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

This one pours a hazy light amber with a creamy off white head.
The aroma is of course hop forward with the citrus and pine notes, but I also pick up a lot of fruit aromas--apricot, pear, with a little mango perhaps.
The taste follows the nose closely. The dense fruity malt backbone stands up tall to the relentless Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simco, Amarillo, and Cascade assault. Very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.
Overall a great IPA. I'm glad it's readily available here in the ATL.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the hop heads this is a very refreshing beer. It is golden/ deep straw in color with a head between a quarter and half inch. Upon smelling I got noted of pine/grass and citrus. Great tasting hops with notes of grass and citrus. The bitterness is not overpowering and is balanced nicely with the other natural flavors of the hops. It is a smooth IPA with a great mouthfeel. This one is in my top 5 IPAs and I am always happy to come back to it whenever I get a chance.

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

$8.49 six pack from SuperSaver.

Hazy warm orange body, topped by a hefty dense level off-white head.

Strong aggressive citrus nose, plenty of grapefruit, orange, and apricot.

Sweet malt crawls across the tongue like its going under a limbo bar. Then its citrusy hops from everywhere, an explosion throughout the mouth.

Medium bubbly mouthfeel. Definitely good drinking IPA.

Another terrific Terrapin beer.

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

poured into a 20 oz. pint glass (I need to get another imperial pint glass)

Starts off as healthy 2 finger foamy head. Great retention and lacing that sticks around the glass till the last drop. Slightly hazy orange or more like a honey color.

Strong citrus hops and a sweet malt hits the nose first. Toasted malt and mild pine as well. You can pick up a little bit of alcohol, but it blends with malt. This American IPA is well balance in it's aroma. No characteristic dominating the other.

The taste is full of citrus and pine hops. Pretty much what I would expect from a good American IPA. Yet at the same time the balance from the malt works perfectly. Slightly toasted and sweet malt. No strong alcoholic notes probably because it blends with the malt so well. Finishes dry and bitter on the piney hop side.

Light to medium bodied and easy to drink. But, be careful with the 7.3% ABV

This is yet another brewery that delivers everything I would want from an American IPA. Strongly hopped yet still keeps some kind of balance.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

horray for freshness dating!

pours an orangy amber color with white 1/2" head. tons of lacing that clings all over the glass. aroma is a mix of piney and citrus hops. taste consists of a nice malt backbone, with the hops slowly coming to the front. mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

probably the best IPA I've had yet. very high drinkability due to the great balanced taste.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

F**k you in the Face
This category goes out to my friend Michael Kraus. He said that he likes a beer where the quality that people want in it (the sweetness, hops, bitterness, etc) is so strong it fucks you in the face. This one has a clear winner. Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner

Terrapin Hopsecutioner
This beer is nothing if not hoppy. Of the many breweries in the country, Terrapin handles hops some of the best. Of the many breweries in the south, Terrapin is one of the most known and respected. The beer is incredibly hoppy, but still drinkable. It is truly a triumph to Spike and the Terrapin crew.

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Photo of mightymalt97
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A home run from Terrapin! Smell and appearance are excellent, mouthfeel is great, but this is certainly a sipping, not a drinking beer. Be careful!

I wonder what type of hops are used? Centennial? Sincoe? Warrior?

I hope they continue to create great beers in Athens!

I won't mind going to the Hopsecutioner as long as I can drink this along the way!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple glasses of this last week in Atlanta. I really enjoyed this IPA and the fresh Grapefruit/citrus character.

Each pint came with a finger of tight almost creamy head that did collapse rather quickly. While this was not served on cask, the entire beer had a cask quality to it. The look the mouthfeel... everything. Really nice. The beer was a hazy brown/amber color with just a touch of an orange highlight.

Aroma was fantastic. Bright, fresh, citrus with a slight malt/cracker/bread component in the background.

Flavor followed the aroma in many ways including being fantastic. This was a fresh beer, no getting around it. Bright, vibrant and clean. The citrus just attacked you with just the right amount of balance from the malt profile. More of a cracker/biscuit quality vs. straight bread. Balance that I like, which is to say leaning hoppy.. but still balanced.
Some more pine in the flavor than there was in the aroma.

Again, seemed cask like in its mouth feel. Tiny subdued carbonation, almost a creamy mouth feel.

I loved it and wish it was available where I live.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear as can be
H. Dark golden yellow, Almost perfectly amber
N. VERY HOPPY, EXTREMELY Pleasant. Piney and slightly citrus-y

Ok, Hop Heads I thought that this would take my head off by its name...well not really. This was a sexy beer with its white sticky head, that decided to hang out on my glass the entire time. It smelled like a Hop BOMB but fell a little short on the attack. A smooth taste lead into a lingering bitterness. Don't get me wrong this was an awesome IPA, just the name lead me to believe that I finally found a beer to compete with Ruination. Well not so much, but it was still a great drink. I would put it on par with Hop Slam by Bells. This is a beer that is easy to drink more than one, and is definitely worth picking up this weekend from your local beer shop. I think I will grab a few more.
Score: 4.498

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Photo of Lerxst
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 jc85
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden amber color, not hazzy, with a small off-white head, that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell- You can smell alot of grapefruit coming up. Some spices and pine are also present, overall great smell.

Taste- I thought this would be alot more bitter than it was. The fruit and pine definitly settled everything down. Definitly one of my favorite IPA's.

Mouthfeel- body is medium, but smooth. Definitly not overcarbonated.

Drinkability- Great beer overall, I can sit down with a few of these and not even realize its a 7.3ABV. Ide rather choose to forget than try and remember.

Another great beer from Terrapin.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a. 13 oz tulip glass, best bymid July. Pours a wonderful orange, with a one inch white that leaves nice lace. Smell is pine, tangerine, grass, carmel, and grapefruit. Taste is all of that, balanced nicely with some marijuana flavors in the finish. Body medium large, plenty of life, lush not dry, and very drinkable. Thanks again to friend Pat for bringing this treat from Florida for me. This is very a solid IPA.

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Photo of tmm313
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Darkish amber color. Super clear with quickly dissipating 1 finger head. OK lacing.

Smell: A lot going on at once. Ruby Red Grapefruit, tropical fruits, oranges, caramel, toffee, slight pine, a touch of pepper, and slight alcohol.

Taste: I've never had a beer harder to describe. It is touted as using 6 different hops and 4 different malts, and you can definitely tell it. There's pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pepper, something that reminds me of dry cinnamon that pops up every once in while, caramel, toffee, raisins, a slight touch of booze and things I still can't find a name for. The finish is a flavor I've never tasted, well, anywhere, yet it seems really familiar... Maybe its all the familiar flavors mixing together? The slight aftertaste is more peppery than bitter with just a touch of alcohol. Either way, this is really good to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Light lingering bitterness with a peppery, almost minty, tingle.

Overall: I really love this beer! The 6 hops and 4 malts mix together to form something super unique and addictive. Excellent balance. Will have this many more times to come.

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Photo of hopheadhoward
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hopsecutioner is a nice ale. Not perfect, but if you like hoppy ales, this is a pretty good IPA. Nice bitter start, and it feels good on the mouth. Why do you like hoppy? You want flavor, right? Hopsecutioner has flavor, and it looks and smells like an IPA? Is it perfect? No, but this is a nice IPA. Alcohol is 7+%, so be aware.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering bite of hops bitterness. Then a very fruity citrus sweetness comes in along with some caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a bit of haze and a big white head.

Smells like big floral hops on hops. Some caramel malt comes through after a little swisheroo in the glass.

Taste is hop heavy with a sharp bitterness and big malt backbone. Six hop varieties blend perfectly to create an explosion of tropical citrus, earthy pine and bitterness.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Would definitely go for this again

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Photo of jonziefle
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey dark amber color. Ever so slightly cloudy. One finger foamy light khaki head with good retention. Visible carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Syrupy sweet nose with strong citrus hop flavors. Sweet grapefruit and lemon, with a candy like smell about them.

Taste: Dominating hop flavors, of the sweeter and smoother variety. More mild than the nose, but still strong lemon and grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth. Mild carbonation bite and a clean finish.

Drinkability: A very refreshing IPA that is big on hop flavor, without some of the requisite bitterness. Smooth flavors and a very easy drinker.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Mad Mex, 16oz pint glass

A - bright golden color, very nice clarity. decent sized tight fizzy head, wall of lace all the way down the glass...quite impressive

S - sweet grapefruit hops, quite pungent. very very mild caramel sweet backbone, but mostly grapefruit...some piney and grassy.

T - great citrus/grapefruit taste...tons of hops but minimal bitterness. malt comes in to balance but not distract. very yummy.

M - nicely carbonated, maybe a tad thin. great stickiness leaves pleasant flavors around for awhile.

D - way impressed with this, went so well with my spicey burrito and tomatillo salsa. will seek this out again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Great name. Great label. Great IPA.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable wide rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Floral, honeyish, and gently citrusy. Mildly biscuity. Some soft pine. There's not a whopping amount of hops there, but at least they're unique - no one really goes for floral anymore, it's all citrus and pine. Nice.

Flavor: More citrus appears in the flavor than in the aroma, and more pine as well. It's nicely fruity, and the floral character remains. Mid palate the hops are parted and some malt breaks through, biscuity and honey-drizzled, but it's short lived as the bitterness ushers in a dry finish. There's a little bit of everything left over in the aftertaste, but mainly golden malt, a squirt of fruit juice, and leafy hop flavors that become very tea like. Well balanced!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. The moderate carbonation leaves it gently creamy and smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: The bitterness is solid but it doesn't kill you. And the hops are bright but they don't overwhelm. There's just enough malt in the balance; and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Readily drinkable.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy orange pour, leaves "oily" lacing, very low head even after a vigorous pour.

Smell: Orange citrus hops, a little piney too, a little hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Great, a solid range of citrus and piney hops, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected based on color, solid carbonation seems appropriate. Lacks a little in bitter finish.

Drinkability is also great, I could enjoy a whole pitcher to myself, reminds me strongly of two hearted, like two hearted but with less nose and more orange citrus instead of floral hop if that makes any sense.

I will definitely seek this out in the future and share with some friends.


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Photo of wcudwight
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with some orange mixed in. Medium sized head with sparse spotty lacing. Intense hop aroma preludes an intense hop flavor. I likey very much! The hops cover the whole hop gamut from floral to earty, to fruity to pine. Yummy. Mildly acidic. Medium to full bodied and I had not idea this beer was 7+% abv until I came to review it. Very drinkable. Another ace in the hole by Terrapin.

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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 ejimhof
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= poured a light amber color as an IPA should. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

S= Citrus and pine smells are present.

T= Slightly hoppy but not overdone. Malty and semi-sweet.

MF= light bodied and not very heavy.

D= Easy drinker and easy to have more than one of these.

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Photo of Mojo
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very hazy amber with almost no head, and minimal lacing. The nose is just about all fruit. I pick up apples, raisins, oranges, lemon, and some pine. Taste is a sweetness upfront kind of orange flavored, but the finish delivers a powerful hop bomb. Mouthfeel is nice with not much of an aftertaste. There are better IPAs, but this one is not bad. Taste is the strong suit and that's what matters most.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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