Terrapin Beer Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,385
Ranked #22,989
3.83 | pDev: 11.49%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Notes: This Killer IPA earns its name by using six different types of hops while still remaining an aggressive well balanced beer.
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brewerburgundy from California

2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, new Belgium glass, no freshness dating. Come on man!

Coppery with a creamy cap of suds.

Weak aroma of orange pulp and clean ale yeast.

Caramel malt, orange slices, alcohol, low bitterness.

Medium body, creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is solid.

Maybe it’s old, but how would you know? This is a weak IPA and I’ve been really disappointed in this 12 pack of Terrapin I picked up.

Oct 17, 2020
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Data: BBD 12/24/2020, 12 oz. aluminum can, purchased at room temp, served in pint glass at about 50*F at sea level

L: Amber-gold, dull, very light haze. White, foamy head, lasted about 10 mins.
S: Wheat bread, pineapple, spice, alcohol.
T: Cinnamon and caramel, saltine crackers (as mentioned below), pear/pineapple, mellow hoppiness.
F: Round, full-bodied, like a stout.

Overall: A "Killer IPA!" Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's "Torpedo Extra IPA," but better. Warm caramel-coated cinnamon pear/pineapple. Really enjoyed the round, mellow flavor. Definitely year-round flavors going on! Careful about sessioning--Buzzed right out of the gate.

Aug 26, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Amber yellow. Plenty foamy. The color doesn't seem right to me.

S: Lots of different hop varieties. They're kind of a blur.

T: The malts are okay. The hops have a nice underlying bitterness about it. The rest of a brew doesn't seem to have a particular direction aside from there being a healthy amount of hops in it.

F: Not very oily contrary to my expectations.

O: It is balanced, but I suspect hop pellets. I doubt 6 varieties of fresh hops were shipped to the brewery when this beer was brewed. The malt blend is fine however, and the 6pack is reasonably priced based on the malt blend alone.

Aug 20, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can witta date

Looks great, clear, ring of foam with good lace. Smell is light citrus and alcohol. Tastes good, very clean and light while not lacking in flavor. Too much alcohol, it shows up in the finish and is too strong a flavor

Easy to drink, flavorful... gets you drunk. It's aight

Jun 09, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber appearance with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma of gummie bears buried beneath the spicy hops. Herbal hops give way to some resinous note, especially in the aftertaste, where the bitterness establishes itself. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish. Decently balanced, not off-the-wall or exceptionally challenging but very drinkable.

May 21, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is sunrise orange. The taste is valencia orange, lemon sour, fain earthy hop notes, & saltine cracker. This is one smooth tasting IPA that's not overly bitter & dank, this is right my my alley. Sometimes a varied mixture of hops can lead to an awful tasting & off putting IPA but this one ain't too bad at all. Cheers! B

Apr 22, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a big fluffy white head, recedes to a cap.; The smell is mild, but nice; Flavor is rich, somewhat robust, a slight metallic aftertaste; Moderately carbonated; Can't seem to get past that odd sub-taste, aftertaste. It has flavor, but not great.

Apr 05, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Mostly clear amber gold color with an inch of quickly dissipating foam. Some lacing on the glass.
Smell: To me there is not a strong aroma. I smell the usual pine-grapefruit of the hops but I am missing the subtle aromas.
Taste: Plain pine bitterness balanced by pale malt. Simple but delicious.
Feel: Reasonably crisp and bright with light carbonation.
Overall: Very likable. Has more of an old school west coast taste/feel. I like it and I’ll keep drinking it.

Mar 17, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can. L: Honey colored with a creamy head that leaves nice lacing. S: I noticed citrus, pineapple, something a bit sour I can’t quite identify. T: first let me say I was surprised by the balance here. With the mashup of an extensive array of different hops I expected the dankness to be off the hook, but no so. Please don’t misunderstand, this beer is hop forward but finished with a really nice balance. F: loads of carbonation here and toward the heavy feel side. Overall a really solid IPA from the Athens GA. I’m definitely having another.

Feb 02, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, best by 5/13/20
I can't imagine this could be any more than 5 weeks old.
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Watching the Packers game (slaughter?)

Deep hazy golden color with a tall creamy fluffy head of 2 fingers, sticks around at 1.

Aroma is a hop soup of dank hop leaf and some bright fruits underneath that. Slight pineapple, slight grapefruit, and very slight mango.

Flavor brings a heavy bitterness with watery undertones of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon pith, slight orange pith, and other bitter citrus. Some caramel malt also creeps up.

Feel is hard and heavily carbonated, with a moderate alcohol warmth. Carbonated finish.

Overall not really my thing, I know how fresh this is and it already tastes like it's on the way out. Could be a good DIPA but only straight from the teat. I imagine this would be fast track to Barleywine status in as soon as 2 months.

Jan 20, 2020
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MoMaMe from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised this beer has only 86 points.

I picked this one up to try something different. The balance of hops was pretty good.

Look: crystal clear, light golden honey color with a nice, medium head and good lacing retention.

Smell: pineapple, papaya, tropical fruits, grapefruit, a little bit earthy as well

Taste: complex and juicy. Individual flavors not as noticeable as when smelling. Hops stand out both in flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a slightly malty aftertaste with a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate. Malt is mellow and smooth and balanced nicely by the hops. More flavors come out as the beer warms up.

Feel: carbonation is noticeable with a slight bite. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but light enough that it's easily drinkable.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy again. This beer is very drinkable and I enjoyed it more as the beer warmed up.

Jan 10, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy, but rounded and flavorful.
This is a great IPA.
Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter.
Body is full, like a stout, but the taste is very bright.
Confusing logo, but who cares.
Higher alcohol content is a big plus since this is available in single cans.

Dec 12, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this 12oz. can into a 20oz. beer glass. Close to two fingers of lumpy very thick white foam. The head never completely disappeared and it did leave very thick lacing on the glass. This beer leans toward the orange side, slightly hazy, with very steady carbonation.
I think the aroma could be detected across the room. The citrus is the most prominent, but it smells sweet also. A little pine also is there.
The tart citrus taste is there with the slightly dry finish I expect from an IPA. I don't detect the alcohol flavor some had mentioned.
The feel is the lip smacking dry feel I am accustomed to from an IPA.
This seems like an easy IPA to sample a few, but watch out for the 7.3 ABV to catch up to you.

Nov 14, 2019
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've shelled out doe for terrapins a few times before. They always seem to put out quality products and this is no exception.

It pours a deep golden, slightly hazy with nice fine bubbles. The aroma is not as prominent as I would have liked (for all the kinds of hops in it) but still very pleasant, hoppy and fresh smelling. The taste is a deep, somewhat malty IPA taste, with more varied and intense hop bittering. It works well. It is not a light or dry AIPA, like a New England - not at all. It's bitter-sweet and fairly unique from the variety of hops (versus quantity). A success.


Sep 20, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've bought this beer a couple of times and really enjoy the prominent hop taste. However, I like Terrapin's HI-5 just as much (if not more) and prefer the lower alcohol choice. This beer is kind of boozy. The first time I bought this beer I was in the DC suburbs and selected it thinking it was a local. As a Maryland alum, I felt stupid to learn it was from Georgia. Oh well.

Sep 05, 2019
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Perfect. Freshness date of 01/17/20.

Pours a light honey/golden straw. Thin head recedes to a cap and laces the glass. Perfect clarity.

Aroma is sweet grain, biscuity and warm. Grain yields to slightly bittering hop. Volatiles become present on the nose, smallish aroma of fusel alcohol.

Flavor opens with sweet biscuit grain. Fresh baked buttermilk biscuit with honey brushed on top. Bittering hops come to the middle, floral and dry, they hang on to the back end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry. Slight stickiness left on the lips.

A nicely balanced IPA, not overly hop forward which is a fresh surprise. The fusel alcohol is the only drawback.

Aug 10, 2019
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peepicheep from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's across the board and that's as objective as I'm going to get. The rest is a matter of taste. On tap at Miller's in Lancaster PA. Six hops blended well enough to be tasteful without being overpowering. On the other hand I get a lot of bitter after taste. Not a bad thing in my book but be warned that for a beer called Hopsecutioner, this is not a hop forward beer. So where does this land me. One - tasty. I certainly like this beer and would serve it (ice cold) at any BBQ. Two - would order again. Despite it being not a typical IPA, there is room in this world for IPA'S that don't club you over the head with hoppy bitterness. Three - Recommended.

Aug 01, 2019
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dhd1491 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with thin head of white foam. Malty aroma. Taste is malty, wheaty and alcoholic up front. Turns quickly to sour, citrus hops. Contains 6 hop varieties: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe. Light mouth-feel. Not cloying like some high ABV beers. Overall a nice, potent IPA. I can get this pretty cheap in the ATL area, so really this is my baseline IPA by which others are judged.

Jul 12, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can, right on the rim: "BEST BY 11/05/2019 16:56 19245.24"

Appearance: This beer is a medium-dark bronze with hints of golden-brown as the light shines through. The head is pure white, frothy, with a lumpy consistency. It has very good head formation, retention, and a nice frothy spiderweb of lacing. It is a very beautiful beer.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma going on here. It smells like a dusty bookshelf with a light peppering of caramel and some alcohol in the back.

Taste: There is some caramel up front, then a light bit of pine, and some wet wood and alcohol in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a good bitterness, decent carbonation, and a medium-light body.

Overall: This beer goes to town on the hop varieties; around the rim it boasts "Chinook Simcoe™ Amarillo Cascade Centennial Warrior." The hop presence is pretty low in this beer when it comes to the aroma and flavor. It had a decent bitterness but the beer leaves one wanting more flavor and aroma. It isn't a beer I am likely to pick up again and there are far too many, better, beers on the market for me to recommend it. I might try it again on tap.

Jun 17, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear, deep golden to bronze (darker hue than most American IPAs) with a sustained and foamy, slightly off-white head. Not your typical IPA pour.

Surprisingly the weakest link to the aroma given the six hops used in the brewing process - perhaps little dry-hopping?

This is certainly a more malt-accented IPA despite the six hops used; that is not to say this lacks flavor or a hop profile. In fact, the hops are excellent as no specific hop dominates the flavor profile - if anything, the resin flavor tends to over-shadow the citrus. As the ale warms there are notes of caramel and butterscotch from the malt, but at all times the palate is coated with a very pleasant bittersweet flavor.

The body is medium with a soft and supple mouthfeel, while the carbonation is very restrained.

All in all, this is a rather elegant take on the IPA. The hop presence intermingles nicely with the malt profile to make an eminently drinkable ale. Perhaps the only drawback is the high ABV; however, this is one to sip and savor over a long evening.

Jun 08, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's across the board. Just at outstanding. Pours hazy gold. Smells strongly hopped. Tastes hopped up but smooth, don't know how they did it. Mouthfeel and aftertaste make it obvious that this is an IPA. Rates a 9 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12-pack of this brew scale.

May 17, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hop flavor
M-A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A good IPA

Apr 14, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great flavor, suggested for hop-heads. You truly can taste each of the six hops in this brew if your tongue looks close enough. Not overly bitter given the name, malty for the overall back bone of this brew.

Apr 07, 2019
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Macrobius from Georgia

4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my comfortable old sweater of beers, delicious standby I've enjoyed for years, great hoppy taste, nice thick feel, golden with a fairly thick head. I like it best right out of the bottle.

Dec 23, 2018
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JimKal from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is a lot to like about this IPA. Pours a dark but clear amber with some nice lacing on the drink down. The use of multiple hops seems like such a great idea but somehow they didn't quite work for me. Given that the ABV range is higher than I like I won't be getting it again as there are others that deliver the taste profile I like more at a lower ABV.

Dec 17, 2018
Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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