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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,434
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 78
Gots: 276 | 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 Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

A: Absolutely and positively crystal clear bronze color about a 1-2 finger mildly off-white head after a very hard pour. The retention was serviceable.

S: Not much on the nose.... just a mild bit of orange, lemon, and yeasty malt.

T: Well, the hop bitterness was certainly there, with a tinge of pleasant sweetness. However, this one needed more pine-like quality to the overall taste profile. Pleasant enough....

M: Some carbonation prickliness and fruity sweetness. The bitterness was there in spades.

O: A good solid drinker, but for a brewery that has the reputation Terrapin has, this IPA needs to be tweaked a bit....

Chaney, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/11
*From notes

I sampled this one per cadaugherty's recommendation. Cheers, Chad!

A: Brilliant, rich amber. A reasonable pour leads to a dissapointing 1.5 finger head. The lacing, like the head, doesn't impress.

S: Nice - piney hops! Bitter citrus and slight hints of cedar resin.

T: Really sturdy hop presense up front, which lays a great foundation for the malty mid and a heavy, biting and refreshing finish.

M: Less carbonation then I would have expected, but it's really got a good amount of weight behind it.

O: Quite a delicious surprise. I haven't been overly impressed with a lot of Terrapin's Side Projects recently, and I feel that they've been valuing "quantity not quality".

Having said that, I'm happy to report that their bread n' butter - the Hopsecutioner - is alive, well and drinking beautifully.

Thumbs up.

Rhettroactive, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of knm
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Gotta love the bottle and name! A very filtered dark golden. It has a light head with good lacing.
The Smell is clean and mild. I notice malts, and obviously hops.
Taste is not as hop like as expected. Its there, but not strong enough to fit the name. With that said, this is an amazingly smooth beer! I wish I had access to this brew on a regular basis, another would be great! Cheers

knm, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Somewhat a local beer, being it is from Georgia. One finger pure white head of medium dense foam, leaving a good clinging lace. Color is a 11 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is almost pure grapefruit, but there are traces of orange, lime, and pine. Taste is clean and refreshing. Grapefruit, lemon peel, lime, orange, tangerine, and pine nut. If you like the flavor of hops, this brew is for you. Mouthfeel is a little lacking, quite full and creamy, but leaves a pretty dry feeling on my tongue and back of my soft palette. Yes I will buy this again and I am glad I bought the six pack.

beerprovedwright, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

This beer was given to me by a friend (thanks eric) and it was past it's prime. "best if enjoyed by the 3rd week in feb" - taken into account, and I do plan on re-reviewing fresh

Poured great with awesome carb and a great head. Deep dense bubbles swirled to show the body of the beer, it was clearly big. when held to the light it is a slightly hazy yellow/amber, not quite as amber/orange as most IPAs. Smelled largely of grapefruit and citrus with a slight musky earth in the back, overall I was surprised at how fresh it smelled, the wife smelled it from the other side of the couch. Tasted wonderful, textbook IPA to my tastebuds. It was very bitter ala Stone style, however the body suffered from the age it had on it I think. As the beer warmed the body was watery and pungent.

Great IPA - get it fresh as I intend to

engagechad, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Hopsecutioner pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving behind a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy, but it reminds me of celery. There's some orange citrus and grass with a touch of caramel malt in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry with a light effervescent fizz. Very pleasant! The flavor is a nice balance of floral hops and sweet caramel and pale malt. It starts with orange citrus and pine. That's followed by sweet caramel and bready pale malt. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the bitter pine hop notes linger on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that's fairly well balanced. I thought the aroma was odd, but the flavor is nice.

WanderingFool, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a medium copper color w/ an off white two finger head that quickly goes away. The smell is that of tropical fruit mostly. The taste is interesting. I get apricot, hops, orange, lemon, grapefruit.... but there's something missing. Maybe a little more malt, but that's my personal preference. Mouthfeel is good- pretty smooth finish, and aftertaste goes away fairly quickly. Drinkability is high- This one goes down pretty easy, and you could have 2 or 3 no problem in one session. A good, but not great IPA. Glad I tried this one out...

jayhawk73, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of maxwellboh
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Caramel color with large head that disappears quickly.
S: Can instantly smell the citrus hoppy smell of this style of beer.
T: Not an immediate hop taste. Finishes very strong though.
M: Alcohol hot, but it is an IPA
D: Very good IPA, enjoyed the hoppy feeling throughout. High alcohol volume, but drinks like a 4%.

maxwellboh, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of SteelerNation
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

Average head and lacing with a chill hazed golden brown color. The smell is somewhat dissappointing, and lacks the super citrus hoppy smell I would expect.

The suprising thing about this beer is that it has a very assertive malt profile. I swear I taste wheat in the malt. There is a bitter hop aftertaste, but the hops hardly dominate the palate. I like the smooth malt flavor, but this one is labeled wrong. Terrapin is great at making smooth malt beers. The hops go down smooth like the malt. There is a pronounced citrus hops aftertaste, but not a very sharply bitter one. Easily
drinkalbe with good mouthfeel.

The hopsecutioner name is not deserving of this beer. It just does not deliver. The hops are there, but they aren't enough to slay even a semi-hop head like myself. I still think this beer is good, but compared to the hops in a bottle of West Coast IPA, this is laughable.

SteelerNation, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Carmel color with an off white thick head that laces the glass.

S- not much for me, id love to rate this more but i just dont get much. Hoppy obviously....

T- Wow! this is great! the hops hit you with the freshness and the bitterness lasts. There is some slight citrus. This is a tasty brew that leaves a craft beer person wanting just one more taste

M- carbonated and flavorful, but for me its a pretty medium flavor. Not overpowering.

D- Great brew and an easy drinker if you are a hop head! Hop heads rejoice, this is a great hoppy beer!

JesteR14, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of ClayToporski
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%

A: hazy copper color. Then little amount of head dissipated quickly.

S: A little orange, grass, floral notes.

T: Bitter all the way through. I feel the malt overpowers the hops. I get some orange peel, but I am not really impressed with the overall balance of the beer.

M: Average. Refreshing. Medium Body. Decent Carbonation.

D: an average beer with tons of hops bitterness, but none of the floral citrus notes. Not well balanced. I would not buy this.f

ClayToporski, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of KEL
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

A nice clear Amber color in appearance with minimal head and carbonation.

When you smell this beer it is clear that there is definitly more malt than hops, very sweet caramel aroma. I didn't pick up on any hops by smell alone.

The taste is very malty with a light bitterness at the finish. Although the beer is good tasting I think the name is misleading.

Medium bodied and a bit on the chewy side. I thought it fell a little flat.

Overall I think it is a decent beer but not true to the style it is said to represent. If you like your beer on the maltier side you could probably drink a few of these despite the alchohol content.

KEL, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of gameface23
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Crystal clear orange with a white head that has large formed bubbles.

S: Reasonably unimpressive. There are citrus and pine hops and some caramel, but it is pretty weak.

T: Caramel malt sweetness that has decent hop flavor of citrus.

M: Lighter bodied and a nice level of carbonation.

D: I wish the aroma was better on this, but it's still a pretty good beer.

gameface23, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of shrek806
3/5  rDev -21.7%

poured into a tulip glass, a nice orange hue on the light side with a finger of slowly dissolving head leaving minor lacing

Smells of maybe just a hint of citrus-not a lot of nose to this one at all

Tastes bitter with a faint hint of citrus and pine and an alcohol finish

Mouthful- bubbly with an alcohol sting

Drinkability- not a lot to this one. maybe


my guess= an APA

shrek806, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Single, twelve-ounce copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield. Surprised to see this one there. A super-hopped IPA; classic aromatic aroma and taste bursting with orange peel, clementines, and tangerine nuances. Hopped-up to the max, with a noticeable floral presence as well. This is my rendition of a solid American IPA; high ABV yet alcohol well-masked. I liked this beer; rich, flavorful and satisfying. Great stuff. Recommended.

dsa7783, Feb 23, 2011
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.

TheGordianKnot, Feb 23, 2011
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!

birchstick, Feb 22, 2011
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.

bboelens, Feb 21, 2011
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.

bbarrows, Feb 19, 2011
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. 

mjsheehan08, Feb 17, 2011
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.

ms11781, Feb 16, 2011
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.

Aiptasia, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of CHickman
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.

CHickman, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of grover37
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.

grover37, Feb 06, 2011
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.

HeyItsChili, Feb 04, 2011
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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