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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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853 Ratings

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 88
Gots: 81 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Yoda22, May 03, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served upwards of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium thick off white head of a creamy froth consistency. Retention is average. Body color is a pale golden amber with a high clarity and ample carbonation. Lacing is thin and spotty. A pretty good appearance, on the lighter end of the DIPA spectrum and slightly underwhelming head quality. 3.5

(Smell) Mildly roasted caramel malt base with a moderate sweetness, followed through with an herbal, earthy and spicy hop aroma blend with citrus undertones. The hop character is front-and center and the malt profile is well balanced to pair. Potency is a touch shallow even at warmer temperatures but it's a minor complaint to this beer. 4

(Taste) Here's an unexpected twist. Earthy hops and booze jump forward to the front. It's a very bizarre hop character with lots of yeast character in tow- expect bananas, bubblegum, peppery spices and herbal tones to gel with the more predictable hop suspects of citrus and pine. Malt character provides a subtle undertone with a moist sweetness and a relatively clean finish, aside from a growing ethanol and clove finish that favorably gains with the drink. As I've been having my drinks at warmer and warmer temperatures recently, these have been showing their true depths of character. It's not the most accessible DIPA out there- it's got it's rough edges, but I don't often find IPAs that have this much yeast expression as they do in the hops, and it makes for an adventurous flavor combination to say in the least. Mildly moist finish contributes even more to a burdened palate, probably the biggest subjective groan I can offer this beer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, mildly heavy with a touch of residual caramel syrup thickness, a moderate hop bitterness and a mildly peppery, generally well-balanced finish, neither too dry nor moist. Carbonation is just enough to give it some air. Body is medium/heavy for a DIPA, and just shy of heavy overall. It's a pretty loaded and filling compilation of flavors, with nearly all parts of a beer doing their full job. Any more complicated and it could wind up a hot mess. Speaking of heat, there's a notable booze factor here due to a relatively clean, strictly-focused-on-sweets malt profile. The mouthfeel hits the mark for carbonation, but I always question the validity of heavy body profiles, and combined with a wide open alcohol profile, it's certainly a one-and-done type of beer whether you love it or not. It's one heavy sucker. 3.5

(Overall) I'm going to give DIPAs a run for their character in warmer temperatures from now on, this one has graciously intensified in the upper 50ºs. It's one heavy-hitting beer in all factors, with a heavy, complex hop profile and a matching bold yeast background to boot, consider your palate nearly wrecked after gracefully sipping this one down. It may not be simple enough for those who like an accessible, quaffable double IPA a-la Hopslam, but this beer hardly shames the DIPA name, and certainly fits its own merits via it's overwhelming flavor ferocity. Recommended upwards of 55º warmth for the ballsier DIPA drinkers only. 3.75

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Jadjunk, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

bcheng, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ajtorres311, May 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

rdoggg, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

cw577enfield, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bromine, Apr 29, 2013
4/5  rDev -0.5%

GOGRANDE, Apr 28, 2013
4/5  rDev -0.5%

SMITHAND, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

anvilx, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hardcore, Apr 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Jason1337, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of sommersb
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-24-2013
Freshness: 2013 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Terrapin Snifter
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

A: Hazy orange colored beer with a small off-white head. Retention is low, but OK for this big of a beer; lacing is very attractive.

S: The citrus and piney hops play well with the caramel malts for a dreamy aroma.

T: As in the smells, there is a great balance in the taste, with pine and citrus hop bitterness kept in check by a big maltiness from the Maris Otter. Also has a pleasing warming of alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a medium-high amount of carbonation on the tongue. The finish has both strong malt notes and big hoppy bitterness.

O: A fantastic DIPA here -- I need to go get some more. Happy that this is available locally!

sommersb, Apr 25, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2013 vintage, from excellent BA trader QuentinCall.

Honey-gold elixir poured into Avery pint glass. 2-finger, thick, white head, plenty of lacing.

Wow, nice hops! Mangoes and oranges all over the place.

Honey, citrus hops, malt backbone. Alcohol comes through at the end.

Medium to full body, smooth, nice.

Well done DIPA. Could really sniff this one all day. The hops are sweet and give this one a bump.

CaptCleveland, Apr 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

thampel09, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Gatordaddy, Apr 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Rhettroactive, Apr 23, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very nice dark orange in color, created about 1/2 fingers worth of head retention. moderate carbonation and nice lacing

S: as expected, huge hops blast the nose, with some tropical fruits such as mango and subtle peach. there is a nice sweet malt backbone holding this one together and i'm not getting any alcohol. nice

T: big hops up complimented by a big sugary malt sweetness that masks all alcohol. orange peel, mango, and a slight touch of mango also come through here creating a decent amount of complexity as well as balance.

M: lighter than what I was expecting to be honest. but it leaves a nice sugary sweetness on the palate along with some hops which is pretty nice

O: definitely worthy of a try. i really enjoyed how the sugary cuts out the alcohol, because I could easily kick back 2-3 of these. it has a nice flavor profile, just wish a bit more fruits would come forward in the taste.

tut2528, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

KenC, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ridgeline23, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Toadhopper, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Dagsy, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ChefHopMeister, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mobrockman, Apr 19, 2013
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.