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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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715 Reviews
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Reviews: 715
Hads: 2,985
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 106
Gots: 627 | FT: 10
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009

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Reviews: 715 | Hads: 2,985
Photo of TeamMathis
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is orangish copper, and contains swarms of sediment. The smell contains a hint of citrus, but not much else. The taste has a little pine and a lot of pepper, but not much else in the flavor department. Both the smell and the taste are pretty weak, especially for a name like Hopsecutioner and stating that the drinker will loss their hophead over it. I'm pretty disappointed in it. It's an ok drink, but I'll never get it again. It's one of my least favorite IPAs. (474 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by: 12.19.14. Drank 11.13.14. 12oz bottle poured into a Mason Jar pint.

A: Pours a hazy bright orange with two fingers of bright, billowing head. Lots of big pitting, small patches of lacing, dissipates to a few small islands and a high collar. A fair amount of suspended particulates. Light visible carbonation.

S: Earthy, metallic, traces of what could resemble hops... but nowhere near enough to get past the grunge/yeastiness/biscuity aroma. Awful for an IPA, and to be frank, awful for any beer style.

T: Weak. Little to no clarity. Pepper and Earth. Bready malt, toasted biscuit... once again, awful.

M: Watery and bitter. Not much carbonation, dull to taste. Lingering earthy bitterness reminds me of how awful this smells and tastes well after I last went though those painful endeavors.

O: An incredible disappointment from a beer which I didn't even have high hopes for, just that it would be a decent regional IPA to drink in the Southeast. But this is not even close, not by a long shot. I'm giving a 2 all around for effort.

Maybe I had an infected bottle, but unless someone one day hands me this beer, I will not be having it again. (1,158 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, took me to 4th of a six pack to figure out. Decent offering but definitely more malt than hops. Smells hoppy, initial taste is hops but malty takes over and lingers with a malty bite rather than a bitter finish. Almost in agreement with another review that called this a pale ale. Maybe my review would be different if I tasted blind and was told this was a pale ale. Worth a bottle but maybe no more unless you like a malt hop combo leaning toward the malt side. (476 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey orange with a slight red tint and a thin white head. Earthy, rye, and citrus hop musk. Tastes of sweet citrus, rye, bready and pine. Medium light body, nice moderate pine resin aftertaste. Some lacing down the glass. (235 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great brewer, great hop-forward beer, but 2nd tier IPA.

A: Medium copper, haze, rich off-white head. Strong lacing and appearance. Sticky.

S: Pine dominant (apropos Georgia). Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with grass and bright malts.

T: Like smell but with more caramel malts. However, soon the hop bitter, citrusy and tropical flavors grow and it's all hops into a big and bitter, bright, blaring finish.

F: ok, a bit too sweet for me.

O: Always enjoy this brewer, but this one's a mid-pack IPA. (516 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured semi-hazy, Amber color. Two finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.
Smell: Nice resiny, piney, fruity aromas and a good sweet malt smell.
Taste: The hop flavors weren't as prominent in the taste as the aroma. Pretty malty for beer with hops in the name.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Not a bad beer, just thought it was a little underwhelming, probably won't seek this one out again in the future. (454 characters)

Photo of topofthehops
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a tall draught right now at Buffalo Wild Wings. I'd previously tried it from the bottle and wondered if it would taste different from the keg. The answer: no. Both times I've been disappointed. As a previous reviewer opined, the name is deceptive. This is not the hop bomb the name suggests. Not even close. It's not bad. Not bad at all. But it's utterly forgettable. A "Hopsecutioner" should never be forgettable. (423 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in January 2015.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a pretty long time, and left a thick coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong influence of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex amber ale, but with a strong bitterness from the hops. There is a nice after-taste with a hint of bitterness from the hops, which lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA that is not overwhelmed by the hops. (753 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1/3....pours bright amber, beautifully poured with a tiny head of white foam. Malty toffee nose. Hearty rich hoppy taste. Boozy, cough syrup taste. Quite heavy. (160 characters)

Photo of woodchipper
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle labeled enjoy by 4/15 into belled pint glass.
L- darker amber with reasonable head
S- Malty for all the hop hype on the label
T-balance tips towards malty
F-slightly low on carbonation, but not far off (219 characters)

Photo of ZorroZ
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Smell: Nice, but not as fragrant as I'd expected from a beer whose very name brags of hop potency.
Taste: Certainly very hop-forward, as one would expect from the name. Nice malt undertone, more than a backbone- but the hops carry the day- again, as one would expect given the name. The taste also belies the fairly high ABV.
Mouthfeel: pleasantly quaffable, although sessioning these would probably not be a good idea- unless you plan to spend the night. (455 characters)

Photo of joelbstroud
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

I'm from Eugene Oregon. Not so much snobbish as particular. May be the same thing. Terrapins seems to be a fine brewer, but from my experience, to call something "Hopsecutioner" would mean something quite hoppy. Hoppy this is not. I've had black hole inducing puckers and fifty variations more hoppy than this (Hop Valley Alpha Centuri Binary, Stone Crime, Russian River Pliny The Elder, Bonyard Hop Venom etc. etc.). I give it a low rating for the poor naming. It matters ;) (475 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 87/100

Nice rich and Creamry IPA, perhaps a touch of chocolate shines through. Overall very balanced and enjoyable~ (271 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really liked the orange tinge to the brew, it added to the thick, white head that had really good staying power. That's pretty much where the distinctive parts of the beer end. The smell was basic IPA and the mouthfeel was mostly carbonated. I will say the taste was bold lightly citrusy, so kudos there. Overall, it was a pretty good IPA but nothing really that made it stand out from the pack. (400 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure when it was bottled, but the "enjoy by" date is 18 March 2015. Today is 26 October 2014.

Poured into an ordinary pint glass.

Pours a pretty orangish-gold, one finger head settles down to a half finger and stays there for the duration. Foam is nice and dense, nice lacing.

Not a ton of smell, but what is there is hoppy and invigorating.

Taste emphasizes the bitter, but is not overboard. Slightly piney. You know you're dealing with hops here. Edit- more experienced reviewers than I note a "peppery" quality to the taste. I think that is a perfect description for the dominant impression of this beer; peppery hoppiness.

Really nice mouthfeel, definitely not a thin beer; and the carbonation is up to the level of the hops.

Enjoyable beer. (762 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep orange, almost red, color. two fingers of an off white head with strong retention and a pretty good lacing. strong clarity with just a little bit of darkness to it.

Smell: cirtus hops, hop resin and pine sap. strong caramel to toffee sweetness.

Taste: opens with a little bit of toasted grains, followed by a citrus to piney hop. back end is a mix between strong caramel and darker malts with a little bit of resinous hop.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. feels strong than 7.3%. very low linger bitterness.

Overall: this one is a bit dark and a bit sweet for what I look for in an IPA. a low bitterness almost makes it come off has a hoppy red ale really. (683 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great dating on this 12-12-14. Should be fresh. 1/2 finger of white head on top of a pure golden snifter of gorgeous brew. Quite the looker. Piney and floral aromas coming through as well as the hint of some bitterness from the hops. Clear, ringing pine flavor up front, light bitterness, and the thought that a bit more bitterness would really help with the balance. Light mouthfeel, only slightly oily, but in my opinion pretty much spot on for what an IPA should 'feel' like. Just as expected, well crafted. This was quite good. Could hit the regular 'warm weather' rotation if this becomes a little easier to find in the area. (630 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Nice malty IPA. The pronounced malt in this beer definitely helps balance the assertive hops. Has a lot of biscuit and malt notes in the aroma and the taste as well. Good mouthfeel, and perfect carbonation. Overall a good beer but not great. (244 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a thin head with good retention.
Nice citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit spices from American yeast, slightly toasted and caramel malts and some pine.
Likewise, flavor of grapefruits, toasted malts, caramels, pepper, grass, pine and resin. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Alcohol of 7.3% is very well hidden.
Well balanced and solid IPA, you sure can feel the hops power. Although they don't scare any versed drinker, it will give a mule kick to beginners.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4 Sab.3,75 Sens.4 Cj.4 (560 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Smell: honey, tangerine, white pine, grapes, juicy

Taste: mango, citrus, clover honey, white pine needles, apple skin, lil dank too.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, coats the mouth with hoppy greatness (204 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle dated 10/2014 in a wide mouth glass. Orange in color. Thin head that dissipates quickly. Hoppy smell with some herbs and citrus. The taste is malty and herbal, with a hop taste that doesn't overpower or leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Surprisingly light to medium bodied with some noticeable carbonation. This is an excellent, refreshing beer. (364 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, citrus, toasted, earthy, spicy, Graham cracker, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice hop bitterness, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Another solid offering from this brewery. (551 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger head that takes it time leaving in a 20oz pub glass leaving really great lacing down the glass.

Smell is pretty outstanding. I really get the earthy hops with malts in the background.

Taste is great as well. Way more malt than I was expecting from a beer called hopsecutioner. The malts tell the story for me. Has a taste of caramel to them and the hops kinda play second fiddle. I definitely get the earthy hops but not as much as I expected.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Really liked the way it has a nice presence throughout the taste.

Overall, a really great beer. I really like this and plan to make it more of a go to. (680 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. Lacing is just so-so but head retention is very nice with really a solid cap all the way through.

Aroma is full of earthy hops with pine and tree bark. Deep toffee and caramel notes along with a bit of spiciness. Perhaps just a touch of orange.

The flavor really screams English IPA to me in that there is much more malt character and none of the tropical fruit normally associated with American IPA's. Earthy hops complimented by a healthy dose of caramel and toffee from the malt. Bitterness is very high throughout with a mouthfeel that is slightly watery leaving a very light lingering sweetness.

Overall, there really aren't any flaws with this beer but it just doesn't do it for me. I prefer fruitier IPA's in general but this one just seems to be lacking a bit. Decent but not outstanding. (893 characters)

Photo of JaredMarvel
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I will admit, the interesting artwork of this "hopsecutioner" is what attracted me to the bottle, but what i found, was a above average IPA. While India pale ales are not normally my favorite, i did enjoy this ale from terrapin beer co. Its is a cloudy ale, thats appearance does not strike me one way or the other, but it has a strong and wonderful smell to it. The taste is above average, but i would not call it out stating, and the mouthfeel is pretty average. Overall i would say it is a beer worth picking up. (515 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.