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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 731
Hads: 3,052
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 677 | FT: 11
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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: 731 | Hads: 3,052
Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: some nice bitterness, not a citrus, more piney. loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: again more on the piney side. sessionable hop bomb!

mouthfeel: nor balanced, the way I like it

drinkability: one of the best single IPAs out there.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear honey gold with a thin white head and nice sitcky lacing.

S-Peppery, earthy hops with some mild citrus and some moderate malt.

T-Way hoppier than the nose would indicate. Lots of nice tangerine hop presence with a good sweet malt backbone and a nice bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D-Very nice. The name does not do this beer justice. This is a tasty IPA, once you get past the hop bomb expectations the name implies. Another tasty Terrapin brew!


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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head covering the top. didn't have much of a head to speak of but left pretty decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, mangoes and peaches. It has a very hoppy and delicious smell to it and I can tell I'm going to like this one.

The taste is like the nose in that it has a strong sweet hoppy flavor to it. It has a some citrus and pine along with some of the fruitiness found in the nose. It doesn't have much bitterness in it to balance it out, but if sweet and hoppy are your thing like it is mine you will like this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked this beer and will be buying it again. It had a lot in common in the flavor with some of the West Coast IPA's that have that sweet hoppiness to them. I really like that flavor and have been looking for one available to me that is similar. So far this one might come the closest. Terrapin has really impressed me this year with Hoppy Monster and now this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stays frothy on the edges, leaving a creamy cascade of spotty lace. There is lot of pine and tropical fruits in the aroma (with some juicy pineapple notes really coming out) but also has a certain amount of stickiness in the nose from a sweet and tangy backing of caramel malts.

Pine and spice moderately rip in the tongue in the taste, while there is a LOT of deep sweet tanginess from those tropical fruits and caramel malts. Resins and spice linger for a good bit, really drying the back of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness to it, yet this still retains an oily slickness to it that keeps this fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Maybe a touch of beef to the body but I'm not really getting any warmth at all.

This was pretty decent and I'm glad to see that Terrapin has jumped in with something a little more aggressive than their regular Pale Ale. There was a little too much sweetness in this to keep it well balanced but overall the body and drinkibility of this was right on. I'm not sure that I would call this a go-to IPA or anything but I surely wouldn't turn a pint of this down.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Orange in color with some reddish highlights. About a pinky's worth of head thats a tad off white in color and is thin.

Smells citrusy,white grapefruit and orange with a touch of some spice. Some malty breadiness.

Taste is very close to smell. Grapefruit and spicey pine and bread. Also a touch of some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation. The finish has a lot of citrus bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is about average. A decent IPA but nothing to blow your socks off. I could drink a few of these if i had them but i wouldn't search it out again.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Honey-golden with 1/2-finger off-white head with some stickiness and a few random spots of ace.

S: Citrus and spicy hops aromas dominate, but malt is no slouch with a light biscuit quality

T: Major grapefruit tartness on first sip which unfortunately doesn't carry all the way through the brew. Spicy and piney hops qualities also are there. Biscuit malts provide good counter to the hops. I still wish the hops had a little more power.

M: Smooth and coating with solid medium-body and crisp citrus aftertaste.

D: A really drinkable IPA which could still use an extra hops boost to make it elite.

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

Best by 4th week in May

Appeared a nice deep red with noticeable carbonation streaming to the top. A nice big head developed that was very well retained, off white, dense thick head. Some lacing as well.

Citrus hops, but well balanced with the malt. Not outstanding by any stretch, but good.

Taste is almost spot on with the smell, nice citrus hops balanced well with the malted barley. Nice bitter aftertaste as well. Again, like the smell, nothing complicated about this beer.

The beer is a little lighter feeling than expected but had good carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall, easy to drink. For having an ABV of 7.2% I certainly expected there to be more an alcohol presence in the beer, but did not find one, so that was a pleasant surprise. This is a pretty solid, well done beer, certainly not my favorite IPA, but solid and one that I will defiantly go back to.

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Photo of BTPete
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a recent trade. Poured into Tulip.

A: Golden see through amber with couple mm head. Lots of bubbles clinging to side of tulip.

S: I'm getting some citrus as well as pine in this one. Although it's an IPA there is a nice balancing malt in there.

T: Bitter right from the get go. I think it's balanced though. Nice hop presence is done nicely with the malt here.

M: medium bodied, not watery in any way.

D: Very enjoyable IPA. Not as big as a lot of what is out there now but I don't think they were going for that. I really enjoyed the more balanced IPA here and could easily drink a few of these despite the 7.2%

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty balanced between the malt and the hops. Sweet caramel and citrusy hops largely make up the aroma. Nothing over the top, but very nicely done.

T- The taste like the aroma is almost perfectly balanced. It has a solid caramel malt base with a good dose of bittering hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a great IPA. Not over the top in bitterness like some on the market, but just a well-crafted IPA that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to blutt59.

Pours yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some pine. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with a good some good caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good IPA with lots of hop flavor.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tumbler that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a clear, slightly dull copper color.
s - very earthy hop aroma.
t - all hops, earthy and grassy.
m - medium and bubbly.
d - good IPA but i've had a lot better. this one just didn't jump out at me.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass, light orangey/copper amber color with about a half inch of head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is mainly grassy and some piney hops. There isn't much hop bitterness.

The flavor of this beer was mediocre at best. The malt backbone was the dominant flavor in this beer, though there were some notes of pine and grassy hops. The bartender agreed with me that this was a bit toned down and not nearly worthy of the name.

Even so, it was pretty decently textured and carbonated. Aside from the disappointing flavor, this beer was pretty standard for an IPA. The texture was spot on, but I couldn't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a nice orange color with a rather unimpressive small white head.

Scent of spicy, juicy hops, some caramel, a hint of ripe tropical fruit, grain, and a hint of alcohol.Balanced well, but more spicy smelling than most other IPAs, the hint of alcohol is a bit distracting as well.

Taste of spicy, piny hops, light earth, resin, some caramel and a light floweriness. A solid IPA, I love the spicy start and the mellow bitterness to this one.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice crispness.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper color with moderate off-white head. It smelled like pineapple and pine with some honey and orange. It tasted like pine and orange with some honey and pineapple hops. It was fairly thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly basic IPA taste, but it was very enjoyable and clean. It had great body too, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. Also, the one I tried was bottled 8 months ago, so it's probably better fresh. Right between an IPA and 2IPA, this could make for a good strong session beer, and is definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with gn0sis. Thanks!

Pour leaves thick lacing for the head. Color is a very light see-through caramel color. Smells refreshingly crisp and citrusy. Taste is nice and bitter. Not a lot of hop flavor in the finish; it's more of a hint of sweetness. Very drinkable beer. Could easily finish off a few of these if I wanted.

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Photo of mklinger
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A rich orange, amber color. A decent one finger head that is slightly offwhite. Head dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

Aroma-wise there is definitely a good malt presence here -- much moreso than most IPAs. Some nice hopping with orange and mango. Good but not an exceptional aroma for an IPA.

Flavor is much more assertive hopwise -- lots of citrus but also really nice strong pine flavors. The impressive thing here is how much malt there is here to balance out the hops. Lots of bready Munich malt flavors with a good dose of crystal sweetness. There isn't a ton of bitterness but lots of hop flavors. Very easy to drink!

Mouthfeel is also nice & full -- different from your standard IPA but readlly enjoyable.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick, fizzy, 3 finger pearl white head. Slow dissipation leaving behind a beautiful film of foam on the sides of the glass. The body is crystal clear; the golden color of apple juice.

Hop aromas dominate, citrus (grapefruit to be exact) with some sweet malts in the background.

None of the sweetness I detected in the nose comes through in the taste. This beer is bitter from initial contact with the tongue through the aftertaste. Grainy up front which gives way to a tart (grapefruit - again) finish.

Light mouth feel; mildly astringent with little carbonation.

Drinkable, but not well balanced, which keeps this from being a great beer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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