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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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2,039 Ratings
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Ratings: 2039
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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:12:13 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I was not a huge fan of the bottled incarnation last year, this one is very nice; I don't know whether it is due to batch variation, or a result of it being better on-tap, but I like it a whole lot more. Firstly, it has a great nose; tropically fruity with dank notes of cannabis. Tangerine, mango and lychee are suggested with some very piney bitterness; the taste is more of the same but perhaps lesser in intensity. The malt is sugar-cookie like, the feel is medium-bodied and toothy with a clean finish. Overall, this is really quite good .

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 15:24:23 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of LtCracker20


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 23:07:30 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths on Park Rd. Charlotte
apperance golden orange, nice head, decent lacing
smell - pine, resin, some bread
taste - bitter, dry hops all through, no sweetness in this one
mouthfeel - a little thin, but to be expected with the taste upfront
Overall - good solid everyday offering from a very solid brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 01:20:19 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of Duffman929


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at fatheads in pittsburgh.

Light amber in color, pours with a reddish hue.

Smell is of citrus and hops.

Tastes of grapefruit, pine, and a balance of malt and caramel.

The feel is smooth and balanced, with a minor lingering of bitterness.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would happily have another.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 03:12:41 | More by Duffman929
Photo of justinjj1280


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight at Melton's App and Tap in Decatur, Georgia....

Pours orange or light copper with a nice head and a lacing that sticks to the glass for the duration of the beer.

The aroma was heavy on hops, but the flavor surprised me. There was quite a bit of malt sweetness to go with the hops. I felt it was quite well balanced.

In all honesty, I am not a "hop-head" at all. I didn't expect to like this much, but given that Terrapin is my favorite local brewery, I had to give it a try. This is the quintessential IPA for non hop-heads. Drinkable and delicious, I could have this one again and again.

May be a bit mild for those expecting something more bitter, but I have no complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 02:23:50 | More by justinjj1280
Photo of richkrull


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a half growler of this from awalk1227 in the Hotter than Hot BIF. Thanks a lot!

Poured a transparent copper color with a small white head on it. Lacing is ok but not great.

Smell is light and malty with some hops coming through but not a ton.

Taste is pretty balanced. This beer is more malty than I was expecting. It does have a bitter hop finish but not very strong.

Mouthfeel is relatively light. This is a pretty easy to drink beer.

I liked this beer but it's not one of my favorite IPAs. It could have used some more hops in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

05-22-2011 18:11:10 | More by richkrull
Photo of dstc


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Pours a burnt, copper color with an off-white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thin lacing.

Aroma is all hops. Quite floral and a bit piney.

Pleasant hop taste, not too overpowering and quite spicy. Herbal in the taste with hints of pine. Bitter finish obviously.

Medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Good stuff, easy drinking and nice on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 01:43:49 | More by dstc
Photo of tvault


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at mehan's in SandySprings, GA

A- Exceptional IPA. Orange, cloudy

S- Fresh hops, some orange and also slight pine.

T- Very Strong Hops, citrus and pine come in. Bitter finish

M- Very drinkable.

When I want a strong Hop IPA this is what I go to...

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 19:33:57 | More by tvault
Photo of beagle75


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at McK's in Daytona Beach.

A: Clear, medium amber color with a sudsy residue of white foam in a very full glass. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Floral and fruity hops give this beer a decidedly tropical smell, and mild toffee is also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with pungent and savory herbal hop aromatics along with caramel candy. Sweetness briefly peaks in-step with the candy, while acidity is so restrained as to be somewhat lacking. The middle features enticing juicy citrus in place of the earlier hop flavors, leading to a mildly bitter finish that is accented with toffee-flavored malt and slightly spirituous fumes.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy--and a little lifeless--on the palate, with very little carbonation.

D: The first sip of this beer offers a minor shock to the palate as unconventional flavors rush to be tasted first. Once some opportunity to acclimate to this beer is had, it becomes very pleasant and interesting--just unorthodox by typical IPA standards. The candy sweetness is a highlight if one is in the mood for a sweet IPA, reminding of Alpine's Pure Hoppiness. Carbonation was perhaps the biggest issue outside of the unexpected flavor profile, with the lack of it causing the beer to dwell on the palate more heavily than it should. Since that could be due to mis-handling at the point of service, the shortcoming is not reflected detrimentally in the score here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 21:24:27 | More by beagle75
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint on-tap at the Pizza Joint.

A: It sports a bright orange color with a half-finger white head that clings to the sides very well.

S: Plenty of citrus, mild piney hops, and cereal malts. It smells like a hoppy APA.

T: Orange, pineapple, papaya, pine, and some grainy, cracker-like malt.

M: The body is medium-light and a bit creamy with a clean finish.

O: This is good but unmemorable and certainly not worthy of the name "Hopsecutioner." It is similar to Anchor Liberty Ale in that it is between the IPA and APA styles.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 18:56:28 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of bboelens


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at mellow mushroom colonial, poured into a pint glass

A-Cloudy amber with low visibility, thick 1" off white head, sat for an incredibly long time, stout-esque amount of time, and formed excellent lacing.

S-Hops, fruits, sweet honey smell, hints of a yeasty bready notes or maybe that's my pizza.

T-Hops come out front, not too strong or bitter, just right, with an excellent citrus following and a slight smokey nutty flavoring and very little alcohol taste for its abv, this is an exceptional tasting beer.

M-A lot thicker than I thought it was going to be and I'm ok with that, full bodied feel, with medium carbonation, an incredibly smooth drink.

D-Well I went through 4 of these during trivia night so I'd say it's pretty drinkable, an exceptional beer, full of a couple surprises, that I'll definitely be having again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 17:06:44 | More by bboelens
Photo of bbarrows


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass
A: Clear light amber, dense 1" off white head
S: Light grapefruit
T: Loads of bittering hops are the first taste, followed by lingering grapefruit and pine flavors. Strong bitterness negates any malt presence
M: Crisp, dry, very little malt
D: Although dry and slanting toward bitter over flavor or aroma hops, it's easy to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 23:36:56 | More by bbarrows
Photo of CHickman

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from Nov. 2010: pours clear amber gold in color with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that faded slowly and left very good lacing; looks like a nice IPA from the tap.

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, grains, wheat, grass and light brown sugar; hops dominate, but malts add balance.

Tastes of piney hops, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, toasted grains, hay, grass, pepper and light brown sugar; the hops and the grains balance out well and this is a good beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with very light carbonation and a medium body that leaves a slight bitter finish. High drinkability, as this is one easy beer to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 21:55:31 | More by CHickman
Photo of JBIII


2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

umm. Wow. Not quite sure how to describe this one. It's like a watered down versuon of the Dogfish 60. Not even the 90, but the 60 . It's a fairly smooth for a 7.3% IPA, but not the best! If you're thinking of drinking this beer, go with a Dogfish 60 instead. If you're looking for a real high gravity IPA, with lots of flavor...go with the Dogfish 90.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 01:59:37 | More by JBIII
Photo of mcgwire756

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 23:28:19 | More by mcgwire756


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a 16-oz Pint glass

Poured a very clear orange-golden color. No head, but given that it was on-tap, I can't fault the beer with any degree of certainty. An attractive beer in any case, good lacing as well. The smell is somewhat subdued, some fruity hops, not just confined to citrus fruitiness either. It hits the tongue with a nice varied hop fruitiness (grapefruit, maybe some lemon & apple), followed by some very subdued malt sweetness. Nothing lingers on the finish. It's very refreshing and dangerously drinkable, but a little underwhelming overall. It's pleasant, but not overly interesting or complex. Great entry-level or session IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 00:53:39 | More by TJBAIHWL
Photo of pburland23


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours an orangey copper color with two fingers of fluffy head which lefts ample lacing.

The nose is dominated, obviously, by hops. The beers smells very piney with some citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit, thrown in as well. This is a great smelling beer.

The taste was not as hoppy as the smell (or the beer's name) would indicate. There is some well balanced malt flavor, a little breadiness, to compliment the citrus flavor of the hops.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected and a little oily. At 7.3%, this is a well-balanced and exceedingly smoothy IPA that I could drink several of in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 22:18:33 | More by pburland23
Photo of Deuane


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bright, clear, copper-kissed golden yellow with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt with a nice blast of fresh cut oranges and French oak aged Chardonnay. A very pleasant and different aroma in an IPA.

T-Fresh cut sweet orange up front with lightly supporting sweet biscuit malt and an interesting tart dryness in the finish.

M-Medium body fairly smooth the decent lingering bitterness. Decent but something seemed to be missing here.

D-Good stuff with a lovely building sweet orange taste that gets better and better with each sip. Tasty for sure, revise the malt bill to add some supportive body and this one could be a real winner.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 21:14:48 | More by Deuane
Photo of LittleDon


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint at Lizzy's in downtown Orlando.

Light amber and clear. Starts with a dense head that soon fades. Fair retention. Earthy aroma with some fruit sweetness. Noticeable carbonation up front. Some sweetness comes out in the middle, but mostly hoppy bitterness. Very strong bitter finish. Lots of hop bitterness with no distinct flavor. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 10:58:42 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Boto


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ The Mellow Mushroom Raleigh: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish color. There was a small white head on it that leaves some lacing. The aroma is mainly piney hops. Maybe some faint citrus also. The taste is pretty good. Mainly piney and with a fairly good amount of bitterness. Decent enough malt backbone to it. Nice!

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 23:58:46 | More by Boto
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. This was the name given by the Porter and seems descriptive enough, it's a dry-hopped version of regular Hopsecutioner.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops. As it warms hints of bright citrus hop aromas waft in and out.

Tastes good. Mildly sweet pale and caramel malt flavors, more the former than the latter, kick things off and are joined quickly by deep pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine influence fades a bit and allows citrus and earthy flavors to work their way into things. The combination of hop flavors with the malt backbone carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is god. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm more and more impressed with this beer each time I have it, although the additional hops certainly have a positive effect. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2010 21:24:08 | More by glid02
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a darker gold color, a bit bubbly. Rocky, white head looks good. Dark color throws me off a bit.

Yurp, hops in the aroma. Citrus and some pine, resin. Light malt, slightly roasted. Not really a backbone sense.

Flavors are mostly hops. Persimmon, tropical, pine and the resin. A bit thick feeling coats the tongue with more hops. Balanced? Not really. the malt is there and provides flavors--light biscuit, some roast--but doesn't quite blend well with the hops. And that's just fine.

A solid beer. Would buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 20:46:06 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of AdamBear


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Smokey Bones in orlando

A-transparent amber, finger of white head

S-nice citrus and hops, an almost impressive amount for a non imperial IPA

T-hits initially with a good amount of hops and even some caramel, but the after-taste comes quickly with more bitterness than hops. its not exactly a pleasant after-taste, and it lingers

M-medium carbonation, even a bit creamy. It feels quite nice for an IPA

D-the caramel comes out more as you drink, but the hops lose their magic...making it not very drinkable for me. I expected more out of a beer called the hopsecutioner

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 06:33:13 | More by AdamBear
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Sona 13, in Morristown, NJ. Poured a golden-amber, with two fingers of white, good retention, and good lacing. Smelled of pine, bitter herbs, and some orange peel. The taste was very bitter dry at first, with a very good malty midpalate, and a semi-dry malty orange peel finish. Overall, not very complex, but very balanced. Not much carbonation visually, but there is a sneaky hint of carbo in the feel that makes the medium body a little more pleasant. Tasty and very sessionable, but my only knock was that the presence of sweetness in the finish got a little much by my third pint.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:35:30 | More by donniecuffs
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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