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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

878 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 89
Gots: 90 | 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%

nknauz, May 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

BillyTWilliams, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mweso2000, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tripledbrew, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mark5252, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another extra from Raffy. 12 oz. bottle (I guess they switched over from the bombers?) poured into a Bruery tulip on April 12th, 2012.

A - Medium golden-peach coloring, thin 1/2 finger soft white head. Quick dissipation down to soapy bubbles. Very hazy, poor retention, but good lacing.

S - Big tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, underlying acidic lemon skin. Soft malt bill of cinnamon spice bread. Trace of alcohol phenol.

T - Enormous pineapple. Further mango, papaya, orange peel. Light ripe grapefruit. Mid to rear palate has some velvety, bready malt notes of caramel and faint honey comb. Overall, quite sweet. No significant alcohol presence.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, smooth, semi dry finish with a bitter fruit aftertaste. Touch of alcohol warming.

D - I knew nothing about this before cracking the bottle beyond the abv, the tropical fruit note is among the most robust I've experienced in the style. If you don't prefer sweetness, something akin to Pliny will be a better for you. This, however, reminds me of a revised Hopslam with less honey and more tropic notes.

Auracom, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

FrankK, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

rbrefbeerman, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Scott_McCool, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Luettich balloon (my trusty Bruery tulip). No bottling or freshness dating of any kind visible on the bottle, except for the “VINTAGE: 2012” printed on the far right side of the label. But when I picked it up a week and a half ago, the guy at the store I bought it from said that it “had just come in,” so I’m taking his word for relative freshness. If he’s wrong, I will literally hunt him down.

Appearance (3.0): Well, the head ain’t much—maybe a finger of tight, white foam that dies down slowly but surely—but the body is gorgeous: very hazy, and orange-amber in color. Some light, but sudsy lace on the sides.

Smell (4.5): Ugh, what a beautiful, pungent floral-citrus note, like grapefruit juice and jasmine tea mixed together—and it’s followed up by a very dank, weedy character in the back. DAMNIT THIS SMELLS NICE. Some lightly toasted, bready, biscuity pale malt underneath. Lurv.

Taste (4.0): This may qualify as a malt-forward DIPA, but I’m not complaining. There’s a honey-sweet maltiness that easily holds its own against the hops, that’s noticeable from the beginning to the end. Meanwhile, the hops come in with a bitter piney, weedy flavor—very dank, actually—with a bit of citrus pith on the back end. The finish is herbal in character and takes its time, but at no point is it particularly strong. There’s some booze, too, but it’s not overly distracting, in spite of the 10.3% ABV. I like this. Could use some more tropical hoppage, maybe, but I like that the herbal-piney-weedy hop profile is dominant here.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The mouthfeel on this one is legitimately interesting. It starts out feeling viscous and syrupy, but a fine, prickly carbonation comes in as if to sweep it away, and the beer manages to finish somewhat light and rather dry.

Overall (4.0): Hey, this ain’t bad! And it’s different, which I like. It’s not another attempted recreation of some mythical, “perfect” DIPA that’s dry as a saltine, hoppier than a hopyard, devoid of alcohol and somehow balanced at the same time. That's something you can realistically aim for in the 7.5-9.0% ABV range, I think, but in the 10%+ range (the "triple IPAs" and whatnot) I think that's less of a reality. Personal opinion. Along those lines, this acknowledges the alcohol, has something of a new take on the hop profile, and isn’t afraid of malt without tasting like it was brewed with rock candy. Oh yeah, and it smells amazing. I dig it.

fmccormi, Apr 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

beerFool28607, Apr 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

billn3, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Brewsed, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

LPSteve, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

dsauter, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

whatname, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass at refrigerator temperature. Forgot to take this one out of the fridge and let it sit for a while before pouring, so I tried to warm it up a little by wrapping my hands around the glass.

L - Deep gold color with a 1-finger frothy white head. Although the head was minimal, there was good retention, and some lacing. A few carbonation bubbles apparent.

S - Complex hop bouquet with citrus, tropical fruit, earthy, floral, and spicy aromas. Bready, caramel, and honey-sweet malt aromas present. Some alcohol noticeable. No aroma particularly dominates and it’s tough to put a finger on exactly what’s going on here.

T - Sweet caramel and honey notes followed quickly by an intense blast of oranges. Orange sweetness builds into grapefruit bitterness, which continues to build at the finish nicely. Some alcohol noticeable here as well.

F - Medium-bodied, nice amount of carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, and a dry and bitter finish that starts off disappointingly subtle but gradually builds into something beautiful. Bitterness lingers for a nice amount of time. After it dissipates, a citrusy sweetness replaces it. Solid warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This is a pretty good DIPA. Based on the look and aroma, I was initially disappointed and somewhat confused as to what I was getting into. However, I was happy with the taste and mouthfeel. It doesn’t hide its 10% ABV as well as some other DIPAs (eg. Hopslam), but that’s alright. Not sure if I would get this one again, but it was worth a try.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 18, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a slightly cloudy shade of orange with a half finger white head. Looks pretty nice, almost Pliny-esque

S- INTENSE citrus aroma is coming through on this one. Very juicy, and absolutely perfect

T- juicy citrus hops, lots of tropical fruit coming through. Slight hints of booze too though

M- borderline syrupy. Really, really thick beer....doesn't have the perfect body like Pliny

O- this is very strong and in your face, but it's really, really damn good

bigfnjoe, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this evening on a beer run in Duluth while on business... I'm looking forward to this one quite a bit. I've heard some good things about it...

Pouring this into a wine glass...

Beautifully golden with a nice foamy thick head... looks great...

Juicy pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, mangoes... all the tropical fruits show up in the aromas and surprise the hell out of me... This is pungent!! I'm very impressed with the aromas on this... This has West Coast written all over it... Sticky and dank...

Nice balance of sweet malts and an overwhelming juicy bitterness from the tropical fruit hops... A big beer for sure... There's a little heat present here but at 11%, I was sorta expecting it... It's not distracting but there's a definite burn in the chest after a few nice sips... As this warms a little, it gets a little barleywine-ish as the malts come through and really start pumping out a sweetness...

A nice beer for sure... I like it a lot although at this ABV, it could hurt you fast...

Tilley4, Apr 17, 2012
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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
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.