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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,378
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 253 | 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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Photo of AdamBear


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Had on tap at Smokey Bones in orlando

A-transparent amber, finger of white head

S-nice citrus and hops, an almost impressive amount for a non imperial IPA

T-hits initially with a good amount of hops and even some caramel, but the after-taste comes quickly with more bitterness than hops. its not exactly a pleasant after-taste, and it lingers

M-medium carbonation, even a bit creamy. It feels quite nice for an IPA

D-the caramel comes out more as you drink, but the hops lose their magic...making it not very drinkable for me. I expected more out of a beer called the hopsecutioner

09-13-2010 06:33:13 | More by AdamBear
Photo of fear025


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to Kwest159 for this bottle!

Aroma:Sweet malt and citrusy hops in the nose. Maybe some peach or apricot too.

Appearance:Amber in color. Thick, white head.

Taste:Most beers have either piney or citrusy hops in them, but in this one, I get both in force. In the foretaste, the pine is more evident, and as the midtaste rolls around, the flavor changes to a grapefruity citrus. The aftertaste lightens up a bit, and I can maybe get some faint peach or apricot.

Mouthfeel:The massive amount of hops in this beer, plus the good carbonation, lead to a mild astringency from the front of my tongue to the back of my throat, all the way through the drink.

Drinkability:This beer is one of the more complex IPA's that I've had the pleasure of tasting. It's a hop bomb that's got a lot of flavor going for it.

09-11-2010 21:51:00 | More by fear025
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy auburn with a massive rocky off white (brown orange) crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Wet grass, hay, pine resin, a hint of caramel, and a touch of citrus (orange peel mainly).

Taste: Same as nose but with more of a tropical fruit quality than I expected. Malt is more in the background than I assumed after looking at the body and smelling the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a touch chewy. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation in my opinion.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced and sessionable IPA.

09-11-2010 16:57:31 | More by koopa
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6%

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, poured into a tulip. BBD 4th week of November.

Appears a moderately hazy copper brown, with a couple fingers of head, excellent lace and relatively thin retention. Aroma is overwhelmingly dominated by grapefruit, with pineapple, lemon zest and a bit of pine playing a part. All of this is held together by the typical toffee malt. Taste here is relatively underwhelming, quick blast of the citrus from the hops and some bitterness lingering, but on the whole doesn't really impress. Would've liked to see the malt play a more important role in this. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery, but still remains fairly drinkable given the alcohol content. A let down in my eyes.

09-09-2010 04:01:14 | More by liamt07
Photo of adam42381


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Best if enjoyed by month 11 week 2 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden caramel brown with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweet florals and piney hops with a hint of citrus. Smells very good.

Taste: Malt up front followed by acidic bitter citrus and a touch of alcohol in the middle and ends with pine and grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly high drinkability. You could knock back a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Solid IPA. Nothing I would actively seek out but worth trying if you see it.

09-08-2010 19:17:52 | More by adam42381
Photo of cbutova


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

A- Pours dark orange with a very creamy off-white head. Head retention is pretty good. A small cloud and ring leaves a nice coat of fine lace.

S- A mix of caramel malt and fruit. I get citrus and tropical fruit notes, some floral hops as well. A bit too caramel forward I have to say.

T- Pretty malty throughout. The malt lends a lot of biscuit and caramel notes in the beginning. The hops are more in the finish for me and bring mostly citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon zest), some pine and a bit of floral to the table.

MF- Nice and creamy moderate body with high carbonation that you can feel but does not upset the palate. Bitterness makes itself known along with some warming.

DB- A fairly malty IPA. I do enjoy the fairly flavorful hop profile but it doesn't make me jump out of my seat, it feels one-dimensional or something. I have heard this is really good on-tap but I won't be seeing that anytime soon North of the Border. The 'ecutioner' factor is more in the bitterness than the hop flavor, which should be reversed if this beer is truly a Hopsecutioner.

09-08-2010 03:16:57 | More by cbutova
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.3% ABV, Best if enjoyed by 10 Wk 2 notched.

Many thanks to Onenote81 for sending me an unsolicited six-pack of this good, hoppy brew!

A - Awesome label to start with! A moderate pour was stopped when it appeared particles began rushing out. Lightly hazy apricot orange beer filled the glass topped by a thin off-white head. Good retention and sticky, wispy lace.

S - Upon first whiff it's reminiscent of hand lotion for the female persuasion. Citrusy, fruity hand lotion of course. Lemon, mango, and grapefruit American hops in the nose. A swirl releases volatiles initially giving it some alcohol ethanol aroma but it subsides back into the lotion nose, again, good lotion-like. Sweet caramel malts back the nose up.

T - Lots of lightly toasted caramel and crystal malts provide a sweet and beefy backbone for the powerful guillotine full of hops. Mango and pineapple citrus flirts with leafy earthy floral notes. Nice balance.

M - Bitterness doesn't quite take your tongue off but it's certainly there. Medium-bodied and sharp as a blade, the carbonation strikes the throat on the swallow. Good feel.

D - Not a sessioner by any means, it's a great beer though. Another winner from Terrapin, Hopsecutioner is a tasty IPA treat. It also packs a little punch at just over 7% but goes down largely unnoticed until the damage is done.

09-04-2010 14:48:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Nothing better than a beer after a run. Except a hoppy beer after a run. Enter Hopsecutioner.

Hopsecutioner pours a foggy caramel apple color with some russet highlights when held up to the light. Lots of carbonation running up from the etching on my glass into a lofty two finger high cream-colored head (the pour may have been a little hard, but who cares). Decent retention and decent lacing left behind. Good lookin' beer. Though, if Terrapin wanted to make it seem menacing like an executioner, this should've been a Black IPA. I'm just being stupid though, in no way does that take away from the score.

Pretty decent smell on here. Not the most fragrant IPA, but it smells pretty good. Dank, musky, and fruity hops jump out... it's pretty interesting actually. A bit like walking into a fruit cellar, if one of those exists. I actually probably just made that up. Why the hell would anyone cellar fruit? Anyways. Maybe a little caramel following that initial dank fruitiness too. Interesting nose, just not strong enough for me.

Pretty tasty beer, but not as hoppy as I expected, especially with that name. With a name like that, I was kinda (eagerly) expecting to have my tongue melted off. Not bad at all, though. Light, slightly tropical citrus hops up front followed by a some caramel maltiness and chased away by a bit of grapefruit bitterness and maybe just a eensy teensy weensy hint of alcohol warmth.

I like the mouthfeel. Smooth and almost creamy while maintaining a little hoppiness. Rockin' a body a notch below medium with just enough carbonation to contribute to the aforementioned smoooothnesss.

Yeah this is drinkable, and it's a pretty damn good American IPA, too. My only beef is that with that name, I expected my tongue to be guillotined with delicious hops. But I guess in the end Terrapin still has to appeal to the masses to make a profit. Either way, this beer is solid and you should probably pick some up if you see it around, especially if you're fairly local (like me) because it's reasonably priced for a good American IPA.

09-03-2010 23:06:48 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of jmdrpi


4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

horray for freshness dating!

pours an orangy amber color with white 1/2" head. tons of lacing that clings all over the glass. aroma is a mix of piney and citrus hops. taste consists of a nice malt backbone, with the hops slowly coming to the front. mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

probably the best IPA I've had yet. very high drinkability due to the great balanced taste.

09-02-2010 01:47:04 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering bite of hops bitterness. Then a very fruity citrus sweetness comes in along with some caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

08-30-2010 02:44:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of alkemy


4.1/5  rDev +7%

This is another I've been waiting quite some time to sample. It's an amber/copper hue with bright orange notes. The head was a bit thin and didn't have a lot of staying power. For an IPA, there's an awful big malt note. The hops are there, but seem a bit subdued. It's mostly citrus with some mango. The taste follows the nose pretty close. Other than the 7.3 ABV, this would be a very sessionable beer. It's super-easy drinking and, dare I say, better than Commodore Perry. The difference being that this has more malts to balance that citrusy hop note. The name had me thinking (hoping) this would be a hop bomb, but it turned out to be a really balanced and easy drinking beverage.

08-29-2010 01:12:27 | More by alkemy
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

A: This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of visable carbonation. On top is a creamy off-white head, about 2 fingers, that slowly dissipates with the drink. Great sticky lacing and head retention.

S: A nice citrus smell with a bittering bite as well as fruits, spices (clove maybe?), & mild malts.

T: A fruity and citrus hop flavor in the front of the palate is followed with some bittering hops and has a dry finish. There are some sweet malts, but are carefully hidden, as they should. And I don't know why, but I sort of get a metallic taste. Who knows...

M: A medium body beer with mild carbonation and a juicy tecture.

D: An everyday IPA.

08-28-2010 01:21:27 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of Florida9


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +7%

(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.

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

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


5/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

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!!

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


4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


3.71/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

08-05-2010 20:54:32 | More by tchenery
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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