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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
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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 Brez07
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Best by the first week of October. Served into a snifter

A: Looks like the standard IPA. Dark orange in color, slightly translucent. Not really much head produced with the pour. A quick swirl garners 1/2 inch and leaves some spotted lacing

S: Mostly floral notes but there is some citrus too. White bread. There is a minimal amount of spice, possibly cinnamon

T: Earthy hops. Bitter, pine flavors. Sweet bread crust. Some sweet citrus tries to come out (mango, pineapple) but it is quickly overwhelmed by the pine. The finish has a spice similar to the nose (cinnamon)

M: Medium bodied. Bitterness is mostly left on the front of the tongue. Slightly dry finish

D: A subtly hopped, balanced IPA. Nothing in your face about this. It is easy drinking. Drink it if available, but not sure I'd go out of the way to get it

Brez07, May 16, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this bottle soon after trying "Jai Alai" from Cigar City and it compares favorably.

It pours up a slightly cloudy copper with a fluffy off-white head full of hop and pine notes. Nice and creamy mouthfeel with lots of lacing remaining on the glass throughout.

It bursts with hops and citrus flavours but finishes dry and bitter. ABV barely noticeable.

A perfect summer pour.

Matt1516, May 15, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange to dark golden color with a thin soapy off-white head.

S: Weaker aroma than I was expecting with a name like "Hopsecutioner." Some floral, citrus, and soft pine notes.

T: Smooth, well-balanced between hops & malt flavor.

M: medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

D: Hops take a center-stage, but aren't overwhelming. Alcohol is well-hidden, overall good East coast take on IPA.

LiquidBread219, May 14, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the generous extra!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium snifter

This one pours a translucent golden color and settles a pretty deep amber with 2 fingers worth of off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing hugs the wall of the glass.

The nose is very clean smelling. Hoppy with light citrus accents and a pine resin overtone. Beneath the hops lies a bit of caramel malt.

The taste is pretty nice. A bitterness begins to work it's way into my palate. The bitterness subsides for a moment and brings the fruit and pine flavors out before returning to a bitter finish. The caramel malts underlie the hop attack in moderation.

The mouthfeel is strongly bitter with a crisp dry finish. The carbonation is amble and rightfully so. This feels bitter.

Overall, a pretty damn good IPA. A lot of bitterness while still incorporating a lot of good fruity and sweet tastes.

ChugginOil, May 12, 2011
Photo of 3dudesbeerblog
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks like apple juice with a one finger white head that leaves some sticky lacing with each gulp.

The aromas of piney and citrusy hops makes for one great smelling beer.

The taste is what sets this beer apart from other IPAs. Hopsecutioner had what I would describe as a tangy bitterness, much like the way a tart grapefruit acts on your taste buds. But the hops are most certainly present, especially with a name like Hopsecutioner.

This beauty had a medium body and was sharp across the palate. With the sharp, hoppy, citrusy flavors this beer brings, it makes it a nearly perfect standard IPA for the spring/summer months for me.

Dare I say my personal favorite IPA?

3dudesbeerblog, May 12, 2011
Photo of Bennettrox
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. Great residue to the glass

S - Woah hop galore. Citrus and more hops.

T - Very hop forward and doesn't hold back whatsoever. Despite my presumption of a citrus/grapefruit base I'm finding a little bit of pine. Kind of weird. Mostly great sticky hops though.

M - Sticky and goes down great. Goes well with pretzels. Medium carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. It strays a fine line between an IPA and a DIPA. Glad I picked up a six but could only do one for each sitting.

Bennettrox, May 10, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this one.

Pours clear, golden amber, yielding a finger or so of white head. This fades to a thin cap of foam.

I smell light floral and fruity hops, and just the smallest hint of sweet malt in the background.

The flavor opens with pine hops, shows just a bit of biscuity malt, and finishes quite bitter.

Medium bodied, with some lively carbonation.

A fine IPA overall, though I'd prefer a slightly different balance of flavors. In any case, I'm glad to have tried it, and would probably have it again given the opportunity.

Pellinore1, May 08, 2011
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Pours a burnt, copper color with an off-white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thin lacing.

Aroma is all hops. Quite floral and a bit piney.

Pleasant hop taste, not too overpowering and quite spicy. Herbal in the taste with hints of pine. Bitter finish obviously.

Medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Good stuff, easy drinking and nice on draft.

dstc, May 04, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice golden light copper color

aroma: piney hops with a hint of the malt backbone

taste: starts sweet and malty and then the hops take over and the piney hop flavor coats your palate

mouthfeel: good carbonation nice medium body

This is a nice american ipa and I would seek it out again since they do not distribute in my area

Cmack15, May 03, 2011
Photo of happygnome
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear amber color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a thick layer of lace on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the beer.

s: citrus grapefruit, piny hop bitterness dominates the nose. Caramel and bready malt sweetenss to balance

t: grapefruit, pine, floral hop bitterness. Muted bready malt flavor

m: medium bodied beer with ab good amount of carbonation

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

happygnome, May 02, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a clear orange color, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Decent sized bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of grapefruit and pine hops with a little underlay of sweet caramel malt. A very nice, model IPA aroma.

The flavor is dominated by the bitter and slightly sour grapefruit hop flavors. It's a little harsh and not as well balanced as the aroma. Still pretty damn tasty though.

Good carbonated and medium body mouthfeel. A little hit for a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good IPA. Definitely in the upper half of my IPA range.

theboozecruise, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees. Received this beer from a BIF.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The head is off white frothy and foamy. The body of the beer is amber in color with orange copper. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with some carbonation bubbles. The haziness in the beer is yeasty.

Nose: The hops is grapefruity and floral esters with a hint of pine. The malt is toasty, sweet, caramel, and bready. Other aromas are yeast, phenols and a touch of orange.

Taste: The hops in the beer is grapefruit, pine, and floral bouquet. The malt is toasty, sweet, caramel, and bready. Other flavors is yeast, phenols, and touch of orange.

The mouth feel of the beer is astringent and coating, and warm.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish on the beer is medium full. This a good IPA has a nice balance of flavors.

colts9016, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark golden color, like a true American IPA should look like. I love how it kind of looks like molasses. A tiny bit of head and very little lace retention on the glass.

S - The smell is heavenly. Hop attack of the senses. That is all I can smell.

T - A nice piny hoppy flavor with some citrus hops mixed in as well.

M - Not as crisp as I like in my IPA's.

D - The beer is a little boozy, so tough to drink more than 1 at a time. But very tasty none the less. As far as local brews, I like the Sweetwater IPA better. But good none the less.

BeerDawgs, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by the 4th week of July) into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber with 1 finger of dense creamy off white head. Minimal lace.

S: A citrusy grapefruit smell for the most part. Mild piney hop notes.

T: Nice moderate piney hop bitterness. Slightly bready. A slight touch of alcohol as it warms. Dry crisp finish with some lingering hop bitterness.

M: Crisp, clean and dry. Moderate body/carbonation.

A very drinkable IPA. Nothing too over the top. Good balance overall. This a beer I will always revisit.

muletrane, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin's Hopsecutioner, 12oz's into a 0.3L DollarTree Tulip (Yeah, we rich over here). Pours a delightful amber shade not typical for an IPA, with a 1/2" bone white head. Smells of cascades without a doubt, floral and aromatic. For some reason this beer has a different level of hoppiness in the taste every time I try it. Tastes somewhat sweet this time around, with pale, light crystal, and a slight touch of biscuit malts making themselves known. On the swallow the aromatic cascades really march through causing quite a pleasant aftertaste. Bitterness is medium, and makes me wonder if they're substituting hops for this brew on a regular basis. I suspect galena or columbus are providing the IBU's for this brew but hey, I could be wrong. Standard IPA here this time around, maybe I'll grab one of the old bottles in the Jail Cell and see whats goin on with it. Overall, a usual from Terrapin's stable of brews, not the best, and definatly not the worst. $8.99 per 6pk @ Kroger makes this an affordable beer to bring home to the battle axe. =P Cheers!

OhYesILoveBeer, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into my trusty 'Crab House' pint glass. $11 for a 6 pack

A- Nice straw colored brew. Nice head and decent lacing

S- Nice, a little weak but I don't know how old this bottle is.

T- Good, not great. Nice hop presence but not overwhelming.

M- Very solid.

O- A good, solid beer definitely drinkable. A nice uplifitng surprise.

sendsilk, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopsecutioner pours hazy straw into the tulip with a foaming inch of head that disappears with some oily residue in its wake. The hoppy aroma of the beer is really its strongest point: rich astringent grassy-to-citrus nose with a touch of rich malt that smells balanced.

Taste is medicinal bitterness that is somehow a little off from the nose, but not unpleasant. The finish is not very long or complex, but a nicely hopped ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the alcohol content and hop load.

I'm confused by the labels: the Terrapin is almost a Teenage Mutant Ninja, but dressed as executioner. The country-boy Terrapin of the Rye ale: marketing is a little off to me, but what do I know. I'm not from Georgia but just passing through Atlanta. Label reports the beer was brewed at Flying Dog.

salvo, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear light amber with a moderate off-white head that sticks well to the glass.

N- Toasty, grainy malt with pungent hops. It has a slight metallic twang that I also noticed in their Rye Pale Ale. Also, a tinge of alcohol.

T- This beer has a lot of character. A twangy toasted-grain maltiness lays the foundation which grassy hops cover like moss. A subtle vague fruitiness, along with spicy herbal and citrus notes spring up in the middle and last until the finish. Toasted grain husk, pine resin, herbs, and grassy bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light, slightly slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D- Overall, a unique IPA. I've had only two Terrapin beers so far, but they both have a similar pleasant twang that seems to me to be the "house character" at this point. I have a few more Terrapin brews in my fridge, so I will soon find out if my assumption is correct.

KevinBrewer, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of ComfortablyBum
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Tulip glass.

Appearence was a nice light copper color with some big bubbled, but not high head.

The Smell was piney and citrus hops. I don't have a good enough nose to smell malt through all those hops.

My tongue has been hopsecuted! It started with a pine and earth bitterness, and after a couple sips that was all I could taste. Left a kind of medicinal bitter aftertaste. I quickly became acclimated to the bitterness, but not the aftertaste. Maybe my glass was dirty or something, because others said it finished clean.

It had a good amount of carbonation which makes me think medium, and it was easy to get down. The after tase would keep me from buying a six pack, but I had no problem getting this one down.

ComfortablyBum, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of tvault
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at mehan's in SandySprings, GA

A- Exceptional IPA. Orange, cloudy

S- Fresh hops, some orange and also slight pine.

T- Very Strong Hops, citrus and pine come in. Bitter finish

M- Very drinkable.

When I want a strong Hop IPA this is what I go to...

tvault, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a little bit of haze. The off-white head is small but musters up plenty of lace patches. The aroma is of citric PacNW hops and equal parts doughy malts. A decent level of hoppiness is punctuated by toasty crystal malts in the taste. Melon and peach notes show as the beer warms - lots of heavenly hop flavors here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a brisk, but not overbearing carbonation. The finish lasts for a long time with plenty of bitterness and also some malt flavors in there.

This is an excellent ale. Very liberal amounts of hops but also a competent malt balast. As 'balanced' as a proper American IPA can get.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow/light orange, very light in color for an IPA. Minimal head, fizzles quick, very small amount of lacing.

Some good citrus or piney hops hit the nose, with good malt balance. Smells as an IPA should.

Carbonation and malt hit the tongue, with hops coming through, but somewhat underwhelming. Hoppiness is average for typical IPA,lingering for only a minute after. Rather dull body,heavy carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, making an easy session.

Bottom line: I like, I would buy/consume again, so it's good, but I expect more, particularly for a brew with a bad-ass name like Hopsecutioner.

happy4hoppybeer, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very clear and bright color - brown with a little bit of amber highlights. Head formation is very light, off white in color. Sticking around as a film.

S - An aggressive nose. Some grassy and piney hop notes, with a backdrop of nutty malts. Hops get more earthy in the finish.

T - Starts off balanced, lightly malty. Mid-stream gets more bitter, more hoppy, but also brings in some caramel malts. Finishes clean, fairly light, with just a few hints of grapefruit.

M - Moderate beer body, lighter carbonation - would like it to be stronger.

O/D - A very complex and interesting beer. Stronger abv, but overall well hidden. Not filling, somewhat easy drinking. More of a winter/cold beer than a summer.

katan, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at McK's in Daytona Beach.

A: Clear, medium amber color with a sudsy residue of white foam in a very full glass. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Floral and fruity hops give this beer a decidedly tropical smell, and mild toffee is also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with pungent and savory herbal hop aromatics along with caramel candy. Sweetness briefly peaks in-step with the candy, while acidity is so restrained as to be somewhat lacking. The middle features enticing juicy citrus in place of the earlier hop flavors, leading to a mildly bitter finish that is accented with toffee-flavored malt and slightly spirituous fumes.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy--and a little lifeless--on the palate, with very little carbonation.

D: The first sip of this beer offers a minor shock to the palate as unconventional flavors rush to be tasted first. Once some opportunity to acclimate to this beer is had, it becomes very pleasant and interesting--just unorthodox by typical IPA standards. The candy sweetness is a highlight if one is in the mood for a sweet IPA, reminding of Alpine's Pure Hoppiness. Carbonation was perhaps the biggest issue outside of the unexpected flavor profile, with the lack of it causing the beer to dwell on the palate more heavily than it should. Since that could be due to mis-handling at the point of service, the shortcoming is not reflected detrimentally in the score here.

beagle75, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint on-tap at the Pizza Joint.

A: It sports a bright orange color with a half-finger white head that clings to the sides very well.

S: Plenty of citrus, mild piney hops, and cereal malts. It smells like a hoppy APA.

T: Orange, pineapple, papaya, pine, and some grainy, cracker-like malt.

M: The body is medium-light and a bit creamy with a clean finish.

O: This is good but unmemorable and certainly not worthy of the name "Hopsecutioner." It is similar to Anchor Liberty Ale in that it is between the IPA and APA styles.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 31, 2011
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.