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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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834 Ratings

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 88
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +6%

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
Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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
Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

A little murky with amber hues and a two finger white head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is amazing chok full of hoppiness. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus tones with some floral and bready notes.

Bitter background with bready bottom has a blossuming bouquet of floral and citrus arrangements. Pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of caramel.

Crisp in the front with a warming finish.

Overall, too easy to drink for 10%. A well balanced and nicely put together sipper.

JayS2629, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing.

Pours a golden color with an orangish hue. There's a short, white head that has decent retention. The nose is lightly malty, bready but primarily citrusy with a little underlying floral aroma. The flavor is similar; light, bready malt up front with a bitter, citrusy, floral hop character. The alcohol is noticeable but adds only warmth and body. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This was a decent beer, but in my opinion it was a little "run-of-the-mill". There's nothing memorable about it. It's well put together, but probably not worth more than one.

tdm168, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Independant
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Independant, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mecmd, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.1/5  rDev +2%

32oz growler from Moondog Growlers (Marietta, GA). Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter. 

Pours a deep murky amber with 2 fingers near white gead. Little lacing. 

Nice mixture of piney and grapefruit hops in the nose. Mangos, oranges, grapefruit and spice pine. Quite inviting. 

Big bold bitter hops! Grapefruit, pine, peppery spice, mango and ample booze bite. The alcohol burn is there start to finish but doesn't distract from the great hop flavors. 

Medium thick with moderate carbonation. Nice oily feel with a long bitter dry aftertaste. 

Overall another well done beer from Terrapin. It has the nice body from malts but without that almost signature biscuity taste I've come to expect from DIPAs. It drinks a bit hotter than most but you can't be too surprised given over 10% abv. It's not the best but it's worth a try. I certainly plan to drink more. 

ThickNStout, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jriggins6, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of AlCzerik
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -0.5%

marine1975, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
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.

ReelBigwigFish, Mar 28, 2012
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.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bradcochran1234
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

bradcochran1234, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Lantern, Mar 27, 2012
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.

Permalater, Mar 25, 2012
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.

Swim424, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
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.

MacQ32, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

GoGators, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of B33R501
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.

B33R501, Mar 23, 2012
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.

rapidsequence, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
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.

wvsabbath, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
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.

Viciousknishs, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
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.

VncentLIFE, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

SaneMan, Mar 20, 2012
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.