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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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834 Ratings

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 88
Gots: 76 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bleedsblu, May 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Eastside151, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

nasastrums, May 15, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, "Vintage: 2014".

A - Color is a nice rich orange/gold. Hazy. Color is just off white. It is thick and creamy with large bubbles and a slight oily sheen. Thick lacing on the glass.

S - Aromas are a balanced mix of malt and hops, with a slight tilt toward the hops. The malt is bready and clean. The hops contribute clean grapefruit, tropical fruits and low earthiness. There is a low butterscotch in the background, either from the yeast or a slight "flaw", but I don't find it unpleasant.

T - Flavors are dominated by hops. The taste is mostly grapefruit with some piney notes. Light tropical fruit. The malt asserts itself in mid-palate like lightly toasted white bread. The finish is slightly sweet with another strong hit of the same hops flavors. Very light yeast character and a light sweetness from the alcohol.

M - Medium to full body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Mouthcoating sweetness that fades before the drier finish. Strong hops bitterness combines with significant alcohol burn, but does not come across as harsh.

O - This is a fine Double IPA. It's focus is on the hops, which are more interesting than some typical NW varieties, but there is enough sweet malt to cut the hops down to a semblance of balance.

Radome, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Valentno7, May 14, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a slight hazy bright copper color, with a finger and a half of creamy head that sticks around. Nice lacing. Good looking beer in the glass.
S: Getting citrusy, fruity hops. A bright hop profile but lighter than expected. This beer has some age to it so I guess that has affected the hop character a bit. I swirl the glass and get more aroma. Sweet caramel malt with light fruits - pears, nectarines, apples.
T: First taste the hops bite at me and smash my palate but fade and make room for the malt. Not a malt bomb but with each sip I get more alcohol and slightly less balance, as it begins to overpower the hops.
MF: Body is medium, creamy not sticky. For 10.3% ABV the alcohol is hidden pretty well.
O: I like this beer a lot. Reminds me of DFH 90 Minute. But is clear that the hops aren't as present throughout as they should be, or would have been a couple of months ago. But a real solid DIPA.

benloho, May 11, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

Vintage 2014. Reviewed from notes writeen 4/30/14. Poured into an IPA glass.

A - Yellow-orange, crystal clear body. Rocky white head and excellent lacing.

S - Sticky resinous hops, caramel sweetness, slight touch of booze. Not intense enough to warrant the -zilla moniker IMO.

T - Piney hop profile with fruity supporting notes. There's a BIG malt backbone that brings the hop-bomb into balanced territory.

M - Big bodied, sticky mouthfeel.

O - A classic big beer I look forward to every year.

Zach136, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Dirty_Island, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ascags, May 10, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: hazy orange, fairly substantial head on the pour that mostly recedes.
Smell: razor sharp citrus and grapefruit hoppiness balanced by malty sweetness.
Taste: same profile as the nose. Very nice.
Overall: outstanding dipa. Many out there these days but why not another.

cindyjeffsmith, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Cory-WC, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

stephensinner, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jayluf, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tanger112, May 06, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%

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
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sunofneurot, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Zekenyce, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

CB2maltygoodness, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

dsigmon, May 04, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -3.2%

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. As much as I enjoyed this beer, I had to echo the sentiments of others on here when I say that this didn't feel like an American/Double IPA. The hops were here the but the surging, stinging bitterness that I expected was quite recessed and the strength of this beer came with the alcohol and the citrus and tropical flavors that held sway from start to finish.

This had a orange-almond hue to it when I poured it out, with a moderately fluffy head that quickly settled. Tons of mango, papaya, and grapefruit in the nose followed by earthy hops in the nose that offer a blast of pine and "skunk" in the middle. The hop kick is strong, but brief before quickly receding. Some caramel malt was present from the start as that took over, and the consistency of this beer was quite heavy. Was there a bit hint of chili-chocolate under this? Perhaps and this had a warming effect on me as well. Quite strong although I couldn't taste the alcohol, the resin stuck around for a while as this went down easily - a testament to the oily aspect of this beer.

While strong, I could have had a few more in sitting had I bought another one of these. The only gripe about this beer was it's categorization. I've never had an IPA quite like this and it almost felt like an "Imperial Amber" to me. Hopheads may come away a bit disappointed at this but this was one of my favorite beers from Terrapin and remarkably easy to enjoy given its strength. A must-try for anyone looking for tropical hops without the bite and sharp bitterness.

JerzDevl2000, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MonkeyBread, May 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

tjsmith910, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

KeyWestGator, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ThomasAWilson2, May 02, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance - a slight haze to this pale, sunset orange brew. A thin head holds pretty well, leaving a light but solid cover all around.

Aroma - burst of pineapple and grapefruit juice. Wanes on setup but still smells great.

Taste - biscuity malts up front, a quick brash wash of bitterness, then the sharp but citrusy grapefruit element. Grapefruit oil continues the bitter tide as some abv heat ushers in the aftertaste. Warm in the belly as the mouth dries out, that is about the only evidence of this one's strength. Plays along that medicinal boundary that I don't like, but does not venture into it much. Ends clean and with fading but lengthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - fluffy and crisp, not as big for a dipa, but certainly smooth.

Overall - a worthy double ipa from one of my favorite breweries.

brewdlyhooked13, May 02, 2014
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.