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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 101
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of Tilley4
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of fatmcb1
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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!

Photo of alk3kenny
4.14/5  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.

Photo of ADemshar
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of vicsju1991
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of BelgiumsFinest
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of cardern
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mooseo
4.42/5  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.

Photo of stimulus
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of moskal
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of raveskdr
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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