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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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Ratings: 2027
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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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden copper with medium frothy white head. Slow carbonation rising to the top with spots of lacing down the glass. Good smell of strong and piney resinous hops and a solid caramel malt backbone. Taste features both strong hops and malt but with a lack of good balance. There seems no method to the madness here. They are muddled together with neither shining or proving where they stand as a part of the beer itself. Hops win with an ever present bitterness but they are combined with an incessant sweetness that persists relentlessly at times. Finishes bitter and drying, though with a slight lack of carbonation, it seems a tad watery and nearly syrupy due to the competition with the malts all the same. Doesn't tickle my tongue or urge me to take the next sip. I'm normally a fan of almost anything Terrapin puts out there...this one is a bit of a miss.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:40:24 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Guilly

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A - No head. Copper but less amber than Great Divide Rumble. Regular IPA colour, dark golden.

S - Pine and citrus notes, smells like a prototypical ipa. Not as Nutty as the Rumble.

T - Smooth but less kick and not as bitter as regular IPA. Taste like a red ale (Ricard's Red). Taste like Dales Pale Ale.

B - Medium Body. Smooth.

O - Smooth IPA but not as much as a regular hoppy IPA. Would be refreshing on a hot day.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:36:36 | More by Guilly
Photo of warnerry


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 7/2012

Best by second week of December (assuming 2012?)

A - Pours clear amber with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves good lacing.

S - Aroma is pretty subtle, but there is some citrus, mostly orange.

T - Surprisingly malty for what seems to be a fresh bottle. Hops are quite subtle, though there is a good hop bite initially, it fades quickly, yielding to a tea-like flavor. Not really digging this, but it is ok.

M - Medium mouthfeel and slightly bitter. Not very memorable.

O - It certainly doesn't seem like a year-old bottle, so I have to assume this is a relatively fresh bottle that just doesn't live up to it's name.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:56:35 | More by warnerry
Photo of klikger


3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Medium dark amber; no head or lacing to speak of

S - Not too much smell for me...a little orange and some malt

T - Wheat bread, green grapes, and a decent amount of heat for a 7% brew. Very grainy & malty, but not sweet. The hops balance the malts to a certain extent, but, sorry to say, they don't come within miles of living up to the name of the beer. This needs to be far more bitter if you're going to call it that. Seriously.

M - Medium thickness and slightly chewy for an IPA. If I were fonder of what I was chewing, this could be a good thing.

D - It wouldn't be difficult to drink two or three due to any specific taste component -- the taste in general keeps me from wanting another.

Not that this was particular hyped up for me, but I'm disappointed. Terrapin makes some good beer, but this isn't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:09:44 | More by klikger
Photo of Durge


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found at World of Beers in Altamonte Springs, FL this IPA has a yellow amber color, clear and fairly quiet, with a very solid white head that sticks and leaves a hearty skin behind. The aroma has very light citrus, lemon wheat, not much else. Okay. The flavor follows with a bit stronger citrus hop and a bright malt biscuit backbone. I taste what seems like alcohol, which at 7.2 percent, it probably is. This edge seems to mask the hop qualities in my opinion and steels the IPA value I was looking for. Really makes it ordinary to me. This is medium-light bodied with a busy, small bubble carbonation that delivers a crisp feel. It ultimately turns entirely harsh and grassy to me and is more regrettable than memorable, but it’s not awful. Disappointing though. I don't think I had any problems with it in a bottle, but this one on tap has some issues.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 03:42:29 | More by Durge
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South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, well within the suggested serving date.

A: Orange with a golden tone and red hue. Not much of a head, if there was it settled rather quickly, but the lacing on the glass was there.

S: Honestly I cant say much for the smell. For being an American IPA I expected more aroma. Maybe it was my dinner that night. The aroma I got mostly was pine, and raisins.

T: The hop presence was there but I thought this rather one dimensional. I like a bitter front with a strong balancing malt backbone finish. The hopsecutioner just didnt have that for me.

M: I'd say not quite medium bodied but rather moderate, I did like the creaminess associated with this IPA.

O: Maybe I thought the label was misleading a bit.. Hopesecutioner to me means hops galore, I kept taking sips to find what I was looking for and I never found it. My highest rating on this was appearance, I'd much rather have a higher rating on taste and smell. With that said its not a bad beer just not what I thought it was going to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 12:12:33 | More by dlcoblen


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 14:27:02 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Ellis_the_Executive


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 6oz tasting glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber-orange color. Head is off-white and retentive, yet thin.

S: I honestly didn't get much aroma off of this beer. The nose is muted and faint. Very slight hints of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit/citrus resins.

T: Slight citrus hint, faint pine notes, mild malt body, quite sweet on the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, this beer drinks very well for 7.3%

M: mild bodied, leaves a lingering pine/citrus note on the finish.

O: I honestly didn't care for this beer. I found it a very "average" IPA at best. I had always wanted to try this beer and had a friend stop in Georgia to grab it for me. The only saving grace is that it is VERY drinkable for it's ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:05:41 | More by Ellis_the_Executive
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams glass and a light, bubbly, off white head developed with little lacing and mild retention. Appearance was a hazy with a light amber to orange color. Had a nice citrus and flower aroma with nice hoppy notes. Had a very mild taste with cutrus and flower notes and a bitter hop finish, some slight caramel notes. Watery mouthfeel and a dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:14:38 | More by Huffs
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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 AgentMunky


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The label is great -- a hooded terrapin with a chopping axe and an amusing blurb. Hazy copper-brown with light bubbles. It pours viscously, like oil. No head; sparse lacing.

S: An understated, mild scent of hop oil.

T: Frankly disappointing. Lots and lots of hops don't have much punch. Furthermore, the taste is muddled with a strong citrus flavour. The hoppy oiliness is welcome, but the tartness not so much. The aftertaste is smooth and surprisingly good, with a pleasant (not overstated) hoppiness.

M: Carbonation complements the flavour of the beer. Oiliness sweeps the tongue without clinging to it.

D: Watery-smooth and good enough. As hoppy beers go, you can do better. As beers go, you can do much worse.]

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:30:31 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of aepb1


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Darker golden yellow/orange with a small white head

S- Piney and citrus hops, no suprise

T- Clean, not a lot of hop bite ... mild

M- Light body on the higher end of carbonation

D- Decent IPA with nothing offensive so it's quite easy to drink and revisit

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 16:05:17 | More by aepb1
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy deep orange with a two fingered cream head that slides down the glass slowly leaving behind some mild lacing. 

Aroma has hop oil presence, and some extra sweet malt. Really heavy presence of apple juice. 

Tastes like a slightly bitter caramel apple. Spicy. Not really a lot of complexity here and this ranks low on my list of IPAs. 

Mouthfeel is pretty light but the beer isn't that easy to drink. Really sweet malt without a lot of balance from the hops presence. Overall, I think a pretty weak IPA and one that I would not pursue again. 

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:43:51 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of corby112


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark peach/golden amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin half finger off white head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing.

Crisp hop aroma with hints if pine and subtle citrus and tropical fruit balanced by a strong caramel and biscuit malt presence.

Slightly chewy medium body that is pretty hop forward with a decent amour of piny dry bitterness. The citrus and tropical notes from the aroma are very faint wint hints of pineapple, orange peel and mango. The hoppiness is cut mid palate by a very prominent malt backbone with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. The malt character is a bit too strong for my liking but it's still decent and pretty quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 00:15:49 | More by corby112
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, best by fourth week of December

Pours a light brown color with a half inch head that fades fast and leaves some lacing.

Aromas consist of citrus, pine, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and malt.

The tasting experience is not as exciting as the aroma would lead you to believe. Flat malt flavors that give way to a standard level of bitterness in the middle/finish. Watery feel and very little carbonation add to the lackluster drinking experience.

In a craft market that is choked with IPAs, I don't see myself reaching for this one ever again. There's better ones out there. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:55:36 | More by pvsob
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a deep golden and is opaque. OK head (1/2") and OK lacing.

Smell 3.5: Nice nose on this brew. Deep, delicious mix of barley and hops with a piquant front bouquet of very alkaline hops.

Taste 3.00: Front is smooth, with a big hit of light sweetness. Middle is where the barley and hops hit you and it is a pleasing balance. Finish is where the wheels start to come off, as there is far too much sweetness present here and then the big problem raises its ugly head in the aftertaste: metal. Yes, the tail-end of the finish and the majority of the aftertaste has a very unpleasant metallic tang. Is this how lead tastes? Dear lord, I hope not.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Standard level of carbonation which is a good accompaniment for this style.

Overall 3.25: Good IPA, but it falls short of being anything special. There are several levels on which it is exceptional, but the problem present in the taste (i.e. the metallic taste) takes away from its overall enjoyment. There are so many IPAs out there, that this one really falls short and is just slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 05:40:15 | More by BeerDocT
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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for the beer :)

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light amber... almost peachy. Decent sized head on the pour with only a little retention but decent lacing.

S: Smells more like English style hops... grassy, floral. Malts come in to balance things a bit too much.

T/M: Bitterness is on the lower side for an IPA, almost APA. Hops, again, are more floral and grassy than citrusy and piney. Malts, again, come in too strong and wipe pretty much all of the bitterness. Lightly cereal with a bit of light caramel. Body is medium with good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but boring for an IPA and over 7% hurts drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 06:09:13 | More by pwoods
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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-amber in color with a half-inch thick, creamy head. There was a biscuity malty aroma with some hints of honey and grassy hoppiness.

Taste & Feel: It had a light medium body, and the mouthfeel was somewhat crisp. I’m not sure if the crispness was due to carbonation or the hops. There a decent honey and biscuity malt flavor in the middle, followed by a slightly citrusy and grassy hop flavor. However, the hop flavor isn’t too big.

Food Pairing: The honey and biscuity malt flavors made me crave something baked, like a pot pie, or an open faced turkey sandwich. The hop flavor would also make a good flavor addition to an otherwise, somewhat bland, bread or turkey meal.

Overall Impression: With a name like this one, I was expecting an over-the-top hop flavor. What I got was a fairly balanced IPA, that was pretty drinkable. Overall, it was crisp and went down easily – good for a hot day like we had today. If I hadn’t been expecting a big hop flavor, I probably would have enjoyed this more for what it is – a pretty good, balanced, IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:17:40 | More by kkoz
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3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a flute type glass.

The appearance of this beer looks good and is a pretty standard color for an A-IPA. I poured this beer rather hard and vigorous to generate a nice and rich white head that lingered for quite a while and let nice lacing while receding. The color of the brew is a nice dark orange/light amber color. The aroma is way sweeter and maltier than most A-IPA's I have had or reviewed. It smells very sweet and somewhat like honey, not really what I was expecting, but it doesn't smell bad. The hops are hard to pick up in the aroma. The flavor delivers a very balanced brew, but the aftertaste is a little metallic and iron-like. The initial flavor is very light and rather sweet. There is just enough hops in this beer to balance it, but I don't find much of a bitter, citrus, or floral/herbal flavor in this brew. The hops seem to only balance the malt and not really pop as a flavor of their own as they should in an A-IPA. The MF is rather standard and a medium bodied brew that is easy to drink.

This is a good beer, but not what I would expect for an A-IPA. I think that it needs some more hop presence in its flavor profile. Otherwise appearance and MF are spot on.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 14:37:06 | More by jifigz
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, best by 5/11, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of fine off-white foam; decent retention and nice lace. Attractive, but unspectacular.

S: Assertive, if somewhat muddled, hoppiness: grass, grapefruit, and resinous pine. There's a touch of caramel malt, but it stays entirely in the background. Good, not great.

T: Maltier than the nose, with some toasty caramel malt starting things off, backed up by decidedly herbal hops. Big bitterness and light booze on the finish. A little rough, and really not all that tasty.

M: Substantial medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Pleasant.

D: The ABV is on the high end of the scale for single IPAs, and it definitely shows.

Notes: I really enjoyed Hop Karma, and I was looking forward to seeing what Terrapin would do with a pure, unadulterated IPA. While not a bad beer by any means, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future - there are just too many great IPAs out there to spend much time on the mediocre ones.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:32:43 | More by woosterbill
Photo of KEL

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clear Amber color in appearance with minimal head and carbonation.

When you smell this beer it is clear that there is definitly more malt than hops, very sweet caramel aroma. I didn't pick up on any hops by smell alone.

The taste is very malty with a light bitterness at the finish. Although the beer is good tasting I think the name is misleading.

Medium bodied and a bit on the chewy side. I thought it fell a little flat.

Overall I think it is a decent beer but not true to the style it is said to represent. If you like your beer on the maltier side you could probably drink a few of these despite the alchohol content.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:09:20 | More by KEL
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint. Best by date of 1/2012.

Poured that hazy orange that is stereotypical for any IPA. About a 3/4" head that faded to a light ring in a only a minute or two. Almost no lacing to speak of, just a few random spots here and there.

Smell is good. Very deceiving of the taste to come. Citrus and hops are heavy in the aroma. Orange zest and lemon peel. With a name like Hopsecutioner and a smell like this, I expected this beer to knock my socks off with hops and citrus.

Alas, it was not the case. Very malty and little citrus taste to speak of. Like they got halfway into brewing this beer and forgot that it was an IPA. Bready malt and a lot of bitter on the back side. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel was about right. Light and crisp like any beer of this style should be. Nothing out of the ordinary. Well carbonated.

Overall this is a beer that I might recommend to someone that is new to IPAs. Not my cup of tea, but certainly not a bad beer. I won't seek this one out again, but if you want to buy me one, I definitely wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 09:17:31 | More by haywire77
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Terrapin pint.

A - A pale light orange with a big white head. Retention is fair and lacing is above average.

S - Sweet malts, some soft grapes and a bit of booze. Too subtle in my opinion, could be more robust.

T - Sweet and almost empty malts. Some citrus and warm booze is the primary taste here. A bit of hop bitterness i present with a dry finish. I simply feel bigger malts would make this a bitter beer.

M - Light bodied, which really hurts this brew. Carbonation is a light crisp but needs more.'

O - Tastes better than its components but nothing near most IPAs I enjoy on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 08:19:04 | More by mscudder
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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
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3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a slight frothy head which gives way to little or no lacing. The aroma is of piney hops with hints of citrus hops as well. The taste has a piney hop backbone with hints of citrus hop bite at the end. It is hard to get a malt taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is an easy drink nothing to make you dislike the beer. Its a solid IPA not the best not the worst, the hop bite is more subtle than some and a little smoother of a drink that most in class.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 16:48:56 | More by goblue3509
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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