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 DraconusDesanctus666
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 7/23/17.

L- Fluffy white colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with good retention and sticky lacing.Hazy golden colored body with an amber hue,medium clarity and distorted light showing through the glass.Heavy amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get bright citrus and tropical fruit hops,with some sweet bready malt notes.

T- On the palate I get bitter grapefruit and pine hops up front,with sweet malt and citrus hops on the back end.Bitter hop backbone and after taste,pretty well balanced.

F- The mouth feel is medium / thin with a silky texture on the sip,and slightly chalky after.High amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a dry finish.

O- This is a pretty solid IPA for down south.Good balance of malt and hops,in my opinion.I would drink this one again.Some IPA purists may not like it,but I suggest you try it for yourself.

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Photo of Squire123
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium gold color a bit richer that other highly hopped Terrapin beers I've tried. White cap with good lacing.

Malt rich aroma quickly followed by light pine and citrus.

Flavor is malt forward and the brew is all the better for it. It's good to see a hop centric beer with enough malt to balance things out. Mid palate the malt slyly steps aside while citrus and pine hops take center stage. All these elements then blend into harmony and the melody carries to the finish. Very slight piney bitterness in the aftertaste in a refreshing way.

Solid, rounded medium-full texture balanced by carbonation.

I was expecting another bright hop brew in line with others I've had from Terrapin and this was a pleasant surprise. Enough malt to actually matter standing up to but not over shadowing the hops. Very nicely blended complex flavors that reveal more levels of subtlety and surprise as the glass is emptied. Some of the other Terrapin IPAs I can drink interchangeably but this one is a standout.

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Photo of hosley
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best in the Terrapin Lineup. The flavor of the hops really come out in this one. I find the aroma to come across with hints of citrus. The color is amber/dark orange.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale 6 varieties of hops:
Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Shinook, Centennial and Warrior.
Smell: Floral, sweet citrus, grapefruit
Taste: Nectarine, Mango, grapefruit, extremely dry and bitter at the end of the sip. Alcohol is hidden.
Feel: medium body, smooth through the middle of the sip. Has a thicker feel.
Look: Dark orange, white head, lacing on the glass.
Overall: I had this beer in a can. This pic on here has it in a bottle. Maybe that is why it tasted better. They are now doing alot of cans nowadays. This has more to offer than the name suggests. It tastes fruity and sweet, but dry and bitter on the finish.
It has a nice kick on the end. The carbonation has a nice softness to it as if you are drinking a fluffy cloud of yummyness.
I can not taste any soapyness as the other reviews have mentioned. Maybe they updated the recipe. I liked this one, as I do many of the Terrapin beers.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard, yet quality, IPA. Had this in a restaurant near Ft Lauderdale.... Good with dinner, solid, but not a game changer...Enjoy it, but don't kill a close friend to trade for it ;-)

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Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark orange with a large white uniform head.

Smell is orange rind, pine, and grass.

Moderately bitter orange rind, grapefruit, grass, pine, and biscuit flavors.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too shabby. Almost clear golden orange color. This IPA smells of hops pine faint citrus and a little soapy. Tasting the soap along with pine west coast hops, and citrus. This is a light brew with a slick finish with hoppy bitterness in the after taste. I was concerned my glass wasn't washed properly, but other reviews confirmed that's not the case. This was pretty good. Didn't live up to the hype of the name though.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange IPA color. Aroma is malt heavy, bit of pine, thought it would have more hoppiness. Taste is a bit pine, bit malt with a heavy aftertaste, and thats what does it for me. A little more hops would help.Nice.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Clear goblet
From: Vortex Midtown in Atlanta, Ga.
Price: $6
Purchased: Dec. 7, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 7, 2016
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: N/A

First time trying Terrapin as well. I believe they recently became #CraftAdjace as well, but I won’t hold that against them here. The name of this one sounds cool. Hope it tastes as good.

Poured a deep gold clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy head when I got it. It was dark at Vortex, but there appeared to be a lot of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Cascade, soapy pine, floral, Irish Spring soap, light tangerine, Citra and caramel. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted Cascade, soapy pine, Irish Spring, floral, potpourri, caramel, lots of hops that really don’t work well together, passion fruit, mango and tropical notes. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body, Oily texture, Average carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was an OK beer overall. Nothing special though. (Overall - 3.50)

3.46 | 79 | B-

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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 larryarms847
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard dark golden yellow with a slight orange hue and a finger of fluffy off-white foam.

Slightly piney and grassy character up front with a noticeable orange pith fruitiness, and a slightly sweet biscuit malt aspect.

Grassy, piney, earthy, citrusy hops lead the flavor here, but there is a slightly sturdy biscuity malt backbone to add some balance.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter resins, dry finish.

Overall, this beer is an easy drinking IPA, but leaves a resinous bitter coat on the palate which took a few points away from me. Worth your while giving this a shot, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has that auburn appearance, a mixture of orange and amber. 3/4" off white head. Solid retention. Aroma was hoppy as advertised, nothing too exotic.

Taste was big on the malt and the hops. Heft. Its bitter. Just has a lot going on. This is basically a hoppy ipa, but with a very chewy malt bill that might obscure how hoppy it is to some people. It was good, not great.

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Photo of Obie10880
1.85/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I live in PA so I walked into my beer distributor... thought I try something new. I looked up Terrapin Hopsecutioner on beer advocate and it showed an 86 so and bought a 12 pack of the IPA survival pack. It contained the : Hopsecutioner, HI-5, Recreation and Krunkles all with best by dates due in four months.

Needless to say these beers are terrible. The description on the sides make them sound awesome... maybe I am missing something but the hops are missing. Along with a odd after taste... It tasted almost coppery... as if it had been well past it good by date when all the hops fade.

Beer Advocate needs a Jeremy of Richard from Top Gear (the English version) that gives an accurate description... How did these beer score so high? Pissed in PA

P.S. Use to drinking good beer. E.g. Freemont, Hill Farm Stead, Heady Topper,Tribute, Stone, Lagunitas and Firestone

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Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 25, 2016... OCCASION: a nice afternoon with Rich and Mary finished... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... first impression: wow, this sizzles as it pours from the can... a thick, foamy two-finger head lifts itself from the glass... even, open crags of bubbles ring the glass, while the white head takes its sweet ol' southern time collapsing in its middle... the body, a beautiful, clear amber display of bubbles spinning in torrents... six hops produce a thick, earthy, slightly citric aroma that hints at grapefruit, mint, and resin.... the first sip is a mouthpiece of hops smash, with the activity continuing throughout the drink--a full-bodied, demanding presence... aftertaste is strong, with a spiciness--pepper, something sharper--that makes for a chewable, savorable experience... not to mention, a strong malt base that just makes the profile larger.... at 7.3% ABV, formidable and worth the purchase... among the other IPA mix-pack choices, not heads and shoulders above, but the best of the bunch... they all merit some compliment.... ultimately, not as BIG as other IPAs, nor as diverse..

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Photo of jonwiseman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Initial oak smell followed by a similar taste. Morphs into a mild hop and bread finish. Beautiful golden color. Plenty of lacing. Full in the mouth. An overall excellent beer. Perhaps an early entry for the east coast attempting a west coast IPA.

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Photo of JoLight
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Thick , frothy off white head; hazy honey color. Some nice lacing and a nice layer of foam.

Aroma - Wet grain, citrusy and piney hops, and sweet malt. Kind of dull and muted for the style. Not as pungent as I expected. Some biscuity aromatic note that reminds me of Fat Tire Amber. Yeast?

Flavor - Smooth, smooth, smooth--boy, is this smooth. A backbone of buttery smooth malt, clean water, and a presence of citrus and piney hops that I find quite underwhelming not so much for the style, but for the way the beer is advertised.

Mouthfeel/finish: heavier side of light, lightly carbonated; crisp, tangy, refreshing.

Overall: a solid beer overall, but wayyyyyy overpriced. There are other IPAs of equivalent or lower cost that deliver more character. I know this may come across as pretentious. However, I find that the way this beer is marketed gives a false impression, and that really pisses me off. I would say that this is an average IPA marketed as an archetype.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. If I'm reading the julian date correctly, it's less than 2 months old.

Malt is the star of the show here. Same issue I had with their Hi-5 IPA. I don't get this beer. Very bitter, little hop flavor. A beer that's stuck in 2006.


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Photo of 0_0
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Amber
S - Hoppy, pine notes
T - bitter hop not very bitter, very refreshing
F - little carbonation very drinkable dispute being a 7% IPA
O - Great beer to have after someone asks you if you drink too much... Nah mom I dont drink too much and i cant wait to go back to school so i dont have to hear this everyday!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Poured copper. This ber was hoppy but it was damn sweet as well. Pretty generic hop bill. Chock full of rich malt. Too rich for it's own good. I could do without the sticky sugars. Lowers the mouthfeel too.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very nice deep amber with a fluffy, soapy white head. The smell is tangerine, lemon, and pine.
The taste is floral, pine, and lemon with a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel is high carbonation and slighty oily. Overall, this is a decent beer, but this hop profile, especially the floral isn't my favorite.

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Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lively pour with a medium amber-gold and a big foamy pale tan head. It has excellent retention and leaves big swathes of medium sized sticky head. It has a nicely hopped aroma, with nice floral qualities and a hint of citrus. The taste is much the same but a little less distinct. It has a medium-light body with just the faintest hint of carbonation.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear copper color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hops, caramel and malt. The taste is a very good blend of hops and malt. A really good southern beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Due South 5/16/16

L: 2F head with OK retention, some lacing and a ring. Beer is amber/copper, pretty clear and clean.

S: More malt-forward than I would like. Faint pine and citrus notes.

T: Whew...not bad. More piney than citrus-y, and more forward and sweeter malt than I would like in an IPA, but it's their interpretation of the style. Some bitterness, but not too much.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, balance OK, construction with more malt-forward less to my liking than some.'

O: Perfectly good IPA, but not my preferred rendition of it.

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

Bottle into a snifter. Nice copper color with amber hues center mass. About a finger head of white foam. Nose is ripened tropical fruit balanced with caramel malt. Pretty laid back on the hops in terms of flavor and bitterness. Lots of sweet grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and citrus. Medium body, maybe on the heavier side for a 7% beer.

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

Terrapin Beer Company - Hopsecutioner. 7.3% ABV. 12oz bottle split between snifters. Bottles 12/25/15.

Look: Hazy orange/copper body, retaining a finger sized white foamy head.

Smell: Pine resin, bitter hops, and some citrus fruits, along with some malt sweetness. Has a little hop sweetness from age.

Feel: Light body, with some lively carbonation.

Taste: Slightly bitter throughout, but also sweet from old hops. Some citrus fruits and malt sweetness are present, but mostly blocked by hops.

Overall: The citrus has fallen off a little from age, but is still not bad at all. Hops are dominant here, and leaves lingering bitterness throughout.

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