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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,982
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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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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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep honey gold and crystal clear. 1-finger head, no retention. Leaves decent thin lacing behind.

Pine and citrus both come through in the nose and really duke it out to see who comes out on top. The pine resin is pretty intense, but the grapefruit citrus notes still come through.

Relatively clean hit to the palatte, but quickly turns hoppy - very quickly. Bright hit of pineapple-grapefruit with a dash of tarter fruit and then bitterness takes over. Slightest of slight indications of the alcohol presence.

Body is slightly oily-creamy and offsets the bitters well.

For something north of 7%, this one goes down pretty easy. (638 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-gold pour on this brew with a fomay white IPA head. Aroma is very nice lots of thick flavors: hops, brown sugar and a huge dose of citrus. Taste is a bit thinner than that, sort of sweet like an Oktoberfest brew before a nice citrsuy, hoppy twang takes over. A very solid entry into the over-filled IPA category. Not on the top tier, but it is unique and worth a try. (373 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great I've loved it since the first week it hit the taps in the Burgh at Fatheads it was the best beer of the evening in a night of drinking on the Southside which says volumes considering your options. Aroma has a great citrus peel bouquet with floral highlights with a slight tart sourdough bread malt character. Greeen with hops not as lively as the tap version I tasted at Fathead's but it was a bit fresher. I'm sure this one is coming around in their sampler packs but the label may just be the highlight. A hooded Terrapin pulling the rope on a guillotine with a hop plant poking through the gallows. Classic Georgia based hop imagery. Ample sweetness with vinous fresh hops citrus, herbs, and pine elements play nicely but the citrus/grapefruit tropical fruits really stand out what an amazing session IPA I'm glad to be lucky enough to live in driving distance to the Terrapin lineup great beers for sure. They need a cap that will represent them better than the plain shiny golden version. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils a nice all around hop monster that doesn't overbear the palate in anyway. Medium bodied mild carbonation which equates to a very nice drinking experience. Drinkability is pretty effortless a beer that I plan to catch again and again especially on tap. (1,297 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin's excellence in labeling continues; this time the grimly-grinning Terp is darkly-masked and about to get all Medieval and drop the guillotine on some hapless hoppage...

In my Duvel tulip, Hopsecutioner is brightly-clear and polished copper in color and sports a big two-finger thick milk-white head. The bubbles are fine and beady, standing tall in a slowly-melting tower that spatters ragged jags of Brussels-style lace onto the inner surfaces of the drinking vessel.

The aroma is pungently citrusy with a waft of vanilla caramels. A vague note of fruity alcohol adds a sharpening cleanliness to fragrances of lemon-lime, orange, and freshly-snipped pine.

The taste is pale-malty, mildly-sweet, and lightly caramel-coated with plenty of citrus-oil and leafy green flavors. Citrus-peel oil abounds with a sunny splash of rind-heavy Valencia juice, but the actual bitterness component is well-controlled and proportional to the malty backbone. The finish is quite dry and leaves a touch of bittering oil lingering on the palate.

The drink is crisp and medium in body with an excellent tingle of carbonation. An exceptionally easy drinker given the 7.3% ABV, Hopsecutioner is a fine 'first-ever' IPA from the Terp. (1,225 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a nice wispy white head on top. Retains great. Leaves lots of sticky lace. Scents of honey, grapefruit, and a piney finish. This smells really sweet and good.

Great crisp body, but not overly so. Plenty of creamy depth to this as well. Good sharp bitter bite at the onset, but there is a subtle candy-like sweetness in there as well. The finish is bready and warming with the alcohol. No harsh bitter aftertaste. This is really good. The ABV is a bit high for a sessioner, but I could have this most anytime. (549 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this since I read about it coming up... Found a few sixers in Nashville and picked one up....

This looks and smells very much like one of my favorite Terrapin offerings, Big Hoppy Monster...its fairly red for an IPA but not quite as much so as the BHM... The smell is very similar as well.. Hoppy and intense but also rich and malty at the same time...

Its doesn't seem quite as hoppy as a fresh BHM but this is still solid as heck... Hoppy and oily with a strong malt backing.. A little booze in the finish..

At 7.2%, I'm not sure this is sessionable but I could definitely give it a shot... A nice solid IPA from Terrapin... (649 characters)

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

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A generous extra from sincereNc. Thanks Ian!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, but clear, orange-amber body with half a finger of light beige head. Retention is poor, eventually leaving a thin collar with some light bubbles on top of the brew. Not much lacing.

S: It's impossible to miss the citrus-heavy nose on this one. Tangerine and grapefruit are quite powerful. As the beer warms, those scents fade in favor of pine, earth, and grass. Quite nice.

T: Tangerine juice right up front; grapefruit is less powerful, but still noticeable. Pine and earthy hops define the mid-taste, which brings out a light biscuit malt character. Plenty of grass in the finish, with a moderate tangerine-tinged bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Slightly slick and oily.

D: I find this incredibly solid. I've been hit-and-miss with Terrapin, but I like this one. (935 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden amber color with a creamy/frothy white head that, although initially a decent size, falls rather quickly and doesn't leave IPA-level sticky lace on the glass. Retention over the top is solid.

S: Wow, this is intense and extremely interesting. I'm getting bold citrus and pine, with a healthy dose of sweet tropical fruit and a faint earthiness. Healthy malt presence contributes fullness and depth. If it was just a tad bolder it would be truly amazing.

T&M: Decent on the palate. A sweet initial citrus burst that gives way to a cracker-like malt balance before segueing into a herbal, spicy finish that lasts a while. Flavor is complex and lovely, but like the aroma not quite bold enough. Mouthfeel is rather interesting--the body is light for an American IPA, but the feel itself is a bit resiny and sticky.

D: Hopsecutioner is a highly drinkable IPA with a nice hop presence that's well balanced. Light in body, but heavier in alcohol, it's an easy way enjoy a standard to high ABV IPA in a sessionable (from a volume perspective) package. Props to Terrapin for making such a unique IPA. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of the 'Hits' mixed package. Poured from the 12oz brown bottle chilled into my tulip pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ 2 1/2 fingers of light tan cream from a vigorous pour. The bead is pin -sized and the lace clings like a woodland camo pattern on the glass

S - A mix of pine and citrus notes w/ a subtle malt sweetness in the aroma. The smell has subtle fruity esters and gentle caramel odors w/ sour apple tinge and lemony note

M- A very bitter entry yet mildly spiced hop texture w/ moderate level of carbonation. The ale has a sweet middle and dry,yet bitter finish w/ a lightly tangy tinge

T - A slightly piney entry w/ mild citrus tanginess in the hops which is cradled by slight sweetness and a light caramel malt tinge. The flavor is mildly peppery w/ a bit of grapefruit bitterness and the malt seems gently toasted w/ light sweet effect. The flavr seems more bitter and dry w/ gentle fruitiness in the finish which has a mild tangy flavor.

D - An exceptional American IPA w/ very good drinkability IMO. A nice balance between hops a still sturdy w/ malt. The abv is not very apparent, I could quaff several of these repeatedly - Kudos Terrapin! (1,185 characters)

Photo of wescj
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Interesting color; a bit on the dark side for an IPA. Very intriguing. Good head, ok retention.

Good hop aroma, nice and piny. Roasty malts shine thrugh.

Taste is pretty darn good. Hops are of the earthy/woody variety, with a thouch of orange.

Good drinking IPA, I'll probably grab some more. (334 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/red (a bit dark) with a 1.5-finger, off white head with little retention or lace.
The smell is bright and hoppy at first but tames itself down after a couple of minutes. What's there is grapefruit and and sweetness.
The taste is very similar to the aroma, nice but still on the milder side. There is some malty sweetness and a light, bitter bite near the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/light.
Drinkability is fine but it just feels that this slightly misses the mark and with some tweaks or just pumping up the hops volume could be a much better beer. (566 characters)

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

Finally able to try this one, seems like I have been waiting damn near forever. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/16/2010.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Overall this was very solid and something I could see myself enjoying many times over. (1,107 characters)

Photo of tapdood22
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: slightly dark for an IPA. More honey than a golden blonde. great head that was coating my glass the whole way down.

S: piney like the forest. nothing too aggressive though. not much citrus either which was a surprise.

T: lots of action of the outside of the tongue for sure. hits like a good ipa should, reminds me somewhat of a bridgeport IPA but this beer finishes a little hardsher. must be on account of the alcohol.

M: its sticky on the tongue without a doubt. tastes like a hoppy ass beer with a fair amount of booze in it. guess it tastes like it should.

D: i would drink more than two of these beers if i wasn't hammered at that point. (650 characters)

Photo of branimal9
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - a nice maple syrupy golden color, with good carbonation and bit of head. lots of nice lacing as i went on.

aroma - buttery, but subdued piney hops with a bit of citrus. smells a bit pilsner-esque.

taste - citrus & pine checked with a bit of sweet maltiness. hops bitter at finish. overall, a bit more tame than i expected in the hops department, but the flavors are very good & well balanced.

mouthfeel - full bodied, dances on the tongue for a spell.

drinkability - while it doesn't seem quite as enforcing as the name suggests, the 7+% creeps up on you. i could see my self enjoying a couple of these. bittering finish encourages you to take another sip as soon as you finish the first.

overall, while not quite as aggressive as i had expected, this is a very tasty concoction, and it'd be a great addition to Terrapin's year-round lineup. glad they bottled this in 6 packs instead of bombers. (975 characters)

Photo of scifan
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden amber with a very, very thin head. Where's the head here? Smells of dank resinous hops. Pine and citrus in the front but some nice floral hops in there as well. A nice balance between the two. Not really picking up any malt aromas to speak off. Taste similar to smell but kind of reversed. The juicy citrusy hops kick things off followed by a nice clean floral bitter finish. A slightly sweet malt backbone provide just a vague balance. Not very carbonated and kind of creamy in the mouth. The crisp bitter finish leaves me wanting more after each sip. Good effort from Terrapin. (600 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, shipped by bort, my apparent terrapin hookup

appearance: poured into an irish pint, clear golden-straw body, light beige ring with mild retention

smell: sharp hops, earthy, juicy hops, grassy and fresh

taste: interesting ipa - mild bitterness, sharp citrus hops, lemongrass, citrus zest, fresh cut grass, light lingering alcohol. Nothing new here, but i like it

mouthfeel: slick and oily, medium body

drinkability: good (437 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - It has a dark amber color, very little head and a good amount of carbonation

s - Can definitely smell the hops, also a citrus smell.

t - Thought the hops jump out at you right away. Also got a citrusy/grapefruit taste to it.

m - A lot of carbonation hits you right away, medium body.

d - Overall it was a good beer, but I was a little disappointed. I had heard great things about it and it just did not live up to my expectations. I think it is a good IPA but there are better things out there. I would definitely drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out. (612 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Picked this up as part of my $10.99 mixed sixer at Krugel's Deli in Wilkes-Barre. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a super clear golden copper color with barely a finger of quickly fading off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Nose and flavors consist of caramel malt, bitter, bitter grapefruit pith and juice, resinous pine, toasted bread, citrus. Barely medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Decent stuff overall, but I think the guillotine blade needs a bit of a sharpening to make this truly stand out. (551 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, bronze colored body, and a nice looking head made for an attractive pour. The aroma was mellow for the style with grapefruit being the predominant smell. Tasted citric as well with not much of malt backbone. I was very surprised to read that the ABV was close to Stone Ruination territory, as I could not detect that at all. The body was light and slippery, and the finish short. This was somewhat blander than I had hoped for, but made for a fine session of drinking. (480 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip... has a 1/4" off white fizzy head that eventually disappears leaving a small amount of lacing. Beer is crisp amber color with light activity

S- Floral, citrus, and a hint of sweet malt

T- Pretty good. Has a nice hop flavor with a hint of sweet malt... finish is a bit to crisp. Not enough lingering bitterness

M- Medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty drinkable. Bit high as far as abv goes, but a good bang for the buck

CHEERS!! (464 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from the Terrapin variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear amber color. The head is a just darker than white color, a ton of sticky lacing, very dense, great retention and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are tremendously resiney, pine and orange.
Taste: The flavors are orange citrus, ginger and pine needles.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is edgy with a very thin body.
Drinkability: This beer is good beer.
Don't drink and review. (543 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (just delivered to sam's in durham) into delirium tulip. Pours a copper/ruby color with almost no head. Slight physical evidence of carbonation.

To my surprise only a very light sense of hop frangrance, with the malt more evident in the smell than anything else.

Taste is, for me, very light on hops... very strong malt backbone, almost to the extent that it doesn't taste like a ipa... certainly a far cry from a west coast ipa as i have heard this beer referred to as. Due to the malt presence the mouthfeel is a little heavy, though not real strong sense of alcohol. Very light sense of carbonation. Not hard to drink, but my level of desire to drink more is pretty low... i like my ipa's crisp, citrusy, and intense in the hop profile, and this is pretty far removed from that. . (809 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a mix of a burnt orange-like and alighter amber shade,a thinner wispy head that was gone pretty quickly atop.Big grapefruit in the nose with some apricot,a toasted malt notes sticks out as well.A little prickly in the mouth wich surprised me a little,flavors are more of a rounded hop flavor than an in your face hop punch,grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of leafy/mint,a toasted lightly sweet caramel base holds up into the finish.Really nice flavors with a different sort of hop profile,pretty good. (546 characters)

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

From a Terrapin mix-pack. Overall it's a very nice IPA.

Poured out of the bottle. Slightly hazy clear deep copper orange. Sticky, small white head. Nose is quality pine hops. Taste is a little bit one-noted, but it's a very good note. Lingering grassy hops. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. (291 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean golden, head about a finger tall, quite white, with more lacing on towards the bottom of the glass. I suppose it was perhaps not a properly cleaned glass?

S: I find the aroma to be a highlight of this brew... wonderfully floral, which also seems to offer a pleasant balance to the citrus scent. A soft malt backbone is present, just enough to keep things in check.

T: Citrus hops, though not as pungent as I might have thought it would be. A soft malty balance gives it a little toastiness, with a touch of bitterness on the finish that seemed just a bit short-lived.

M + D: Medium body, though I find it to be a rather mediocre mouthfeel. It's nothing particularly wonderful... crisp, but not in the wildly refreshing way, a little oily, but not a nice and slick feel. Just straight forward, palatable, and fine. It's a pretty decent IPA, and certainly something I'd gladly order on draft or buy again... not among the greatest, perhaps, but good stuff nonetheless. (981 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.