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

Pretty, pretty color. Could stand to have more head and lacing as far as the style goes but it's a perfectly clear copper color.
Scent is seductive. Bright, hoppy character, and whenst warmed, offers bright fruity flavors. Can't quite pin down specific fruit at the moment but it's in the realm of nectarines, peaches and apricots.
Flavors are well within that realm. Enjoyable hop type things going on with a depth that reminds me of smoke and/or rich, fermented fruits. Clean flavors.
Happy to have this about. Quality ingredients and brewing. This doesn't quite make my top ten list of IPAs but that's a highly competitive list. Tasty times.

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Photo of StonyB
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's 11:59 pm. Death Row. The Governor hasn't called. Prepare to be hopsecuted...

Oh, we've heard about the Hopsecutioner. He's that 7.2% American IPA from those mad scientists, er, brewers, down in Athens. What do you expect from a city that gave us R.E.M. and The B-52's?

The door opens with a loud creak, and he strides in. Beneath his mask, we see the fluffy (yet menacing) head of foam that doesn't want to go away. The body is a deep brassy bronze, muscular, a little darker than usual for the style. Being a hopsecutioner can do that to a beer...

He closes in. That's not the smell of fear, but it is the smell of piny hops, with a little bit of citrus and floral ones thrown in for kicks. It's not quite the frontal assault one might expect, but is actually somewhat nuanced. Perhaps the hopsecutioner isn't quite what he seems...

Time for the kill shot. It's a tasty demise. A well-balanced combination of bitter pine, tangy citrus and sweet malt. Some hints of bubblegum and black pepper, maybe a touch of lemon. The hopsecutioner knows his job, and he does it well...

Drifting into the abyss, we hope that beervana exists, and that we're headed there for eternity. We also notice the crisp carbonation, the medium body, and the present but not overwhelming hop acidity. So this is what being hopsecuted feels like...

His work completed, the hopsecutioner exits, making his way toward his next victim. If death by beer is my fate, there are some other IPA's I may prefer to slay me. But the hopsecutioner can stand proudly as someone I'll invite over again. He may not be all smiles, but he's good company, in his own way...

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

12 ouncer from a six pack purchased at Capones outside of Philly. "Best if enjoyed by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours lighter amber, with a subtle light golden orange hue. Leaves fine scattered lacing on the glass. The head is tight and solid, with retentive powers in evidence. Light fruity sweet, and mildly hoppy nose. More tropical fruit infused hops picked up, nice flowery and r. Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA. Picking up further notes of biscuity malts, some quite drying graininess late. I like. Solid AIPA. Robust and heady sessioner

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Photo of Lukafer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber with a couple of fingers worth of head. Smell slight citrus hops. Tastes hoppy but balanced, very delicious. Good carbonation, but seems a bit thin. Very drinkable beer, not overly hoppy or bitter for this style, but balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer! Pours a clear yellowish amber color with a nice size delicate white head with lots of tiny bubbles - like a Belgian. Good ladder-like lacing and decent head retention. Smell is disappointing for an IPA, some hops bitterness but mostly grassiness like a lager.

Taste is fairly average. Nice balance between hoppiness and malt but nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel is richn enough for an IPA and fairly crisp.

Drinkability is average/slightly better than average. Definitely some flavor here, nicely balanced but not enough to warrant downing a lot of this 7.2% beer

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: This pours a semi-clear beautiful amber with a big white head that fades and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of tons of awesome citrusy/tropical fruit hops. The fruity aromas are mango and apricot...excellent. One of the better smelling regular IPAs I've had in a while.

T: The taste is a big blast of citrusy/fruity hops and a slight bitterness on the finish. I'm deducting 1/2 a point because it loses a bit of the flavor you'd expect from the nose. Still very balanced and tons of flavor...great stuff.

M: The feel is creamy and oily with alot of nice carbonation. Coats the mouth in hop flavor and lets the finish last for a good amount of time.

D: I would buy this all the time for my hoppy beer fix. The ABV is slightly higher than most IPAs but I would drink a few of these at a time.

This is how I like my IPAs...balanced and yet super flavorful. I can't believe this one is not higher on the hype list. I so wish Terrapin would distribute to TX.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amazing name and label: Terrapin's turtle mascot in executioner hood, brandishing a sparging racket in place of an axe, looking menacingly on as hop buds await their death in the guillotine. Nice!

Burnt orange in color, with an inch-thick head that ends up as a skim-and-crown rather quickly.

Hops are primarily fruity, citrus and otherwise. They dominate the nose, and somehow remind me of various Magic Hat beers. Hmm.

Good balance of citrus fruit and grassy bitterness on the tongue. Malt seems on the weak side, yielding entirely to the hops, although it's not an unforgiving tongue-wrecker either. There's a resinous quality that's nice, and a lavender element too, so you get to taste hops from a few different angles here. Slight fruity sourness dominates the finish. A bit dry.

A little over-fizzy in the mouth, and even kind of thin. Not a lot of presence, texturally, probably the biggest failing of this beer.

Although the label and the name of this beer totally rule, this is one of those fantastic "hop+" puns that goes a little overboard in name but not flavor (like the even more misleading Hop-Ocalypse). Still, it's a very tasty little IPA that quenches and satisfies, and I can see drinking this one often if I had it available to me regularly.

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Photo of pvsob
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, best by fourth week of December

Pours a light brown color with a half inch head that fades fast and leaves some lacing.

Aromas consist of citrus, pine, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and malt.

The tasting experience is not as exciting as the aroma would lead you to believe. Flat malt flavors that give way to a standard level of bitterness in the middle/finish. Watery feel and very little carbonation add to the lackluster drinking experience.

In a craft market that is choked with IPAs, I don't see myself reaching for this one ever again. There's better ones out there. Cheers.

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

A- Clear, glowing amber with not much in the way of retention. There still is a sticky film that leaves tons of lacing thought.

S- The best part of this beer. Very floral, citrusy and hop forward. It is backed by a little bit of toasty, cracker like malts. There is lots of orange, lemon, lime, and pineapple.

T- Really hop forward, but the malt bill is still robust. The hops are quite bitter and astringent. It approaches medicinal at times but stays pretty tasty.

M- Thin body, watery at times. The carbonation is low, but very sharp. This beer is very very dry.

D- I think this ABV is getting high for a regular IPA. It makes it a little less sessionable. I dont want to get tipsy from two IPAs. That said, the alcohol is well hidden here and this is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two cold ones into a Dortmunder Boot glass.

Pour - slightly cloudy golden brown with one finger of lacy head. Very smooth head, creamy with tiny bubbles. Very creamy, but quick. Appears to be heavily carbonated.

Nose - floral, hoppy and citrusy. Weak notes of lavender and moss.

Taste - light malt flavoring with a citrusy sweetness. Very bitter hops with a clean, dry finish. Herbal notes are savory - like parsley. Birp is solid hopps.

Mouthfeel - medium-heavy carbonation gives a strong bite but is complementary to hoppy bitterness. Kind of chunky on the way down.

Drinkability - while smoothness leaves something to be desired, this is a well balanced IPA (definitely an east coast style) and has a real nice flavor. I could do a case of these.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Terrapin thanks to kkipple.

A: Rises a huge 3+ finger head in my Chouffe tulip glass. The fluffy head fades very slowly, maybe too slowly as I have to wait for it to bide down so I can pour the rest of the beer, and more importantly drink it! It's a clear amber nectar orange color. The head leaves a fluffy Belgian-esque foamy lacing on the glass.

T: Mmm, nice hops and slight malt base. It almost has a Belgian malt aroma with touch of yeast. More importantly is the earthy chewy hop aroma with a slight fresh dry hopped aroma. A slight pine and citrus addition.

T: A slightly less fresh IPA taste, perhaps not as fresh as it could be. The date tells me to enjoy by the first week of July, no year, but perhaps the hops are supposed to taste like that. A nice bitterness with some juicy and fruity hops, slight pine, chewy hops, and a hop taste that tastes slightly dulled. Then is some more malty flavors. A nice malt base with some slight sweet malt flavors. A slight bitter orange peel and citrus hops. Not very hoppy or bitter overall. More like a pale ale than IPA.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: A nice bitterness rises and slowly fades. It builds pretty well, and with that comes some dryness. A very slight malty presence on the finish. Some lingering orange peel, citrus, a little pine, and some chewy earthy hop tastes. WIth all that is a slight lingering creaminess.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3rd week of September marked on bottle

Pours clear orange with a wisp of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with some earthy undertones.

Surprisingly full bodied, the malt base rounds out the hops nicely. Speaking of which, there is a great grassy/straw hop flavor that really shines. I wasn't expecting such a full bodied and balanced beer after the pour and lack of head. The hops are very prevalent, but this beer is still very drinkable, and the alcohol is well masked.

This is a very solid IPA. A pleasant surprise - I just picked this up randomly from the store. I'd get this again for sure.

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

Okay, new review of a fresh growler.

A: Clear deep orange/amber color with a noticeable red tint in the growler. Small off-white head with light to moderate lacing.

S: Mild pine, heavy citrus, and mild spice aroma.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Slightly rough up-front and fades to a heavy oily tongue feel that finishes very dry. Piney bitter hops hit up front with some citrus and floral tastes.

Definitely better than the bottle I reviewed way back when, but I have found that the IPA's are always better FRESH! It is fairly well-balanced with malts and hops in the fresh state, but still the flavor isn't anything special.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a clear amber orange like color. Lacing on pint but minimal head. Nicely carbonated.

S- Robust grapefruit hops. Pine and resin complement the huge grapefruit presence. Nicely done.

T- Taste mimics the flavor. Hops are very nice and really go well together.

M- hoppy and thin. A nice feel of the IPA.

D- goes down with ease but the aftertaste is a lil skunky. Good beer nonetheless though.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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