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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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714 Reviews
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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,981
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 105
Gots: 625 | 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: 714 | Hads: 2,981
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, chill-hazed, copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of resinous hops and tart grapefruit forward, with a tangy caramel backbone, and piney highlights. Great nose! Flavors are grapefruit and pineapple forward, with a tangy caramel and roasted backbone, peppery herbal notes, and piney resinous tones throughout. Smooth and balanced, on a light, smooth body. The aftertaste is tropical fruit, with a subtle bitter resin character. Smooth, resinous, slightly dry finish. Very tasty and very drinkable. (579 characters)

Photo of blordo1685
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

So close yet so far!

This IPA has the potential to be another Alpha King, but unfortunately misses the mark in a big way.

A- Beautiful dank hazy, orange. 1 finger tight dense, head- good retention.

S- Slight floral hops with grapefruit, very faint tropical aromas.

T- Not getting much. Sam Adams meets Sierra Nevada?

O- Once again, I really hope this was an off bottle, though it says I have 3 more months to enjoy. Nothing enjoyable or memorable about this one. 3 sips and down the drain. (496 characters)

Photo of eepound2
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer from Terrapin. Drink it often being from GA.

Off the bat, beer pours a pretty dark copper color with a decent foamy head. Smell is malty, with some citrus notes.

Taste is also malty with a nice hoppy blend. Pretty well balanced, nothing spectacular but solid taste and abv.

Drink this beer a lot and enjoy it a good bit. (336 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,579 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best enjoyed by 8/2014.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly tasty, but I was expecting more hop qualities based on the name. (637 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 8/14 at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma of hemlock
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a 2 mm layer
Lacing good, mostly covering the glass, predominantly small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor predominantly of mixed conifers, mostly hemlock. Starts slightly bitter with malt appearing at the end, slightly sweet. No alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very tasty IPA, easy to drink. A pleasant alternative to DIPAs. (510 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-Orange to light copper with a little cloudiness

Smell-faint apple citrus…some say resinous, but I didn't pick that up at first, once the beer stabilized at 45-50 degrees I got a little of the resin, but nothing overwhelming

taste-mellow to moderate hoppiness, I was having Indian food and thought this would pair well, which I think it did.

Mouthfeel- smooth, but quickly jumps then finishes with a mellow bitterness. Not overwhelming, but definitely IPA. Leaves a little sharpness as a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall- I think it is a good local IPA, but there are undoubtedly others that drive harder to the finish. You can have a couple of these alone or with food. I think it is a bit over marketed in the ATL area, but that also means you will probably be able to grab one on tap.

I try to be average on most IPAs because they are not my go to beer. I also don't have a really discriminating hop palate, so I try to stay even on most of these. (965 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a foamy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, fresh cut grass, earthy, dank hops, a touch of citrus, and slightly sweet caramel malt form the aroma. Herbal, tea-like scents emerge.

Flavor reveals much more tea initially, with grassy notes taking over mid palate, and caring into a lightly bitter, earthy finish. There's a hint of citrus, but it's muted.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Very different than your typical American ipa. Bitterness is subtle, which I prefer, and there's a lot of hop flavoring, but it definitely tends toward the herbal and earthy side.

Tried super fresh, and papaya and mango notes really came out. Still not overly bitter. Like the toffee notes to the malt. (796 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, some pine, faint floral notes and some sweet toasty/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, light grapefruit, some pine resins and sweet toasty/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. (569 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color. The head recedes too quickly and there needs to be more carbonation. The head laces nicely until you take a sip. Then the head is gone, and so too is the lacing. That sucks.

Smell: There's a slight plum-like hop smell, but it's weak.

Taste: There's a really nice mango/pine hop thing going, but not much more.

mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall: It will satisfy a hop jonesin' , and it's a better than average beer, but there's many better beers. (504 characters)

Photo of tomfneph
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of lewzer99
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: It pours a ruby gold with a one finger off white head.
S: Orange, some cinnamon and ciders notes
Taste: I get orange peel, bubble gummy malty sweetness, then a floral hoppiness, with a hint of booze at the end.
M: Slick, smooth and thin
O: smells ok, taste great (265 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner has a thin, white head, a brilliant, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and a bit of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of bread and an unusual, and hard-to-place citrus rind. Taste is also odd- sweet bread and an even peppery citrus aspect going on, here. The bitterness is there, but I'd never guess 71 IBU. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a bit slick, and Terrapin Hopsecutioner finishes mostly dry and fairly smooth. No alcohol is detected. Overall, I would recommend getting a hold of this oddity.

RJT (546 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, honey gold SRM 5-6. I am quite surprised to see small chunks of yeast floating inside an Anderson Valley can glass. The half-inch creamy head quickly drops, leaving a light coating of lace. I am no fan of floaters in an IPA.

Bread dough and slight hop aromas. Some cut straw and musk.

Modest bitterness is balanced by sweetness. Caramel, nuts and faint kiwi are noticed up front. Grapefruit comes out in the middle through finish. The finish is moderately long and yeasty. Orange flavors come out with warmth.

This is a medium-to-full-bodied beer with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation.

Terrapin has not quite delivered on “Hopsecutioner”. Getting beyond the name, however, it is a relaxing beer. Perhaps my bottle is older, however, it’s difficult to say since the best by chart was blank. (815 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour a bottle into our Hop City pint glasses and it glows the color of sunset at dusk. It holds a two finger head of yellowed foam comprised of big soapy bubbles, showing superb retention. Chunky patterned lacing is left around the glasses. The chill haze clears quickly to reveal no sediment. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is a malt bomb of thickly toasted pale and caramel grain, honey and maple syrup sugars, wheat cracker grit, grassy and herbal hops, soft fusel booziness, planted wet seed and resinous weediness, dry dog food bite, and mineral water. A soft citric hop begins to seep with warmth, but at no point rises to the challenge of the balance. Our first impression is that, as with the nose, the taste is heavily malt forward, but is much more savory than expected, with biscuity butters and juicy, yet bittering, hops. The taste begins with soapy and lemony citric hops, pale, amber, and lightly caramel grain depth, apricot and mango fruitiness, orange rind zest, hints of fruity esters, and light booziness. The middle comes to a peak with more of an adjuncty grain wash, with sweetness of white grape juice sugars, continued citric peel oiliness, green grassy resins, earthen mulch dirtiness, mineral and musk, sweet caramel maltiness, and candy corn. The end washes through with bittered and dried grassiness of hops, faint caramel grain, more toasty pales, burnt buttery crispness, aromatic fruity esters, enhanced black pepper fusel booziness, bronze, and dried oregano. The aftertaste breathes of newspaper, envelope adhesive, black pepper, ethanol, confectioner’s sugar, green grassiness, spicy pale malts, salted cured meatiness, green plantains, wet bark, sweet bubblegum esters, melty vinyl, and magic marker phenols. The body is on the fuller side of medium, while carbonation is bubbly and prickly, but still solidly medium. Big froth, smack, and slurp accompany the sip, but it feels thin on top at times, with creaminess falling to the wayside. The mouth is left coated and oily, but this eventually dried in a gently puckering astringency that will put you to bed. The abv is up there for a “single” IPA, and drinkability is just okay.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its appearance. The head is a nicely aesthetic cap, and retains wonderfully to the last drop, helping to keep up the air of an open invitation. The flavoring, although sweet, relatively clean, and heavily malted, does raise questions for something labeled “Hopsecutioner”. Unless they meant that they were killing the hops here, then maybe it would be appropriate. Joking aside, the grain does go overboard in both the aromatic and gustatory departments, marginalizing and underplaying the hops. For a DIPA, in comparison, that huge grain bill with the dog food wash and grit would be much more appropriate, and somewhat expected from an American producer. Although this beer seems to sell itself on reputation alone, they might be better pressed, if they ever find the need for rebranding, to call this one double/imperial in the future to justify the recipe. That said, this is not a bad beer, but also not something you want to coddle all night. Our biggest complaint is that it lacks a certain inherent freshness of hoppiness to it, which again, might be expectationally altered with a rebranding. (3,341 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice color on this one. Decent hop profile, though could use more kick. Malt shows through more than I would expect, or prefer really. Pretty easy drinking though. Nothing really mind blowing in the end, to be honest. Decent enough, and certainly well made. (257 characters)

Photo of Clemtunes
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i find it hard to believe that the ratings are not higher on this beer...it stands up to Green Flash ,Sculpin and the like..too bad its not available he in MA,had to bring it back from GA... if you like stronger IPA's ..this is a must try....you will not be disappointed ... (274 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB second week of June, 2014.

Amber in colour with a smallish white head. Head fades fairly quickly.

Nose is not strong, but presents a mix of malt and citrus hops.

Fairly balanced, but obviously focused on hops. Citrus fruit and a touch of tropical as well. Hard to pick out particular fruits, but i get a mi of orange, grapefruit and mango. A strong malt backbone, with caramel flavours imparting some sweetness. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a good IPA. Very solid. (515 characters)

Photo of bareju
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

One of my favorite, go to IPAs. Creamy, medium carb and body, excellent citrus and floral notes. Sweet, balanced and tasty. Fairly big beer but really easy drinking. (165 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/14. Clear golden with a touch of amber pour. Nice head with lasting lacing. Very nice nose of citrus hops - grapefruit with a touch of lemon over a slight sweetness. Almost medium body with a mouthfeel that is almost slick. Low average carbonation level. The flavor profile is quite tasty and is hop flavor based, rather than bitterness oriented. It begins with citrus, mostly grapefruit, over a slight malt sweetness. It progresses to a nice low level burst of bitterness and grapefruit tartness. The finish is smooth over a bit of effervescence that is sweet, tart and has a lingering soft bitterness. Quite nice! (621 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Glowy amber orange with a foamy white head.

S: Grapefruit peel, fresh orange and tangerine in a delicious nose.

T: Grapefruit and orange, some pine. Not the tangerine for which I was hoping.

M: Medium bodied with average IPA carbonation.

O: Delicious. Underrated. Worth a try and recommended. (299 characters)

Photo of dlcoblen
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date on the bottle says best by second week in February 2014

A:Pours an opaque orange with some sediment floating around. Solid retention and minimal lacing.

S: Lots of malty carmel scents and some grapefruit hops.

T: Follows the nose.

M: A bit thinner then it should be, especially for a beer with 7.3 ABV, leaves a nice sweat citrus flavor on the palette however.

O: Its not bad, I think that if I had this a bit more fresh it would be better. (493 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pours a creamy off white head that quickly dissipates. The beer's color is a brownish orange instead of the usual amber variation. The beer is filtered and clear. The beer's smell is unusually malt forward with very little hops coming through. The malt's smell is caramel malt. The hops that do come out are an orange and floral smell but are covered by the heavy malt presence. The taste is very similar to the smell with a stronger caramel malt presence than the hops. After the beer warmed up a little bit, the hops emerge but barely. The hop taste becomes a grapefruit taste but is still dominated by the malts. The hops are not as strong as one would expect from an IPA. The beer is medium bodied but on the heavier side because of the malts. Also, very little carbonation. The IPA is okay but it is very unusual in that the malts have a much heavier presence than the hops. I probably won't pick this one up again because of the lack of hop flavor. Given the name, I expected more hops. (996 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best if enjoyed by 2nd week of December 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body. Thin off white head and a lot of sediment.

Smell: Heavy sweet caramel malt aroma. Honey and molasses. This is an IPA? Where are the hops??

Taste: Again, very malt forward with only a slight hop bitterness. I'm guessing this is past its prime based upon the best by date. It is a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, but little to no aftertaste beyond the bitterness.

Overall: Not terribly impressed, maybe need a fresher example. (572 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.