Terrapin Hopsecutioner | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner

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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 Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick inch off white head into a tulip glass. Beer is an orange hue. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Citrus notes.

T- Hops aren't so hard hitting in this one and match up nicely to the malt...well balanced. Faint citrus. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel though creamy.

D/O- Can an IPA be easy drinking at 7.3%abv? If so, put this one in that category. Nothing stands out flavor-wise but solid none-the-less.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange/red color with a nice 1 finger foam head that has decent retention. Ample lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus and pine hops, with a twinge of alcohol.

T: The hops are sufficient, but not overwhelming. There is a good balance of malt on the back end, mostly bready malt tasting.

M: A dry medium body beer. Leaves the palate nice and try.

D: This beer is easy to drink as the ABV is not real noticeable. A worthy option!

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice burnt orange hue with a tall creamy head. Nice retention and chunky lace.

S: Very sweet aroma, lots of caramel and fresh orange juice. There is a real floral bouquet behind the sweetness.

T: Sweet up front. Caramel, orange marmalade, and sweet grapefruit. Nice floral notes in the middle with a dash of bitter in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable. Pretty tasty too.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt gold with just a bit of head and a slight haze. Smells mild, a slight bitter hop note, some citrus and pine. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt but a bit subdued. A lingering slightly dry and bitter finish is the best part. A nice beer overall, just slightly lacking in enough power to live up to the name.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Deschutes snifter glass. Best if enjoyed by 2nd week of May. Hoping it's 2012.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange color with a half finger of white head. Sme lacing sheets. Not much carbonation bubbles.

S: I get lots of fruit on the nose. Mostly peach and mango, but there is some malts behind it. It's not a hop bomb. Seems balanced. Some pine too.

T: I get a nice pine bite on the tip of the tongue. But the maltiness is present in the center of the taste. Not bad, but I was expecting more fruity notes. Crisp close.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B

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Photo of AmitC
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An under-performing IPA.

Bought a six pack and now i will have to drink the other five. Not that i can't but it is not a pleasure to drink this. Very run of the mill stuff.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Less than half finger thick head that fades very fast. No head retention. Decent lacing. Some bubbles. Color is Orangish amber and with a lot of haze.

Note 2nd Bottle: Poured more roughly, has one finger thick head. Looks much better. Some retention.

One of the worst noses that i have had in a while. Not that it is bad, but it is non-existent. Have to dig in deep to get anything to enter. Bready crumby sweet malts. Some earthiness, very slight floral and orange peel. More sweet than expected.

Taste is nothing great as well. Does just fine in that hops are felt for a while and only for a while. Apparent dry hopping but one that is done with very faint hops - low on alpha and beta both - that fail to provide either a good nose or good bitterness. More balanced and malt based than what i like. No bitterness. Sweet dry finish. Malty dry hopped after taste.

Mouth feel :Medium feel. Moderate to slightly higher on carbonation. Drinks with ease but is not exciting at all.

May be i am drinking this one too late or very fresh as it has enjoy by date of 2nd week of March. Since it does not mention year it could be either 2012 in which case i am late to the party. In the case of 2013, which is more likely since i picked it from a store in Atlanta, GA, this is an average IPA at its best. Very misleading packaging.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can purchased at The Beerbox in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours an orange-ish amber, with a small head, and a few spotty segments of lacing.

This one smells like sweet malt, piney hops, and orange marmalade.

This is a fairly malty IPA, really, which kinda makes the name misleading. There's some sweet caramelly malt, a bit too much really, with kind of a generically bitter hop profile. There's definitely pine, and maybe a little orange, but the hops don't seem to stand out in a nice way, really.

This has a crisp mouthfeel, medium body, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Not bad, but not really that great either. Forgettable for sure.

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a darkened amber orange in color with a non existent head. Small bubbles of carbonation percolate the surface.

(Smell): A very powerful and citrusy aroma reminiscent of sweetened tangerines and oranges. Definitely floral with a hint of grapefruit as well. A little bit of hops can be recognized too.

(Taste): Parallel to the smell, the Hopsecutioner IPA starts off with an abundance of grapefruit/tangerine flavors that follows up with a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

(Mouthfeel): Slight amount of carbonation bubbles on the tongue with a medium body that goes down relatively smooth.

(Drinkability): This IPA is decent, but not amazing. The grapefruit flavor throws it off a bit me for me, but that said, it is completely drinkable and I wouldn't argue if someone placed a glass of it in front of me.

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Photo of Spider889
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Brick Store Pub.

Served in a nonic pint.

A - very good clarity. Reddish-copper color. Left a decent broken horseshoe of lace.

S - Very hoppy. Citrus orange and grapefruit with lots of fresh pine bough to boot.

T - Bitter pine, grapefruit pithiness. Nice malty balance. Quite strong bitterness which lingers long.

M - Mildly dry, medium bodied with nice enough carbonation.

O - Nice IPA but seemed really close to DIPA territory. There are much better examples though.

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Photo of salvo
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopsecutioner pours hazy straw into the tulip with a foaming inch of head that disappears with some oily residue in its wake. The hoppy aroma of the beer is really its strongest point: rich astringent grassy-to-citrus nose with a touch of rich malt that smells balanced.

Taste is medicinal bitterness that is somehow a little off from the nose, but not unpleasant. The finish is not very long or complex, but a nicely hopped ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the alcohol content and hop load.

I'm confused by the labels: the Terrapin is almost a Teenage Mutant Ninja, but dressed as executioner. The country-boy Terrapin of the Rye ale: marketing is a little off to me, but what do I know. I'm not from Georgia but just passing through Atlanta. Label reports the beer was brewed at Flying Dog.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get a finger of eggshell white foam, mostly dense with some larger bubbles interspersed, not deep enough to dimple, weak lacing. Light coppery orange color, transparent with a slight yellowing around the rims. There's a charcoal filter, metallic touch to the nose, not quite earthy, more leafy than citric, the green apple, pear, apricot scents attenuated, not sour or bitter but you struggle to find any sweeter element to provide balance in your nostrils. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, average carbonation and weight, pine and white grapefruit, orange citrus sweetens things some but the malts remain shadowy at best. A pinch of white pepper apparent. Meager apricot, peach, apple fruit. The grassiness and hoppy bite by far the strongest element, does stop short of reaching mouth puckering proportions. Still, dry and not especially lengthy through the finish. Basically, it's OK.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an apricot color. The head is a fluffy one finger off-white shade. All in all, the looks are typical for the style: frothy head, okay retention, and plenty of lacing left behind.

S: Aromatically, hops do jump out from the glass - mainly the floral, lemony variety. Sourdough bread seems to make an appearance, too. I've grown to point where I can smell Centennial hops from a mile away, and this brew's got 'em.

T: Flavor-wise, it's sweeter than what the aroma let on. I was waiting for the bitterness to prick the tongue...and instead I got a sweet, caramel forward brew where the hops are only there to balance instead of being showcased. Late in the aftertaste, some floral and spicy hop notes do appear. Aside from the typical caramel and toffee notes, it's also a bit earthy.

M: It's a rather clean brew, which at least helps quash some of the sweetness well. It glides down the tongue with a crisp bite, too I'd almost call it thirst quenching...no, I will call it thirst quenching. Not dry by any stretch, but it does a good job of going down easily anyways. The sweet finish doesn't bother me at all.

O: I'll give it one thing - it's drinkable. Very drinkable, even for a 7.3% IPA. It just doesn't have the most interesting flavor is all. If I had bought a 6 pack of this (which I didn't) I wouldn't have any trouble killing it.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, honey gold SRM 5-6. I am quite surprised to see small chunks of yeast floating inside an Anderson Valley can glass. The half-inch creamy head quickly drops, leaving a light coating of lace. I am no fan of floaters in an IPA.

Bread dough and slight hop aromas. Some cut straw and musk.

Modest bitterness is balanced by sweetness. Caramel, nuts and faint kiwi are noticed up front. Grapefruit comes out in the middle through finish. The finish is moderately long and yeasty. Orange flavors come out with warmth.

This is a medium-to-full-bodied beer with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation.

Terrapin has not quite delivered on “Hopsecutioner”. Getting beyond the name, however, it is a relaxing beer. Perhaps my bottle is older, however, it’s difficult to say since the best by chart was blank.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted from a bottle obtained in a trade. The pour is clear amber orange with a medium head that quickly dissipates to leave a bit of bubbles on the top and around the collar. Nose is bitter orange and grapefruit hops with some bread malt and a hint of soy sauce. The flavors of this beer are very well balanced. The hops offer much more fruitiness than the nose would have suggested with more fresh citrus and even some tropical fruits coming through on the palate along with a very nice caramel and bread maltiness. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation and a nice long finish where the bitterness from the hops kicks in very nicely.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan with medium and fine sized bubbles, nice lacing along the glass.

Smell is subdued malt, toast and caramel; hops come through quickly as light pine, earthy, slightly spicy.

Taste is fairly simple malt, light toast and caramel, then quickly overtaken by the subtle but bitter hop flavors which are earthy, lightly spicy and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel is fairly bitter, but this beer seems to have higher bitterness from the hops than aroma or flavor which is nicely balanced by the malt sweetness.

Overall, a solid IPA, slightly subdued aroma with a nice flavor and mouth presence.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear orange body with loads of bubbles pushing their way north to an off-white cap. The head was a sturdy two fingers and left ring marks with each sip.

The aroma is of toasted malt, apricots, and grapefruits. A little bit of pine needles, but really a straightforward aroma.

Some caramel up front with a rush of hops taking over. Grapefruit and pine needles with a mildly bitter finish. A somewhat balanced IPA at first blush, but the bitterness and a fruitiness build over time.

Medium body and smooth up until the finish. A tad prickly on the back end as it fades to a lingering bitterness.

For the style, its pretty drinkable. Not overly hoppy by any means. Fairly balanced.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy off-white head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Potent hop aroma dominates, I can smell it across the table! Mostly grapefruit and pine resin hops with some orange peel and caramel malts.
T - Loads of grapefruit and pine resin hops with more (very) sweet caramel malt. There's a bit of a toasted quality in there, which is nice. Bitter finish lingers for quite some time.
M - Smooth and creamy with a sticky medium body.
D - Pretty drinkable, but the sweetness get a bit cloying after a while.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Terrapin Hopsecutioner is bland and insignificant.

There was a pop of citric aroma during the initial pour which was amber, with a less than finger-tall head. Little-to-no lace was left on the glass. The smell faded to metallic citrus rind and the flavor was slightly earthy but bland. There was no feel to speak of as it had a very clean finish.

Hopsecutioner failed to live up to its cute hop-centric name and the clever label claim that hopheads will rejoice and lose their hopheads. With that much hop-related self-promotion, this IPA should have shredded, but the flavor and feel were underwhelming.

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Photo of bbarrows
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass
A: Clear light amber, dense 1" off white head
S: Light grapefruit
T: Loads of bittering hops are the first taste, followed by lingering grapefruit and pine flavors. Strong bitterness negates any malt presence
M: Crisp, dry, very little malt
D: Although dry and slanting toward bitter over flavor or aroma hops, it's easy to quaff.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner has a pale and hazy orange body with a few strands of lively carbonation bubbles. The head is an off-white and has OK retention, but it doesn't manage to leave any impressive lacing.

The aroma shows off bitter, citric hops along with a bunch of toasted malts.

Hopsecutioner opens up with a strong grapefruit flavor and a good, bitter hop bite. There are some notes of other citrus, namely a bit of orange, and there is also a fair amount of resin. After that comes quite a bit of sweet malts that balance the hops out a little bit too well. The malt tastes a little bit toasted also. The finish is a little hot. I actually thought this was a double IPA when I drank it, because the malt profile was so big and the finish was a bit boozy. Technically it isn't, but it is on the high side in terms of ABV% for an IPA.

Hopsecutioner has a good mouthfeel. It is full-bodied for the style, and boasts an almost creamy texture. The carbonation is still pretty lively though.

I liked Hopsecutioner, and the hop profile was pretty good, but the malt provides a little too much toasty sweetness for my liking. It's a little bit hot also, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow ochre in color, the beer pours with a meager half-inch of head that didn't retain very well. Soapy film layers the surface. Leaves thick bands of proteins in the glass. 3.5

A grassy, tangerine hop character to the aroma, but nothing really big and punchy and out-of-this-world. I've let it warm up. It's showing some bitterness and a mild note of pine/spruce. Smells a bit woody with some perfume notes, as well. Pale malts wrap up rather biscuity. 3.5

Bittering hops at work here, but nothing substantial flavor-wise. A little bit of juicy orange, almond, and Asian greens. Strange pilsner malt characteristic reminds me a bit of a hoppy lager or Czech Pilsner. Weird tropical fruit candy flavor in the finish, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher, but not nearly as sweet. Now, the Best-By date on the bottle says before June of '12, so I'm clear on freshness. This one just doesn't have the oomph I'm looking for. 3.5

Drinks very well. Chewy with some nice bubbles in the bite. Easy to quaff. A highpoint of this beer, for sure. 4.0

For a beer that I wasn't entirely sure if I've had before, I figured I'd pick up what seemed to be a fresh bottle. I thought it would be an enjoyable IPA and a fun review. As for the IPA, I'm a bit disappointed. I should have picked up the past-expiration Rye Squared they had at the bottleshop instead. A lesson learned. 3.5

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with gn0sis. Thanks!

Pour leaves thick lacing for the head. Color is a very light see-through caramel color. Smells refreshingly crisp and citrusy. Taste is nice and bitter. Not a lot of hop flavor in the finish; it's more of a hint of sweetness. Very drinkable beer. Could easily finish off a few of these if I wanted.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweet floral hop aroma. Copper penny color. Fantastic clarity and effervescent carbonation. More of a pine like hop aroma on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel considering the level of hop intensity. Good balance of piney hops and malt backbone on the palate. This is a well balanced beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Terrapin Pint

A: Poured with a nice head that stays for a bit but fizzles to a film with a large section of bubbles. The lacing is quite nice too. It is a slightly cloudy golden amber color.

S: Quite citrusy with a bit of pine intermingled. It is a pretty nice smell, but it kind of reminds me of a stout smell for some reason.

T: Not the best tasting out there. There is a mild citrus note that is overpowered by the pine in it. I remember it being more citrus-y on tap.

M: Pretty crisp all the way through but it is still quite mild.

O: I feel like there is either something wrong with these beers or with my palate today. I had this at a Terrapin event but it was just a sample. I remember it tasting better. Luckily, a friend gave this to me. Their Hopzilla is much better. Still not a bad IPA, but it is one of the lesser IPAs I have had.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/1/16 Washington DC ($8 16 Oz draft pour at The Hamilton). Light golden brown pour, slight white head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Hops strong and pleasant. Dry and crisp taste and finish. Overall good pint.

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