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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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788 Ratings

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 88
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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 -0.7%

10-13-2012 19:30:23 | More by crownrl28
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

09-16-2012 18:17:11 | More by AntLeatherface
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that steadily receded down to a few small puddles of residue and a medium collar with good sheets of lacing.

The aroma was somewhat subdued, with a mild grain malt, floral and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange).

The taste started lightly sweet with a hint of caramel, but quickly became moderately hoppy with a bitter citrus peel presence and a decent alcohol tinge towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow with a bitter citrus alcohol taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just past half way between light and medium in body with a dry and slightly syrupy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall I found this Double IPA to be rather tasty without having any overpowering aspects. The light malty sweetness along with a moderate bitterness did a superb job of concealing the high ABV, and left this brew with an exceptional drinkability...


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 18:22:42 | More by KajII
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-11-2012 22:07:58 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-10-2012 01:59:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

09-07-2012 13:38:55 | More by Zeke1979
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-31-2012 19:29:19 | More by HamGlade10
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-30-2012 10:57:53 | More by iwakeboard
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-25-2012 13:49:07 | More by SlowWideTurns
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-20-2012 01:47:25 | More by loupap
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-14-2012 21:45:16 | More by Keith_R
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-30-2012 04:15:06 | More by Huntbuc
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-29-2012 22:44:02 | More by KoalaKush
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-25-2012 23:54:33 | More by RHIN0002
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard good about this brewery so I picked a few off the shelf while vacationing in Florida last month.
Thinner than I expected head on the pour into a pint glass.
Nice orange copper coloring.
Bubbles rise steadily from glass bottom.
Pine skunky smell with alcohol.
Upon taste I like how the malt blends in with the alcohol, but then there is the alcohol !! Warming for sure, and then a bit astringent.
Nice carbonation overall. Hops big and nice but gives way to the alcohol in short order. A different type of big DIPA, some say sweet in a good way, but I'm not sure how to pinpoint what's happening enough here to say it's a favorite. Although i cant help but compare brews in this range to Maharaja, I'm glad to try something new in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 03:33:51 | More by TBoneJones
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange color with a thick white head that laces the glass. The head dies down to a thin soapy film.

S: Very strong hop and alcohol aroma. Mostly citrus hop coupled with a very sweet alcohol aroma. Maybe even some tropical fruit in there...mango, pineapple.

T: Very strong citrus and mango hop flavor at first that sort of burns with the alcohol. The sweet malt keeps this one in check, but also add a somewhat cloying dimension to the beer. It's necessary as there are alot of hops in this one. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering hop mouthful.

M: Heavy and syrupy with a bit of oil.

O: After the initial shock, it grows on you. The palate sort of numbs and some of the flavors come through. Definitely for the hop lovers out there. That being said, it does take a bit of skill to balance a beer this strong and that doesn't go unrecognized.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:41:40 | More by Kromes
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found these in four packs at our local whole foods store. Enjoying as I type this served up in the classic red solo cup. chilled into the 50 degree mark in the fridge.

A: Pours nicely even into plastic. The monster level alcohol negates a lot of the frothy cream head. Head retention is practically nil as it settles into a white dust of bubbles around the periphery of the cup. The beer body is bright orange/brown hued and crystal clear.

S: Smells of over-ripe melon mixed with soy sauce and orange rind. Aroma does battle with the boozey alcohol with balance, not dominance.

T: I'm biased as i'm a fan of big gravity beers. Hopzilla has noticeable citrus hops up front and is only slightly bitter. For fellow IPA lovers, you won't notice the bitter in this one and it's perhaps a good beer for bridging your non-IPA friends over to something a little stronger. Lots of liquid malt and slight sting of astringent from the alcohol leaves for a clean earthy aftertaste.

M: Drinks well although you will feel the burn of the alcohol level. Modestly carbonated to go down easier. Probably would've preferred this one a little colder temperature-wise.

O: Great effort by Terrapin to bring a big IPA to the local Atlanta market. Not for everyone, the alcohol content could be off-putting to lightweights.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 21:48:16 | More by Aiptasia
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

07-15-2012 18:30:40 | More by Twig2848
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-13-2012 14:33:26 | More by Jason_Quad
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-10-2012 03:34:23 | More by Vodomagoo
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-09-2012 17:09:16 | More by Marti403
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

07-04-2012 17:43:51 | More by LouDogg114
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for this one. The beer pours a hazy dark golden and orange in color. There is a short head of white to off-white foam.

The aroma is hoppy, spicy, lots of orange and overripe tropical fruit. The malt is also very present in the aroma, and the alcohol is detectable.

The taste is massive, tons of orange and citrus, cantaloupe, overripe tropical fruits, lots of malt, caramel, with a nicely bitter finish, and not nearly as bitter as might be expected from such a massive DIPA.

It drinks smooth and relatively easy for its massive flavors and high alcohol. There is a bit of Juicy Fruit gum flavor in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:31:12 | More by cpolking
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-03-2012 00:00:18 | More by sizemore84
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3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes a to thin ring and leaves some mild stick down the glass.

S: Big pine and resin hops with a mild citrus fruit backing. Some fruity alcohol and some wheat malt are on the finish.

T: Tons of big and oily hops resins are left over. Mostly resiny up front with a mix some booze. Fruity flesh with some bread malts that cut through the hops a little bit.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and oily with a slight warming alcohol on the finish. The carbonation is nice.

O: Definitely lives up to the name. The hops are in your face, but there definitely is some malt presence to cut through it. Good, but forgetful.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:35:36 | More by Treebs
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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