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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 103
Gots: 108 | 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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Ratings: 916 | Reviews: 218
Photo of Mosley1212
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  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.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  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.

Photo of claspada
2.47/5  rDev -38.4%
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...

Photo of capra12
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of dubinsky
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Tifore
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of tchaos
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

1.86/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

Photo of GJ40
3.97/5  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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of mothman
2.51/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a white head. Color is a bright, yet pale straw yellow. Kind of hazy.

Aroma: Oniony, some bitterness, pine. Not that good. Creamy, like cream corn. Odd.

Taste: Bitter, piney, floral hops, dill pickles, creamy, citrus flavors. Nothing impressing me.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and messy.

Overall, this was just a pretty bad dipa. It had some many odd flavors to it and nothing seemed to work for it. I didn't want to drink a lot of this one.

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.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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