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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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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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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
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 LeftyEtc
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautifully clear light amber, small and thin white head.

S - Citrus as an undertone ruthlessly dominated by tons of crispy alpha filled hops.

T - Very lightly toasted malts, orange peel and a bitter sting of those glorious hops from beginning to end.

M - Much creamier then most great IPA's. Bitterness not of set, but opposed by a malt foundation that is defiantly noticeable. Nice carbonation supports this beers crisp finish. I enjoyed this beer at an ice cold serving temp, for me, perfect for a very serious IPA.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin's excellence in labeling continues; this time the grimly-grinning Terp is darkly-masked and about to get all Medieval and drop the guillotine on some hapless hoppage...

In my Duvel tulip, Hopsecutioner is brightly-clear and polished copper in color and sports a big two-finger thick milk-white head. The bubbles are fine and beady, standing tall in a slowly-melting tower that spatters ragged jags of Brussels-style lace onto the inner surfaces of the drinking vessel.

The aroma is pungently citrusy with a waft of vanilla caramels. A vague note of fruity alcohol adds a sharpening cleanliness to fragrances of lemon-lime, orange, and freshly-snipped pine.

The taste is pale-malty, mildly-sweet, and lightly caramel-coated with plenty of citrus-oil and leafy green flavors. Citrus-peel oil abounds with a sunny splash of rind-heavy Valencia juice, but the actual bitterness component is well-controlled and proportional to the malty backbone. The finish is quite dry and leaves a touch of bittering oil lingering on the palate.

The drink is crisp and medium in body with an excellent tingle of carbonation. An exceptionally easy drinker given the 7.3% ABV, Hopsecutioner is a fine 'first-ever' IPA from the Terp.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. Great residue to the glass

S - Woah hop galore. Citrus and more hops.

T - Very hop forward and doesn't hold back whatsoever. Despite my presumption of a citrus/grapefruit base I'm finding a little bit of pine. Kind of weird. Mostly great sticky hops though.

M - Sticky and goes down great. Goes well with pretzels. Medium carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. It strays a fine line between an IPA and a DIPA. Glad I picked up a six but could only do one for each sitting.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, pretty color. Could stand to have more head and lacing as far as the style goes but it's a perfectly clear copper color.
Scent is seductive. Bright, hoppy character, and whenst warmed, offers bright fruity flavors. Can't quite pin down specific fruit at the moment but it's in the realm of nectarines, peaches and apricots.
Flavors are well within that realm. Enjoyable hop type things going on with a depth that reminds me of smoke and/or rich, fermented fruits. Clean flavors.
Happy to have this about. Quality ingredients and brewing. This doesn't quite make my top ten list of IPAs but that's a highly competitive list. Tasty times.

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Photo of Cold
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, no haze, slightly pinkish tone while pouring (before bubbles came out)

S: Hops. Grassy, planty, resinous, slightly soapy. Light malt present

T: Incredible burst of piney, resinous hop right up front. Soon, citric, floral hop notes blend in, followed by the balance of honey & shortbread cookie malt.

A: Smooth, with slight bready malt taste nearly completely smothered by the lingering hop bitterness. Floral & piney flavors linger.

Overall: A no-nonsense IPA, with plenty of big, bold hop presence throughout. While not extremely complex, several different hop flavors combine with a subdued, but essential balancing light malt for a well-crafted, completely enjoyable beer. The 7.3% ABV is detectable, but the alcohol serves more as a flavor-blender than a flavor element unto itself.

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Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Big thanks to Calton for the trade for this!

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy thick orange amber color with a nice 2 finger creamy head with thick retention and lacing which fades to a think film which lasts throughout.

S - A huge nose of orange/grapefruit/tangerine citrus hops. Also in the hops mix are notes of piney resin.

T/M - The beer starts with a brief citrus sweetness similar to the aroma. Quickly the bitterness and hop character develops. The middle of the beer is a nice mix of bitterness, almost fruity sweetness, and a slight caramal malt character. The beer finishes slightly sweet with a hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - After 2 beers I can say this is very drinkable IPA.

Overall, it was a pleasure to try this beer as we don't get it locally. I liked the label and was pleasantly suprised by the beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-31-2011 02:12:47

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, dark orange body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decant lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with some pine. Caramel and toffee malt with significant sweet malt character.

T - Fruity hop flavor up front with notes of orange and pineapple. Some red apple notes in the middle with brown caramel and toasted malt. Finished with some pine and caramel as well as moderate bitterness. A little lingering fruit but otherwise pretty clean in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hops and a good malt character. The hop aroma is quite well developed, thought the hop character in the finish is a little bit weaker. My only real criticism is that the finish is a bit watery, there just isn't quite enough malt or bitterness to make the beer fell as substantial as I want it to be. Nevertheless, it is well balanced and drinkable with a great hop character. I've been hoping for an IPA form Terrapin for a while now and this one is quite good.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a nice looking amber with...no head whatsoever. Now THATS a huge disappointment. It either had no head at all, or vanished way too quick. Theres about a quarter of head in the middle of the glass...and no lacing. Yuck yuck yuck. Body looks real nice though

S- getting a lot of grapefruit and pine. Pretty much standard for an IPA, with a good bit more of the fruitiness that I'm used to. Big improvement on the look.

T- hops are very sweet and fruity to start, and finish nice and piney. Aside from the grapefruit, I can't really pinpoint much of the fruit...citrus. Orange maybe? Not sure. Tastes damn good though.

M- its got that nice thickness you'd like from an IPA. Not too syrupy at all. Very nice.

D- pretty drinkable. Not overwhelming. The alcohol sneaks up on you though..watch it

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Photo of nhindian
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with about 2-fingers of tan head. Nice retention as it leaves some soapy bubbles around and a foamy cap. The lacing is pretty good as well.

S - Although the hops do impart the traditional grapefruit and citrus aromas, the nose is also full of floral and spicy notes as well. Also, this has a strong malt backbone that lends it some caramel and toffee and even a hint of burnt brown sugar.

T - The taste follows the path the nose blazed, with a strong orange and pine flavor. This citrus starts early and lasts well into the finish. Complementing the hops are the bready malts, which are out in full force again. I feel they help the overall profile of the beer rather than hinder it, and that sugar note is here again.

M - Mouthfeel is medium- to heavy-bodied with zesty carbonation. Slick and oily full of hop resin, which leave a sticky feeling on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is high. As a self-proclaimed hop head and lover of West Coast-style IPAs, I typically prefer hop-bills that aren't as strong in my IPAs, but Terrapin really puts together something tasty here. Very drinkable for the ABV as well.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant honey color, cloudy, with a sizable off white head which seems to stick around.

I get a wallop of hops in the nose, citrusy, with a hint of sweet caramel malts. smells sweet and fresh.

Taste is a perfect blend of malt and hops, neither one over powers the other. There is some spiciness to it, I think I might also be getting some flavors of a banana, maybe mango. something tropical.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, I could easily have a few of these and be well on my way. love the ABV on this one, perfect for an IPA and Terrapin does a good job of masking it in the balance of the taste.
Great beer here.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/11/10

Best by the third week of October

Many thanks to scottyshades for throwing this in our trade

Robust, deep amber in color; teeming with the blood of hops. One finger of head dropped to an intermittent swaths of skimy foam & patches of bubbles. Good lacing thus far. Skim of retention throughout with minimal lace.

Piney hop aromas & dense, ripe citrus notes are surrounded with floral overtones. The citrus seems pithy in nature; zesty as well, though not overly spicy. Faintest inkling of solvent. Malts are solid without being overbearing. Notes of caramel & doughy bread.

Ah, this is a mighty tasty brew awash in hops & malt galore. Resiny pine bitterness is accented by lemon zest & orange notes. It isn't super bitter, leaving room for the hop flavor to be fully expressive. Toasty malt backdrop; assertive but well-seated. Decent bit of caramel that isn't too sweet.

Somewhere between medium & full body for the style. Reasonably low carbonation works well with the grittiness of the beer. Dry pine & toasted caramel residuals linger on the finish. Maybe a hint of alcohol heat, not much though.

I really like Hopsecutioner. At 7.3% abv, it's pretty easy to drink. That being said, it may be too balanced for some. Since it isn't too sweet & has a good bit of grit, it's the kind of balance I can work with. I reckon this would reckon this would really kill on tap.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an orange-reddish amber with minor head and left minimal lacing. Smells pretty malty at first, hops make their way into the nose with some grapefruit, pine and a bit o citrus. Tastes very balanced. Nice and chewy on the palate, some sharp and spicy pine blends in with a touch of sweetness from the malts, aftertaste mingles the grapefruit and citrusy characteristics nicely, while the moderate carbonation level leaves a nice tingling sensation on the tongue. Just a touch of hoppy bitterness with each sip, body is fairly hefty on this one, no sign of alcohol that I could notice, even with the 7% + abv. A darn good IPA from the folks at Terrapin, drinkability is up there for sure.

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Photo of zachary17
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean copper look with nice head. Bubbly, looks fresh.

spicy taste with good hops. not too overbearing or bitter. Tastes a bit piney. Smooth on the tongue. Refreshing aftertaste for an IPA.

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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 LtCracker20
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Jax in Florida.

A- Bright and clear golden body wit ha good 2-finger white head that stays for a while and leaves some very sticky lace.

S- Smell is big on piney hops at first followed by a nice mango/grapefruit citrus aroma. Some sweet breadiness comes through in the end.

T- Big bitter bite up front which almost deadens the palate, but the piney and citrusy hop flavors are able to show through no problem. Again, a little malt sweetness is there, but lightly.

MF- Nice full body, but crisp at the same time. Good amount of carbonation let the flavors coat the mouth and make it last.

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Beautiful amber/copper with a nice dense head that slowly falls.

Very pleasant floral aroma dominates with a slight citrus in the background.

Hops hit first, bitter citrus, but are balanced with a caramel sweetness. Very well balanced.

Having medium carbonation and body, along with having a wonderful balance between the bitterness of the hops and malt sweetness, make this beer very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in New Jersey which is new to the area so i'm assuming it's fresh.

Tangelo orange with some persimmon shades makes up the Hopsecutioner. Some red drops here and there and a hazy outlook, this liquid looks delish. Into the stella glass, a whirlpool of bubbles creates a thick slice of tannish suds with lines of lace.

An interesting fragrence while not overly bold. a bit of, actually a nice amount of pale and crystal malts breaking bread. Citrus fruits with pineapple and the like and a dash of pine. Getting some 3C action and a small amount of grass(the legal kind).

Im greeted with a knock on the palete from a few malt varieties creating a slick base of bread and backing sweetness. Some toasted malt as well and after that a greeting basket of pineapple up front and some oranges from the vine, grapefruit is not so much. A little bit of simcoe taste and a dry hop effect at the end.

The feel is slick and not very bitter if at all, the hops are juicy and somewhat floral. This is not executing my mouth like I would like. The malt seems to dominate. I get alot of grassiness in the aftertaste and a some pine on the tip of the tounge. Somewhat medium bodied with great carb, terrapin always seems to have the carb on lock.

I like this beer, it has a interesting taste and it's probably my favorite hoppy offering from Terrapin. Very drinkable, I'll take three please if in for the night. No alcohol taste although there is some perfume scent. I don't know why they named this Hopsecutioner though as it's not a kick your fucking ass IPA, maybe they should of stuck it on a double or something.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times now, and when fresh it's a very nice beer. I was particularly pleased with this version in a cask served at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous head. The aromas are a very nice combination of sweet malt, citrusy hops, earthiness, and some drying woodiness from the cask. The taste is similar, with a light citrus and paraffin profile to start and then some sweet malt and woodiness. A little thinner than I'd like for it to really shine- particularly with the oak notes, but overall it's very nice.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of the 'Hits' mixed package. Poured from the 12oz brown bottle chilled into my tulip pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ 2 1/2 fingers of light tan cream from a vigorous pour. The bead is pin -sized and the lace clings like a woodland camo pattern on the glass

S - A mix of pine and citrus notes w/ a subtle malt sweetness in the aroma. The smell has subtle fruity esters and gentle caramel odors w/ sour apple tinge and lemony note

M- A very bitter entry yet mildly spiced hop texture w/ moderate level of carbonation. The ale has a sweet middle and dry,yet bitter finish w/ a lightly tangy tinge

T - A slightly piney entry w/ mild citrus tanginess in the hops which is cradled by slight sweetness and a light caramel malt tinge. The flavor is mildly peppery w/ a bit of grapefruit bitterness and the malt seems gently toasted w/ light sweet effect. The flavr seems more bitter and dry w/ gentle fruitiness in the finish which has a mild tangy flavor.

D - An exceptional American IPA w/ very good drinkability IMO. A nice balance between hops a still sturdy w/ malt. The abv is not very apparent, I could quaff several of these repeatedly - Kudos Terrapin!

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent copper/gold with a fairly thin inch or so of head. Has more of a pale ale color and appearance.

S: Smell is malty with a big hit of grapefruit and floral hops.

T: Taste is full of grapefruit and citrusy/grassy hops. Malt nose doesn't come through on the palate. Grapefruit is the main flavor going on here, with some passion fruit/bitter orange flavors. Very nice and crisp tasting.

M: A bit thin and fizzy feeling, great amount of carbonation though. The hops and citrus notes seem to pop along with the bubbles.

D: Great drinkability, crisp and clean and refreshing. Very well made beer as usual from Terrapin.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass with a one finger white head, beer is a nice amber color with a slight orange tint.

S: Smell is very citrusy with a light sweet note.

T: Light caramel malt front with a large citrus and pine hop back

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, very dry finish.

O: A nice beer to pick up on the fly but not something I would personally go out of my way to seek out.

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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 tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden amber with a quarter inch of off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smell is floral and citrus specifically grapefruit. Taste is piney, citrusy, and floral with a nice balance of malt and hops. The bitterness is potent but well received. There is also a little alcohol ester that comes through in the finish, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

I love this IPA. It's probably one of my favorite (relatively) locally brewed IPAs.

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