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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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very good

2,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 192 | 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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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A darker shade of amber with some clarity...a thin white head formed and quickly faded away to a tiny ring...some lacing

s - The hops were apparent...pine and citrus varieties...a dose of sweet, caramel malts as well

T - There wasn't anything special in the flavor...it was pretty standard...the hops started off sweet and citrusy...some orange and grapefruit...the hop sweetness carried over to the malt sweetness where a nice does of caramel become evident...the hops, however, did make a nice, bitter ending to the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a nice bitter finish

D - I guess I was expecting more from all the hype this one was bringing but then again their "hoppy beers" (Rye Squared and Pale Ale) haven't wowed me much...a decent IPA that I'd drink if it was laying around

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 17:57:23 | More by thain709
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Gooball201

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pin is an up and coming brewery in my area in terms of distribution. This IPA was a great selection for a picnic. The subtle sweetness offset the Hoppiness perfectly. Will definitely be buying more for the Summer months ahead. The only problem (if you don't like high ABV) is the over 7.0 ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 11:37:10 | More by Gooball201
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Jbonzee

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy! Tastes like a bag of earth farts. Weak after taste that dissapates but the initial taste is awesome, green, fresh, a bit sweet yet not wet, with a werthers origin--no werthers chocola--werthers original dropped in the bottom for malts. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 02:54:29 | More by Jbonzee
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best enjoyed by Week 4 of June.

Appearance: Deep orange body, sort of clear with huge, frothy head (3 fingers easy) that sticks around for a while and leaves it's trace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Orange, tangerine, damp hops with grassy overtones. Not bitter at all but rather has a fruit-like sweetness.

Taste: Well, bitterness is present. Big grapefruit taste with some tangerine tucked away in there. Hops have faded a bit but it's still good. Has an overripe taste a little with a certain dryness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with average carbonation but something about it doesn't make it entirely comfortable though it's not unpleasant. Quite astringent in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinkable and ABV not immediately perceptible. I would have it again though maybe a little fresher.

Overall: A good IPA with some strong points (aroma & looks mostly) and a taste that keeps me engaged. I'd pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:23:32 | More by papat444
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from tap into standard pint. The appearance of this brew was a pale orange with a white two-finger head that lingered. This brew also had very nice lacing throughout. The aroma was dominated by hops but not overpowering. The flavor was pretty hoppy (as you would expect) with a slight malty note with a crisp hop finish. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, this brew is hard to beat for the price and it's availability (around here that is). It also has just the right amount of hoppiness to satisfy a hop-head but not too overpowering to scare off newcomers to this style of beer. This is my personal favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 12:11:31 | More by thagr81us
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

Pretty, pretty color. Could stand to have more head and lacing as far as the style goes but it's a perfectly clear copper color.
Scent is seductive. Bright, hoppy character, and whenst warmed, offers bright fruity flavors. Can't quite pin down specific fruit at the moment but it's in the realm of nectarines, peaches and apricots.
Flavors are well within that realm. Enjoyable hop type things going on with a depth that reminds me of smoke and/or rich, fermented fruits. Clean flavors.
Happy to have this about. Quality ingredients and brewing. This doesn't quite make my top ten list of IPAs but that's a highly competitive list. Tasty times.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 07:04:22 | More by ommegangpbr
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StonyB

New Jersey

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

It's 11:59 pm. Death Row. The Governor hasn't called. Prepare to be hopsecuted...

Oh, we've heard about the Hopsecutioner. He's that 7.2% American IPA from those mad scientists, er, brewers, down in Athens. What do you expect from a city that gave us R.E.M. and The B-52's?

The door opens with a loud creak, and he strides in. Beneath his mask, we see the fluffy (yet menacing) head of foam that doesn't want to go away. The body is a deep brassy bronze, muscular, a little darker than usual for the style. Being a hopsecutioner can do that to a beer...

He closes in. That's not the smell of fear, but it is the smell of piny hops, with a little bit of citrus and floral ones thrown in for kicks. It's not quite the frontal assault one might expect, but is actually somewhat nuanced. Perhaps the hopsecutioner isn't quite what he seems...

Time for the kill shot. It's a tasty demise. A well-balanced combination of bitter pine, tangy citrus and sweet malt. Some hints of bubblegum and black pepper, maybe a touch of lemon. The hopsecutioner knows his job, and he does it well...

Drifting into the abyss, we hope that beervana exists, and that we're headed there for eternity. We also notice the crisp carbonation, the medium body, and the present but not overwhelming hop acidity. So this is what being hopsecuted feels like...

His work completed, the hopsecutioner exits, making his way toward his next victim. If death by beer is my fate, there are some other IPA's I may prefer to slay me. But the hopsecutioner can stand proudly as someone I'll invite over again. He may not be all smiles, but he's good company, in his own way...

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 20:54:32 | More by StonyB
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from a six pack purchased at Capones outside of Philly. "Best if enjoyed by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours lighter amber, with a subtle light golden orange hue. Leaves fine scattered lacing on the glass. The head is tight and solid, with retentive powers in evidence. Light fruity sweet, and mildly hoppy nose. More tropical fruit infused hops picked up, nice flowery and r. Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA. Picking up further notes of biscuity malts, some quite drying graininess late. I like. Solid AIPA. Robust and heady sessioner

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:07:05 | More by Billolick
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Lukafer

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber with a couple of fingers worth of head. Smell slight citrus hops. Tastes hoppy but balanced, very delicious. Good carbonation, but seems a bit thin. Very drinkable beer, not overly hoppy or bitter for this style, but balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:04:55 | More by Lukafer
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JayQue

Virginia

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

Good looking beer! Pours a clear yellowish amber color with a nice size delicate white head with lots of tiny bubbles - like a Belgian. Good ladder-like lacing and decent head retention. Smell is disappointing for an IPA, some hops bitterness but mostly grassiness like a lager.

Taste is fairly average. Nice balance between hoppiness and malt but nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel is richn enough for an IPA and fairly crisp.

Drinkability is average/slightly better than average. Definitely some flavor here, nicely balanced but not enough to warrant downing a lot of this 7.2% beer

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:16:51 | More by JayQue
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GregSVT

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: This pours a semi-clear beautiful amber with a big white head that fades and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of tons of awesome citrusy/tropical fruit hops. The fruity aromas are mango and apricot...excellent. One of the better smelling regular IPAs I've had in a while.

T: The taste is a big blast of citrusy/fruity hops and a slight bitterness on the finish. I'm deducting 1/2 a point because it loses a bit of the flavor you'd expect from the nose. Still very balanced and tons of flavor...great stuff.

M: The feel is creamy and oily with alot of nice carbonation. Coats the mouth in hop flavor and lets the finish last for a good amount of time.

D: I would buy this all the time for my hoppy beer fix. The ABV is slightly higher than most IPAs but I would drink a few of these at a time.

This is how I like my IPAs...balanced and yet super flavorful. I can't believe this one is not higher on the hype list. I so wish Terrapin would distribute to TX.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:04:18 | More by GregSVT
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amazing name and label: Terrapin's turtle mascot in executioner hood, brandishing a sparging racket in place of an axe, looking menacingly on as hop buds await their death in the guillotine. Nice!

Burnt orange in color, with an inch-thick head that ends up as a skim-and-crown rather quickly.

Hops are primarily fruity, citrus and otherwise. They dominate the nose, and somehow remind me of various Magic Hat beers. Hmm.

Good balance of citrus fruit and grassy bitterness on the tongue. Malt seems on the weak side, yielding entirely to the hops, although it's not an unforgiving tongue-wrecker either. There's a resinous quality that's nice, and a lavender element too, so you get to taste hops from a few different angles here. Slight fruity sourness dominates the finish. A bit dry.

A little over-fizzy in the mouth, and even kind of thin. Not a lot of presence, texturally, probably the biggest failing of this beer.

Although the label and the name of this beer totally rule, this is one of those fantastic "hop+" puns that goes a little overboard in name but not flavor (like the even more misleading Hop-Ocalypse). Still, it's a very tasty little IPA that quenches and satisfies, and I can see drinking this one often if I had it available to me regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:23:47 | More by Metalmonk
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, best by fourth week of December

Pours a light brown color with a half inch head that fades fast and leaves some lacing.

Aromas consist of citrus, pine, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and malt.

The tasting experience is not as exciting as the aroma would lead you to believe. Flat malt flavors that give way to a standard level of bitterness in the middle/finish. Watery feel and very little carbonation add to the lackluster drinking experience.

In a craft market that is choked with IPAs, I don't see myself reaching for this one ever again. There's better ones out there. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:55:36 | More by pvsob
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, glowing amber with not much in the way of retention. There still is a sticky film that leaves tons of lacing thought.

S- The best part of this beer. Very floral, citrusy and hop forward. It is backed by a little bit of toasty, cracker like malts. There is lots of orange, lemon, lime, and pineapple.

T- Really hop forward, but the malt bill is still robust. The hops are quite bitter and astringent. It approaches medicinal at times but stays pretty tasty.

M- Thin body, watery at times. The carbonation is low, but very sharp. This beer is very very dry.

D- I think this ABV is getting high for a regular IPA. It makes it a little less sessionable. I dont want to get tipsy from two IPAs. That said, the alcohol is well hidden here and this is a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 03:11:14 | More by MbpBugeye
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BricksandPorter

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two cold ones into a Dortmunder Boot glass.

Pour - slightly cloudy golden brown with one finger of lacy head. Very smooth head, creamy with tiny bubbles. Very creamy, but quick. Appears to be heavily carbonated.

Nose - floral, hoppy and citrusy. Weak notes of lavender and moss.

Taste - light malt flavoring with a citrusy sweetness. Very bitter hops with a clean, dry finish. Herbal notes are savory - like parsley. Birp is solid hopps.

Mouthfeel - medium-heavy carbonation gives a strong bite but is complementary to hoppy bitterness. Kind of chunky on the way down.

Drinkability - while smoothness leaves something to be desired, this is a well balanced IPA (definitely an east coast style) and has a real nice flavor. I could do a case of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 14:49:42 | More by BricksandPorter
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Terrapin thanks to kkipple.

A: Rises a huge 3+ finger head in my Chouffe tulip glass. The fluffy head fades very slowly, maybe too slowly as I have to wait for it to bide down so I can pour the rest of the beer, and more importantly drink it! It's a clear amber nectar orange color. The head leaves a fluffy Belgian-esque foamy lacing on the glass.

T: Mmm, nice hops and slight malt base. It almost has a Belgian malt aroma with touch of yeast. More importantly is the earthy chewy hop aroma with a slight fresh dry hopped aroma. A slight pine and citrus addition.

T: A slightly less fresh IPA taste, perhaps not as fresh as it could be. The date tells me to enjoy by the first week of July, no year, but perhaps the hops are supposed to taste like that. A nice bitterness with some juicy and fruity hops, slight pine, chewy hops, and a hop taste that tastes slightly dulled. Then is some more malty flavors. A nice malt base with some slight sweet malt flavors. A slight bitter orange peel and citrus hops. Not very hoppy or bitter overall. More like a pale ale than IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: A nice bitterness rises and slowly fades. It builds pretty well, and with that comes some dryness. A very slight malty presence on the finish. Some lingering orange peel, citrus, a little pine, and some chewy earthy hop tastes. WIth all that is a slight lingering creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 01:21:47 | More by jlindros
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3rd week of September marked on bottle

Pours clear orange with a wisp of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with some earthy undertones.

Surprisingly full bodied, the malt base rounds out the hops nicely. Speaking of which, there is a great grassy/straw hop flavor that really shines. I wasn't expecting such a full bodied and balanced beer after the pour and lack of head. The hops are very prevalent, but this beer is still very drinkable, and the alcohol is well masked.

This is a very solid IPA. A pleasant surprise - I just picked this up randomly from the store. I'd get this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 03:54:28 | More by FickleBeast
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, new review of a fresh growler.

A: Clear deep orange/amber color with a noticeable red tint in the growler. Small off-white head with light to moderate lacing.

S: Mild pine, heavy citrus, and mild spice aroma.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Slightly rough up-front and fades to a heavy oily tongue feel that finishes very dry. Piney bitter hops hit up front with some citrus and floral tastes.

Definitely better than the bottle I reviewed way back when, but I have found that the IPA's are always better FRESH! It is fairly well-balanced with malts and hops in the fresh state, but still the flavor isn't anything special.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2010 19:25:22 | More by cdizinno
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a clear amber orange like color. Lacing on pint but minimal head. Nicely carbonated.

S- Robust grapefruit hops. Pine and resin complement the huge grapefruit presence. Nicely done.

T- Taste mimics the flavor. Hops are very nice and really go well together.

M- hoppy and thin. A nice feel of the IPA.

D- goes down with ease but the aftertaste is a lil skunky. Good beer nonetheless though.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:41:11 | More by Dodo2step
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in New Jersey which is new to the area so i'm assuming it's fresh.

Tangelo orange with some persimmon shades makes up the Hopsecutioner. Some red drops here and there and a hazy outlook, this liquid looks delish. Into the stella glass, a whirlpool of bubbles creates a thick slice of tannish suds with lines of lace.

An interesting fragrence while not overly bold. a bit of, actually a nice amount of pale and crystal malts breaking bread. Citrus fruits with pineapple and the like and a dash of pine. Getting some 3C action and a small amount of grass(the legal kind).

Im greeted with a knock on the palete from a few malt varieties creating a slick base of bread and backing sweetness. Some toasted malt as well and after that a greeting basket of pineapple up front and some oranges from the vine, grapefruit is not so much. A little bit of simcoe taste and a dry hop effect at the end.

The feel is slick and not very bitter if at all, the hops are juicy and somewhat floral. This is not executing my mouth like I would like. The malt seems to dominate. I get alot of grassiness in the aftertaste and a some pine on the tip of the tounge. Somewhat medium bodied with great carb, terrapin always seems to have the carb on lock.

I like this beer, it has a interesting taste and it's probably my favorite hoppy offering from Terrapin. Very drinkable, I'll take three please if in for the night. No alcohol taste although there is some perfume scent. I don't know why they named this Hopsecutioner though as it's not a kick your fucking ass IPA, maybe they should of stuck it on a double or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:37:31 | More by BARFLYB
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Good retention, spotted lacing. Aroma is piney with a hint of toasted grain. Taste is very bitter with some pine and some grapefruit with a slightly noticeable alcohol finish. Not an unique flavor but is certainly an enjoyable palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent brew but there are so many better IPAs out there to spend your money on.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:07:13 | More by JunkYardJake
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass. Best if enjoyed by the 2nd week of the 7th month as indicated by the notches on the label. Lucky for me, I can filter through that added complexity. Here's hoping it was brewed this year...

A: The head is large, 3 fingers high, rocky/frothy, off-white and long lasting. The body is clear with a medium rich color of amber mixed with honey brown. Lacing is just a notch above good.

S & T: The aromas and flavors work in tandem, with face-value presentation. By that I mean, what you get on the nose, you get on the palate and vice versa. The hops are heavy and boast a gamut of typical hop flavors and aromas: Pine, grapefruit, orange and resin. Light malts of hay, toasted, and a side of earthy yeast. Long lasting flavor duration. There is a light clean alcohol flavor lounging around.

M: Medium light body with an average prickly carbonation. Finishes bitter.

D: Well, I enjoyed the brew. I certainly wasn't going to spit it out. But as with other Terrapin beers I've had, I'm not entirely impressed with this one either. The Hopsecutioner needs to do something to separate itself from the plethora of mundane American IPAs out there. Somehow Terrapin needs to do "average" a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 14:27:02 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best if enjoyed by Month 8 week 4? Check. Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a soapy white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Beer looks fine.

Aroma is way way hoppy. Pretty good, almost a back sweetness to it. Pretty piny in the aroma.

Medium body, flavors of this beer are a slight let down. Not too bitter, hop character falls a little flat. Its odd. Second, still not really liking it. Its a little high in alcohol too. I'm just kind of annoyed by this beer. I've had better IPAs, a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 01:44:47 | More by drabmuh
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Saw this at Lowes Food today and got it for the "Beer of the Month" price. This American IPA starts with a orange hued amber body and a creamy, lacy head that retreats to lace after about five minutes or so. The nose is more citrus than pine but is well balanced.

The balance follows through to taste with a lasting, nutty aftertaste and soft, rounded bitterness following the malty, citrus tinged initial sip. The texture is relaxed but holds the bitterness up brilliantly for some time. Overall, another strong effort from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:47:51 | More by daliandragon
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear orange body with loads of bubbles pushing their way north to an off-white cap. The head was a sturdy two fingers and left ring marks with each sip.

The aroma is of toasted malt, apricots, and grapefruits. A little bit of pine needles, but really a straightforward aroma.

Some caramel up front with a rush of hops taking over. Grapefruit and pine needles with a mildly bitter finish. A somewhat balanced IPA at first blush, but the bitterness and a fruitiness build over time.

Medium body and smooth up until the finish. A tad prickly on the back end as it fades to a lingering bitterness.

For the style, its pretty drinkable. Not overly hoppy by any means. Fairly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:21:08 | More by ColForbinBC
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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