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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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2,029 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of Reagan1984


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple glasses of this last week in Atlanta. I really enjoyed this IPA and the fresh Grapefruit/citrus character.

Each pint came with a finger of tight almost creamy head that did collapse rather quickly. While this was not served on cask, the entire beer had a cask quality to it. The look the mouthfeel... everything. Really nice. The beer was a hazy brown/amber color with just a touch of an orange highlight.

Aroma was fantastic. Bright, fresh, citrus with a slight malt/cracker/bread component in the background.

Flavor followed the aroma in many ways including being fantastic. This was a fresh beer, no getting around it. Bright, vibrant and clean. The citrus just attacked you with just the right amount of balance from the malt profile. More of a cracker/biscuit quality vs. straight bread. Balance that I like, which is to say leaning hoppy.. but still balanced.
Some more pine in the flavor than there was in the aroma.

Again, seemed cask like in its mouth feel. Tiny subdued carbonation, almost a creamy mouth feel.

I loved it and wish it was available where I live.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2009 13:21:01 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of mightymalt97


4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A home run from Terrapin! Smell and appearance are excellent, mouthfeel is great, but this is certainly a sipping, not a drinking beer. Be careful!

I wonder what type of hops are used? Centennial? Sincoe? Warrior?

I hope they continue to create great beers in Athens!

I won't mind going to the Hopsecutioner as long as I can drink this along the way!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:06:49 | More by mightymalt97
Photo of Lerxst


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours honey gold with an orange tint. Decent off white head that has fair retention and a bit of lacing. Looks pretty good.

S-Mostly pine hop notes with a bit of citrus and biscuity malt way in the background. Smells really good.

T-This is where this beer shines. Very hoppy, spicy/sweet. Very interesting. Pleasant malt backbone here. I'm loving the delicate balancing act, the emphasis on the hops while still retaining a malt presence.

M-Medium body with a crisp carb bite yet is still somehow smooth and a nice bitter finish.

D-This is one hoppy beer I could easily have many of in a sitting.

This is a great job by Terrapin. A really enjoyable and extremely drinkable IPA. I'm really glad I picked up a sixer and I'll be going back to get another for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 20:40:10 | More by Lerxst
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear as can be
H. Dark golden yellow, Almost perfectly amber
N. VERY HOPPY, EXTREMELY Pleasant. Piney and slightly citrus-y

Ok, Hop Heads I thought that this would take my head off by its name...well not really. This was a sexy beer with its white sticky head, that decided to hang out on my glass the entire time. It smelled like a Hop BOMB but fell a little short on the attack. A smooth taste lead into a lingering bitterness. Don't get me wrong this was an awesome IPA, just the name lead me to believe that I finally found a beer to compete with Ruination. Well not so much, but it was still a great drink. I would put it on par with Hop Slam by Bells. This is a beer that is easy to drink more than one, and is definitely worth picking up this weekend from your local beer shop. I think I will grab a few more.
Score: 4.498

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 19:33:56 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of jc85


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden amber color, not hazzy, with a small off-white head, that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell- You can smell alot of grapefruit coming up. Some spices and pine are also present, overall great smell.

Taste- I thought this would be alot more bitter than it was. The fruit and pine definitly settled everything down. Definitly one of my favorite IPA's.

Mouthfeel- body is medium, but smooth. Definitly not overcarbonated.

Drinkability- Great beer overall, I can sit down with a few of these and not even realize its a 7.3ABV. Ide rather choose to forget than try and remember.

Another great beer from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 22:51:44 | More by jc85
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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering bite of hops bitterness. Then a very fruity citrus sweetness comes in along with some caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:44:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Mojo


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy amber with almost no head, and minimal lacing. The nose is just about all fruit. I pick up apples, raisins, oranges, lemon, and some pine. Taste is a sweetness upfront kind of orange flavored, but the finish delivers a powerful hop bomb. Mouthfeel is nice with not much of an aftertaste. There are better IPAs, but this one is not bad. Taste is the strong suit and that's what matters most.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:21:09 | More by Mojo
Photo of hopheadhoward


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hopsecutioner is a nice ale. Not perfect, but if you like hoppy ales, this is a pretty good IPA. Nice bitter start, and it feels good on the mouth. Why do you like hoppy? You want flavor, right? Hopsecutioner has flavor, and it looks and smells like an IPA? Is it perfect? No, but this is a nice IPA. Alcohol is 7+%, so be aware.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 23:59:40 | More by hopheadhoward
Photo of Stigs


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Mad Mex, 16oz pint glass

A - bright golden color, very nice clarity. decent sized tight fizzy head, wall of lace all the way down the glass...quite impressive

S - sweet grapefruit hops, quite pungent. very very mild caramel sweet backbone, but mostly grapefruit...some piney and grassy.

T - great citrus/grapefruit taste...tons of hops but minimal bitterness. malt comes in to balance but not distract. very yummy.

M - nicely carbonated, maybe a tad thin. great stickiness leaves pleasant flavors around for awhile.

D - way impressed with this, went so well with my spicey burrito and tomatillo salsa. will seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 05:12:12 | More by Stigs
Photo of Imsothirsty

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy orange pour, leaves "oily" lacing, very low head even after a vigorous pour.

Smell: Orange citrus hops, a little piney too, a little hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Great, a solid range of citrus and piney hops, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected based on color, solid carbonation seems appropriate. Lacks a little in bitter finish.

Drinkability is also great, I could enjoy a whole pitcher to myself, reminds me strongly of two hearted, like two hearted but with less nose and more orange citrus instead of floral hop if that makes any sense.

I will definitely seek this out in the future and share with some friends.


Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:17:20 | More by Imsothirsty
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Great name. Great label. Great IPA.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable wide rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Floral, honeyish, and gently citrusy. Mildly biscuity. Some soft pine. There's not a whopping amount of hops there, but at least they're unique - no one really goes for floral anymore, it's all citrus and pine. Nice.

Flavor: More citrus appears in the flavor than in the aroma, and more pine as well. It's nicely fruity, and the floral character remains. Mid palate the hops are parted and some malt breaks through, biscuity and honey-drizzled, but it's short lived as the bitterness ushers in a dry finish. There's a little bit of everything left over in the aftertaste, but mainly golden malt, a squirt of fruit juice, and leafy hop flavors that become very tea like. Well balanced!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. The moderate carbonation leaves it gently creamy and smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: The bitterness is solid but it doesn't kill you. And the hops are bright but they don't overwhelm. There's just enough malt in the balance; and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Readily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 22:49:56 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a bit of haze and a big white head.

Smells like big floral hops on hops. Some caramel malt comes through after a little swisheroo in the glass.

Taste is hop heavy with a sharp bitterness and big malt backbone. Six hop varieties blend perfectly to create an explosion of tropical citrus, earthy pine and bitterness.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Would definitely go for this again

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 17:16:40 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of sholland119


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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!


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 19:09:46 | More by sholland119
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by week 1 of July; let's hope it's 2010 and not 2009. I love the name of this beer, it rolls right off the tongue.

Pours copper in color, with a bit of a brownish hue. Medium off-white, frothy head with lots of lacing. A small bit of carbonation in the beer.

Huge hop nose, with about an even mix of pine and grapefruit. Also some grassy and floral notes present. The malt aroma is subtle, but not entirely absent.

Taste is not so aromatically hoppy as the nose but there is still plenty of pine, some citrus, and a bit of grassy flavors. Lots of bitterness here too. Malts are more prevalent than the aroma, adding a nice sweetness which balances the hops a good bit. Some peppery spiciness towards the end, and it leaves a planty bitterness on the tongue as it finishes.

The feel is smooth, not too crisp with the carbonation. Pleasantly bitter which is matched well from the malty sweetness. In my opinion, this DIPA belongs up there with the best of them. Great balance, while still showing a huge, complex hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:15:58 | More by goldbot
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with some orange mixed in. Medium sized head with sparse spotty lacing. Intense hop aroma preludes an intense hop flavor. I likey very much! The hops cover the whole hop gamut from floral to earty, to fruity to pine. Yummy. Mildly acidic. Medium to full bodied and I had not idea this beer was 7+% abv until I came to review it. Very drinkable. Another ace in the hole by Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:13:55 | More by wcudwight
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into standard pint. The appearance of this brew was a pale orange with a white two-finger head that lingered. This brew also had very nice lacing throughout. The aroma was dominated by hops but not overpowering. The flavor was pretty hoppy (as you would expect) with a slight malty note with a crisp hop finish. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, this brew is hard to beat for the price and it's availability (around here that is). It also has just the right amount of hoppiness to satisfy a hop-head but not too overpowering to scare off newcomers to this style of beer. This is my personal favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 12:11:31 | More by thagr81us
Photo of ejimhof


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= poured a light amber color as an IPA should. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

S= Citrus and pine smells are present.

T= Slightly hoppy but not overdone. Malty and semi-sweet.

MF= light bodied and not very heavy.

D= Easy drinker and easy to have more than one of these.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2010 23:30:03 | More by ejimhof
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey dark amber color. Ever so slightly cloudy. One finger foamy light khaki head with good retention. Visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Syrupy sweet nose with strong citrus hop flavors. Sweet grapefruit and lemon, with a candy like smell about them.

Taste: Dominating hop flavors, of the sweeter and smoother variety. More mild than the nose, but still strong lemon and grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth. Mild carbonation bite and a clean finish.

Drinkability: A very refreshing IPA that is big on hop flavor, without some of the requisite bitterness. Smooth flavors and a very easy drinker.

Buy Again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:27:13 | More by jonziefle
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange-amber with white marshmallow head. Aroma of deep citrus, wet hops, soap, and faint mint. Great taste and full of hop bite. Citrus notes, slight hop resin, faint orange rind towards the finish and light, alcohol-soaked fruit towards the end as well. Thick in body with light carb. Full of flavor but surprisingly unintimidating. I was expecting much more of the alcohol to come through but it hides well behind the big flavor. Another round of applause for Terrapin. The Hopsecutioner is a contender.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 00:27:06 | More by JRed
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a see-through amber with a 1 finger foamy white head, leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Piny and flowery with a touch of freshly mown grass. Not too over powering but there's also a hint of a malty background.

Taste: Pine needles with a nice flowery hop finish. Just malty enough to balance the subtle bitter background. Very nicely balanced. Makes good of use a number of hops, especially the earthy ones.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean, not quite as dry as a 50+ ibu west coast IPA but still reasonably dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA, the balance of this brew makes it very appealing.

Notes: Great beer, doesn't overdo anything and keeps it drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 23:50:57 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of haddon


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Flying Saucer... served a rusty red that was a bit cloudy in color. not much of a head that dissipated quickly

classic smells for IPA... pine, earthy & citrus that was heavy on the orange side

at first, tastes like it smells... hops, pine & citrus. in the middle there seems to be a nice sweet taste of lemons & sugar before the bitter finish hits. very crisp and refreshing

medium body with good amount of carbonation.

really enjoyed this beer. there was a unique sweetness between the hoppy beginning and bitter ending.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 14:13:08 | More by haddon
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3rd week of September marked on bottle

Pours clear orange with a wisp of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with some earthy undertones.

Surprisingly full bodied, the malt base rounds out the hops nicely. Speaking of which, there is a great grassy/straw hop flavor that really shines. I wasn't expecting such a full bodied and balanced beer after the pour and lack of head. The hops are very prevalent, but this beer is still very drinkable, and the alcohol is well masked.

This is a very solid IPA. A pleasant surprise - I just picked this up randomly from the store. I'd get this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 03:54:28 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of GregSVT


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: This pours a semi-clear beautiful amber with a big white head that fades and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of tons of awesome citrusy/tropical fruit hops. The fruity aromas are mango and apricot...excellent. One of the better smelling regular IPAs I've had in a while.

T: The taste is a big blast of citrusy/fruity hops and a slight bitterness on the finish. I'm deducting 1/2 a point because it loses a bit of the flavor you'd expect from the nose. Still very balanced and tons of flavor...great stuff.

M: The feel is creamy and oily with alot of nice carbonation. Coats the mouth in hop flavor and lets the finish last for a good amount of time.

D: I would buy this all the time for my hoppy beer fix. The ABV is slightly higher than most IPAs but I would drink a few of these at a time.

This is how I like my IPAs...balanced and yet super flavorful. I can't believe this one is not higher on the hype list. I so wish Terrapin would distribute to TX.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:04:18 | More by GregSVT
Photo of aesopsgato


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been an avid Terrapin supporter, in that I buy their beer nearly every time I hit the store, for quite a while now. Hope this one is better than some of their other year rounds, more like their delicious seasonals!

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass, this beer has a medium-density head that hangs out for a little bit before leaving minimal lacing. The color is orange copper, and if the head had hung around a bit longer the appearance would have been rated higher.

Upon first smell it reminds me of SNPA, hoppy but not unbalanced. Pine, a little citrus, very floral, this is certainly an IPA. Some malt leads me to believe this beer will be at least somewhat balanced.

This beer isn't an unbalanced mess like some of the pale ales I've tried recently, which is a relief. Its nice to have an IPA that has some semblance of maltiness. But don't get me wrong, this is pretty hoppy. The taste is also very floral in nature, with pine flavors definitely dominating the taste. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker, but its still pretty good, and in line with what an IPA should be.

Drinkability? Glad I got a sixer!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:22:42 | More by aesopsgato
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.