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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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909 Ratings

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 101
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: generalnotsew on 07-31-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter
A: Opaque, golden with a white half finger head that leaves in a hurry. Decent lacing.

S: I could smell the hops even as I cracked the top. Citrus, grassy, lemons, grapefruit.

T: Hops are more diminished. Floral, piney, light malts. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium to heavy. Thick, fluffy carbonation. One of the best mouthfeels I've experienced.

O: Very sessionable. Would drink again. This little turtle turned into a monster of a drink.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy copper-orange color with two fingers of white head.

Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

Opens with a bitter bite of pineapple, grapefruit and earthy caramel malts. The 10% abv is definitely present.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed the big flavor of this IIPA from Terrapin. A must try.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a hazy, light orange with a 2 finger white head. Leaves a leopard spotting of lacing on the glass.

S- sweet caramel a sweet citrus. Lots of orange and pineapple.

T- sweet caramel malts, big orange and pineapple flavors. Lighter amount of citrus rind bitterness compared to other dipas.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight creaminess but alcohol is noticeable.

O- nice dipa, but nothing great. Like the big citrus notes and sweetness. Pick one up if you get a chance.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: pineapple and apricots dominate the aroma with notes of orange and grapefruit as well. There are grassy aromas toward the finish.

T: pineapple and grapefruit hit first with some piny and grassy bitter notes as well. The beer finishes dry and lightly bitter.

M: medium body with a nice amount of carbonation that accents the hops well.

O: a good DIPA overall. It's a little old at this point, but still nicely hoppy.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into dixie cup, 'vintage 2012' no idea how fresh
A- light brown, a bit cloudy, 1 finger white head that fades fast.
S- Pretty weak, not much here at all.
T- Sweet, citrusy, a little bitter, nothing to write home about.
M- Thick, good carb
O- Like hopsecutioner, nothing to write home about, but nothing wrong with it. I like a sweet DIPA but this lacks the hops to balance it out.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2012 release of Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company out of Athens, Georgia -- birthplace of the Elephant 6 collective.
Score: 91

2012 bottle from the March release. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 05/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a clean and clear looking golden, slightly orange, color with two fingers of white soapy head that settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: First impression is sweet and hoppy orange citrus closely followed by earthy onion and dirty/mulchy/earthy hops. Sweet mango and pineapple, malty caramel, bitter bready malt and a light amount of candied grapefruit too. A bit of astringent nose-hair warming "hoppy citrus caramel" aroma as the beer warms. 4.25/5

Taste: A lot more onion and "oaky"/"woody" earth/hops flavor forward than the nose led on -- particularly on the midpalate, where there is a sharp onion flavor. Ample bittersweet orange and mango/pineapple flavor and a juicy sweet citrus flavor balance out the bitter and malty onion-y hops oils. There's plenty of sweet -- but not sugary -- malty "citrus caramel" flavor too, but it's not an overly malty maltiness like the mess of a beer that Lenny's RIPA was. The flavors here are very big, and bold, and a bit warming on the palate. This beer teeters on the edge of "booziness" without crossing the line. The ABV is not hidden like the Double Crooked Tree, and the sweet malt-forward flavors of the beer make it a sipper and a palate wrecker, but the flavors are still surprisingly balanced for how aggressive they are. There is a lingering aftertaste of the flavors just described, albeit in a much more subdued fashion. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. The lack of carbonation causes the bitter and hoppy malt flavors to sit heavy on the tongue, and linger/layer well. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and bittersweet/malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A big and bold imperial IPA that is more "malty" than most, but still quite balanced. This is the kind of beer I expected from Lenny's RIPA.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers and bitter/hoppy beer haters should avoid this one. The rest are encouraged to seek a bottle out. I could easily seek this one aging well after a year into a "hoppy barleywine."

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $12 for a four pack bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow with a 1 finger head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of pineapple, mango, and sweet malt. Taste matches the aroma - pineapple and mango up front with peach flavor in the middle. A little taste of alcohol on the finish. A pronounced sweetness throughout. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome IIPA. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Very big fruit flavors from the Citra dry hop but balanced by the big dose of Maris Otter malt.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange-gold in color, very cloudy.

S - Nice citrus, sweet hop character with some malt bonding it all.

T - Pineapple hops abound followed up by citrus flavors. Very malty, ending is bitter with a grapefruit peel finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Alcohol is very noticeable, a slight burn.

O - Hoppy, but not over the top. Definitely hits the spot when you want one.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.