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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 94
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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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 womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Charlie for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a lightly hazed golden orange color with a finger or so worth of white foam.

S: A fair amount of grapefruit rind as well as some oily, piney, resin. Hints of tropical fruits provide some sweetness and there is a touch of alcohol on the back end.

T: Sweet tropical fruits up front, namely pineapple and mango. Unfortunately, lots of sugary sweetness and alcohol. The heat from the alcohol is so intense it's almost like ash with a hit of vodka. Some lingering piney bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I thought this one would be alright from the nose, but the flavor was just awful. Way too hot and alcoholic.

Photo of mrandypandy
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased in Atlanta.

A- Pours a mostly clear orange/yellow, with a small white head. Decent lacing.
S- Hops. A nice mix of floral and citrus hops on first whiff. More grapefruit as it warms.
T- Heavy on the citrus hop flavors, especially the grapefruit. However, there is a strange aftertaste/bitter finish to the beer which knocked it down a notch.
M- Wow. Smooth, creamy, almost velvet like. Really enjoyable.
D- Everything is in place for this to be an excellent IIPA, with the exception of the aftertaste. Regadless, the bottle wasn't a problem to finish.

Overall - Well done. One of the better side project beers to come out of Terrapin in a while (I haven't had "So Fresh" yet). One small flaw isn't enough to stop me from recommending it.

Photo of ratedz
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to GatorBeerNerd for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a about half an inch of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Lots of juicy orange and grapefruit scents followed by a light maltiness.

Taste opens with slight bitterness followed by the citrus notes from the nose. Finishes slightly sweet and malty.

Light and refreshing. A solid DIPA that is very drinkable at 10.8%.

Photo of KalH
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried Hopzilla on-tap @ TapHouse in Norfolk, VA. Body was a cloudy light orange with a faint one-finger smooth head. I immediately smelled the beer as soon as it was set in front of me. This has an overwhelmingly tropical fruit scent to it. The scents are more specifically of mango, papaya, and pineapple, along with some pine. This was definitely one of the most aromatic beers I've ever had and it smelled deliscious.

Upon tasting Hopzilla, it really did not let me down at all. This is a stellar brew that tastes sweet with the tropical fruits mentioned and also has a strong juicy hop flavor that is bold but not abrasive on the tongue. There is a slight pine tar taste in the back but it is mostly hidden by the overall flavor of the beer.

Hopzilla has a nice, even carbonation and a pleasant but sticky aftertaste to it. Despite having a high ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden and was only faintly noticed in the back of the throat. Sticky lacing on glass. This was an amazing beer to have on-tap and I highly recommend this to anyone into the style. Very well done.

Photo of fear025
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank's to ncvbc for this extra bottle!

Aroma:Sweet cotton candy and citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops in the nose.

Appearance:Cloudy pale orange in color. Nice white fluffy head, good retention.

Taste:Very hoppy and bitter in the foretaste. The hops are mostly just bitter grapefruit, with a little peach, and a little pine. Sweet malt backbone. Sweet nutty malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, hot alcohol burn, a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:This one is another hop bomb, but the hops themselves don't really stand out flavorwise. I do like it a lot better than some of the more pine-foward IIPAs out there. It is a little tough to get through a bottle by yourself, as this is more of a sipper IIPA.

Photo of mikereaser
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 10-20-10.

A - pours a cloudy golden yellow orange with an inch of nice foam

S - very grapefruity citrus forward, fantastic aroma, I just want to keep smelling it, a bit of the maltiness comes through with just a little hint of lemon

T - very malty, alot more than I expected, nice amount of hoppy citrus flavor but not overly bitter, very nicely balanced.

M/D - full bodied mouthfeel, lively carbonation with a hint of a bitter finish. I don't know if I could drink often, but very nice example of a DIPA

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, I love a beer called Hopzilla.

A-A slightly hazy apricot with a nice pool of off white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Citrus and peach tones dominate a great nose. Lots of huge hop presence.

T-Delicious. Some good sweet malt in the front with a strong tingly hoppiness. Mostly grapefruit with a bright white peach undertone. Some booziness becomes apparent in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and good lingering bitterness.

D-Excellent, despite the high ABV.

I love that we get Terrapin beers here in PA. This is one of my favorites, and that's saying something.


Photo of Lerxst
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy pale gold with a slight orange hue. Moderate head with fair retention leaves only slight wisps of lace.

S-Huge pine and citrus hop notes dominate here, a bit of booze is noticeable, with just a touch of bready malt.

T-Citrus, grapefruit most predominant with an orange/tangerine twist in there, some earthy, piney hops as well, slightly sweet, yet still nice and bitter with hints of malt at the back.

M-Medium body, a bit dry with a crisp carb bite.

D-Its a sipper for me, certainly not a session beer. But it is enjoyable to finish. More than one is not doable for me.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy bright orange bright white head good head retention

S: A lot of pine with some citrus mostly pine here

T: Taste follows the smell mostly Pine with some citrus notes but the pine is the star here starts off ever so slightly sweet finish is dry pine no alcohol in taste very good!

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: very drinkable impressive because at 10.80 %

overall: My first Terrapin Beer and its a good one! I do like this beer check out my vlog review for this: youtube.com/tantrum777

Photo of kk73
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a hazy straw color with a nice one finger white head that settled into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass, some sticky lacing.

S - Smells of light piney and citrus hops, some slightly bready malt with a slight alcohol burn.

T - Citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit and lemon. Bitterness last throughout followed by the same slightly bready malt. Some alcohol burn on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy. Could have been a little smoother, but that was offset by the alcohol astringecy.

D - This is a good beer, lots of citrus notes and a ton of bitterness. I had no trouble finishing the entire bottle, but the alcohol burn could be a little much for some.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$9 at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. 22oz brown-glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a hazy pale orange gold with thin white head. Nose is full of bright sticky hops! Love it! Cannabis, white flowers, a little cream, over-ripe oranges, juice and all.

Palate is light and crisp, despite the 10+% abv. Orange juice with pulp is my first though. Flowers, lime zest, and pine resin. Sticky with pale malt, but drying due to the hops.

This is friggin great. Sad I only brought one home. No wonder Mike told me he "can't keep it on the shelf."

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"Terrapin Side Project number 12 is none other than the fearless "Hopzilla" Double IPA. This Hoptastic creature clocks in at 110 IBU's and has all the hop explosions of a B-Rate monster movie.
Made with 100% Maris Otter malt to back up the barrage of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma, this beast knows no boundaries. With all of this hoppy goodness packed into one beer, we wouldnt have called it by any other name."

Pours from a gold foiled 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours lighter than I expected, almost a dark straw color with a reasonable size foaminess on top.

Aroma is hoppy and alcoholic. Very fruity and sweet with citrus being the mainstay of the aroma. There is a nice malt backbone as well but this one seems too sweet.

Definitely a little sweet on the tongue. Cloying up front with large doses of fruits and berries. Sticky sweet and oily on the palate. BItterness is completely lost in all of the caramel malt.

Not a fan of this one. When I read this one had 110 IBU's I was a little excited. However, those IBU are overwhelmed by the sweet caramel malt and makes this one alcoholic, sticky, sweet, cloying, and tough to finish. I have another bottle of this too :(

Photo of kneeland
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you're a fan of IPAs, then this is the beer for you. They call it a double India pale ale, and they're not lying. I, myself, am not a fan of IPAs, but the taste of Hopzilla was excellent.

The color was a perfect oranged wheat tone. Looked a lot like Blue Moon for comparison. The head worked for me, not too much foam, the carbonation stuck around.

I found the smell to be very floral, with hints of citrus.

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a murky, pale orange/amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, but didn't leave much lacing.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy and fruity hoppiness to it with some peach, pineapple and grapefruit to it. Just a bit of alcohol shows through a bit as well.

The taste has a lot of juicy peach flavors coming through. A little bit of a tropical, pineapple, citrus flavors come through as well. A bit of a grapefruit flavor with a dry bitterness comes through towards the finish. it has a wonderful fruity and bright hoppiness to it overall.

The mouthfeel is relatively light with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good for me, I loved the hoppy, fruity flavors. The peach and pineapple flavors are some of my favorite hoppy flavors in beer and this one did them exceptionally. My only criticism is although the alcohol was very well hidden, 10% is too high for me to drink that often unfortunately. Terrapin should really consider making this one a regular or seasonal release. I would definitely buy it often, and if they toned down the abv a few % it would definitely be a very frequent purchase and a regular in my fridge along with Two Hearted and Rye PA. That's how much I liked the flavors in this one.

Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden orange with an off white, 2-finger, dense head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving a small amount of thin lace.

The smell is grapefruit, mostly, nectarine and pineapple with a mild, far-off, hint of sweet malt.

The taste is grapefruit, very sweet malt and a dose of alcohol that is, also, very warming. Bitterness is negligible.

Mouthfeel is full and amply carbonated.

Drinkability: This has a few good things going for it but drinkability is hampered by the high ABV & sweetness. It's good, but at PA prices, I'd rather have a Sculpin. I'd drink this again, on tap, but wouldn't buy another bomber unless I was sharing with a couple of others.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice thick golden color cloudy, nice white foamy head that had a good retention and had very nice lacing.

S= From the nose I smelt some orange and some peach in this one.

T= The citrus hops came out very nice earthly hops and a little bit of a malt backbone.

M= Medium bodied, highly carbonated

D= Very drinkable really enjoyed this one, a really nice IPA.

Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You get a solid finger and a half of pure white foam, lots of mixed bubble sizes, likely contributes to the lack of head retention, curiously, little stick to the lacing as well. Deep haze to the light orange to yellow color, almost witbier in look, good amount of lazy bubbles float slowly within. Builds steadily at a moderate gait in the nose, white pepper and green grass make a brief obligatory show, then bow out in favor of concentrated apricot, peach, pear fruit scents, floral musk, and slabs of tangelo and pink grapefruit citrus, so strong is the former that the not insignificant pine, cinnamon and caramel accents shunted to the side. Full-bodied, seems like it was created to cannonball into your mouth with authority. Fluffy and soft carbonation has it spreading near and far, an interesting tactile counterpoint to the highly concentrated apricot, peach paste, supplemented by pineapple, guava, kumquat fruit of equal density. The pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus sweet yet so layered, there's not much zest. Has as much pine tar on it as George Brett's bat. Rouses up a shout of white pepper and grass but this is mostly for show. This is a DIPA for those with a serious sweet tooth.

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Dave for bringing this one to a recent tasting!

A: Cloudy goldish color, with about a half inch head and great fizzy head retention.

S: Tangerine and peach upfront with caramel notes blended in. Nice!

T: Candy-like, with crackly pixie stick dust type of hop forwardness, and malt backbone to balance out the brew. Terrapin used Maris Otter malts to make this. Even though that is an ingredient typically associated with English style brews, there is nothing English about this one. At 110 IBUs, this is about as hoppy as it gets!

M: A bit of booze, but that is to be expected with a drink clocking in at 10.8% ABV. It's not too sugary or syrupy, and the bitterness starts to disappear after a few sips due to the citrus alkalinity (grapefruit).

D: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. This is the best Terrapin beer I've had in a while.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by djmiller92. Thanks Dave!

Hopzilla is a hazy yellow-orange hue with a thin white head that leaves only small traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very powerful, with scents of resinous hops and pine, followed by hints of citrus fruits. The beer tastes pretty good and the 10.8% alcohol is concealed to a certain degree. The flavor is a huge blast of pine and hops. The feel is quite sticky and sweet, nearly chewy. In this regard, I would guess that the abv is 10% or more. I enjoyed this beer, though I hear that it is better on draft. This isn't something of which I would want a lot, but I enjoyed my six ounces in a snifter. I would drink this again.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of citrus, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of citrus, earthy hops, and a little malt in the finish. A well rounded, vibrant flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, well made imperial IPA. Drinkable and well worth a shot.

Photo of nick76
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and pineapple as well as caramel malt and a touch of metal. The appearance is amber with floating particles and a nice head for the style but fades without being foamy. The taste is very much like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer but the finish is very alcoholic and a bit to metallic.

Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A light golden color with a decent amount of haze. A white fluffy head leaves nice glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruits with pineapple, orange, fresh cut grass, some earthy tones and a malt sweetness.

T: Hops are huge in this beer. The earthy hops flavors come first with a huge flavor of fresh cut grass, some pine and dirt flavors coupled with the sweeter tropical fruit of pineapple, orange and mango. A pretty hefty caramel malt flavor turns almost surgary before this weird final aftertaste kicks in. I read someone else described it as an aspirin flavor, I think that's dead on. The final flavor lingered in my mouth and left me turned off a bit.

M: Full, prickly, alcoholic and bitter.

D: Medium at best. This beer is loaded with alcohol and that aspirin flavor really limits drinkability for me.

Overall I don't see the hype with this beer. There are much, much better DIPAs out there for the money. Sorry Terrapin, not something I will seek out again.

Photo of crusian
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from green's in atlanta... unforunately one broke in my luggage... first time this has ever happened... Thank TSA, I love the way you repack things. I am glad beer registers on your radar of things that NEED to be checked, but you can not take the time to repack the way it was originally in there.
anyway... my luggage smelled awesome. the MOST fragrant citrus hops I have ever smelled. I want to know what hops they use. amazing.
anyway... past the aroma... this is a really awesome brew. high abv in order to strip more hop oil... the taste does leave a bitterness though... which I find odd. Everything about it is good, VERY sweet hops, but the finish is odd and bitter, thy try so hard to hide the true intention of hops, but it is unmasked at the finish, but by god if you find it get it. for the price, this is a great brew!!

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

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tulip.

A - Hazy, bright glowing yellow body with a small white head on top

S - Tropical hops dominate the nose on this one. Hints of pineapple and mango with a bit of a dank resiny aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma. This one brings the tropical flavor with a mix of citrusy bite as well. No lingering bitterness or extreme bitterness in this one. It has a malt backbone that stands up to the hops but never really shows itself. Nice tropical flavored IPA.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not sticky at all.

D - Pretty drinkable. I really like the tropical notes in this. A solid DIPA but it seems like its just missing something that would put it over the top. I might pick up a few more bottles of this if I want a tropical flavored IPA.

Photo of Norfawkers
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, creamy blonde with small foamy head.

Smell: Citrusy, fresh, floral bouquet.. Delicious!

Taste: Changes characters midway through- starts off hoppy upfront, but that is soon replaced with a citrusy, sweet malt flavor. There are also Belgian yeast undertones.

Mouthfeel: A bit sticky... very little bitterness in the beginning with a lingering finish.

Drinkability: This is a beer you need to get fresh... A very drinkable Imperial IPA.

Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.