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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

854 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 88
Gots: 83 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: generalnotsew on 07-31-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Sammy, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

t0rin0, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2014.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet honey, citrus zest, and citrus juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

UCLABrewN84, May 24, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice white head. Aroma is quite nice with floral, tropical, and citrus hops in abundance. Some apricot in the nose as well. A touch of sweetness, but this is surely all about the hops. Taste brings more raw hoppy goodness. Large amounts of bitterness atop the tiniest bit of malt. Mouth is nice and dry and the beer goes down quite smoothly considering the abv and hop level.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a thick, tight bubbled head that leaves quite a few strands down the pint glass

Smell: Floral and tropical, with tangerine, grapefruit and pine

Taste: Opens with a sweet, fruity flavor that adds an piney bitterness by mid-palate, along with a clearly discernable bit of alcohol; after the swallow, the sweet malt softens the bitterness and creates a tropical citrus fruit potpourri

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Drinkability: A bit too sweet and sticky for my palate but a very nice crack at the style; I just prefer my beers more attenuated

brentk56, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent. A very dark amber color with a small white head of foam that came up over the top. A nice settle down caused the lace to cling a touch but the top did go bare after a few minutes.

The aroma was very nice though. Rich citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and pineapple notes. Light biscuit comes through as it warms and a touch of alcohol starts to really come through. The flavor was nicely balanced. At first a touch shredding with loads of pineapple and bitter grapefruit coming through, but mellowing nicely as it came up to room temperature, offering some departure with a touch of sweet caramel flavor. Nice medium body was spot on for the style and the strong alcohol notes led this one to be a real nice sipper.

mikesgroove, May 11, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Charlie for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a lightly hazed golden orange color with a finger or so worth of white foam.

S: A fair amount of grapefruit rind as well as some oily, piney, resin. Hints of tropical fruits provide some sweetness and there is a touch of alcohol on the back end.

T: Sweet tropical fruits up front, namely pineapple and mango. Unfortunately, lots of sugary sweetness and alcohol. The heat from the alcohol is so intense it's almost like ash with a hit of vodka. Some lingering piney bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I thought this one would be alright from the nose, but the flavor was just awful. Way too hot and alcoholic.

womencantsail, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kylehay2004, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a lightly hazy yellow color. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer reminded me of lemons and hops mixed together. The taste of the beer was very nice too, it's got a very lively kick to it, lots of citrus in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and refreshing, and leaves a good bite on the tongue. Overall I found this to be a really good IPA for the summer time. I would drink it again if I ever happen to come across it down the line.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a well-clouded, near opaque, dark orange-gold body with a film of off-white fizz.

Smell: A decent malt presence, with some notes of simple sliced bread, almond butter, and caramel, though we're mainly here for the hops, with a penetrating liveliness when it comes to the myriad of fruit scents - loads of citrus, tropical, and even some orchard fruit. Light waft of booze as well.

Taste: Lightly bready malts in the fore with sweet traces of caramel and marzipan. A lavish abundance of fruity flavors - pineapple, pear, lychee, tangerine, and lemon, all melting together to impart a boutique pâte de fruit character. As for the 100+ IBUs, the bitterness was definitely bold and brash, but it was never displeasingly abrasive. A pinch of sugar, then back to the bitterness assimilating some peppered alcohol tones. Bittersweet, warming, still so fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-light carbonation. Some noted chewiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Full, flavorful and packed with fruity complexities. I enjoyed this one. As for the drinkability, the sheer tastiness overrode the bitterness and alcohol, so maybe that's why the remainder of that particular evening is a tad hazy.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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".

oberon, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a very hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace. This beer looks oddly similar to a belgian wit especially considering how different the flavor is.

S - A very strong aroma of citrus hops with an emphasis on grapefruit. Light hints if orange and mango in the background barely manage to sneak past the grapefruit. There is some bready malt hiding in there a well, with just a hint if toasted grain.

T - Resinous, pone and grapefruit hops up front with lots of sweet, malty sugar. Some bitterness begins to creep in towards the middle but is still balanced by the sugary malt and overshadowed by the wave of hop flavor. The beer finishes with investing bitterness that begins to reveal smoky, mustard like hop flavors that I would normally associate with a much darker beer. Lingering bitterness and sugary fruit notes from the interplay of malt and hops.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the aroma on this ber is fantastic, and while the flavor is nearly equally hoppy, it comes across as a bit too sweet. While a good dose of sugar is naturally required to balance this level of hop intensity, this is somewhat excessive. The sweetness robs the hop flavor of some of its intensity by making it taste kind of like candied, dried fruit. Still, the hop aroma is spectacular, and it is a very nice DIPA overall. It is reminiscent of Avery Maharaja, thoughif it was a bit dryer, it would be even better.

nickfl, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong but complementary and not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but works quite well and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a really good hop bomb worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Kegatron, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

RblWthACoz, May 12, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at StoneGrille in York, PA, served chilled in a goblet.

The color is golden amber with mild haze and thin light head with fine bead.
The smell has a strong citrus quality with some orangeade like odor with mango and slight grapefruit with light alchol in the nose. The feel is very good with fruity tangy and moderately bitter hop texture with moderate carbonation and light astringency with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good, tangy with mango in the hop flavor and fruitiness is strong with some mild lime zest and hint of orange with slight malt in the back with gentle alcohol flavor adding to the tropical and citrus flavors the hops give off. The finish is relatively dry with a subtle warmth. Overall this is a seriously good Imperial IPA, nice amount of hop flavor and for the strength the alcohol is well hidden.

Slatetank, May 06, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

oline73, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 09/05/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, and floral hops.

t - Has a little bit of bitterness to it. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, and fruity malts, A ncie balance.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth body that is very easy to drink.

d - A decent DIPA with a good amount of citrus in the smell and taste. Not my favorite side project from them but not bad.

mdfb79, Sep 07, 2010
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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.