for a "Hopsecutioner".

M: Smooth and slick, not offensive carbonation and a pleasant hoppy, resiny stickiness that hangs around for a little while. Leaves the surface of the tongue a little numb after a few sips.

O: Best By the third week of April? I really hope that was 2013. Disappointing, I was hoping for a head-slashing experience. One plus is the alcohol is very well hidden. (823 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another gift from my buddy Chris, which he picked while home in SC over winter break - thanks Chris! Best by date of 5th week of April. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours a reddish-orange color with a two finger head of really small bubbles. Plenty of carbonation racing up the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing as I drink.

S - Lots of floral hop character with some bready malt aromas discernible as well.

T - Lots of orange and some dank, herby qualities. Malt-heavy finish with some hop bitterness and some alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium as expected.

O - To be honest, I was expecting more from this one. I hope that best by date was 2013...either way, solid and very balanced IPA. (709 characters)

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

An under-performing IPA.

Bought a six pack and now i will have to drink the other five. Not that i can't but it is not a pleasure to drink this. Very run of the mill stuff.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Less than half finger thick head that fades very fast. No head retention. Decent lacing. Some bubbles. Color is Orangish amber and with a lot of haze.

Note 2nd Bottle: Poured more roughly, has one finger thick head. Looks much better. Some retention.

One of the worst noses that i have had in a while. Not that it is bad, but it is non-existent. Have to dig in deep to get anything to enter. Bready crumby sweet malts. Some earthiness, very slight floral and orange peel. More sweet than expected.

Taste is nothing great as well. Does just fine in that hops are felt for a while and only for a while. Apparent dry hopping but one that is done with very faint hops - low on alpha and beta both - that fail to provide either a good nose or good bitterness. More balanced and malt based than what i like. No bitterness. Sweet dry finish. Malty dry hopped after taste.

Mouth feel :Medium feel. Moderate to slightly higher on carbonation. Drinks with ease but is not exciting at all.

May be i am drinking this one too late or very fresh as it has enjoy by date of 2nd week of March. Since it does not mention year it could be either 2012 in which case i am late to the party. In the case of 2013, which is more likely since i picked it from a store in Atlanta, GA, this is an average IPA at its best. Very misleading packaging. (1,549 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well now that I've reviewed one of the big local IPAs (and trashed it), here is another one.

Slightly hazy copper, some head and lacing, but dissipates quickly. There is, however, something intriguing about the small amount of foam on top of the beer and the little web it forms, though; it's making me lick my lips even though the head and lacing are nothing special.

Smell: Hmm, this is wound very tightly for some reason; practically have to dip my nose into it to get much of anything. What's there is a combination fruity (orange?) and grassy that I like.

OK I like this quite a bit. The beer is disappearing fast. Something ragingly drinkable about this one. They've done a great job of blending everything together into a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. Hard to tell the individual elements, but that's a good thing. It's very much a West Coast style, but not aggressive. Great fruity-hoppy-malty composite. Very professional work from Terrapin! (972 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from codysjb. Thanks for the beers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, off-white head with good retention. Clear safety orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and ring. A ring remains and leaves touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel and pale malts, toffee and some honeydew melon. A milder nose that reminds me of an ESB to some degree. Not quite as hop forward as expected.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel notes, with floral flavors and grainy hops at the swallow. Pine and bitterness with caramel and grassy hops linger in the bold aftertaste. Quite piney and bitter after the swallow, with lots of floral and grassy hops as well. Decent stuff, though doesn't really match the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Enough weight on this as well.

OVERALL: Not quite my style. Very hoppy for sure, but it's definitely on the grassy/piney side of the hop spectrum. The nose doesn't quite match what was to follow either. Still, this is a quality beer that I'd gladly drink again. Thanks again codysjb! (1,248 characters)

Photo of Bernerdawg
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear copper with 2 inches of white head. Nice lacing and retention

Smell is fantastic. Raisins, pineapples, sliver of orange rind. Basket of overripe fruit. Malt and a vespery trace of alcohol. Octane of apple and pear.

Bitter up front but not maliciously so; kinda tame. A nice stroll through hopville. Finishes nicely with a slight sweetness

Smooth with no issues. Again middle of the road as far as carbonation is concerned. Slightly south of medium bodied.

I've had this before, drinking from a bottle, but enjoying this from a glass brings it to a more memorable level. The smell on this is quite good; although smooth and sufficiently bitter the taste takes a backseat to the nose. Would love to try this on tap, in Spring, and reevaluate. Will purchase again regardless. (794 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear orange color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Mostly hops, both pine and citrus along with some faint malts. Pretty inviting smell.

T: This is a really tasty beer. Nice citrus and pine hops balanced very well with some sweet, bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with good carbontaion. Very easy to drink.

O: This is an excellent IPA with great balance and is extremely easy to drink. It hides the alcohol well and is quite refreshing. I will be buying more. (532 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice, orange amber colored with a tight white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy, few bubbles

S: piney oils, grapefruit, orange, bready malt, big on hops

T: citrus fruit up front, big grapefruit, hop flavor lingers, sweeter finish than expected, pine trees, good hops to malt balance

M: good carbonation with a medium to full body, not at all oily, 7.3% ABV well hidden

O: this is a great IPA from my home state, one of the only things I like coming out of Athens, my only advice on improving this beer would be to move the brewery to Atlanta to get it away from U(sic)GA, THWG (635 characters)

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