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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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730 Reviews
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Reviews: 730
Hads: 3,044
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 671 | FT: 10
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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: 3,044
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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Photo of Pabs311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber with a decent foamy white head, setlles to leave some spotty lacing

S- mostly pine and floral hops, very little citrus characteristic. good sweet caramel malty backbone pushes through.

T- a little weak on the hops for something advertisd a "something for a hophead to lose their headover" same piny-floral hops chracteristic but alot more malt than i expected for this beer.

M/D- mouthfeel is somewhat thin for something of this abv. good carbonation for this style and very drinkable. i would like to see some more hops push though in the flavor though, a little lacking there.

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Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these with my latest trade with ncvbc. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz pub glass. Nice frothy white head, thick texture that sticks to the walls of the glass. Body color is a dark coppery amber with good clarity. Great carbonation activity, very steady and vibrant streamers.

This is has a great hoppy aroma, which was obvious as soon as the crown was cracked. It's very green and a little sweet. The pale malts seem to be boosting the hop aroma. Taste is also a hop-head's delight.

Mouthful is super clean and crisp, very smooth drinker. I would love to get a six pack for an evening of drinking.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: 2 fingers lumpy, fluffy head that peaks over the rim of the glass. Clear amber body, just a few streams of bubbles. Swaths of lacing.

Smell is nice, crisp, grapefruity hops, both sweet & acidic, refreshing. Touch of pine resin & a very faint nuttiness, like peanut oil.

Taste is brief citric sweetness by bitterness & more bitterness, brought up in the rear by flavors reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer -- lemonade + iced tea. Surprisingly balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is biting & dry but with a creamy, frothy undertone.

Good overall. Not a blast of hop bitterness. I'd have another one but probably cut off after that.

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Photo of trbergman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from urwithdave. 12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Clear copper body with about an inch of creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S - Orange zest, grapefruit, and pine hop aromas with a hint of malt in the background.

T - Greater malt flavor than the nose would seem to indicate, with caramel sweetness. Flavors of ripe pineapple and candied orange peel give way to a piney hop attack and a very crisp bitterness. The finish is hop-focused, with bitterness lingering on the tongue. A well-made, if not particularly distinctive, IPA.

M - Medium body, perfect level of carbonation.

D - Worth trying. If this were available in my area I would probably drink it from time to time.

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