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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 89
Gots: 88 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jeffthepony, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ABVfreak
5/5  rDev +24.4%

ABVfreak, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a lightly hazy yellow color. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer reminded me of lemons and hops mixed together. The taste of the beer was very nice too, it's got a very lively kick to it, lots of citrus in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and refreshing, and leaves a good bite on the tongue. Overall I found this to be a really good IPA for the summer time. I would drink it again if I ever happen to come across it down the line.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of SFrankBrew
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a decent head and good lacing. The smell of an IPA was a little lacking. The taste was better than average in terms of ranking. It wasn't anything really new in terms of breakout IPAs. Great name, with 3.5 in taste points. Mouthfeel was good. Overall, based on the rating system here it was better than average and I gave it a 4.0 overall -- averaging up.

SFrankBrew, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely cloudy pale golden color with a creamy off-white head.

S: Very dank and strange smell with a lot of sweetness and some oak.

T: This is way sweet for me. It reminds me of Southern Tier's Oak Aged Unearthly, which I didn't care for. Overripe apricot with a slight hint of citrus hops. There's a buttery and oaky flavor that lasts through the finish and is a bit overwhelming.

notchucknorris, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 8oz draft at the Porter during the Terrapin Takeover on 5/21/11

A - A cloudy light orange hue. One finger white head. Sticky lace all over the glass. Beautiful!

A - Citrus hops, grapefruit and piny hops. The citrus hops give off lots of sweet floral notes. Orange, pineapple. Piny hops also prevalent, giving a nice grapefruit smell.

T - Grapefruit and citrus. High ABV is hidden. Big hop kick at the end. Sweet flavors from the malts. So well balanced!

M - Medium carbonation, nice mouth feel. Creamy. Very crisp! Light bodied.

O - An amazing double IPA. Up there with the Hopslam and the Majaraja as one of my favorites. Very drinkable as well, as the high ABV is well hidden and it is so well balanced. Not too bitter, which often occurs in Double/Imperial IPA's. So glad that the Porter offered what I am sure is one of the last kegs, as I have been searching for this brew for awhile.

BeerDawgs, May 23, 2011
Photo of lazjuarez
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: Taken from notes at a previous tasting. Also, this was one of my earliest reviews, hence my review is a bit vague.

A: Pours a gold color with a finger of off-white head that reduces to a ring.

S: Nose is full of piney resin, grapefruit, and some sweet malt notes.

T: Balanced bitterness with some malt in the background. I'm getting some nutty notes as well.

M: Good mouthfeel, bread/biscuity coats the mouth.

lazjuarez, May 13, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent. A very dark amber color with a small white head of foam that came up over the top. A nice settle down caused the lace to cling a touch but the top did go bare after a few minutes.

The aroma was very nice though. Rich citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and pineapple notes. Light biscuit comes through as it warms and a touch of alcohol starts to really come through. The flavor was nicely balanced. At first a touch shredding with loads of pineapple and bitter grapefruit coming through, but mellowing nicely as it came up to room temperature, offering some departure with a touch of sweet caramel flavor. Nice medium body was spot on for the style and the strong alcohol notes led this one to be a real nice sipper.

mikesgroove, May 11, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. I noticed my original review had gone away, so I dug around for my old tasting notes. Glad I found them.

Poured from the bomber into my DFH Snifter.

A--Vibrant orange color with an off-white head that left a sticky retention as I drank.

S--Earthy. It smells of grapefruit, pine, grass, orange, lemon, and booze. A little more lively than I thought, but certainly fits the style.

T--A bit disappointing. It did not smack me in the face like I had thought. The hops and pine are there, but to a lesser degree than the nose led me to believe. The grapefruit comes in on the back end.

M--Light and creamy feeling with a heavy bit of carbonation. Again, not what the nose suggested, but not too big of a disappointment.

O--It's a good (not great) offering from Terrapin. I was hoping for more of a Stone Ruination-dryness from the DIPA, but the creamy feel of this is good. Maybe I just built it up too high in my head. I would certainly drink it again, though.

Mosley1212, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light gold pour with virtually no head and faint lace. Thin streams of medium sized bubbles.

Nose is very earthy and very grassy. Lighter grapefruit and lemon zest underneath and a hint of the abv.

Fairly thin up front, but that doesn't last long. Big, big hop finish with lots of alcohol burn. Getting some light caramel malt. Lemon zest in the finish, too. Lighter pepper notes, and maybe even a bit of raw onion.

Feel is a tad on the light side, not supportive enough of the intense hop flavor.

A big east coast hop bomb.

beer2day, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky golden orange with a creamy off-white head.

S: A very strong aroma of grapefruit, candy sugar, floral hops, and a caramel & bready malt backbone. I don't know why, but if Florida had a smell, perhaps this.

T: Upfront flavor of citrus hops, followed with a sweets malts, and finishes with a slightly bitter grapefruit and citrus rind with notes of tropical fruit. Long lasting flavor with a slight warmth from the high ABV.

M: Creamy texture, medium body, lively carbonation.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Could definitely drink 2-3 bombers of this before I be done for the night.

BrewCrew2010, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong but complementary and not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but works quite well and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a really good hop bomb worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is straight hop resin; mainly composed of citrus and grapefruit with some lesser herbal notes. Very musky, resiny hop aroma. Definite component of caramel sweetness with some lesser biscuity maltiness.
The taste totally disappoints in my opinion. It is just a mess. The malt sweetness is way over the top (and I like a good balanced DIPA over a hop bomb), but this somehow ends up being both. Grapefruit rips apart your taste buds and the alcohol is definitely not hidden either. It's sticky and resiny yet still cloying and sweet.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than average amount of carbonation. Bitter yet creamy. Sadly this one gets the drain...

claspada, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of capra12
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo poured into a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a 1/2 finger head, slight cloudy yellow and wheat.

Smell: I got a ton of sweet hops and lychee fruit and a hint of soap.

Taste: Opens with a sweet freshly peeled lychee fruit acidity which intertwines with a green and fresh hop profile. The sweetness of this DIPA is almost making this brew a bit boozie. The green hoppiness lingers as well as the acidic fruit well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied and leaves a slight film on the tongue which makes you want more.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to those who seek a uniquely exotic fruity open with a nice mesh of hops which compliment those fruit open.

capra12, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a foiled bomber into a C&B Bruges glass.

A - Pours a light, hazy golden orange. My pour yielded a nice two finger fluffy white head which left some nice lacing as it came down the side of the glass.

S - Tropical fruits are the first impression i get with this DIPA. Pineapple, mango, orange, fresh cut grass, some earthy tones and a malt sweetness are the forerunners in this aroma profile. There is some good hop aroma, but as i expect from the style, its fairly subdued compared to the sweet aromas.

T - This is one sweet DIPA. Great hop flavor which again resonates of sweet Maui pineapple, mango, sweet citrus and grass. A huge malt backbone is a bit too sweet for my tastes.

M - Full bodied with great carbonation. Somewhat of an alcohol burn lingers.

D - This beer is too sweet for me and that makes it not very drinkable. One is fine, but any more would drive me into sugar shock.

dubinsky, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Tifore
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gford217 for this bottle. This review got lost in my notebook and thus this is mainly just off my notes.
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my DFH pint glass.

A - Pours a light amber to gold color that is slightly hazy. A nice 2 finger light off white head that leaves quickly but leaves moderate lacing all over my glass.

S - Smells of amazing citrus hops, orange, graprefruit and pineapple all at the forefront. I get some sweeter notes at the back as well.

T - Hops! but lots of sweet notes as well. Like someone mixed some simple syrup with loads of citrusy tones.

M - The mouthfeel isnt wasn't I was expecting from a DIPA. Very oily and almost buttery. Caught me off gaurd but was still nice.

D - A very smooth brew from Terrapin. A nice DIPA that I wouldn't mind having again. Thanks for this beer Grant!

Tifore, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange amber color with two fingers of pillowy ivory head. Head settles slowly, keeps a chunky, pretty full lace and leaves some patchy stick on the sides.

Smell is quite herbal and resiny, with aromas of grapefruit and white pepper as well. It's a very musky, resiny hop aroma. Has a sweetness to it as well, some biscuit and caramel. I do get a whiff of alcohol, so we'll see if this is at all hot.

Taste is quite strong, unsurprisingly, with big hop flavors and a hefty malt backbone. Hops are very flavorful and not just bitter, always a good thing, which actually in this case is a Godsend because this is a bit on the hot side and somewhat heavy. The hops are citrusy and resiny, with herbal and piney notes as well. Also has a sharp white peppery and grapefruit rind/pithy quality to it. Hop bitterness is bold but not over the top, with lots of hop flavor. There is a biscuity, semi-sweet caramel malt backbone here to provide some balance. It is a bit on the hot side, with a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish, but once again there is enough hop flavor to overcome that.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and very creamy. Not super smooth, as it's somewhat hot and quite dry in the finish. Good carbonation.

This isn't the most drinkable DIPA, but it is not lacking in flavor, that's for sure. Packs one hell of a punch, and is put together pretty nicely. A big, bold drink that is probably best shared or at least sipped slowly, but a pretty well done DIPA.

number1bum, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of tchaos
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap in a snifter at a Terrapin/Left Hand tasting event at Mellow Mushroom in Brandon, FL

A - Color and translucency of orange-blossom honey. Very little head that dissipates quickly into a ring of lace.

S - Citrus forward, with moderate alcohol and slight resin. No mistaking that this is an IPA.

T - Starts with smooth alcohol, which makes way to clean malt. Follows through with tropical notes -- sweet, but not cloying. Long finish with peach/citrus bitterness.

M - Medium-light body; very smooth with mild carbonation. Alcohol towards the back end.

D - Extremely drinkable for an ABV near 11 -- reminds me of some hop-heavy Lagunitas offerings in that respect. I would be prone to over-imbibing on this one.

tchaos, Dec 10, 2010
1.85/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber to snifter. No date or batch number on the bottle. Sampled on 10/3/10. Thanks to gford217 for the extra and an altogether very generous package of beers!

A: A vigorous pour pushes the head up to 1 1/2 fingers. Bright white, foamy and semi long lasting. The body is almost completely opaque, and is a light sun kissed orange color. Lacing is spare.

S: The label reveals that Hopzilla uses only Maris Otter malts, which are considered to be of premium quality and price. Terrapin must have spent a fortune as this is one heavily malted DIPA. The caramel component is huge nearly pushing out the lightly toasted bread notes in the background. As the name would suggest, this beer a certified hop bomb, packing every bit of 110 IBUs. Unfortunately, the hop bill is self-conflicted with harsh aromas of Pine-Sol battling with ligter scents of scallion and orange. Heavily soapy. Aromas of peach and fermented pineapple come into play.

T: Wow, this is one big beer. Too big in fact, and certainly not in a good way. The malt sweetness is enormous and it somehow manages to ruin the bitterness that I was hoping would counter it. The alcoholic heat is unforgiving. The collection of flavors lacks direction. Not good. I don't know what else to say.

M: Medium body with an extremely hot, extremely slick texture. The heat is off-putting.

D: I'm not sure what the focus is here. Perhaps this: Quality ingredients ≠ quality brew? This beer is big for the sake of being big. Hard to enjoy and very difficult to finish.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Carrboro Bottle Shop in Carrboro, NC.

A - A light golden color (not far from yellow) with a haze and a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Initially grassy and piney but then more citrus appears.

T - A rich and complex blend of hop oils, citrusy bitterness and alcohol. A definite warming affect as you go on.

M - Silky with a shower of fine bubbles hitting the roof of your mouth.

D - It was a bit rich high in alcohol for my taste at first but I adjusted and really enjoyed it.

GJ40, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deeply hazy gold color with two fingers of white head that disappears quickly to just a wisp of foam.

Aromas of piney resins and red grapefruit. No malt to speak of. Very woody aromas in the back.

First sip is of resiny pine, some malt sweetness, and then the grapefruit. With all the hoppiness of this brew, there is actually some balance in play with the malt. The hops are over the top, but the sweet malt keeps them from becoming puckering. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is full and coating with the bitterness lingering in the after glow. There is actually a nice balance in play here between the hops and the malt. This is a very well done extreme beer.

Drinkability is high, except the alcohol will kick your ass. For the bottle, it's highly drinkable, but I would not want to try to session this beer. It's a nightcap.

JamnesCameron, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is intoxicating. First a blast of pine and then tropical fruits followed by loads of sweet malt.

T: Pine hits the tongue first followed by grapefruit and tropical fruits. The malt balances this out completely which means little to no bitter finish.

M: Feel is medium bodied with a bit of creaminess and an oily feel on the finish.

D: Very tasty but the ABV really catches up with you after a while.

GregSVT, Nov 10, 2010
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.