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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,513
Reviews: 680
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 83
Gots: 309 | FT: 7
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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 azdback
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Color is a bright, cloudy orange. Quite a few tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a creamy, bright white, one finger head. The lace looks pretty sticky and does leave a nice patchy mark on the inside of my empty glass.

Smell is of some sweet citrus or maybe pineapple. These smells aren't as overpowering as I would like. There are also some biscuit or yeast and some grassy notes as well.

The taste is initially pink grapefruit and tangerines. I can taste some pineapple also. The yeast I smelled are not here in the taste at all I am very happy they are not. There is also some sweetness from the malts and just a tinge of alcohol warmness.

Mouth is very bright and wonderful. There is just the right touch of carbonation. A wonderful beer for a hot Summer afternoon. Refreshing is the key.

Overall this is a wonderful East Coast example of an American IPA. Too many East Coast offerings concentrate on the malt and yeast bill, when they could just brew something like this. Wonderful IPA and thanks to McNuts for this extra!!

azdback, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Another bottle courtesy of jsanford. Cheers Jacob!

A- Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap that sticks around for some time.

S- Grapefruit and orange citrus hops upfront with some pine and floral notes and finishes off with some caramel malt. While the nose is nice, I wish it was a little more pungent.

T- Citrus hops including grapefruit, orange zest and lemon zest upfront followed by some pine and floral hops. There is a fair amount of caramel malt and some sweet candied pineapple towards the end.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a dry and slightly boozy finish. I'm surprised the alcohol is this noticeable despite being only 7.3 ABV.

O- A solid IPA that is well balanced with a nice citrus hop profile backed up with a solid amount caramel malt. The one factor that hurts this beer for me is with the slight booziness that affects the mouthfeel and drinkability a bit. Still a good brew and definitely worth trying.

iadler, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Best By week 3 of August 2011) into a pint glass. Thanks to Dan3279 for hooking me up with this little gem.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2- finger cream-colored energetic head of rather large bubbles that quickly fades to a thin island dustingg and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy copper amber with a decent amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Almost no lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Sweet and grassy, the nose holds a marvelously complex combination of aromas. Honey, orange cream, apricot, and cut flower stems give this beer a layered and intriguing quality.

Spicy hops implode on the tongue at the very beginning of the sip. Sweet, but light citrus follows quickly with the spiciness staying strong in the background. A piny and citrusy bitterness lingers on the entire tongue while the spiciness continues to sting the roof of the mouth.

Very light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer goes down like seltzer water. While not very sticky, its presence dissipates while leaving a surprisingly strong flavor quality.

Terrapin's Hopsecutioner is a very refreshing beer that is perfect on a hot summer day. The bitterness is not strong enough to satisfy a true hophead, but it compliments the flavors in the beer nicely.

output01x, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - A clear orange body with an off white head that dies to a ring but leaves a little lace.

S - Good hop aroma that is very earthen, grassy, piney, and biscuty. There is only a slight citrus profile on the end. I can tell its gonna be an earthen IPA from the spices in the nose.

T & M & D - Taste is same as the nose. Earthen and spicy and very aromatic in the palate as well. The mouth is actually smooth and not as bitter on the back end. It is definately drinkable.

O - A solid APA and one I would get again. If you like a spicy grassy IPA it will be one for you.


CuttDeez, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a heavy malt sweetness with a balmy piney hop spice.

The taste consisted of a full caramel sweetness from the heavy grainy malts coupled with peppery and piney hops. Some alcohol detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a good malt driven IPA. Not the hop forward beer I was expecting however.

plaid75, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I was not a huge fan of the bottled incarnation last year, this one is very nice; I don't know whether it is due to batch variation, or a result of it being better on-tap, but I like it a whole lot more. Firstly, it has a great nose; tropically fruity with dank notes of cannabis. Tangerine, mango and lychee are suggested with some very piney bitterness; the taste is more of the same but perhaps lesser in intensity. The malt is sugar-cookie like, the feel is medium-bodied and toothy with a clean finish. Overall, this is really quite good .

ktrillionaire, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear copper color, with a thick white head on top. The lacing was pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a large amount of hops on the nose, as it should with a name like Hopsecutioner. The taste of the beer is citrusy, piney, and had a pretty good malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty slick and still well carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty enjoyable. I would drink it again for sure.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in PA last week and "best before" date not marked, so no idea of freshness, but this is a wonderfully flavourful bottle and I regret only picking up a 6 pack.

Colour and mouthfeel appealing, but as expected from an American IPA. Aroma not overwhelmingly hoppy, but sufficiently enticing to rate above average (imo). Taste a well balanced tropical fruit blend with subtle citrus undertones. Can not discern between pineapple, mango or papaya - just believe it to be sweet and tropical and exactly what I wanted on this summer day!

Mild aftertaste means less of a lingering bitter finish than I'd personally choose, but very sweet taste nicely contrasts with this mild bitterness. The 7.3% ABV is frighteningly well hidden and I wouldn't have guessed anything near that value.

I now have a reason to visit Georgia!

hopsolutely, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The best by date is December, and it's July...not sure how Terrapin does their freshness on hoppy beers but I hope it isn't more than six months out and so I'm assuming this one is pretty fresh.

Very pure golden amber color, nice and clear but pretty typical for an IPA. The head is thin and fades pretty quickly.

The nose is pretty sweet, not a lot of hops but some enticing candy aromas and some floral and weak citrus notes. Taken by itself, the smell is very nice. Considering that the beer is an IPA, it's not very promising in terms of what kind of hop profile you might expect.

Okay, it's hoppier than the nose led me to expect, but not by much. Not a lot of complexity in the hop profile, just some light bitterness with a bit of sugar thrown in somewhere. Maybe a little flower, maybe a little orange citrus, but really you have to search hard to find anything interesting.

Not really sure about the mouthfeel, there's noticeable fizz in the mouth but not a lot of body and no head retention. Not terrible but not very impressive either.

Overall, the beer is plenty drinkable but hardly oustanding. Not very hoppy, not very citrusy, but fortunately not very malty either. I'm going to finish the glass but I'm not going to buy it again anytime soon. Decent but boring.


AlexFields, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a long day at work, it was nice to settle in with a hoppy beer. Actually, it is just nice to settle in with a hoppy beer... the work is just an excuse.

This is my first from Terrapin. I am excited to try one of theirs since seeing an interview of the master brewer on a podcast.

The head and coloring didn't look like anything special. There is a honey/orange color and a one finger head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing in the glass. The carbonation stays while I drink this glass.

The aroma is heaven for this "hop-head." I get lots of pine and citrus. I just got hit in the head with a grapefruit.

The taste matches the aroma well. I wish the label showed the IBU's as this one must be high. It is a very tasty IPA.

Thank you to Terrapin for making a great beer.

ummswimmin, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Really dank wet hop aroma with some pine and a huge wave of grapefruit. Very citrusy and very nice!

T- Bitter hops upfront with some grapefruit and booze. Not alot of malt to speak of but a slight sweetness is present in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation.

O- Overall a very nice IPA and one I would pick up again when traveling to GA.

projectflam86, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Jax in Florida.

A- Bright and clear golden body wit ha good 2-finger white head that stays for a while and leaves some very sticky lace.

S- Smell is big on piney hops at first followed by a nice mango/grapefruit citrus aroma. Some sweet breadiness comes through in the end.

T- Big bitter bite up front which almost deadens the palate, but the piney and citrusy hop flavors are able to show through no problem. Again, a little malt sweetness is there, but lightly.

MF- Nice full body, but crisp at the same time. Good amount of carbonation let the flavors coat the mouth and make it last.

LtCracker20, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths on Park Rd. Charlotte
apperance golden orange, nice head, decent lacing
smell - pine, resin, some bread
taste - bitter, dry hops all through, no sweetness in this one
mouthfeel - a little thin, but to be expected with the taste upfront
Overall - good solid everyday offering from a very solid brewery.

HopDiggityDawg, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick inch off white head into a tulip glass. Beer is an orange hue. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Citrus notes.

T- Hops aren't so hard hitting in this one and match up nicely to the malt...well balanced. Faint citrus. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel though creamy.

D/O- Can an IPA be easy drinking at 7.3%abv? If so, put this one in that category. Nothing stands out flavor-wise but solid none-the-less.

Duff27, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Ryanm1
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a one off beer that I had. I drank it out of the bottle but poured a shot out to see that it had an amber-copper color. There was a lot of carbonation in the beer with a lot of bubbles in the same glass.

Typical hoppy taste that comes with India Pale Ales. My pension for the more mild wheat type beers leaves me unimpressed with this one. Could I pick this one out of a line up from Sierra Navada by taste? I don't think so. The more I drink of this the less it impresses me. I then poured it into a glass to open up the boquet. Once poured into the glass it had a sweeter smell, and a sweet initial taste followed by the hoppiness after taste. The one good thing this Georgian beer has going for it is that 7.3%ABV.

Ryanm1, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 2/1/11

Appearance: A bit darker than a typical IPA, more copper/amber than just orange - nice head and lacing

Smell: Mostly resiny hops with some grapefruit - sweet caramel malts - actually smells pretty balanced

Taste: Starts off great - nice, sweet and toasty malt backbone - mostly pine, but some citrus - bitterness is great, and it seems to accumulate over time - unfortunately, this did not warm up well - both the malts and hops became less interesting over time

Mouthfeel: At first, medium-bodied and nicely balanced - but as it gets to room temperature, it almost tastes watery

Overall: Good, not fantastic

Hopsecutioner is definitely good and definitely worth a try. I will certainly never forget it simply because of the label art. If this were labeled "Tonberry Ale," it wouldn't be a stretch (except for copyright laws).

angrybabboon, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted from a bottle obtained in a trade. The pour is clear amber orange with a medium head that quickly dissipates to leave a bit of bubbles on the top and around the collar. Nose is bitter orange and grapefruit hops with some bread malt and a hint of soy sauce. The flavors of this beer are very well balanced. The hops offer much more fruitiness than the nose would have suggested with more fresh citrus and even some tropical fruits coming through on the palate along with a very nice caramel and bread maltiness. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation and a nice long finish where the bitterness from the hops kicks in very nicely.

wedgie9, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, finishing off this evening with a lil hopsecutioner from terrapin. I wish these guys were up here in cuse. Every brew I tried from them has been delicious

A- hazy golden orange with a fluorescent glow of a body. The brew had a head that disappeared... but there is some lacing

S- piney resin with caramel malt and some bready tones. Very malt forward with the scent and citric hops all over.

T- the same type of caramel malt is compiled with the pine forest hops that were detected in the scent. Bitter in the end and as close to a piney/citric ipa with good malt balance as there is

M- cabonated and syrupy with flavors of the brew

D- Hopsecutioner is a good ipa that is completely tuned in to a malty ipa with a good hop presence. I would try again

lovindahops, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking orange-ish IPA. Soapy looking head leaves lacing down my Sierra Nevada becker glass. Hopsecutioner is a filtered IPA.

Good citrus aroma balanced with a bread-y malt bill. The flavor is much better, or should I say a stronger version of the aroma. I like the choice of hops which leave a moderate bitter finish. West Coast IPA lovers may be a little disappointed, but Hopsecutioner is right down my alley. I think this is my favorite of the Terrapin everyday beers. Living in Atlanta I always seem to get a fresh product even though I can't verify it by the label. They have the nomenclature on the label to mark it, but I have never seen them notched properly.

The mouth feel is medium and nicely carbonated. Terrapin products are available all over Atlanta. I bought this 6-pack at the grocery on a small shopping errand. Hopsecutioner and Sweetwater's IPA are excellent local products that are always fresh and available. They serve as outstanding choices for an everyday IPA. The Sweetwater IPA is unfiltered so it gives me a choice on what I prefer on any given day.

You can't go wrong with this one. Definitely worth a try...

airheadmtrcycle, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, very slightly hazy coper colored with a small, average lasting, whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Bready, toasty malts. Slight caramel. Prominent hops, mostly resinous and piney. Somewhat inviting.

F/M - Bready malts, and lots of piney hops. Slightly resinous, with a slight citrusy aspect. Otherwise clean. Medium bodied, but a little thin for the style. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering piney hop flavor.

O - Pretty good, but a little 1 dimensional. Clean, dry, and refreshing, it holds its own against many other IPAs, but it really didn't wow me.

domtronzero, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light copper color with less than a finger of dense off white head, great lacing!

S - Awesome hop aroma, citrusy and refreshing. Nice malty sweetness and some grassy notes as well

T - Quite bitter, very drinkable. Very malty for the style, too but nicely balanced. A good combo of citrusy and floral hops. A nice dry bite at the finish. Great aftertaste

M - Medium bodied or more, nice carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - Good or better from start to finish, really like this brew as a go to beer!

MacQ32, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my friend Audi for bringing it up from Atlanta.

A: Crystal clear darker gold color. Aggressive pour leads to fluffy 2 finger head that stuck around for quite a while. Strong excellent lacing. Very nice appearing IPA.

S: Hop profile has faded a bit but it is still very hop-forward which is expected from a brew named Hopsecutioner. Sweet citrus profile here as well with some sweet malt.

T: Wow...for a beer that is a week or two past its peak, this is one heck of an IPA. Really nice hop profile with the piney and citrus hops sharing a dance floor and sharing it well. Malt back end plays nicely here as well. What a wonderful flavor. Alcohol well hidden here...7.3 could get creepy.

M: Decent body, bitter hop oils, nicely carbonated. Good feel.

O: A solid IPA and seeing as this is my first Terrapin experience, I'll be gladly going back for more. A really nicely constructed beer and one I could easily kick back a sixer of in a session.

suspect, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden amber bodied beer. About 1 finger of white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and pine. Smells juicy and fresh.

Taste: Bready and caramel malt. Mid taste you start to get a moderate hop bitterness. Lots of pine. Primary citrus flavor is oranges with hints of grapefruit and lemon. The beer is a bit more malt forward than I expected and I could use a bit stronger hop profile and a little less malt. Still has decent balance.

Mouthfeel: This beer is noticeably warming.
Medium bodied and low carbonation for the style of beer. You can taste a little bit of the booze in the beer and it has an aggressive yet dry hop finish.

Overall: A nice beer; it’s interesting. Can’t say I have ever had an American IPA that tastes like this before… Terrapin is a great brewery and this beer is a solid offering, but it is a bit rough around the edges. It’s an American IPA that wants to be a DIPA. Regardless, I still like the beer and would buy another 6 pack of this beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Duffman929
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at fatheads in pittsburgh.

Light amber in color, pours with a reddish hue.

Smell is of citrus and hops.

Tastes of grapefruit, pine, and a balance of malt and caramel.

The feel is smooth and balanced, with a minor lingering of bitterness.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would happily have another.

Duffman929, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of tewaris
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

American IPA
Terrapin Beer Co.
7.3% ABV
78 IBUs
OG: 16.3
FG: 3

12 oz. bottle with a best by of August, Week 2, poured into a shaker pint on 06/15. Thanks BulbMan!

Pours with slight haze, resembling orange candy with a moderate head. The retention and, especially, the lacing is impressive for the size of the head. Smells malty and fruity, with notes of tropical fruit. No pungent character to go with the name.

Tastes fruity, pineapples and mangoes in my opinion; with bitterness coming up only towards the end. Still quite bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and rather creamy; finish is quite dry and the carbonation is moderate. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that is delicious but lacks character. Gets a wee but aggressive with warmth (greener and sharper) but stays quite balanced; too balanced I think. Overall a well done AIPA but that's about it.

Also, I can taste the alcohol, I can feel the alcohol warmth and I do not think that this beer needs to be 7.3% ABV for any reason other than bang for the buck.

Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 3.5/5

tewaris, Jun 15, 2011
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,513 ratings.