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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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Ratings: 2029
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of ccrida


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is burnt gold with a very small white head leaving sticky lace.

Smell is over-ripe citrus fruit, a little skunky, leafy hops. Sweetish caramel malt and marmalade.

Taste is bitter and robustly hopped, countering the sweetness of the malt. Orange citrus and a little earthy. A little muddled behind the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily. Medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is OK. It's clearly a strong, hoppy beer, but it lacks distinction. Easy to suck down for a hop head, it's a nice fix for me on vacation in the SE IPA wasteland, but I'll be happy to be back to the NW for a proper American IPA. In fairness of this critique, the hops taste a little stale, I'd be surprised if this is fresh and not a high turnover brew at the Orlando area grocery where I got it - unrefrigerated!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:51:13 | More by ccrida
Photo of chugalug06


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clarity seems to be lacking... Head is nice, two-finger, and white. Fluffiness is apparent too. Brew is more yellow then orange, but looks fantastic.

Nice floral bouquet. Lots of rose, grapefruit, pineapple, and apple. Very soft and fluid.

Creamy flavors blend well together. Bitterness is apparent, but not sharp or abrasive. Very smooth and delicious. No heat. Very light and refreshing for a fall day. Tropical flavors are very relaxing and not over the top.

A great example of an "East Coast" IPA. Highly recommended for an easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:00:54 | More by chugalug06
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors from the hops and a light amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of honey.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink. Although the bitterness and hop flavors aren't quite as strong as some of the other beers in the style, it still has a nice amount of hop flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:25:54 | More by metter98
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey amber color with white head that lingers wells in Bell's tulip.

Smell is honey and caramel with pine and lemon citrus notes.

Taste is sweet honey and malts with some lemon sourness and nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:11:46 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of duceswild


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle has best by Month 1 Week 4.

Pours a golden amber with a small white head that leaves no lacing. Smell is of citrus, grapefruit, and some pint. Taste is piney with some citrus. I also get some caramel notes. Leaves a lingering hop note on the tongue. Mouthfeel has a smooth finish and moderate carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:07:24 | More by duceswild
Photo of mooseo


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Bright orange copper with a small, bubbly white head.

S - Light but pleasant aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and sweet caramel malt.

T - Sharp, mildly bitter grapefruit and orange mixed with a earthy, woodsy malt flavor. Hints of pine and caramel.

M - Light-medium body, slick, crisp carbonation. Semi-dry.

O - A good balanced IPA. A little watery, but it's definitely flavorful and easy to drink. Alcohol is masked really well. While there are much better examples out there, this is worth the low price of admission and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:52:28 | More by mooseo
Photo of BMMillsy


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Terrapin beer when I moved to Florida. Pours a clear golden copper color with a one finger white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, light bitter grassiness. Flavor follows with a nice light citrus peel, sweet pale malts, a hint of pine and bitter on the way down. Smooth and crisp finish makes this extremely drinkable. Light bodied, with medium high carbonation. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 18:57:11 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Atlanta.

A - Medium orange. Translucent. A thin layer of off-white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit and pine with a slight malt sweetness in the background.

T - A massive bitterness up front with grapefruit and pine flavours and a fairly big malt backbone that adds some bready and caramel flavours and a good balance.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Good resinous hop oils. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 14:32:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Guilly

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A - No head. Copper but less amber than Great Divide Rumble. Regular IPA colour, dark golden.

S - Pine and citrus notes, smells like a prototypical ipa. Not as Nutty as the Rumble.

T - Smooth but less kick and not as bitter as regular IPA. Taste like a red ale (Ricard's Red). Taste like Dales Pale Ale.

B - Medium Body. Smooth.

O - Smooth IPA but not as much as a regular hoppy IPA. Would be refreshing on a hot day.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:36:36 | More by Guilly
Photo of mscudder


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Terrapin pint.

A - A pale light orange with a big white head. Retention is fair and lacing is above average.

S - Sweet malts, some soft grapes and a bit of booze. Too subtle in my opinion, could be more robust.

T - Sweet and almost empty malts. Some citrus and warm booze is the primary taste here. A bit of hop bitterness i present with a dry finish. I simply feel bigger malts would make this a bitter beer.

M - Light bodied, which really hurts this brew. Carbonation is a light crisp but needs more.'

O - Tastes better than its components but nothing near most IPAs I enjoy on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 08:19:04 | More by mscudder
Photo of woodychandler


4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that this one came to me care of my local IP trader, tone77. Watch my progression today as I go from a single on up.

From the bottle: "Hear ye, hear ye ... All hopheads shall herewith rejoice! Terrapin hath recruited ye olde HOPSECUTIONER to execute the exact hop profile for this killer IPA. YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOPHEAD OVER THIS ONE!"

That last part really makes me sad as I just took receipt of my knitted hophead from wiresiren and I would hate to lose it! In fact, that may be my headgear for GTMW 2012 in a couple of weeks.

My pour netted me a massively thick, foamy tawny head that extended above the rim of the glass, resembling the top of an ice cream cone. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with minty hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like spearmint or peppermint, really intense and cooling! Yum! The finish was dry, cool, minty, just the way I really prefer an AIPA. The sticky lacing that was left behind was going to require a jackhammer to remove. More, please!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 18:26:28 | More by woodychandler
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice orange gold body. Creamy white head with mixed bubble structure, nice lace and retention.

S - Herbal thyme, sweet malt, and red grapes. Kiss of booze warms things up a bit.

T - Sweet honey, malt, grapefruit citrus, and green parsley. Some of the warm booze from the nose is in there too. Nice residual bitterness on the backend.

M - Smooth, medium body. Nice carbonation.

O - A solid IPA. Nice balance, good drinkability, and a nice hop character.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 17:09:48 | More by vfgccp
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle in North Carolina. Poured into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours dark amber with a nice head and decent retention and lacing. The nose is faint and floral with hints of citrus and a little alcohol sweetness.

Interesting flavor here. Instead of going for an assertive hop bitterness, you get a caramel-like sweetness and a moderate hop addition, yet the finish is plenty dry. I get flavors of honey, lemon, grapefruit, and some ginger. The body is medium, the mouthfeel is quite firm and a little creamy on the front of the palate.

Overall, this is a good IPA. It's not what I would consider top-shelf, but it is certainly better than average. Given the abundance of IPAs on the market, that is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:41:13 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Megahertz


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by first week of Nov.

A - Deep copper with only a slight haze - relatively clear. Modest off white head falls quickly. Carbonation appears relatively high.

S - Faint lemon. Quite modest.

T - Complex graininess in the front to mid with very crisp bitterness on the tail. Hops are slightly resiny at the finish, but it is very dry.

M - Light bodied with brisk carbonation.

O - Better than the sum of its parts, it is quite drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:38:00 | More by Megahertz
Photo of Dudeletter


4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

F**k you in the Face
This category goes out to my friend Michael Kraus. He said that he likes a beer where the quality that people want in it (the sweetness, hops, bitterness, etc) is so strong it fucks you in the face. This one has a clear winner. Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner

Terrapin Hopsecutioner
This beer is nothing if not hoppy. Of the many breweries in the country, Terrapin handles hops some of the best. Of the many breweries in the south, Terrapin is one of the most known and respected. The beer is incredibly hoppy, but still drinkable. It is truly a triumph to Spike and the Terrapin crew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 15:35:29 | More by Dudeletter
Photo of Alkey


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden color with two finger foam head, lots of lace. Aroma had some fruit and floral hops. Taste started out slightly sweet and malty with a creamy feel then turned a bit dry with a floral bitterness that stuck around turning a bit sticky. Overall I liked it but it seemed to lack flavor up front and by the time the bitterness hits you its dry sticky and to late.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 06:43:06 | More by Alkey
Photo of deepchills


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack at Bruno's in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Crystal clear golden pour with an inch of foamy head.

Big piney nose.

Piney hops and malt are very well balanced, grapefruit and orange in the middle with a clean, crisp finish.

I've had this beer in my fridge for 3 weeks, so it may have outlasted it's prime. I remember the pine being stronger up front with a better fruit middle.

It's a great IPA fresh, my review is probably a lilttle low, hopefully a find it fresh in my neck of the woods one day.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:46:32 | More by deepchills
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper color with two fingers of white head.

Lighter aroma of pine and grapefruit.

The taste opened with pine and grapefruit and a balanced with a hit of earthy malts.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

A pretty decent IPA but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 20:26:11 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of hopsecutioner86

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank this recently. i love ipas so and this is a great one. i would recommend this beer to any hop lovers. terrapin has never steered me wrong. although i cant find this at any bar around me. so i have to go to my local total wine to get a six pack but its worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 21:53:24 | More by hopsecutioner86
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at ESPN Club in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to golden brown with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, several thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness as well as some pretty heavy aromas of hops - specifically grapefruit, tropical/passionfruit, and pine.

T: The beer starts out with a light taste of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the hop bitterness (not overly aggressive bitterness) - primarily pine/resin but with some grapefruit and tropical/passionfruit as well. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Overall this is a very drinkable beer, certainly not a session beer as the ABV is a little too high for that and the flavors are a little too intense. More well balanced than expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 19:51:20 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Cresant


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by: Month 6 Week 1. (consumed toward the end of May, reviewed from notes). The hazy body was deep orange/apricot colored and the fine head was off white.

The smell was hard candy and malt syrup.

The taste defied the sweet aroma, thankfully. Tropical fruit with a pleasantly astringent, sharp bitterness. Juicy citrus flavor was clean and bright. Just like I like IPAs, out of balance and sharp, with just enough malt for body and contrast.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with plenty of carbonation. I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 12:31:51 | More by Cresant
Photo of sukwonee


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown with 2 finger head (aggressive pour), a lot of lacing but quickly disappears.

S: Grapefruit, passion fruit, malt

T: Grapefruit, bitterness from the hops, grassy-ness, sweet malt, other fruits that I cannot identify. It's hoppy, but not dominently hoppy (like its name suggests). It finishes slightly bitter, but not super bitter.

M: It felt a bit flat for some reason. For its light body, it needs a bit sharper carbonation, imo.

O: It was good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 03:06:00 | More by sukwonee
Photo of Steasy66


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into hotel dixie cup =(, best if enjoyed by sept week 3
A- golden, creamy white head
S- Big citrus notes, fruity, nice
T-Creamy, sweet, some citrus, a bit floral, very drinkable, not that hoppy
M Really thick without having the big malt backbone, hard to describe
O- This beer is pretty drinkable, its not spectacular, and I would not buy it again for the price, but there is nothing really wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:24:46 | More by Steasy66
Photo of jsulko


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish color with a white head that lingers a bit.

Smell is piney with hints of citrus

Taste is piney oily hops with a slight sweetness. Little hop bite on the aftertaste. Little or no malt in the taste or finish.

A solid out of my region IPA that I was glad to get a chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 21:26:05 | More by jsulko
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a. 13 oz tulip glass, best bymid July. Pours a wonderful orange, with a one inch white that leaves nice lace. Smell is pine, tangerine, grass, carmel, and grapefruit. Taste is all of that, balanced nicely with some marijuana flavors in the finish. Body medium large, plenty of life, lush not dry, and very drinkable. Thanks again to friend Pat for bringing this treat from Florida for me. This is very a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:03:49 | More by SawDog505
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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