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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,435 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,435
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 79
Gots: 277 | 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 MrDanno96
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poors a nice copper color with some sticky lacing, but very little head. Notes of pine and feint citrus come through in the nose. The flavor is well done with a large dose of bitter hops almost all the way through. The bitter is balanced by a touch of malt sweetness. Medium in body. Overall a solid IPA. I wish Terrapin distributed up north!

MrDanno96, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of boomer31
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Pours a golden color with hints of red. White head, some lacing on the glass

S - Some floral and fruity hop. Had a Furious last night and this just doesn't come near in the nose

T - Cirtus hop, lemon and grass. Nice malt balance in the back followed by a nice IPA dryness from the hops.

M - High carb and dry. Piney hops linger.

D - Very dry but highly drinkable. The hops are very apparent but well balanced

Overall a nice beer. I'm in NC trying to get a taste of brews I can't get in MN. Terrapin heen solid but nothing terribly impressive

boomer31, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Reviewed on 5/29/2010. 12 oz. bottle thanks to Tsotsi. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, toasted malt, light citrus notes. Flavor of caramel malt, light hop oils, citrus. Tasty, very drinkable and enjoyable.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a clouded gold/orange color with a qtr inch white head.

Smelled of hops, wet wheat, and biscuit. Somewhat sweet.

The hops were forward. Slightly dry, but bittered well and flavorful. Light malt, rich aroma and full body.

The beer was filling and rich, not overly sense killing and well balanced.

American IPA's are a really good type of brew. This was a well pitched brew with a lot of great hop notes. I enjoyed this one for sure. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

cjacobsen, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours out a dark ruby/orange in color, nice off white head that dissipated fairly quickly and stellar lacing.

S: Piney hops, little malt action in the back.

T: Nice hit of the hops in form of pine in the front. Has a nice backing of the malt in the back, but is safe to say its a one-way beer. The bitterness stands out for me, which I enjoy thoroughly.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, abv hidden given the content, goes down clean.

D: Stellar IPA in every regard. Would drink often if it were available in the WNY area. Look forward to trying more Terrapin beers in the future.


BuffaloTapHugger, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of dowen44
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

For the hop heads this is a very refreshing beer. It is golden/ deep straw in color with a head between a quarter and half inch. Upon smelling I got noted of pine/grass and citrus. Great tasting hops with notes of grass and citrus. The bitterness is not overpowering and is balanced nicely with the other natural flavors of the hops. It is a smooth IPA with a great mouthfeel. This one is in my top 5 IPAs and I am always happy to come back to it whenever I get a chance.

dowen44, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of HeadwatersFinest
3.83/5  rDev 0%

A-Deep golden half inch head, great lacing, slow rising, but consistent carbonation

S-Sweet, fruity, piney citrus, estery

T-Peppery, lemony hop forward throughout the drink and a lingering bitterness. If you love IPAs, you'll love this beer...although the taste reminds me of an English Bitter.

D-Creamy mouthfeel, but not too thick. Very drinkable. I'd drink two in one sitting, but then the 7.3 ABV would be enough. Would probably score higher, but just reviewed this directly after reviewing a DFH 90 minute IPA, which was so delicious and clearly a bit superior.

HeadwatersFinest, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

pours bright clear golden orange with a 1+ finger head with good retention and left some spotted lacing

smell reminds me of a EIPA english pale malts with some grassy hops

taste - odd thing is it does not taste like an EIPA - light bready caramel malts with citrus hops

mouthfeel was a let down - rather flat and ipa's should never be flat

drinkability was ok - maybe the beer was on the flat side because it was in a fedex truck the past few days in 20 degre weather
i have a few more bottles so i might need to change this review

jsh420, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz into the .3l glass I've now just started drinking every non-stout out of.
Purchased at Al's Of Hampden - really liked that place, need to review it as well.

This is the second bright IPA that I've had today. It is a clear, crystaline old penny color that is just lovely. Say it out loud. Really accentuate the 'just LOV-e-ly'. There is almost no head, and very little lacing. The bubbles are tight, few, and trim the glass.

Good grapfruit aroma with a bit of floral over the top. There is a strong malt undercurrent, my wife said 'caramel'. Well rounded, but there isn't much of it, you need to pull strong through the nose to get it all.

The taste is also evenly balanced, good malt notes, a bit of bite and ctirus without much of a bitter note. There is a yeast/earthy flavor that comes through with a bit of warmth and a longer time on the palate.

This is one slick brew. The mouthfeel mirrors the crisp bright look, and it slides across the mouth.

I'd certainly drink two or three of these. The flavors are complex enough to enjoy without anything being individually overpowering. The carbonation was well matched and the ale held up well over the course of the whole glass.


CooperEllis, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Another Terrapin received from multiple BA's. Thanks guys. Poured into my tulip from a bottle.

A: Orange amber. Small amount of beige head. No lace or cap.

S: Moderate citrus with a hint of malt sweetness. Nothing too powerful.

T: The malt is a bit more forward in the flavor. Underlying citrus helps pep this one up. Again nothing mind blowing.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

D: Overall a decent IPA. Hard to discern this from the million others though.

beerwolf77, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of LeftyEtc
4.1/5  rDev +7%

A - Beautifully clear light amber, small and thin white head.

S - Citrus as an undertone ruthlessly dominated by tons of crispy alpha filled hops.

T - Very lightly toasted malts, orange peel and a bitter sting of those glorious hops from beginning to end.

M - Much creamier then most great IPA's. Bitterness not of set, but opposed by a malt foundation that is defiantly noticeable. Nice carbonation supports this beers crisp finish. I enjoyed this beer at an ice cold serving temp, for me, perfect for a very serious IPA.

LeftyEtc, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours an orangey copper color with two fingers of fluffy head which lefts ample lacing.

The nose is dominated, obviously, by hops. The beers smells very piney with some citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit, thrown in as well. This is a great smelling beer.

The taste was not as hoppy as the smell (or the beer's name) would indicate. There is some well balanced malt flavor, a little breadiness, to compliment the citrus flavor of the hops.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected and a little oily. At 7.3%, this is a well-balanced and exceedingly smoothy IPA that I could drink several of in a sitting.

pburland23, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Well, now that I've enjoyed Hopsecutioner more times than I can count, it's about time to finally review it.

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a Terrapin-branded shaker pint glass.

Pours a gorgeous golden-amber with just the faintest hint of haze apparent, touting a full two fingers of off-white creamy foam that leisurely recedes to a thick frothy cap, leaving behind fat, patchy rings of lacing along the walls of the glass. Great stickage going on here.

Fragrantly hoppy in the nose, with floral notes accentuating the usual grapefruit-and-citrus notes typical of a good American IPA, though being countered by a bit of honeyed biscuit malt character, it definitely wants to scream "East Coast," so don't be mistaken.

Medium-bodied, and perfectly effervescent, with a mild-to-moderate carbonation that recalls a good Americanized cask (i.e. the CO2 volume is probably a bit above CAMRA standards). Biscuity, grainy malts open up with a touch of sweet caramel, followed in the middle by a wonderful florally citric hoppiness that almost begins to seem noble in character before being overtaken by tangerine and citrus peel, along with a bit of grapefruit pulp. Things dry out a bit more toward the rear, a touch chalky, becoming almost bone-dry in the end with a hint of bright ripe fruit and a lingering dry, grapefruity finish.

Overall, this is one incredibly well-balanced IPA. It has a few rough edges, but the balance is what makes it a heck of a drinker. What hinders drinkability, though, is the relatively high alcohol content, which at over 7% by volume is on the upper end of the spectrum, reaching almost for "Imperial" status. Still, this is certainly one of the more well-balanced IPAs in the Southeast, for certain.

superdedooperboy, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of harpus
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

A- Not much problem to generate a modest amount of froth. Pure white, Blood orange body, and the head lasts a decent amount of time. Some evidence of lacing does come out as it bubbles down. The vision, when held to light, morphed into this beautiful golden wheat color with TONS of bubble streams.

S- Malt forward on this nose. We have this caramel presence that leads into the battle of grass and bitter hops. Not much else. Enjoyable, not amazing. It may be simple, but it is delicate enough to make it work out well.

T- Evidence of grape, sweet malts, and a finish that smacks of bitter hops. Resinous. The middle is clean with a brash, striking transformation from the start into the finish. Different. Doesn't mean it is bad, just different.

M- Mild body, good level of carbonation, and a crisp, clean feeling in the middle. Easy drinking. Finish is enjoyable, not overpowering, but generic in its average nature.

D- Like it. Don't love it. Don't hate it. Just like it. It is a solid beer from what I can enjoy from it. Almost run of the mill, but overcomes some set backs to shine a bit brighter than other IPAs out there. Comes in a bit more alcoholic than I'd like, which does seem to taint the edges of certain flavors. I wouldn't be averse to drinking this again, but I won't be searching it out any time soon.

harpus, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Nice looking amber/orange colored beer with some foamy head. Aroma has some grapefruit and pine. Flavor comes through with some VERY nice bitterness from the hops - this one was a bit of a tongue lasher actually (I mean that in the best way possible)...

Mouthfeel left a bit to be desired - I think it could've benefited from just a bit more carbonation, but overall a more than solid beer, and something I would definitely drink again.

thetomG, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

A bottle with breakfast on my day off.

A- two good fingers of off white head from a hard pour that slowly settles leaving a thin skin of sticky lace and a faint ring. Copper orange in color with great clarity.

S- sticky sappy hops, some cut grass, sweetness coming of with some honey and caramel.

T- citrus and piney hops and a bigger honey and caramel sweetness. More sweet then bitter but not way out of balance. Touches of bready malts.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body and a bit sticky slippery. less then medium carb.

D- this is tasty and drinkable for sure but in the vast sea of aipa in this world this one is more middle of the pack then a stand out. Ill look to try it on draft and hope for a fresher hop profile.

oglmcdgl, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Terrapin is a favorite local brew and the Rye Pale Ale is currently one of my favorites so I have high hopes for the Hopsecutioner!

A- light brown to straw with a very small head that went very quickly.

S- Of course hops, but with this name I was expecting a full brewery of hops jumping out of the glass.

T - Very bitter, as advertised.

M - good, nice carbonation

D- this one was too bitter for me. But I hate to drop it down as it is as advertised...Hop Heads unite....this is your beer but not mine.

CheckmateBrew, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

I poured this 12oz bottle into a shaker pint. It poured a dark amber to copper with very little white head that didn't stick around. Decent, not great, slippery lacing. Smell is mostly citrus and pine, not overpowering. Well, like others have said, the name is misleading. Not the strong bittering hop flavor you would expect but is rather a bit sweet. The mouthfeel is thin and it doesn't feel well put together. It is easy enough to drink as it's not overly hoppy and it hides the ABV very well but it is just not well put together.

OakedCanuck, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Three fingers worth of slightly off-white head that is equal part fluffy and creamy and displays a rocky top... Excellent retention... Once the head begins to settle, you are left with a full rich creamy lacing... A bronzish copper color... Heavily hazed... Fairly still with only stray sluggish paced carbonation randomly rising throughout... Circles of lacing are left on the glass as the session proceeds...

S - A very well balanced mix of hops and malts... The hops are at the forefront and take on a predominantly piney character with some earthy and citrus notes as well... The malts take on cracker and break like qualities... Perhaps a hint of spice as well...

T - The hops are slightly understated but at the forefront... The seem to be a perfect mix of piney and citrus... French bread... Saltines... A subtle nuttiness... The hops rise again on the finish in a subtle but lingering manner...

M - Medium bodied... Exceedingly smooth... Equal parts creamy and lush... Subtle carbonation... Goes down very easily sip after sip... The finish is partially dry and partially chalky... Quite enjoyable...

D - A slightly understated but exceptionally well crafted American IPA... Well balanced and proof that IPAs do not need to be "hop bombs..." I could enjoy a couple of these and can easily see myself investing in a six pack every now and again...

philbe311, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Purchased a 6-pk from Wegman's in Warrington, PA. Hadn't heard too much about this beer but the name got me since I like hops...a little deceiving there but we'll get to that.

Cost: $11.99/6pk

Enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day from a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

A - Pours a deep amber, almost orange color. Nice two finger head that settles leaving just a slight foam ring around the glass. Decent lacing left while drinking.

S - Smells like a normal IPA with nice citrus notes. Actually smells a bit sweeter than some of the IPA's I've tried.

T - Here's my only "beef". With a name like "Hopsecutioner" I figured this was going to be real hoppy, which I love. It is hoppy but no where near what the name would imply. Very malty with a sweet background. The hops are there, don't get me wrong, but by no means a "hop bomb". Tastes good though for what it is.

M - Nice amount of carbonation. Leaves a nice citrusy, hop taste on the tongue after each sip.

D - Great drinkability. Ever with an ABV of over 7%, I'd never had guess it since the alcohol is well disguised. I finished off two very easily and could have had more but wanted to switch up to some other beers I had brought for the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day football.

Overall: I real nice beer. I will buy again but for those trying it for the first time...just don't let the name fool you.


BuxMontBeerLover, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

The name oversells the hopping just a bit. A bit malty with a broad hops bittering that called to mind a more English IPA style than APA. Finish was just a bit dry with some lingering herbal notes. A nice enough beer, but falls a little short of the hop fix one anticipates.

Brent, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured a golden color with a very viscous white heading. Does settle to a thin lace around the edges. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell is very floral.Second whiff brongs out a somewhat earthy-piney aroma.

Taste is all the same very green hops that linger on the palate.Sweet caramel candyish malts with a slight burnt malt taste as well.

Mouth is medium bodied very well carbonated with a decent hoppy linger.

A good beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

TheFightfan1, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of armock
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus and piney hops

T - Like the nose citrus and pine hops but not as strong in the flavor

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - This beer looks and smell great but then sip into the realm of just being average good but not good enough to make me want to buy again

armock, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Decent head leaves some lacing.

S: Pine, citrus, maybe some apricots.

T: Hoppiness is a lot less pronounced than the name would lead you to believe. Plenty of bitterness and grassy notes, though. Nuttiness from the malt.

M: Medium-bodied, kind of syrupy.

D: Not a world-beater, but it's a perfectly acceptable IPA.

BarrelO, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle served in pint glass

Slight hazy amber color, with short=lived off-white head.

This beer doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by the name Hopsecutioner. Pronounced, but modest hops with substantial contributions of other flavors. Not very bitter. I'll ignore the mismatch of name and taste in this review.

Very citrusy hops with a good amount of sweet malt to balance the flavor. High drinkability and smoothness for an Amer. IPA. Nice finish with an excellent aftertaste.

M -moderately carbonated; medium body.

Although I am sensitive to the taske and smell of alcohol, I didn't detect the high ABV.

chinchill, Nov 25, 2010
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,435 ratings.