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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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723 Reviews
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Reviews: 723
Hads: 3,011
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 107
Gots: 648 | FT: 12
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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: 723 | Hads: 3,011
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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rcairney1
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A delicious headache in a glass. A simple go to beer, if its in the cooler and only other choice is a Sweetwater or bud light... You'd better believe you go for the hopsecutioner. But overall its easy to Drink and tastes good.... nothing that will make you say wow or want to write home about, but easy and good.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, chill-hazed, copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of resinous hops and tart grapefruit forward, with a tangy caramel backbone, and piney highlights. Great nose! Flavors are grapefruit and pineapple forward, with a tangy caramel and roasted backbone, peppery herbal notes, and piney resinous tones throughout. Smooth and balanced, on a light, smooth body. The aftertaste is tropical fruit, with a subtle bitter resin character. Smooth, resinous, slightly dry finish. Very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of blordo1685
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

So close yet so far!

This IPA has the potential to be another Alpha King, but unfortunately misses the mark in a big way.

A- Beautiful dank hazy, orange. 1 finger tight dense, head- good retention.

S- Slight floral hops with grapefruit, very faint tropical aromas.

T- Not getting much. Sam Adams meets Sierra Nevada?

O- Once again, I really hope this was an off bottle, though it says I have 3 more months to enjoy. Nothing enjoyable or memorable about this one. 3 sips and down the drain.

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Photo of eepound2
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer from Terrapin. Drink it often being from GA.

Off the bat, beer pours a pretty dark copper color with a decent foamy head. Smell is malty, with some citrus notes.

Taste is also malty with a nice hoppy blend. Pretty well balanced, nothing spectacular but solid taste and abv.

Drink this beer a lot and enjoy it a good bit.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours medium golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready smell mixed with a good deal of a sweeter orange citrus as well as a good deal of grapefruit hop. Along with the grapefruit hops come some other hop smells of a pine and slightly grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins big bready flavor mixed with a good deal of a tropical fruit sweetness of tangerine and pineapple. Some lighter grapefruit hop flavors are present upfront with them growing stronger as the taste advances. Along with the grapefruit increasing a bit as the flavor advances to the end, some pine and a bit of floral hop come to the tongue. A little bit of a caramel sweetness also develops in the taste as it advances from the beginning to the end and combines with all the rest of the flavors to leave a rather malty and more moderately hopped IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and lower body are very nice for the bready and more “lightly” hopped flavors for this IPA really making for a rather easy drinking and malty IPA.

Overall – Not a hop powerhouse for an IPA but rather easy drinking and fairly balanced overall. Even so the flavors are quite nice and produce a rather easy drinking and enjoyable brew overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best enjoyed by 8/2014.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly tasty, but I was expecting more hop qualities based on the name.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 8/14 at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma of hemlock
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a 2 mm layer
Lacing good, mostly covering the glass, predominantly small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor predominantly of mixed conifers, mostly hemlock. Starts slightly bitter with malt appearing at the end, slightly sweet. No alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very tasty IPA, easy to drink. A pleasant alternative to DIPAs.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-Orange to light copper with a little cloudiness

Smell-faint apple citrus…some say resinous, but I didn't pick that up at first, once the beer stabilized at 45-50 degrees I got a little of the resin, but nothing overwhelming

taste-mellow to moderate hoppiness, I was having Indian food and thought this would pair well, which I think it did.

Mouthfeel- smooth, but quickly jumps then finishes with a mellow bitterness. Not overwhelming, but definitely IPA. Leaves a little sharpness as a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall- I think it is a good local IPA, but there are undoubtedly others that drive harder to the finish. You can have a couple of these alone or with food. I think it is a bit over marketed in the ATL area, but that also means you will probably be able to grab one on tap.

I try to be average on most IPAs because they are not my go to beer. I also don't have a really discriminating hop palate, so I try to stay even on most of these.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a foamy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, fresh cut grass, earthy, dank hops, a touch of citrus, and slightly sweet caramel malt form the aroma. Herbal, tea-like scents emerge.

Flavor reveals much more tea initially, with grassy notes taking over mid palate, and caring into a lightly bitter, earthy finish. There's a hint of citrus, but it's muted.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Very different than your typical American ipa. Bitterness is subtle, which I prefer, and there's a lot of hop flavoring, but it definitely tends toward the herbal and earthy side.

Tried super fresh, and papaya and mango notes really came out. Still not overly bitter. Like the toffee notes to the malt.

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Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, some pine, faint floral notes and some sweet toasty/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, light grapefruit, some pine resins and sweet toasty/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color. The head recedes too quickly and there needs to be more carbonation. The head laces nicely until you take a sip. Then the head is gone, and so too is the lacing. That sucks.

Smell: There's a slight plum-like hop smell, but it's weak.

Taste: There's a really nice mango/pine hop thing going, but not much more.

mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall: It will satisfy a hop jonesin' , and it's a better than average beer, but there's many better beers.

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Photo of tomfneph
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap in Atlanta. It pours a one finger lacy head and a beautiful orange color. Nose is citrus forward with a nice fresh bread undertone. Initial taste is grapefruit with a surprisingly mild hop burn on the backside. It certainly does not "execute" your taste buds. The mouthfeel and overall taste is thin compared to west coast IPA's like Pliny Elder or Lagunitas Maximus, which I believe it is trying to emulate. Overall, it is a good effort and if you like the style it's worth a try.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: It pours a ruby gold with a one finger off white head.
S: Orange, some cinnamon and ciders notes
Taste: I get orange peel, bubble gummy malty sweetness, then a floral hoppiness, with a hint of booze at the end.
M: Slick, smooth and thin
O: smells ok, taste great

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner has a thin, white head, a brilliant, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and a bit of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of bread and an unusual, and hard-to-place citrus rind. Taste is also odd- sweet bread and an even peppery citrus aspect going on, here. The bitterness is there, but I'd never guess 71 IBU. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a bit slick, and Terrapin Hopsecutioner finishes mostly dry and fairly smooth. No alcohol is detected. Overall, I would recommend getting a hold of this oddity.


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Photo of SLeffler27
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, honey gold SRM 5-6. I am quite surprised to see small chunks of yeast floating inside an Anderson Valley can glass. The half-inch creamy head quickly drops, leaving a light coating of lace. I am no fan of floaters in an IPA.

Bread dough and slight hop aromas. Some cut straw and musk.

Modest bitterness is balanced by sweetness. Caramel, nuts and faint kiwi are noticed up front. Grapefruit comes out in the middle through finish. The finish is moderately long and yeasty. Orange flavors come out with warmth.

This is a medium-to-full-bodied beer with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation.

Terrapin has not quite delivered on “Hopsecutioner”. Getting beyond the name, however, it is a relaxing beer. Perhaps my bottle is older, however, it’s difficult to say since the best by chart was blank.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour a bottle into our Hop City pint glasses and it glows the color of sunset at dusk. It holds a two finger head of yellowed foam comprised of big soapy bubbles, showing superb retention. Chunky patterned lacing is left around the glasses. The chill haze clears quickly to reveal no sediment. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is a malt bomb of thickly toasted pale and caramel grain, honey and maple syrup sugars, wheat cracker grit, grassy and herbal hops, soft fusel booziness, planted wet seed and resinous weediness, dry dog food bite, and mineral water. A soft citric hop begins to seep with warmth, but at no point rises to the challenge of the balance. Our first impression is that, as with the nose, the taste is heavily malt forward, but is much more savory than expected, with biscuity butters and juicy, yet bittering, hops. The taste begins with soapy and lemony citric hops, pale, amber, and lightly caramel grain depth, apricot and mango fruitiness, orange rind zest, hints of fruity esters, and light booziness. The middle comes to a peak with more of an adjuncty grain wash, with sweetness of white grape juice sugars, continued citric peel oiliness, green grassy resins, earthen mulch dirtiness, mineral and musk, sweet caramel maltiness, and candy corn. The end washes through with bittered and dried grassiness of hops, faint caramel grain, more toasty pales, burnt buttery crispness, aromatic fruity esters, enhanced black pepper fusel booziness, bronze, and dried oregano. The aftertaste breathes of newspaper, envelope adhesive, black pepper, ethanol, confectioner’s sugar, green grassiness, spicy pale malts, salted cured meatiness, green plantains, wet bark, sweet bubblegum esters, melty vinyl, and magic marker phenols. The body is on the fuller side of medium, while carbonation is bubbly and prickly, but still solidly medium. Big froth, smack, and slurp accompany the sip, but it feels thin on top at times, with creaminess falling to the wayside. The mouth is left coated and oily, but this eventually dried in a gently puckering astringency that will put you to bed. The abv is up there for a “single” IPA, and drinkability is just okay.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its appearance. The head is a nicely aesthetic cap, and retains wonderfully to the last drop, helping to keep up the air of an open invitation. The flavoring, although sweet, relatively clean, and heavily malted, does raise questions for something labeled “Hopsecutioner”. Unless they meant that they were killing the hops here, then maybe it would be appropriate. Joking aside, the grain does go overboard in both the aromatic and gustatory departments, marginalizing and underplaying the hops. For a DIPA, in comparison, that huge grain bill with the dog food wash and grit would be much more appropriate, and somewhat expected from an American producer. Although this beer seems to sell itself on reputation alone, they might be better pressed, if they ever find the need for rebranding, to call this one double/imperial in the future to justify the recipe. That said, this is not a bad beer, but also not something you want to coddle all night. Our biggest complaint is that it lacks a certain inherent freshness of hoppiness to it, which again, might be expectationally altered with a rebranding.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.