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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Reviews: 775 | Ratings: 3,336
Photo of larryarms847
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard dark golden yellow with a slight orange hue and a finger of fluffy off-white foam.

Slightly piney and grassy character up front with a noticeable orange pith fruitiness, and a slightly sweet biscuit malt aspect.

Grassy, piney, earthy, citrusy hops lead the flavor here, but there is a slightly sturdy biscuity malt backbone to add some balance.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter resins, dry finish.

Overall, this beer is an easy drinking IPA, but leaves a resinous bitter coat on the palate which took a few points away from me. Worth your while giving this a shot, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has that auburn appearance, a mixture of orange and amber. 3/4" off white head. Solid retention. Aroma was hoppy as advertised, nothing too exotic.

Taste was big on the malt and the hops. Heft. Its bitter. Just has a lot going on. This is basically a hoppy ipa, but with a very chewy malt bill that might obscure how hoppy it is to some people. It was good, not great.

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Photo of Obie10880
1.85/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I live in PA so I walked into my beer distributor... thought I try something new. I looked up Terrapin Hopsecutioner on beer advocate and it showed an 86 so and bought a 12 pack of the IPA survival pack. It contained the : Hopsecutioner, HI-5, Recreation and Krunkles all with best by dates due in four months.

Needless to say these beers are terrible. The description on the sides make them sound awesome... maybe I am missing something but the hops are missing. Along with a odd after taste... It tasted almost coppery... as if it had been well past it good by date when all the hops fade.

Beer Advocate needs a Jeremy of Richard from Top Gear (the English version) that gives an accurate description... How did these beer score so high? Pissed in PA

P.S. Use to drinking good beer. E.g. Freemont, Hill Farm Stead, Heady Topper,Tribute, Stone, Lagunitas and Firestone

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Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 25, 2016... OCCASION: a nice afternoon with Rich and Mary finished... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... first impression: wow, this sizzles as it pours from the can... a thick, foamy two-finger head lifts itself from the glass... even, open crags of bubbles ring the glass, while the white head takes its sweet ol' southern time collapsing in its middle... the body, a beautiful, clear amber display of bubbles spinning in torrents... six hops produce a thick, earthy, slightly citric aroma that hints at grapefruit, mint, and resin.... the first sip is a mouthpiece of hops smash, with the activity continuing throughout the drink--a full-bodied, demanding presence... aftertaste is strong, with a spiciness--pepper, something sharper--that makes for a chewable, savorable experience... not to mention, a strong malt base that just makes the profile larger.... at 7.3% ABV, formidable and worth the purchase... among the other IPA mix-pack choices, not heads and shoulders above, but the best of the bunch... they all merit some compliment.... ultimately, not as BIG as other IPAs, nor as diverse..

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Photo of jonwiseman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Initial oak smell followed by a similar taste. Morphs into a mild hop and bread finish. Beautiful golden color. Plenty of lacing. Full in the mouth. An overall excellent beer. Perhaps an early entry for the east coast attempting a west coast IPA.

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Photo of JoLight
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Thick , frothy off white head; hazy honey color. Some nice lacing and a nice layer of foam.

Aroma - Wet grain, citrusy and piney hops, and sweet malt. Kind of dull and muted for the style. Not as pungent as I expected. Some biscuity aromatic note that reminds me of Fat Tire Amber. Yeast?

Flavor - Smooth, smooth, smooth--boy, is this smooth. A backbone of buttery smooth malt, clean water, and a presence of citrus and piney hops that I find quite underwhelming not so much for the style, but for the way the beer is advertised.

Mouthfeel/finish: heavier side of light, lightly carbonated; crisp, tangy, refreshing.

Overall: a solid beer overall, but wayyyyyy overpriced. There are other IPAs of equivalent or lower cost that deliver more character. I know this may come across as pretentious. However, I find that the way this beer is marketed gives a false impression, and that really pisses me off. I would say that this is an average IPA marketed as an archetype.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. If I'm reading the julian date correctly, it's less than 2 months old.

Malt is the star of the show here. Same issue I had with their Hi-5 IPA. I don't get this beer. Very bitter, little hop flavor. A beer that's stuck in 2006.


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Photo of 0_0
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Amber
S - Hoppy, pine notes
T - bitter hop not very bitter, very refreshing
F - little carbonation very drinkable dispute being a 7% IPA
O - Great beer to have after someone asks you if you drink too much... Nah mom I dont drink too much and i cant wait to go back to school so i dont have to hear this everyday!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Poured copper. This ber was hoppy but it was damn sweet as well. Pretty generic hop bill. Chock full of rich malt. Too rich for it's own good. I could do without the sticky sugars. Lowers the mouthfeel too.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very nice deep amber with a fluffy, soapy white head. The smell is tangerine, lemon, and pine.
The taste is floral, pine, and lemon with a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel is high carbonation and slighty oily. Overall, this is a decent beer, but this hop profile, especially the floral isn't my favorite.

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Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lively pour with a medium amber-gold and a big foamy pale tan head. It has excellent retention and leaves big swathes of medium sized sticky head. It has a nicely hopped aroma, with nice floral qualities and a hint of citrus. The taste is much the same but a little less distinct. It has a medium-light body with just the faintest hint of carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hops, caramel and malt. The taste is a very good blend of hops and malt. A really good southern beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Due South 5/16/16

L: 2F head with OK retention, some lacing and a ring. Beer is amber/copper, pretty clear and clean.

S: More malt-forward than I would like. Faint pine and citrus notes.

T: Whew...not bad. More piney than citrus-y, and more forward and sweeter malt than I would like in an IPA, but it's their interpretation of the style. Some bitterness, but not too much.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, balance OK, construction with more malt-forward less to my liking than some.'

O: Perfectly good IPA, but not my preferred rendition of it.

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Photo of do_ob
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a snifter. Nice copper color with amber hues center mass. About a finger head of white foam. Nose is ripened tropical fruit balanced with caramel malt. Pretty laid back on the hops in terms of flavor and bitterness. Lots of sweet grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and citrus. Medium body, maybe on the heavier side for a 7% beer.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company - Hopsecutioner. 7.3% ABV. 12oz bottle split between snifters. Bottles 12/25/15.

Look: Hazy orange/copper body, retaining a finger sized white foamy head.

Smell: Pine resin, bitter hops, and some citrus fruits, along with some malt sweetness. Has a little hop sweetness from age.

Feel: Light body, with some lively carbonation.

Taste: Slightly bitter throughout, but also sweet from old hops. Some citrus fruits and malt sweetness are present, but mostly blocked by hops.

Overall: The citrus has fallen off a little from age, but is still not bad at all. Hops are dominant here, and leaves lingering bitterness throughout.

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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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Photo of BigGold
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had in Kennesaw, Georgia, poured from 12-oz. bottle, with label notched best if enjoyed by June, second week, 2016, into Pilsner glass. This big-but-balanced IPA is well-deserving of its excellent reputation.

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Photo of bft1
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this stuff. Nice dark golden color with big, fluffy head. Subtle, honey carmel flavor that balances the hops well. Pretty strong stuff right up there with 2 hearted ale. Must say I like this better. Wish it was as common as the Hi-5 IPA, which I like too but this stuff is a little better.

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Photo of brew-tq
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Decent clarity with a moderate off-white head. Retention was moderate with a lasting ring. Let it warm up for about 30 minutes before review. Aroma is pine up front with some citrus as well. There is a light malt sweetness as well. Nice pine taste with a bit of malt sweetness up front. Citrus notes are very minor in taste. Bitterness is balanced during swallow but seems stronger and lingers for a while after. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation and no alcohol hotness. Fairly solid IPA.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden copper color with a thin head. Smell is sweet and juicy with a hit of hops/pine notes. Taste is much the same. Appears to be a little malt forward with a late/middle hit of hop bitterness. Light to medium body. Really digging it.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear copper color with fluffy white head that fades to a thin film. Smells of classic American citrus hops both piney and citrus. Aldo has a dank and somewhat abrasive character to it. Tastes initially sweet with ample hop citrus & oils. Toasty & bready malts support hops. Bitterness is somewhat harsh. Seems like high ibu's. Feels medium bodied with some warming alcohols. Overall, a decent hoppy beer. The harshness detracts somewhat but I would still go this one when craving some notable hop character.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a quickly fading white head that left spotty lacing. The nose is lemony and sweet with a nice blast of hops. The taste is quite malty and citrusy. There is a nice bitterness at the end to balance the almost overly sweet middle. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation in this one.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange gold with 1.5 fingers of white, moderately lasting head leaving some patchy lace. Aroma is hoppy: floral, pine, & some citrus backed up by sweet caramel malt. As the brew warms the aroma develops a tannin/tea like character. Taste: caramel malt sweetness present but overpowered by hoppy bitter character of pine & citrus. Starts & finishes bitter & dry with a nice peppery & astringent finish that has a hint of butter & alcohol. Aftertaste is bitter & distinctly astringent.

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Photo of TheHeadyStandard
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Packs a heavy bunch, but without going to overboard and ruining the taste. This beer is exceptional compared to average beers. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer. I would say this is my favorite beer from Terrapin Brewing Co.

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Photo of Colbs_5
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer. Purchased on draft from Buffalo Wild Wings. Came with one fingers width of head. Smell is slightly citrusy but predominantly hoppy. Taste can be overwhelmed by bitterness but all around a good tasting and very smooth beer.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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