Terrapin Beer Company

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American IPA
Ranked #4,131
Ranked #20,132
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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Reviews: 828 | Ratings: 3,617
Photo of schoolboy
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.


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Photo of rapayn01
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
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.

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Photo of peepicheep
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.

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Photo of dhd1491
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.

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Photo of teromous
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.

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Photo of jkrich
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
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.

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Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of JimboBrews54
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.

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Photo of Macrobius
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.

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Photo of JimKal
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If you like your IPA's super malty sweet, and barleywine-ish, then this one is for you. This isn't what I really want from a hop forward IPA. Especially with a name like Hopsecutioner. One would think my taste buds would get destroyed. But I'm only left with a residual sweetness of massive malt.
On Tap at Fiserv Forum.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours pretty clear golden color with nice white head, decent retention. Nice lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Citrus peel, solid malt aroma, grapefruit, orange, light yeast, big floral hop nose.

Taste - Taste is a light mixture of hops, citrus peel, malt and orange. The malt and citrus stick out the most just like in the nose. Really bitter finish.

Feel - medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish. Little hint of fingernail polish at the end.

Overall - About a middle of the road IPA, nothing off with it but nothing really stands out either.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Representation of the American IPA style however, not impressed.
The look is fine, nice slightly tindgy orangeish glow. The presentation is kinda cool but for the record, artwork doesn't appeal to me in the craft beer world. The nose is bright and citrusy with some sour milk like notes, not off putting in anyway with a almost tropical mango note and underlying maltiness. The taste is what I was expecting. Bright, floral and major citrus fruit character. Think along the lines of grapefruit with hints of mango. Very little sweetness and a nice underlying malt to carry it along. Some yeasty character and upfront piney hop bitterness all throughout the sip. The flavor is what Iv come to expect from a American IPA and although tastes great is somewhat boring to me. The beer doesn't have much complexity. The feel is a redemption for the lack of much else. A good carbonation with a medium body. Hop resedue stays with you for some time. Overall Darn good beer but kinda lacks at the same time. Ehh... Gibe me a Sierra Nevada Classic Pale ale and we'll call it even.

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Photo of Homiegfunk01
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: lacks head. Decent lacing.
Smell: Malty
Taste: caramel and biscuit from the malt. decently bitter.
Feel: velvety smooth. Average carbonation.
A solid malty IPA. reminds me of Rogue 6 hop IPA.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

32oz draft, has a fluffy pure white head that dissipated quickly. Decent hops aroma with whiff of pine. Light amber clear color. Taste is a solid IPA; full on sharp hops with a sweet subtle malt finish. This is a drink-it-all-evening brew!

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Photo of scooob
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this. Tastes like a DIPA (and at 7.3% it's pretty close), with a lot of sweet malt balancing the hops. And for those who follow my reviews (all zero of you), it's clear I'm a DIPA fan, not so much for the high alcohol content (though I'm not complaining about that) but for the sweet creamy backbone that offsets the alcohol burn and hops bite. Speaking of said hops, I think the blend of six used here makes for a good cocktail, so to speak, kind of how a Canadian whiskey blend smooths out the edges of the individual components. If you're a total hophead looking for a big bitter finish, this may not be your cup of tea, but it really works for me. Cheers!

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Photo of Sully194
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a complete nerd, I was intrigued by the Tonberry on the can, so I grabbed a Sixer at my local (in Michigan no less) grocery get-out, and gave this one a whirl. Especially since they are a rare and random drop in my neck of the woods.
Anyway, they started out pretty user friendly at first. Tasted pretty mild for the reported ABV, but I must admit, I found it's mellowness pretty great. Kinda like Torpedo, but somehow milder. I was anticipating a gradual learning curve as is often found in such RPGs.... I mean IPAs. Normally when I sit down with a new "game", I like to smash through at least the first 6 levels to get the full effect of what I am in for.
Anyway, despite numerous attempts at leveling up, I just could not defeat this boss. I mean, I took out five of them, but that last one was no joke. Despite my attempts at switching characters and tactics, I just could not beat this sucker. Back to the drawing board. Maybe next time I'll try the spiky hair and gigantic sword on this best; and a next time there shall be!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nicely done IPA but a little disappointing as I expected more based on the great reputation of this brewery. Nice yellow-amber color with some fluffy head and a little spotty lacing. Smells of fruity and floral hops. Tastes of more fruity, citrus hops than floral or herbal hops. Nice caramel, grain, biscuit and a malt backbone. Smooth mild finish and mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

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Photo of Raime
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another critically acclaimed brewery made their way to Michigan. Honestly I have no idea what to expect so let's just dig right in.

Look - From the twelve ounce can, pours a deep golden with a finger of dense head that sits atop like a pillow. The carbonation appears low.

Smell - Mildly catty and juicy with an apparent pine nature.

Taste - Catty aspect is the initial suspect no doubt coming from the chinook and simcoe hops. Immediately following is a big juicy burst which is rounded off by a pine factor. Now by pine, I don't mean the typical pine, I mean like a half way mixture between forest pine and juniper berries. Somewhat peppery as well.

Feel - Pretty thick feel with a low to medium carbonation. Swallows moderately bitter.

Overall - A rather unique IPA offering. Some people may find this flavor profile to be absolutely irresistible. Personally I do like this beer quite a bit but I feel that some of the hops didn't really show to their full potential. In the end this is a very welcome beer in an over saturated market of boring canned IPA's. Look forward to trying more from these guys and gals at Terrapin.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop madness! Six hops attack the senses, not in waves, but with a strong sustained approach. Deep golden color, not overly aromatic. Very satisfying choice for the hopheads among us.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a chalice

Clear amber, some carbonation, no cap, scant lacings

Faint pine hop aroma

Malt, grassy, whiff of pine hop

Bitterness lingers on the tongue

Good beer

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Love the art work on the can but this beer is just okay and brewed for those who like a malty backbone in an IPA. 6 varietal hops? Doesn't mean much if the amount of each hop is a skimpy sprinkle.

As far as flavors there is some bitterness grassy malty caramel piney metallic taste but truly not as hoppy and delicious it should be with 6 hop varieties. Says enjoy by July, it's April, 90 day shelf life for IPA so I'd say it's quite fresh but has more of that IPA turning into a barley wine flavor.

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Photo of Gatch
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a can, best by date of 06.04.2018

Golden copper in color, darker than most IPAs. Nose is quite balanced, with a strong presence of sugary sweet toasted malt and a resinous and dank hop aroma. Flavor is similar; nice balance of malty sweetness and fruity hops. Smooth feel and body with a pleasant finish. This was pretty good and would definitely score better back in the day when the model IPA wasn’t OJ with hop dust and concentrate added.

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Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 3617 ratings