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

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear copper/orange color with a 1" off-white fluffy head that recedes a bit too soon leaving an island of foam, a ring of foam around the glass and some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping continues to leave some speckles and patches of foam for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of both citrus (orange and grapefruit) and pine backed up by some traces of caramel from the malts.

Taste: The flavors are more complex that I got from the nose in that the grapefruit, orange and pine also have some pineapple or other tropical fruit to play with. The medium caramel flavor from the malt provides a nice backbone but keeps in the background the whole time.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth but lightly prickly from the ongoing carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins in the mix of citrus, pine, and sweet malt but then slowly fades to a residual dry bitterness that leaves me ready for another sip.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer in that each sip leads naturally to another and I've finished the beer still wanting a bit more. I'd certainly be happy to have another and expect I'll probably do so next time I find one.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orangy-amber. Decent head that diminishes quickly leaving a good inch of lacing.
smell: piney, citrusy...lots o hops.
taste: Very nice and balanced. Starts with a bitter wallop that bcaks off nicely.
mouthfeel: med with med carbonation.
drinkability: Nice and easy sipper. Surprisingly easy for a >7%er.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi effervescent honey color with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Lemony & grassy hops, some biscuitty malt, then grapefruit, great nose

T: Grapefruit then lemons, pineapple & biscuitty malt up front, along with dryness. As this warms grapefruit dominates, some lemony hops, honey malt & biscuitty malt. Finishes with slight boozeyness, more grapefruit & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, not a perfect mix of hops for me, but still a nice effort, a bit pricey a $10 a sixer IMO

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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 jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with white, light foam lacing and medium carbonation.

S - Has a pungent and dank citrus, grassy aroma, with a little bit of crackery malt in the background.

T - Just like the nose: Dank and pungent citric grass, light crackery malt underneath and finishes with a little caramelized nuance. There's an almost pete moss flavor left in the mouth after the sip.

M - Medium body and smooth.

D - Decent.

I enjoyed this but not sure I would have it again.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as a welcomed surprise at NB Bistro in Atlantic Beach. I enjoyed this one alot, I would get it again for sure. One of the better offerings from Terrapin I have had to date.

Golden copper in color with nice head and retention. Notable hop aromas and taste. Nice citrus flavors and some subtle caramel malt sweetness. Fuller bodied IPA. Far from dry.

More detailed notes pending my next time I get this brew.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright and clear, copper hue with a minimal head and some moderate lacing. The brightness, color and clarity of this beer is noteworthy.

S: Moderate hops and citrus. Hints of pine as well. Hops seems to dominate.

T: Bursting with pineapple and hoppy flavors. Some malt sweetness but not as notable of a malt background that I find in many great IPA's, but still fairly tasty nonetheless.

M: Better than average carbonation, but for such a hoppy beer, the mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desires. Hops are weak in the finish, the finish is abrupt and somewhat empty. One of the few IPA's I've had that did not have a lingering hops bitter finish.

D: A moderately sessionable IPA. While it doesn't have all the complete characteristics of a great IPA, it has better sessionable drinkability than those superior tasting IPAs.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a nice looking amber with...no head whatsoever. Now THATS a huge disappointment. It either had no head at all, or vanished way too quick. Theres about a quarter of head in the middle of the glass...and no lacing. Yuck yuck yuck. Body looks real nice though

S- getting a lot of grapefruit and pine. Pretty much standard for an IPA, with a good bit more of the fruitiness that I'm used to. Big improvement on the look.

T- hops are very sweet and fruity to start, and finish nice and piney. Aside from the grapefruit, I can't really pinpoint much of the fruit...citrus. Orange maybe? Not sure. Tastes damn good though.

M- its got that nice thickness you'd like from an IPA. Not too syrupy at all. Very nice.

D- pretty drinkable. Not overwhelming. The alcohol sneaks up on you though..watch it

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head that left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops with just a trace of malts. The taste is a great amount of crisp bitter citrus hops with just enough sweet malts to back them up. The beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonated smoothness. This is a very enjoyable IPA, one I'll have again and again!

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Photo of aesopsgato
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been an avid Terrapin supporter, in that I buy their beer nearly every time I hit the store, for quite a while now. Hope this one is better than some of their other year rounds, more like their delicious seasonals!

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass, this beer has a medium-density head that hangs out for a little bit before leaving minimal lacing. The color is orange copper, and if the head had hung around a bit longer the appearance would have been rated higher.

Upon first smell it reminds me of SNPA, hoppy but not unbalanced. Pine, a little citrus, very floral, this is certainly an IPA. Some malt leads me to believe this beer will be at least somewhat balanced.

This beer isn't an unbalanced mess like some of the pale ales I've tried recently, which is a relief. Its nice to have an IPA that has some semblance of maltiness. But don't get me wrong, this is pretty hoppy. The taste is also very floral in nature, with pine flavors definitely dominating the taste. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker, but its still pretty good, and in line with what an IPA should be.

Drinkability? Glad I got a sixer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

How many outfits does that wannabe-actor turtle own, anyway? This performance pours a clear tawny amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hoppy citrus and florals, backed by a rather sweet caramel. It's like an art deco IPA scent: yeah, it's pretty, but very diagrammatic as well. The taste holds some strong notes of citrus hops, along with a nice bitterness and a light toffee backbone, less sweet than one would figure from the smell. The body is a very light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, not a bad hoppy IPA at all.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious IPA with some sticky maltiness and juicy citrus notes- fairly typical of Terrapin's hop-forward beers.

The beer pours with the typical medium copper color, rustic haze, and well formed off-white head. The beer's head retention is very solid while leaving convencing rings of lacing behind. Definatley a formitable appearance.

Aromas of both bright citrus hops and pungent resiny ones work to form the complex hop profile. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with pine and grassy elements for a very variant nose. Not to be forgotten are the deep caramel malts that nearly rival the intensity of hops- taking on a Double IPA aroma.

Flavors also fall in line with the aromas. Caramel malts make much more of an impact in flavor than expected, but soon enough the hop flavor and bitterness grow to eventually dominate the beer. All of those citrusy and tropical flavors continue to grow thought the mid palate, but then they turn the corner and the more bitter pine and resiny bitterness gain control and drive the beer into a malty-dry and resiny bitter finish.

The beer takes on a heavier-than-usual body, starting out with a weighted creamy texture that diminishes greately but never really releases into complete dryness or lightness. A persistant sweetness lingers on the palate, lessening what's great about the style.

The intesity and complexity of hops are outstanding. It's those pesky malts that keep the beer form displaying the hop dominance that it deserves.

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Photo of beveritt
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label depicts a hooded turtle, holding a mash paddle and overlooking some hops locked in a pillory. Best if enjoyed by the 3rd week of October.

Appearance: Pours with just under 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin and incomplete coating of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is medium to light brown with a hint of ruby red. Hoppy enough that there is a slight haze. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong aromas of citrusy and florally hops. Notes of pineapple and granny smith apples. Some bubblegum esters.

Taste: Strong, smack you in the face hops upfront; reminiscent of grapefruit and pine. Solid backbone of semi-sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level with an amazingly thick and viscous body.

Drinkability: While hop bombs are not my favorite, this one is done extremely well. Spicy dry hopped flavors upfront meld into a well established malt backdrop.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got 2 bottles of this brew, 1 from kirkpjr and the 2nd from scottyshades. Thanks John and Scott!

12oz bottle served in a Terrapin pint glass.

L - not quite clear copper color with an off-white head that remained for the entire glass being fueled by constant carbonation bubbles rising. The head left a good amount of lacing behind as well.
S - piney hop bitterness on the nose.
T - sweet piney hop taste upfront turning bitter towards the dry, crisp finish.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - I'm going to enjoy the 2nd bottle just as much as I did the 1st.

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

Poured into bells tulip

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades down to a thin layer. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden orange. Has a nice glow to it.

Aroma: Some pine flavored hops with a citrus blend sticking out front. However, it has a fairly strong malt backbone. Very bready. Nothing too special.

Taste: Bready malts and grassy/pine hops. The citrus flavors are of pineapple and grapefruit. To much malt here, however.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a bit creamy from the malts. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry with lots of hops left over in the aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad ipa. It is super bitter. Has a lot of juicy hop resin going on. It is relatively drinkable and I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. Good lacing, but not much retention.

Smell: Strong floral hops with a note of sweet malts. I'd say this is the beer's strongest point.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, but they're not VERY bitter - just enough. There's a little bit of malt presence, but the aftertaste is a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a middling-light body, but again, the aftertaste is a little disappointing. It's kind of watery.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink and enjoy; I like it. It's not quite what I thought it would be: with a name like 'Hopsecutioner', I expected this to be a lot bolder. But overlooking that, it's extremely enjoyable and well worth getting.

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Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a brown 12oz bottle into my sam adams turbulator glass.
Producing just under an inch of frothy white head. Color is a darker golden with orange hues. Mildly hazey. Good color though and a dry hop haziness.
Thin legs of lace streak the glass.

Aroma is full of hops and malt. Malt is well pronounced too which is nice, creating balance. Caramel, sweet dough, and a wallop of citrus and pine are all coming froward, along with a mild amount of aspirin.

Taste is also well balanced with malt and hops. Sweet upfront, caramel, grain and plenty of hop kick. Citric rind upfront, followed by a larger dose of pine and bittering ensues through the finish lingering a bit.

Mouthfeel is slick with moderate carbonation.

This is another fine beer produced by Terrapin.

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Photo of jthahn
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Six pack

A - pretty standard for an IPA, orange-brown. very clear, so i marked is just above average. not much of a head from the pour so i couldn't go to a 4.

S - i hate to say it smells like hops, but thats about it really. maybe some light fruit smells, apple/peach.

T - this isn't an overly flavorful beer. but thats not to say its lacking either. if you enjoy bitter hops then you'll enjoy this beer, it just isn't more developed than that.

M - a little thin for my taste; i prefer the mouthfeel of nogne when it comes to IPAs so this is a bit thin.

D - you could easily session this IPA. i drank them on the beach, with dinner, after dinner (not all in one day mind you).

this beer isn't rewriting the book on IPAs, in fact its pretty by the book. but that isn't a bad thing. IPA lovers will likely find a spot for this beer in their fridge. in fact its one of the few IPAs i would drink on a hot day. and this is perfect for that, no wonder the brewery is in georgia.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TH pours an amber orange color with OK head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive in this IPA, showing orange citrus, cherry and some light sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA. Initially I got a fairly sweet malt flavor profile, but it wasn't overdone and it was balanced very nicely by some decent hoppy bitterness. Alcohol didn't strike me as very high in this beer (guess that's a relative impression), which enhances this beer's drinkaiblity and keeps the mouthfeel fairly light (though certainly this beer delivers plenty of flavor).

While nothing extraordinary, this was nevertheless an easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA. Nice beer...

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliant honey color, cloudy, with a sizable off white head which seems to stick around.

I get a wallop of hops in the nose, citrusy, with a hint of sweet caramel malts. smells sweet and fresh.

Taste is a perfect blend of malt and hops, neither one over powers the other. There is some spiciness to it, I think I might also be getting some flavors of a banana, maybe mango. something tropical.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, I could easily have a few of these and be well on my way. love the ABV on this one, perfect for an IPA and Terrapin does a good job of masking it in the balance of the taste.
Great beer here.

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Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by October, week 3, so this is pretty darn fresh. Pours a slightly hazed, tangerine tinted, light amber color with about an inch of ivory head. Keeps a pretty good lace and leaves a good amount of webbing on the sides.

Smell is grassy, with some tangy lemon and a bit of spice. Has a sort of funky cheese/armpit quality to it, as well. Not much malt sweetness at all, and the hops are strange.

Taste also starts off with the grassy, lemony hop flavors like the nose had. There is some funky, armpit hop flavor but it's very subtle, not like in the smell. As it warms up it becomes a bit sweeter and also more citrusy, however, both of which I enjoy. More grapefruit in particular flavor as it warms. There is a substantial hop bitterness to this beer, with some spicy and herbal hop flavor left over on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy, with a nice oily slickness to it. I wouldn't call it overly smooth with all the bitterness, with the finish being pretty sharp actually. I like it though.

This is a pretty good IPA, although it's not my favorite hop profile in the world. The strange hop aromas/flavors are sort of in the vein of Gubna, although nowhere near as strong. A nice bitter IPA though that hit the spot and satisfied my hopfix for the night.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin - Hopsecutioner IPA

Appearance: Light orange in color with a large soapy head. Chunks of lace.

Smell: Piney, citrusy. Bready malts in the background. Perfumey floral hops.

Taste: Sharp, biting hops. Earthy and resinous. Malt/ale yeast provide a subtle fruitiness that pokes through for a moment, then is dashed away by bitter grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel: Astringent hops add to a drying, bitter finish.

Drinkability: A pretty extreme hop bomb. Bitter, in your face. Still I found myself enjoying the experience.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from JohnQVegas... Anyone reading my reviews must think this guy is my neighbor with all the beer he gives me...
Reviewed from dictated notes during my "Clean out my cellar weekend."

Pours a deep copper with a 2 finger white head. Great looking beer. Nice lacing leaves rings with comets' tails leading down to the body of the brew. I'm holding this up to a light, and already I can smell the hops-- pine and grapefruit citrus jump out of the glass at me. The beer might be a little darker than I normally prefer, but still loos great.

The taste is slightly sweet at first, then it goes hoppy. Mostly pine with some earthy floral citrus. Nice bitterness present here. The hops smell very fresh-- clean and bright.

Mouthfeel is solid. Good oily coating after this medium body passes through. I could see drinking a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up via the single bottle in Totowa a few weeks back. Terrapin is still new to this neck of the woods and although the IPA is a pretty common style, I still wanted to give it a try. It wasn't the best of its kind that I've had, but this was a decent beer and good for the warmer weather that's descended upon this area...

The pour to this was alright - a bit of head over a light almond hue. The hops aren't as strong as I thought but they have a dry feel to them up front with an earthy and slightly metallic mouthfeel in the back. This isn't a heavy beer in terms of taste of volume and this was pretty easy to down for an IPA.

That being said, I was quite surprised to see how much alcohol was in this when I signed onto here. This felt like a session beer but now I know better - I could easily down a few in a sitting since this isn't terribly complex. This is an alright brew all around but with so many IPA's out there, this is only worth a try if you've never had it before.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent amber with an orange hue. A small white head slowly fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense hoppy herb and citrus with some notes of earthiness.
Taste is of the aromas with some vanilla cream pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, and herbal.

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