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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 83
Gots: 311 | FT: 7
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 brewsclues
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Has light orange/yellow/golden hue with a hint of amber. Good lacing that stayed on the top until the end.

This has a really distinct mango smell (with just a little coconut, too), but not overpowering like a cheap sun-tan lotion. There are a number of fresh citrus fruits in the nose, but those two stand out the most to me. Obviously, there are tons of hops, too (hence the name) but not as many as I was expecting.

Hopsecutioner has a very light taste to it - hard to believe it's 7.3% ABV. It has a nice balance of citrus-y hops (nothing too distinct) with the malt-y backbone, although I would have preferred the ratio weighted more towards the former. The finish is sweet and dry, with plenty of malts that hit the back of the tongue. It doesn't pack much punch in the finish though - it doesn't have much substance to "chew on" for a beer that touts the hops. Another reviewer mentioned it has a "tea-like" taste to it, and I think that's right on. It is very drinkable for a stronger IPA, though. This would be a good summer IPA, although I can't help but thinking that "Hopsecutioner" doesn't quite live up to their name. I'd like to check out more from Terrapin.

brewsclues, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +4.4%

buffs9, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +4.4%

scott2269, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +4.4%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tchaos
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s another product of Stankonia’s LIF: Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Thanks for the beer, dude!

I’m guessing this was brewed this year; it has an “Best if enjoyed by” notch system that says March, Week 4, but it doesn’t say what year. I’m pretty sure it’s good, though.

A: Looks really, really nice; the body, a shining yellowish-amber, is adorned with a bubbly white foam. And, though the head doesn’t last too long, it leaves an excellent web of lacing. There’s a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, as well; very nice appearance.

S: Quite nice: it’s a traditional IPA nose with a unique fruity kick. Oily hop bitters come first, mostly fruity and flowery, augmented by a tart berry aroma. As it mixes with the dark sweetness of the malts, it reminds me of a chocolate-strawberry ice cream sundae – creamy, richly sweet, and tartly fruity. And even as typical light grains come in to finish it out, the uncommon goodness of this nose remains evident.

T: Well-crafted, though mild: to start, there’s a refreshing pop of acidic, lemony fruits. Hops are crisp while still offering a light oiliness, popping with a flavor of citrus pulp. It’s a manageably intense bitter, smooth enough that it’s able to blend into the wheat breads of the malts. Good yeast presence, as well: earthy and a little toasty. The finish is sweet grain, mostly mild. I haven’t had much of Terrapin’s stuff, but this is great.

M: Classic feel, thick and mouth-coating. It’s astringent at times, of course, but on the same level as the viscous textures. Refreshing for an IPA.

O: Alright, Terrapin’s got my attention; I’d love to have access to this all the time. I don’t know if it’s the balanced flavors or the unique fruitiness, but it hits the spot. At any rate, the Schmaltz collaboration in my fridge looks even more exciting now.

BarryMFBurton, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is orange to light amber. The off-white head is moderately sized but fades fairly quickly, with little lacing left behind. Fruity scents are nice but weak, giving the impression that this will be a pretty hoppy beer. It really isn't, for an IPA - malts are front and center; bready and nutty. There is a sweetness to it that is quite unique. A twinge of bitterness and citrus comes through in the finish. While the taste is good and balanced, I expect more of hops punch to rate it among the better IPAs.

DeltaGolfSierra, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Brick Store Pub.

Served in a nonic pint.

A - very good clarity. Reddish-copper color. Left a decent broken horseshoe of lace.

S - Very hoppy. Citrus orange and grapefruit with lots of fresh pine bough to boot.

T - Bitter pine, grapefruit pithiness. Nice malty balance. Quite strong bitterness which lingers long.

M - Mildly dry, medium bodied with nice enough carbonation.

O - Nice IPA but seemed really close to DIPA territory. There are much better examples though.

Spider889, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden in color with about a finger of soapy white head. Film has lots of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a good bit of lacing.

S: Floral, lemon citrus and caramel, bready malts. Nice smelling beer, but nothing that'll knock your socks off.

T: Floral hops really shine in the taste with the lemony citrus present. The bready malts try to provide some balance, but this is a pretty bitter beer(not a complaint). There's a tea like flavor towards the end that I like.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Dry, bitter and slightly sticky.

O: Hopsecutioner is a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer. If you're after a straight forward, bitter hopfest, this would be a good call.

titosupertramp, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a bit of haze and a big white head.

Smells like big floral hops on hops. Some caramel malt comes through after a little swisheroo in the glass.

Taste is hop heavy with a sharp bitterness and big malt backbone. Six hop varieties blend perfectly to create an explosion of tropical citrus, earthy pine and bitterness.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Would definitely go for this again

TheMultiYeast, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Says it's best enjoyed by the second week of June...that was 6 months ago.

A- Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a two finger head that lowers to a one finger head and has dimples in the foam formation that looks very nice. Good lacing as well, with many bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Wow. This is gonna sound weird, but initially I get a perfumey aroma that smells like floor cleaner followed by a rubbery kind of astringency. Now, this might be an unpleasant smell if it wasn't immediately followed by the burst of tropical fruitiness that lingers afterward. Mango, coconut, papaya, pineapple, some lemon and a trace of kiwi and peach are all present in the aroma which is complex at the very least.

T- As soon as I sip, I taste the malts which are more apparent than in the nose. They are of course complemented by the intense hop flavor that's to be anticipated but it's not so much bitter as it is tangy and almost sweet. It's odd though, because the flavor doesn't really match the aroma so when you sip there's a bit of conflict. That astringency is coming through again. Kind of like lemon Pine-sol (not that I've tasted lemon Pine-sol before but you catch my drift). I think the generous amount of alcohol in the brew also has a hand in these strange flavors and aromas.

M- Medium-high carbonation coupled with the oily feel from the hop resins make this brew come through as thick and juicy as one could expect from such an ambitious project.

O- At first, I wasn't impressed by this one. But, once I broke it down and drank it from a glass rather than a bottle, I could fully appreciate it. Terrapin isn't in the forefront of the craft beer movement, but they're one of the major players for sure. Keep it up guys!

Immortale25, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of hmf05
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderfully clear sunset orange with a two finger head that sticks around. Aroma is mostly floral hops, citrus, and caramel. Smells tasty. Taste is citrus, light pine, oranges, and caramel. Slightly bitter but the malt balances it out masterfully. One of the most balanced IPAs that have passed through these lips. Very easy drinking and one that would be perfect for someone new to the style. Not a particularly complex or original IPA, but a delicious one. Good representation of an East Coast IPA.

hmf05, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times now, and when fresh it's a very nice beer. I was particularly pleased with this version in a cask served at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous head. The aromas are a very nice combination of sweet malt, citrusy hops, earthiness, and some drying woodiness from the cask. The taste is similar, with a light citrus and paraffin profile to start and then some sweet malt and woodiness. A little thinner than I'd like for it to really shine- particularly with the oak notes, but overall it's very nice.

Georgiabeer, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of bramsdell
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Imp pint glass.

A: Big, white, foamy head. The head fades down to a thin line over the body eventually. However, the retention is unbelievable. Halfway through, there is still white from the top of the head from the beginning.

S: Floral hops, mostly citrus. Also a nice, sweet, malt sweetness. The smell is very well balanced between these two distinctly separate aromas.

T: The same perfect balance. The hops are citrus-y, but not very bitter. A very faint pine note is also present. The malt back on this beer is really quite remarkable. It's full, thick and sweet. A very nice counter to the hops in the front.

M: Fuller and richer than most American IPAs, mostly due to the maltiness. Leaves a balanced sweet/bitter/sweet flavor on the tongue.

O: A highly balanced beer. For something called Hopsecutioner, I expected a hop-bomb, but there is a lot of malt in this beer. Never overpowering, but I'm not sure that I would have more than one.

bramsdell, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 20 oz. pint glass (I need to get another imperial pint glass)

Starts off as healthy 2 finger foamy head. Great retention and lacing that sticks around the glass till the last drop. Slightly hazy orange or more like a honey color.

Strong citrus hops and a sweet malt hits the nose first. Toasted malt and mild pine as well. You can pick up a little bit of alcohol, but it blends with malt. This American IPA is well balance in it's aroma. No characteristic dominating the other.

The taste is full of citrus and pine hops. Pretty much what I would expect from a good American IPA. Yet at the same time the balance from the malt works perfectly. Slightly toasted and sweet malt. No strong alcoholic notes probably because it blends with the malt so well. Finishes dry and bitter on the piney hop side.

Light to medium bodied and easy to drink. But, be careful with the 7.3% ABV

This is yet another brewery that delivers everything I would want from an American IPA. Strongly hopped yet still keeps some kind of balance.

Luigi, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Jerone
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a one finger slightly off white head that fades and lots of tiny bubbles climbing to the top, leaves good lacing too.

S - Floral and citrus hops with some toasty malts, yum.

T - Sweet malts up front that lead to floral and citrus hops and finishes bitter with a nice toasty bread quality to balance it out.

M - Mouth feel is light to medium with medium carbonation.

O - A solid IPA that I will drink happily anytime of the year.

Jerone, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, this may be my first true foray into the world of beer from Georgia, with apologies to Red Brick, et al. Pours a lightly hazed golden with a thin white cap. Retention is a bit light, leaving a bubbly surface film. The pour is lighter than expected from that corner of the country and that bodes well for me.

Picked up a blast of hops while pouring this one. Digging deeper I find a fairly well balanced IPA with a good dose of floral and citrusy hops along with a bolder malt profile than expected given the paleness of the pour. More earthy hop notes reveal themselves with some exposure yet the everpresent maltiness restrains things a touch.

Flavor offers an orange creaminess with a light bitterness up front and a citric finish. Light touch of hazelnut lingers on the finish. Somewhat balanced and not as overpowering in the hops department as the name might suggest, and what I was looking for, yet pretty solid nonetheless. Feel is full, creamy at times, and easy on the palate, offering a light but steady carbonation. Overall a bit too malt forward for me, though surely not for others and worth a visit and perhaps a revisit should I stumble upon this one again.

HalfFull, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of mtalley999
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a leffe chalice.

Pours a dark amber color with little head that dissipated very quickly. Decent lacing on the glass.

I get mostly a piney aroma on the nose, along with something I can't quite make out. Maybe a little earthy?

Taste is pleasant. Some piney hop flavors and some hop bitterness, but really not that much. Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Overall a decent IPA, but disappointing for a beer with the name Hopsecutioner. Would drink it again if offered, but not something I'm going to seek out.

mtalley999, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of merzeone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle Poured into a mug purchased 10/11

A: Poured a clear golden/light caramel color with a slight reddish color on the head edge. Thick cream colored head good lacing. Very clean and clear..

AR: citrus and herb hop blast with a touch of malt in the back round.

T: Citrus, and Spice almost cinnamon hop flavors with a sweet malt, no biscuit more caramel malts. Very clean profile from the yeast and the bitterness sticks around though the whole taste and well afterwords.

M: good carb medium to light body finishes dry

O: Good to almost great IPA very tasty I enjoyed the more herbal spiciness flavor profile vs the standard citrus bombs.
Give it a few minutes to warm up and the malts will come through a little better.

merzeone, Oct 11, 2011
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.