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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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Ratings: 2037
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is served from a grolwer from Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC. Pours from the grolwer into a pint glass a clear copper color with a small white head. The head quickly recedes into a film and leaves a very thin veil of lacing.

Aroma is hoppy yet strangely musty. Smells like someones under arm or pit sweat. Not exactly redemming but oddly enough, not a complete turnoff. Citrus and grapefruit hops with minimal malt presence in the nose.

More of that armpit juice flavor but a sweetness follows. Quite bitter but well balanced, even without much of a malt flavor or feel.

This one is in the hoppy realm. It is bitterly hoppy without being over the top or out of whack. Nicely carbonated but finishes stark dry. Slighlty thin on the mouthfeel but I think the dryness is to blame for that. Not a bad beer. I actaully like it pretty well because I dig slightly-out-of-balance-towards-the-hops type beers.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2009 20:52:08 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated, but some good lacing.

S: A nice, sharp hoppy smell, along with traces of citrus.

T: Had a little hoppy bitterness to it, and a little citrus element, but mainly this was a thin, almost watery beer. Decidedly average. Maybe I've just gotten too used to the super-hoppy West Coast IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A wildly uneven beer that I would not want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 13:19:07 | More by avalon07
Photo of nms1987

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silly name. Good beer.

Deep bronze in color, clear and filtered. Fine head.

Welcoming, fruity nose. Not a whole lot of sharpness and no alcohol on the scent.

Great palate. Juicy, fruity (tangerines?) hops with just a bit of a piney bitterness to keep things in check. Not a monster of an IPA but real interesting. A joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 07:44:22 | More by nms1987
Photo of tpd975


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice burnt orange hue with a tall creamy head. Nice retention and chunky lace.

S: Very sweet aroma, lots of caramel and fresh orange juice. There is a real floral bouquet behind the sweetness.

T: Sweet up front. Caramel, orange marmalade, and sweet grapefruit. Nice floral notes in the middle with a dash of bitter in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable. Pretty tasty too.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:40:21 | More by tpd975
Photo of Reagan1984


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple glasses of this last week in Atlanta. I really enjoyed this IPA and the fresh Grapefruit/citrus character.

Each pint came with a finger of tight almost creamy head that did collapse rather quickly. While this was not served on cask, the entire beer had a cask quality to it. The look the mouthfeel... everything. Really nice. The beer was a hazy brown/amber color with just a touch of an orange highlight.

Aroma was fantastic. Bright, fresh, citrus with a slight malt/cracker/bread component in the background.

Flavor followed the aroma in many ways including being fantastic. This was a fresh beer, no getting around it. Bright, vibrant and clean. The citrus just attacked you with just the right amount of balance from the malt profile. More of a cracker/biscuit quality vs. straight bread. Balance that I like, which is to say leaning hoppy.. but still balanced.
Some more pine in the flavor than there was in the aroma.

Again, seemed cask like in its mouth feel. Tiny subdued carbonation, almost a creamy mouth feel.

I loved it and wish it was available where I live.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2009 13:21:01 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of boralyl


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an inch of fluffy white head that has a good retention and leaves some nice lacing. The beer is copper colored and clear.

S - A little bit of citrus and sweet malt. Overall, though, the aroma is pretty underwhelming, which is disappointing.

M - Medium in body and well carbonated.

T - Hops up front, very earthy with some floral notes. There is the smallest presence of sweet malt, but it's mostly hidden by the earthy flavors. It finishes fairly bitter and dry.

A good IPA, but for this combination of hops, I would have preferred more of a malt presence. Regardless, Terrapin proves once again to me that they can brew a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:49:08 | More by boralyl
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second review this week of a Georgia IPA, first Sweetwater and now this one:
Clear golden pour with a small white head which dissipates fairly quickly but does leave good lacing on the glass.
Smells of citrus and hops.
Good upfront hop bite is followed by a definite hit of bready malt and then the hops have their way with my tongue again. Grapefruit bitterness reigns supreme here.
Pleasant mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
Going down the hatch pretty easily so good marks for drinkability. Another solid offering from Terrapin. Not their best beer, but a very respectable effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 03:34:41 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of bluecoffee


4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This fine beverage got me to enter my first review. I am for the most part a hop-head so of course am familiar with countless ipa's, this one is certainly in the top three in my book. It is a well balanced, dry, fresh hoppy beer (though it doesn't say it is dry hopped) It at worst will not disappoint any ipa drinker. One would never guess it comes from the "south" as it has the west coast taste we fellow hopheads love.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 19:26:39 | More by bluecoffee
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 ounce beer poured into a mug.

A- Pours an orange gold color with a small one finger white lace. There is no cling to the glass and the head disipates quickly.

S- I get huge flavor notes of citrus hops you can smell it right after opening the bottle.

T- I get huge flavor notes of citrus hops with its piney tastes and somewhat bitter aftertaste. I very nice IPA, remaniscent of a West Coast IPA versus one that is produced in the southeast.

This is a very solid IPA and one that I was suprised to taste since it comes from a southern brewery. I was expecting a more milder tasting IPA but this reminds me a lot of the IPA's that are produced on the west coast and for me that is a good thing. Very well balanced and easily drinkable, a nice addition to the Terrapin family and one that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 01:02:51 | More by cbros
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-crystal clear amber color..no haze at all...small one finger head that fell quickly...good level of bubbles..a really good lookin beer

s-fresh citrus hops and grapefruit.. a little resiny pine in the back....malt is there to hold it together slightly...

t-grapefruit and lemon upfront...the pine resins kick in afterwards and let a little malt in to bring it back together...finishes bitter and piney

m-a little thin and watery for my liking but it is acceptable..carbonation is spot on though

d-could drink a sixer and not regret it...abv is hidden completely and the flavor profile is good enough to make me want some more

overall a solid offering from terrapin...looking forward to the remaining five out of my sixer

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 23:16:30 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of everetends


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that I picked up in a sixer at Hop City yesterday. Been looking forward to this one for a while. Served up in a Terrapin pint glass.

A: Probably one of the best looking offerings from Terrapin in my opinion. Pours a nice amber in color initially. Held to the light, has a bit more of a yellow hue to it. Pretty clear with a pretty steady carbonation activity to it. The show stopper is the lace of the amount of head I got. Got almost a finger of head but this is throwing up some serious lace on the glass. Just sticky notches all over the glass. Looks like an amazing IPA.

S: Smell is nice. Has a very fruity hop aroma to it. Lots of grapefruit and lemon coming out in here. There is a touch pine resin coming across. The greatest part is just how fresh the hop aroma is. Just very fresh and clean. Malts a light, a little sweet, but the nose is all hops which is very expected.

T: Uh . . . don't know what to think here to be honest. For there being just a touch of resin in the nose, it seems to be the dominating flavor here. Its just like concentrated pine at times. Behind that I am getting the grapefruit which is pretty potent as well. Pale malts come in and try to clean it up a bit but I don't know if it suceeds to be honest. Hmmmm.

M: Light side of medium in body. Medium carbonation kicking in here as well. The 7.2% is evident, has a bit of heat to it. It is bitter on the tongue. Aftertaste is all resin and citric fruit (acid).

D: I can absolutely drink this. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad. I think I just had higher expectations. It just doesn't come all the way together for me. The flavors need some work to mesh a bit better IMO. The look and smell make up for it a bit though. I just see this being a bit of a heart burn inducing beer after a few of them, but that may just be me. Still a good beer and I will be getting more in the future. Do I think it is better than Sweetwater's IPA? No.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 22:02:35 | More by everetends
Photo of Mavajo


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect crystal-clear amber with a thick white head and cascading lace. Beautiful.

Aroma is a roundhouse of hops - very strong. Notes of pine. Didn't really catch much citrus. Considering the huge hoppiness in the nose, the taste is surprisingly balanced - not very bitter. The bitterness is there to be sure, but it's fairly light considering the style. Again, I picked up mostly pine in the nose - didn't get much citrus. Mouthfeel is average - nothing special...tingly carbonation, and not overly smooth/silky. Extremely drinkable - very easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:47:54 | More by Mavajo
Photo of nc41

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very decent IPA. A little citrus on the nose, a little grapefruit bite on the tongue, pretty mild mannered.Not much of of head, but decent lacing. Not overly anything to be honest, but a very solid very drinkable IPA that anyone could enjoy. I'd buy it again sometimes the 2nd try yield more than the 1st try.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 15:56:45 | More by nc41
Photo of rpjonesga


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I found out that Terrapin was adding an IPA to it's portfolio, I was very excited. As a resident of Atlanta, I always look forward to supporting local breweries. However, I feel that Terrapin missed the mark with this one.

High Points:

Smell - The smell out of the bottle is quite hoppy which raises your expectations on the taste of the beer. There is lots of citrus in the nose from the five hops. Nice!

Appearance - The beer is crystal clear with a nice foamy head. Not a problem here.

Not so High Points:

Taste - The taste of this beer just doesn't measure up to the nice hop aroma and my expectations. The malt sweetness is a bit lacking and the hop flavor isn't quite enough for me either.

It seems to me that this beer cannot decide what it wants to be. It isn't a hop bomb like a Stone beer and it doesn't have a strong enough hop/sweet malt mix to be a well balanced IPA (think Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA or Sweetwater IPA). I think that Terrapin should have kicked up the hops and the malt in this one. I will probably buy it again but I can think of 20 other IPA's that are superior.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 14:24:15 | More by rpjonesga
Photo of raverjames


4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber and pretty clear. 1-finger head that lasts a long time.
S: Citrus and caramel. Mainly C-hops here and I love em.
T: Grapefruit and a touch of pine. I can taste a bit of rye, but I am glad to find an East coast beer where the hops are the highlight.
M: Bitter and dry. Not too sweet or carbonated.
D: I have drank 3 so far tonight, and foresee myself drinking a few more. This is a great IPA and I am very happy to have another nice option when I have a hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 04:56:35 | More by raverjames
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper color with an off-white head that holds and leaves some big, splotchy lacing. nose is very nice. lots of wet grass, pine, flower, citrus (grapefruit mostly... like a tanegerine flavored pink one) some peach skin and a bit of sweet, biscuity malt that comes off like cara-crystal to me. taste isn't quite as good as the nose would suggest, but the signature terrapin tatses are there and this is definitely an ipa with it's own personality. really bitter up front and minerally in the finish. slick, medium body with low carbonation. good ipa. good effort from GA.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 04:03:28 | More by timtim
Photo of wagenvolks


4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 07:14:26 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Yesac


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Transparent orange amber color. Bright white head settles to a thin layer.

S- Citrus oil hops.

T- Toasty malts from start to finish with cirtrus hop center. Fairly well balanced.. slightly more malty. 7% ABV well hidden.

M- Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

D- Easy drinking due to the high malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:57:47 | More by Yesac
Photo of joepais


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay for this one
Bottle poured into a terrapin pint glass produced a two finger white head that lasted. The body of the brew was a clear amber colored ale.

The aroma of hops come at you first citrus and pine will fill your head. The brew is typical east coast style IPA. You are greeted with a good amount of malt sweetness then a sticky hop bitter. There was a medium to light feel in my mouth with plenty of carbonation for my tongue.

An ok IPA easy to drink and would be easy to session. I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:08:43 | More by joepais
Photo of crossovert


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with a nice white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell is herbally, with some citrus, nothing too exciting for an IPA.

Taste is bitter and metallic, with some citrusy hops but no depth, mouthfeel is watery, it just doesn't seem that that refined of a brew.

Overall this tastes like something you would get at one of those generic chain brew pubs, they need to work on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 00:55:21 | More by crossovert
Photo of IPAcraig


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light transparent orange hue with slight eggshell head.

Pungent, intense hop aroma. Pine resin.

Semi sweet caramel body. The hop flavor is extremely bright.

Medium body. Light carbonation.

A very nice ipa that I enjoyed whilst watching the saints beat the falcons at 3 crow bar. Will try again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 19:47:43 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of NCSUdo


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a medium white head. Good lace and OK retention.

S: Very hoppy, very good. Pine, citrus, peach, some flower like aroma, hint of malt in the background. Very good, hops done very well.

T: Malt is more apparent in the taste department. Hops are there, citrus, floral, piney. Some grapey character as well. Bitterness is not over powering, pretty balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is low to medium, alcohol is hidden well. Drinkability is good, pretty solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:04:26 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, orangey-amber body with a sudsy, nicely-frothed, whitish head. Smattering of splotchy lace on the way down.

Smell: An aroma of top-notch pale malts lusciously layered with full notes of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops that also spill out some well-earned pine sap-soaked, earthy scents.

Taste: Pale malts, with a rather minor touch of breadiness and fairly low level of sweetness, set the stage for a nice blend of hop flavors: plenty of acidic, caustic lemon juice, distilled tangerine oils, fresh-cut grass, humble yellow pine, and an unyielding background earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Finishes drying and understandably bitter with a lingering taste of tangerine-laden Amarillo hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a very, very light oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fair amount of malts transition into a bright, delightful hop profile and punchy (without being overbearing or unnecessary) bitterness -- it's a good IPA. Terrapin can check off the India Pale Ale box on the "to brew" list.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:22:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of tattooedtolley


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:19:29 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of pourmeup

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- looks like any old beer but with slightly better head retention
S- heavy on the citrus notes, slightly lemon on the nose, good nose
T- thin in malt and hop flavors, finishes ultra quickly with little to no lingering flavor; the smell sets you up for a taste that just isn't there
M- very thin, carbonation like a half-flat sprite, very watery, we were just hoping for more
D- fairly drinkable, just wish it had more flavor and was thicker

(2 person review)

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:57:55 | More by pourmeup
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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