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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 orangesol
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Another hoppy beer from Terrapin eh, lets see how this one turns out...

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of tropical fruits - mostly grapefruit - and some pine resin. Also hints of caramel malt and some booze once the hops die down a bit.

T - Starts off with some dulled citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruit rind and some booze, which only grows stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness, hop bitterness and booze burn, lingering on the pallet for quite some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The hops are fading and the malt is growing but all things considered a pretty decent feel.

O - Not too bad really. The smell was really nice but the taste was going a little stale. Worth the shot for sure.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with some haze and a bright white head. Huge resinous hop nose. Earthy, mangos, papaya, are just a few unique scents i'm picking up. Pineapple comes through a bit as the beer airs. A tropical fruit storm. Extreme tropical fruit presence. Massive actually. comes across kind of sweet for such a hop bomb. Medium sized body holds all the flavors together into one big fruit bowl wave across the tongue. Bitterness comes in the form of a slight earthiness but bitterness isn't really perceived so much, its really just there for balance. Flavors are much like the nose, tropical fruits, some detectable alcohol. Very good and very unique, sweet peaches comes through on the palette as the beer warms.

Very very good. Starting to get juicy ripe oranges on the tongue as well. Wow what a beer. Deep, complex, and fruity. I love it.

Photo of illini4x4
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of KnightRider
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mechamifune
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean-looking gold color. About .5 inch white head soon follows. Carbonation looks very strong in the glass. A very nice looking IPA.

Smell is a lot of citrus upfront and then just kind of fades to me. Not a complex smell.... pleasant enough but doesn't hit me in the same way some of the best examples of the style do.

Taste is very citrus/orange upfront, followed by a nice bit of bitterness and then finishing somewhat astringently. As a whole the taste hits the right notes for the style, but just feels a bit....harsh.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style. Smooth and crisp and not overly resinous.

Overall this is nice beer if you are looking for a very hop-forward DIPA that doesn't come at an obscene price. It lacks the drinkability to go with the hoppiness that comes with the best examples of the style though.

Photo of kennylopez
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2012 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a clear golden color with a fingers worth of lasting head and spots of lacing.

Smells: a huge pine and citrus hopped up IPA with a sweetness.

Tastes: there is a grapefruit and citrus hop character that is fresh sweet hops that lingers.

Mouthfeel: there is a lasting carbonation throughout drinking this ale and I have to say that balance the higher 10% and the sweet bitter aftertaste is wonderful.

Overall: I picked up a 4 pack for $11 bucks and I will be going back tomorrow to pick up a few more packs to say the least. this is a awesome brew that I fully enjoy fresh. I plan to pick up some more a see if they age decent.

Photo of jtmcgraw
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DaveONan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of McNuts
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Hophead717
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Perfect, deep golden straw, with a fizzy half-finger head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing sticks along the glass.

S: Light grassy hops, with some notes of sweet tangerine. Definitely smells like a fresh IPA, with a some graininess coming out also. Alcohol is quite noticeable.

T: Incredibly sweet upfront--a mix of honey and citrus-sweetness. The finish is lightly bitter, but very underwhelming for a "Hopzilla." Very boozy--one of the most noticeable ABV IPAs I've sampled.

M: Very good, well-carbonated for a high-end ABV beer.

O:This doesn't really work for me. In a way, it reminds me of Hopslam with the sweet lead-in, but there's no strong hoppy-presence to balance that, save for a touch of bitterness at the end. Underwhelming to say the least.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fridge, Lancaster PA

12 oz pour transferred into a British Imperial Nonic at my request (thank you Miranda)

Pours a nice ¼” head which rapidly reduces to a thin film.
Brilliant deep yellow straw color with some short lived lacing.

A distinct aroma of malt, followed by mostly citrus hops, and crusty bread yeast. Quite enjoyable.

Crisp entry on the palate of delicious malt, followed by wonderfull citrus hops, and a full mouth feel combined with fine small bubble carbonation. Delicious!

Long crisp finish of hop dominated malt. The hop oils stick to your mouth. Very enjoyable.

Quite a delicious DIPA, but that being said there is nothing here to rise above the din.


Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the brewery the day after it was released during one of their tour sessions! Served from tap into a Terrapin Hopzilla shaker. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing through the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, marijuana, marijuana hop, citrus, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, marijuana, earth hop, marijuana hop, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised at how nice and hoppy this one was while still not being abrasive to the palate. There was a nice touch of both sweetness and bitterness so the palate didn't get overwhelmed. Honestly reminded me of fresh Pliny if I am completely honest with just a touch of earthiness. Definitely worth trying and really glad that they brought this one back in bottles.

Photo of MrHolland10
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of dejrrma
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Around $5 at brick store for an 8-12 oz pour. served in a goblet.

a- it's a deep hazey orange and has lots of fluffy head. leaves nice lacing behind.

s- strong scents of hops, pineapple, orange zest, and spices.

t- very hoppy and pretty fruity. there's a strong orange fruit presence in this beer. slightly sweet with a little of the alcohol warmth going down.

m- its warm to cool, with a low carbonation, mediumish body, very smooth. i can't detect any alcohol until it goes down.

o- good beer. i had never had it before. this was also my first cask ale and i enjoyed it very much.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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