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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Anthony1 on 11-03-2009

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Photo of salvo
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopsecutioner pours hazy straw into the tulip with a foaming inch of head that disappears with some oily residue in its wake. The hoppy aroma of the beer is really its strongest point: rich astringent grassy-to-citrus nose with a touch of rich malt that smells balanced.

Taste is medicinal bitterness that is somehow a little off from the nose, but not unpleasant. The finish is not very long or complex, but a nicely hopped ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the alcohol content and hop load.

I'm confused by the labels: the Terrapin is almost a Teenage Mutant Ninja, but dressed as executioner. The country-boy Terrapin of the Rye ale: marketing is a little off to me, but what do I know. I'm not from Georgia but just passing through Atlanta. Label reports the beer was brewed at Flying Dog.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get a finger of eggshell white foam, mostly dense with some larger bubbles interspersed, not deep enough to dimple, weak lacing. Light coppery orange color, transparent with a slight yellowing around the rims. There's a charcoal filter, metallic touch to the nose, not quite earthy, more leafy than citric, the green apple, pear, apricot scents attenuated, not sour or bitter but you struggle to find any sweeter element to provide balance in your nostrils. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, average carbonation and weight, pine and white grapefruit, orange citrus sweetens things some but the malts remain shadowy at best. A pinch of white pepper apparent. Meager apricot, peach, apple fruit. The grassiness and hoppy bite by far the strongest element, does stop short of reaching mouth puckering proportions. Still, dry and not especially lengthy through the finish. Basically, it's OK.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an apricot color. The head is a fluffy one finger off-white shade. All in all, the looks are typical for the style: frothy head, okay retention, and plenty of lacing left behind.

S: Aromatically, hops do jump out from the glass - mainly the floral, lemony variety. Sourdough bread seems to make an appearance, too. I've grown to point where I can smell Centennial hops from a mile away, and this brew's got 'em.

T: Flavor-wise, it's sweeter than what the aroma let on. I was waiting for the bitterness to prick the tongue...and instead I got a sweet, caramel forward brew where the hops are only there to balance instead of being showcased. Late in the aftertaste, some floral and spicy hop notes do appear. Aside from the typical caramel and toffee notes, it's also a bit earthy.

M: It's a rather clean brew, which at least helps quash some of the sweetness well. It glides down the tongue with a crisp bite, too I'd almost call it thirst quenching...no, I will call it thirst quenching. Not dry by any stretch, but it does a good job of going down easily anyways. The sweet finish doesn't bother me at all.

O: I'll give it one thing - it's drinkable. Very drinkable, even for a 7.3% IPA. It just doesn't have the most interesting flavor is all. If I had bought a 6 pack of this (which I didn't) I wouldn't have any trouble killing it.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, honey gold SRM 5-6. I am quite surprised to see small chunks of yeast floating inside an Anderson Valley can glass. The half-inch creamy head quickly drops, leaving a light coating of lace. I am no fan of floaters in an IPA.

Bread dough and slight hop aromas. Some cut straw and musk.

Modest bitterness is balanced by sweetness. Caramel, nuts and faint kiwi are noticed up front. Grapefruit comes out in the middle through finish. The finish is moderately long and yeasty. Orange flavors come out with warmth.

This is a medium-to-full-bodied beer with a smooth texture and prickly carbonation.

Terrapin has not quite delivered on “Hopsecutioner”. Getting beyond the name, however, it is a relaxing beer. Perhaps my bottle is older, however, it’s difficult to say since the best by chart was blank.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted from a bottle obtained in a trade. The pour is clear amber orange with a medium head that quickly dissipates to leave a bit of bubbles on the top and around the collar. Nose is bitter orange and grapefruit hops with some bread malt and a hint of soy sauce. The flavors of this beer are very well balanced. The hops offer much more fruitiness than the nose would have suggested with more fresh citrus and even some tropical fruits coming through on the palate along with a very nice caramel and bread maltiness. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation and a nice long finish where the bitterness from the hops kicks in very nicely.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan with medium and fine sized bubbles, nice lacing along the glass.

Smell is subdued malt, toast and caramel; hops come through quickly as light pine, earthy, slightly spicy.

Taste is fairly simple malt, light toast and caramel, then quickly overtaken by the subtle but bitter hop flavors which are earthy, lightly spicy and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel is fairly bitter, but this beer seems to have higher bitterness from the hops than aroma or flavor which is nicely balanced by the malt sweetness.

Overall, a solid IPA, slightly subdued aroma with a nice flavor and mouth presence.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear orange body with loads of bubbles pushing their way north to an off-white cap. The head was a sturdy two fingers and left ring marks with each sip.

The aroma is of toasted malt, apricots, and grapefruits. A little bit of pine needles, but really a straightforward aroma.

Some caramel up front with a rush of hops taking over. Grapefruit and pine needles with a mildly bitter finish. A somewhat balanced IPA at first blush, but the bitterness and a fruitiness build over time.

Medium body and smooth up until the finish. A tad prickly on the back end as it fades to a lingering bitterness.

For the style, its pretty drinkable. Not overly hoppy by any means. Fairly balanced.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy off-white head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Potent hop aroma dominates, I can smell it across the table! Mostly grapefruit and pine resin hops with some orange peel and caramel malts.
T - Loads of grapefruit and pine resin hops with more (very) sweet caramel malt. There's a bit of a toasted quality in there, which is nice. Bitter finish lingers for quite some time.
M - Smooth and creamy with a sticky medium body.
D - Pretty drinkable, but the sweetness get a bit cloying after a while.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Terrapin Hopsecutioner is bland and insignificant.

There was a pop of citric aroma during the initial pour which was amber, with a less than finger-tall head. Little-to-no lace was left on the glass. The smell faded to metallic citrus rind and the flavor was slightly earthy but bland. There was no feel to speak of as it had a very clean finish.

Hopsecutioner failed to live up to its cute hop-centric name and the clever label claim that hopheads will rejoice and lose their hopheads. With that much hop-related self-promotion, this IPA should have shredded, but the flavor and feel were underwhelming.

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Photo of bbarrows
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass
A: Clear light amber, dense 1" off white head
S: Light grapefruit
T: Loads of bittering hops are the first taste, followed by lingering grapefruit and pine flavors. Strong bitterness negates any malt presence
M: Crisp, dry, very little malt
D: Although dry and slanting toward bitter over flavor or aroma hops, it's easy to quaff.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner has a pale and hazy orange body with a few strands of lively carbonation bubbles. The head is an off-white and has OK retention, but it doesn't manage to leave any impressive lacing.

The aroma shows off bitter, citric hops along with a bunch of toasted malts.

Hopsecutioner opens up with a strong grapefruit flavor and a good, bitter hop bite. There are some notes of other citrus, namely a bit of orange, and there is also a fair amount of resin. After that comes quite a bit of sweet malts that balance the hops out a little bit too well. The malt tastes a little bit toasted also. The finish is a little hot. I actually thought this was a double IPA when I drank it, because the malt profile was so big and the finish was a bit boozy. Technically it isn't, but it is on the high side in terms of ABV% for an IPA.

Hopsecutioner has a good mouthfeel. It is full-bodied for the style, and boasts an almost creamy texture. The carbonation is still pretty lively though.

I liked Hopsecutioner, and the hop profile was pretty good, but the malt provides a little too much toasty sweetness for my liking. It's a little bit hot also, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow ochre in color, the beer pours with a meager half-inch of head that didn't retain very well. Soapy film layers the surface. Leaves thick bands of proteins in the glass. 3.5

A grassy, tangerine hop character to the aroma, but nothing really big and punchy and out-of-this-world. I've let it warm up. It's showing some bitterness and a mild note of pine/spruce. Smells a bit woody with some perfume notes, as well. Pale malts wrap up rather biscuity. 3.5

Bittering hops at work here, but nothing substantial flavor-wise. A little bit of juicy orange, almond, and Asian greens. Strange pilsner malt characteristic reminds me a bit of a hoppy lager or Czech Pilsner. Weird tropical fruit candy flavor in the finish, like a pineapple Jolly Rancher, but not nearly as sweet. Now, the Best-By date on the bottle says before June of '12, so I'm clear on freshness. This one just doesn't have the oomph I'm looking for. 3.5

Drinks very well. Chewy with some nice bubbles in the bite. Easy to quaff. A highpoint of this beer, for sure. 4.0

For a beer that I wasn't entirely sure if I've had before, I figured I'd pick up what seemed to be a fresh bottle. I thought it would be an enjoyable IPA and a fun review. As for the IPA, I'm a bit disappointed. I should have picked up the past-expiration Rye Squared they had at the bottleshop instead. A lesson learned. 3.5

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sweet floral hop aroma. Copper penny color. Fantastic clarity and effervescent carbonation. More of a pine like hop aroma on the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel considering the level of hop intensity. Good balance of piney hops and malt backbone on the palate. This is a well balanced beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Terrapin Pint

A: Poured with a nice head that stays for a bit but fizzles to a film with a large section of bubbles. The lacing is quite nice too. It is a slightly cloudy golden amber color.

S: Quite citrusy with a bit of pine intermingled. It is a pretty nice smell, but it kind of reminds me of a stout smell for some reason.

T: Not the best tasting out there. There is a mild citrus note that is overpowered by the pine in it. I remember it being more citrus-y on tap.

M: Pretty crisp all the way through but it is still quite mild.

O: I feel like there is either something wrong with these beers or with my palate today. I had this at a Terrapin event but it was just a sample. I remember it tasting better. Luckily, a friend gave this to me. Their Hopzilla is much better. Still not a bad IPA, but it is one of the lesser IPAs I have had.

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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 buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass
Thanks to sommersb for the beer

A - It looks like a sunset with an orange center and golden highlights. It is hazy and has a couple inches of off-white head.

S - I notice it has an evident malt presence. I can tell by the aroma I will not appreciate this IPA. I has that overtly bitter smell that warns me of bitterness in the taste. I also get some citrus.

T - As expected this is a bitter bastard and not in the way that I like. There is some malt but not enough to balance it. It has the taste of a very bitter grapefruit.

M - Medium

O - I'm sure this is a great IPA for some, but this hops profile does not agree with my palate. I cannot eat a bitter grapefruit, and this beer reminds me of that experience.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really liked the orange tinge to the brew, it added to the thick, white head that had really good staying power. That's pretty much where the distinctive parts of the beer end. The smell was basic IPA and the mouthfeel was mostly carbonated. I will say the taste was bold lightly citrusy, so kudos there. Overall, it was a pretty good IPA but nothing really that made it stand out from the pack.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: dark orange, copper, lightly carbonated, huge 2-3 finger off white creamy thick head.
N: orange peel, grapefruit, earthy/peppery Amarillo hops, piney hop resin, light pale malts and bread/biscuit.
T: bread and caramel malts, light citrus, grapefruit, orange, very dry bitter hop notes, touch floral.
B: creamy medium body and carbonation, soft pillowy mouthfeel.
Overall: for it having 6 different hop varieties, it mostly comes off as dry and bitter, lacking the depth I would hope for. Still above average and an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Gold color, slight haze. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation leads to half a finger of head head that dissipates fairly quickly. This beer looks dead inside.

S: Overall seems a little muted in this department. Citrus & floral hops primarily. There is some malt/roasty aroma in the background to me.

T: The citrus hop flavor dominates upfront, but it is more of orange/grapefruit rinds than the fruit itself. There is indeed some maltiness in here. Piney and bitter flavors take over at the end as the dryness sets in, but not in a bad way.

M: Much better than I expected. Mouthfeel has *way* more carbonation than the appearance would suggest, to be sure. As it dissipates the texture is almost creamy. Bitterness doesn't last too long.

O: This is a good beer, and one that I will likely pick up again. But there's nothing particularly exceptional here.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper in color, off white head stuck around.

Aroma: Grapefruity/Piney resinous hops, reminds me a bit of Simcoe hops.

Taste: Lots of those resinous hops, piney and decent bitterness. Some toasted malt on the finish. I'm not typically big on these sorts of IPAs, I'm more of a west coast IPA fan but its not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light in body, fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Seems more sessionable than I imagine it is, its over 7% abv so I doubt anyone is going to pound a 6er and not possibly regret it later.

Overall, a well made beer, something I wouldnt mind drinking again though I'm not going to drive around to find it.

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Photo of mcgwire756
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Stirling Hotel.

Poured a golden color with a small head and lots of lacing. It smelled of piney hops but was not very distinct. Taste was sweet and then the wallop of hops that I expected. A very good taste, that lasts, but nothing much different from other good IPA's. I could drink at least 2 of these, but with the strong hop aftertaste, that would probably be it. Definitely a solid IPA.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours golden orange with a nice 1 1/2 fingers of head. The smell is rich with malt and citrus hops. The taste is malty, crisp and hoppy at first. There is a little bit of bitter booziness that follows. The alcohol taste in this is a negative for me since it is only a 7.3%...i've had many other beers with ABVs in that range that aren't as obvious. It also has some cereal flavors that I don't love. I would call this a medium body, and not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 qthompso
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy copper. A one finger head of off white that dies down pretty quickly.

It smells pretty sweet from that big balt backbone. The hops are pretty citrusy on this one.

The taste is really surprisingly malty and the hops aren't nearly as citrusy as the nose. If I had to characterize them, I guess I'd say I get some lemon and orange characteristics. At 7.3%, this beer isn't hiding the alcohol as well as some other IPAs that I enjoy.

The mouthfeel is quite full. It's pretty creamy but is close to being too heavy, as it sticks around for a while making me smack my lips a bit to get rid of some of the alcohol.

For my first Terrapin, I'm not overly impressed. The beer has a good nose but it doesn't translate nearly as well to the taste as I was hoping. Makes me wonder if I need to go check the date on the bottle.

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