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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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90
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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 89
Gots: 83 | 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%

jrohrbacher, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

2dogbrew, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

MichaelDobbins, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of fatmcb1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Russian River belgian glass

Pours a hazy light orangish, almost yellow color with a very thin head that fades to a ring. No lacing

Smell is very tropical with lots of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and a bit of earthy pine. There is a decent caramel balance.

Taste follows the nose. There is a surprising amount of malt balance. Alcohol is quite present on the end. I fear I may have gotten a hold of this one a bit past its prime, but there is no date on the bottle.

Mouth is on the medium side and quite oily with a lingering presence.

fatmcb1, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a dense off-white head that settles to a nice cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing.
S - Big, juicy aromas of pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, and pine resin with a sweet malt backbone and a touch of alcohol. Love the intense tropical hops.
T - Very sweet malt backbone - lots of caramel and honey - with more tropical hop flavors of mango, peach, and pineapple. Good, but I just haven't been feeling the "big" IPAs like I used to.
M - Smooth and more then a bit sticky, with a bit-over-medium body and decent carbonation.
O - Definitely an impressive DIPA, but I guess my tastes have evolved to not crave the big, sticky beers as much as I used to. Still, glad to finally try it!

jsanford, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of alk3kenny
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle pours a golden light hazy orange color the smell is of hops, citrus great smell though could be stronger. Expect to be hit in the face with the hop presence and it's just not there in the nose for me. Hop bitterness is there on the tongue tastes great... none of the overpowering sweetness that you get with some double IPA's these days. very pleasant mouthfeel easily drinkable alcohol is well hidden in this 10% offering could put back a few of these before I realized it.

alk3kenny, Apr 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

ADemshar, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

vicsju1991, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of BelgiumsFinest
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

BelgiumsFinest, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of cardern
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

cardern, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Hanzo, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of mooseo
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. "Vintage 2012" on the side.

A - Cloudy orange gold with a tiny white head.

S - A blast of mango, grapefruit, oranges, and peaches. Some sweet malt and piney notes in there as well.

T - Massive grapefruit and mango flavors up front, backed by a subtle malty sweetness throughout. Finish is bitter with hints of earthy pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt lingers. Alcohol is evident, but not at all distracting.

M - Medium bodied, silky and crisp. Average carbonation.

O - Very impressive double IPA. Excellent aromatics, delicious flavor, and highly drinkable considering the high ABV. Simply an exceptional example of the style.

mooseo, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of stimulus
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
No freshness date, but I know this was released in March 2012.
4 pack. Bottle lists ABV at 10.3%.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a 1/2 finger white head.
S: Tons of citrus and floral hops invite you in gently.
T: Taste follows the aroma pretty well, with a sweet malt backbone balancing out moderate bitterness.
M: Crisp, light bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Definitely one of the best of the tasting. Balance is key here. While I'll certainly miss Gamma Ray and Rye Squared, this is definitely a well crafted IIPA worth trying.

stimulus, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

moskal, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

gibby, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

cfinch2, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jsurfs82, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of thebrood1987
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has an orange zest with a citric and ripened fruit smell with a bready sweet malt and some alcohol mixed in with that. It has a nice orange tasting hop bite in the front with that sweet almost syrupy bready malts and the aftertaste is the citric bite it left in your mouth.

Its a tangy IPA its pretty delicious and is definitely a beer that needs to be warmed up. The alcohol is noticeable but really balances a lot better when warmed up. It is 10.3 percent so it is expected.

I like the juicy citrus hop bite this one produces. Terrapin always makes a very tasty beer. This one being no exception. It definitely can stand up to the other big double IPA's out there.

thebrood1987, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

carrollmel7, Apr 06, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden body, dark gold/orange?, with a lace ring around glass and down glass. Bitter hop aroma hits me, along w/ some zesty spice and citric/orange twang, but not much in the malt department. I found this beer to be light-to-heavy bodied and very hoppy but retaining a decent balance w/ some sweetness not detected in aroma. Citrsy, floral hop flavors and a crisp, real dry (almost harsh) finish (not really an ABV bleeder) overall but easy to sip on. Can't say this is the most complex or balanced DIPA I've had but I really enjoyed it.

clayrock81, Apr 05, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Hill Farmstead tulip after cutting the grass for a solid two hours.

A - Golden orange hue, the head recedes quickly to the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like bright citrus with slight biscuit malt.

T - Taste follows, but with way more malt and sweetness, which is typical of a lot of dipa's.

M - Well carbonated with a hop finish that lingers.

O - Not a bad beer. This one is way more west coast style as compared to a lot of the Terrapin hoppy beers. A nice change for sure. Wish that malt sweetness wasn't as prevalent, it would bump the beer quite a bit. Worth seeking out.

raveskdr, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in Destin, FL. It pours a light bodied and slightly cloudy tinged Orange in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. The nose is very fresh and full of citrus fruits. It has only a like bitterness up front. It's really appealing and somewhere in a less fragrant Double Trouble territory. The 10% isn't present at all. The flavors too are fresh of citrusy hops with an off dry finish. The bitterness is pretty mellow and it leaves a lot of tangerine behind in the after taste. It's pretty impressive and again, like a poor man's Double Trouble. It drinks light and is as drinkable as a 10% beer can be. I like this one and I'm surprised by its quality. This is a nice beer. I'm glad Terrapin decided to bring it back in four packs.

aasher, Apr 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Schlobonda, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at The Local Miami.

A- Pours a medium amber with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Melty lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Mildly pungent hop aroma with notes of ripe tropical fruit and a hint of malt sweetness to back it.

T- Moderate to heavy bitterness with lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon notes. Very smooth after multiple sips with a not-so-lingering hop bite. Some grass but the overall profile is decidedly sweet and fruity as opposed to vegetal and earthy. Oh, and the alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

M- Dry and tight with medium carbonation and a body that's on the lighter side.

O- Definitely Terrapin's best IPA.

Immortale25, Apr 03, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. vintage: 2012. this bottle says 10.3% so not a huge difference from what was listed.

A: almost clear, but in fact a slight haze, on an orange body. head is white and bright. not impressive out of the bottle and retention isnt great.

S: pineapple. melon. orange slices. really smells like a fresh, robust fruit salad.

T: a lively citrus on the palate. a little bit of alcohol, but just the minor touch. the malt provides just enough balance to let the citrus and bitterness be the main player throughout the sip. more of the grain comes out as the drink continues.

M: pretty vivid carbonation on a very full body. works well here.

D: if terrapin is within your reach, definitely worth trying. otherwise not worth going out of your way to seek out. at least not really far.

Jimmys, Apr 03, 2012
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.