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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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730 Reviews
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Reviews: 730
Hads: 3,044
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 673 | 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 Pabs311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber with a decent foamy white head, setlles to leave some spotty lacing

S- mostly pine and floral hops, very little citrus characteristic. good sweet caramel malty backbone pushes through.

T- a little weak on the hops for something advertisd a "something for a hophead to lose their headover" same piny-floral hops chracteristic but alot more malt than i expected for this beer.

M/D- mouthfeel is somewhat thin for something of this abv. good carbonation for this style and very drinkable. i would like to see some more hops push though in the flavor though, a little lacking there.

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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 BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a see-through amber with a 1 finger foamy white head, leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Piny and flowery with a touch of freshly mown grass. Not too over powering but there's also a hint of a malty background.

Taste: Pine needles with a nice flowery hop finish. Just malty enough to balance the subtle bitter background. Very nicely balanced. Makes good of use a number of hops, especially the earthy ones.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean, not quite as dry as a 50+ ibu west coast IPA but still reasonably dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA, the balance of this brew makes it very appealing.

Notes: Great beer, doesn't overdo anything and keeps it drinkable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: 2 fingers lumpy, fluffy head that peaks over the rim of the glass. Clear amber body, just a few streams of bubbles. Swaths of lacing.

Smell is nice, crisp, grapefruity hops, both sweet & acidic, refreshing. Touch of pine resin & a very faint nuttiness, like peanut oil.

Taste is brief citric sweetness by bitterness & more bitterness, brought up in the rear by flavors reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer -- lemonade + iced tea. Surprisingly balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is biting & dry but with a creamy, frothy undertone.

Good overall. Not a blast of hop bitterness. I'd have another one but probably cut off after that.

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

Received in trade from urwithdave. 12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Clear copper body with about an inch of creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S - Orange zest, grapefruit, and pine hop aromas with a hint of malt in the background.

T - Greater malt flavor than the nose would seem to indicate, with caramel sweetness. Flavors of ripe pineapple and candied orange peel give way to a piney hop attack and a very crisp bitterness. The finish is hop-focused, with bitterness lingering on the tongue. A well-made, if not particularly distinctive, IPA.

M - Medium body, perfect level of carbonation.

D - Worth trying. If this were available in my area I would probably drink it from time to time.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into Duvel Tulip.

A: pours clear amber with a short lasting off white finger thick head.
S: hop aroma spreads through the room. strong pine and citrus, with a light sweetness.
T: pine citrus and great hop bitterness upfront, with malt sweetness on the back-end, then strong bitterness again on the aftertaste.
M: thicker than expected, partially due to the slight lack of carbonation. reminds me of a lightly carbonated firkin
D: drinks smooth and easy due to lack of carbonation.

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Photo of betterbgood
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my friend brought me a six back back from alanta GA.

i poured the a bottle in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass which gave off a bronze gold color with an inch and a half white head, a nice slow pour.

the smell has it citrus scent

the taste is light and not that deep compared to commodore perry IPA which is one of my favorites

is bitter and light, i seems like this IPA has the most water out of any IPA i ever tasted. this beer is on the hoppy side which explains its name. not a lot of malt to balance it out.

very smooth though, no sweetness detected which i like a little in an IPA

the drinkability is about two to be safe if your driving. cheers!

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

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some maltyness, nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA.

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Photo of ATPete
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Welcome to New Jersey.

Pours a transparent orange brown color, good glow, and a small off white head that leaves some sticking. Good balanced nose, all the aromatics are pleasant, spicy and herbal with some pine and a grapefruit ester. Very well balanced to the tongue as well, caramel malt sweetness pushes its heavy handed bitterness aside initially until mid palate where the hops make their strong return. A bitterness rests on the tongue long after the quaff, a mild wave of alcohol dries and rounds out the sip. Im nowhere near blown away but this is a very well made, well balanced (extra)IPA and at 8.99 a 6pk its a no brainer for the hophead and right now, you know its fresh.

Reviewed to "Sounds of Decay" by Katatonia

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Photo of jcnd9803
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for this extra!

A: Honey-golden with 1/2-finger off-white head with some nice stickiness.

S: Wow, I can't believe this is just an IPA. A slap in the face of citrus and spicy hops aromas.

T: Major grapefruit tartness followed by spicy and piney hops. Not much malt.

M: Smooth and coating. Medium bodied.

D: This was delicious. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was tremendous.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a nice clear orange/amber color with lots of carbination bubbles. Nice off white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a fair amount of sticky lacing.

The nose is sweet and fruity with a tinge of alcohol. Quite a bit sweeter than your typical IPA. There is a little bit of subdued malty aromas lurking in the background

The taste is terrific; lots of hops, citrus and piney flavors. Interestingly there is quite a bit of malt presence, much more so than in the nose. A nice alcohol burn, especially as the beer warms. Very nice, and well balanced. Medium bodied and well carbinated. Finishes dry and leaves a sticky coating behind.

Very nice, I really enjoyed this beer, Terrapin is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Their core beers are very nice and well crafted, and their side project beers offer lots of variety and show that there is no lack of creativity.

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Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So the rumors are true and Terrapin hit NJ today. I like to think that I am the first person to buy a terrapin product sold in NJ.

A: Nice amber color that is nice and clear with quite a bit of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The head itself was pretty fluffy, but it wasnt the tightly packed bubbles I am accumstomed to. Retention is pretty good as is sits at about a quarter inch thick but there is no lacing to speak of

S: Definitely an english style IPA as the hops are very clean and herbal smelling. Some floral notes as well. There is also quite a bit of caramel and toffee notes present as well

T: Very much like the smell. It starts out with a balanced out caramel sweetness and a floral hop note. It finishes light, but lacks pine and citrus which I would have liked

M: Very clean tasting, with a nice full body flavor, a bit more lingering hops would have been nice, but very nice overall

D: I dont know if i would call this an American IPA, as i feel american IPAs are much more citrus and pine based, this reminded me more of the english style. It was very enjoyable overall and I am happy to have terrapin in NJ

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

Thanks to Maltzilla for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into a Terrapin pint glass.

A- Golden to orange with an eggshell-colored 2-finger head.

S- A lot sweeter than I expected. The biscuity, caramel-like malts seem to dominate the aroma as opposed to hops (which is what one expects from a beer with a name like "Hopsecutioner.") I get some floral hop bitterness, but not much.

T- Not really very sweet (as nose led on) and not really very hoppy. Tastes a little watered down almost. The bottle says best before the 2nd week in July, which I wouldnt trust, but that's also still 4 months away. Slight lemon-cleaner-like bitterness, but nothing worthy of the name.

MF- A little thin and no stickiness or hop oil slickness which I usually like in the higher abv American IPAs.

D- Goes down easily, but the flavor is so mediocre that it doesn't really deserve a great score for ease alone.

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Photo of capra12
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: Tangerine orange and brown with 1 1/2 fingers of head leaving a weblike lacing.

Smell: I get a bunch of wet grass, fresh floral and citrus hops, with some malt int he background.

Taste: Prior to having this a friend reviewed this and gave it low marks, I implore him to give this another chance. Opens with a fresh green/ floral hop as citrus joins the profile in the middle. There is a malt/ light grain profile that comes and goes from the middle to finish leaving a mildly bitter, fresh floral/grassy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with moderate carbonation and rather drying on the palate.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another and recommend this to those seeking a unique hop profile with a decent malt profile. Worth the try if you have it at your local beer store/ bar.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal beer mug from a chilled bottle, it pours a the color of honey with a nice cascade on the pour. An off-white head to about 1 cm forms uniformly on top, but quickly dissipates to a surface layer.

Orange-citrus & grapefruits hit hard on the nose from the hops. Not much malt here...plainly hops. Floral, citrus fruits, and some grassy notes as well. Hops Hops Hops!

Sipping is much like the nose. Some apricot comes through surprisingly along with some orange blossum floral to note. A bit of pine comes to each side of my tongue. Rather sweet finish and less bitter. Very nice.

Medium body with a nice balance of carbonation and smoothness. Not overly crisp, and the alcohol is there just a wee bit. However, the alcohol on this one could be deemed rather "sneaky".

Very nice brew for a spring evening. I could drink a few of these in a sitting...maybe a 6-pack. Well done!

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, yielding to full yellow-brown autumnal tones. Despite the darker colors, the ale retains is transparency. A finger of head is slow to recede, leaving patches of lace behind.

S: I really like the nose. The hops are floral, bitingly sweet with citrus aromas. Also surprising is the vigor with which the caramel malts make themselves known amidst the hops.

T: The taste turns out to be far more malt-driven, releasing bready caramel almost immediately. There are hops, don't get me wrong, they just don't leap out like the nose suggests. They are bold and citrusy, just not as bold as you'd like. I don't want to rag on the beer though, as it does have a very jarring floral flavor that I like. The floral citrus flavors leave a nice thud on the palate after each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is a solid IPA, sharp and biting with a strong malt side. I like this much more than Hop Shortage.

D: It doesn't feel like a 7%+ ale, a good IPA that squeezes a lot of hops into the bottle.

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Photo of rcusick
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a very thin head (could be because it was too cold, forgot which way was colder on the dial).

Honey/Caramel in color, a shade or two darker then most IPAs I have had.

Not a very strong smell at all, so much so that in a blind smell test I might not pick it out as an IPA at all.

A great taste to the beer, strong hop flavor without an overpowering bite.

medium bodied mouthfeel, coats the tongue very well.

Very drinkable beer, would drink again, and look forward to the second bottle I have down the road.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color with a big frothy tan head. Streaky lace. Pine resin smell with a biscuit malty backbone. Pine resin takes over the taste. Nice bitterness on the finish. Oily mouthfeel on a medium to full bodied brew. Another in a long line of good IPA's. 5 years ago this would have stood out, now it just blends in with the crowd. I guess we are just getting spoiled. Would definately recomend and drink again if offered.

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

"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."

--Omar Bradley

Juicy apricot with warm butter rum colored borders. Several streams of bubbles lead up to a golden sandstone hued head that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. The suds are softly creamy, yet sticky enough to lay down an array of attractive lace.

The nose is musky and tropical fruity, with lots of American hops on the order of Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade (dry-hopped). These guys pull out the big guns for their APAs, IPAs and DIPAs. Well, they're some of my favorites anyway.

Hopsecutioner is a delicious IPA that would be a little better with a paler malt bill (personal preference). It's definitely hopped to the gills, which was expected given the 78 IBUs. If you're going to give an IPA a name like this, it had better not fall short in the alpha acid department.

Munich and pale crystal malt contributes a bit too much toasted nuttiness and melanoidin. It's nothing that the murderer's row of hops (pun intended) can't overcome, though. The earthy resinousness of Chinook is on display, as is orange peel from Amarillo, mango from Simcoe and white grapefruit from Centennial. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is hefty enough and has a firmness born of a 7.2% ABV and plenty of alpha acids. It still manages to be borderline creamy and almost soft as it continues to warm. The carbonation is a little lively, which works out just fine.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale (APA) and Rye Squared (DIPA) are my favorites from this brewery. Hopsecutioner is nothing to lose one's head over, but it's a more than solid ale that any American IPA lovin' hophead should seek out. Thanks to Mavajo for the bottle.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on: 3/8/10
best by: 8/1/10
7.3% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Golden orange translucent ale. Nice thick lace left as 1/2" head receeded slowly.

S= Nice light malt on forefront followed by thick resinous floral and pine hop aromas. Slight hint of sweetness and alcohol.

T= Once agian has a very thick hop flavor of citrus (grapefruit), pine and notes of flowers. Nice bitterness which grows in the midddle and then slightly receeds, leaving a nice lingering bitterness. Very small hint at malt body, but from start to finish hops enjoy center stage.

MF= Thick resinous mouth coating from the start. Very nice mild weight with a good tingle on the tongue. Slightly dry finish.

D= Good IPA with a lighter lingering bitterness than some. Great hop flavors are thick and heady ask to be sipped agian and agian.

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Photo of cavedave
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Southern gem from mrandypandy, I am so spoiled now.

A golden clear beauty, almost glowing, with a half finger of off white head, and bits of lace but not a lot. It fades to a lasting skim.

This has a full aroma, heavy on citrus, with pine, a neutral sweet, hints of yeasty tart and floral. Well balanced and fragrant.

Hopsecutioner is big on flavor, a nice bracing mouthful of pine and citrus greets my palate, invites some light bready sweet along, and greets some tasty and dry earthy bitter at the finish. As it warms even more the floral notes grow in the profile. Very nice hop showcase of an IPA.

It has a medium body, nice resin cling, and an excellent dry finish. It could be even better with a bit less carb.

Due to the excellent flavor, and wonderful finish, this beer is very drinkable. A sixpack of these would be hopsecuted rapidly here.

Impression: A beer I would seek out again if it didn't involved a multi-day journey.

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

Poured into a pint glass. An extra from a trade with StormKing47. Josh rules. Review from notes

Golden amber in color. One finger white head. Recedes to a slim layer of foam on top. Wispy lacing.

Light mango fruity hops scent. Cereal malts.

Taste is resiny dank piny bitterness up front. Then mango an pineapple fruity hops. A bit lemony. Cereal like malts. Some smokiness too (which seemed kinda weird, but in a good way like it would go well with grilled meat). Nicely balanced with a lingering resiny bitterness. However, as the beer warms it becomes more cereal malts and lemony citrus hops, and loses the tropical fruits that were present when freshly poured which was a bit of a bummer (probably would've given it a 4.5 if it weren't for this).

Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. A bit sticky. Good IPA mouthfeel.

I could probably have a bunch of these. Solid drinkability.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a friend visiting Atlanta this last week and like a great friend, she brought back some good craft brews for us to try.

A: Poured from a 12oz glass bottle labeled best by 7th month 1st week (it's currently March). Pours a dark amber with redish hues. This brew is very active with carbonation ever-present. Head is thin and lacing is poor but those are the biggest things that take away from an otherwise beautiful appearance.

S: The smell is reminiscent of grapefruit and cannabis sativa. A very vegetative scent is complimented with fresh hints of citrus. Great hoppy, sweet and promising smell.

T: Coming from the smell, the taste is a bit of a letdown. An instant effect of bittering hops is followed by heavy malt character. Malts get progressively heavier and more medicinal. A standard ale taste prevails but mellows near the end. The aftertaste is quite pleasant with well-rounded and complementing hop and malt flavors. Oddly enough, the aftertaste is far more pleasing than the actual taste...

MF: For an IPA this has a medium to medium-heavy mouth feel. To me, it's a little heavier than what a "good" IPA should be.

D: A slightly too high ABV to be able to classify this as a good session but a casual beer drinker could probably put a few of these back. For the IPA lover, one or two of these will be more than enough before having something truly great.

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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.

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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.

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