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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,444 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 78
Gots: 283 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious IPA with some sticky maltiness and juicy citrus notes- fairly typical of Terrapin's hop-forward beers.

The beer pours with the typical medium copper color, rustic haze, and well formed off-white head. The beer's head retention is very solid while leaving convencing rings of lacing behind. Definatley a formitable appearance.

Aromas of both bright citrus hops and pungent resiny ones work to form the complex hop profile. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with pine and grassy elements for a very variant nose. Not to be forgotten are the deep caramel malts that nearly rival the intensity of hops- taking on a Double IPA aroma.

Flavors also fall in line with the aromas. Caramel malts make much more of an impact in flavor than expected, but soon enough the hop flavor and bitterness grow to eventually dominate the beer. All of those citrusy and tropical flavors continue to grow thought the mid palate, but then they turn the corner and the more bitter pine and resiny bitterness gain control and drive the beer into a malty-dry and resiny bitter finish.

The beer takes on a heavier-than-usual body, starting out with a weighted creamy texture that diminishes greately but never really releases into complete dryness or lightness. A persistant sweetness lingers on the palate, lessening what's great about the style.

The intesity and complexity of hops are outstanding. It's those pesky malts that keep the beer form displaying the hop dominance that it deserves.

BEERchitect, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally able to try this one, seems like I have been waiting damn near forever. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/16/2010.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Overall this was very solid and something I could see myself enjoying many times over.

mikesgroove, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a lightly cloudy copper color with a minimal white head, leaving some nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost honey-like with some sweet citrus and floral hops and a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is adequately bitter, but not overpowering. There is a bit of sweetness to the beer that seems to be a mix of citrus, mango, and caramel. This is counterbalanced with a bit of pine on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: Not the most amazing IPA out there, but certainly serviceable. The flavors were better than the nose, which I generally find to be a good thing, but this wasn't quite the "hop bomb" that I'm used to.

womencantsail, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ygtbsm94, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, orangey-amber body with a sudsy, nicely-frothed, whitish head. Smattering of splotchy lace on the way down.

Smell: An aroma of top-notch pale malts lusciously layered with full notes of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops that also spill out some well-earned pine sap-soaked, earthy scents.

Taste: Pale malts, with a rather minor touch of breadiness and fairly low level of sweetness, set the stage for a nice blend of hop flavors: plenty of acidic, caustic lemon juice, distilled tangerine oils, fresh-cut grass, humble yellow pine, and an unyielding background earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Finishes drying and understandably bitter with a lingering taste of tangerine-laden Amarillo hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a very, very light oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fair amount of malts transition into a bright, delightful hop profile and punchy (without being overbearing or unnecessary) bitterness -- it's a good IPA. Terrapin can check off the India Pale Ale box on the "to brew" list.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear copper color, with a thick white head on top. The lacing was pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a large amount of hops on the nose, as it should with a name like Hopsecutioner. The taste of the beer is citrusy, piney, and had a pretty good malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty slick and still well carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty enjoyable. I would drink it again for sure.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a mix of a burnt orange-like and alighter amber shade,a thinner wispy head that was gone pretty quickly atop.Big grapefruit in the nose with some apricot,a toasted malt notes sticks out as well.A little prickly in the mouth wich surprised me a little,flavors are more of a rounded hop flavor than an in your face hop punch,grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of leafy/mint,a toasted lightly sweet caramel base holds up into the finish.Really nice flavors with a different sort of hop profile,pretty good.

oberon, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

How many outfits does that wannabe-actor turtle own, anyway? This performance pours a clear tawny amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hoppy citrus and florals, backed by a rather sweet caramel. It's like an art deco IPA scent: yeah, it's pretty, but very diagrammatic as well. The taste holds some strong notes of citrus hops, along with a nice bitterness and a light toffee backbone, less sweet than one would figure from the smell. The body is a very light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, not a bad hoppy IPA at all.

TMoney2591, Jun 23, 2010
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2.48/5  rDev -35.2%

largadeer, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thing rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus notes with some caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted of pine, burnt toast maltiness with caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice IPA from Terrapin. They seem to do a very nice job with their IPAs.

zeff80, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Great name. Great label. Great IPA.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable wide rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Floral, honeyish, and gently citrusy. Mildly biscuity. Some soft pine. There's not a whopping amount of hops there, but at least they're unique - no one really goes for floral anymore, it's all citrus and pine. Nice.

Flavor: More citrus appears in the flavor than in the aroma, and more pine as well. It's nicely fruity, and the floral character remains. Mid palate the hops are parted and some malt breaks through, biscuity and honey-drizzled, but it's short lived as the bitterness ushers in a dry finish. There's a little bit of everything left over in the aftertaste, but mainly golden malt, a squirt of fruit juice, and leafy hop flavors that become very tea like. Well balanced!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. The moderate carbonation leaves it gently creamy and smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: The bitterness is solid but it doesn't kill you. And the hops are bright but they don't overwhelm. There's just enough malt in the balance; and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Readily drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering bite of hops bitterness. Then a very fruity citrus sweetness comes in along with some caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great I've loved it since the first week it hit the taps in the Burgh at Fatheads it was the best beer of the evening in a night of drinking on the Southside which says volumes considering your options. Aroma has a great citrus peel bouquet with floral highlights with a slight tart sourdough bread malt character. Greeen with hops not as lively as the tap version I tasted at Fathead's but it was a bit fresher. I'm sure this one is coming around in their sampler packs but the label may just be the highlight. A hooded Terrapin pulling the rope on a guillotine with a hop plant poking through the gallows. Classic Georgia based hop imagery. Ample sweetness with vinous fresh hops citrus, herbs, and pine elements play nicely but the citrus/grapefruit tropical fruits really stand out what an amazing session IPA I'm glad to be lucky enough to live in driving distance to the Terrapin lineup great beers for sure. They need a cap that will represent them better than the plain shiny golden version. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils a nice all around hop monster that doesn't overbear the palate in anyway. Medium bodied mild carbonation which equates to a very nice drinking experience. Drinkability is pretty effortless a beer that I plan to catch again and again especially on tap.

WVbeergeek, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

nickfl, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stays frothy on the edges, leaving a creamy cascade of spotty lace. There is lot of pine and tropical fruits in the aroma (with some juicy pineapple notes really coming out) but also has a certain amount of stickiness in the nose from a sweet and tangy backing of caramel malts.

Pine and spice moderately rip in the tongue in the taste, while there is a LOT of deep sweet tanginess from those tropical fruits and caramel malts. Resins and spice linger for a good bit, really drying the back of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness to it, yet this still retains an oily slickness to it that keeps this fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Maybe a touch of beef to the body but I'm not really getting any warmth at all.

This was pretty decent and I'm glad to see that Terrapin has jumped in with something a little more aggressive than their regular Pale Ale. There was a little too much sweetness in this to keep it well balanced but overall the body and drinkibility of this was right on. I'm not sure that I would call this a go-to IPA or anything but I surely wouldn't turn a pint of this down.

Kegatron, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi effervescent honey color with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Lemony & grassy hops, some biscuitty malt, then grapefruit, great nose

T: Grapefruit then lemons, pineapple & biscuitty malt up front, along with dryness. As this warms grapefruit dominates, some lemony hops, honey malt & biscuitty malt. Finishes with slight boozeyness, more grapefruit & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, not a perfect mix of hops for me, but still a nice effort, a bit pricey a $10 a sixer IMO

russpowell, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Slatetank, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

terrapin hopsecutioner. "execute the proper hop profile..." "You May Lose Your Hop Head over This one!" oy, we've gone over the limit on hop puns, time to give it up!

Beautiful hazy golden appearance, marmalade-y, under a slim but steady white head.

Aroma: orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and mango, mixed up with a mess of pine. Touch of honey, plenty of hop bitterness.

Taste: Big time bitter blazing the palate, running hop flavor up and down, thrilling the senses. Huge bitter hoppitude, tons of citrus and pine. Mmmm.

Medium body, long bitter hop finish. Definitely for hop heads only here. I like this one. It was made for me, but I didn't lose my hop head over it, hopsecutioner. My hop head is still holding strong.

feloniousmonk, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best if enjoyed by Month 8 week 4? Check. Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a soapy white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Beer looks fine.

Aroma is way way hoppy. Pretty good, almost a back sweetness to it. Pretty piny in the aroma.

Medium body, flavors of this beer are a slight let down. Not too bitter, hop character falls a little flat. Its odd. Second, still not really liking it. Its a little high in alcohol too. I'm just kind of annoyed by this beer. I've had better IPAs, a lot.

drabmuh, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Terrapin thanks to kkipple.

A: Rises a huge 3+ finger head in my Chouffe tulip glass. The fluffy head fades very slowly, maybe too slowly as I have to wait for it to bide down so I can pour the rest of the beer, and more importantly drink it! It's a clear amber nectar orange color. The head leaves a fluffy Belgian-esque foamy lacing on the glass.

T: Mmm, nice hops and slight malt base. It almost has a Belgian malt aroma with touch of yeast. More importantly is the earthy chewy hop aroma with a slight fresh dry hopped aroma. A slight pine and citrus addition.

T: A slightly less fresh IPA taste, perhaps not as fresh as it could be. The date tells me to enjoy by the first week of July, no year, but perhaps the hops are supposed to taste like that. A nice bitterness with some juicy and fruity hops, slight pine, chewy hops, and a hop taste that tastes slightly dulled. Then is some more malty flavors. A nice malt base with some slight sweet malt flavors. A slight bitter orange peel and citrus hops. Not very hoppy or bitter overall. More like a pale ale than IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: A nice bitterness rises and slowly fades. It builds pretty well, and with that comes some dryness. A very slight malty presence on the finish. Some lingering orange peel, citrus, a little pine, and some chewy earthy hop tastes. WIth all that is a slight lingering creaminess.

jlindros, Apr 26, 2010
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.