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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 107
Gots: 110 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: generalnotsew on 07-31-2010

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Ratings: 920 | Reviews: 218
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Hazed golden, epic lacing

SMELL: Pungent, citrus rind, grapefruit pith, arugula, peppery, rose water, pine, mango, esters, bread

TASTE: Booze, smooth, creamy, bitter, dank, pineapple, orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, spicy, warming, grass, bready

This beer is massive—our palates are Toyko, and Hopzilla absolutely destroys. As veteran beer drinkers, we can and don’t mind taking the hit. Sip after sip, you’d think it would let up, but it does not … it just keeps on rampaging and nearly numbs our taste buds. Excellent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a burnt orange tinged lighter shade of golden with a thinner but well retained white head that stuck well to the sides of my imperial nonic.Booze and fruit hit the nose along with some deep resin,overripe fruit I should say,its nice but you can tell its a doozy.Citric and very resiny on the palate up front, with big alcohol and caramel sweetness,overripe tropical fruit and again the deep resiny hop flavors are the main component but it can get sweet in the finish.A nice DIPA,I like the big hops more than many other of the style,but like many of the style the alcohol and sweetness is "large and in charge".

Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful bright but cloudy orange in color with a nice, off-white, almost yellowish head that left rings inside the pint glass that never did go away.

Smell – The orange rind is raucous here and the pine resin makes this a “kitchen sink” DIPA. The Terrapin website boasts of the Otto malts here but damned if I can find any at the nose.

Taste – There’s some sweetish malt at the taste but man these hops are huge. This ale is dripping with hop resin and the aftertaste lingers forever. This is not cheap. These are huge, monster hops, very complex, and almost has to be the last beer of the night.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is light in keeping with the style and the body quite big if not full. It’s smooth with a strong bitter finish.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking DIPA but very big and not for the novice. If you like big DIPAs though and are a little burnt out on the cheap pretenders give this a try.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Terrapin Side Project 12 HOpzilla DIPA 22oz. bomber and pour into St Feuillien over-sized wine glass.

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange colored fluid with a light but demanding head that leaves spider web like lacing.

S- Ripe grapefruit and rich alcohol esters burn the nose upfront. Light grassy hops are noticed with spicey note probably alcohol at the end.

T-M- The taste is very warm and intense with a massive body of alcohol and hops. First i'd like to say that is good. Warming alcohol esters dominate with a DIPA median of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange and plums.) Has a smooth mouthfeel for the alcohol content but still burns the palate.

D- Drinkable if a hardcore DIPA is needed because this one is exactly that... cheers.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OH NO! There goes Tokyo! There goes Hopzilla!

A: Poured into my pint glass this beer pour a little too pale, with a fluffy head that is to quick to dissipate and leaves little to no lace. This, however is about the only "flaw"

S: The DIPA has the right amount of notes as you'd want to get from hops. Piny, fruity, citrus, its all there in equal amounts. The hops are very balanced with each other.

T: The flavor starts out as a hoppy tongue bruiser. After about half the pint is gone, the malt backbone finally kicks in to balance this brew and give some relief.

MF/D: The mouth feel surprisingly is full and chewy. The drink, however, might suffer a tab bit because of the harshness of the hops, but this is a hop heads dream.

Overall, This is the real east coast version of a west coast IPA. Grab this up while it's fresh and still on the shelfs, because Hopzilla will come, he will reak havoc, and he will leave and never return again.

Photo of mondegreen
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2012 Monster Beer Tour Review:
12oz into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.
Pours a crystal clear deep gold with very little head and next to no lacing. The nose is very boozy. Muted hops and hot fusel alcohols. Taste is a hot mess: sweet alcohol, next to no bitterness, and a very generic, flat, and distant hop flavor. Mouthfeel is about average for a DIPA, maybe a little heavier/slicker than I'd like, but I can't really tell because I want this stuff out of my mouth as quickly as possible.

Overall, this is Terrapin's biggest disappointment to date (and that's saying a lot). To put it into perspective, as of right now (March 2012) I can find side projects on shelves from the middle of 2009. They just sit forever. The ONE Side Project that flew off shelves? The original Hopzilla. Why, then, would they change it so drastically? Anyways, I'd advise against picking this one up, especially at $13-$16/4-pack. If Terrapin reverts this beer to its original glory, I'll gladly restore my original review. Until then, thumbs down.

Original 2010 Side Project Review (Score was a 4.63):
22oz into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.

Pours a hazy golden color with a healthy white head. Leaves thick lacing down the glass. Aroma is all citrus hops. Smells wonderful; fresh, bright, alive. Taste follows, showcasing bitter hop flavors without going too far on bitterness. The Maris Otter malts carry the hops wonderfully, and the mouth benefits. This is one smooth DIPA.

At nearly 11%, this beer could be expected to be abrasive, but it isn't. This is the best side project Terrapin has produced to date. Don't skip it - it is well worth the $7-$8 price of admission.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a DIPA come out of the hard to keep track of Side Project series from Terrapin Beer Company. Appears a bright clouded brilliant orange apricot tone, with a bright full slightly off white head. The head billows above the rim of my chalice and has nice chunky lacing surrounding the edges of my glass. Aroma contains bitter grapefruit edges pretty much a nose ful of zest, strong citrus flowing notes with sugary candy coated hop flow to it. I don't care if people want to call the hop nose a bit one dimensional this stuff smells great, hints of tropical fruit esters with straight up citrus peels. Flavor 100% Maris Otter malts I didn't know what to expect here, but this is excellent malts backed up by pure bitterness. A bit sugary malt sweetness but that's okay I will drink some hop candy. My friend John Diflorio picked up a case of this at Robinson Beverage, dropped 80 bucks, I do like it and it's definitely worth a shot but I could picture getting tired of an almost 11% DIPA. Sweet tooth with hop bitterness wrapped around it, big ass DIPA alot of bitterness and loads of malts. It works but the grapefruit peel bitterness with the sugar malts makes this way too drinkable. As it warms a bit of residual sugars really cling to the palate, still a burning/tingling mix of hop oils and alcohol linger on the palate, and hop burps blow out the nares turning me into a real life Hopzilla. Drinkability as mentioned prior could be summed up in single terms, tasty...dangerous...hop-a-fuckn'-licious...that's it.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a large-bubbled white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving decent lacing.

Smells of candied apricots and tropical fruits with good amounts of slightly bready pale malt aromas lurking in the background.

Tastes better than it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by loads of tropical fruit flavors. Hints of citrus and herbal hop flavors work their way into things midway through the sip, before fading a bit to allow the malt flavors to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the cask version of this was more drinkable but not quite as complex as the tap version. Still, the more I have this beer the better it becomes, well worth a shot before it's gone.

Photo of allthatAles
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: A thick hazy, amber and by thick i mean even floating particulates. head forms and breaks down but lacing remains steady throughout.

Nose: malt comes off as creamy and leads right into orangey, grapefruit, lemon grass, spice and mineral notes are strong. very, enticing. like a siren beckoning lesser mariners to their doom!

Mouth: the malt in this monster is actually a bit softer than a another comparable double(maharaja). med-heavy body, thick mouth feel with a bit of sweetness from the malt at the beginning that gives way to the plethora of hops. the soapy character pops up in the middle and doesn't provide the 'undesirable' finish that many who aren't cut out for real IPAs like this one would complain about. fruity and hoppy throughout with a lightly creamy finish with hints of spice and mineral notes. almost no grassy lingering notes.

FRICKIN' awesome. if your in it's vicinity .... get it! i don't believe you'll be disappointed, this is one of the tastiest offering from terrapin to date, the real question is why most of what they brew isn't of as an exceptional quality as this delicious monster

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's. Smooth DIPA, full of citrus hop flavour and flavour up front. You do not notice the palate erasing as you are bribed by the flavour. Nice malt supportVery good drinkability and style representative. Cloudy orange appearance.Top level label.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing.

Pours a golden color with an orangish hue. There's a short, white head that has decent retention. The nose is lightly malty, bready but primarily citrusy with a little underlying floral aroma. The flavor is similar; light, bready malt up front with a bitter, citrusy, floral hop character. The alcohol is noticeable but adds only warmth and body. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This was a decent beer, but in my opinion it was a little "run-of-the-mill". There's nothing memorable about it. It's well put together, but probably not worth more than one.

Photo of Mavajo
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a fast-receding fluffy, white head. The aroma is absolutely loaded with tropical fruits, grapefruit, etc. - never smelled a beer this intensely fruit. While it's a truly delicious smell, it made me a bit leery of the taste - I don't really like my DIPAs loaded with tropical fruitiness, and I'm starting to worry this will skew to the sweet side. I take my first sips and, as expected, it's a bit of a letdown. Lots of tropical fruits, a bit of an odd medicinal/chemical character, and then the hops. Much too sweet. This isn't what I want from a DIPA - I like my DIPAs loaded with hops, bitter, resiny and dry. Extremely disappointed. I guess it's not wrong, per se, but it's not what I was wanting from this brew. It ends up being an unremarkable and unimpressive taste.

Not impressed by this beer. I won't be having again. Should be renamed Tropicsweetzilla.

Photo of mikey711
2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice golden color, but cloudy, with a half inch head that holds well but does not leave lacing.

S: Floral hop notes, touches of lemon, huge maltiness, onions, scallions pine sol. There is also a soapy quality

T: This ultra hoppy and malty. the hops however a a bit to astringent. The hops also have a bit of a scallion and onion flavoring. the maltiness in this one is also very sweet and very present

M: Slightly rough because it was a bit to prickly. There is some heat present as well

D: I found myself having trouble finishing the bomber because the astringent quality

Photo of sammygt
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin Hopzilla Glass - its what they gave away at the brewery the previous week, although they didn't have Hopzilla on tap. good orange hues in the color, and some decent head (~1in). Great hoppy nose, and whoa what a taste. Great mango and grapefruit in this sucker, love those great fruity hops. this is a great beer i will be drinking a lot of.

Side-note - 12.99 for a 4 pack is the only negative i have for this beer.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is all piney and citrusy hops, with some floral notes for good measure, along with turbinado sugar, biscuity malt, fruity esters, and alcohol. The flavor is also bursting with juicy, fresh hop notes (citrus, pineapple, pine), along with cane sugar, biscuit, caramel, fruity esters, and a wallop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, and drinkability is good. A solid DIPA that tastes fresh and has a creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the brewery the day after it was released during one of their tour sessions! Served from tap into a Terrapin Hopzilla shaker. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing through the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, marijuana, marijuana hop, citrus, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, marijuana, earth hop, marijuana hop, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised at how nice and hoppy this one was while still not being abrasive to the palate. There was a nice touch of both sweetness and bitterness so the palate didn't get overwhelmed. Honestly reminded me of fresh Pliny if I am completely honest with just a touch of earthiness. Definitely worth trying and really glad that they brought this one back in bottles.

Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a medium yellow orange color with about half a fingers worth of head. Very hazy and sharp in its haziness. The smell is rich but not very large. I didn't smell it when it opened or during the pour but the scent is musky and dank, sweet and herbal.

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The flavor is that of a big and heavy IPA, not tongue ripping but full. It certainly has a basement musk blending a fruity and sweet citrus edge with a complex maltiness and bitter herbal edge riding underneath. The body is very full, almost a bit heavy, but very supportive of the entire brew and somehow I taste no booze in this which is outstanding. The drinkability is great at first but this is certainly not a quick drink.

Photo of jsausley
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%

Strong hoppy body but a significantly noticeable lack of hop nose. Strong and sweet with a lot of malt character underneath but not as hoppy as the name implies. B+.

Photo of dejrrma
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around $5 at brick store for an 8-12 oz pour. served in a goblet.

a- it's a deep hazey orange and has lots of fluffy head. leaves nice lacing behind.

s- strong scents of hops, pineapple, orange zest, and spices.

t- very hoppy and pretty fruity. there's a strong orange fruit presence in this beer. slightly sweet with a little of the alcohol warmth going down.

m- its warm to cool, with a low carbonation, mediumish body, very smooth. i can't detect any alcohol until it goes down.

o- good beer. i had never had it before. this was also my first cask ale and i enjoyed it very much.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with some haze and a bright white head. Huge resinous hop nose. Earthy, mangos, papaya, are just a few unique scents i'm picking up. Pineapple comes through a bit as the beer airs. A tropical fruit storm. Extreme tropical fruit presence. Massive actually. comes across kind of sweet for such a hop bomb. Medium sized body holds all the flavors together into one big fruit bowl wave across the tongue. Bitterness comes in the form of a slight earthiness but bitterness isn't really perceived so much, its really just there for balance. Flavors are much like the nose, tropical fruits, some detectable alcohol. Very good and very unique, sweet peaches comes through on the palette as the beer warms.

Very very good. Starting to get juicy ripe oranges on the tongue as well. Wow what a beer. Deep, complex, and fruity. I love it.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 09/03/2010:

22 oz bottle at 42* poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a cloudy, yet bright orange with a finger of quickly receding eggshell-white head.

S: Lots going on from the first whiff. Belgian yeast?, citrusy fruits (orange, grapefruit), cherry, and some hops in the background. Definitely contradictory to the name.

T: The taste is of orange, grapefruit, apricots, a strong and sweet caramel-malt backbone, and as it warms the missing hops come to rescue my palate from this malt bomb.

M: The finish is somewhat sticky but not a turn-off.

D: It goes down dangerously easy despite its 10.8% level.

Photo of DaveBar
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at World Market in Hoover Alabama for $3.00 341ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Pours with a surprising amount of head for a high alcohol DIPA. Dark orange color.

S- PERFECT DIPA! Absolutely wonderful. Coriander, orange peel, musty.

T- Excellent. Lots of hops but not too bitter. Barely can tell it's over 10% alcohol. Caramel galore

M- Excellent for an IPA. Dry and tart.

O- Excellent. Watch out for the alcohol. Excellent cold but gets hot as it warms. Keep it in the bottle and pour as needed

Food Pairing

I tried this wonderful DIPA out with... T-Bone steak and baked potato. Not my cup of tea. Way overpowered the steak straight off the BBQ. This beer would go very well with sushi though.

Enjoy

Photo of MDHopster
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy brass color, smell of grass and pine, slight citrus. Good hoppiness, citrus and pine bear out. Nice bitterness to mouthfeel, American IPA balance.

Photo of Hoptopher
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apperence is a hazed amber with some sediment. Nice off white head the stays around fairly well.

Smells of grapefruit with some maltyness and little booze.

Taste hits you first with a lot of booze then you get that cracker malt. The hops finally come through at the finish. This one just doesn't have the hop presence I had hoped for, a little grapefruit and maybe some orange peel taste.

Feel is just a little sticky.

Overall not bad, not great.

Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: pineapple and apricots dominate the aroma with notes of orange and grapefruit as well. There are grassy aromas toward the finish.

T: pineapple and grapefruit hit first with some piny and grassy bitter notes as well. The beer finishes dry and lightly bitter.

M: medium body with a nice amount of carbonation that accents the hops well.

O: a good DIPA overall. It's a little old at this point, but still nicely hoppy.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.