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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 173 | FT: 6
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of alf212


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

Definitely didn't get hopsecutioned.

A Light n clear amber body. Not much head but the lacings aright

S not too bitter actually. Surprising maltyness pops up

T ehhh really not that big a fan. Hops are present the entire time but it's not big at all. The finish leaves a lot to be desired. Didn't live up to it's name. It also has more alcohol coming thru than it shud with only 7%.

D Kinda watery honestly and that alcohol too. Overall not a big fan but hey better than a lot of other stuff. Just doesn't have anything special going on

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:05:01 | More by alf212
Photo of Duff27


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

A- Thick inch off white head into a tulip glass. Beer is an orange hue. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Citrus notes.

T- Hops aren't so hard hitting in this one and match up nicely to the malt...well balanced. Faint citrus. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel though creamy.

D/O- Can an IPA be easy drinking at 7.3%abv? If so, put this one in that category. Nothing stands out flavor-wise but solid none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:24:56 | More by Duff27
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:21:08 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

A: Pours a nice orange/red color with a nice 1 finger foam head that has decent retention. Ample lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus and pine hops, with a twinge of alcohol.

T: The hops are sufficient, but not overwhelming. There is a good balance of malt on the back end, mostly bready malt tasting.

M: A dry medium body beer. Leaves the palate nice and try.

D: This beer is easy to drink as the ABV is not real noticeable. A worthy option!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 11:26:26 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of steve8robin


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip to Georgia. Let's give this brew a go. 12oz bottle...

A: A light brown color with some hints of red hues with a small white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Mmm, some nice citrus sweetness upfront blended with some grapefruit. Some sugary bubble gum scents in the middle with plenty earthiness on the backend. Doesn't smell like there will be a big hop bite in this one. Good.

T: That's the hopsecutioner? The name is decieving. Don't get me wrong, while I definitely enjoy the frequent hop bomb, I also enjoy the malt bombs too. This one seems way to tame to be called "Hopsecutioner". A light bitterness upfront blended with some soft citrus sweetness and grapefruit. Not much else going on here. Ok.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation here. Very good.

D: This one goes down a lot earier than you expect for a supposed hop palate ruiner. Good.

All in all, this brew seems to me like the Sam Adams of hoppy beers. It's very, VERY tame for an IPA. If you are looking for this type of solution to an average IPA, then definitely give this one a try. For the hoppy, super dry IPA lover, don't even bother. This will severely disappoint you. Terrapin disappoints again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:31:08 | More by steve8robin
Photo of armock

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus and piney hops

T - Like the nose citrus and pine hops but not as strong in the flavor

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - This beer looks and smell great but then sip into the realm of just being average good but not good enough to make me want to buy again

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:19:57 | More by armock
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 kirok1999


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

Pours a burnt gold with just a bit of head and a slight haze. Smells mild, a slight bitter hop note, some citrus and pine. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt but a bit subdued. A lingering slightly dry and bitter finish is the best part. A nice beer overall, just slightly lacking in enough power to live up to the name.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:42:47 | More by kirok1999
Photo of inlimbo77


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

12oz bottle poured into Deschutes snifter glass. Best if enjoyed by 2nd week of May. Hoping it's 2012.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange color with a half finger of white head. Sme lacing sheets. Not much carbonation bubbles.

S: I get lots of fruit on the nose. Mostly peach and mango, but there is some malts behind it. It's not a hop bomb. Seems balanced. Some pine too.

T: I get a nice pine bite on the tip of the tongue. But the maltiness is present in the center of the taste. Not bad, but I was expecting more fruity notes. Crisp close.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:37:09 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of AmitC

New York

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

An under-performing IPA.

Bought a six pack and now i will have to drink the other five. Not that i can't but it is not a pleasure to drink this. Very run of the mill stuff.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Less than half finger thick head that fades very fast. No head retention. Decent lacing. Some bubbles. Color is Orangish amber and with a lot of haze.

Note 2nd Bottle: Poured more roughly, has one finger thick head. Looks much better. Some retention.

One of the worst noses that i have had in a while. Not that it is bad, but it is non-existent. Have to dig in deep to get anything to enter. Bready crumby sweet malts. Some earthiness, very slight floral and orange peel. More sweet than expected.

Taste is nothing great as well. Does just fine in that hops are felt for a while and only for a while. Apparent dry hopping but one that is done with very faint hops - low on alpha and beta both - that fail to provide either a good nose or good bitterness. More balanced and malt based than what i like. No bitterness. Sweet dry finish. Malty dry hopped after taste.

Mouth feel :Medium feel. Moderate to slightly higher on carbonation. Drinks with ease but is not exciting at all.

May be i am drinking this one too late or very fresh as it has enjoy by date of 2nd week of March. Since it does not mention year it could be either 2012 in which case i am late to the party. In the case of 2013, which is more likely since i picked it from a store in Atlanta, GA, this is an average IPA at its best. Very misleading packaging.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:37:55 | More by AmitC
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours medium golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready smell mixed with a good deal of a sweeter orange citrus as well as a good deal of grapefruit hop. Along with the grapefruit hops come some other hop smells of a pine and slightly grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins big bready flavor mixed with a good deal of a tropical fruit sweetness of tangerine and pineapple. Some lighter grapefruit hop flavors are present upfront with them growing stronger as the taste advances. Along with the grapefruit increasing a bit as the flavor advances to the end, some pine and a bit of floral hop come to the tongue. A little bit of a caramel sweetness also develops in the taste as it advances from the beginning to the end and combines with all the rest of the flavors to leave a rather malty and more moderately hopped IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and lower body are very nice for the bready and more “lightly” hopped flavors for this IPA really making for a rather easy drinking and malty IPA.

Overall – Not a hop powerhouse for an IPA but rather easy drinking and fairly balanced overall. Even so the flavors are quite nice and produce a rather easy drinking and enjoyable brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 01:14:22 | More by Darkmagus82
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
Photo of jmhart


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

A- Pours bright amber in color with a slight haze. Has a moderate head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S- Citrus hops hit first with some earthy notes underneath. There are some hints of other fruits like peaches and apricots. Smell is a nice balance of bitter and sweet notes.

T- Full flavored hops, well rounded, with hints of grapefruit and some tropical fruits. After the initial sweet hop flavors, some bitter notes express themselves that cut through the sweetness and make way for malt to express itself. Very Very balanced flavors. The flavors are nice and balanced, but not as expressive as I would have liked.

M: Medium bodied with a nice chewiness, leaves an oily coating. Moderately carbonated, but with little to no bite.

D: Easy drinking...if you like hops. I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again to get my hops fix.

Overall, this is a good beer. I've had better American IPAs, but it tastes good and I like to buy local, so I'll buy it again. The flavors weren't as expressive as I would have preferred

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 15:54:59 | More by jmhart
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best enjoyed by Week 4 of June.

Appearance: Deep orange body, sort of clear with huge, frothy head (3 fingers easy) that sticks around for a while and leaves it's trace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Orange, tangerine, damp hops with grassy overtones. Not bitter at all but rather has a fruit-like sweetness.

Taste: Well, bitterness is present. Big grapefruit taste with some tangerine tucked away in there. Hops have faded a bit but it's still good. Has an overripe taste a little with a certain dryness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with average carbonation but something about it doesn't make it entirely comfortable though it's not unpleasant. Quite astringent in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinkable and ABV not immediately perceptible. I would have it again though maybe a little fresher.

Overall: A good IPA with some strong points (aroma & looks mostly) and a taste that keeps me engaged. I'd pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:23:32 | More by papat444
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, poured into a tulip. BBD 4th week of November.

Appears a moderately hazy copper brown, with a couple fingers of head, excellent lace and relatively thin retention. Aroma is overwhelmingly dominated by grapefruit, with pineapple, lemon zest and a bit of pine playing a part. All of this is held together by the typical toffee malt. Taste here is relatively underwhelming, quick blast of the citrus from the hops and some bitterness lingering, but on the whole doesn't really impress. Would've liked to see the malt play a more important role in this. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery, but still remains fairly drinkable given the alcohol content. A let down in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 04:01:14 | More by liamt07
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, new review of a fresh growler.

A: Clear deep orange/amber color with a noticeable red tint in the growler. Small off-white head with light to moderate lacing.

S: Mild pine, heavy citrus, and mild spice aroma.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Slightly rough up-front and fades to a heavy oily tongue feel that finishes very dry. Piney bitter hops hit up front with some citrus and floral tastes.

Definitely better than the bottle I reviewed way back when, but I have found that the IPA's are always better FRESH! It is fairly well-balanced with malts and hops in the fresh state, but still the flavor isn't anything special.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2010 19:25:22 | More by cdizinno
Photo of GilmooDaddy


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a darkened amber orange in color with a non existent head. Small bubbles of carbonation percolate the surface.

(Smell): A very powerful and citrusy aroma reminiscent of sweetened tangerines and oranges. Definitely floral with a hint of grapefruit as well. A little bit of hops can be recognized too.

(Taste): Parallel to the smell, the Hopsecutioner IPA starts off with an abundance of grapefruit/tangerine flavors that follows up with a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

(Mouthfeel): Slight amount of carbonation bubbles on the tongue with a medium body that goes down relatively smooth.

(Drinkability): This IPA is decent, but not amazing. The grapefruit flavor throws it off a bit me for me, but that said, it is completely drinkable and I wouldn't argue if someone placed a glass of it in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:27:25 | More by GilmooDaddy
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Dsho in a trade, best before June 2012, poured into a cheater pint.

Slightly darker than straw gold, foamy white head with excellent retention. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Nose is pine and light citrus. Taste has nice bitterness, citrus, and faint caramel. Improves with warmth. Medium bodied, finishes dry. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:48:18 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of oelergud


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy copper golden body topped with an off white multibubbled head with good retention and lace.
Delicious flowery hop scent laced with a fruity sweet note.
The taste is a hoppy flowery experience. Mild aftertaste with some butter and vegetable.
Medium full body, some coating.
Good drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:14:19 | More by oelergud
Photo of macrosmatic


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Gold color, slight haze. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation leads to half a finger of head head that dissipates fairly quickly. This beer looks dead inside.

S: Overall seems a little muted in this department. Citrus & floral hops primarily. There is some malt/roasty aroma in the background to me.

T: The citrus hop flavor dominates upfront, but it is more of orange/grapefruit rinds than the fruit itself. There is indeed some maltiness in here. Piney and bitter flavors take over at the end as the dryness sets in, but not in a bad way.

M: Much better than I expected. Mouthfeel has *way* more carbonation than the appearance would suggest, to be sure. As it dissipates the texture is almost creamy. Bitterness doesn't last too long.

O: This is a good beer, and one that I will likely pick up again. But there's nothing particularly exceptional here.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:53:45 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear caramel color with thin tannish head that fades to wisps on the surface of the brew. Smells of caramel malt, some sweet syrupyness, a bit of herbal and citrus hoppiness. Not bad, just not too robust. Taste follows suit almost completely, with some biscuity malts, some nice piney notes, a bit of bitterness--overall not bad. MF is light-ish, though appropriate for the style. Drinkable, a good go-to IPA if it were cheaper... wish it were more of a "Hopsecutioner," though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 05:24:18 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up via the single bottle in Totowa a few weeks back. Terrapin is still new to this neck of the woods and although the IPA is a pretty common style, I still wanted to give it a try. It wasn't the best of its kind that I've had, but this was a decent beer and good for the warmer weather that's descended upon this area...

The pour to this was alright - a bit of head over a light almond hue. The hops aren't as strong as I thought but they have a dry feel to them up front with an earthy and slightly metallic mouthfeel in the back. This isn't a heavy beer in terms of taste of volume and this was pretty easy to down for an IPA.

That being said, I was quite surprised to see how much alcohol was in this when I signed onto here. This felt like a session beer but now I know better - I could easily down a few in a sitting since this isn't terribly complex. This is an alright brew all around but with so many IPA's out there, this is only worth a try if you've never had it before.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:45:51 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of tomfneph


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap in Atlanta. It pours a one finger lacy head and a beautiful orange color. Nose is citrus forward with a nice fresh bread undertone. Initial taste is grapefruit with a surprisingly mild hop burn on the backside. It certainly does not "execute" your taste buds. The mouthfeel and overall taste is thin compared to west coast IPA's like Pliny Elder or Lagunitas Maximus, which I believe it is trying to emulate. Overall, it is a good effort and if you like the style it's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2014 20:27:39 | More by tomfneph
Photo of Vonerichs


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body was a pale orange with a nice fluffy two finger head.

Citrus hops resembling tangerines, a light toasty scent, and a caramel malt to round it out.

The taste was a letdown compared to the scent. It was overly bitter but more in a texture way vs a flavorful way, which restricted the citrus hops from coming through. It had a soapy taste.

The mouthfeel was chalky and heavily carbonated.

A decent IPA that started out strong, but the more I drank it the less impressed I became.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 22:04:14 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden color with an orangish hue. Nice tight white head with some large carbonation bubbles that leaves a nice wall of lacing.

The aroma is quite sweet. Tropical fruit notes from the hops are combined with a toffee like sweetness from the malt. Some apricot fruitiness. Not a big fan of this hop profile, which unfortunately you see in many DIPAs.

The malt is bready with honey notes and a bit of toffee. The hops are banging the tropical fruit flavor. Big pineapple and ripe mango. Strong apricot flavor as well. Quite sweet. A bit of a resiny bitterness in the finish.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. There is a nice carbonation edge to it which breaks up the heavy malt body and makes the beer quite drinkable. Mainly sweet on the palate but does have a bitter finish.

A well made DIPA but just not my cup of tea. Too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 19:08:42 | More by Gmann
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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