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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 246 | FT: 6
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of TheGordianKnot


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into my imperial pint glass...

A- Copper color with a pretty large 2 finger head that dissipated very fast, offwhite in color. Very clear and tons of carbonation bubbles seen in the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides.

S- Great aroma here. Spicy and a hint of oranges. Also has a nice lingering fresh cut grass from the hops that mixes well with a solid caramel sweetness to balance the nose.

T/M- The best thing about this beer is that the bitterness is smooth. Its not extremely bitter, but I'm so sick of the IPAs that are trying to be super bitter but its so harsh. This ends with a nice bready/biscuity malt character. Not much caramel sweetness, but the all around earithness of this beer really works. Medium body with medium carbonation bring it all together.

D- Considering this bad boy is 7.3% alcohol, but drinks like 4.5%... VERY drinkable! I could put down 3 or 4 of these because they are so smooth, then get kicked in the face with a buzz. This is a great IPA on the lower end of the IBU scale in today's IPA race. What really appeals to me with this beer is that it is more of the floral/grassy type of IPA. I tend to like the citrus/fruity IPAs almost exclusively.

02-23-2011 13:55:25 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of birchstick


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

A - poured a caramel copper with a 1 finger head

S - smells of dank hops with sweet citrus and a bit of caramel

T - starts off with caramel malt. But then the flavor fromw which this beer takes its name come into play with a bunch of pine and grass. Ends bitter, but not too bitter - more sweet than anything.

M - decent body with good carbonation

D - this is a beer I have wanted to try for a while now. Really good earthy ipa that smells dense and tastes delicious. Another great one from Terrapin!

02-22-2011 02:36:48 | More by birchstick
Photo of bboelens


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Had on-tap at mellow mushroom colonial, poured into a pint glass

A-Cloudy amber with low visibility, thick 1" off white head, sat for an incredibly long time, stout-esque amount of time, and formed excellent lacing.

S-Hops, fruits, sweet honey smell, hints of a yeasty bready notes or maybe that's my pizza.

T-Hops come out front, not too strong or bitter, just right, with an excellent citrus following and a slight smokey nutty flavoring and very little alcohol taste for its abv, this is an exceptional tasting beer.

M-A lot thicker than I thought it was going to be and I'm ok with that, full bodied feel, with medium carbonation, an incredibly smooth drink.

D-Well I went through 4 of these during trivia night so I'd say it's pretty drinkable, an exceptional beer, full of a couple surprises, that I'll definitely be having again.

02-21-2011 17:06:44 | More by bboelens
Photo of bbarrows


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured to pint glass
A: Clear light amber, dense 1" off white head
S: Light grapefruit
T: Loads of bittering hops are the first taste, followed by lingering grapefruit and pine flavors. Strong bitterness negates any malt presence
M: Crisp, dry, very little malt
D: Although dry and slanting toward bitter over flavor or aroma hops, it's easy to quaff.

02-19-2011 23:36:56 | More by bbarrows
Photo of mjsheehan08


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a very hazy deep orange with a two fingered cream head that slides down the glass slowly leaving behind some mild lacing. 

Aroma has hop oil presence, and some extra sweet malt. Really heavy presence of apple juice. 

Tastes like a slightly bitter caramel apple. Spicy. Not really a lot of complexity here and this ranks low on my list of IPAs. 

Mouthfeel is pretty light but the beer isn't that easy to drink. Really sweet malt without a lot of balance from the hops presence. Overall, I think a pretty weak IPA and one that I would not pursue again. 

02-17-2011 03:43:51 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of ms11781


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to sburrough. Best before the 3rd week of April 2011 notched on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very slightly hazy (almost clear but not quite) bright orange color with a foamy, one finger off white head. Head eventually ends up being a thin white cap and leaves ok lacing down the glass.

The aroma isn't terribly strong. Floral and citrusy hop notes lead the way. There is a hint of some sweet malt but not much. Perhaps some piny notes towards the end as well.

Some fruity hops up front in the taste. Maybe some tangerine and orange. Definitely a more pronounced malt character. Caramel sweetness that balances nicely with the citrus hops. The is a slight hit of pine that brings some bitterness at the finish but it's not too strong or overwhelming.

Crisp and clean. Doesn't dry out even with the piny bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It's crisp and clean and goes down smoothly. Balanced enough for multiple pints without the hops catching up with the palette. I'm actually surprised to see that ABV is 7.3% on this one because it sure doesn't drink like it.

02-16-2011 01:43:44 | More by ms11781
Photo of Aiptasia


2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

This APA was my first selection of a truely hopsy beer by Terrapin. Suffice it to say, it wasn't my favorite.

A: Poured a light brown color with decent head and little to no lacing, typical of APA's.

S: Hops up front with alcohol notes. Undertone of hopsy florals.

T: Not my favorite. A bitter flavor most notable from the hops. Not sweet. Slightly acidic and alcoholic and over the top hops. Definitely out-of-balance on the far hopsy side. Only saving grace is the flavor is dry and doesn't linger.

M: Full bodied and dry. Carbonation is fizzy and gassy.

D: Not one of my favorites. If you really like hopsy APA's or IPA's, this might be right up your alley. It wasn't up mine.

02-14-2011 01:09:20 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of CHickman

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Beer notes from Nov. 2010: pours clear amber gold in color with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that faded slowly and left very good lacing; looks like a nice IPA from the tap.

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, grains, wheat, grass and light brown sugar; hops dominate, but malts add balance.

Tastes of piney hops, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, toasted grains, hay, grass, pepper and light brown sugar; the hops and the grains balance out well and this is a good beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with very light carbonation and a medium body that leaves a slight bitter finish. High drinkability, as this is one easy beer to put down.

02-13-2011 21:55:31 | More by CHickman
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

From a six pack I picked up at a Publix in Lakeland, Florida. About $9 if I recall correctly. I was happy to grab it while down there as it was one of my favorites at Shirlington Oktoberfest but Terrapin doesn't distribute to DC.

Appearance (3): Cloudy dark orange with yellow around the edges. A dense half-finger head with large bubbles. Reduces to a thick ring and sparse covering with the large bubbles remaining. Only a few tiny patches of lacing.

Smell (3.5): Ripe oranges and some floral smells. Not much malt.

Taste (3.5): A bit watery up front. Orange and maybe lemon. A bit of booziness too that isn't hidden by a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A bit thin but not that dry. Medium to light bodied and medium to high carbonation. Slick with a brief sting of bitterness up front. Aftertaste is floral.

Drinkability (3.5): This one isn't as good as I remember from the beer fest. It's just an average IPA and it could use some more body and character to the hop flavor. I could drink more than one of these, but it's a little high in alcohol so I probably wouldn't drink more given the quality.

02-06-2011 22:18:00 | More by grover37
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a brilliant orange with golden highlights and a booming off-white head.

S - Hops aroma comes through in a faint floral, light fruit sort of way, sort of hops meets green apple. Malt is just as present in the nose and it comes through brown sugar sweet.

T - Frontend is sweet, light syrupy citrus hops getting sharper as the taste develops. The finish is a bit more piny but nothing too strongly bitter.

M - Thin bodied and decent carbonation.

02-04-2011 05:40:13 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

thanks to key west for having this available at conch as a single and thank you to TSA for not breaking everything in my suitcase!

A - pretty thick and syrupy looking amber orange. poured into my capt lawrewnce SFTO tulip and it perfectly filled the glass with a finger of head.

S/T -smell and taste were both syrupy subtle hops.

M/D - thick, almost like one of them x-treme beers, but not quite. Not tough to drink, but terrapin makes a lot of better beers and there are a lot of other ipas who hit my tastes better.

02-04-2011 03:13:06 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of BLove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Orange to dark golden color with a thin soapy off-white head.

S: Weaker aroma than I was expecting with a name like "Hopsecutioner." Some floral, citrus, and soft pine notes.

T: Smooth, well-balanced between hops & malt flavor.

M: medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

D: Hops take a center-stage, but aren't overwhelming. Alcohol is well-hidden, overall good East coast take on IPA.

02-03-2011 00:04:52 | More by BLove
Photo of JBIII


2.55/5  rDev -33.4%

umm. Wow. Not quite sure how to describe this one. It's like a watered down versuon of the Dogfish 60. Not even the 90, but the 60 . It's a fairly smooth for a 7.3% IPA, but not the best! If you're thinking of drinking this beer, go with a Dogfish 60 instead. If you're looking for a real high gravity IPA, with lots of flavor...go with the Dogfish 90.

01-31-2011 01:59:37 | More by JBIII
Photo of smakawhat


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Says have before June 3rd week of year... mystery?? ok that's real useful there... whatever.

Nice copper clear red body with visible carbonation. Two finger off white head which goes down slowly. Leaves a good ring and white circle throughout the drink.

Apricot nose at first, but also muted grain. Not much else really not even very hoppy. Sweet smelling though.

Fruit first in the mouth. Nice finish but a little wet in terms of body. Strangely not that hoppy or much grain character. Afterfinish has an interesting berry fruit quality almost cherry like, or some stemmed berry fruit. Missing bread punch and chew and hops are kind of muted.

Drinkability is actually pretty good considering I could have this again for its fruit characteristics.

01-30-2011 03:40:22 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mcgwire756

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Had on tap at Stirling Hotel.

Poured a golden color with a small head and lots of lacing. It smelled of piney hops but was not very distinct. Taste was sweet and then the wallop of hops that I expected. A very good taste, that lasts, but nothing much different from other good IPA's. I could drink at least 2 of these, but with the strong hop aftertaste, that would probably be it. Definitely a solid IPA.

01-29-2011 23:28:19 | More by mcgwire756
Photo of godlessape


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

This one pours a hazy light amber with a creamy off white head.
The aroma is of course hop forward with the citrus and pine notes, but I also pick up a lot of fruit aromas--apricot, pear, with a little mango perhaps.
The taste follows the nose closely. The dense fruity malt backbone stands up tall to the relentless Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simco, Amarillo, and Cascade assault. Very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.
Overall a great IPA. I'm glad it's readily available here in the ATL.

01-29-2011 10:34:38 | More by godlessape
Photo of shand


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours a hazy amber colour with about a finger and a half of head. Retention is about average, and lacing is above average. The empty glass has some beautiful lacing sticking to it. The smell is fairly balanced between hops and malts. There's some grapefruit and pine in here as well. Smells like, well, an IPA. The taste is super balanced. It comes at a full assault of everything it has to offer. Malts, grapefruit, hops, pine, it all comes at the very start. Then, the hops and grapefruit start to win the war here, leaving a bitter aftertaste that fairly quickly subsides. Well-done, but nothing special.

Both the mouthfeel and drinkability are good, there's nothing to really fault it for here on either of these aspects. A solid IPA that can be a very good value, I can get sixers of this for 8 bucks if I look hard enough. Very solid and rather delicious, although not standout in any way.

01-29-2011 03:14:56 | More by shand
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark orange with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates into a small ring around the top but nothing else. Very little lacing.

S: Smells of sweet oranges up front with a pine finish that becomes more apparent as it warms.

T: A blast of resiny pine flavors hit the tongue at first with a very dry, bitter finish. The citrus aromas seem to be completely absent in the taste. The bitterness lingers on well after a drink.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation to provide a bite to go along with the bitterness.

D: Goes down pretty easily, but the lingering bitterness is a bit off-putting.

01-27-2011 13:09:22 | More by n2185
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New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%

Yes, you can smell those nice green resin hops that I just love to smell when I crack open an IPA. The smell vaguely reminds me of the Stone IPA. I can tell this is going to be good. Upon the first sip the sweetness of the nice roasted malt hits you up front and then the green apple, citrus, pine hop flavors come into play leaving a long nice bitter dry finish. I love the potent resin like effect some IPA's give. This reminds me of a West Coast IPA actually. You can tell they put some different strains of hops in here too not just one dimensional at all. It also reminds me of the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 which you can take as a good or bad thing but to me I like that beer very much so its a good thing. Very well crafted beer. This is my first Terrapin and now I would like to try all of their product line... that tells you something right there. The thing that sets this apart from the regular East Coast IPA's like Latitude is that it has that potent resin like finish as I said before with a nice hop bite... plus the alcohol is very well masked at 7.3 so this beer will give you a buzz. I actually like this better than some West Coasters and will now hold a spot as one my favorite beers.

01-27-2011 03:06:09 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of boudreaux


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

A: pours a deep golden, almost amber; crystal clear and filtered; 1 finger white head that reduces within 2 minutes of pouring to leave a touch of lacing on the glass and surface

S: underwhelming; fresh grass, decent dry-hop aroma; also notes of citrus and grain

T: bitter and dry-hopped; crisp and surprisingly light, fresh taste for a beer with a 7.3% ABV

M: stringent, almost metallic; light to medium body; surprisingly mild overall; pretty good

D: goes down dangerously easy and refreshing for such a strong beer

Not bad. Definitely better than most. Still, not quite on par with Bell's Two-Hearted Ale or Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin'.

01-25-2011 05:23:23 | More by boudreaux
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured out an orange-reddish amber with minor head and left minimal lacing. Smells pretty malty at first, hops make their way into the nose with some grapefruit, pine and a bit o citrus. Tastes very balanced. Nice and chewy on the palate, some sharp and spicy pine blends in with a touch of sweetness from the malts, aftertaste mingles the grapefruit and citrusy characteristics nicely, while the moderate carbonation level leaves a nice tingling sensation on the tongue. Just a touch of hoppy bitterness with each sip, body is fairly hefty on this one, no sign of alcohol that I could notice, even with the 7% + abv. A darn good IPA from the folks at Terrapin, drinkability is up there for sure.

01-25-2011 02:53:34 | More by jsdunlop
Photo of GilmooDaddy


3.6/5  rDev -6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a darkened amber orange in color with a non existent head. Small bubbles of carbonation percolate the surface.

(Smell): A very powerful and citrusy aroma reminiscent of sweetened tangerines and oranges. Definitely floral with a hint of grapefruit as well. A little bit of hops can be recognized too.

(Taste): Parallel to the smell, the Hopsecutioner IPA starts off with an abundance of grapefruit/tangerine flavors that follows up with a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

(Mouthfeel): Slight amount of carbonation bubbles on the tongue with a medium body that goes down relatively smooth.

(Drinkability): This IPA is decent, but not amazing. The grapefruit flavor throws it off a bit me for me, but that said, it is completely drinkable and I wouldn't argue if someone placed a glass of it in front of me.

01-23-2011 00:27:25 | More by GilmooDaddy
Photo of oline73


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

01-21-2011 23:20:20 | More by oline73
Photo of woosterbill


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12oz bottle, best by 5/11, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of fine off-white foam; decent retention and nice lace. Attractive, but unspectacular.

S: Assertive, if somewhat muddled, hoppiness: grass, grapefruit, and resinous pine. There's a touch of caramel malt, but it stays entirely in the background. Good, not great.

T: Maltier than the nose, with some toasty caramel malt starting things off, backed up by decidedly herbal hops. Big bitterness and light booze on the finish. A little rough, and really not all that tasty.

M: Substantial medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Pleasant.

D: The ABV is on the high end of the scale for single IPAs, and it definitely shows.

Notes: I really enjoyed Hop Karma, and I was looking forward to seeing what Terrapin would do with a pure, unadulterated IPA. While not a bad beer by any means, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future - there are just too many great IPAs out there to spend much time on the mediocre ones.


01-19-2011 02:32:43 | More by woosterbill


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap into a 16-oz Pint glass

Poured a very clear orange-golden color. No head, but given that it was on-tap, I can't fault the beer with any degree of certainty. An attractive beer in any case, good lacing as well. The smell is somewhat subdued, some fruity hops, not just confined to citrus fruitiness either. It hits the tongue with a nice varied hop fruitiness (grapefruit, maybe some lemon & apple), followed by some very subdued malt sweetness. Nothing lingers on the finish. It's very refreshing and dangerously drinkable, but a little underwhelming overall. It's pleasant, but not overly interesting or complex. Great entry-level or session IPA.

01-19-2011 00:53:39 | More by TJBAIHWL
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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