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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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826 Ratings

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 84
Gots: 74 | 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:
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(Beer added by: generalnotsew on 07-31-2010)
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-29-2012 12:52:19 | More by jriggins6
Photo of AlCzerik


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-29-2012 03:23:16 | More by AlCzerik
Photo of marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-29-2012 01:03:26 | More by marine1975
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly hazy, golden amber color. Aggressive pour yields about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Recedes to a little under a cm or so. Nice retention though. Moderate sticky lacing.

S: Slight booze, citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma, and a sweet syrupy malt aroma

T: Sweet boozy and malty flavor backed up by a rather intense orange/mango/apricot hop flavor. Bitter finish, and quite savory. Really tasty, and strong in flavor. Sort of reminds me of the orange mango flavor of Nantucket Nectars juice.

M: Medium body, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, just a bit lower in carbonation, and pretty sweet throughout.

O: Although quite heavy, I found Hopzilla to be very enjoyable, especially from it's powerful aroma and taste. If it wasn't so expensive I'd buy it again and again.

03-28-2012 04:55:36 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.9/5  rDev -3%

Thanks, Jeff! 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. 2012 vintage. The bottle says 10.3% and I have heard this is a totally different beer from the former Side Project 12 version.

A - Pours a pale orange color, slightly cloudy. A small white head that dies quickly leaving nothing but a small island film of carbonation and a thin halo. Wisps of lacing, but not much.

S - Very powerful sweet and fruity hops aroma. I can smell this beer immediately after pouring, a few feet from my face. The malt is strong as well and there is some orange and booze on the back end. I give it credit for the BIG smell and hope the flavor is equally strong.

T - Starts off very sweet with a big blast of tangerine-sweet citrus, caramel malt, and tropical fruits. The bitter hops come in for a late bite, but don't contribute a whole lot of flavor, just bitterness. The alcohol is fairly prominent on the finish and leaves a little bit of burn on the back of the throat. This beer certainly favors the sweetness, but there is enough of a hop bitterness in the back end to keep it from being one sided. The tropical fruits that contribute most of that sweetness are delicious and keep this from having that rich, sugar maltiness that I don't usually enjoy in a big IPA.

M - Good carbonation, and a sticky feel. Thicker than I expected from the light color, with a nice dry bitter finish of hops and alcohol.

O - While it may not be what it used to be, it is still a very good DIPA. The tropical fruits are on the forefront and the bittering hops come through enough to balance. One of the better Terrapin beers out there. Hopzilla is a beer I will get again, but won't become a frequent drinker for me.

03-28-2012 00:58:27 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of bradcochran1234


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

03-27-2012 20:31:18 | More by bradcochran1234
Photo of Lantern

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

03-27-2012 02:09:38 | More by Lantern
Photo of Permalater

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

A bit of a cloudy appearance, but to be expected for a double ipa. It does give off a very nice gold hue when put up to the light though. The smell was so strong that when I first poured the beer in a glass I could smell the destructive power of the hops from across the kitchen, the floral overtones overpower any other flavors trying to escape similar to light trying to exit a black hole. The taste is surprisingly not as hoppy as the smell, the bitterness reminds me more of a love child between a pale ale and a regular india pale ale. I could also taste a hint of some citrus which gave it some nice character. The hops didn't rape my mouth like I thought they would when I first wafted the nicely crafted ale. Still pleasant to sit in my mouth though. Overall, a nice beer. Easy to drink. Taste pretty good. Not much else I can really say about it besides I would recommend this to anyone looking to pop their double ipa cherry.

03-25-2012 20:26:52 | More by Permalater
Photo of Swim424


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into Proof/terrapin pint glass

A-pours a yellowish gold color with basically no head. Can see some bubbles coming up.

S-Smells like of some citrusy malt and hops. Doesn't seem like anything great.

T-Has sort of a citrusy/maltiness upfront with a large amount of hops throughout. You get some hop flavor up front with the bitterness building to the end. Finishes very bitter.

MF-Medium body, for the style. Very smooth, a bit creamy, nice bitter hop aftertaste. Well balanced Carbonation.

O-This is pretty good. Love the bitterness, and how it comes about. Don't love the malt flavor to much through. This is a solid beer but it is WAY overpriced, especially for a 4 pack.

03-25-2012 05:41:19 | More by Swim424
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Pours a light, clear, golden/orange into my dogfish signature glass. Nice full finger of white head, a nice thin lacing remains 10-15 minutes later. Lacing is very good. Steady carbonation constantly rising from the middle of the glass. Very nice.

S - Some sweet fruity hops, also very grassy. The sweet malts are well represented. Grassyness and sweet malt probably dominates the citrusy and sweet hop aroma (grapefruit, lemon, etc).


T - Very very nice, well balanced. Rather bitter up front with lots of citrusy/sweet fruit flavors. Malty sweetness at the backend and a lasting bitter finish/aftertaste. Consumed @ 50-55.

M - Medium bodied+ once allowing it to warm up a good bit. Very appropriate level of carbonation. Not a sipper but not a session either (maybe if it was colder) very enjoyable to drink non the less.

O - Quite impressed, I had the 22oz but I cannot recall my impressions and I apparently did not bother to review it. Well balanced, nice hoppy beer. Can be refreshing and could have a few of these easily, but could probably be a sipper too which is nice, seems versatile.

03-24-2012 22:39:46 | More by MacQ32
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-23-2012 13:22:17 | More by GoGators
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

good. a terrapin beer that i like. sorry but i have to mention their big hoppy monster is meh fresh, and God forbid you have that beer old, that was one of the most disgusting beers ive had, ive had better bmc than that mess. then again, probably my own fault for not noticing, i believe that bottle was dated.

enjoyed this immediately after my KBS, needed somthing huge and hoppy after that.

good looking beer, yellow to gold, maybe orange hued, sometimes i dont notice color correctly. looked real nice in a pilsner glass. big sweet fruity hoppy aroma and taste, i dont mind the big sweetness at all, though i get that some do. smooth and satisfying, big flavor, big abv, perfect this thursday afternoon.

recommended. glad i got this one fresh.

03-23-2012 12:36:17 | More by B33R501
Photo of rapidsequence


3.9/5  rDev -3%

12 oz bottle. $3.50 or $4 a bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Beautifully clear light orange color with a short lived white head and some pretty good looking lacing.

Smell: Sweet, fruity hops. Orange, some grapefruit, and big tropical fruits. Theres a bit of the catpee thing like you can get from Citra, which is a little distracting. There's a pleasant malty sweetness in the background and a whiff of ethanol.

Taste: Very flavorful hops and considerable alcohol flavor. The weird citra smell doesn't impart off flavor. Just juicy fruit gum with a finish of grapefruit. I think this may have Chinook too, very distinctive flavor, as in Arrogant Bastard. Bitter, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Resiny hops, but not overly full and sticky like a boozy DIPA sometimes gets.

Overall: Its a good DIPA, but I was expecting great, so its kind of a letdown. Not cheap either.

03-23-2012 00:27:03 | More by rapidsequence
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Pineapple orange, light tan. Creamy 1 inch head and some nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, hop oil, orange, pine, lemon, grapefruit, spices. Not as strong hop strong as i remember the side project 22oz version.

Taste - Major hop bite at first sip. Very grapefruity, orange/tangerine. Big caramel backbone comes in near the finish. Spices add some flavors, im sure theres some corriander and lemon peel added in. Alcohol is present, and adds some warmth.

Mouthfeel - Soon as hopzilla hits mouth, it wrecks it, that simple. Huge hops, big malts and plenty of booze hit tounge, and palette and work it all over. Aftertaste is hoppy, alcohol warmed, and malty.

Overall - What a monster. I had a whole case of this when it was a side project in 22 oz bottles and loved it. Very good still, but i think Its not quite as citric hoppy and a little more malty now. Still very good, but its overpriced. Hop fans will enjoy this, its one of the better dipa's out there, just not as good as it once was.

03-22-2012 21:48:51 | More by wvsabbath
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3.08/5  rDev -23.4%

A- pours a brassy golden amber color with a finger of off white head. Solid head retention leaves a half a finger cap.

S- Not much of an aroma here. Some light lemon and orange peel citrus, spiciness and leafy hop aromas come out but one has dig rather deep. You get some alcohol heat on the finish as well.

T- Mild hop resin, pine and citrus qualities hit the palate at first. You get malty sweetness in the middle. Very boozey finish that kills off the initial flavors that you tend to want to linger on the palate. This would be much better without the the alcoholic astringentcy on the finish.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- poor drinkability

Overall a beer that needs work. Which doesn't make sense cause the side project incarnation was flipping delicious. Great start, messy hot finish.

03-22-2012 03:40:22 | More by Viciousknishs
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Fresh bottle, at least I hope.

Pour is somewhere between light amber and deep straw. No head, but thats what I expect from an IIPA.

I like the juicy fruit smell, and theres a nice balance between bittering and aroma hops. Juicy lemons and oranges come to mind. Man im a sucker for West Coast Hops.

The taste has the sweet malt backbone of a solid DIPA, but the hop profile just cant back it up. Theres no real balance, it feels entirely too sweet for my tastes. I get the hints of juicy citric fruits, but I want more. This beer leaves me wanting to drink some fresh orange juice.

The sweetness coats the mouth, leaving it feel like you just ate a bunch of sugar.

The smell was amazing, but the flavor left something to be desired.

03-20-2012 23:54:19 | More by VncentLIFE
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-20-2012 23:42:40 | More by SaneMan
Photo of orangesol


3.78/5  rDev -6%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Another hoppy beer from Terrapin eh, lets see how this one turns out...

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of tropical fruits - mostly grapefruit - and some pine resin. Also hints of caramel malt and some booze once the hops die down a bit.

T - Starts off with some dulled citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruit rind and some booze, which only grows stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness, hop bitterness and booze burn, lingering on the pallet for quite some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The hops are fading and the malt is growing but all things considered a pretty decent feel.

O - Not too bad really. The smell was really nice but the taste was going a little stale. Worth the shot for sure.

03-20-2012 19:31:23 | More by orangesol
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a pale straw color with some haze and a bright white head. Huge resinous hop nose. Earthy, mangos, papaya, are just a few unique scents i'm picking up. Pineapple comes through a bit as the beer airs. A tropical fruit storm. Extreme tropical fruit presence. Massive actually. comes across kind of sweet for such a hop bomb. Medium sized body holds all the flavors together into one big fruit bowl wave across the tongue. Bitterness comes in the form of a slight earthiness but bitterness isn't really perceived so much, its really just there for balance. Flavors are much like the nose, tropical fruits, some detectable alcohol. Very good and very unique, sweet peaches comes through on the palette as the beer warms.

Very very good. Starting to get juicy ripe oranges on the tongue as well. Wow what a beer. Deep, complex, and fruity. I love it.

03-20-2012 02:11:42 | More by jtierney89
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

03-20-2012 01:14:20 | More by illini4x4
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-19-2012 00:45:48 | More by KnightRider
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -8%

Pours a nice clean-looking gold color. About .5 inch white head soon follows. Carbonation looks very strong in the glass. A very nice looking IPA.

Smell is a lot of citrus upfront and then just kind of fades to me. Not a complex smell.... pleasant enough but doesn't hit me in the same way some of the best examples of the style do.

Taste is very citrus/orange upfront, followed by a nice bit of bitterness and then finishing somewhat astringently. As a whole the taste hits the right notes for the style, but just feels a bit....harsh.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style. Smooth and crisp and not overly resinous.

Overall this is nice beer if you are looking for a very hop-forward DIPA that doesn't come at an obscene price. It lacks the drinkability to go with the hoppiness that comes with the best examples of the style though.

03-19-2012 00:06:40 | More by mechamifune
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured a 2012 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a clear golden color with a fingers worth of lasting head and spots of lacing.

Smells: a huge pine and citrus hopped up IPA with a sweetness.

Tastes: there is a grapefruit and citrus hop character that is fresh sweet hops that lingers.

Mouthfeel: there is a lasting carbonation throughout drinking this ale and I have to say that balance the higher 10% and the sweet bitter aftertaste is wonderful.

Overall: I picked up a 4 pack for $11 bucks and I will be going back tomorrow to pick up a few more packs to say the least. this is a awesome brew that I fully enjoy fresh. I plan to pick up some more a see if they age decent.

03-18-2012 22:21:46 | More by kennylopez
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-17-2012 04:29:41 | More by jtmcgraw
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-16-2012 23:35:22 | More by DaveONan
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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