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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,266
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 187 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 Florida9


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

A: Hazy dull orange in color. Pours with a 1/4" of thickish white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Great aroma of pine and citrus with some sweet malt in the background.

T: Slightly sweet malt moves to a mild bitterness. Some grapefruit and pine.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: A great everyday, sessionable IPA. Quite an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:02:17 | More by Florida9
Photo of joegerards

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow, not a huge 'hop head' but this really is a well-made brew. Terrapin hit a home-run with this beer. Descent nose, not a whole lot going on, but taste and drinkability are unreal. Subtle hints of fruit and spice lead to a great smooth finish. Overall, I really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 04:05:23 | More by joegerards
Photo of Baraka


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

First of all, I absolutely love the name of this beer. Pours a deep copper with a solid head. Features mostly pine flavors with a solid amount of citrus blended in. Very delicious bitterness that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The malt profile is consumed by the hops, but there is still a bit of breadiness that helps to bring out the hop flavors. Nothing envelope pushing, just a really solid, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:07:11 | More by Baraka
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a nice burnt orange, with a two finger off white cap forming. Lacing and retention are both average, I really would have liked to have seen this beer stand out a little more in some way in the looks department. Nose is solid (if not a little weak), a little bit of maltiness and a pine dominated hop aroma (though I can also find a little bit of citrus in there). The malt level on this beer is very nice, a dollop of caramel up front leaves Hopsecutioner not quite as bone dry as a west coast, hop showcase IPA, but also not as sweet as say 60 Minute IPA and its east coast brethren. Unfortunately the hop aspect of this beer falls a bit short. There's a solid bitterness bite to the beer, but I think some more late/post boil hop additions are in order as I had a hard time really locking on to the pine and citrus flavors I was expecting based on the aroma. The nice malt backbone yields a similarly nice body to the beer, and the carbonation level is also spot on, above average but not overbearingly high. Despite the lack of hop flavor, the appreciable malt influence as well as a smooth bitterness made this extremely drinkable, definitely disappeared from my glass faster than I had anticipated. Hopsecutioner has the makings of a great IPA, walking the line between the east and west coast styles, but the lackluster hop flavor is just holding it back.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 03:10:02 | More by axeman9182
Photo of kdawg105


5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very nice IPA. I must say before this Terrapin my favorite IPA was from sweetwater but I like this one much better. It has a dark amber color with a lace that sticks to the glass. The smell very nice kind of a sweet smell but with a huge hops finish. The taste is great with a citrus hint on the hops but leads to a smooth mouthfeel which leads to a wonderful drinkability. I really enjoy this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:49:22 | More by kdawg105
Photo of TKEbeerman


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a translucent orange gold with an off white head. Nothing to impressive, but still tasty looking.

S: The aroma on this brew is a little mute. It's dominate by fruit like hops, and has a very similar aroma to their Boom Shaka Lager. Bready malty yeastiness grounds this beer.

T: The flavor is average for an IPA. Very refreshing and fruity For a name like Hopsecutioner, I expected something that can compete with a Hop Stoopid type IPA.

MF/D: The mouth feel is full with a good amount of carbonation. The drink is great....again refreshing and well crafted for it's ABV of over 7%

Overall this really is an excellent beer. I've had a lot better IPAs, but not many that were refreshing, yet satisfying like this one. Having had the Boom Shaka Lager, I have a feeling they based that brew off of a recipe very similar to this and just bottom fermented the brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:10:48 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-6-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, nice layer of froth on the sides of the glass, carbonation is present, cloudy burnt orange color

S - Hops and orange peel, slight malt aroma

T/M - Medium bodied hoppy brew with a decent hop bitterness at finish, can't taste much in the malt department

D - Very drinkable IPA, not an over powering hop presence but blended well with citrus. I recommend this brew and would for sure drink this one again!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:56:03 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops and a sweet maltiness. In the taste, grapefruit citrus hops and a dryer maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruity aftertaste. Nice hops and good balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 15:11:55 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Vengeance526


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small off-white head that remains as a light ring throughout and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Citric aroma of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits upfront with a touch of caramel and pine in the back.

Although the bottle may have you believe you're in for an intense hop bomb, Hopsecutioner is actually pretty well balanced. Toasted malt and caramel show up in the taste before giving way to the hoppy profile that yields hints of pine upfront followed closely by fruity notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit and mango. Still very much on the hoppy side into the finish but not a total hop explosion, and the balance of flavors worked out quite nicely.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall this was a very drinkable and maybe even underrated IPA from Terrapin. Next time I have access to a sixer of this, there's a good chance I'll be picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:53:45 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of Reaper16


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

12oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a caramel/butterscotch looking color. The body looks to be medium-bodied from the way it sloshes around in the glass. Barely a finger's worth of head on this one; made of compact bubbles and presents itself as a buttermilk/yellow-tinged color. Decent, spindly lacing.

Some tropical fruit on the nose of this one - guava, tangelo - along with orange juice. A gentle presence of pine. Some sweet malt smells poke through here and there. Sounds really good but something is off. It doesn't cohere. That and the tropical fruits are pretty light.

Hopsecutioner is strange in that it seems to have lots of good attributes on paper but the beer stumbles around a bit on the palate. There is ample pine flavor. Some grassy notes. Orange and a tiny bit of Summit hop scallion flavor. The finish is abrasive pine and a brief flourish of mango. It reads like a very nice IPA. But taken all together it doesn't add up to a cohesive whole. The tropical fruits come too late, the pine is too present without ever being bitter enough (so it is like weak pine, not-good-enough pine). Good effort, though tantalizingly close to being very good.

The body of this beer is pretty evenly medium for the style. I prefer a thinner body but this works. Something is slightly off with the carbonation. You get the prickly sensation of bubbles yet the beer feels nearly flat at points.

Overall I think this is a very decent IPA that comes close to being really good. A strong, solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 05:37:28 | More by Reaper16
Photo of garuda


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks pretty good with a hazy copperish orange, one finger off white head that has good retention and lacing down the glass.

S - Balanced evenly between citrus and pine hops with dark, dried fruits.

T - Dark fruits in the front transition to mostly citric, tangerine-like hops, with some bitterness through the finish. Leaves me wanting some more hops.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, with some residual hop oils coating the mouth.

D - Nicely done, although I prefer a more pronounced hop profile in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 22:44:17 | More by garuda
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 21:38:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of tchenery


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

The beer looks a nice deep, dark orange color. It's kind of hazy and thick looking, has a nice head that's receding though. It smells delicious and very piney. Second smell is definitely grapefruit and passionfruit.

Taste is maltier thatn I expected, but very good. It mellows into a slight bubblegummy, oily hop flavor throughout the sip and ends on a lip smacking thickness.

Mouthfeel is a little too chewy for my tastes, but it comes with the style I guess, especially one that's amped up a bit.

Very drinkable. I got a 6 pack and I'm glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 20:54:32 | More by tchenery
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Sona 13, in Morristown, NJ. Poured a golden-amber, with two fingers of white, good retention, and good lacing. Smelled of pine, bitter herbs, and some orange peel. The taste was very bitter dry at first, with a very good malty midpalate, and a semi-dry malty orange peel finish. Overall, not very complex, but very balanced. Not much carbonation visually, but there is a sneaky hint of carbo in the feel that makes the medium body a little more pleasant. Tasty and very sessionable, but my only knock was that the presence of sweetness in the finish got a little much by my third pint.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:35:30 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of ArrogantB


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

12oz bottle split by a friend. Dark orange color with a hoppy smell, bitter aspirin too. The flavor was hoppy yet well balanced with a distinct maltiness to it. Interesting stuff and I'd like to get a couple more for further comparison purposes...Terrapin is always interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:56:59 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Pours cloudy orange-amber with white marshmallow head. Aroma of deep citrus, wet hops, soap, and faint mint. Great taste and full of hop bite. Citrus notes, slight hop resin, faint orange rind towards the finish and light, alcohol-soaked fruit towards the end as well. Thick in body with light carb. Full of flavor but surprisingly unintimidating. I was expecting much more of the alcohol to come through but it hides well behind the big flavor. Another round of applause for Terrapin. The Hopsecutioner is a contender.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 00:27:06 | More by JRed
Photo of JamesS


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a wonderful copper color with great head and excellent lacing. Wonderfully deep aroma, with a great thick malt backing and great bitterness in the nose; a lot of citrus, with some nice herbal hops as well. Wonderful taste, a great thick malty beer with a wonderful hard hit of hops at the end, lasting on the tongue; slight citrus, wonderful grassy hops. Went down exceptionally well.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 18:46:12 | More by JamesS
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass.

Amber copper, slightly opaque, with a thin head. Good lacing and retention.

Nose is malty and bready, with notes of citrus hops and grapefruit.

A nice, balanced IPA, easy to drink. On the sweeter side of the spectrum, but still quite good.

Slightly creamy texture, with a lighter body and carbonation than I'd expected.

Not a bad pickup - a solid IPA. Worth a pick up for the label art alone...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 20:31:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of detlefchef

North Carolina

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

Clear reddish brown color and medium head.

Honestly, I pull way more malt off the nose than I do the hop profiles. Not that it isn't without piney and citrus notes, but it's all sitting behind the ripe malt. Sort of like an almost double and I think I'd prefer it not so.

ETA: On second swirl, I did get some nice mango fruit on the nose. Ticking it up a half pt.

That said, there is a nerviness and somewhat aggressive hop quality to the palate but it's certainly not remarkable in any way.

Solid texture but the toasty quality on the back curbs the refreshment.

Solid enough but I could start listing IPAs I like and get long into the list before I got to this one.

Paired with:
Dried fruit and sweet potato stuffed anaheim with walnut cream sauce.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:13:21 | More by detlefchef
Photo of Beejay


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber with good bit of ruby. Nice off white head, good lacing.

S: Smells lovely, sweet with caramel, some fruit scents in there; pineapple, strawberry, and plum.

T: Malty sweet, hops roll in quite nicely. Some nice fruit flavors in there, they follow the smell, tropical fruits and berries. Decent malt flavor. I think this bottle may be a bit old, but I can see what it would be fresh.

M: Fairly dry as far as the body is concerned, carbonation may be a tad high.

D: Definitely good. I think I would like to try a fresher batch, but even now it is pretty good. I don't think it is going to topple a lot of other brewers IPA, but it is certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:23:45 | More by Beejay
Photo of CrellMoset


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

Hopsecutioner, on tap at Tyler's, Durham, NC. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Transparent, no head, web of surface foam, sudsy collar, average amount of average sized car, good swaths of sticky but shiny lacing.

Aroma: Heavily sprucey, leafy, and minty, this one showcases a very woody, green hop bouquet, with a few higher sweet roasted tones intermingling with some faint citrus. Pleasant and complex, if not outstanding.

Taste: Very herbal - strong mint, tobacco, and rosemary mingle with a spicy pine note. Citrus is present but a little muted - mostly dull grapefruit, orange. Malt backbone is nicely roasted, relatively sweet, caramelly, faintly toasty. Bitterness is subdued, a little on the low side for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, relatively crisp, lots of carbonation so beer is reasonably even.

Drinkability: A solid if not outstanding IPA that I could see myself picking up a sixer of, especially when visiting my folks down in GA. The abv% on this one is a little high for an IPA, all things considered, so it's not like I'd down the sixer by myself ... and it's also not the best IPA out of Georgia, but it is a solid runner up, one I'm glad to have tried, and one I'm sure I'll be having again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 00:05:31 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of AdamGarcia


2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in tulip pint.

A: Pours a rather clear orange-ish copper. A relatively small, but fluffy, ivory head comes from a semi-vigorous pour. Head displays decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Sweetish almost bready smell...cornbread maybe? Nearly a complete lack of hop character in the scent. wtf?

T: Piney up front followed by just a bit of mango. Malty carmel sweetness. Peppery spice from the hops. Finishes a bit too sweet for an IPA...reminds me a little of orange kool-aid.

M: Soft and coating, but a little thin. Too watery.

D: Not a very interesting beer, but it is fairly easy to drink. Also, it drinks at a little lower than 7.2% abv.

I remember enjoying this beer more when I've had it on tap in the past, but I found this go 'round to be completely underwhelming. Maybe the bottled version is inferior, or maybe it's just not as good as I recall. Either way, its not a bad beer, but there are so many good IPA's out there that this one doesn't do anything to separate itself from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:42:45 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of jacobseyb


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fox and Hound in Birmingham. Copper colored with two finger white head. Laced well. Smell is rather faint for hops some aroma, not much. Taste has definite citrus hops and bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation and pretty smooth. Definite oiliness. Overall pretty good, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 02:22:16 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of AgentMunky


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The label is great -- a hooded terrapin with a chopping axe and an amusing blurb. Hazy copper-brown with light bubbles. It pours viscously, like oil. No head; sparse lacing.

S: An understated, mild scent of hop oil.

T: Frankly disappointing. Lots and lots of hops don't have much punch. Furthermore, the taste is muddled with a strong citrus flavour. The hoppy oiliness is welcome, but the tartness not so much. The aftertaste is smooth and surprisingly good, with a pleasant (not overstated) hoppiness.

M: Carbonation complements the flavour of the beer. Oiliness sweeps the tongue without clinging to it.

D: Watery-smooth and good enough. As hoppy beers go, you can do better. As beers go, you can do much worse.]

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:30:31 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of cbak999


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

Had on draft at Taps Grill 7/21/10. Reviewed from notes.

A: Came from the bar, a deep orange color, with hardly any head. Lacing as the beer went down was decent.

S: Beer smells great. Seems like you are in for a big hop taste.

T: Decent...that's about it. Seems like with the name, I'd stand out as a supper hoppy bear, but it doesn't. There's a bit more malt there...but a good blend. I just don't think the beer does the name justice - I would like to see a 95+ IBU.

D: I had this beer from the bottle once and wasn't real impressed. From the tap, it's better. Very drinkable for the a 7+% IPA. I will be having this again on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 13:39:41 | More by cbak999
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,266 ratings.