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 Morey
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Ipa pours a hazy rusty copper color with reddish hues that are noticable when it's held up to the light. Nice cream colored head with good stick.

Smell is a nice mix of hops and grains. Somewhat mild, but nice.

Taste similar to some of Terrapin's other offerings. I swear that I can almost detect some rye in this as well. Hops are bitey, but not bitter with the malts and grains coming through nicely as well. There is a slight metallic taste on the back end which brings down the score a bit for me.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I could easily have a few of these as far as drinkability goes.

Morey's Bottom Line: A solid Ipa, although it's not top notch in my opinion. Would buy again, but more of a once in a while beer for me.

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

A: Poured a bright orange with a good clarity and a linen white frothy head that was a finger or two high. Retention was good, as well the lacing leaving a stick film coating. Carbonation was light with only a handful straggling bubbles making their way upward.

S: The nose was standard issue, nothing to exciting here, with the usual show of citrus and dried orange skins. The strength was moderate with some fresh sticky pine notes coming in on the finish. Again, standard issue, no surprises, no disappointments but nothing that really stuck out. Decent but maybe predictable and lacked any strong incentive.

T: Things start out with sweet caramelized grains with a good strong showing of citrus and flowery grapefruit notes. The hops get progressively stronger on the finish ending with dry pine and a warm flowery grapefruit hopping.Not overly aggressive nor intense but packs just enough of a punch to make you aware of its intentions leaving you tongue coated with a pollen like coating of citrus.

M: The mouthful was light bodied but lacked a crisp carbonation bite. A dry hoppy fade ensures on the swallow.

D: A decent drinking ipa that doesn't have much to hide. In the end a standard issue per style but does warrant good regards and makes for a decent sesson ipa. Fairly solid drinkability wise worthy of repeat.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold body w/ frothy head that died quickly but left some lace. A decent smell of piney, citric hops and a hint of malt. It is an easy to drink IPA w/ a decent citric hoppiness and some sweet malts but the malts are even w/ the hops and I can't really pick them out. Has an alright dry finish but is rather weak if to be considered an IPA. An enjoyable beer but wouldn't get it if looking for a hop fix.

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

Bottle date: Enjoy by 3rd week of 10th month (presumably 2010)

Pours a bright coppery amber with an off white head quickly becoming moon pocked by large bubbles leaving loads of sticky lacing as it falls.

The aroma has a good scent of resiny citrus hops amid a mild malt background, perhaps not quite as strong an aroma as I might want.

The flavor is all about the hops, big bold pine resin, bitter grapefruit and juicy ripe oranges all upfront and personal. Anything lacking in the aroma is made up here. Hops and bitterness prevail with just enough biscuity lightly toasted malts to keep them on a not so short leash.

Mouthfeel seems firmly medium, smooth and well carbonated, perfect IPA territory.

Hopsecutioner is a very good IPA, hoppy, nicely bitter but not overwhelmingly so and very drinkable especially as it warms a bit at point I tend to start wanting to take bigger and bigger swallows!

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled dated best before the first week of november poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear orangy yellow with a thick off white head.

Smell is a big sweet, citrusy and biscuit.

Taste is a nice, sharp, bitter, and biscuity bread with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is right on, and this is a very drinkable beer.

This beer was better than I expected.

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Photo of klikger
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Medium dark amber; no head or lacing to speak of

S - Not too much smell for me...a little orange and some malt

T - Wheat bread, green grapes, and a decent amount of heat for a 7% brew. Very grainy & malty, but not sweet. The hops balance the malts to a certain extent, but, sorry to say, they don't come within miles of living up to the name of the beer. This needs to be far more bitter if you're going to call it that. Seriously.

M - Medium thickness and slightly chewy for an IPA. If I were fonder of what I was chewing, this could be a good thing.

D - It wouldn't be difficult to drink two or three due to any specific taste component -- the taste in general keeps me from wanting another.

Not that this was particular hyped up for me, but I'm disappointed. Terrapin makes some good beer, but this isn't my favorite.

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Photo of semibaked
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a Orangish/Brown with about 2 inches of bright white head, no much lacing either.

S - Hops are upfront, but I get alot of malt and even some rye. Not a typical IPA smell.

T - A nice combination of hops, some spices, and a little rye. This has a lot of depth to it.

M - Light bodied and good carbonation.

D - Has some good complexity and not your typical IPA, definitely recommended and easy drinking.

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Photo of jmhart
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

A- Pours bright amber in color with a slight haze. Has a moderate head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S- Citrus hops hit first with some earthy notes underneath. There are some hints of other fruits like peaches and apricots. Smell is a nice balance of bitter and sweet notes.

T- Full flavored hops, well rounded, with hints of grapefruit and some tropical fruits. After the initial sweet hop flavors, some bitter notes express themselves that cut through the sweetness and make way for malt to express itself. Very Very balanced flavors. The flavors are nice and balanced, but not as expressive as I would have liked.

M: Medium bodied with a nice chewiness, leaves an oily coating. Moderately carbonated, but with little to no bite.

D: Easy drinking...if you like hops. I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again to get my hops fix.

Overall, this is a good beer. I've had better American IPAs, but it tastes good and I like to buy local, so I'll buy it again. The flavors weren't as expressive as I would have preferred

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Photo of pwoods
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for the beer :)

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light amber... almost peachy. Decent sized head on the pour with only a little retention but decent lacing.

S: Smells more like English style hops... grassy, floral. Malts come in to balance things a bit too much.

T/M: Bitterness is on the lower side for an IPA, almost APA. Hops, again, are more floral and grassy than citrusy and piney. Malts, again, come in too strong and wipe pretty much all of the bitterness. Lightly cereal with a bit of light caramel. Body is medium with good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but boring for an IPA and over 7% hurts drinkability.

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

Thanks to the one and only beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a golden orange that is relatively clear but with a small amount of haze to it. A finger worth of head that is slow to recede and leaves some lacing and a little head around the edges.

S- A nice bit of citrus hops to go along with a good malt presence and a little bit of grapefruit. There is a small amount of sweetness and a tad bit of yeast.

T- This is one balanced IPA. A mellow blend of citrus hops and sweet malt. A sweet caramel lingers on the tongue.

M- Medium bodied that is pretty crisp and with good carbonation without the hop bite from some other IPA's.

D- The overall balance and lack of in your face hop bite makes this beer really drinkable. You can tell this is an east coast IPA because of the big malt presence and balance.

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Photo of Hoops4life511
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass on 5/23/10, best enjoyed by September Week 3 punched into the label.

Appearance: Pours light copper to amber with great clarity. Constant up-flow of carbonation leading to a persistent half inch creamy off-white head. Pretty impressive lacing to begin the session, ends with the occasional sticky patch.

Smell: Big hop aroma right away, citrus and grass with a hint of pineapple. Very pleasant and what I expect from an IPA.

Taste: Similar to the nose, hops right up front. Light flavor, not overbearing bitter. Citrus and pine with an earthy finish. Sessionable and a good candidate for a beer to introduce to non craft drinkers, but not as bold as I would have expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation as apparent from the look. Medium to thin body with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic drinkability. It would be no problem to put a few of these back. Alcohol is all but non existant, which could be dangerous with how easy these go down.

Overall, good but not fantastic. Light flavor that isn't as hop forward as I would have hoped. Is one I will have again, great value, but not the most impressive.

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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkipple for this one. Always glad to try out a Terrapin.

Hopsecutioner pours a light copper color. It's fairly clear, and looks slightly orange with light behind it. It's topped with an off-white head that's about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly and leaves a light, sticky lacing in its wake.

The nose is alright, but isn't great. It smells pretty well balanced. There's a nice fruity scent from the hops up front. It's mostly orange and pineapple. There's a malty presence, as well. It smells like a mix of toasted and caramel malts. Not bad, but not my favorite thing either. Overall, it does smell balanced. Alcohol is masked well and isn't noticeable.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not by much. Not enough to warrant a score bump. Hops are apparent from the first sip and have a fruity flavor. Orange and pineapple are the strongest. The hop flavor is nice, but there's not much bitterness. I suspect that's countered by the mix of toasted and caramel malts. Overall, it is balanced. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes a little malty and fruity.

Hopsecutioner has a medium body that is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. Drinkability is good. The flavor's pretty good and it goes down relatively easy. It's not my ideal for an IPA, but I'm in for a bottle or two.

I'm always excited to try new to me beer from Terrapin Brewing. Hopsecutioner's a pretty IPA, but it's a little too balanced for my personal preference. I like it alright, but I do believe it needs more hops and less balance. That recipe would be right up my alley. Just sayin'. If you're into balanced, well-mannered IPAs, then this one might just be for you. It's definitely worth checking out...whatever your preference may be.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

It pours a slightly haz orange red with about an inch of foam.

The smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit and pine, some grass as well, a faint hint of malt. Big hoppy nose that says drink me.

The taste reflects the hop character of the nose nicely. Bitter but done less brashly than some IPAs I've tried so the results please me. And the not big but definitely there taste of some malt, yeah in the background, helps. Good stuff.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation fits this well.

Drinkability? It goes down pretty darn quick. Excellent quaffability.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mntlover. Pours a hazy amber hued body with a small offwhite head. Good retention and plenty of scattered lace around the glass. Aroma features citrusy grapefruit with pine and grassy hops. Just a hint of toasty caramel underneath. Medium body with lively carbonation. Taste is deinitely of an IPA. Assertive bitterness has some pungent grapefruit, pine, and an earthy grassiness. Barely a hint of caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and earthy. A solid IPA, but I would prefer something with just a hint more sweetness, like a Sweetwater IPA from the same state.

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

Clear reddish/amber in color with almost no head and what little head there was fell very quickly.

Lots of American hops in the nose, citrus, pineapple and mango notes being the most pronounced. There is a very slight malt backbone to provide some balance but not too much.

Taste is similar to the smell with a lot of rich American hops. Citrus, pine and fresh fruit dominate. There is a little more malt flavor but not really a lot. The bitterness is smooth.

Medium body with lower carbonation, which I really like. The carbonation is made up of thinner bubbles too.

Overall this is a decent IPA. I really like the color of it and the citrus dominant taste. A little harsher bitterness would not hurt but it's good the way it is as well.

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Photo of n00tz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber Orange body, thin white head, and a perfectly distributed wave of carbonation.

S - Wonderfully appropriate piney hops, without anything else to compete with.

T - Pine hops take the lead followed by a sweet woody flavor that I can't really pin to anything in particular. Slight citrus and spice hops can be detected after it sits on my palate for a bit.

M - Medium-light body without the stickiness of most piney IPAs, very well done in my opinion.

D - Is this offered year-round? I've only seen it in the 12-pack sampler locally, but if I can find it again I'd be curious to compare it side by side, one after another against Sweetwater's IPA. This is a very close contender for my favorite craft IPA.

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

Appearance: Pours a delicious looking amber with an orange hue. Has a thick creamy biege-ish head that sticks around for a good while and leaves thick rings of lacing. Like a spiral staircase in some sick twisted Italian horror film.

Smell: A piney hop aroma quickly followed by a grapefuit/citrus 1-2 punch. Senses are engulfed by a truly beautiful smelling brew.

Taste: Hop bite is a plenty with a smooth citrus taste lead by grapefruit and orange. A nice blend of flavors akin to that of a Two-Hearted or 90-Minute with a true onslaught of hops. Terrapin used 6 different types of hops and it really shows.

Mouthfeel: The piney taste provided a bit of discomfort after awhile, but this is a truly great tasting beer. Medium body with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: One trait I truly love about the Terrapin Brewery is that they really know the hop amounts appropriate for each style incredibly well. With that being said, I would have to say this is the year-rounder I'm gonna be reaching for more than their other brews. Delicious, well-rounded but could be difficult to finish a 6 pack. Leave some in the fridge for tomorrow, it'll be alright.

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Photo of Thur123
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deeper richer orange than some IPAs, a little browner if you will. The head was one small finger in height and didn't stick around long. The smell is a bitter herbal hop nose with a slight citrus edge over a robust malt smell. The malt smell liked toasted bread and grains, not really getting any caramel or toffee.

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This is a balanced IPA for sure and the hop taste is a bit more complex in as much that the hops are not as one sided as in the nose. Sweet and floral mix nicely to deliver both hop sweetness AND bitterness. The malt comes at you with different flavors ranging from grainy, to grassy, and also with a sharp kind of rye spice. Overall not an in your face IPA but definitely a well made and interesting blend of flavors.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent amber/gold color with a big, rocky, and creamy looking head. Retention is pretty good, lots of foam sticks to the pint glass. From the pour, I can see that this brew will have a good deal of carbonation.

S: Very excellent nose on this...Lots of tropical fruit- pineapple, mango, also citrusy with orange and grapefruit. Malts give off some caramel and a slight breadiness.

T: The flavor is pretty one dimensional, which is quite a letdown considering how great the nose is. You still get some pineapple, orange, and grapefruit, but the flavor is general is a little bland. There is only a mild lingering bitterness. This beer may be too balanced...the malts are bready/biscuity and add some light caramel and toffee to the flavor. There is a touch of sweetness to balance the bitterness. Definitely enjoyable, but nothing amazing.

MF/D: Lighter in body, carbonation is a little prickly but still OK. The finish is lingering bitter pineapple. Alcohol is pretty well hidden throughout, giving that warming feeling in the chest.

Notes: Pretty good beer, although the flavor is a little bland. Easy to drink, alcohol is well concealed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing dark translucent amber with a nice fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, somewhat evergreen, and just a little fruity. Nice hoppy flavor is only slightly bitter and has hints of grapefruit and just a touch of sweetness. Smooth, fairly fizzy texture leaves a nice tingle behind.

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Photo of thain709
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A darker shade of amber with some clarity...a thin white head formed and quickly faded away to a tiny ring...some lacing

s - The hops were apparent...pine and citrus varieties...a dose of sweet, caramel malts as well

T - There wasn't anything special in the flavor...it was pretty standard...the hops started off sweet and citrusy...some orange and grapefruit...the hop sweetness carried over to the malt sweetness where a nice does of caramel become evident...the hops, however, did make a nice, bitter ending to the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a nice bitter finish

D - I guess I was expecting more from all the hype this one was bringing but then again their "hoppy beers" (Rye Squared and Pale Ale) haven't wowed me much...a decent IPA that I'd drink if it was laying around

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Photo of Gooball201
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pin is an up and coming brewery in my area in terms of distribution. This IPA was a great selection for a picnic. The subtle sweetness offset the Hoppiness perfectly. Will definitely be buying more for the Summer months ahead. The only problem (if you don't like high ABV) is the over 7.0 ABV.

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Photo of Jbonzee
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy! Tastes like a bag of earth farts. Weak after taste that dissapates but the initial taste is awesome, green, fresh, a bit sweet yet not wet, with a werthers origin--no werthers chocola--werthers original dropped in the bottom for malts. Good beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best enjoyed by Week 4 of June.

Appearance: Deep orange body, sort of clear with huge, frothy head (3 fingers easy) that sticks around for a while and leaves it's trace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Orange, tangerine, damp hops with grassy overtones. Not bitter at all but rather has a fruit-like sweetness.

Taste: Well, bitterness is present. Big grapefruit taste with some tangerine tucked away in there. Hops have faded a bit but it's still good. Has an overripe taste a little with a certain dryness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with average carbonation but something about it doesn't make it entirely comfortable though it's not unpleasant. Quite astringent in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinkable and ABV not immediately perceptible. I would have it again though maybe a little fresher.

Overall: A good IPA with some strong points (aroma & looks mostly) and a taste that keeps me engaged. I'd pick it up.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into standard pint. The appearance of this brew was a pale orange with a white two-finger head that lingered. This brew also had very nice lacing throughout. The aroma was dominated by hops but not overpowering. The flavor was pretty hoppy (as you would expect) with a slight malty note with a crisp hop finish. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, this brew is hard to beat for the price and it's availability (around here that is). It also has just the right amount of hoppiness to satisfy a hop-head but not too overpowering to scare off newcomers to this style of beer. This is my personal favorite from this brewery.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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