Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,950
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 104
Gots: 606 | FT: 9
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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: 707 | Hads: 2,950
Photo of carolinahophead
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this IPA at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.
A: A typical American style I.P.A. color , deep in burnt orange and very clean pour.
S: Big citrus aromas and well presented malt comes to life. I know they used great hop combinations for this one.
T: It comes through as crisp and snappy also a big finish . Not a rookie beer by no means.
M: The mouthfeel is medium with some alcohol present. I like the warm feeling you get with this one.
D: It is easy to drink if you are an I.P.A. fan .Not a session beer but would be great with nice meal or an pre meal treat.
Overall the Hopsecutioner brings goodness to those in need of punishment. (642 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden copper with medium frothy white head. Slow carbonation rising to the top with spots of lacing down the glass. Good smell of strong and piney resinous hops and a solid caramel malt backbone. Taste features both strong hops and malt but with a lack of good balance. There seems no method to the madness here. They are muddled together with neither shining or proving where they stand as a part of the beer itself. Hops win with an ever present bitterness but they are combined with an incessant sweetness that persists relentlessly at times. Finishes bitter and drying, though with a slight lack of carbonation, it seems a tad watery and nearly syrupy due to the competition with the malts all the same. Doesn't tickle my tongue or urge me to take the next sip. I'm normally a fan of almost anything Terrapin puts out there...this one is a bit of a miss. (867 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes I took back in January.

The beer is perfectly clear, a deep orange color, with a very nice head. It is a little thin, but it kind of sticks around. Decent looking. The smell is nice - mango, mint, tangerine, and pineapple come to mind. Resinous and floral, citric and fruity. I kind of like this hop profile. And you can smell a bit of sugar in there too, from the malt. Decent smelling. The flavor can best be characterized by it's balance. Which basically means, that it won't impress you, but it won't leave you bored and wanting something else. The hop profile comes in with a flavor of underripe mango - which provides a distinct bitterness and resinous taste - with some citrusy orange flavors. The malt is bready and a bit nutty, and just a little bit more sweet than I would like - I think that's kind of hurting the floral hoppiness in terms of flavor. But overall, I would say it's got a good balance between dryness and sweetness, and it's fruity enough, resinous enough to be a beer I like - and it is very clean in terms of yeast profile - the slight nuttiness, and low esters - which I really like, though I suppose it's not as complex for it. The body is a little thin, with a bit of carbonation, not bad, about average I would say in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is probably the best aspect of this, the balance really makes this something I could drink a few of, but probably not too many at 7.2%, but I wouldn't be embarrassed to ask for it again. I think it's solid, but something seems to be holding me back from loving it. (1,558 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt base with some light crystal and Carapils malt as well. The hop aroma is good. It's citrusy and quite bitter, but not over the top like I was expecting. It's more of a balanced aroma. The taste is great! It's a smooth, well balanced IPA. The malt bill is really well done. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt flavor with a touch of crystal malts for some added complexity. The hops taste amazing. Again, they are well pronounced and quite bitter, but within range and not overly done. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed IPA. I love the balance and the exceptional drinkability. (790 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle, obtained via trade with wedge421 (thanks man!), into my Stone Levitation glass at the appropriate temperature (03/04/10).

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a nice amber hue. Capped by one finger of an off-white with average retention and some patchy lace.

S: Mild aroma of bitter hops with some citrus and a toasted malt.

T: Good clean flavor of bitter hops with some citrus and floral characteristics. The malt seems slightly toasted and adds a bit to much balance to this American IPA leaving the hops a little underwhelming, but the flavor is still nice.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp and clean carbonation with a mild amount of bitterness.

D: Quite surprised that this beer is 7.2% as it drinks much like a 5% abv. IPA.

Overall this is a nice and straight forward American IPA from Terrapin and is certainly quite sessionable. Thanks Chris for including this in our trade! (918 characters)

Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guiness tuliped pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a radiant amber-orange color that is somewhat ruddy and very much translucent. Atop the beer is a fluffy two-finger head that falls all over itself on its way down, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: This one has a very balanced smell to it. The malts might actually be the predominant scent, but there are some juicy, fruity hops present in there, as well. Other than that, the pale, toasty malts are the main actors in the smell.

Taste: This is not a great example of an IPA, but it is a good beer, so it's hard for me to mark it down because of it's loose adherence to the style. The pale malts are still the principal tastes, but the hops do provide a really pleasant and appropriate finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a very nicely carbonated beer with a very adequate amount of body. It's also pretty crisp and dry, which is a good thing in my book.

Drinkability: Hopsecutioner is a very drinkable beer, even at 7.2% ABV. It's crisp, not-so-heavy and the alcohol is very absent in the taste, but I would hardly consider making a session out of it because of the price - $10 for a sixer in North Carolina.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, though it's not the best example of an IPA. I'm a big-time hop-head and I expect my IPA's, especially those containing the word "hop" in their names, to be hop-forward, bitter beers. This one is not, but that doesn't preclude it from being a really nice brew that is definitely worth a try. (1,541 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. I will say, this is some pretty cool artwork on the label.

A: Pours a deep copper, almost apple juice color. The pour drops a finger of off white head that fades pretty quickly and dosen't leave much lace.

A: Hoppy, citrus and pine. Maybe some sugar cane or honey. A hefty amount of caramel malt balances the nose.

T: Falls a little short for me here. The malt overtakes the hops in the brew. An IPA should be about the hops, but not in this case. Finishes sugary and dry.

M: Medium to heavy body. Small carbonation makes for a syrupy mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is on the lower side here, I just couldn't get past the overuse of caramel malt. Overall, not very impressed with this one. I wish they would have dialed back the malt and let the hops take center stage, but oh well. Not one I'll be trying again anytime soon. Skal. (906 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. Appeared a dark amber with a short white head. While this IPA did have a big, tasty citrus punch, it fell flat at first. It took a moment for anything more than the mellow caramel malt to come forward. The body and mouthfeel were on point, but it seemed like the hop additions could be improved. (331 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear (with active bubbles), pure amber, thick, whipped cream head, just off-white, sticks immediately, starts to fade after a few minutes but maintains some nice substance

S: Very sharp heady aroma, floral too

T: Same type of flavor profile as smell, but falls a little short, strong floral hops, but that is really all, not really sure what it needs but it never made me say "wow", has some light malt towards the end, but almost an afterthought

M: Pretty dry, but not too much, medium

D: Good, a simple beer that is pretty hoppy

Notes: In the battle of Atlanta area IPA's this is definitely second to Sweetwater. It has very strong hop presence, but not much else. Since it is a new beer maybe some improvements will be made. It has promise, but needs a little tweaking to put it over the top. (842 characters)

Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruddy orange with a very thin lace of head which creeps up the glass.

S: Pine and citrus tropical.

T: Nice array of hops assault the toungue and make your mouth jump with life.

M: smooth medium bodied, nice thin bubbles fizz and clean the palate going great with some pepper jack.

D: Overall a likable brew and will def order this one again. (353 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled Jan 15, 2010. Pours amber with a one finger off-white head. No real haze, pretty clear. Maintains a very small cap and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is pine, citrus hops, a small amount of bready malts.

Flavor is resinous, piney hops, a little citrus, caramel sweetness. Some bitterness on the finish, but not that much for the style, finishes a bit watery too.

OK, but Two Hearted is the same price and a much better IPA. For a local IPA, I'll go with Sweetwater which is a better bang for the buck. (515 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a trasparent deep golden orange color with a white head that is quite fluffy. It has decent retention leaving a thinner lace all over the glass

S-the nose starts it off with a grainy pale malt and is then complimented by some light citrusy hops of grapefruit and honey

T-a touch of pale malt, but very faint, hops take over and bring an oily pine, grapefruit, and a touch of honey. The finish brings a low level of bitterness that helps round this off

M-very smooth and creamy. Lighter body, highly carbonated giving it a crisp clean finish, as it is somewhat dry

D-this is a pretty solid ipa and goes down nicely. Well bittered at the finish to give a bitter hop presence but still extremely enjoyable. (715 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cool amber color with a sticky head
S - Smells of citrus and hops. Pretty decent for an IPA.
T - Very hoppy for the name! Nice and bitter. Wonderful!
M - Dry but refreshing.
D - I may have this again. It's not too overpowering with hops but not weak enough to taste malt. (275 characters)

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear as can be
H. Dark golden yellow, Almost perfectly amber
N. VERY HOPPY, EXTREMELY Pleasant. Piney and slightly citrus-y

Ok, Hop Heads I thought that this would take my head off by its name...well not really. This was a sexy beer with its white sticky head, that decided to hang out on my glass the entire time. It smelled like a Hop BOMB but fell a little short on the attack. A smooth taste lead into a lingering bitterness. Don't get me wrong this was an awesome IPA, just the name lead me to believe that I finally found a beer to compete with Ruination. Well not so much, but it was still a great drink. I would put it on par with Hop Slam by Bells. This is a beer that is easy to drink more than one, and is definitely worth picking up this weekend from your local beer shop. I think I will grab a few more.
Score: 4.498 (834 characters)

Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with small foam with little retention..but the lacing is good.

Aroma is piney, hoppy and not much in terms of malts

Taste is mainly the hop profile, with less attention paid to the malt balance. With a name like Hopsecutioner, that's to be expected. But the hops aren't even that strong to begin with anyways..

Well carbonated light to medium with okay drinkability (marred by the lower malt presence. It's there, but minimal. Thankfully, the hops don't overpower you anyways)

A good IPA, but weak for the name it has (533 characters)

Photo of jbone78
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear amber. Nice head with great lacing. Smells of English hops and malt, not bad Taste is a little over bitter for me, which hurts drinkability. The bitterness is balanced alright with malt character, but I just think hop flavors are not super. That is me! (272 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber with thinnish offwhite head, nice lacing. Smell: citrus rind, musty minty herbal tea, a little tropical fruit. Taste: sweet, caramel, grainy, pine, dry citrus rind. Astringent lemon rind and pine motif, but more balanced than the name suggests. Pretty tasty and decently sessionable though. Best by July 2010. (335 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark peach/golden amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin half finger off white head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing.

Crisp hop aroma with hints if pine and subtle citrus and tropical fruit balanced by a strong caramel and biscuit malt presence.

Slightly chewy medium body that is pretty hop forward with a decent amour of piny dry bitterness. The citrus and tropical notes from the aroma are very faint wint hints of pineapple, orange peel and mango. The hoppiness is cut mid palate by a very prominent malt backbone with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. The malt character is a bit too strong for my liking but it's still decent and pretty quaffable. (710 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. DrMount aka Mike dropped this one off for me at the store. Much praise to you!

A- Pours a clear amber orange color. Half finger white head comes and goes just as quickly. Some light ringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light floral hop notes in the front end of the aroma. Some light caramel notes in this beer as well. Light citrus hops thrown in the nose in hints there as well. Hops come through the this beer without being to over the top. Aroma is a little muted but still nice overall.

T- Caramel malts come through the front of this in a big tone. Light bready notes thrown in there are well. Light floral hops are the next to come through but almost get washed away from malts that make a second coming. Light citrus hops in the back end. Alcohol in the backend of this beer makes a quick appearance.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Semi-sweet malts left on the palate. Light hops and tad bit of alcohol left on the aftertaste. Clean flavors but wish there was a little more crispness.

D- Very nice session beer for me at least. I could drink these with no problem. Nice beer for well..what it is. A good settle IPA. (1,182 characters)

Photo of goldbot
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by week 1 of July; let's hope it's 2010 and not 2009. I love the name of this beer, it rolls right off the tongue.

Pours copper in color, with a bit of a brownish hue. Medium off-white, frothy head with lots of lacing. A small bit of carbonation in the beer.

Huge hop nose, with about an even mix of pine and grapefruit. Also some grassy and floral notes present. The malt aroma is subtle, but not entirely absent.

Taste is not so aromatically hoppy as the nose but there is still plenty of pine, some citrus, and a bit of grassy flavors. Lots of bitterness here too. Malts are more prevalent than the aroma, adding a nice sweetness which balances the hops a good bit. Some peppery spiciness towards the end, and it leaves a planty bitterness on the tongue as it finishes.

The feel is smooth, not too crisp with the carbonation. Pleasantly bitter which is matched well from the malty sweetness. In my opinion, this DIPA belongs up there with the best of them. Great balance, while still showing a huge, complex hop profile. (1,046 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a best before date of June 28th. into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger, creamy, semi-fine, white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear orange... and when I say orange, I mean the most orange that orange can get! Lacing is outrageously ample. Thick, web-like froth covers the glass in layer upon layer. Just giving it a swirl creates new foamy patterns. Excellent.

S: Peaches, citrus, slight astringent hop aroma. Creamy overtones blend all the flavors together but also serve to tone them down, making them lack clarity.

T: Opens skunky sour with an ethanol-like scent that invades the nostrils through my mouth. Piny hop character finally appears towards the middle but there's a weird sourness that just won't go away throughout the whole experience. Astringent hops towards the end that leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Also some citrus notes make an appearance at the end. A very aggressive beer with no balance which is ok. However, given the odd sourness present, this just tastes a bit weird and unpleasant.

M: Light bodied, moderatly carbonated, but very coarse. Watery in the mouth but goes down rough. Thirst-quenching comes to mind. Harsh on the back of the throat with a messy finish that lingers for just a second.

D: I'm a fan of balanced IPAs but can definitely appreciate those over-hopped, one sided creations also. However, this is not one of them. A slight sourness was present throughout the whole beer which made it taste out of the ordinary in a bad way. The mouthfeel, while appropriate for the style, doesn't help matters here, accentuating the slightly sour hop character. I'll skip this next time. (1,717 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice golden color with a finger width of frothy head. There is outstanding lacing on the glass, and the head settles to a nice ring on top of the beer.

S - faint notes of pine followed by a lot of sweetness. I think this is your classic "east coast ipa" with more of a balt backbone than the hop bombs typically found out here in CA.

T - Very well balanced between hops and malt. There's some pine going on, but it's not strong. The malt is more present than anything, offering some caramel taste mixed in.
Big time boozy bite at the end at the beginning, but it mellows out a bit after it opens up.

M - A medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Probably a bit more like a DIPA than a an IPA, but not bad.

D - I could see myself having a few of these. It's a good beer, but not great. (922 characters)

Photo of oelergud
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

-Oelergud (316 characters)

Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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