Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 706
Hads: 2,943
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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Gots: 604 | FT: 9
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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 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)

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent copper/gold with a fairly thin inch or so of head. Has more of a pale ale color and appearance.

S: Smell is malty with a big hit of grapefruit and floral hops.

T: Taste is full of grapefruit and citrusy/grassy hops. Malt nose doesn't come through on the palate. Grapefruit is the main flavor going on here, with some passion fruit/bitter orange flavors. Very nice and crisp tasting.

M: A bit thin and fizzy feeling, great amount of carbonation though. The hops and citrus notes seem to pop along with the bubbles.

D: Great drinkability, crisp and clean and refreshing. Very well made beer as usual from Terrapin. (633 characters)

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, dark orange body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decant lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with some pine. Caramel and toffee malt with significant sweet malt character.

T - Fruity hop flavor up front with notes of orange and pineapple. Some red apple notes in the middle with brown caramel and toasted malt. Finished with some pine and caramel as well as moderate bitterness. A little lingering fruit but otherwise pretty clean in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hops and a good malt character. The hop aroma is quite well developed, thought the hop character in the finish is a little bit weaker. My only real criticism is that the finish is a bit watery, there just isn't quite enough malt or bitterness to make the beer fell as substantial as I want it to be. Nevertheless, it is well balanced and drinkable with a great hop character. I've been hoping for an IPA form Terrapin for a while now and this one is quite good. (1,071 characters)

Photo of cassanoj
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass, citrus orangey, little head, a bit of lacing.

Smells like pale hops, floral bouquet, very citrusy, some fig, fresh and earthy.

Taste a solid amount of pale hops, pine, grass, citrus. The floral, perfumey notes come through. Pretty well balanced, maybe a bit more malt would do the trick.

Mouth feel is crisp, full, bitter.

The only way I can describe this beer is... pretty good. No more, no less. (414 characters)

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a surprisingly dark transparent amber, a small quickly receding off-white head fades to leave minimal lacing.

S - Tart melons, with some hints of pine.

T - Not sure if this is an older bottle or what, but I'm just not getting the hops on this one. A stronger than stylistically usual malt backbone just takes over, with only a hint of bittery bite at the end of the quaff.

M - Perhaps a slight bit creamier than many other regular-offering IPA's I've had, but nothing too spectacular.

D - I enjoyed this, but wouldn't seek it out again. The maltiness makes it a bit heavy for what I'm looking for in an IPA, especially given the lack of a robust hop profile that I was expecting. (697 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a hotel glass. Purchased at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Best by date shows third week in June.

A - Copper with a great clarity and a small off white head. There's some decent lacing as the glass empties.

S - A nice blend of caramel malts and citrusy hops. It works very well.

T - Lots of grapefruit bitterness but that's closely balanced by a toasted malt foundation. The bitterness lingers quite a while and seems to end with a dryness that doesn't fit. It's a lot dryer than the aroma indicated and than I'd normally expect from a Terrapin brew. I like it but I don't love it.

M - A moderate consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - This is a solid, flavorful, easy to drink beer. I love its intent but it needs a bit more to measure up to Sweetwater IPA as the east coast's west coast IPA. (849 characters)

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

Meh. I just haven't really found truly great beer brewed in the South or South Eastern U.S. It's all mostly decent to pretty good.

This is a serviceable IPA with a muted hoppy quality on the front and back. Well balanced, but just not very memorable in light of the significant quantity of front line IPAs America can boast of. (328 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dogfish pint, fluffy eggshell head on a honey amber beer, high retention and nice lacing

s: sugary grapefruit hop profile with a range of juicy tropical fruits stands on a pale grain base with mild caramel, tealike, nice

m: smooth light-medium carbonation on a medium body

t: grainy pale malt forms a nice base but is a bit flat in flavor, lighter caramel, with a candied citrus hop profile moving to some pine in the end, bitterness elevated but reasonable, perhaps more balanced than the name might suggest, tasty regardless

d: good for a few

single from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville (589 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with some orange hints. The smell is quite hoppy at the offset, with the few citrus notes being dominated by more spicy and floral hops. The taste is similar with a bit of spice again coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for an IPA without much of a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is quite high--an intriguing brew with a rather unique hop profile, almost reminding me of Ruination light. (425 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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