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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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731 Reviews
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Reviews: 731
Hads: 3,050
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 675 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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: 731 | Hads: 3,050
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.

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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

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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.

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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 ;)

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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~

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.