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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 740
Hads: 3,105
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 114
Gots: 714 | FT: 11
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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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: 740 | Hads: 3,105
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass on 5/23/10, best enjoyed by September Week 3 punched into the label.

Appearance: Pours light copper to amber with great clarity. Constant up-flow of carbonation leading to a persistent half inch creamy off-white head. Pretty impressive lacing to begin the session, ends with the occasional sticky patch.

Smell: Big hop aroma right away, citrus and grass with a hint of pineapple. Very pleasant and what I expect from an IPA.

Taste: Similar to the nose, hops right up front. Light flavor, not overbearing bitter. Citrus and pine with an earthy finish. Sessionable and a good candidate for a beer to introduce to non craft drinkers, but not as bold as I would have expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation as apparent from the look. Medium to thin body with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic drinkability. It would be no problem to put a few of these back. Alcohol is all but non existant, which could be dangerous with how easy these go down.

Overall, good but not fantastic. Light flavor that isn't as hop forward as I would have hoped. Is one I will have again, great value, but not the most impressive.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into hotel dixie cup =(, best if enjoyed by sept week 3
A- golden, creamy white head
S- Big citrus notes, fruity, nice
T-Creamy, sweet, some citrus, a bit floral, very drinkable, not that hoppy
M Really thick without having the big malt backbone, hard to describe
O- This beer is pretty drinkable, its not spectacular, and I would not buy it again for the price, but there is nothing really wrong with it.

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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 hotpauko
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, took me to 4th of a six pack to figure out. Decent offering but definitely more malt than hops. Smells hoppy, initial taste is hops but malty takes over and lingers with a malty bite rather than a bitter finish. Almost in agreement with another review that called this a pale ale. Maybe my review would be different if I tasted blind and was told this was a pale ale. Worth a bottle but maybe no more unless you like a malt hop combo leaning toward the malt side.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by: 12.19.14. Drank 11.13.14. 12oz bottle poured into a Mason Jar pint.

A: Pours a hazy bright orange with two fingers of bright, billowing head. Lots of big pitting, small patches of lacing, dissipates to a few small islands and a high collar. A fair amount of suspended particulates. Light visible carbonation.

S: Earthy, metallic, traces of what could resemble hops... but nowhere near enough to get past the grunge/yeastiness/biscuity aroma. Awful for an IPA, and to be frank, awful for any beer style.

T: Weak. Little to no clarity. Pepper and Earth. Bready malt, toasted biscuit... once again, awful.

M: Watery and bitter. Not much carbonation, dull to taste. Lingering earthy bitterness reminds me of how awful this smells and tastes well after I last went though those painful endeavors.

O: An incredible disappointment from a beer which I didn't even have high hopes for, just that it would be a decent regional IPA to drink in the Southeast. But this is not even close, not by a long shot. I'm giving a 2 all around for effort.

Maybe I had an infected bottle, but unless someone one day hands me this beer, I will not be having it again.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber with good head into my trusty Sam Adams glass

The smell is not overpowering, the hops are present, it is possible this is not a super fresh bottle.

The taste is good, kind of subtle to be called Hopsecutioner, another reason I think this bottle is not super fresh

The mouthfeel was good; I am enjoying this beer after a day of working in the yard, and loving it!

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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very nice IPA. I must say before this Terrapin my favorite IPA was from sweetwater but I like this one much better. It has a dark amber color with a lace that sticks to the glass. The smell very nice kind of a sweet smell but with a huge hops finish. The taste is great with a citrus hint on the hops but leads to a smooth mouthfeel which leads to a wonderful drinkability. I really enjoy this IPA.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color and light cream colored head. Pretty highly carbonated. Smells mostly pine with some citrus, taste is dominated by the pine. Was expecting it to be more bitter, but its not, and it drinks really well. Light to medium body on an overall nice IPA. Its not a Two-Hearted, but its a nice local beer on a trip to Georgia.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 12.6.15. Poured into Monday Night pint glass. Hazy golden orange in color with a bubbly white head. Carb bubbles on the bottom of the glass that sporadically rise to the surface. Thick spots lace to the glass. Smell is slight pine with citrus notes and bready a bit. Taste is metallic with some pine, citrus and lemon backed with malt. Not a lot of carbonation and slick feel. Good beer but would much rather have a Sweetwater IPA or Hop Dang Diggity. Cheers!

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a surprisingly dark transparent amber, a small quickly receding off-white head fades to leave minimal lacing.

S - Tart melons, with some hints of pine.

T - Not sure if this is an older bottle or what, but I'm just not getting the hops on this one. A stronger than stylistically usual malt backbone just takes over, with only a hint of bittery bite at the end of the quaff.

M - Perhaps a slight bit creamier than many other regular-offering IPA's I've had, but nothing too spectacular.

D - I enjoyed this, but wouldn't seek it out again. The maltiness makes it a bit heavy for what I'm looking for in an IPA, especially given the lack of a robust hop profile that I was expecting.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by first week of Nov.

A - Deep copper with only a slight haze - relatively clear. Modest off white head falls quickly. Carbonation appears relatively high.

S - Faint lemon. Quite modest.

T - Complex graininess in the front to mid with very crisp bitterness on the tail. Hops are slightly resiny at the finish, but it is very dry.

M - Light bodied with brisk carbonation.

O - Better than the sum of its parts, it is quite drinkable and refreshing.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Interesting color; a bit on the dark side for an IPA. Very intriguing. Good head, ok retention.

Good hop aroma, nice and piny. Roasty malts shine thrugh.

Taste is pretty darn good. Hops are of the earthy/woody variety, with a thouch of orange.

Good drinking IPA, I'll probably grab some more.

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Photo of CMB2012
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with fresh by date of 2nd week in September (pretty fresh considering I bought it in Orlando, and the Sweetwater IPA I bought in Atlanta was only good another month, yea...). Served in an open mouth wine glass.

A- Clean, dark gold, effervescent, creamy off white head, decent lacing.

S- Grapefruit, orange, bubblegum, toffee malt, pine.

T- Pine and citrus hops- orange & grapefruit, toffee malts, and some darker malts- maybe chocolate, or deep caramel.

M- Crisp, medium/light body, somewhat rough carbonation, with tight bubbles- it works pretty well.

O- A very flavorful brew, drinkable considering the high ABV, and something I would like to have access to in my area. I will keep an eye out for it whenever I head south.

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Photo of adkrogue
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours clear, goldenoff-white head good retention good lacing.

S: unique smell. I Absolutely get hops up front, unlike some others. Not dank, resiny hops but lighter, lemony floral hops. One of the aroma hops here is a stone favorite, used in the recent enjoy bys.

T: pretty balanced ipa. Hops aren't overpowering, but again these seem like delicate hops, for lack of a better description. Some lemon, floral, light pine, with a healthy malt backbone but not too sweet. It's getting better as I drink it. At first I noticed some metallic taste, which is gone.

M: light-medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O: really enjoyable. Wld definitely have again and do a side by side with.

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Photo of JesteR14
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Carmel color with an off white thick head that laces the glass.

S- not much for me, id love to rate this more but i just dont get much. Hoppy obviously....

T- Wow! this is great! the hops hit you with the freshness and the bitterness lasts. There is some slight citrus. This is a tasty brew that leaves a craft beer person wanting just one more taste

M- carbonated and flavorful, but for me its a pretty medium flavor. Not overpowering.

D- Great brew and an easy drinker if you are a hop head! Hop heads rejoice, this is a great hoppy beer!

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

Poured a golden orange with a 2 finger head. A good amount of lacing.

Smell a little citrus, orange or tangerine, with some floral notes and sweetness from the malt.

A little less hop forward than I was expecting. Some light citrus and pine, a little bitter. Pretty strong malt backbone to this one.

Medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

Not bad and easy to drink, I was expecting something with more of a hop punch based on the name.

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

Poured vigorously into a 20-oz. snifter. Looks great- clear penny copper with a sticky printer paper-white head that lines the top evenly and nicely, less than 1/2". Nice effervescence all around the glass- constant and quick bubbles.

Smells orangey, lemony, sweet. Reminds me of the scent of Terrapin Monk's Revenge- I wonder if the hop blend is similar? More tropical and citrus than pine or earthy.

Taste is very similar to the smell, but with a great frothy mouthfeel to spread that citrusy, orangey hop all around. A very pleasant IPA, impeccably balanced. The flavors seem sweet, but the finish is nice and dry. It's not especially rich or sweet to drink, and the dryness lets the hops leave a nice bitter lining on your tongue.

I'm happy I grabbed a few Terrapins in Florida-- tough to find in MI, and impressive all around so far- loved the pale, Monk's, and this, and VERY excited to crack my Wake N' Bake!

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

a- nice amber color, small head , no lacing
s- earthy fruity hops, not strong but very pleasant
t- nice earthy taste that fades to a fruity hops
m- not a very impressive mouthfeel but nothing horrible, just not oily like i like it
d- i definitely like this beer, worth a shot for hop fans

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Photo of detlefchef
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear reddish brown color and medium head.

Honestly, I pull way more malt off the nose than I do the hop profiles. Not that it isn't without piney and citrus notes, but it's all sitting behind the ripe malt. Sort of like an almost double and I think I'd prefer it not so.

ETA: On second swirl, I did get some nice mango fruit on the nose. Ticking it up a half pt.

That said, there is a nerviness and somewhat aggressive hop quality to the palate but it's certainly not remarkable in any way.

Solid texture but the toasty quality on the back curbs the refreshment.

Solid enough but I could start listing IPAs I like and get long into the list before I got to this one.

Paired with:
Dried fruit and sweet potato stuffed anaheim with walnut cream sauce.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. Good lacing, but not much retention.

Smell: Strong floral hops with a note of sweet malts. I'd say this is the beer's strongest point.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, but they're not VERY bitter - just enough. There's a little bit of malt presence, but the aftertaste is a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a middling-light body, but again, the aftertaste is a little disappointing. It's kind of watery.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink and enjoy; I like it. It's not quite what I thought it would be: with a name like 'Hopsecutioner', I expected this to be a lot bolder. But overlooking that, it's extremely enjoyable and well worth getting.

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Beautiful amber/copper with a nice dense head that slowly falls.

Very pleasant floral aroma dominates with a slight citrus in the background.

Hops hit first, bitter citrus, but are balanced with a caramel sweetness. Very well balanced.

Having medium carbonation and body, along with having a wonderful balance between the bitterness of the hops and malt sweetness, make this beer very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of bboelens
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well now that I've reviewed one of the big local IPAs (and trashed it), here is another one.

Slightly hazy copper, some head and lacing, but dissipates quickly. There is, however, something intriguing about the small amount of foam on top of the beer and the little web it forms, though; it's making me lick my lips even though the head and lacing are nothing special.

Smell: Hmm, this is wound very tightly for some reason; practically have to dip my nose into it to get much of anything. What's there is a combination fruity (orange?) and grassy that I like.

OK I like this quite a bit. The beer is disappearing fast. Something ragingly drinkable about this one. They've done a great job of blending everything together into a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. Hard to tell the individual elements, but that's a good thing. It's very much a West Coast style, but not aggressive. Great fruity-hoppy-malty composite. Very professional work from Terrapin!

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Photo of RJIV
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best By date of 12/18/15
Pours a slightly burnt orange.
Smells of muted hops. There is a pine and citrus battle going on in the smell and it results in an 'ehhh' smell.
The taste is sweet pine and that's not a good thing. The fight between the different hops continue into the taste as it's not completely piney and dank and not completely sweet and citrusy. The taste is muddled and confusing. The feel of the body is full for the style and the carbonation moves the flavors across the palette in an orderly fashion. The aftertaste borders on cloying. There are much better shelf DIPAs out there.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.