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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 79
Gots: 282 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 moefugger1988
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

moefugger1988, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serria Nevada Hopsecutioner 7.3% alcohol poured from 12.oz bottle to snifter.

A- Pours a copper colored fluid that produces a small off white head that falls to a froth and leaves mild lacing behind.

S- Smell is mostly floral hops with a light roasted malt background.

T-M- Taste is of lightly bitter hops with undertones of sweet caramel malts followed by a smooth hop tingle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good with nothing more than smooth flavor rolling over the buds.

Overall this is a good beer to go all night with and enjoy all its charactoristics in mass quantities.

wesbrownyeah, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweet floral hop aroma. Copper penny color. Fantastic clarity and effervescent carbonation. More of a pine like hop aroma on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel considering the level of hop intensity. Good balance of piney hops and malt backbone on the palate. This is a well balanced beer.

Franziskaner, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of jacobseyb
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fox and Hound in Birmingham. Copper colored with two finger white head. Laced well. Smell is rather faint for hops some aroma, not much. Taste has definite citrus hops and bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation and pretty smooth. Definite oiliness. Overall pretty good, but not overwhelming.

jacobseyb, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy off-white head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Potent hop aroma dominates, I can smell it across the table! Mostly grapefruit and pine resin hops with some orange peel and caramel malts.
T - Loads of grapefruit and pine resin hops with more (very) sweet caramel malt. There's a bit of a toasted quality in there, which is nice. Bitter finish lingers for quite some time.
M - Smooth and creamy with a sticky medium body.
D - Pretty drinkable, but the sweetness get a bit cloying after a while.

jsanford, Nov 05, 2010
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.

tattooedtolley, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orange with a slight amount of haze and a big bushy white head with long lasting lacing.

Sweet malty notes as well as a nice citrusy hop smack. There is also a slight astringency.

The taste isn't quite as hoppy as I'd thought from the big nose full of American hops. The bitterness is nonetheless very pleasant. Citrusy notes, sweet malts, and a grainy texture round out this solid brew. The beer is medium bodied with a slick an grainy mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good. A pretty decent IPA.

MrHassellYaHurd, May 31, 2011
Photo of mcgwire756
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Stirling Hotel.

Poured a golden color with a small head and lots of lacing. It smelled of piney hops but was not very distinct. Taste was sweet and then the wallop of hops that I expected. A very good taste, that lasts, but nothing much different from other good IPA's. I could drink at least 2 of these, but with the strong hop aftertaste, that would probably be it. Definitely a solid IPA.

mcgwire756, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Alkey
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden color with two finger foam head, lots of lace. Aroma had some fruit and floral hops. Taste started out slightly sweet and malty with a creamy feel then turned a bit dry with a floral bitterness that stuck around turning a bit sticky. Overall I liked it but it seemed to lack flavor up front and by the time the bitterness hits you its dry sticky and to late.

Alkey, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of beerdown77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden orange with a nice 1 1/2 fingers of head. The smell is rich with malt and citrus hops. The taste is malty, crisp and hoppy at first. There is a little bit of bitter booziness that follows. The alcohol taste in this is a negative for me since it is only a 7.3%...i've had many other beers with ABVs in that range that aren't as obvious. It also has some cereal flavors that I don't love. I would call this a medium body, and not my favorite IPA.

beerdown77, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Orange in color with some reddish highlights. About a pinky's worth of head thats a tad off white in color and is thin.

Smells citrusy,white grapefruit and orange with a touch of some spice. Some malty breadiness.

Taste is very close to smell. Grapefruit and spicey pine and bread. Also a touch of some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation. The finish has a lot of citrus bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is about average. A decent IPA but nothing to blow your socks off. I could drink a few of these if i had them but i wouldn't search it out again.

BigMike, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of keanex
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled as best before Month 4, Week 2, no year. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Clear amber with almost no head, what little of a head there is is white. Light carbonation activity.

S: Sweet and citrusy. Oranges and light floral hops on the nose.

T: More bitter than the nose indicates, though rather balanced. There's a sweetness from the malts with a citrus grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of fizzy carbonation.

O: Good drinkablity here at a good price, I like this.

keanex, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of qthompso
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy copper. A one finger head of off white that dies down pretty quickly.

It smells pretty sweet from that big balt backbone. The hops are pretty citrusy on this one.

The taste is really surprisingly malty and the hops aren't nearly as citrusy as the nose. If I had to characterize them, I guess I'd say I get some lemon and orange characteristics. At 7.3%, this beer isn't hiding the alcohol as well as some other IPAs that I enjoy.

The mouthfeel is quite full. It's pretty creamy but is close to being too heavy, as it sticks around for a while making me smack my lips a bit to get rid of some of the alcohol.

For my first Terrapin, I'm not overly impressed. The beer has a good nose but it doesn't translate nearly as well to the taste as I was hoping. Makes me wonder if I need to go check the date on the bottle.

qthompso, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Absolutely and positively crystal clear bronze color about a 1-2 finger mildly off-white head after a very hard pour. The retention was serviceable.

S: Not much on the nose.... just a mild bit of orange, lemon, and yeasty malt.

T: Well, the hop bitterness was certainly there, with a tinge of pleasant sweetness. However, this one needed more pine-like quality to the overall taste profile. Pleasant enough....

M: Some carbonation prickliness and fruity sweetness. The bitterness was there in spades.

O: A good solid drinker, but for a brewery that has the reputation Terrapin has, this IPA needs to be tweaked a bit....

Chaney, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly hazy and appears a light orange hue. The white head stands in at around a half inch, leaving some decent lacing in its path. The aroma offers pine resin, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor brings a robust malt bill, as well as some piny hops, with subtle hints of citrus. Alcohol is a bit too present in both the aroma and flavor for my liking. Still, an enjoyable brew. The body is thicker than is customary for the style. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips. Overall, decent.

Huhzubendah, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange and crimson. Single finger head.

S: Cirtus, malt and hops but not very strong.

T: Very piney and bitter taste. Lots of hops. Citrus and caramel notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice east coast IPA example but the bitterness was too much for my taste.

kylehay2004, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 10/23/10. Good beer, but doesn’t really stand out in any way amongst IPAs. Aroma is kinda musty and a bit muted. Grapefruit rind, pineapples, grass, caramel, yeast. Taste is a little thin. The malt isn’t quite dry enough for a West Coast and not really round enough for a good maltier IPA. OK bitter bite in the finish. Appearance is a nice medium amber, transparent, with a creamy, off-white head. Overall, it was a bit of a letdown for me.

popery, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of busterwhite
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden orange with a 2 finger head. A good amount of lacing.

Smell a little citrus, orange or tangerine, with some floral notes and sweetness from the malt.

A little less hop forward than I was expecting. Some light citrus and pine, a little bitter. Pretty strong malt backbone to this one.

Medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

Not bad and easy to drink, I was expecting something with more of a hop punch based on the name.

busterwhite, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of gillagorilla
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Terrapin Pint

A: Poured with a nice head that stays for a bit but fizzles to a film with a large section of bubbles. The lacing is quite nice too. It is a slightly cloudy golden amber color.

S: Quite citrusy with a bit of pine intermingled. It is a pretty nice smell, but it kind of reminds me of a stout smell for some reason.

T: Not the best tasting out there. There is a mild citrus note that is overpowered by the pine in it. I remember it being more citrus-y on tap.

M: Pretty crisp all the way through but it is still quite mild.

O: I feel like there is either something wrong with these beers or with my palate today. I had this at a Terrapin event but it was just a sample. I remember it tasting better. Luckily, a friend gave this to me. Their Hopzilla is much better. Still not a bad IPA, but it is one of the lesser IPAs I have had.

gillagorilla, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass
Thanks to sommersb for the beer

A - It looks like a sunset with an orange center and golden highlights. It is hazy and has a couple inches of off-white head.

S - I notice it has an evident malt presence. I can tell by the aroma I will not appreciate this IPA. I has that overtly bitter smell that warns me of bitterness in the taste. I also get some citrus.

T - As expected this is a bitter bastard and not in the way that I like. There is some malt but not enough to balance it. It has the taste of a very bitter grapefruit.

M - Medium

O - I'm sure this is a great IPA for some, but this hops profile does not agree with my palate. I cannot eat a bitter grapefruit, and this beer reminds me of that experience.

buschbeer, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Terrapin Hopsecutioner is bland and insignificant.

There was a pop of citric aroma during the initial pour which was amber, with a less than finger-tall head. Little-to-no lace was left on the glass. The smell faded to metallic citrus rind and the flavor was slightly earthy but bland. There was no feel to speak of as it had a very clean finish.

Hopsecutioner failed to live up to its cute hop-centric name and the clever label claim that hopheads will rejoice and lose their hopheads. With that much hop-related self-promotion, this IPA should have shredded, but the flavor and feel were underwhelming.

MetalHopHead6, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Brick Store Pub.

Served in a nonic pint.

A - very good clarity. Reddish-copper color. Left a decent broken horseshoe of lace.

S - Very hoppy. Citrus orange and grapefruit with lots of fresh pine bough to boot.

T - Bitter pine, grapefruit pithiness. Nice malty balance. Quite strong bitterness which lingers long.

M - Mildly dry, medium bodied with nice enough carbonation.

O - Nice IPA but seemed really close to DIPA territory. There are much better examples though.

Spider889, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a nice off white sturdy two finger with frothy off white head.

S - fragrantly piney with some floral notes and citrusy hints. Slight honey?

T - on the front end the flavor is on the weak side. I take a gulp and wait a few moments for the flavor: a weak pine flavor, some honey, a subtle malty depth, a hoppy finish that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - medium and mild syrup feel. Light carbonation.

D - good, a gulper here.

AlFromBayShore, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner has a pale and hazy orange body with a few strands of lively carbonation bubbles. The head is an off-white and has OK retention, but it doesn't manage to leave any impressive lacing.

The aroma shows off bitter, citric hops along with a bunch of toasted malts.

Hopsecutioner opens up with a strong grapefruit flavor and a good, bitter hop bite. There are some notes of other citrus, namely a bit of orange, and there is also a fair amount of resin. After that comes quite a bit of sweet malts that balance the hops out a little bit too well. The malt tastes a little bit toasted also. The finish is a little hot. I actually thought this was a double IPA when I drank it, because the malt profile was so big and the finish was a bit boozy. Technically it isn't, but it is on the high side in terms of ABV% for an IPA.

Hopsecutioner has a good mouthfeel. It is full-bodied for the style, and boasts an almost creamy texture. The carbonation is still pretty lively though.

I liked Hopsecutioner, and the hop profile was pretty good, but the malt provides a little too much toasty sweetness for my liking. It's a little bit hot also, but not a bad beer overall.

Hojaminbag, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of salvo
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopsecutioner pours hazy straw into the tulip with a foaming inch of head that disappears with some oily residue in its wake. The hoppy aroma of the beer is really its strongest point: rich astringent grassy-to-citrus nose with a touch of rich malt that smells balanced.

Taste is medicinal bitterness that is somehow a little off from the nose, but not unpleasant. The finish is not very long or complex, but a nicely hopped ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the alcohol content and hop load.

I'm confused by the labels: the Terrapin is almost a Teenage Mutant Ninja, but dressed as executioner. The country-boy Terrapin of the Rye ale: marketing is a little off to me, but what do I know. I'm not from Georgia but just passing through Atlanta. Label reports the beer was brewed at Flying Dog.

salvo, Apr 09, 2011
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.