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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: 3,047
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 674 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 730 | Hads: 3,047
Photo of Dodo2step
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a clear amber orange like color. Lacing on pint but minimal head. Nicely carbonated.

S- Robust grapefruit hops. Pine and resin complement the huge grapefruit presence. Nicely done.

T- Taste mimics the flavor. Hops are very nice and really go well together.

M- hoppy and thin. A nice feel of the IPA.

D- goes down with ease but the aftertaste is a lil skunky. Good beer nonetheless though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in New Jersey which is new to the area so i'm assuming it's fresh.

Tangelo orange with some persimmon shades makes up the Hopsecutioner. Some red drops here and there and a hazy outlook, this liquid looks delish. Into the stella glass, a whirlpool of bubbles creates a thick slice of tannish suds with lines of lace.

An interesting fragrence while not overly bold. a bit of, actually a nice amount of pale and crystal malts breaking bread. Citrus fruits with pineapple and the like and a dash of pine. Getting some 3C action and a small amount of grass(the legal kind).

Im greeted with a knock on the palete from a few malt varieties creating a slick base of bread and backing sweetness. Some toasted malt as well and after that a greeting basket of pineapple up front and some oranges from the vine, grapefruit is not so much. A little bit of simcoe taste and a dry hop effect at the end.

The feel is slick and not very bitter if at all, the hops are juicy and somewhat floral. This is not executing my mouth like I would like. The malt seems to dominate. I get alot of grassiness in the aftertaste and a some pine on the tip of the tounge. Somewhat medium bodied with great carb, terrapin always seems to have the carb on lock.

I like this beer, it has a interesting taste and it's probably my favorite hoppy offering from Terrapin. Very drinkable, I'll take three please if in for the night. No alcohol taste although there is some perfume scent. I don't know why they named this Hopsecutioner though as it's not a kick your fucking ass IPA, maybe they should of stuck it on a double or something.

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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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3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass. Best if enjoyed by the 2nd week of the 7th month as indicated by the notches on the label. Lucky for me, I can filter through that added complexity. Here's hoping it was brewed this year...

A: The head is large, 3 fingers high, rocky/frothy, off-white and long lasting. The body is clear with a medium rich color of amber mixed with honey brown. Lacing is just a notch above good.

S & T: The aromas and flavors work in tandem, with face-value presentation. By that I mean, what you get on the nose, you get on the palate and vice versa. The hops are heavy and boast a gamut of typical hop flavors and aromas: Pine, grapefruit, orange and resin. Light malts of hay, toasted, and a side of earthy yeast. Long lasting flavor duration. There is a light clean alcohol flavor lounging around.

M: Medium light body with an average prickly carbonation. Finishes bitter.

D: Well, I enjoyed the brew. I certainly wasn't going to spit it out. But as with other Terrapin beers I've had, I'm not entirely impressed with this one either. The Hopsecutioner needs to do something to separate itself from the plethora of mundane American IPAs out there. Somehow Terrapin needs to do "average" a bit better.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best if enjoyed by Month 8 week 4? Check. Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a soapy white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Beer looks fine.

Aroma is way way hoppy. Pretty good, almost a back sweetness to it. Pretty piny in the aroma.

Medium body, flavors of this beer are a slight let down. Not too bitter, hop character falls a little flat. Its odd. Second, still not really liking it. Its a little high in alcohol too. I'm just kind of annoyed by this beer. I've had better IPAs, a lot.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at Lowes Food today and got it for the "Beer of the Month" price. This American IPA starts with a orange hued amber body and a creamy, lacy head that retreats to lace after about five minutes or so. The nose is more citrus than pine but is well balanced.

The balance follows through to taste with a lasting, nutty aftertaste and soft, rounded bitterness following the malty, citrus tinged initial sip. The texture is relaxed but holds the bitterness up brilliantly for some time. Overall, another strong effort from Terrapin.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear orange body with loads of bubbles pushing their way north to an off-white cap. The head was a sturdy two fingers and left ring marks with each sip.

The aroma is of toasted malt, apricots, and grapefruits. A little bit of pine needles, but really a straightforward aroma.

Some caramel up front with a rush of hops taking over. Grapefruit and pine needles with a mildly bitter finish. A somewhat balanced IPA at first blush, but the bitterness and a fruitiness build over time.

Medium body and smooth up until the finish. A tad prickly on the back end as it fades to a lingering bitterness.

For the style, its pretty drinkable. Not overly hoppy by any means. Fairly balanced.

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

Received as an extra in a trade. Pours from the bottle a clear orange/amber color, with a bit of off-white head. Good sweetness in the nose, along with some nice citrus/tropical fruits. Nice medium mouthfeel, with caramel malt, alcohol and a decent dose of hops. A solid effort.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden/orange in color, somewhat like a fresh apple cider. Very thin, off-white head, receded quickly to little lacing.

Smell is predominantly pine, slightly fruity and sweet.

Taste moves up a notch from the nose for me. Grass, pine, hints of orange and lemon zest. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky, little dry.

Drinkability overall is very good. 2 years ago I probably would have poured this out, but now I can't seem to get enough hops. I will def purchase this again when visiting an area that has it. (Thanks Bruisin Ales, Asheville, NC)

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Month 8 Week 4 notched on label:

Pours amber with a thin white head that leaves broken rings of lacing.

The smell is orangey, grapefruity, piney and a hint of perfume. Caramel backing comes through in aroma.

The tastse is of orange and grapefruit rind with pine/resin and a touch of perfume. Despite hoppiness, the caramel and alcohol land it on the sweeter side, though there is a bitter touch.

It has medium-carbonation and is medium-bodied, though it is more oily/slick than chewy. Some alcohol shows.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden/orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is pine hops, dry, little booze. Mouthfeel is pone, grass, little bit of booze. Mouthfeel has a nice clean, dry finish, not to much hop bite on the end, Pretty good overall.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Medium amber color, big fluffy head, good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, bread, honey

Taste: Up Front: Citrus, pine, grass, toast, wood. Finish: Spicy with a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky

Drinkability: This is a refreshing beer! Definitely a session beer for me.

Overall Impression: This is a solid IPA. I liked it better than the Rye Pale Ale. The picture on the label reminds me of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And just like the comic, this beer kicks ass!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice amber with a tiny white head that leaves no lacing.

S-Hoppy, mostly grapefruit, there is a sweetness there and a touch of malt.

T-The flavor of this beer amazed me. It was so juicy and hoppy. It tasted like a grapefruit/orange/hoppy nectar, truly amazing. The hops dominated the flavor profile with just enough malt to balance it out so it wouldn't be a hop bomb. To be honest I have only drank one beer that tasted as juicy/nectar like as this and that would be Hopslam.

M-Syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation, it was great.

D-I could drink this beer all day, but its relatively high abv. would cut into its sessionability.

Overall, I don't know if it was just a fresh keg or what, but this beer flavor wise blew me away. I know my review is going to be much higher than the average, but the beer I had deserves the credit. I am going to purchase some bottles of this beer to further investigate its deliciousness, because it was great. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: mild bitterness and some soft citrus tones are mild overall.

Taste: caramel, orange, moderate bitterness, and some mild fruit sweetness are the strongest flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. A good sessionable beer everyone should give a try.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get a finger of eggshell white foam, mostly dense with some larger bubbles interspersed, not deep enough to dimple, weak lacing. Light coppery orange color, transparent with a slight yellowing around the rims. There's a charcoal filter, metallic touch to the nose, not quite earthy, more leafy than citric, the green apple, pear, apricot scents attenuated, not sour or bitter but you struggle to find any sweeter element to provide balance in your nostrils. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, average carbonation and weight, pine and white grapefruit, orange citrus sweetens things some but the malts remain shadowy at best. A pinch of white pepper apparent. Meager apricot, peach, apple fruit. The grassiness and hoppy bite by far the strongest element, does stop short of reaching mouth puckering proportions. Still, dry and not especially lengthy through the finish. Basically, it's OK.

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Photo of mempath
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an orangey gold with nice fluffy, stickiness leaving it's residue. nice frothy, meringue/batter. always great to see.

smells of fresh hoppy oils. deep, intense with some camphor.

for all it's hop blast and swinging oily, steely axe, it's full of flavor with little bitterness. would have some more depth if i could sense some malts. not that it is supposed to exhibit that, but this seems a little more one dimensional since there's little to no finish. it casts a big shadow, but it's mostly tricky lighting...

very drinkable. sessionable. but would go better with a good brat, steak fries. mouthfeel needed more body. flavor delivers, but i wanted more. something 'special'...now that hop karma brown delivers as it should!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a lightly cloudy copper color with a minimal white head, leaving some nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost honey-like with some sweet citrus and floral hops and a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is adequately bitter, but not overpowering. There is a bit of sweetness to the beer that seems to be a mix of citrus, mango, and caramel. This is counterbalanced with a bit of pine on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: Not the most amazing IPA out there, but certainly serviceable. The flavors were better than the nose, which I generally find to be a good thing, but this wasn't quite the "hop bomb" that I'm used to.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another promisingly hopped up ale from our friends to the south. It pours a slightly cloudy orange, clover honey-color. The head gleams off white with a somewhat frothy consistency but recedes quickly with some persistent wisps of lace.

Not an enormous citrus bomb in the nose as I expected. In fact I might say it's rather restricted but still pleasurable with a spicy and floral hop nose and some metallic character. Some sweet and dusty malt is in there as well.

The hops hit you big time up front but mostly spicy/floral with some mild, abbreviated citrus tones scattered about. In my opinions its nice to drink, now and then, a hopped up, American style IPA that doesn't focus entirely on creating a purely citrusy hop experience. Plenty of caramel/bready malt backbone is present to provide some real balance. Honey sweetness floats around in the middle and fades to a formidable, lasting bitterness. The considerable ABV is hidden well. Exceptional from beginning to end.

Medium bodied but maintaining a crisp lightness. Effervescent carbonation holds is character through to the swallow and leaves a pleasurable and bitter dryness on the palate.

Dangerously drinkable. I often find that hoppy brews with this variety of hop character(balanced and not all citrus) take longer to deaden my palate and therefore takes longer for me to grow tired of them. A personal preference I suppose but certainly notable. This is one I would buy a case of.

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Photo of haddon
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance: Beautiful crimson reddish brown body that is crystal clear. Big fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. Retention is also pretty good.

Smell: Smells unbelievably hoppy. Great citrus lemony aromas followed with semi sweet pine and a touch of honey on the back end. Smells very hoppy and promising.

Taste: Meh, I really was expecting a big bold aperican IPA from this. From the aroma and appearance i really was thinking this was on the border of and "extra" ipa. Very light and the flavor rolls off the tongue and dissapears. There is a very small lingering hop bitterness on the back end. Initially the beer starts off malty and bready, and then goes into a bitter off balanced hoppiness and then everything falls flat and dissapears. Not solid at all. 7.2% abv is hidden extrememly well, so well that I would say this is more like a session beer and would have guess around 5%, almost like levitation.

Mouthfeel: Extrememly watery and disjointed. Starts off intense and finishes waterlike.

Drinkability: Summer BBQ beer for sure. too bad the ABV is 7.2% because for that much alcohol i wish there was more flavor. Easy drinking but obviously not a session beer by abv standards.

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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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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at The Mellow Mushroom in Savannah.

Appearance: I like the hazy orange color to this, almost orange juice-esque, with a slightly foamy white head at the top, due to the generous pour from the bartender.

Smell: A lot of good citrus sweetness here, with some honey and flowers, backed by some balancing pungent earthiness and citrus rind bitterness.

Taste: Good initial flowery sweetness, some nice balanced sourness, honey, caramel malts, and a nice finish of bitterness that works well with the honey and flowered sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, with good crispness and carbonation on the back end.

Drinkability: An all-around solid IPA that I'd certainly try again. Not your average IPA, but I like it a lot and would try it again in the future.

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Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy pale orange color with a nice two finger off white head that falls fairly quick to a cap. Leaves some decent lace down my pint.

Aroma is hops pine forest mingled with citrus on sweet malt backbone, decent enough but not not losing my head over it as label states.

Taste is hops pretty much front and center with some light malt sweetness trying to sneak thru. Pine notes with grapefruit like bitterness through out. Defiantly an IPA lingering bitterness and all its pretty good wouldn't bump it into my regular IPA rotation though.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation to bring the hops out to play.

Drinkability is good enjoyable enough not quite up to par with the better IPA's in my opinion but defiantly worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange beer - it promises a blast of hops, but it delivers a musty, earthy taste that actually tends to emphasize the malt far more than is probably appropriate for an IPA. If anything, this beer reminds me of Fat Tire from New Belgium, which is a malty brown ale.

Pours a dirty amber with a slight head that falls away fairly quickly leaving little lacing. The aroma is earth and a bit sour. The hops are evident, but it is hard to determine what they are - along with the earthiness comes a sharply overripe flower smell. The flavor is musty and earthy, with a toasted malt bite and an overripe floral, citrusy hop taste. There is a sharp lemony bitterness at the end, though it falls away to a fairly sour finish. The mouthfeel is slick and a little prickly.

I am not so sure I am on board with this beer.

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