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Terrapin Hopzilla - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
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878 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 89
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of jpmclaug
4.33/5  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.

jpmclaug, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Norfawkers
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Norfawkers, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light, hazy amber with about a half inch of head that quickly dissipates into just a wisp of lace.

S- Hmm... I believe there may be hops in this beer. Let me check again... yep, hops. Lots of them, in fact. Sweet, pungent grapefruit is the dominant aroma, with a good dose of backing malt that nonetheless plays third fiddle (the first two seats of the orchestra both being occupied by hops).

T- An all-out assault on the tastebuds from the first sip. The hops ride across the tongue on caramel stallions, seducing the tastebuds with their pleasant flavors of blood orange and tropical fruits and striking them down with harsh alpha acids that are bitter as crushed aspirin. Alcohol and biscuity malt survey the devastation, reviving but a few of the stricken tastebuds. I guess I really should have done a Godzilla-themed metaphor. Whatever. If you want a good review, look somewhere else. You get what you pay for.

M- Relatively thick but balanced nicely by a strong carbonation that keeps it from becoming syrupy.

D- Bitterness and alcohol. Those two things drive the drinkability down quite a bit. Nevertheless, the flavor is such that I'll have no problem finishing the bomber.

This is a very good hop-forward DIPA, which may sound redundant, and is to some extent. What I mean, though, is that, unlike some East Coast DIPAs, this one amps the hops up enough that it cannot be confused with a barleywine... at least, not at this stage in its life. If you like hops, I suggest you try this, especially while it's still fresh. Recommended.

vtfan77, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not liked much from Terrapin so far. The best rated review I have given to their brews is currently one of the Side Project series. This is the second I get to try of this series. 22oz bomber. At 110 IBU, this should be a bomb! Here we go...

A: A nice medium honey color with a hint of lemonade color mixed in. Tiny off white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: This smells like an IPA. Grassy hops quickly followed by a nice sweet citrus malt. Definitely a good balance between hop and malt in the scent. Very good.

T: There's the hop bomb I was waiting for. On the initial sip you first quickly get a sweet malty citrus flavor which is immediately buried by some super earthy, dry, grapefruit hop. As this one drinks, I becomes so much more than as it started. I am now getting some rye, some faint toffee and even more faint caramel. This is very good.

M: Full bodied with a thick carbonation feel. Good.

D: After you get past the hop / booze bite, this goes down good.

All in all, I've definitely realized that the "Side Project" brews are the winners from this brewery. I've tried several of their regular offerings and have not really enjoyed any of them. This one is a very good brew. This is actually the best I've tried from them so far. Worth hunting if you like big beer IPA's for sure!

steve8robin, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice white head. Aroma is quite nice with floral, tropical, and citrus hops in abundance. Some apricot in the nose as well. A touch of sweetness, but this is surely all about the hops. Taste brings more raw hoppy goodness. Large amounts of bitterness atop the tiniest bit of malt. Mouth is nice and dry and the beer goes down quite smoothly considering the abv and hop level.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $8. nice orange color with a blast of hops to the nose, just the way I like it. The flavor was super hoppy, citrus, almost west coast to me. I really need another bottle to give a more thorough review but this was quite good and I want more. terrapin never seems to disappoint me these days.

ArrogantB, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a thick, tight bubbled head that leaves quite a few strands down the pint glass

Smell: Floral and tropical, with tangerine, grapefruit and pine

Taste: Opens with a sweet, fruity flavor that adds an piney bitterness by mid-palate, along with a clearly discernable bit of alcohol; after the swallow, the sweet malt softens the bitterness and creates a tropical citrus fruit potpourri

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Drinkability: A bit too sweet and sticky for my palate but a very nice crack at the style; I just prefer my beers more attenuated

brentk56, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a very hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace. This beer looks oddly similar to a belgian wit especially considering how different the flavor is.

S - A very strong aroma of citrus hops with an emphasis on grapefruit. Light hints if orange and mango in the background barely manage to sneak past the grapefruit. There is some bready malt hiding in there a well, with just a hint if toasted grain.

T - Resinous, pone and grapefruit hops up front with lots of sweet, malty sugar. Some bitterness begins to creep in towards the middle but is still balanced by the sugary malt and overshadowed by the wave of hop flavor. The beer finishes with investing bitterness that begins to reveal smoky, mustard like hop flavors that I would normally associate with a much darker beer. Lingering bitterness and sugary fruit notes from the interplay of malt and hops.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the aroma on this ber is fantastic, and while the flavor is nearly equally hoppy, it comes across as a bit too sweet. While a good dose of sugar is naturally required to balance this level of hop intensity, this is somewhat excessive. The sweetness robs the hop flavor of some of its intensity by making it taste kind of like candied, dried fruit. Still, the hop aroma is spectacular, and it is a very nice DIPA overall. It is reminiscent of Avery Maharaja, thoughif it was a bit dryer, it would be even better.

nickfl, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of cgwalden
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exquisite DIPA with hops that are almost tropical in nature. The malt is slightly sweet and backs up the mammoth hops nicely. I like this best in a pinot noir glass to get the full benefit of the aromatic hops. Though it has a high alcohol content, it is well hidden in the taste profile. My hopes are that terrapin will make this a regular offering. It is one of their best side projects to date.

cgwalden, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is all piney and citrusy hops, with some floral notes for good measure, along with turbinado sugar, biscuity malt, fruity esters, and alcohol. The flavor is also bursting with juicy, fresh hop notes (citrus, pineapple, pine), along with cane sugar, biscuit, caramel, fruity esters, and a wallop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, and drinkability is good. A solid DIPA that tastes fresh and has a creamy mouthfeel.

silver0rlead, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 09/03/2010:

22 oz bottle at 42* poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a cloudy, yet bright orange with a finger of quickly receding eggshell-white head.

S: Lots going on from the first whiff. Belgian yeast?, citrusy fruits (orange, grapefruit), cherry, and some hops in the background. Definitely contradictory to the name.

T: The taste is of orange, grapefruit, apricots, a strong and sweet caramel-malt backbone, and as it warms the missing hops come to rescue my palate from this malt bomb.

M: The finish is somewhat sticky but not a turn-off.

D: It goes down dangerously easy despite its 10.8% level.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Yeah!!!! This is a good one. You can smell the floral hops when you open the bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a good size white head. Average retention, light lacing. There is some sediment in the glass as well. The smell is very good....floral hops...as pronounced as Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

Tastes very good. Floral hops, tons of bitterness and a sweet aspect...I can't say caramel malt for sure, but there is a balancing sweetness to counter the heavy duty hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. There is little evidence of alcohol. Drinkability is good, taking into account the 10.80 and very strong bitterness.

THis is a very good DIPA.

JayQue, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a DIPA come out of the hard to keep track of Side Project series from Terrapin Beer Company. Appears a bright clouded brilliant orange apricot tone, with a bright full slightly off white head. The head billows above the rim of my chalice and has nice chunky lacing surrounding the edges of my glass. Aroma contains bitter grapefruit edges pretty much a nose ful of zest, strong citrus flowing notes with sugary candy coated hop flow to it. I don't care if people want to call the hop nose a bit one dimensional this stuff smells great, hints of tropical fruit esters with straight up citrus peels. Flavor 100% Maris Otter malts I didn't know what to expect here, but this is excellent malts backed up by pure bitterness. A bit sugary malt sweetness but that's okay I will drink some hop candy. My friend John Diflorio picked up a case of this at Robinson Beverage, dropped 80 bucks, I do like it and it's definitely worth a shot but I could picture getting tired of an almost 11% DIPA. Sweet tooth with hop bitterness wrapped around it, big ass DIPA alot of bitterness and loads of malts. It works but the grapefruit peel bitterness with the sugar malts makes this way too drinkable. As it warms a bit of residual sugars really cling to the palate, still a burning/tingling mix of hop oils and alcohol linger on the palate, and hop burps blow out the nares turning me into a real life Hopzilla. Drinkability as mentioned prior could be summed up in single terms, tasty...dangerous...hop-a-fuckn'-licious...that's it.

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin Hopzilla is like bitter candy.

It poured hazy orangy straw, with a short head that dissipated quickly. The color was extremely pleasant to look at; however head and lace was lacking. The smell and flavor were an explosion of sweet grapefruit--this was one of the few double IPAs (or IPAs for that matter) I would describe as down-right delicious. The feel was intense mouth-wakening bitterness, The combination of sweet flavor and bitter feel was extraordinary, making this a wonderful and full experience. It was so dang delicious, the high ABV was a non-factor.

Hopzilla was Terrapin's 12th "Side Project." I would love to see this as a regular, or at worst, a seasonal offering. It would certainly have a place in my rotation.

MetalHopHead6, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of terrapinfan88
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Brooklyn tulip, nice medium yellow not much head or lacing

Smell: Its as if someone managed to construct a wrecking ball made entirely out of grapefruit and pine needles and swung it into your face. I thought it was magnificent personally.

Taste: Wow grapefruit and pear explosion, a little pine, mangos, so hoppy its divine. hides its ABV nicely until you give it a chance to warm up and then it hits you. You get the warmth in your chest and the bitterness takes a backseat to this semi sweet boozy taste and the beer seems to get a little syrupy. It was great how the hop bite went from being the first thing you taste and then slowly move to the back end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Puckery, sharp, a little heat from the alcohol

Drinkability: The only thing keeping me from chugging two more bombers was the ABV. I personally love the bite of hops and at 110 IBUs this brew had some bite.

Best double I have had to date.

terrapinfan88, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of cbak999
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale yellow with a nice white head. Not too much lacing.

S-This might be the best aspect of this beer. great grapefruit and citrus amells. This beer smells amazing.

T-Very good for a 10.8% beer. tastes closely follow the smells. no malt flavors at all...pure hops and citrus.

D-Fairly drinkable given the abv. I like it. will drink more for sure.

cbak999, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a well-clouded, near opaque, dark orange-gold body with a film of off-white fizz.

Smell: A decent malt presence, with some notes of simple sliced bread, almond butter, and caramel, though we're mainly here for the hops, with a penetrating liveliness when it comes to the myriad of fruit scents - loads of citrus, tropical, and even some orchard fruit. Light waft of booze as well.

Taste: Lightly bready malts in the fore with sweet traces of caramel and marzipan. A lavish abundance of fruity flavors - pineapple, pear, lychee, tangerine, and lemon, all melting together to impart a boutique pâte de fruit character. As for the 100+ IBUs, the bitterness was definitely bold and brash, but it was never displeasingly abrasive. A pinch of sugar, then back to the bitterness assimilating some peppered alcohol tones. Bittersweet, warming, still so fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-light carbonation. Some noted chewiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Full, flavorful and packed with fruity complexities. I enjoyed this one. As for the drinkability, the sheer tastiness overrode the bitterness and alcohol, so maybe that's why the remainder of that particular evening is a tad hazy.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of kels
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot shade with a well-retained finger-thick white, foamy head. There's visible sediment suspended within the murky liquid, and a slight bit of carbonation can be seen as well.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. The hops present themselves only slightly as a hint of bitter earthiness underneath a heavier layer of vaporous alcohol. Some biscuity, dry grains accompany it to bully out the hoppy goodness I was expecting.

Flavors reveal just as much astringent alcohol as the nose, but backs it up with juicy citrus and sappy hop goodness. There's a sweetness that's slightly cloying yet the grains still remain dry overall in the flavor profile. They are more crisp and toasty than caramelly. Feel is well carbonated and very wet and juicy.

Drinkability is high despite the sharp -OH. I've definitely been putting it back faster than intended, as the warmth in my cheeks bears witness.

kels, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden yellow and cloudy complexion. looks like a hefeweizen almost.

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice and domianted grapefruit. smells like a west coast style.

taste: Interesting and different malt backbone. Not balanced. more to the hops side. Bgi citrus and grapefruit.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. light side for a DIPA

drinkability: nice comeback after the last side project.

CampusCrew, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's for the Big Pour Event.

A-pours a deep golden yellow color with a thin white head.

S-huge nose of all hops, not much malt at all and I'm a fan. tons of sweet ripe grapefruit and tangerine (tropical fruity hops with littler bitterness), notes of pine needles and more fruity citrus.

T-the taste has some earthy malt body but very light. its a hop explosion, more pine than the nose, very herbal dry pine, notes of citrus, more citrus, tons of tangerine and ripe bitter grapefruit and all the citrus flavors associated.

M-this has a medium body that is lively on the tongue, semi dry crisp finish.

D-big time hop bomb, it is singular but the citrus and pine flavors meld extremely well together making a citrus blast with hop balance and extreme drinkability.

cpetrone84, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of jskoog
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow Orange with nice white inch thick head.
S: Floral and Citrus bombardment. Smelled great, which really lent to the taste.
T: I was impressed with this. My wife is huge on the Rye squared, but this takes it in my opinion. Great mixture of floral and grapefruit with a nice complex malt backing to mask the alcohol. Very very good DIPA. I think this is my favorite Terrapin.
M: Nice and crisp like a DIPA should be.
D: Taste wise I could drink these all night. At 10.8% it would be a short but fun night.

jskoog, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Terrapin Side Project 12 HOpzilla DIPA 22oz. bomber and pour into St Feuillien over-sized wine glass.

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange colored fluid with a light but demanding head that leaves spider web like lacing.

S- Ripe grapefruit and rich alcohol esters burn the nose upfront. Light grassy hops are noticed with spicey note probably alcohol at the end.

T-M- The taste is very warm and intense with a massive body of alcohol and hops. First i'd like to say that is good. Warming alcohol esters dominate with a DIPA median of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange and plums.) Has a smooth mouthfeel for the alcohol content but still burns the palate.

D- Drinkable if a hardcore DIPA is needed because this one is exactly that... cheers.

wesbrownyeah, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, split two ways.

Pours a cloudy dark straw color, or maybe a very pale copper. An interesting color either way. Creamy white head is a full finger thick, settles into a dense white cap on top with some sparse lacing.

Nose is pretty intense. Alcohol is the first thing to pop out at me, prominent but not dominant. Big tropical fruit aromas pop out next, pineapple and a bit of grapefruit, with a richness shining through from underneath courtesy of the Marris Otter.

Taste follows suit. Deep, buttery-rich malt body sits underneath a big, smooth layer of tropical-citrus goodness, with just a dash of pine towards the finish. Alcohol comes through clearly, wrapping itself around the spicy-tickle of the hops and making the hops seem brighter, more vivid. This one is all about balance, but it does it right, integrating every component in with the next. Big hops, big malt, big alcohol, but nothing too big and everything working with everything else. Nice south-coast style DIPA.

Mouthfeel is big, smooth, ridiculously full-bodied. Smooth tingle from first sip to last swallow, moderate alcohol burn, and a fullness that leans into creamy territory. Possibly my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability is good, but a beer this big and with an alcohol note this warming can only go so far in this area. Lots going for it.

JohnQVegas, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Hopus tulip pours a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight laving on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and mild sweet malts. The taste is a very nice amount of crisp, sharp citrus hops in front of a nice sweet caramel malts with just a trace of alcohol presence. I had this one on-tap last week, and my only complaint was the alcohol presence, that is much less of an issue in this presentation, smooth and crisp with decent carbonation makes this one a great easy sipper. This is a very enjoyable DIPA, one I would certainly be inclined to try again.

atsprings, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess these guys bat about .500 in my book when it comes to their side projects. I dug the Capt Krunkles, not so much the Boomshagalager and others, but I think this one is a keeper.

Not stunning, mind you, and it does fall into the same trap that I find many DIPAs fall into. That being too much malt to still do what I want an IPA to do, but I did like the aromas and flavor profile the hops provided, even if the beer itself lacked brightness.

Now, maybe that's wishing a beer style would do something other than it's supposed to do, but I can't change the fact that I do like brightness in hop-centric brews.

detlefchef, Sep 08, 2010
Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.