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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 womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a lightly cloudy copper color with a minimal white head, leaving some nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost honey-like with some sweet citrus and floral hops and a hint of pine.

T: The flavor is adequately bitter, but not overpowering. There is a bit of sweetness to the beer that seems to be a mix of citrus, mango, and caramel. This is counterbalanced with a bit of pine on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: Not the most amazing IPA out there, but certainly serviceable. The flavors were better than the nose, which I generally find to be a good thing, but this wasn't quite the "hop bomb" that I'm used to.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another promisingly hopped up ale from our friends to the south. It pours a slightly cloudy orange, clover honey-color. The head gleams off white with a somewhat frothy consistency but recedes quickly with some persistent wisps of lace.

Not an enormous citrus bomb in the nose as I expected. In fact I might say it's rather restricted but still pleasurable with a spicy and floral hop nose and some metallic character. Some sweet and dusty malt is in there as well.

The hops hit you big time up front but mostly spicy/floral with some mild, abbreviated citrus tones scattered about. In my opinions its nice to drink, now and then, a hopped up, American style IPA that doesn't focus entirely on creating a purely citrusy hop experience. Plenty of caramel/bready malt backbone is present to provide some real balance. Honey sweetness floats around in the middle and fades to a formidable, lasting bitterness. The considerable ABV is hidden well. Exceptional from beginning to end.

Medium bodied but maintaining a crisp lightness. Effervescent carbonation holds is character through to the swallow and leaves a pleasurable and bitter dryness on the palate.

Dangerously drinkable. I often find that hoppy brews with this variety of hop character(balanced and not all citrus) take longer to deaden my palate and therefore takes longer for me to grow tired of them. A personal preference I suppose but certainly notable. This is one I would buy a case of.

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Photo of haddon
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Flying Saucer... served a rusty red that was a bit cloudy in color. not much of a head that dissipated quickly

classic smells for IPA... pine, earthy & citrus that was heavy on the orange side

at first, tastes like it smells... hops, pine & citrus. in the middle there seems to be a nice sweet taste of lemons & sugar before the bitter finish hits. very crisp and refreshing

medium body with good amount of carbonation.

really enjoyed this beer. there was a unique sweetness between the hoppy beginning and bitter ending.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance: Beautiful crimson reddish brown body that is crystal clear. Big fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. Retention is also pretty good.

Smell: Smells unbelievably hoppy. Great citrus lemony aromas followed with semi sweet pine and a touch of honey on the back end. Smells very hoppy and promising.

Taste: Meh, I really was expecting a big bold aperican IPA from this. From the aroma and appearance i really was thinking this was on the border of and "extra" ipa. Very light and the flavor rolls off the tongue and dissapears. There is a very small lingering hop bitterness on the back end. Initially the beer starts off malty and bready, and then goes into a bitter off balanced hoppiness and then everything falls flat and dissapears. Not solid at all. 7.2% abv is hidden extrememly well, so well that I would say this is more like a session beer and would have guess around 5%, almost like levitation.

Mouthfeel: Extrememly watery and disjointed. Starts off intense and finishes waterlike.

Drinkability: Summer BBQ beer for sure. too bad the ABV is 7.2% because for that much alcohol i wish there was more flavor. Easy drinking but obviously not a session beer by abv standards.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Clear copper pour. Finger of white foam quickly fades, and deposits some nice sheets of lacing.

Nice, hoppy aroma. Big citric hops and sweet malts. Also some resin. Very enticing nose.

Lightly sweet up front, then empty bitterness. It doesn't taste like the hops actually contribute any flavor; just bitterness. Reminds me of Sweetwater 420 in that the nose promises this great citric hop character, but it just never really materializes in the flavor.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Simple drinker. Not great, but a solid, crisp IPA.

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

Poured into a pint glass at The Mellow Mushroom in Savannah.

Appearance: I like the hazy orange color to this, almost orange juice-esque, with a slightly foamy white head at the top, due to the generous pour from the bartender.

Smell: A lot of good citrus sweetness here, with some honey and flowers, backed by some balancing pungent earthiness and citrus rind bitterness.

Taste: Good initial flowery sweetness, some nice balanced sourness, honey, caramel malts, and a nice finish of bitterness that works well with the honey and flowered sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, with good crispness and carbonation on the back end.

Drinkability: An all-around solid IPA that I'd certainly try again. Not your average IPA, but I like it a lot and would try it again in the future.

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

Pours a lightly hazy pale orange color with a nice two finger off white head that falls fairly quick to a cap. Leaves some decent lace down my pint.

Aroma is hops pine forest mingled with citrus on sweet malt backbone, decent enough but not not losing my head over it as label states.

Taste is hops pretty much front and center with some light malt sweetness trying to sneak thru. Pine notes with grapefruit like bitterness through out. Defiantly an IPA lingering bitterness and all its pretty good wouldn't bump it into my regular IPA rotation though.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation to bring the hops out to play.

Drinkability is good enjoyable enough not quite up to par with the better IPA's in my opinion but defiantly worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange beer - it promises a blast of hops, but it delivers a musty, earthy taste that actually tends to emphasize the malt far more than is probably appropriate for an IPA. If anything, this beer reminds me of Fat Tire from New Belgium, which is a malty brown ale.

Pours a dirty amber with a slight head that falls away fairly quickly leaving little lacing. The aroma is earth and a bit sour. The hops are evident, but it is hard to determine what they are - along with the earthiness comes a sharply overripe flower smell. The flavor is musty and earthy, with a toasted malt bite and an overripe floral, citrusy hop taste. There is a sharp lemony bitterness at the end, though it falls away to a fairly sour finish. The mouthfeel is slick and a little prickly.

I am not so sure I am on board with this beer.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber with a decent foamy white head, setlles to leave some spotty lacing

S- mostly pine and floral hops, very little citrus characteristic. good sweet caramel malty backbone pushes through.

T- a little weak on the hops for something advertisd a "something for a hophead to lose their headover" same piny-floral hops chracteristic but alot more malt than i expected for this beer.

M/D- mouthfeel is somewhat thin for something of this abv. good carbonation for this style and very drinkable. i would like to see some more hops push though in the flavor though, a little lacking there.

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Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these with my latest trade with ncvbc. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz pub glass. Nice frothy white head, thick texture that sticks to the walls of the glass. Body color is a dark coppery amber with good clarity. Great carbonation activity, very steady and vibrant streamers.

This is has a great hoppy aroma, which was obvious as soon as the crown was cracked. It's very green and a little sweet. The pale malts seem to be boosting the hop aroma. Taste is also a hop-head's delight.

Mouthful is super clean and crisp, very smooth drinker. I would love to get a six pack for an evening of drinking.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a see-through amber with a 1 finger foamy white head, leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Piny and flowery with a touch of freshly mown grass. Not too over powering but there's also a hint of a malty background.

Taste: Pine needles with a nice flowery hop finish. Just malty enough to balance the subtle bitter background. Very nicely balanced. Makes good of use a number of hops, especially the earthy ones.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean, not quite as dry as a 50+ ibu west coast IPA but still reasonably dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA, the balance of this brew makes it very appealing.

Notes: Great beer, doesn't overdo anything and keeps it drinkable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: 2 fingers lumpy, fluffy head that peaks over the rim of the glass. Clear amber body, just a few streams of bubbles. Swaths of lacing.

Smell is nice, crisp, grapefruity hops, both sweet & acidic, refreshing. Touch of pine resin & a very faint nuttiness, like peanut oil.

Taste is brief citric sweetness by bitterness & more bitterness, brought up in the rear by flavors reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer -- lemonade + iced tea. Surprisingly balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is biting & dry but with a creamy, frothy undertone.

Good overall. Not a blast of hop bitterness. I'd have another one but probably cut off after that.

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

Received in trade from urwithdave. 12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Clear copper body with about an inch of creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S - Orange zest, grapefruit, and pine hop aromas with a hint of malt in the background.

T - Greater malt flavor than the nose would seem to indicate, with caramel sweetness. Flavors of ripe pineapple and candied orange peel give way to a piney hop attack and a very crisp bitterness. The finish is hop-focused, with bitterness lingering on the tongue. A well-made, if not particularly distinctive, IPA.

M - Medium body, perfect level of carbonation.

D - Worth trying. If this were available in my area I would probably drink it from time to time.

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

poured into Duvel Tulip.

A: pours clear amber with a short lasting off white finger thick head.
S: hop aroma spreads through the room. strong pine and citrus, with a light sweetness.
T: pine citrus and great hop bitterness upfront, with malt sweetness on the back-end, then strong bitterness again on the aftertaste.
M: thicker than expected, partially due to the slight lack of carbonation. reminds me of a lightly carbonated firkin
D: drinks smooth and easy due to lack of carbonation.

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Photo of betterbgood
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my friend brought me a six back back from alanta GA.

i poured the a bottle in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass which gave off a bronze gold color with an inch and a half white head, a nice slow pour.

the smell has it citrus scent

the taste is light and not that deep compared to commodore perry IPA which is one of my favorites

is bitter and light, i seems like this IPA has the most water out of any IPA i ever tasted. this beer is on the hoppy side which explains its name. not a lot of malt to balance it out.

very smooth though, no sweetness detected which i like a little in an IPA

the drinkability is about two to be safe if your driving. cheers!

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

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some maltyness, nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA.

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Photo of ATPete
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Welcome to New Jersey.

Pours a transparent orange brown color, good glow, and a small off white head that leaves some sticking. Good balanced nose, all the aromatics are pleasant, spicy and herbal with some pine and a grapefruit ester. Very well balanced to the tongue as well, caramel malt sweetness pushes its heavy handed bitterness aside initially until mid palate where the hops make their strong return. A bitterness rests on the tongue long after the quaff, a mild wave of alcohol dries and rounds out the sip. Im nowhere near blown away but this is a very well made, well balanced (extra)IPA and at 8.99 a 6pk its a no brainer for the hophead and right now, you know its fresh.

Reviewed to "Sounds of Decay" by Katatonia

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Photo of jcnd9803
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for this extra!

A: Honey-golden with 1/2-finger off-white head with some nice stickiness.

S: Wow, I can't believe this is just an IPA. A slap in the face of citrus and spicy hops aromas.

T: Major grapefruit tartness followed by spicy and piney hops. Not much malt.

M: Smooth and coating. Medium bodied.

D: This was delicious. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was tremendous.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a nice clear orange/amber color with lots of carbination bubbles. Nice off white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a fair amount of sticky lacing.

The nose is sweet and fruity with a tinge of alcohol. Quite a bit sweeter than your typical IPA. There is a little bit of subdued malty aromas lurking in the background

The taste is terrific; lots of hops, citrus and piney flavors. Interestingly there is quite a bit of malt presence, much more so than in the nose. A nice alcohol burn, especially as the beer warms. Very nice, and well balanced. Medium bodied and well carbinated. Finishes dry and leaves a sticky coating behind.

Very nice, I really enjoyed this beer, Terrapin is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Their core beers are very nice and well crafted, and their side project beers offer lots of variety and show that there is no lack of creativity.

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Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So the rumors are true and Terrapin hit NJ today. I like to think that I am the first person to buy a terrapin product sold in NJ.

A: Nice amber color that is nice and clear with quite a bit of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The head itself was pretty fluffy, but it wasnt the tightly packed bubbles I am accumstomed to. Retention is pretty good as is sits at about a quarter inch thick but there is no lacing to speak of

S: Definitely an english style IPA as the hops are very clean and herbal smelling. Some floral notes as well. There is also quite a bit of caramel and toffee notes present as well

T: Very much like the smell. It starts out with a balanced out caramel sweetness and a floral hop note. It finishes light, but lacks pine and citrus which I would have liked

M: Very clean tasting, with a nice full body flavor, a bit more lingering hops would have been nice, but very nice overall

D: I dont know if i would call this an American IPA, as i feel american IPAs are much more citrus and pine based, this reminded me more of the english style. It was very enjoyable overall and I am happy to have terrapin in NJ

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

Thanks to Maltzilla for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into a Terrapin pint glass.

A- Golden to orange with an eggshell-colored 2-finger head.

S- A lot sweeter than I expected. The biscuity, caramel-like malts seem to dominate the aroma as opposed to hops (which is what one expects from a beer with a name like "Hopsecutioner.") I get some floral hop bitterness, but not much.

T- Not really very sweet (as nose led on) and not really very hoppy. Tastes a little watered down almost. The bottle says best before the 2nd week in July, which I wouldnt trust, but that's also still 4 months away. Slight lemon-cleaner-like bitterness, but nothing worthy of the name.

MF- A little thin and no stickiness or hop oil slickness which I usually like in the higher abv American IPAs.

D- Goes down easily, but the flavor is so mediocre that it doesn't really deserve a great score for ease alone.

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Photo of capra12
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: Tangerine orange and brown with 1 1/2 fingers of head leaving a weblike lacing.

Smell: I get a bunch of wet grass, fresh floral and citrus hops, with some malt int he background.

Taste: Prior to having this a friend reviewed this and gave it low marks, I implore him to give this another chance. Opens with a fresh green/ floral hop as citrus joins the profile in the middle. There is a malt/ light grain profile that comes and goes from the middle to finish leaving a mildly bitter, fresh floral/grassy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with moderate carbonation and rather drying on the palate.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another and recommend this to those seeking a unique hop profile with a decent malt profile. Worth the try if you have it at your local beer store/ bar.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal beer mug from a chilled bottle, it pours a the color of honey with a nice cascade on the pour. An off-white head to about 1 cm forms uniformly on top, but quickly dissipates to a surface layer.

Orange-citrus & grapefruits hit hard on the nose from the hops. Not much malt here...plainly hops. Floral, citrus fruits, and some grassy notes as well. Hops Hops Hops!

Sipping is much like the nose. Some apricot comes through surprisingly along with some orange blossum floral to note. A bit of pine comes to each side of my tongue. Rather sweet finish and less bitter. Very nice.

Medium body with a nice balance of carbonation and smoothness. Not overly crisp, and the alcohol is there just a wee bit. However, the alcohol on this one could be deemed rather "sneaky".

Very nice brew for a spring evening. I could drink a few of these in a sitting...maybe a 6-pack. Well done!

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

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, yielding to full yellow-brown autumnal tones. Despite the darker colors, the ale retains is transparency. A finger of head is slow to recede, leaving patches of lace behind.

S: I really like the nose. The hops are floral, bitingly sweet with citrus aromas. Also surprising is the vigor with which the caramel malts make themselves known amidst the hops.

T: The taste turns out to be far more malt-driven, releasing bready caramel almost immediately. There are hops, don't get me wrong, they just don't leap out like the nose suggests. They are bold and citrusy, just not as bold as you'd like. I don't want to rag on the beer though, as it does have a very jarring floral flavor that I like. The floral citrus flavors leave a nice thud on the palate after each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is a solid IPA, sharp and biting with a strong malt side. I like this much more than Hop Shortage.

D: It doesn't feel like a 7%+ ale, a good IPA that squeezes a lot of hops into the bottle.

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Photo of rcusick
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a very thin head (could be because it was too cold, forgot which way was colder on the dial).

Honey/Caramel in color, a shade or two darker then most IPAs I have had.

Not a very strong smell at all, so much so that in a blind smell test I might not pick it out as an IPA at all.

A great taste to the beer, strong hop flavor without an overpowering bite.

medium bodied mouthfeel, coats the tongue very well.

Very drinkable beer, would drink again, and look forward to the second bottle I have down the road.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 3,270 ratings.
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