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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 740
Hads: 3,104
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 114
Gots: 715 | FT: 11
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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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: 740 | Hads: 3,104
Photo of macrosmatic
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Gold color, slight haze. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation leads to half a finger of head head that dissipates fairly quickly. This beer looks dead inside.

S: Overall seems a little muted in this department. Citrus & floral hops primarily. There is some malt/roasty aroma in the background to me.

T: The citrus hop flavor dominates upfront, but it is more of orange/grapefruit rinds than the fruit itself. There is indeed some maltiness in here. Piney and bitter flavors take over at the end as the dryness sets in, but not in a bad way.

M: Much better than I expected. Mouthfeel has *way* more carbonation than the appearance would suggest, to be sure. As it dissipates the texture is almost creamy. Bitterness doesn't last too long.

O: This is a good beer, and one that I will likely pick up again. But there's nothing particularly exceptional here.

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

Appearance: Copper in color, off white head stuck around.

Aroma: Grapefruity/Piney resinous hops, reminds me a bit of Simcoe hops.

Taste: Lots of those resinous hops, piney and decent bitterness. Some toasted malt on the finish. I'm not typically big on these sorts of IPAs, I'm more of a west coast IPA fan but its not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light in body, fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Seems more sessionable than I imagine it is, its over 7% abv so I doubt anyone is going to pound a 6er and not possibly regret it later.

Overall, a well made beer, something I wouldnt mind drinking again though I'm not going to drive around to find it.

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Photo of mcgwire756
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Stirling Hotel.

Poured a golden color with a small head and lots of lacing. It smelled of piney hops but was not very distinct. Taste was sweet and then the wallop of hops that I expected. A very good taste, that lasts, but nothing much different from other good IPA's. I could drink at least 2 of these, but with the strong hop aftertaste, that would probably be it. Definitely a solid IPA.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden orange with a nice 1 1/2 fingers of head. The smell is rich with malt and citrus hops. The taste is malty, crisp and hoppy at first. There is a little bit of bitter booziness that follows. The alcohol taste in this is a negative for me since it is only a 7.3%...i've had many other beers with ABVs in that range that aren't as obvious. It also has some cereal flavors that I don't love. I would call this a medium body, and not my favorite IPA.

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

Pours a somewhat hazy copper. A one finger head of off white that dies down pretty quickly.

It smells pretty sweet from that big balt backbone. The hops are pretty citrusy on this one.

The taste is really surprisingly malty and the hops aren't nearly as citrusy as the nose. If I had to characterize them, I guess I'd say I get some lemon and orange characteristics. At 7.3%, this beer isn't hiding the alcohol as well as some other IPAs that I enjoy.

The mouthfeel is quite full. It's pretty creamy but is close to being too heavy, as it sticks around for a while making me smack my lips a bit to get rid of some of the alcohol.

For my first Terrapin, I'm not overly impressed. The beer has a good nose but it doesn't translate nearly as well to the taste as I was hoping. Makes me wonder if I need to go check the date on the bottle.

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

A: Absolutely and positively crystal clear bronze color about a 1-2 finger mildly off-white head after a very hard pour. The retention was serviceable.

S: Not much on the nose.... just a mild bit of orange, lemon, and yeasty malt.

T: Well, the hop bitterness was certainly there, with a tinge of pleasant sweetness. However, this one needed more pine-like quality to the overall taste profile. Pleasant enough....

M: Some carbonation prickliness and fruity sweetness. The bitterness was there in spades.

O: A good solid drinker, but for a brewery that has the reputation Terrapin has, this IPA needs to be tweaked a bit....

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

The beer is slightly hazy and appears a light orange hue. The white head stands in at around a half inch, leaving some decent lacing in its path. The aroma offers pine resin, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor brings a robust malt bill, as well as some piny hops, with subtle hints of citrus. Alcohol is a bit too present in both the aroma and flavor for my liking. Still, an enjoyable brew. The body is thicker than is customary for the style. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips. Overall, decent.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange and crimson. Single finger head.

S: Cirtus, malt and hops but not very strong.

T: Very piney and bitter taste. Lots of hops. Citrus and caramel notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice east coast IPA example but the bitterness was too much for my taste.

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

From notes, 10/23/10. Good beer, but doesn’t really stand out in any way amongst IPAs. Aroma is kinda musty and a bit muted. Grapefruit rind, pineapples, grass, caramel, yeast. Taste is a little thin. The malt isn’t quite dry enough for a West Coast and not really round enough for a good maltier IPA. OK bitter bite in the finish. Appearance is a nice medium amber, transparent, with a creamy, off-white head. Overall, it was a bit of a letdown for me.

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

Poured a golden orange with a 2 finger head. A good amount of lacing.

Smell a little citrus, orange or tangerine, with some floral notes and sweetness from the malt.

A little less hop forward than I was expecting. Some light citrus and pine, a little bitter. Pretty strong malt backbone to this one.

Medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

Not bad and easy to drink, I was expecting something with more of a hop punch based on the name.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serria Nevada Hopsecutioner 7.3% alcohol poured from 12.oz bottle to snifter.

A- Pours a copper colored fluid that produces a small off white head that falls to a froth and leaves mild lacing behind.

S- Smell is mostly floral hops with a light roasted malt background.

T-M- Taste is of lightly bitter hops with undertones of sweet caramel malts followed by a smooth hop tingle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good with nothing more than smooth flavor rolling over the buds.

Overall this is a good beer to go all night with and enjoy all its charactoristics in mass quantities.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner has a thin, white head, a brilliant, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and a bit of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of bread and an unusual, and hard-to-place citrus rind. Taste is also odd- sweet bread and an even peppery citrus aspect going on, here. The bitterness is there, but I'd never guess 71 IBU. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a bit slick, and Terrapin Hopsecutioner finishes mostly dry and fairly smooth. No alcohol is detected. Overall, I would recommend getting a hold of this oddity.


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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orange with a slight amount of haze and a big bushy white head with long lasting lacing.

Sweet malty notes as well as a nice citrusy hop smack. There is also a slight astringency.

The taste isn't quite as hoppy as I'd thought from the big nose full of American hops. The bitterness is nonetheless very pleasant. Citrusy notes, sweet malts, and a grainy texture round out this solid brew. The beer is medium bodied with a slick an grainy mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good. A pretty decent IPA.

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Photo of keanex
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled as best before Month 4, Week 2, no year. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Clear amber with almost no head, what little of a head there is is white. Light carbonation activity.

S: Sweet and citrusy. Oranges and light floral hops on the nose.

T: More bitter than the nose indicates, though rather balanced. There's a sweetness from the malts with a citrus grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of fizzy carbonation.

O: Good drinkablity here at a good price, I like this.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fox and Hound in Birmingham. Copper colored with two finger white head. Laced well. Smell is rather faint for hops some aroma, not much. Taste has definite citrus hops and bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation and pretty smooth. Definite oiliness. Overall pretty good, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of Adrianized
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange tone with a bright white head which dissipates to thick foamy blotches with excellent lacing.

Big citrus and pine nose.  Grapefruit, lime, and pine.

The flavor profile is aggressive buttering hops; I mostly get grapefruit and pine.  Middle is malty, but bitterness wins in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with nice carbonation.  It does finish with some perceivable alcohol.

This is a nice, hoppy, bitter IPA. But, a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear deep golden color with about a half inch of white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Unfortunately i'm drinking this only about 2 weeks before the best by date so hopefully that doesnt ruin too much for me. Sweet sugary malts on the nose with some juicy hops as well. Not as pungent as expected but the nose smells good anyway.

Extremely clean and crisp with lots of carbonation. Good deal of hop bitterness but not overbearing which is good. Piney juicy and fruity with a nice dry finish. Definitely a citric juiciness is present. The malts balance the abundance of hops pretty well and all the flavors are pretty nicely blended.

A well done IPA.

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

Drinking a tall draught right now at Buffalo Wild Wings. I'd previously tried it from the bottle and wondered if it would taste different from the keg. The answer: no. Both times I've been disappointed. As a previous reviewer opined, the name is deceptive. This is not the hop bomb the name suggests. Not even close. It's not bad. Not bad at all. But it's utterly forgettable. A "Hopsecutioner" should never be forgettable.

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Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Good retention, spotted lacing. Aroma is piney with a hint of toasted grain. Taste is very bitter with some pine and some grapefruit with a slightly noticeable alcohol finish. Not an unique flavor but is certainly an enjoyable palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent brew but there are so many better IPAs out there to spend your money on.

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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 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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Clear copper pour. Finger of white foam quickly fades, and deposits some nice sheets of lacing.

Nice, hoppy aroma. Big citric hops and sweet malts. Also some resin. Very enticing nose.

Lightly sweet up front, then empty bitterness. It doesn't taste like the hops actually contribute any flavor; just bitterness. Reminds me of Sweetwater 420 in that the nose promises this great citric hop character, but it just never really materializes in the flavor.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Simple drinker. Not great, but a solid, crisp IPA.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.