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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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730 Reviews
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Reviews: 730
Hads: 3,046
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 674 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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: 730 | Hads: 3,046
Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Code date of 7/15/15. Appearance: Crystal clear light golden with moderate white foam cap. Aroma: dank,resinous hop dominates with hints of melon and orange citrus. Taste: Light malt sweetness with caramel notes that leads into a sharp but balanced bitterness that is more resinous and earthy than citrus. Just a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. I do notice a slight alcohol warmth. Finish: Resinous hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Overall: I’d characterize this as a lighter intensity American IPA. Nice balance of hop vs malt, but at a lower intensity than most west coast IPAs. Very drinkable and approachable, but would likely disappoint most hopheads.

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Photo of zachary17
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean copper look with nice head. Bubbly, looks fresh.

spicy taste with good hops. not too overbearing or bitter. Tastes a bit piney. Smooth on the tongue. Refreshing aftertaste for an IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head; a few dots and dashes of lacing hang around

Smell: Vague tropical fruit and grassy elements; caramel tones underneath

Taste: Caramel malts in the base, with vague tropical fruit and grassy aspects; building bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a particularly interesting IPA; the hops are not very bright and the bitterness lacks direction

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received this as an extra in a trade and was really impressed. This is a great IPA for those who don't want theirs too bitter as it has a touch of sweetness to it. A great IPA for a hot summers day

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 15, 2015

12 oz can, tulip glass

A – Light amber with a decidedly orange-ish tint, and very clear. An inch-plus of thick white foam fades slowly.

S – Woodsy, pine, followed by mango, papaya. Light caramel, and lightly baked bread dough.

T – Tropical fruit, not particularly bright, guava and papaya. Pine is more subdued here, along with some woodsy, resiny flavor. Malt flavor is low, light bread and some bread crust. A lot of hop bitterness waves in and stays.

M – Medium-bodied and quite dry. Medium-high carbonation really cleanses the palate, a big help with the moderate-high hop bitterness. Some juiciness up front helps to balance things out.

O – I like that this has some pretty intense bitterness but nothing seems out of proportion. Very well-made.

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Photo of Donsolo420
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too hoppy which is what I expected but I still enjoyed it. Went well with some spicy seafood and raw oysters. Would have liked a little more ummmphhh but still enjoyable Decent head and lacing but nothing to write home about

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Photo of Lahoi
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I very nice IPA. At 7.4% ABV I was prepared for something that took me back to a high school party at a gravel pit, grave yard, barn, abandoned house, or all of the above. But I was pleasantly surprised. It was not overpowering, yet still bold. My first experience with the beer followed a Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin. Big mistake. Too much comparing and contrasting. I'm too much of a green horn to be doing that. The next time around, however, I started with the Terrapin and it was a totally different experience. I would gladly have another. Or two. Or twelve.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color with multiple finger head that recedes slowly. The lacing is thin. Subtle nose of hops with booze. For a beer called Hopsecutioner, it had a surprising malt body between the hop start and finish. The hop was a little bitter at the tip of the tongue and mellowed out at the end for a smooth finish. Light carbonation and a medium body without an alcohol aftertaste.
It is a fine and drinkable IPA, but not nearly as hop heavy as it advertises. It's smoothness is my favorite part of it. Middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1 month ago. Poured in a snifter. Beautiful burnt orange color, slightly hazy, with a resilient 1-finger foamy white head that stayed for a while. The aroma was a bit subdued by today's standards but there was a nice dose of pine, orange and grapefruit that went away quickly. Taste: lots of malt at first reminiscent of a English IPA but followed quickly with a bracing clean bitterness and a good mix of citrus and pine. Hops and malt played well together. A good clean finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation, highlighting the malt presence. Overall, a very tasty brew! A definite American-style English IPA if that makes sense and a nice alternative to their Hi-5. 'll drink this again if the mood strikes me.

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Photo of terrysjag
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this after a Lagunitas IPA and on first couple of sips, was disappointed. Its very, very smooth and to me, has no aroma. On taste, it has a nice IPA bite and a good finish. It sort of grows on you and I think if you started drinking this without another, it would be better.

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Photo of Albert_is
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Even by American pale ale standards, it doesn't have the satisfying grapefruit-y bite I expect from a pale ale. The bar I'm having it in may have an older keg that may have skunked slightly, so I'm being more lenient, but just not what expected. Still decent, though.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a wine tumbler.

A: Appealing, clear medium-copper with a 1/2" head that dissipates quickly & leaves little retention. Lacing is nonexistent.

S: Lots of malt, cracker, cereal. Buried in there I'm getting a faint citrus-hop component. I actually like the subtlety here, even for a brew called 'hopsecutioner'.

T: Some balanced hop character up front, hits with pine & a bit of grapefruit. Mid-palate reads to me more like an amber ale, pretty crackery. The finish has a nice lingering hop-bitter note that wraps things up pretty well.

M: A bit oily, a bit soapy, overall very slick. Carb is too low in my opinion, really makes this brew more one-dimensional than it could be.

O: I don't hate it but I'm really not blown away. It really fails to live up to its namesake, but does a nice job of toying around with being more of an OK English-style IPA. I'll give it extra points for masking the high-ish ABV so effectively - I feel like I could murder a 6er of these guys.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Halfway clear in regular glass. Huge head of off white suds. Big loopy lace.

Aroma: Yummy dank hops. Definitely some citrus. Nice.

Taste: Pleasantly citrus and tropical happiness. Little dry at finish but a superb IPA overall!

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Photo of squonk45
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and biscuit malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Delicious brew.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drink by 5/13/15, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a thin film on top, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- piney hop up front with a trace of citrus, biscuity malt overtakes the hops slightly, some earthy yeast on the close

T- flavor up front starts a little flat, but then some piney and earthy hops kick in, the finish is slightly herbal with a malty linger

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish

O- a little malt dominant for an IPA, drinkable but would like a little more hops

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is orangish copper, and contains swarms of sediment. The smell contains a hint of citrus, but not much else. The taste has a little pine and a lot of pepper, but not much else in the flavor department. Both the smell and the taste are pretty weak, especially for a name like Hopsecutioner and stating that the drinker will loss their hophead over it. I'm pretty disappointed in it. It's an ok drink, but I'll never get it again. It's one of my least favorite IPAs.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by: 12.19.14. Drank 11.13.14. 12oz bottle poured into a Mason Jar pint.

A: Pours a hazy bright orange with two fingers of bright, billowing head. Lots of big pitting, small patches of lacing, dissipates to a few small islands and a high collar. A fair amount of suspended particulates. Light visible carbonation.

S: Earthy, metallic, traces of what could resemble hops... but nowhere near enough to get past the grunge/yeastiness/biscuity aroma. Awful for an IPA, and to be frank, awful for any beer style.

T: Weak. Little to no clarity. Pepper and Earth. Bready malt, toasted biscuit... once again, awful.

M: Watery and bitter. Not much carbonation, dull to taste. Lingering earthy bitterness reminds me of how awful this smells and tastes well after I last went though those painful endeavors.

O: An incredible disappointment from a beer which I didn't even have high hopes for, just that it would be a decent regional IPA to drink in the Southeast. But this is not even close, not by a long shot. I'm giving a 2 all around for effort.

Maybe I had an infected bottle, but unless someone one day hands me this beer, I will not be having it again.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, took me to 4th of a six pack to figure out. Decent offering but definitely more malt than hops. Smells hoppy, initial taste is hops but malty takes over and lingers with a malty bite rather than a bitter finish. Almost in agreement with another review that called this a pale ale. Maybe my review would be different if I tasted blind and was told this was a pale ale. Worth a bottle but maybe no more unless you like a malt hop combo leaning toward the malt side.

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Photo of GregJ
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey orange with a slight red tint and a thin white head. Earthy, rye, and citrus hop musk. Tastes of sweet citrus, rye, bready and pine. Medium light body, nice moderate pine resin aftertaste. Some lacing down the glass.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great brewer, great hop-forward beer, but 2nd tier IPA.

A: Medium copper, haze, rich off-white head. Strong lacing and appearance. Sticky.

S: Pine dominant (apropos Georgia). Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with grass and bright malts.

T: Like smell but with more caramel malts. However, soon the hop bitter, citrusy and tropical flavors grow and it's all hops into a big and bitter, bright, blaring finish.

F: ok, a bit too sweet for me.

O: Always enjoy this brewer, but this one's a mid-pack IPA.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured semi-hazy, Amber color. Two finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.
Smell: Nice resiny, piney, fruity aromas and a good sweet malt smell.
Taste: The hop flavors weren't as prominent in the taste as the aroma. Pretty malty for beer with hops in the name.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Not a bad beer, just thought it was a little underwhelming, probably won't seek this one out again in the future.

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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 JJKBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in January 2015.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a pretty long time, and left a thick coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong influence of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex amber ale, but with a strong bitterness from the hops. There is a nice after-taste with a hint of bitterness from the hops, which lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA that is not overwhelmed by the hops.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1/3....pours bright amber, beautifully poured with a tiny head of white foam. Malty toffee nose. Hearty rich hoppy taste. Boozy, cough syrup taste. Quite heavy.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.