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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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916 Ratings

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 103
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 916 | Reviews: 218
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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.

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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

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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...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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