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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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Ratings: 3,463 |  Reviews: 802
Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. DrMount aka Mike dropped this one off for me at the store. Much praise to you!

A- Pours a clear amber orange color. Half finger white head comes and goes just as quickly. Some light ringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light floral hop notes in the front end of the aroma. Some light caramel notes in this beer as well. Light citrus hops thrown in the nose in hints there as well. Hops come through the this beer without being to over the top. Aroma is a little muted but still nice overall.

T- Caramel malts come through the front of this in a big tone. Light bready notes thrown in there are well. Light floral hops are the next to come through but almost get washed away from malts that make a second coming. Light citrus hops in the back end. Alcohol in the backend of this beer makes a quick appearance.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Semi-sweet malts left on the palate. Light hops and tad bit of alcohol left on the aftertaste. Clean flavors but wish there was a little more crispness.

D- Very nice session beer for me at least. I could drink these with no problem. Nice beer for well..what it is. A good settle IPA.

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Photo of goldbot
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by week 1 of July; let's hope it's 2010 and not 2009. I love the name of this beer, it rolls right off the tongue.

Pours copper in color, with a bit of a brownish hue. Medium off-white, frothy head with lots of lacing. A small bit of carbonation in the beer.

Huge hop nose, with about an even mix of pine and grapefruit. Also some grassy and floral notes present. The malt aroma is subtle, but not entirely absent.

Taste is not so aromatically hoppy as the nose but there is still plenty of pine, some citrus, and a bit of grassy flavors. Lots of bitterness here too. Malts are more prevalent than the aroma, adding a nice sweetness which balances the hops a good bit. Some peppery spiciness towards the end, and it leaves a planty bitterness on the tongue as it finishes.

The feel is smooth, not too crisp with the carbonation. Pleasantly bitter which is matched well from the malty sweetness. In my opinion, this DIPA belongs up there with the best of them. Great balance, while still showing a huge, complex hop profile.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear caramel color with thin tannish head that fades to wisps on the surface of the brew. Smells of caramel malt, some sweet syrupyness, a bit of herbal and citrus hoppiness. Not bad, just not too robust. Taste follows suit almost completely, with some biscuity malts, some nice piney notes, a bit of bitterness--overall not bad. MF is light-ish, though appropriate for the style. Drinkable, a good go-to IPA if it were cheaper... wish it were more of a "Hopsecutioner," though.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.54/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a best before date of June 28th. into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger, creamy, semi-fine, white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear orange... and when I say orange, I mean the most orange that orange can get! Lacing is outrageously ample. Thick, web-like froth covers the glass in layer upon layer. Just giving it a swirl creates new foamy patterns. Excellent.

S: Peaches, citrus, slight astringent hop aroma. Creamy overtones blend all the flavors together but also serve to tone them down, making them lack clarity.

T: Opens skunky sour with an ethanol-like scent that invades the nostrils through my mouth. Piny hop character finally appears towards the middle but there's a weird sourness that just won't go away throughout the whole experience. Astringent hops towards the end that leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Also some citrus notes make an appearance at the end. A very aggressive beer with no balance which is ok. However, given the odd sourness present, this just tastes a bit weird and unpleasant.

M: Light bodied, moderatly carbonated, but very coarse. Watery in the mouth but goes down rough. Thirst-quenching comes to mind. Harsh on the back of the throat with a messy finish that lingers for just a second.

D: I'm a fan of balanced IPAs but can definitely appreciate those over-hopped, one sided creations also. However, this is not one of them. A slight sourness was present throughout the whole beer which made it taste out of the ordinary in a bad way. The mouthfeel, while appropriate for the style, doesn't help matters here, accentuating the slightly sour hop character. I'll skip this next time.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - a nice golden color with a finger width of frothy head. There is outstanding lacing on the glass, and the head settles to a nice ring on top of the beer.

S - faint notes of pine followed by a lot of sweetness. I think this is your classic "east coast ipa" with more of a balt backbone than the hop bombs typically found out here in CA.

T - Very well balanced between hops and malt. There's some pine going on, but it's not strong. The malt is more present than anything, offering some caramel taste mixed in.
Big time boozy bite at the end at the beginning, but it mellows out a bit after it opens up.

M - A medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Probably a bit more like a DIPA than a an IPA, but not bad.

D - I could see myself having a few of these. It's a good beer, but not great.

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Photo of oelergud
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy copper golden body topped with an off white multibubbled head with good retention and lace.
Delicious flowery hop scent laced with a fruity sweet note.
The taste is a hoppy flowery experience. Mild aftertaste with some butter and vegetable.
Medium full body, some coating.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of Lerxst
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours honey gold with an orange tint. Decent off white head that has fair retention and a bit of lacing. Looks pretty good.

S-Mostly pine hop notes with a bit of citrus and biscuity malt way in the background. Smells really good.

T-This is where this beer shines. Very hoppy, spicy/sweet. Very interesting. Pleasant malt backbone here. I'm loving the delicate balancing act, the emphasis on the hops while still retaining a malt presence.

M-Medium body with a crisp carb bite yet is still somehow smooth and a nice bitter finish.

D-This is one hoppy beer I could easily have many of in a sitting.

This is a great job by Terrapin. A really enjoyable and extremely drinkable IPA. I'm really glad I picked up a sixer and I'll be going back to get another for sure.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: some nice bitterness, not a citrus, more piney. loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: again more on the piney side. sessionable hop bomb!

mouthfeel: nor balanced, the way I like it

drinkability: one of the best single IPAs out there.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear honey gold with a thin white head and nice sitcky lacing.

S-Peppery, earthy hops with some mild citrus and some moderate malt.

T-Way hoppier than the nose would indicate. Lots of nice tangerine hop presence with a good sweet malt backbone and a nice bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D-Very nice. The name does not do this beer justice. This is a tasty IPA, once you get past the hop bomb expectations the name implies. Another tasty Terrapin brew!


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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head covering the top. didn't have much of a head to speak of but left pretty decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, mangoes and peaches. It has a very hoppy and delicious smell to it and I can tell I'm going to like this one.

The taste is like the nose in that it has a strong sweet hoppy flavor to it. It has a some citrus and pine along with some of the fruitiness found in the nose. It doesn't have much bitterness in it to balance it out, but if sweet and hoppy are your thing like it is mine you will like this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked this beer and will be buying it again. It had a lot in common in the flavor with some of the West Coast IPA's that have that sweet hoppiness to them. I really like that flavor and have been looking for one available to me that is similar. So far this one might come the closest. Terrapin has really impressed me this year with Hoppy Monster and now this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stays frothy on the edges, leaving a creamy cascade of spotty lace. There is lot of pine and tropical fruits in the aroma (with some juicy pineapple notes really coming out) but also has a certain amount of stickiness in the nose from a sweet and tangy backing of caramel malts.

Pine and spice moderately rip in the tongue in the taste, while there is a LOT of deep sweet tanginess from those tropical fruits and caramel malts. Resins and spice linger for a good bit, really drying the back of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness to it, yet this still retains an oily slickness to it that keeps this fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Maybe a touch of beef to the body but I'm not really getting any warmth at all.

This was pretty decent and I'm glad to see that Terrapin has jumped in with something a little more aggressive than their regular Pale Ale. There was a little too much sweetness in this to keep it well balanced but overall the body and drinkibility of this was right on. I'm not sure that I would call this a go-to IPA or anything but I surely wouldn't turn a pint of this down.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Orange in color with some reddish highlights. About a pinky's worth of head thats a tad off white in color and is thin.

Smells citrusy,white grapefruit and orange with a touch of some spice. Some malty breadiness.

Taste is very close to smell. Grapefruit and spicey pine and bread. Also a touch of some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation. The finish has a lot of citrus bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is about average. A decent IPA but nothing to blow your socks off. I could drink a few of these if i had them but i wouldn't search it out again.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Honey-golden with 1/2-finger off-white head with some stickiness and a few random spots of ace.

S: Citrus and spicy hops aromas dominate, but malt is no slouch with a light biscuit quality

T: Major grapefruit tartness on first sip which unfortunately doesn't carry all the way through the brew. Spicy and piney hops qualities also are there. Biscuit malts provide good counter to the hops. I still wish the hops had a little more power.

M: Smooth and coating with solid medium-body and crisp citrus aftertaste.

D: A really drinkable IPA which could still use an extra hops boost to make it elite.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 4th week in May

Appeared a nice deep red with noticeable carbonation streaming to the top. A nice big head developed that was very well retained, off white, dense thick head. Some lacing as well.

Citrus hops, but well balanced with the malt. Not outstanding by any stretch, but good.

Taste is almost spot on with the smell, nice citrus hops balanced well with the malted barley. Nice bitter aftertaste as well. Again, like the smell, nothing complicated about this beer.

The beer is a little lighter feeling than expected but had good carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall, easy to drink. For having an ABV of 7.2% I certainly expected there to be more an alcohol presence in the beer, but did not find one, so that was a pleasant surprise. This is a pretty solid, well done beer, certainly not my favorite IPA, but solid and one that I will defiantly go back to.

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Photo of BTPete
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tumbler that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a clear, slightly dull copper color.
s - very earthy hop aroma.
t - all hops, earthy and grassy.
m - medium and bubbly.
d - good IPA but i've had a lot better. this one just didn't jump out at me.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass, light orangey/copper amber color with about a half inch of head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is mainly grassy and some piney hops. There isn't much hop bitterness.

The flavor of this beer was mediocre at best. The malt backbone was the dominant flavor in this beer, though there were some notes of pine and grassy hops. The bartender agreed with me that this was a bit toned down and not nearly worthy of the name.

Even so, it was pretty decently textured and carbonated. Aside from the disappointing flavor, this beer was pretty standard for an IPA. The texture was spot on, but I couldn't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a nice orange color with a rather unimpressive small white head.

Scent of spicy, juicy hops, some caramel, a hint of ripe tropical fruit, grain, and a hint of alcohol.Balanced well, but more spicy smelling than most other IPAs, the hint of alcohol is a bit distracting as well.

Taste of spicy, piny hops, light earth, resin, some caramel and a light floweriness. A solid IPA, I love the spicy start and the mellow bitterness to this one.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice crispness.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper color with moderate off-white head. It smelled like pineapple and pine with some honey and orange. It tasted like pine and orange with some honey and pineapple hops. It was fairly thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly basic IPA taste, but it was very enjoyable and clean. It had great body too, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. Also, the one I tried was bottled 8 months ago, so it's probably better fresh. Right between an IPA and 2IPA, this could make for a good strong session beer, and is definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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 mklinger
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. A rich orange, amber color. A decent one finger head that is slightly offwhite. Head dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

Aroma-wise there is definitely a good malt presence here -- much moreso than most IPAs. Some nice hopping with orange and mango. Good but not an exceptional aroma for an IPA.

Flavor is much more assertive hopwise -- lots of citrus but also really nice strong pine flavors. The impressive thing here is how much malt there is here to balance out the hops. Lots of bready Munich malt flavors with a good dose of crystal sweetness. There isn't a ton of bitterness but lots of hop flavors. Very easy to drink!

Mouthfeel is also nice & full -- different from your standard IPA but readlly enjoyable.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick, fizzy, 3 finger pearl white head. Slow dissipation leaving behind a beautiful film of foam on the sides of the glass. The body is crystal clear; the golden color of apple juice.

Hop aromas dominate, citrus (grapefruit to be exact) with some sweet malts in the background.

None of the sweetness I detected in the nose comes through in the taste. This beer is bitter from initial contact with the tongue through the aftertaste. Grainy up front which gives way to a tart (grapefruit - again) finish.

Light mouth feel; mildly astringent with little carbonation.

Drinkable, but not well balanced, which keeps this from being a great beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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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