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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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Ratings: 2030
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of Tonmeister


3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in pint glass

Appearance: golden yellow hazy with a thin white head and average lacing.

Smell: piney and citrusy, there is definitely a hop presence in this brew.

Taste: piney, this brew is more on the hoppy side, but there is a nice malty backbone to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation with moderate mouthfeel

Overall: this is an underrated brew. It's nice and hoppy. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:10:41 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of mrchrisray

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

antique golden & milky in color. some head, not much, hardly any retention, and ok lacing.

lemon & citrus, lots of hops but with some smoky malts in the backbone.

lots of hops, not too bitter, a little lemony. plenty of malts making it smoky and roasted. a grapefruit aftertaste on the tongue after a few seconds.

not very much carbonation, leaves the mouth and tongue a little dry, but still quite good.

good, heavy and awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:22:34 | More by mrchrisray
Photo of mynie


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Savannah, GA.

Pours a little limp. Smells like sweet malt and flowers--nice mid-strenght hop profile, but it's a little bit of a let down considering the beer's moniker.

Tastes way uneven, much heavier and more alcoholic than its ABV would lead you to expect. Pleasantly intense and fruity hoppy beginning moves quickly into an aggressively sweet, syrupy middle that lasts until the end and blots everything else out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 16:40:55 | More by mynie
Photo of Franziskaner


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweet floral hop aroma. Copper penny color. Fantastic clarity and effervescent carbonation. More of a pine like hop aroma on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel considering the level of hop intensity. Good balance of piney hops and malt backbone on the palate. This is a well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:51:46 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of vandemonian


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice cloudy IPA. There was an off flavour in mine ( kinda piney or chlorine).

A: cloudy and a 1 cm head that lasts really well. 4

S: hoppy with citrus 4

T: malty with some nice pineyness. There is an off flavour too. Nice though. 3.5

M: nice and foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:40:19 | More by vandemonian
Photo of adkrogue

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours clear, goldenoff-white head good retention good lacing.

S: unique smell. I Absolutely get hops up front, unlike some others. Not dank, resiny hops but lighter, lemony floral hops. One of the aroma hops here is a stone favorite, used in the recent enjoy bys.

T: pretty balanced ipa. Hops aren't overpowering, but again these seem like delicate hops, for lack of a better description. Some lemon, floral, light pine, with a healthy malt backbone but not too sweet. It's getting better as I drink it. At first I noticed some metallic taste, which is gone.

M: light-medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O: really enjoyable. Wld definitely have again and do a side by side with.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:28:56 | More by adkrogue
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tumbler glasses and consumed between 45 and 55 degrees over the course of a wonderful half hour. Then, re-experienced fresh on-tap in HotLanta.

Bubbly head with good, but patchy retention. Golden cider color that shines like autumn with clarity beyond what the big hops should permit.
Lemony pine plus papaya and some warm banana bread balance out the alluring nose.
Herbal fizz with rosemary opens into tasty spice showered in bright citrus. Resin trails behind.
Bitterness and chalk hover throughout a long, undulating current of tastes, but are never out of balance. Cream spins into tart and melts into chewy spreadable cheese with a happy funk near the finish. That cheesy edge is just a bit too prominent for me, especially in the aftertaste, and with warming.
It's creamy and rather full bodied with just the necessary crispness to clean the tongue. Balance and complexity, as in every other aspect, define the feel of this beast.
Overall, bright and doughy; spicy but smooth. This killer is a special treat. For me, it's slightly better balanced after a few months in the bottle than it is on tap, but it gets muted after a year without improvements of malt maturity.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 01:50:04 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of neenerzig


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a mainly clear, slighly hazy, mediium golden color with a bit of a copper hue. Has a nice white head initially 2/3-3/4 of an inch when first poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with some spotty surface foam and a good lacing. Aromas of biscuity caramel malt and some citrus hop undertones, but nothing too hoppy. Starts off with a nice somewhat sweet caramel malt biscuity malt flavor that gives way to some floral citrus hop flavors that linger after each sip. Good balance of flavors. Tasty indeed, but I was expecting a bit more of a hop whallop to the palate from a beer called Hopsecutioner. Has a crisp yet smooth, slightly chewy medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A tasty beer all around and worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:36:07 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a copper, orange color with effervescent bubbles making their way to the top. A vibrant white, 1 finger head retains fairly well and leaves a bit of lacing as I sip

S-Malted barley, sweet caramel, freshly baked bread all make up the front of the nose as it fades nicely into a bitter hopped up scent. Quite lovely.

T-The name is deceiving. It's not as hoppy as I would have figured and I love it. The malted barley and sweet backbone mix perfectly with an astringent hoppy bite that combines to make an exceptional creamy finish.

MF-Creamy, thick with a smooth finish. Body is full and it has a brief moment on the palate that feels crisp but it's overall creamy.

O-This is my favorite IPA. Hopsecutioner is underrated by a huge margin

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 17:05:33 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of larryi86


3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 8/2013, poured into a DFH IPA glass

A- A slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice two finger white head.

S- Not very hoppy, getting some floral and citrus notes, kind of grainy, some biscuity malts. Nose reminds me of a regular pale ale.

T- Hoppier than the nose, citrus and floral hops up front, piney hops in the finish, nice sweet, bready malt back, good balance.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- An enjoyable IPA, but doesn't wow me. It does have great balance. Was hoping it would be hoppier, kind of feel like this could be called an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 23:08:55 | More by larryi86
Photo of kojevergas


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7.3% ABV. Best if enjoyed by: Week 1 of September 2013. Acquired a few days ago at a local bottle shop. Cost was something like $6.00. I dig the creative stylistic label art. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded green pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation, though this is my second Terrapin beer and I wasn't impressed with the first one.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head. Nice thickness, nice cream. Good (~4-5+ minute) retention. No bubble show. Soapy uneven lacing. Unimpressive frothiness. Appears somewhat soft.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Unimpressive vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Decent appearance for the style overall. There's definite room for improvement. Par for the style, if a bit light in colour.

Sm: Hop character is quite timid. Generic floral hops, light soapiness, and some lemon citrus hop character. Pale malts. Clean. Not horribly fresh. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A biteen grainy. A dash of amber malts. Average in strength. Pretty average for the style as well; I'm unimpressed with it so far.

T: Okay. Floral hop character works well with the simple pale malt foundation. A hint of grapefruit hop character and light accompanying bitterness on the climax. A dash of nectary hops. Not as juicy and vivacious as I want it to be. Hop character is timid and unevocative overall. Not a lot of depth of flavour here. Somewhat grainy. Simple and uninspired. Little subtlety. I will say that I like the balance, but it seems easy to pull off given the simplicity. Boring and somewhat bland. I do like it, but there's nothing unique or special here. It doesn't seem to try for much.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Lightly refreshing. Decent presence on the palate. Decent thickness. Decent body. Suits the flavour profile middlingly. Decent execution.

Dr: A low-ambition IPA that achieves its mundane goals. Drinkable with a decently hidden ABV. Quite unimpressive and uninspired. Why brew this? I wouldn't get it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. I'm 0 for 2 on Terrapin. Looking forward to trying more of their beers in the hopes that this lack of quality is the exception - not the rule. That said, I do think it's above average overall. I'm hard on it because I see potential.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 04:10:04 | More by kojevergas
Photo of TALER


4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the EMORY Convention Center and Hotel Friday 24 May after a 2-day drive from Connecticut. Delicious and very satisfying. This would be my regular brew if not for Dogfish 60-minute IPA. Liked this Terrapin in the bottle, like it better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 21:42:02 | More by TALER
Photo of JackMcAwesome


3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

Look: A golden yellow with a one finger head, which went down to a thin ring. The lacing was minimal, not what I'm use to with a great IPA.

Smell: The standard notes you come to identify with an IPA. Nothing particular stands out for me, but it's still a very decent aroma. Just wish there was something a bit underneath.

Taste: I had to visit the website out of curiosity on their hops, they don't seem to specify but say there are six different types. I think for me, that's where the problem might be. I personally like a smaller variety (2-3 range) so I can try to identify them. The result here seemed to just be a bunch of citrus, grassy taste. Again, decent, just nothing really stood out.

Feel: A generally well balanced brew. The malts are prevalent enough to give it that balance. A medium-light beer that I could drink anytime.

Overall: A good beer, just nothing too special. There are a few others in this category that I would seek out before coming back to this one. Worth trying definitely.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:21:43 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a nice orange, small head, very mild lace.

Citrus, wonder bread, slight pine and toffee make up the smell.

Citrus, floral hops, tobacco and saltless saltine start of the taste. The finish is citrus and grass, light but lingering. A little thin for the style.

A nice, aggressively hopped brew from the South. Almost would call this their attempt at a West Coast IPA. Though I wouldn't put it in my normal rotation (which I can't anyway being I live in CA, not GA), I would never turn one down if offered. Nice job Terrapin!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:20:22 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of Ellis_the_Executive


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 6oz tasting glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber-orange color. Head is off-white and retentive, yet thin.

S: I honestly didn't get much aroma off of this beer. The nose is muted and faint. Very slight hints of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit/citrus resins.

T: Slight citrus hint, faint pine notes, mild malt body, quite sweet on the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, this beer drinks very well for 7.3%

M: mild bodied, leaves a lingering pine/citrus note on the finish.

O: I honestly didn't care for this beer. I found it a very "average" IPA at best. I had always wanted to try this beer and had a friend stop in Georgia to grab it for me. The only saving grace is that it is VERY drinkable for it's ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:05:41 | More by Ellis_the_Executive
Photo of hopheadhoward


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hopsecutioner is a nice ale. Not perfect, but if you like hoppy ales, this is a pretty good IPA. Nice bitter start, and it feels good on the mouth. Why do you like hoppy? You want flavor, right? Hopsecutioner has flavor, and it looks and smells like an IPA? Is it perfect? No, but this is a nice IPA. Alcohol is 7+%, so be aware.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 23:59:40 | More by hopheadhoward
Photo of BrianJohnson

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this beer. It is one of the best that Terrapin makes and I've tried many of their beers. This is an approachable IPA - not too much of a hop-blast to turn off those new to IPAs, but enough to keep me happy. Their other beer, kind of like DFH, are variations of hop-heavy brews, but this one is a pure, unadulterated, clean, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 16:50:09 | More by BrianJohnson
Photo of xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass with a one finger white head, beer is a nice amber color with a slight orange tint.

S: Smell is very citrusy with a light sweet note.

T: Light caramel malt front with a large citrus and pine hop back

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, very dry finish.

O: A nice beer to pick up on the fly but not something I would personally go out of my way to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:32:11 | More by xShoWTeKx
Photo of tut2528


3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours golden brown that elicits just a bit of transparency. the head is cream white color and also creamy in its appearance. and the lacing is quite nice.

S: really not getting much on the aroma here and I am really having to pull for this. lemons, malt, and pine. ???

T: glad to see that there is something to this brew because the smell wasn't there. subtle citrus notes, some malt, piney hops, there is a unique sugar candy sweetness here too. at 7.3%, the alcohol is extremely well hidden

M: medium bodied, leaves a nice bitterness with a slight citrus profile on the palate.

O: the bottle description couldn't be more wrong in my opinion. as this one is very plain and doesn't give me that "hophead" feeling. i will say that the 7.3% is extremely well hidden and i find this one pretty drinkable. overall though, i want a beer to at least resemble its description, and i feel cheated on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:15:58 | More by tut2528
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before month 5 notched.

Pours a hazy orange- light copper color with a skim, yet retentive off white head, big bubbles. Spotty lacing.

Not the big hop aroma I was hoping for. Grapefruit citrus and pine resin. A bready, light caramel malt is right there.

A better taste than the aroma. Dry, slightly sharp grapefruit citrus, pine resins. A big bready, slightly caramalized malt balances things out. Finishes with a sharp lingering hop bitterness.

Slightly heavier side of medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Fell a little below my expectations. Maybe better fresh. Hops tasted and smelled quite faded overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 22:09:21 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of gillagorilla


3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Terrapin Pint

A: Poured with a nice head that stays for a bit but fizzles to a film with a large section of bubbles. The lacing is quite nice too. It is a slightly cloudy golden amber color.

S: Quite citrusy with a bit of pine intermingled. It is a pretty nice smell, but it kind of reminds me of a stout smell for some reason.

T: Not the best tasting out there. There is a mild citrus note that is overpowered by the pine in it. I remember it being more citrus-y on tap.

M: Pretty crisp all the way through but it is still quite mild.

O: I feel like there is either something wrong with these beers or with my palate today. I had this at a Terrapin event but it was just a sample. I remember it tasting better. Luckily, a friend gave this to me. Their Hopzilla is much better. Still not a bad IPA, but it is one of the lesser IPAs I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:10:00 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of rodlavers


3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Noticed an enjoy by 5/13 bottle and decided to give it a try.

Pours a very clear orange amber color, with a foamy fluffy white head. It's got some decent retention and lacing is chunky.

Smell overall is a bit muted. Light pine hops and citrus zest, with a tartness to it.

Flavors consist of light pine resin, lemon zest and a now blend of hops.

Not too bitter, very smooth and tart.

Overall glad I tried it fresh. It's crisp and tart, which is unique, but smell and flavor are not entirely there for me. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 01:45:34 | More by rodlavers
Photo of buschbeer


3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass
Thanks to sommersb for the beer

A - It looks like a sunset with an orange center and golden highlights. It is hazy and has a couple inches of off-white head.

S - I notice it has an evident malt presence. I can tell by the aroma I will not appreciate this IPA. I has that overtly bitter smell that warns me of bitterness in the taste. I also get some citrus.

T - As expected this is a bitter bastard and not in the way that I like. There is some malt but not enough to balance it. It has the taste of a very bitter grapefruit.

M - Medium

O - I'm sure this is a great IPA for some, but this hops profile does not agree with my palate. I cannot eat a bitter grapefruit, and this beer reminds me of that experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:04:28 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Craigory

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Hopsecutioner pours a deep, slightly murky orange, with a finger's white head and plenty of bubbles. The head quickly dies down to a slight ring on top of the beer, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: This is not the most aromatic of IPAs, but I do get a good whiff of pine and juicy (tropical, rather than citrus-y) hops. Smells pretty good, on the whole.

T: Good pine-y bitterness over the tongue, followed by a light tropical fruit sweetness. Finishes dry, with a little interplay of bitter and sweet. Pretty standard IPA profile.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: A good, but not amazing, IPA. It hits all the right notes, without setting itself apart. I do think the name invites certain expectations that only an extraordinary DIPA could meet, but this is a solid IPA. I would grab a six-pack now and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:13:40 | More by Craigory
Photo of socon67

New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light copper color. The acing on this one is very nice with rings around hte glass. Pour is a nice frothy foam. Minimal carbonation and translucent.

S - Scents of pine cones, pine resin, and mandarin oranges. Very fresh smelling IPA.

T - Initial sip has an earthy hop bitterness that stays throughout. Slight tartness of citrus balances this out.

M - Leaves a raspy sandpaper feel on the tongue. Easy drinking IPA. Went awesome with my pizza.

O - Glad I can at least make the trip to Jersey to get these guys. If its good enough for the Governor on Walking Dead it sgood enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:10:30 | More by socon67
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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