Terrapin Hopsecutioner | Terrapin Beer Company

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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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Reviews: 767 | Ratings: 3,289
Photo of OldManMetal
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hopsecutioner is a slightly hazy, pale amber beer that sports a thick, lingering fluffy just-a-bit-off-white head that leaves moderate amounts of lacing. Its nose is big: mostly pineapple, resinous pine and floral notes, with lesser amounts of bright citrus and some boozy undertones. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple and citrus; by midpalate a slightly-toasted, slightly-sweet bready malt foundation shows through, balancing the flavor through the end; the hops flavor broadens to include the pine and floral notes from the nose. The finish is quite clean, with just a hint of pine left behind; this is quickly joined by a moderate hoppy bitterness that lingers a few moments. Mouthfeel is a bit bigger than might be expected from the light/medium body, and the texture is creamy and smooth. This is a very well-balanced, drinkable IPA. (12 oz can, 103 days before best-by date)

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Photo of rjd722
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall it's a good beer, but I was left slightly underwhelmed. Small foam head with a light amber color. Getting much more of a malt aroma than hops, this struck me as odd given the name of the beer. Almost smelled like more of a lager, which was interesting. Taste is malt forward with some pine and slight citrus.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Kona pint glass. L: Orange gold with no head to speak of and no lacing.
S: sweeter than I would like an IPA to be.
T: like it smells. Very sweet and malty. Kind of confusing considering the name suggests it's gonna kill me with hops.
F: light and bubbly. Very drinkable.
O: not something I would fill my limited fridge space at home with, but if I saw it on tap when out, I would consider drinking it again.

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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 RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful golden orange in color with a head that came up nicely but didn’t show much stamina.

Smell – The nose here is light but evenly balanced. Hops are rindy orange and the malt a bit grainy.

Taste – The flavor is balanced if uninspiring. The grainy malt takes over here and although it’s not bad it just doesn’t suit the style. The hops abandoned ship.

Mouthfeel – This was a huge disappointment. The ale if very thin and dull.

Drinkability – I made it through this one but won’t buy again.

Comment – I find that whenever I rate a beer whereby all five scores are different that means it is all over the place and that is definitely the case with this one.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pibt glass. Very sticky head, frothy and firm. Beautiful golden amber color, perfectly clear. Smell was a little dissapointing. Hoppy, but not much else. Taste is strong on hops, piny but not too piny, not grassy or floral. Overall very solid ipa not my favorite but Id buy it again.

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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 Das_Reh
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with decent head, smells of caramel malts, with an underlying fruitiness and notes of piney hops. A bit too malt forward for my liking, I prefer my IPA's to have a little more "oomph", but tasty and solid nonetheless.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice golden amber color, thick white head. Smells very hoppy with a hint of malts. Tastes almost like how it smells, very hoppy, can't really taste any malt.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’ve been plagued by seeing this green labeled brew on the shelves for years and I finally decided to give it a try. It has 7.3% ABV and promises to be a decent contender with the hop giants. It has a silly name, but the creativity is welcomed.

Look-It has an almost clear, but otherwise slightly hazy, appearance with an orange amber color. The head is non-existent and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of orange and tropical hops, nothing unexpected here, but it is pleasant.

Taste-The bitterness slowly peaks after a crescendo starting with the caramel malts and the fruitiness. It could almost pass for a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel-It feels medium-bodied and smooth. The carbonation is tampered yet plays nicely with the mild bite from the alcohol. What is interesting is the alcohol bite is slightly less than what I would have expected from a 7.3% brew.

Overall-I’d say that I did enjoy this beer, but it is like too many others who try to make excellent IPAs, but only make standard ones. It’s like everyone is trying to be Ommegang (I, of course, love Ommegang and see them as world class brewers for pretty much everything they brew).

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Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Code date of 7/15/15. Appearance: Crystal clear light golden with moderate white foam cap. Aroma: dank,resinous hop dominates with hints of melon and orange citrus. Taste: Light malt sweetness with caramel notes that leads into a sharp but balanced bitterness that is more resinous and earthy than citrus. Just a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. I do notice a slight alcohol warmth. Finish: Resinous hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Overall: I’d characterize this as a lighter intensity American IPA. Nice balance of hop vs malt, but at a lower intensity than most west coast IPAs. Very drinkable and approachable, but would likely disappoint most hopheads.

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Photo of zachary17
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean copper look with nice head. Bubbly, looks fresh.

spicy taste with good hops. not too overbearing or bitter. Tastes a bit piney. Smooth on the tongue. Refreshing aftertaste for an IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head; a few dots and dashes of lacing hang around

Smell: Vague tropical fruit and grassy elements; caramel tones underneath

Taste: Caramel malts in the base, with vague tropical fruit and grassy aspects; building bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a particularly interesting IPA; the hops are not very bright and the bitterness lacks direction

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received this as an extra in a trade and was really impressed. This is a great IPA for those who don't want theirs too bitter as it has a touch of sweetness to it. A great IPA for a hot summers day

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 15, 2015

12 oz can, tulip glass

A – Light amber with a decidedly orange-ish tint, and very clear. An inch-plus of thick white foam fades slowly.

S – Woodsy, pine, followed by mango, papaya. Light caramel, and lightly baked bread dough.

T – Tropical fruit, not particularly bright, guava and papaya. Pine is more subdued here, along with some woodsy, resiny flavor. Malt flavor is low, light bread and some bread crust. A lot of hop bitterness waves in and stays.

M – Medium-bodied and quite dry. Medium-high carbonation really cleanses the palate, a big help with the moderate-high hop bitterness. Some juiciness up front helps to balance things out.

O – I like that this has some pretty intense bitterness but nothing seems out of proportion. Very well-made.

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Photo of Donsolo420
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too hoppy which is what I expected but I still enjoyed it. Went well with some spicy seafood and raw oysters. Would have liked a little more ummmphhh but still enjoyable Decent head and lacing but nothing to write home about

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Photo of Lahoi
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I very nice IPA. At 7.4% ABV I was prepared for something that took me back to a high school party at a gravel pit, grave yard, barn, abandoned house, or all of the above. But I was pleasantly surprised. It was not overpowering, yet still bold. My first experience with the beer followed a Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin. Big mistake. Too much comparing and contrasting. I'm too much of a green horn to be doing that. The next time around, however, I started with the Terrapin and it was a totally different experience. I would gladly have another. Or two. Or twelve.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color with multiple finger head that recedes slowly. The lacing is thin. Subtle nose of hops with booze. For a beer called Hopsecutioner, it had a surprising malt body between the hop start and finish. The hop was a little bitter at the tip of the tongue and mellowed out at the end for a smooth finish. Light carbonation and a medium body without an alcohol aftertaste.
It is a fine and drinkable IPA, but not nearly as hop heavy as it advertises. It's smoothness is my favorite part of it. Middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1 month ago. Poured in a snifter. Beautiful burnt orange color, slightly hazy, with a resilient 1-finger foamy white head that stayed for a while. The aroma was a bit subdued by today's standards but there was a nice dose of pine, orange and grapefruit that went away quickly. Taste: lots of malt at first reminiscent of a English IPA but followed quickly with a bracing clean bitterness and a good mix of citrus and pine. Hops and malt played well together. A good clean finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation, highlighting the malt presence. Overall, a very tasty brew! A definite American-style English IPA if that makes sense and a nice alternative to their Hi-5. 'll drink this again if the mood strikes me.

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Photo of terrysjag
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this after a Lagunitas IPA and on first couple of sips, was disappointed. Its very, very smooth and to me, has no aroma. On taste, it has a nice IPA bite and a good finish. It sort of grows on you and I think if you started drinking this without another, it would be better.

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Photo of Albert_is
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Even by American pale ale standards, it doesn't have the satisfying grapefruit-y bite I expect from a pale ale. The bar I'm having it in may have an older keg that may have skunked slightly, so I'm being more lenient, but just not what expected. Still decent, though.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a wine tumbler.

A: Appealing, clear medium-copper with a 1/2" head that dissipates quickly & leaves little retention. Lacing is nonexistent.

S: Lots of malt, cracker, cereal. Buried in there I'm getting a faint citrus-hop component. I actually like the subtlety here, even for a brew called 'hopsecutioner'.

T: Some balanced hop character up front, hits with pine & a bit of grapefruit. Mid-palate reads to me more like an amber ale, pretty crackery. The finish has a nice lingering hop-bitter note that wraps things up pretty well.

M: A bit oily, a bit soapy, overall very slick. Carb is too low in my opinion, really makes this brew more one-dimensional than it could be.

O: I don't hate it but I'm really not blown away. It really fails to live up to its namesake, but does a nice job of toying around with being more of an OK English-style IPA. I'll give it extra points for masking the high-ish ABV so effectively - I feel like I could murder a 6er of these guys.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Halfway clear in regular glass. Huge head of off white suds. Big loopy lace.

Aroma: Yummy dank hops. Definitely some citrus. Nice.

Taste: Pleasantly citrus and tropical happiness. Little dry at finish but a superb IPA overall!

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Photo of squonk45
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CUTE LABEL .. name doesn't fit what u drank.. I'm guess in is made with dry hops .. Glad I tried it if you offered it to me I'd have another but not going to be buying

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and biscuit malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Delicious brew.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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