Terrapin Hopsecutioner | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Anthony1 on 11-03-2009

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Photo of B_13245
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Grupatre
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent amber with an orange hue. A small white head slowly fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense hoppy herb and citrus with some notes of earthiness.
Taste is of the aromas with some vanilla cream pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, and herbal.

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Photo of Rufus1
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale amber/orange from a a twelve ounce bottle into a ten ounce straight mug the same temperature as the beer. Nice two finger head that settles to a rocky off white. Small vertical bubble streams. Nice sticky lacing to the bottom of the mug. Hoppy on the nose but milder than expected from an IPA. Slight dank hops but buried by the piney hops and some sweet malts. Touch of diacetyl. Not the hop blast I expected up front in the flavor. Good sweet malt backbone. A medium bodied brew with a light to medium mouthfeel due to the excellent level of carbonation. Good balance. Piney/citrus hops tempered by sweet malts. A fine combination. Very drinkable. Sessional. This is a keeper.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s another product of Stankonia’s LIF: Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Thanks for the beer, dude!

I’m guessing this was brewed this year; it has an “Best if enjoyed by” notch system that says March, Week 4, but it doesn’t say what year. I’m pretty sure it’s good, though.

A: Looks really, really nice; the body, a shining yellowish-amber, is adorned with a bubbly white foam. And, though the head doesn’t last too long, it leaves an excellent web of lacing. There’s a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, as well; very nice appearance.

S: Quite nice: it’s a traditional IPA nose with a unique fruity kick. Oily hop bitters come first, mostly fruity and flowery, augmented by a tart berry aroma. As it mixes with the dark sweetness of the malts, it reminds me of a chocolate-strawberry ice cream sundae – creamy, richly sweet, and tartly fruity. And even as typical light grains come in to finish it out, the uncommon goodness of this nose remains evident.

T: Well-crafted, though mild: to start, there’s a refreshing pop of acidic, lemony fruits. Hops are crisp while still offering a light oiliness, popping with a flavor of citrus pulp. It’s a manageably intense bitter, smooth enough that it’s able to blend into the wheat breads of the malts. Good yeast presence, as well: earthy and a little toasty. The finish is sweet grain, mostly mild. I haven’t had much of Terrapin’s stuff, but this is great.

M: Classic feel, thick and mouth-coating. It’s astringent at times, of course, but on the same level as the viscous textures. Refreshing for an IPA.

O: Alright, Terrapin’s got my attention; I’d love to have access to this all the time. I don’t know if it’s the balanced flavors or the unique fruitiness, but it hits the spot. At any rate, the Schmaltz collaboration in my fridge looks even more exciting now.

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Photo of Jerone
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a one finger slightly off white head that fades and lots of tiny bubbles climbing to the top, leaves good lacing too.

S - Floral and citrus hops with some toasty malts, yum.

T - Sweet malts up front that lead to floral and citrus hops and finishes bitter with a nice toasty bread quality to balance it out.

M - Mouth feel is light to medium with medium carbonation.

O - A solid IPA that I will drink happily anytime of the year.

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Photo of LeftyEtc
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautifully clear light amber, small and thin white head.

S - Citrus as an undertone ruthlessly dominated by tons of crispy alpha filled hops.

T - Very lightly toasted malts, orange peel and a bitter sting of those glorious hops from beginning to end.

M - Much creamier then most great IPA's. Bitterness not of set, but opposed by a malt foundation that is defiantly noticeable. Nice carbonation supports this beers crisp finish. I enjoyed this beer at an ice cold serving temp, for me, perfect for a very serious IPA.

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Photo of budman619
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvstrickland
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin's excellence in labeling continues; this time the grimly-grinning Terp is darkly-masked and about to get all Medieval and drop the guillotine on some hapless hoppage...

In my Duvel tulip, Hopsecutioner is brightly-clear and polished copper in color and sports a big two-finger thick milk-white head. The bubbles are fine and beady, standing tall in a slowly-melting tower that spatters ragged jags of Brussels-style lace onto the inner surfaces of the drinking vessel.

The aroma is pungently citrusy with a waft of vanilla caramels. A vague note of fruity alcohol adds a sharpening cleanliness to fragrances of lemon-lime, orange, and freshly-snipped pine.

The taste is pale-malty, mildly-sweet, and lightly caramel-coated with plenty of citrus-oil and leafy green flavors. Citrus-peel oil abounds with a sunny splash of rind-heavy Valencia juice, but the actual bitterness component is well-controlled and proportional to the malty backbone. The finish is quite dry and leaves a touch of bittering oil lingering on the palate.

The drink is crisp and medium in body with an excellent tingle of carbonation. An exceptionally easy drinker given the 7.3% ABV, Hopsecutioner is a fine 'first-ever' IPA from the Terp.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. Great residue to the glass

S - Woah hop galore. Citrus and more hops.

T - Very hop forward and doesn't hold back whatsoever. Despite my presumption of a citrus/grapefruit base I'm finding a little bit of pine. Kind of weird. Mostly great sticky hops though.

M - Sticky and goes down great. Goes well with pretzels. Medium carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. It strays a fine line between an IPA and a DIPA. Glad I picked up a six but could only do one for each sitting.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a medium white head. Good lace and OK retention.

S: Very hoppy, very good. Pine, citrus, peach, some flower like aroma, hint of malt in the background. Very good, hops done very well.

T: Malt is more apparent in the taste department. Hops are there, citrus, floral, piney. Some grapey character as well. Bitterness is not over powering, pretty balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is low to medium, alcohol is hidden well. Drinkability is good, pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, pretty color. Could stand to have more head and lacing as far as the style goes but it's a perfectly clear copper color.
Scent is seductive. Bright, hoppy character, and whenst warmed, offers bright fruity flavors. Can't quite pin down specific fruit at the moment but it's in the realm of nectarines, peaches and apricots.
Flavors are well within that realm. Enjoyable hop type things going on with a depth that reminds me of smoke and/or rich, fermented fruits. Clean flavors.
Happy to have this about. Quality ingredients and brewing. This doesn't quite make my top ten list of IPAs but that's a highly competitive list. Tasty times.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cold
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, no haze, slightly pinkish tone while pouring (before bubbles came out)

S: Hops. Grassy, planty, resinous, slightly soapy. Light malt present

T: Incredible burst of piney, resinous hop right up front. Soon, citric, floral hop notes blend in, followed by the balance of honey & shortbread cookie malt.

A: Smooth, with slight bready malt taste nearly completely smothered by the lingering hop bitterness. Floral & piney flavors linger.

Overall: A no-nonsense IPA, with plenty of big, bold hop presence throughout. While not extremely complex, several different hop flavors combine with a subdued, but essential balancing light malt for a well-crafted, completely enjoyable beer. The 7.3% ABV is detectable, but the alcohol serves more as a flavor-blender than a flavor element unto itself.

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Photo of da_beers
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper color with an off-white head that holds and leaves some big, splotchy lacing. nose is very nice. lots of wet grass, pine, flower, citrus (grapefruit mostly... like a tanegerine flavored pink one) some peach skin and a bit of sweet, biscuity malt that comes off like cara-crystal to me. taste isn't quite as good as the nose would suggest, but the signature terrapin tatses are there and this is definitely an ipa with it's own personality. really bitter up front and minerally in the finish. slick, medium body with low carbonation. good ipa. good effort from GA.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Big thanks to Calton for the trade for this!

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy thick orange amber color with a nice 2 finger creamy head with thick retention and lacing which fades to a think film which lasts throughout.

S - A huge nose of orange/grapefruit/tangerine citrus hops. Also in the hops mix are notes of piney resin.

T/M - The beer starts with a brief citrus sweetness similar to the aroma. Quickly the bitterness and hop character develops. The middle of the beer is a nice mix of bitterness, almost fruity sweetness, and a slight caramal malt character. The beer finishes slightly sweet with a hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - After 2 beers I can say this is very drinkable IPA.

Overall, it was a pleasure to try this beer as we don't get it locally. I liked the label and was pleasantly suprised by the beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-31-2011 02:12:47

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Photo of Brettwill
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, dark orange body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decant lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with some pine. Caramel and toffee malt with significant sweet malt character.

T - Fruity hop flavor up front with notes of orange and pineapple. Some red apple notes in the middle with brown caramel and toasted malt. Finished with some pine and caramel as well as moderate bitterness. A little lingering fruit but otherwise pretty clean in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hops and a good malt character. The hop aroma is quite well developed, thought the hop character in the finish is a little bit weaker. My only real criticism is that the finish is a bit watery, there just isn't quite enough malt or bitterness to make the beer fell as substantial as I want it to be. Nevertheless, it is well balanced and drinkable with a great hop character. I've been hoping for an IPA form Terrapin for a while now and this one is quite good.

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Photo of acatalino
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours amber with a solid white head that fades very quick.

smells like sweet caramel malt. sweetness is what i smell mostly. not a huge hop presence.

tastes like caramel malt. slight bitterness but not a big hoppy beer. taste is good but not dominated by hops. it also isn't dominated by malt. it's hard to describe but this beer just has a light mouthfeel.

overall this is a decent IPA, glad i gave it a try. i've had multiple other Terrapin beers and enjoyed them. a friend of mine who goes to the University of South Carolina loves Terrapin beers and recommended it to me. a very plain IPA.

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Photo of logobot
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Drjoker219
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentblack1
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard, yet quality, IPA. Had this in a restaurant near Ft Lauderdale.... Good with dinner, solid, but not a game changer...Enjoy it, but don't kill a close friend to trade for it ;-)

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 3,381 ratings.
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