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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,387
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 75
Gots: 258 | 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 Bouleboubier


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Decent drinking IPA. Solid, if not unique.

Sun orange color, a bit hazy, with a generous pad of foam on top. Good lacing.

Earthy hop aroma - not rustic or dirty. Juicy.

The most notable aspect of the beer is the orange peel, or perhaps tangerine notes in the flavor. Quite enjoyable - subtle. Bready, malty backbone. Drinks well, the balance of the malt character and carbonation may be slightly off - not fizzy, but in the release of the dissolved CO2 with each sip. Did NOT feel or taste the 7.2%, which I liked.

I'll drink this again if I come across it. Would go good with a hot sandwich and fires. But won't go out of my way for it.

10-02-2010 01:50:47 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. This was the name given by the Porter and seems descriptive enough, it's a dry-hopped version of regular Hopsecutioner.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops. As it warms hints of bright citrus hop aromas waft in and out.

Tastes good. Mildly sweet pale and caramel malt flavors, more the former than the latter, kick things off and are joined quickly by deep pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and allows citrus and earthy flavors to work their way into things. The combination of hop flavors with the malt backbone carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is god. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm more and more impressed with this beer each time I have it, although the additional hops certainly have a positive effect. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

09-30-2010 21:24:08 | More by glid02
Photo of sweemzander


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 yet again!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced an off-white head. Some lacing.

(S)- Pineapple citrus and damp wood. A subtle sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. Pineapple-like citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp yet smooth.

(D)- A good beer. Enjoyable and goes down easy.

09-30-2010 17:56:43 | More by sweemzander
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

2.03/5  rDev -47%

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, looks like grapefruit juice, no head

Smell - I dont smell anything? No hops or citris. No spices, o man, im worried now

Taste - I knew with the smell i was gonna be disapointed. This is like the most mild ipa ever. Virtually no kick or bite. You get a little hop juice taste at the end but thats it. Im amazed this is 7.5 %, id guess 3-4% This is a joke

Mouthfeel - Not much feel. No bite, palette acts like your drinking crystal light.

Drinkabilty - Well, its so bland, you can slam these down, but at 7.5 it would sneek up on you. This is like a beginners ipa. Theres no way id buy this again when they make hopzilla.

09-30-2010 05:41:11 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of redsox3g2

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +26.6%

Had this a number of times, and it's one of my favorite IPAs.

Always had it in bottle form, usually poured in a glass. This particular one I poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a dark gold color with a decent head, but I've seen better on a IPA. The smell is ideal, exactly what I look for out of an IPA. Same for the taste, it is a delicious and intense hoppy flavor that really epitomizes the IPA category to me. It goes down smooth and is very crisp. As far as drinkability goes, this is terrific, especially for an IPA. One of the few IPAs I could drink for an entire night.

09-30-2010 00:07:05 | More by redsox3g2
Photo of steve8robin


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Got this on a trip to Georgia. Let's give this brew a go. 12oz bottle...

A: A light brown color with some hints of red hues with a small white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Mmm, some nice citrus sweetness upfront blended with some grapefruit. Some sugary bubble gum scents in the middle with plenty earthiness on the backend. Doesn't smell like there will be a big hop bite in this one. Good.

T: That's the hopsecutioner? The name is decieving. Don't get me wrong, while I definitely enjoy the frequent hop bomb, I also enjoy the malt bombs too. This one seems way to tame to be called "Hopsecutioner". A light bitterness upfront blended with some soft citrus sweetness and grapefruit. Not much else going on here. Ok.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation here. Very good.

D: This one goes down a lot earier than you expect for a supposed hop palate ruiner. Good.

All in all, this brew seems to me like the Sam Adams of hoppy beers. It's very, VERY tame for an IPA. If you are looking for this type of solution to an average IPA, then definitely give this one a try. For the hoppy, super dry IPA lover, don't even bother. This will severely disappoint you. Terrapin disappoints again.

09-29-2010 01:31:08 | More by steve8robin
Photo of kbutler1


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle. Pours a nice clear golden red color with a slight white head that slowly settles. Fairly sweet smelling with a really nice hoppy background of citrus rind. Malt taste upfront follows by a nice sweet citrus type hop taste. Nicely balanced and really good.

09-27-2010 13:23:47 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.83/5  rDev 0%

this one pours a darker gold color, a bit bubbly. Rocky, white head looks good. Dark color throws me off a bit.

Yurp, hops in the aroma. Citrus and some pine, resin. Light malt, slightly roasted. Not really a backbone sense.

Flavors are mostly hops. Persimmon, tropical, pine and the resin. A bit thick feeling coats the tongue with more hops. Balanced? Not really. the malt is there and provides flavors--light biscuit, some roast--but doesn't quite blend well with the hops. And that's just fine.

A solid beer. Would buy it again.

09-20-2010 20:46:06 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of u2carew


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Pick a six pack up on the a trip down to the Jersey Shore.
12oz longneck bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tight creamy head. Settles just slightly, remaining tight and sticky to the side of the glass. Clear copper colored body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Earthy tones. Subtle grapefruit and evergreen. Floral.
T) Up front, definitely a hop forward beer. The malts hang in the mix but are second chariot to the hops. Caramel. Grapefruit. In the finish subtle nuttiness mixed with caramel and a citrus rind bitterness.
M) Bright. Crisp, yet creamy. Medium bodied.
D) A decent brew. I'd have another one without a second thought.

09-18-2010 19:54:54 | More by u2carew
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
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.