Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 102
Gots: 587 | FT: 9
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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 Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.


Photo of wcudwight
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Mojo
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of goldbot
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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!


Photo of GregSVT
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of squonk45
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CUTE LABEL .. name doesn't fit what u drank.. I'm guess in is made with dry hops .. Glad I tried it if you offered it to me I'd have another but not going to be buying

Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight copper, pillowy eggshell shaded head that fades kinda quickly,

Smells like fresh hop flowers. I love it. There's citrus in there as well and some sweetish malts when the head dies down a bit.

T - Pretty bitter and citrusy, slight maltiness. It's mighty tasty, just not as potent as the aroma.

Nice and crisp, light to more a medium body.

Superbly drinkable IPA.

This is a true hophead's IPA, and my first Terrapin beer did not disappointed!

Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug. Many thanks to atsprings for the trade!

Pours a crystal clear, maple-copper body with the smallest hint of carbonation. The head, limestone in color, retreats quickly to a wispy patch and ring of bubbles, failing to leave behind much in the way of lacing. Aromatically, this IPA is the judge, jury, and, well, the Hopsecutioner. The hops are floral, resinous, and full of fresh citrus, like a pine tree dipped in a bath of tangerine peel and potpourri. The balance is there, too, and heavy on the amber malts with fragrances of cotton candy and glazed donuts. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one.

The sweetness that backed so much of the aroma is replaced by hop oils that are equal parts flavorful and bitter. Pine, wet grass, citrus peel, and a hint of pungent herb all work their way across the palate, while the subdued maltiness adds notes of caramel toffee and honey-coated peanuts. Body is down-the-middle-medium, with a lowish carbonation level and a lingering hoppy finish that smacks with a few traces of residual sugars. A bit chewy, and ultimately dry, but still quite excellent. Overall, a delicious beer from Terrapin, and a long-overdue mainstream style worthy of their name. I must admit, the end result was worth it.

Photo of haddon
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Bernerdawg
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear copper with 2 inches of white head. Nice lacing and retention

Smell is fantastic. Raisins, pineapples, sliver of orange rind. Basket of overripe fruit. Malt and a vespery trace of alcohol. Octane of apple and pear.

Bitter up front but not maliciously so; kinda tame. A nice stroll through hopville. Finishes nicely with a slight sweetness

Smooth with no issues. Again middle of the road as far as carbonation is concerned. Slightly south of medium bodied.

I've had this before, drinking from a bottle, but enjoying this from a glass brings it to a more memorable level. The smell on this is quite good; although smooth and sufficiently bitter the taste takes a backseat to the nose. Would love to try this on tap, in Spring, and reevaluate. Will purchase again regardless.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small off-white head that remains as a light ring throughout and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Citric aroma of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits upfront with a touch of caramel and pine in the back.

Although the bottle may have you believe you're in for an intense hop bomb, Hopsecutioner is actually pretty well balanced. Toasted malt and caramel show up in the taste before giving way to the hoppy profile that yields hints of pine upfront followed closely by fruity notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit and mango. Still very much on the hoppy side into the finish but not a total hop explosion, and the balance of flavors worked out quite nicely.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall this was a very drinkable and maybe even underrated IPA from Terrapin. Next time I have access to a sixer of this, there's a good chance I'll be picking up some more.

Photo of eepound2
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer from Terrapin. Drink it often being from GA.

Off the bat, beer pours a pretty dark copper color with a decent foamy head. Smell is malty, with some citrus notes.

Taste is also malty with a nice hoppy blend. Pretty well balanced, nothing spectacular but solid taste and abv.

Drink this beer a lot and enjoy it a good bit.

Photo of aesopsgato
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of n00tz
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber Orange body, thin white head, and a perfectly distributed wave of carbonation.

S - Wonderfully appropriate piney hops, without anything else to compete with.

T - Pine hops take the lead followed by a sweet woody flavor that I can't really pin to anything in particular. Slight citrus and spice hops can be detected after it sits on my palate for a bit.

M - Medium-light body without the stickiness of most piney IPAs, very well done in my opinion.

D - Is this offered year-round? I've only seen it in the 12-pack sampler locally, but if I can find it again I'd be curious to compare it side by side, one after another against Sweetwater's IPA. This is a very close contender for my favorite craft IPA.

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

Pours light brown with a little bit of haze. The off-white head is small but musters up plenty of lace patches. The aroma is of citric PacNW hops and equal parts doughy malts. A decent level of hoppiness is punctuated by toasty crystal malts in the taste. Melon and peach notes show as the beer warms - lots of heavenly hop flavors here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a brisk, but not overbearing carbonation. The finish lasts for a long time with plenty of bitterness and also some malt flavors in there.

This is an excellent ale. Very liberal amounts of hops but also a competent malt balast. As 'balanced' as a proper American IPA can get.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tumbler glasses and consumed between 45 and 55 degrees over the course of a wonderful half hour. Then, re-experienced fresh on-tap in HotLanta.

Bubbly head with good, but patchy retention. Golden cider color that shines like autumn with clarity beyond what the big hops should permit.
Lemony pine plus papaya and some warm banana bread balance out the alluring nose.
Herbal fizz with rosemary opens into tasty spice showered in bright citrus. Resin trails behind.
Bitterness and chalk hover throughout a long, undulating current of tastes, but are never out of balance. Cream spins into tart and melts into chewy spreadable cheese with a happy funk near the finish. That cheesy edge is just a bit too prominent for me, especially in the aftertaste, and with warming.
It's creamy and rather full bodied with just the necessary crispness to clean the tongue. Balance and complexity, as in every other aspect, define the feel of this beast.
Overall, bright and doughy; spicy but smooth. This killer is a special treat. For me, it's slightly better balanced after a few months in the bottle than it is on tap, but it gets muted after a year without improvements of malt maturity.

Photo of weaf
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Always a great go to IPA.

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

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Had a very good appearance
S: Good smell. Nice and hoppy.
T: The taste of Hopsecutioner fits the name. It's a very hoppy beer. I liked the taste quite a bit.
M: It had wonderful mouthfeel. I wonder if it is left unfiltered.
Overall, this was a very good IPA. I wish there was a 4.25 ranking, becasue I see I have it as half 4.0 and half 4.5.

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,922 ratings.