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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Anthony1 on 11-03-2009

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Reviews: 764 | Ratings: 3,272
Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious IPA with some sticky maltiness and juicy citrus notes- fairly typical of Terrapin's hop-forward beers.

The beer pours with the typical medium copper color, rustic haze, and well formed off-white head. The beer's head retention is very solid while leaving convencing rings of lacing behind. Definatley a formitable appearance.

Aromas of both bright citrus hops and pungent resiny ones work to form the complex hop profile. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with pine and grassy elements for a very variant nose. Not to be forgotten are the deep caramel malts that nearly rival the intensity of hops- taking on a Double IPA aroma.

Flavors also fall in line with the aromas. Caramel malts make much more of an impact in flavor than expected, but soon enough the hop flavor and bitterness grow to eventually dominate the beer. All of those citrusy and tropical flavors continue to grow thought the mid palate, but then they turn the corner and the more bitter pine and resiny bitterness gain control and drive the beer into a malty-dry and resiny bitter finish.

The beer takes on a heavier-than-usual body, starting out with a weighted creamy texture that diminishes greately but never really releases into complete dryness or lightness. A persistant sweetness lingers on the palate, lessening what's great about the style.

The intesity and complexity of hops are outstanding. It's those pesky malts that keep the beer form displaying the hop dominance that it deserves.

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Photo of pburland23
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours an orangey copper color with two fingers of fluffy head which lefts ample lacing.

The nose is dominated, obviously, by hops. The beers smells very piney with some citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit, thrown in as well. This is a great smelling beer.

The taste was not as hoppy as the smell (or the beer's name) would indicate. There is some well balanced malt flavor, a little breadiness, to compliment the citrus flavor of the hops.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected and a little oily. At 7.3%, this is a well-balanced and exceedingly smoothy IPA that I could drink several of in a sitting.

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Photo of tchenery
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer looks a nice deep, dark orange color. It's kind of hazy and thick looking, has a nice head that's receding though. It smells delicious and very piney. Second smell is definitely grapefruit and passionfruit.

Taste is maltier thatn I expected, but very good. It mellows into a slight bubblegummy, oily hop flavor throughout the sip and ends on a lip smacking thickness.

Mouthfeel is a little too chewy for my tastes, but it comes with the style I guess, especially one that's amped up a bit.

Very drinkable. I got a 6 pack and I'm glad I did.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice pour, golden orange with lots of head.

S - Citrus and piney hops, very strong and pleasant smell.

T - Great flavor, orange and lemon notes and fresh piney hops.

M - Good fresh hops.

O - Enjoyed this beer with a friend, always the best way to do it.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gfb108 for sharing a few bottles of this with our group at Brass Rail on 12/14/09.

A - Poured a clear, sparsely carbonated orange/amber body with a slim white head that reduced to a patchy film, thin ring of retention and spotty lace.

S - Citrus oil and a hint of pine paired with a grainy malt character and sweet caramel notes. This is exactly what I like about an IPA!

T - Flavor offers a balanced blend of toasted grains and caramel malt with a prevalent citrus rind character and a hint of pine. Hopsecutioner is more hoppy and sticky than I was anticipating, yet it retains a pleasant, well-balanced flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a kind of slick, oily and slightly syrupy texture. Finishes with a slight lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Hopsecutioner is simply a tasty straight-up IPA that is well-balanced and flavorful. While it doesn't slay you with hops, it does have a pronounced hop character and pleasant flavor.

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Photo of StevenShawSr
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not as bitter as name suggests. nice 1 finger head with a lace that seems very even throughout..starts a bit pungent and followed by a nice balanced taste. overall I would drink again

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty balanced between the malt and the hops. Sweet caramel and citrusy hops largely make up the aroma. Nothing over the top, but very nicely done.

T- The taste like the aroma is almost perfectly balanced. It has a solid caramel malt base with a good dose of bittering hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a great IPA. Not over the top in bitterness like some on the market, but just a well-crafted IPA that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well now that I've reviewed one of the big local IPAs (and trashed it), here is another one.

Slightly hazy copper, some head and lacing, but dissipates quickly. There is, however, something intriguing about the small amount of foam on top of the beer and the little web it forms, though; it's making me lick my lips even though the head and lacing are nothing special.

Smell: Hmm, this is wound very tightly for some reason; practically have to dip my nose into it to get much of anything. What's there is a combination fruity (orange?) and grassy that I like.

OK I like this quite a bit. The beer is disappearing fast. Something ragingly drinkable about this one. They've done a great job of blending everything together into a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. Hard to tell the individual elements, but that's a good thing. It's very much a West Coast style, but not aggressive. Great fruity-hoppy-malty composite. Very professional work from Terrapin!

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Photo of willyc
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hopsecutioner is one of my favorite Terrapin beers I have had.

It looked nice with one finger of head, with a little lace. The aroma was a nice lemon. The mouthfeel was smooth. This beer was hoppy but not quite as much as I prefer. Overall, I enjoy very much and continue to enjoy Terrapins efforts and growth.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a thick, pillowy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Medium malt and caramel malt aromas. Combination of medium ripe citrus and spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation, a creamy smooth feel through the middle and a pleasant warmth toward the finish. Medium caramel maltiness with earthy, spicy hop slavors. Medium high, spicy, mellow hop bitterness through the middle. Spicy hop and caramel malt flavors continue to the end. Finished with a bitter pine aftertaste with a light boozy warmth. Balance tips slightly to the hoppy side although this IPA has a significant malt presence. Fabulous delicate, creamy smooth feel with pleasant warmth.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head that left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops with just a trace of malts. The taste is a great amount of crisp bitter citrus hops with just enough sweet malts to back them up. The beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonated smoothness. This is a very enjoyable IPA, one I'll have again and again!

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Photo of alkemy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another I've been waiting quite some time to sample. It's an amber/copper hue with bright orange notes. The head was a bit thin and didn't have a lot of staying power. For an IPA, there's an awful big malt note. The hops are there, but seem a bit subdued. It's mostly citrus with some mango. The taste follows the nose pretty close. Other than the 7.3 ABV, this would be a very sessionable beer. It's super-easy drinking and, dare I say, better than Commodore Perry. The difference being that this has more malts to balance that citrusy hop note. The name had me thinking (hoping) this would be a hop bomb, but it turned out to be a really balanced and easy drinking beverage.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in Florida 4/2012 from notes.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden bordering on amber with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly into my glass. Smells of citrus and pine mostly with hints of caramel apricot and toffee. It took a couple of days to find this but yeah this is what I needed after days of macro only restaurants. Taste is sweet up front with bready toffee malts that quickly fade to citrus and pine. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous and sweet mouthfeel. Nice brew, it almost works in 85 degree weather too.

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Photo of scotorum
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been trying as many IPAs as possible this summer and the name attracted me to this one. Plus Terrapain - oops make that Terrapin, that was a non-Freudian typo - has a pretty good rep.

Agree with previous reviews which noted that the hop hype on the bottle label is way overblown, thus disappointing hopheads.

In that vein it disappointed me too. But the great caramel malt flavor was too good not to enjoy Hopsecutioner for what it is rather than what it represents itself to be.

I admit to occasional wavering on reviews insofar as sometimes I rate them according to how I like them rather than how well they represent their intended style. That was the case here. As a hop bomb it falls way short, but as a tasty brew it is truly exceptional.

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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep honey gold and crystal clear. 1-finger head, no retention. Leaves decent thin lacing behind.

Pine and citrus both come through in the nose and really duke it out to see who comes out on top. The pine resin is pretty intense, but the grapefruit citrus notes still come through.

Relatively clean hit to the palatte, but quickly turns hoppy - very quickly. Bright hit of pineapple-grapefruit with a dash of tarter fruit and then bitterness takes over. Slightest of slight indications of the alcohol presence.

Body is slightly oily-creamy and offsets the bitters well.

For something north of 7%, this one goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of Jbonzee
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy! Tastes like a bag of earth farts. Weak after taste that dissapates but the initial taste is awesome, green, fresh, a bit sweet yet not wet, with a werthers origin--no werthers chocola--werthers original dropped in the bottom for malts. Good beer.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing better than a beer after a run. Except a hoppy beer after a run. Enter Hopsecutioner.

Hopsecutioner pours a foggy caramel apple color with some russet highlights when held up to the light. Lots of carbonation running up from the etching on my glass into a lofty two finger high cream-colored head (the pour may have been a little hard, but who cares). Decent retention and decent lacing left behind. Good lookin' beer. Though, if Terrapin wanted to make it seem menacing like an executioner, this should've been a Black IPA. I'm just being stupid though, in no way does that take away from the score.

Pretty decent smell on here. Not the most fragrant IPA, but it smells pretty good. Dank, musky, and fruity hops jump out... it's pretty interesting actually. A bit like walking into a fruit cellar, if one of those exists. I actually probably just made that up. Why the hell would anyone cellar fruit? Anyways. Maybe a little caramel following that initial dank fruitiness too. Interesting nose, just not strong enough for me.

Pretty tasty beer, but not as hoppy as I expected, especially with that name. With a name like that, I was kinda (eagerly) expecting to have my tongue melted off. Not bad at all, though. Light, slightly tropical citrus hops up front followed by a some caramel maltiness and chased away by a bit of grapefruit bitterness and maybe just a eensy teensy weensy hint of alcohol warmth.

I like the mouthfeel. Smooth and almost creamy while maintaining a little hoppiness. Rockin' a body a notch below medium with just enough carbonation to contribute to the aforementioned smoooothnesss.

Yeah this is drinkable, and it's a pretty damn good American IPA, too. My only beef is that with that name, I expected my tongue to be guillotined with delicious hops. But I guess in the end Terrapin still has to appeal to the masses to make a profit. Either way, this beer is solid and you should probably pick some up if you see it around, especially if you're fairly local (like me) because it's reasonably priced for a good American IPA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops and a sweet maltiness. In the taste, grapefruit citrus hops and a dryer maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruity aftertaste. Nice hops and good balance.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Sona 13, in Morristown, NJ. Poured a golden-amber, with two fingers of white, good retention, and good lacing. Smelled of pine, bitter herbs, and some orange peel. The taste was very bitter dry at first, with a very good malty midpalate, and a semi-dry malty orange peel finish. Overall, not very complex, but very balanced. Not much carbonation visually, but there is a sneaky hint of carbo in the feel that makes the medium body a little more pleasant. Tasty and very sessionable, but my only knock was that the presence of sweetness in the finish got a little much by my third pint.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Thanks be to Gilly for sending me this one!

A= At fridge temp this ale poured a semi-clear orange color with a 3/4" off-white head. The head took a while to settle and eventually dropped to a 1/8" skim that left nice sheets of lace down my glass.

S= Nicely balanced olfactory blend of caramel malts, citrusy hops, a kiss of pine and some lightly (tropical) fruity esters. Balance is certainly the key word here.

T= Taste followed the nose with the caramel malt sweetness and the citrus and tropical fruit notes doing an admirable job of balancing the juicy bitterness of the hops. Finish starts medium and ends up feeling lightly dry and bitter (in a good way). Lots of aftertaste...I especially liked the tropical fruit notes in the aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a carbonation that is probably slightly higher than most American IPAs but that is just fine by me.

D= Very drinkable. In fact, extremely drinkability and at 7.3% abv this is a dangerous beer. I really liked this beer a hell of a lot and if I had ready access to it I would drink it often.

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Photo of afksports
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**Game of Thrones Spoiler Alert**

THEY KILLED EDDARD STARK! Joffrey is a little sh*thead. A burning a**hole. Burning with the rage of a million suns. What a little pisser. Totally worthless. He'll get his comeuppance!

Oh right. Sorry. I was reminded by the label on this Terrapin brewery bottle of the headsman in Game of Thrones on HBO. I got carried away.

The head on this beer rolls a fantastic fluffy white as this golden red IPA drains into my Dogfish Head glass. The aroma smells like freshly cut pine, and quickly sliced citrus. And there's a tinge of sweet malt that cloaks the nose from noticing the alcohol. The taste profile begins with grapefruit, packs in nutty almond and burnt sugar in the middle of the tongue, and then finishes with a drying grapefruit mustyness that is not completely unpleasant.

So does anyone wonder what the executioner thinks when he goes home to his wife and kids? Huh? I tell you what he thinks. He thinks "oh man, I'm a total sh*t for brains because I just killed Eddard Stark!" That's what he thinks!

Sorry. The beer has an odd carbonation to it. It wants to be present, and the head sustains enough, but the body of the brew is a little slimy. Not slimy like Prince Joffrey, but still a little weird. Yet it definitely keeps the 7.3% alcohol a secret.

Overall this is a year-round and affordable brew that I could enjoy out on a terrace in King's Landing, waiting for the day that the Lannisters meet the Hopsecutioner.

Or maybe in Atlanta when I go to visit my girlfriend.

Cheers to Terrapin! And back to my live action roleplay...

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

It pours a slightly haz orange red with about an inch of foam.

The smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit and pine, some grass as well, a faint hint of malt. Big hoppy nose that says drink me.

The taste reflects the hop character of the nose nicely. Bitter but done less brashly than some IPAs I've tried so the results please me. And the not big but definitely there taste of some malt, yeah in the background, helps. Good stuff.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation fits this well.

Drinkability? It goes down pretty darn quick. Excellent quaffability.

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Photo of BTPete
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a recent trade. Poured into Tulip.

A: Golden see through amber with couple mm head. Lots of bubbles clinging to side of tulip.

S: I'm getting some citrus as well as pine in this one. Although it's an IPA there is a nice balancing malt in there.

T: Bitter right from the get go. I think it's balanced though. Nice hop presence is done nicely with the malt here.

M: medium bodied, not watery in any way.

D: Very enjoyable IPA. Not as big as a lot of what is out there now but I don't think they were going for that. I really enjoyed the more balanced IPA here and could easily drink a few of these despite the 7.2%

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Photo of Baraka
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

First of all, I absolutely love the name of this beer. Pours a deep copper with a solid head. Features mostly pine flavors with a solid amount of citrus blended in. Very delicious bitterness that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The malt profile is consumed by the hops, but there is still a bit of breadiness that helps to bring out the hop flavors. Nothing envelope pushing, just a really solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a relatively clean pint glass that once showed the name and icon of a surf shop, but years of use and washing have eroded off much of the text, so there are rogue strokes of cursive scattered around the glass haphazardly. Poured with over an inch of orange creme head on a very bubbly orange body.

Smells very citrusy and bright: pineapple, mango, apricot. Grass.
Taste is bolder, not as bright: grapefruit, orange, an undercurrent of malt sweetness with some earthy/piney notes.
Not much carbonation. Some very fine tingling left in the mouth after.
A good beer. For some reason this beer always loses much of its charm quickly, after only a few sips. I'll still continue to drink it all the time though.

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