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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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90
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652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: generalnotsew on 07-31-2010)
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz, filled 4/4/13, drank 4/12/13
Bruery tulip

A: Clear orange amber like color. Full finger of off white head initially. Faded to a layer. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Juicy fruit character. Over ripe peach and mango. Some herbal notes. Sweet malts there as well.

T: Big hops up front. Tons of that same fruit that you smelled. But there is a good layer of sweet malts to match it. Maybe an herbal like flavor. Finish has lingering fruity hops.

M: Big medium. Has some body.

Serving type: growler

04-15-2013 16:10:33 | More by inlimbo77
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Moondog Growlers (Marietta, GA). Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter. 

Pours a deep murky amber with 2 fingers near white gead. Little lacing. 

Nice mixture of piney and grapefruit hops in the nose. Mangos, oranges, grapefruit and spice pine. Quite inviting. 

Big bold bitter hops! Grapefruit, pine, peppery spice, mango and ample booze bite. The alcohol burn is there start to finish but doesn't distract from the great hop flavors. 

Medium thick with moderate carbonation. Nice oily feel with a long bitter dry aftertaste. 

Overall another well done beer from Terrapin. It has the nice body from malts but without that almost signature biscuity taste I've come to expect from DIPAs. It drinks a bit hotter than most but you can't be too surprised given over 10% abv. It's not the best but it's worth a try. I certainly plan to drink more. 

Serving type: growler

03-31-2012 01:22:52 | More by ThickNStout
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ksimons

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-somewhat hazy, bright amber color with a small amount of white head that quickly disappears to leave lace bubbles around the top

S-caramel malt, tropical fruit and pineapple, and citrus hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a sweet caramel malt and tropical fruit and some light citrus and pine hops. Alcohol gives a bit of warming, but does not taste like 10.7%.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall not as hoppy as I was expecting, but still a very nice drinking beer that goes down easily

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 21:40:19 | More by ksimons
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TheWholeMatt

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a nice darker orange color with not a big head. Wish it were a little bigger but oh well.

Smell - man the smell of this beer was phenomenal, I actually said wow when I smelled it. Citrus and hops off the bat. Very good

Taste - this tasted almost as good as it smelled. Very easy to drink, smooth with noticeable carbonation. This is a pretty hoppy beer, I find it much more enjoyable than terrapin's hopsecutioner. I wish this had a little more bitterness tho

Mouthfeel - smooth. Very easy to drink

Overall - very good beer. Exactly what you'd want on a summer night, super refreshing and tasty. Well done terrapin.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 17:56:06 | More by TheWholeMatt
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber beer with some bubbling in it, only a little bit of head on the pour. Seems to be very much as described when it comes to IPAs.

Smell: a very hoppy floral aroma, i really like the smell of this beer. This smells as described by the beer style. Almost smells sweet but full.

Taste: Not as hoppy as it smells, but it is a floral taste. Full and crisp. The aftertaste isn't much to brag about. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Thick beer with low carbonation makes for a good mouthfeel. Definitely drinkable.

Overall: Not a bad IPA, but not as hoppy as i would expect an IPA to be. I did enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 04:10:33 | More by Fergyx825
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour into wide glass from Lures cask

A-Pour is hazy and golden. Fast dissipation of head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma is tropical fruit and pine.

T-Taste is very tropical fruit, pineapple sweetness. Pine notes follow with solid hop bitterness with a malt backbone.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced and lightly carbonated.

O-overall a decent DIPA that is not super hoppy.

Serving type: cask

03-25-2014 12:31:17 | More by reebtaerG
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a rinsed chalice from the bottle.

A: hazy golden deep orange Suspended carbonation or solids, can't tell. one finger head quickly dissipated to a thick collar and some islands of bubbly head. Some say generous lacing, I am getting some but not generous. No legs are visible.

S: Musty grapefruit. Synephrine laced orange pith. Carmel or other medium roasted malts. Malted milk ball centers.

T: Puckery grapefruit, bitter citrus. Huge malt stands up very well to the hops. Sweetness like a candy sugar, most likely unfermented caramel malts and not candy sugar. Bittersweet is the perfect moniker for this beer. Yeast is not offensive, just a light estered note.

M: SMOOOTH,carbonation is spot on and malts are generating some sweet smoothness. Very slightly dry at finish with phenolic notes on outbreath. Hides booziness pretty well.

O: Big. Has the most grapefruit notes I have had since Devil Dancer, without the huge dryness and desert parching qualities of DD. This is pretty good for a high IBU grapefruit bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:08:53 | More by Scrapss
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Aroma of piney alcohol.
Head small (1.5 cm), off-white, creamy, mostly diminishing, rapidly.
Lacing fair.
Body light orange, hazy.
Begins with piney resinous taste, ends with piney alcohol taste.
Body is medium, dry.
Carbonation lively.
Ends with an astringent aftertaste.

Overall not a bad example of a DIPA. Had it previously from the Side Project 12 incarnation.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 13:01:46 | More by Ozzylizard
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:08:27 | More by BeerAdvocate
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MCain04

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, freshness date unknown, poured into DFH IPA glass.

Pours a murky yellow-orange body with a small white head of decent retention and lacing.

Heavy on the tropical fruits, oranage, pineapple, guava, lemon, grapefruit, mild pine and floral.

Taste is similar to the smell, with heavy orange and tropical fruit hops. Bitter but only moderately so. Not overly malty but a lot of sweetness is probably from the hop flavor and not only the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is brisk, bright, and carbonated. Medium body with an appropriately dry finish.

Overall a solid DIPA and definitely great if you like the tropical fruit flavors. For the more piney, bitter IPA seekers, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:53:32 | More by MCain04
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witster18

Tennessee

2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rating appearance 3 cause this one's staying in the bottle.

Its warmed up a bit, I figure at 10.5% it won't make much difference in 'the heat' of the beer anyway.

Nose is rotting pineapple with pine.

Taste is kinda like a hoppy beer meets green Robitussin. Hard to distinguish anything more than a clear 'halls cough drop'.

I guess I was hoping for something different. It is what it's advertised to be, but it will be my last. I had a few lake Erie monsters during mantrip, and it proved a big beer can still b refreshing and complex.. THIS beer is neither.

There's just nothing distinguishable from the hopslam.. I don't expect it to be balanced, but the entry needed to go further out of the box.

Like the name, and some of the brewery's other offerings, but not this one.

A big one note.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:57:31 | More by witster18
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JG-90

New Jersey

2.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a small peach/tan head with okay retention. Leaves almost no lacing. Beer is a clear, light peach color. Smell starts with sweet malts and floral, seems almost like you can smell the booze too. Also has a bit of a great juicyness in the nose, with orange, grapefruit, and lemon.

Taste is dominated by overly sweet malt, is also very boozy. Has some floral hops, but very much lacking in the citrusy hops promised in the nose. Tastes like a sweet, boozy (almost) complete mess. This one just gets a pass from me, any more sweet and I would call it undrinkable (for me at least, I know some like the sweetness). Definitely not the godzilla of hops. Has average mouthfeel and below average carbonation for a DIPA, also has a bit of an oily feel that coats your mouth in floral sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:04:11 | More by JG-90
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. 2013 vintage

Looked decent, clear orange color with small head which did retain through most of the session. lacing was faint to non existent.

nose was mostly sweet malt and booze

Taste had a bit more going for it. Some pepper in there, booze not overpowering, but only a faint hop bite. Sweet malts were the more dominant.

Mouth only slightly heavy, good soft burn on the back of the mouth.

Overall, a good beer. Felt there was something missing in the hop department, but an enjoyable drink non the less. First beer i've reviewed with the same numbers across the board. Nothing really stood out, nothing really dragged it down.

Not up to Big Hoppy Monster level, imho.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 02:37:12 | More by MikeWard
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Pencible

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter citrus zest and a little sugary caramel.
T: It tasted like pineapple and sweet caramel, with a little citrus zest. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Slick body.
D: This was a nice double IPA. The scent and body were ok, but the taste was really good with crazy pineapple taste. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not top tier but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:57:19 | More by Pencible
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dirty orange color with a thick, beige/cream yellow-white head and decent retention. Lacing leaves a medium and sparse latticework of foam. Not the best looking DIPA around, that's for sure.

S-Mint, bitter hops, tannins, grapefruit, lemongrass, caramel sweetness, and a flash of booze to round off the nose.

T-Not what I expected from the nose. It seems almost like a malt bomb as the hops make a quick flash, but dissipate very quickly into a bready malt with a note of caramel sweetness. There is a pleasant, lingering aftertaste of resiny hops however, which gives it some redeeming quality.

MF- Creamy, rich, thick and viscous. Lovely for a DIPA.

O-A pretty good brew for Terrapin. They make fantastic hop-forward beers so I was expecting more from this one but it did not deliver. Not very well balanced but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 20:22:31 | More by Jacurdy60
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Hoptopher

Tennessee

3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:10:40 | More by Hoptopher
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly hazed amber, no real head or lacing though.
S - Grapefruit, some pineapple, pine, big bready malt, a little musky, some dark caramels.
T - Juicy citrus hops, sweet candied apples, a little fresh bready, finished a little dry with some pine.
M - A little chewy, sticks to your palate, but doesnt feel as heavy as you'd think.
O - A good double IPA, but still a little too powerful and sweet to enjoy multiples of.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:38:46 | More by Omnium
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange brew. Hazy. Dense-looking. Quarter of an inch of white head. Held there in check.

Grapefruit and pine hops, drier than standard imperial red fare. Toffee, booze, and lots of sappy dank hops. Great nose. A little sweet.

Semi-sweet and sappy dank pine hops, notes of cooked grapefruit, caramel, toffee, blood orange, and alcohol. Even sweeter as it warms. Almost raisin-y, in the way that the dark fruits offer more sweetness. Toasty and hoppy, but not off-the-chain.

Softly carbonated. Thick syrupy body. Filled-out. Still a lot of booze in the mouth.

Good DIPA. Not outstanding, just good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 06:06:31 | More by thecheapies
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Terrapin : Hopzilla

Eye: Clear copper color, white filmy head. Leaves some spotty lace.
Nose: Pine and citrus hops with some candied orange and fusel alcohol especially as it warms slightly. Bright hops and alcohol.
Tongue: Citrusy hops, firm maltyness and a good presence of alcohol. Faint caramel, biscuit and pine flavor are intertwined.
Mouth: Medium to full bodied on the palate with a stinging carbonation and hop bite drying the beer out slightly.
Mind: Good beer, when cold it is sublime, as it warms it gets a little pushy. Still a top notch double IPA. Any lupulin fans will enjoy this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 17:50:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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larryi86

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy amber copper color with almost no head.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, some resin and pine.

T- Again tropical fruits and grapefruit, pine, biscuity malts, some earthy spices, some alcohol, not very bitter.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid sweeter DIPA. Would probably pick this up again, but doesn't stand out too much.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:24:23 | More by larryi86
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orangish-brown with a one finger white head that fades away pretty quickly. A fairly solid white ring is left around the top of the beer with some splotchy lacing.

The aroma is filled with tropical fruit and grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Not a whole lot of malt but the juicy hops more than make up for it.

Huge hop burst upon tasting with a big rush of tropical fruit much like the aroa. Grapefruit, mango , pineapple, and orange are predominant. There is some nice biscuit malt character in the background and just a quick whiff of alcohol about halfway through. Bitterness is quite high but does a great job of counteracting the sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is slick and fairly dry for the style with a very balanced finish.

Overall, an extremely well done IIPA. Alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is not overly sweet as often happens with these beers. Great hop and malt balance and really quite drinkable for the strength. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:44:56 | More by rangerred
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from tap into unibroue tulip at Kickbacks in Jacksonville, FL. Big foamy pour over a deep burnt orange color. Nice hoppy sweet malt piney aroma.
Taste is malty sweetness..[piney but is balanced by the sweetness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight dried fruit and toffee, and hops. I would actually call this a strong ale; not a DIPA. Its way too sweet and way to strong...but its damn tasty! whatever you call it, its great

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 01:53:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an interesting dipa in that it's not trying to blow my mind by blowing away my palate. Thick flavor profile with a slightly noticeable boozy tone, but not as much as I would expect for a 10.7% beer. A nice drinker. I could certainly deal with slightly less of a boozy tone, less prevalent malts, and a higher hop influence. It's a nice enough drinker though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:02:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, forms a one-finger white head over medium visible carbonation.

S: Hops! Tropical fruit, dank, citrus, and a bit of pine. Background of light biscuit or cracker malts.

T: Follows the aroma in notes, but this is closer to balanced than expected from the nose. Hop flavors of citrus, tropical, grapefruit/pineapple and dank grassy come through without big bitterness - I assume this had lots of late hop additions. A mild spicy/onion hop character shows up near the end, with only mild bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence, decent carbonation sensation.

O: Quite enjoyable, but nothing to make it stand out. Certainly paled in comparison to the Stone Enjoy By I drank following this bottle. But I wouldn't turn down another.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 16:29:42 | More by macrosmatic
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Cobrito

Georgia

1.73/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A--A nice cloudy, golden appearance, but with weak head and lacing.

S--Smells kind of one-dimensional and overly malty. Not at all appetizing or aesthetically pleasing like the best, complex DIPAs.

Taste--Ditto; one dimensional, boringly sweet. Very little hop taste and very little sense of composition.

M--Meh.

Perhaps the least satisfying $13 per 4 pack I have ever spent. This beer is a FAIL.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:30:21 | More by Cobrito
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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.