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Terrapin Hopsecutioner | Terrapin Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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:
754
Ratings:
3,220
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to blutt59.

Pours yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some pine. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with a good some good caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good IPA with lots of hop flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: mild bitterness and some soft citrus tones are mild overall.

Taste: caramel, orange, moderate bitterness, and some mild fruit sweetness are the strongest flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. A good sessionable beer everyone should give a try.

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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 liamt07
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, poured into a tulip. BBD 4th week of November.

Appears a moderately hazy copper brown, with a couple fingers of head, excellent lace and relatively thin retention. Aroma is overwhelmingly dominated by grapefruit, with pineapple, lemon zest and a bit of pine playing a part. All of this is held together by the typical toffee malt. Taste here is relatively underwhelming, quick blast of the citrus from the hops and some bitterness lingering, but on the whole doesn't really impress. Would've liked to see the malt play a more important role in this. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat watery, but still remains fairly drinkable given the alcohol content. A let down in my eyes.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in New Jersey which is new to the area so i'm assuming it's fresh.

Tangelo orange with some persimmon shades makes up the Hopsecutioner. Some red drops here and there and a hazy outlook, this liquid looks delish. Into the stella glass, a whirlpool of bubbles creates a thick slice of tannish suds with lines of lace.

An interesting fragrence while not overly bold. a bit of, actually a nice amount of pale and crystal malts breaking bread. Citrus fruits with pineapple and the like and a dash of pine. Getting some 3C action and a small amount of grass(the legal kind).

Im greeted with a knock on the palete from a few malt varieties creating a slick base of bread and backing sweetness. Some toasted malt as well and after that a greeting basket of pineapple up front and some oranges from the vine, grapefruit is not so much. A little bit of simcoe taste and a dry hop effect at the end.

The feel is slick and not very bitter if at all, the hops are juicy and somewhat floral. This is not executing my mouth like I would like. The malt seems to dominate. I get alot of grassiness in the aftertaste and a some pine on the tip of the tounge. Somewhat medium bodied with great carb, terrapin always seems to have the carb on lock.

I like this beer, it has a interesting taste and it's probably my favorite hoppy offering from Terrapin. Very drinkable, I'll take three please if in for the night. No alcohol taste although there is some perfume scent. I don't know why they named this Hopsecutioner though as it's not a kick your fucking ass IPA, maybe they should of stuck it on a double or something.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some maltyness, nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin - Hopsecutioner IPA

Appearance: Light orange in color with a large soapy head. Chunks of lace.

Smell: Piney, citrusy. Bready malts in the background. Perfumey floral hops.

Taste: Sharp, biting hops. Earthy and resinous. Malt/ale yeast provide a subtle fruitiness that pokes through for a moment, then is dashed away by bitter grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel: Astringent hops add to a drying, bitter finish.

Drinkability: A pretty extreme hop bomb. Bitter, in your face. Still I found myself enjoying the experience.

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Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a heavy malt sweetness with a balmy piney hop spice.

The taste consisted of a full caramel sweetness from the heavy grainy malts coupled with peppery and piney hops. Some alcohol detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a good malt driven IPA. Not the hop forward beer I was expecting however.

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Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus and hops. Taste is good, big hops up front, lots of citrus, a good malt balance, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on August 12, 2015 in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle labeled 12.8.15. Look is clear deep gold, medium head that fades to nothing and little to no lacing. Smell is dank, resin, citrus, pine and a very slight hint of caramel. Taste is earthy, resinous, and citrusy with hints of sweet malt. Feel is medium in body and dry in the finish.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times now, and when fresh it's a very nice beer. I was particularly pleased with this version in a cask served at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous head. The aromas are a very nice combination of sweet malt, citrusy hops, earthiness, and some drying woodiness from the cask. The taste is similar, with a light citrus and paraffin profile to start and then some sweet malt and woodiness. A little thinner than I'd like for it to really shine- particularly with the oak notes, but overall it's very nice.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TH pours an amber orange color with OK head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive in this IPA, showing orange citrus, cherry and some light sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA. Initially I got a fairly sweet malt flavor profile, but it wasn't overdone and it was balanced very nicely by some decent hoppy bitterness. Alcohol didn't strike me as very high in this beer (guess that's a relative impression), which enhances this beer's drinkaiblity and keeps the mouthfeel fairly light (though certainly this beer delivers plenty of flavor).

While nothing extraordinary, this was nevertheless an easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA. Nice beer...

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

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a tiny dash of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam. Quite attractive!

Smell: dank, earthy hops mixed in with a very sweet malt base. It's not quite cloying, but it's getting dangerously close.

Taste: much like the aroma, there are dank, earthy hops and a rather sweetish malt base. There is a relatively strong bitterness here that helps to edge out the sweetness of the malt, but overall the effect is kind of murky. Not bad, but just not very focused.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: not a bad beer, although not one I'd seek out again.

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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 corby112
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark peach/golden amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin half finger off white head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing.

Crisp hop aroma with hints if pine and subtle citrus and tropical fruit balanced by a strong caramel and biscuit malt presence.

Slightly chewy medium body that is pretty hop forward with a decent amour of piny dry bitterness. The citrus and tropical notes from the aroma are very faint wint hints of pineapple, orange peel and mango. The hoppiness is cut mid palate by a very prominent malt backbone with lots of caramel and biscuit flavor. The malt character is a bit too strong for my liking but it's still decent and pretty quaffable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden/orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is pine hops, dry, little booze. Mouthfeel is pone, grass, little bit of booze. Mouthfeel has a nice clean, dry finish, not to much hop bite on the end, Pretty good overall.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a sports bar in Atlanta, Georgia. Sampled on September 22, 2015. This review is prepared from notes.

It pours into the 16 oz. pint glass a medium amber color with a quick lasting head.

Big floral and fruit aromas highlight this with a mild roasted caramel underneath those forward hops.

The body is medium and smooth

Muted malt taste with a big bitterness to wrap it all up at the finish.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, yielding to full yellow-brown autumnal tones. Despite the darker colors, the ale retains is transparency. A finger of head is slow to recede, leaving patches of lace behind.

S: I really like the nose. The hops are floral, bitingly sweet with citrus aromas. Also surprising is the vigor with which the caramel malts make themselves known amidst the hops.

T: The taste turns out to be far more malt-driven, releasing bready caramel almost immediately. There are hops, don't get me wrong, they just don't leap out like the nose suggests. They are bold and citrusy, just not as bold as you'd like. I don't want to rag on the beer though, as it does have a very jarring floral flavor that I like. The floral citrus flavors leave a nice thud on the palate after each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is a solid IPA, sharp and biting with a strong malt side. I like this much more than Hop Shortage.

D: It doesn't feel like a 7%+ ale, a good IPA that squeezes a lot of hops into the bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright orange with a good clarity and a linen white frothy head that was a finger or two high. Retention was good, as well the lacing leaving a stick film coating. Carbonation was light with only a handful straggling bubbles making their way upward.

S: The nose was standard issue, nothing to exciting here, with the usual show of citrus and dried orange skins. The strength was moderate with some fresh sticky pine notes coming in on the finish. Again, standard issue, no surprises, no disappointments but nothing that really stuck out. Decent but maybe predictable and lacked any strong incentive.

T: Things start out with sweet caramelized grains with a good strong showing of citrus and flowery grapefruit notes. The hops get progressively stronger on the finish ending with dry pine and a warm flowery grapefruit hopping.Not overly aggressive nor intense but packs just enough of a punch to make you aware of its intentions leaving you tongue coated with a pollen like coating of citrus.

M: The mouthful was light bodied but lacked a crisp carbonation bite. A dry hoppy fade ensures on the swallow.

D: A decent drinking ipa that doesn't have much to hide. In the end a standard issue per style but does warrant good regards and makes for a decent sesson ipa. Fairly solid drinkability wise worthy of repeat.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/11
*From notes

I sampled this one per cadaugherty's recommendation. Cheers, Chad!

A: Brilliant, rich amber. A reasonable pour leads to a dissapointing 1.5 finger head. The lacing, like the head, doesn't impress.

S: Nice - piney hops! Bitter citrus and slight hints of cedar resin.

T: Really sturdy hop presense up front, which lays a great foundation for the malty mid and a heavy, biting and refreshing finish.

M: Less carbonation then I would have expected, but it's really got a good amount of weight behind it.

O: Quite a delicious surprise. I haven't been overly impressed with a lot of Terrapin's Side Projects recently, and I feel that they've been valuing "quantity not quality".

Having said that, I'm happy to report that their bread n' butter - the Hopsecutioner - is alive, well and drinking beautifully.

Thumbs up.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jlindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip glass with a creamy head that leaves nice side lacing and a little haloing.

S - light hips (citrus) with a delicious malt backbone. Very nice sweetness.

T - Very similar to the nose with a good citrus bitter hop up front that fades yo nice malt sweetness.

M - Nice smooth lightly creamy and clean with a good sessionable finish.

O - Overall I enjoyed this offering. Not quite as bop heavy as I like my ipas but still a nice brew nevertheless.

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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 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 clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold body w/ frothy head that died quickly but left some lace. A decent smell of piney, citric hops and a hint of malt. It is an easy to drink IPA w/ a decent citric hoppiness and some sweet malts but the malts are even w/ the hops and I can't really pick them out. Has an alright dry finish but is rather weak if to be considered an IPA. An enjoyable beer but wouldn't get it if looking for a hop fix.

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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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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.
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