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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 730
Hads: 3,045
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 110
Gots: 674 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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: 3,045
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7.3% ABV. Best if enjoyed by: Week 1 of September 2013. Acquired a few days ago at a local bottle shop. Cost was something like $6.00. I dig the creative stylistic label art. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded green pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation, though this is my second Terrapin beer and I wasn't impressed with the first one.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head. Nice thickness, nice cream. Good (~4-5+ minute) retention. No bubble show. Soapy uneven lacing. Unimpressive frothiness. Appears somewhat soft.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Unimpressive vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Decent appearance for the style overall. There's definite room for improvement. Par for the style, if a bit light in colour.

Sm: Hop character is quite timid. Generic floral hops, light soapiness, and some lemon citrus hop character. Pale malts. Clean. Not horribly fresh. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A biteen grainy. A dash of amber malts. Average in strength. Pretty average for the style as well; I'm unimpressed with it so far.

T: Okay. Floral hop character works well with the simple pale malt foundation. A hint of grapefruit hop character and light accompanying bitterness on the climax. A dash of nectary hops. Not as juicy and vivacious as I want it to be. Hop character is timid and unevocative overall. Not a lot of depth of flavour here. Somewhat grainy. Simple and uninspired. Little subtlety. I will say that I like the balance, but it seems easy to pull off given the simplicity. Boring and somewhat bland. I do like it, but there's nothing unique or special here. It doesn't seem to try for much.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Lightly refreshing. Decent presence on the palate. Decent thickness. Decent body. Suits the flavour profile middlingly. Decent execution.

Dr: A low-ambition IPA that achieves its mundane goals. Drinkable with a decently hidden ABV. Quite unimpressive and uninspired. Why brew this? I wouldn't get it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. I'm 0 for 2 on Terrapin. Looking forward to trying more of their beers in the hopes that this lack of quality is the exception - not the rule. That said, I do think it's above average overall. I'm hard on it because I see potential.

Low B-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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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.

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

Received from sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle has best by Month 1 Week 4.

Pours a golden amber with a small white head that leaves no lacing. Smell is of citrus, grapefruit, and some pint. Taste is piney with some citrus. I also get some caramel notes. Leaves a lingering hop note on the tongue. Mouthfeel has a smooth finish and moderate carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA and would drink it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass

Slight hazy amber color, with short=lived off-white head.

This beer doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by the name "Hopsecutioner", but that's probably a good thing. It has pronounced, but moderate strength hops with substantial contributions of other flavors. Not very bitter. I'll ignore the mismatch of name and taste in this review.

Very citrusy hops with a good amount of sweet malt to balance the flavor. High drinkability and smoothness for an Amer. IPA. Nice finish with a fine aftertaste.

Feel - moderately carbonated; medium body.

Although I am sensitive to the taste and smell of alcohol, I didn't detect the high ABV.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - It has a dark amber color, very little head and a good amount of carbonation

s - Can definitely smell the hops, also a citrus smell.

t - Thought the hops jump out at you right away. Also got a citrusy/grapefruit taste to it.

m - A lot of carbonation hits you right away, medium body.

d - Overall it was a good beer, but I was a little disappointed. I had heard great things about it and it just did not live up to my expectations. I think it is a good IPA but there are better things out there. I would definitely drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Month 8 Week 4 notched on label:

Pours amber with a thin white head that leaves broken rings of lacing.

The smell is orangey, grapefruity, piney and a hint of perfume. Caramel backing comes through in aroma.

The tastse is of orange and grapefruit rind with pine/resin and a touch of perfume. Despite hoppiness, the caramel and alcohol land it on the sweeter side, though there is a bitter touch.

It has medium-carbonation and is medium-bodied, though it is more oily/slick than chewy. Some alcohol shows.

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

Served in a bottle at ESPN Club in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to golden brown with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, several thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness as well as some pretty heavy aromas of hops - specifically grapefruit, tropical/passionfruit, and pine.

T: The beer starts out with a light taste of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the hop bitterness (not overly aggressive bitterness) - primarily pine/resin but with some grapefruit and tropical/passionfruit as well. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Overall this is a very drinkable beer, certainly not a session beer as the ABV is a little too high for that and the flavors are a little too intense. More well balanced than expected.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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

Big thanks to Jason for bringing this one to DE for me!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a 1.5 finger, foamy white head on top. The head is rather sudsy, and lasts for a little bit before dissipating to a thin layer of foam on top. Thick and sticky lacing coats the sides.

S: Nice and juicy on the aroma with some orange, grapefruit and a bit of zest along with some pine. A bit of bready malt, but not much. Nice, bitter aroma.

T: Nice and hop-forward. Lots of orange and tropical fruits. Hard to pick up a specific flavor from the malt, as this one is hoppy. Nice bitter/dry finish with some pine at the end.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. On the bitter side with a dry finish.

O: A very nice IPA, hop forward with only a bit of malt to keep things in check. Surprised it was 7.3%, if it were a bit lower could be a staple IPA in my fridge any day.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into bells tulip

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades down to a thin layer. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden orange. Has a nice glow to it.

Aroma: Some pine flavored hops with a citrus blend sticking out front. However, it has a fairly strong malt backbone. Very bready. Nothing too special.

Taste: Bready malts and grassy/pine hops. The citrus flavors are of pineapple and grapefruit. To much malt here, however.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a bit creamy from the malts. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry with lots of hops left over in the aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad ipa. It is super bitter. Has a lot of juicy hop resin going on. It is relatively drinkable and I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden amber with a quarter inch of off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smell is floral and citrus specifically grapefruit. Taste is piney, citrusy, and floral with a nice balance of malt and hops. The bitterness is potent but well received. There is also a little alcohol ester that comes through in the finish, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

I love this IPA. It's probably one of my favorite (relatively) locally brewed IPAs.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly hazy and appears a light orange hue. The white head stands in at around a half inch, leaving some decent lacing in its path. The aroma offers pine resin, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor brings a robust malt bill, as well as some piny hops, with subtle hints of citrus. Alcohol is a bit too present in both the aroma and flavor for my liking. Still, an enjoyable brew. The body is thicker than is customary for the style. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips. Overall, decent.

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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.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head covering the top. didn't have much of a head to speak of but left pretty decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, mangoes and peaches. It has a very hoppy and delicious smell to it and I can tell I'm going to like this one.

The taste is like the nose in that it has a strong sweet hoppy flavor to it. It has a some citrus and pine along with some of the fruitiness found in the nose. It doesn't have much bitterness in it to balance it out, but if sweet and hoppy are your thing like it is mine you will like this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked this beer and will be buying it again. It had a lot in common in the flavor with some of the West Coast IPA's that have that sweet hoppiness to them. I really like that flavor and have been looking for one available to me that is similar. So far this one might come the closest. Terrapin has really impressed me this year with Hoppy Monster and now this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to blutt59.

Pours yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some pine. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with a good some good caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good IPA with lots of hop flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that this one came to me care of my local IP trader, tone77. Watch my progression today as I go from a single on up.

From the bottle: "Hear ye, hear ye ... All hopheads shall herewith rejoice! Terrapin hath recruited ye olde HOPSECUTIONER to execute the exact hop profile for this killer IPA. YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOPHEAD OVER THIS ONE!"

That last part really makes me sad as I just took receipt of my knitted hophead from wiresiren and I would hate to lose it! In fact, that may be my headgear for GTMW 2012 in a couple of weeks.

My pour netted me a massively thick, foamy tawny head that extended above the rim of the glass, resembling the top of an ice cream cone. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with minty hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like spearmint or peppermint, really intense and cooling! Yum! The finish was dry, cool, minty, just the way I really prefer an AIPA. The sticky lacing that was left behind was going to require a jackhammer to remove. More, please!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Says have before June 3rd week of year... mystery?? ok that's real useful there... whatever.

Nice copper clear red body with visible carbonation. Two finger off white head which goes down slowly. Leaves a good ring and white circle throughout the drink.

Apricot nose at first, but also muted grain. Not much else really not even very hoppy. Sweet smelling though.

Fruit first in the mouth. Nice finish but a little wet in terms of body. Strangely not that hoppy or much grain character. Afterfinish has an interesting berry fruit quality almost cherry like, or some stemmed berry fruit. Missing bread punch and chew and hops are kind of muted.

Drinkability is actually pretty good considering I could have this again for its fruit characteristics.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= poured a light amber color as an IPA should. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

S= Citrus and pine smells are present.

T= Slightly hoppy but not overdone. Malty and semi-sweet.

MF= light bodied and not very heavy.

D= Easy drinker and easy to have more than one of these.

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

12 ouncer from a six pack purchased at Capones outside of Philly. "Best if enjoyed by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours lighter amber, with a subtle light golden orange hue. Leaves fine scattered lacing on the glass. The head is tight and solid, with retentive powers in evidence. Light fruity sweet, and mildly hoppy nose. More tropical fruit infused hops picked up, nice flowery and r. Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA. Picking up further notes of biscuity malts, some quite drying graininess late. I like. Solid AIPA. Robust and heady sessioner

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: mild bitterness and some soft citrus tones are mild overall.

Taste: caramel, orange, moderate bitterness, and some mild fruit sweetness are the strongest flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. A good sessionable beer everyone should give a try.

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