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 jifigz
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a flute type glass.

The appearance of this beer looks good and is a pretty standard color for an A-IPA. I poured this beer rather hard and vigorous to generate a nice and rich white head that lingered for quite a while and let nice lacing while receding. The color of the brew is a nice dark orange/light amber color. The aroma is way sweeter and maltier than most A-IPA's I have had or reviewed. It smells very sweet and somewhat like honey, not really what I was expecting, but it doesn't smell bad. The hops are hard to pick up in the aroma. The flavor delivers a very balanced brew, but the aftertaste is a little metallic and iron-like. The initial flavor is very light and rather sweet. There is just enough hops in this beer to balance it, but I don't find much of a bitter, citrus, or floral/herbal flavor in this brew. The hops seem to only balance the malt and not really pop as a flavor of their own as they should in an A-IPA. The MF is rather standard and a medium bodied brew that is easy to drink.

This is a good beer, but not what I would expect for an A-IPA. I think that it needs some more hop presence in its flavor profile. Otherwise appearance and MF are spot on.

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

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

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


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Photo of ranger60
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap at Southside Grille in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Appearance - dark golden color, slightly hazy...very little head.

Smell - piney, but not overly hoppy.

Taste - for a beer called Hopsecutioner, I expected more of a hop bang. but it is pleasant, and picking up some citrus.

Mouthfeel - good, strong mouthfeel. when I let it sit on my tongue, the carbonation is lasting.

Overall - it's drinkable and drinkable, but would not be my first choice when in the mood for a hoppy beer.

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Photo of Schreibeers
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: What you expect. Bright, dark golden color, pours a finger head, settles to a thin layer, nice lacing throughout

S: Round hops, some sweetness, not too much here

T: Sweet and hoppiness at first, starts off balanced, but fades into a hoppy punch. I am all about hops, but this does not play as balanced. Not very enjoyable.

M: Smooth, medium body

D: Average

For such a cool bottle label, it was a little disappointing. I have had better.

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Photo of haywire77
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint. Best by date of 1/2012.

Poured that hazy orange that is stereotypical for any IPA. About a 3/4" head that faded to a light ring in a only a minute or two. Almost no lacing to speak of, just a few random spots here and there.

Smell is good. Very deceiving of the taste to come. Citrus and hops are heavy in the aroma. Orange zest and lemon peel. With a name like Hopsecutioner and a smell like this, I expected this beer to knock my socks off with hops and citrus.

Alas, it was not the case. Very malty and little citrus taste to speak of. Like they got halfway into brewing this beer and forgot that it was an IPA. Bready malt and a lot of bitter on the back side. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel was about right. Light and crisp like any beer of this style should be. Nothing out of the ordinary. Well carbonated.

Overall this is a beer that I might recommend to someone that is new to IPAs. Not my cup of tea, but certainly not a bad beer. I won't seek this one out again, but if you want to buy me one, I definitely wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best if enjoyed by 2nd week of December 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body. Thin off white head and a lot of sediment.

Smell: Heavy sweet caramel malt aroma. Honey and molasses. This is an IPA? Where are the hops??

Taste: Again, very malt forward with only a slight hop bitterness. I'm guessing this is past its prime based upon the best by date. It is a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, but little to no aftertaste beyond the bitterness.

Overall: Not terribly impressed, maybe need a fresher example.

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Photo of nc41
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very decent IPA. A little citrus on the nose, a little grapefruit bite on the tongue, pretty mild mannered.Not much of of head, but decent lacing. Not overly anything to be honest, but a very solid very drinkable IPA that anyone could enjoy. I'd buy it again sometimes the 2nd try yield more than the 1st try.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep orange, almost red, color. two fingers of an off white head with strong retention and a pretty good lacing. strong clarity with just a little bit of darkness to it.

Smell: cirtus hops, hop resin and pine sap. strong caramel to toffee sweetness.

Taste: opens with a little bit of toasted grains, followed by a citrus to piney hop. back end is a mix between strong caramel and darker malts with a little bit of resinous hop.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. feels strong than 7.3%. very low linger bitterness.

Overall: this one is a bit dark and a bit sweet for what I look for in an IPA. a low bitterness almost makes it come off has a hoppy red ale really.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a slight frothy head which gives way to little or no lacing. The aroma is of piney hops with hints of citrus hops as well. The taste has a piney hop backbone with hints of citrus hop bite at the end. It is hard to get a malt taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is an easy drink nothing to make you dislike the beer. Its a solid IPA not the best not the worst, the hop bite is more subtle than some and a little smoother of a drink that most in class.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7.3% ABV. Best if enjoyed by: Week 1 of September 2013. Acquired a few days ago at a local bottle shop. Cost was something like $6.00. I dig the creative stylistic label art. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded green pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation, though this is my second Terrapin beer and I wasn't impressed with the first one.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head. Nice thickness, nice cream. Good (~4-5+ minute) retention. No bubble show. Soapy uneven lacing. Unimpressive frothiness. Appears somewhat soft.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Unimpressive vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Decent appearance for the style overall. There's definite room for improvement. Par for the style, if a bit light in colour.

Sm: Hop character is quite timid. Generic floral hops, light soapiness, and some lemon citrus hop character. Pale malts. Clean. Not horribly fresh. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A biteen grainy. A dash of amber malts. Average in strength. Pretty average for the style as well; I'm unimpressed with it so far.

T: Okay. Floral hop character works well with the simple pale malt foundation. A hint of grapefruit hop character and light accompanying bitterness on the climax. A dash of nectary hops. Not as juicy and vivacious as I want it to be. Hop character is timid and unevocative overall. Not a lot of depth of flavour here. Somewhat grainy. Simple and uninspired. Little subtlety. I will say that I like the balance, but it seems easy to pull off given the simplicity. Boring and somewhat bland. I do like it, but there's nothing unique or special here. It doesn't seem to try for much.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Lightly refreshing. Decent presence on the palate. Decent thickness. Decent body. Suits the flavour profile middlingly. Decent execution.

Dr: A low-ambition IPA that achieves its mundane goals. Drinkable with a decently hidden ABV. Quite unimpressive and uninspired. Why brew this? I wouldn't get it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. I'm 0 for 2 on Terrapin. Looking forward to trying more of their beers in the hopes that this lack of quality is the exception - not the rule. That said, I do think it's above average overall. I'm hard on it because I see potential.

Low B-

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best enjoyed by 8/2014.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly tasty, but I was expecting more hop qualities based on the name.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Terrapin is a favorite local brew and the Rye Pale Ale is currently one of my favorites so I have high hopes for the Hopsecutioner!

A- light brown to straw with a very small head that went very quickly.

S- Of course hops, but with this name I was expecting a full brewery of hops jumping out of the glass.

T - Very bitter, as advertised.

M - good, nice carbonation

D- this one was too bitter for me. But I hate to drop it down as it is as advertised...Hop Heads unite....this is your beer but not mine.

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Photo of KEL
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clear Amber color in appearance with minimal head and carbonation.

When you smell this beer it is clear that there is definitly more malt than hops, very sweet caramel aroma. I didn't pick up on any hops by smell alone.

The taste is very malty with a light bitterness at the finish. Although the beer is good tasting I think the name is misleading.

Medium bodied and a bit on the chewy side. I thought it fell a little flat.

Overall I think it is a decent beer but not true to the style it is said to represent. If you like your beer on the maltier side you could probably drink a few of these despite the alchohol content.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, best by 5/11, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of fine off-white foam; decent retention and nice lace. Attractive, but unspectacular.

S: Assertive, if somewhat muddled, hoppiness: grass, grapefruit, and resinous pine. There's a touch of caramel malt, but it stays entirely in the background. Good, not great.

T: Maltier than the nose, with some toasty caramel malt starting things off, backed up by decidedly herbal hops. Big bitterness and light booze on the finish. A little rough, and really not all that tasty.

M: Substantial medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Pleasant.

D: The ABV is on the high end of the scale for single IPAs, and it definitely shows.

Notes: I really enjoyed Hop Karma, and I was looking forward to seeing what Terrapin would do with a pure, unadulterated IPA. While not a bad beer by any means, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future - there are just too many great IPAs out there to spend much time on the mediocre ones.


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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 oline73
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy orangish amber with a fluffy white half-inch head. The head dissipates quickly but a layer of bubbles remains throughout.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy with hints of tangerine, not much malt comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and fairly smooth. Bubbles are very delicate. Carbonation is on the low side of average. Finish is dry, but just on the front of the tongue, boarders on chalky.

Taste: This beer isn't bad, but definitely isn't my favorite American IPA. Bitter citrus peel hops dominate throughout. I'm picking up on a mild sweet malt flavor as well. Not very well balanced if you ask me.

Drinkability: Don't know how often I would go back to this one. That being said, I wouldn't complain if it were being served.

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Photo of avalon07
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated, but some good lacing.

S: A nice, sharp hoppy smell, along with traces of citrus.

T: Had a little hoppy bitterness to it, and a little citrus element, but mainly this was a thin, almost watery beer. Decidedly average. Maybe I've just gotten too used to the super-hoppy West Coast IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A wildly uneven beer that I would not want to try again.

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Photo of nukem5
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruddy orange with a very thin lace of head which creeps up the glass.

S: Pine and citrus tropical.

T: Nice array of hops assault the toungue and make your mouth jump with life.

M: smooth medium bodied, nice thin bubbles fizz and clean the palate going great with some pepper jack.

D: Overall a likable brew and will def order this one again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow/orange body with 1/4" creamy head, tons of lacing

S - malty sweet aroma with a bit of citrus hops and earthy

T - bitterly sweet, a bit of that copper/metallic taste, earhty

M - tarty/bitter, makes your cheeks quench, fizzy on the tongue

O - an average beer. i was really expecting a lot more for something called hopsecutioner, but all i got was a slightly hoppy very earthy beer :-/

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Photo of mechamifune
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (just delivered to sam's in durham) into delirium tulip. Pours a copper/ruby color with almost no head. Slight physical evidence of carbonation.

To my surprise only a very light sense of hop frangrance, with the malt more evident in the smell than anything else.

Taste is, for me, very light on hops... very strong malt backbone, almost to the extent that it doesn't taste like a ipa... certainly a far cry from a west coast ipa as i have heard this beer referred to as. Due to the malt presence the mouthfeel is a little heavy, though not real strong sense of alcohol. Very light sense of carbonation. Not hard to drink, but my level of desire to drink more is pretty low... i like my ipa's crisp, citrusy, and intense in the hop profile, and this is pretty far removed from that. .

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is orangish copper, and contains swarms of sediment. The smell contains a hint of citrus, but not much else. The taste has a little pine and a lot of pepper, but not much else in the flavor department. Both the smell and the taste are pretty weak, especially for a name like Hopsecutioner and stating that the drinker will loss their hophead over it. I'm pretty disappointed in it. It's an ok drink, but I'll never get it again. It's one of my least favorite IPAs.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz best by month six, week three, ostensibly of 2012. Reviewed on 17 January.

Golden and clear, small head.

Citrus on the nose--lots of lemon--and some pine.

Grapefruit, lemon and pine flavors. Somewhat sweet. Maltiness more present than the nose, but this is definitely hop-forward. The hop profile kind of reminds me a bit of Pine-Sol, though.

Medium mouthfeel, light-to-medium carbonation.

Overall a drinkable IPA, and certainly not a malt bomb of one. But the hop profile isn't my favorite.

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Photo of dowen17
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy copper and orange color. Almost completely opaque. One finger head.

Smell is mainly sweet malts. Not picking up a ton of hops. Sweet tangerine and citrus.

Taste is quite interesting. It tastes almost watered down. Sweet citrus fruits and malt. A little bit of malt but nothing major. No alcohol presence at all. I guess that's one thing they did well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation. Although a little watery.

Overall this beer is decent. One of the most sessionable beers I've had recently. Maybe my palate is wrecked because of the Heady and other DIPAs I've had recently but this just doesn't satisfy the want for hops.

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Photo of n2185
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark orange with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates into a small ring around the top but nothing else. Very little lacing.

S: Smells of sweet oranges up front with a pine finish that becomes more apparent as it warms.

T: A blast of resiny pine flavors hit the tongue at first with a very dry, bitter finish. The citrus aromas seem to be completely absent in the taste. The bitterness lingers on well after a drink.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation to provide a bite to go along with the bitterness.

D: Goes down pretty easily, but the lingering bitterness is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange with little noticeable head that settles into a thin cap. Also not much lacing.

Smells of good citrus notes with a little bit of bready malt to back it up.

Taste doesn't live up to the smell. The wonderful citrus/grapefruit aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste. Very little hop bite at all up front, just a fair amount of grainy sometimes caramel malt. It finishes with a piney slightly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sappy but not overly so.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of Terrapin beers. For something called Hopsecutioner this was definitely hoppy, but more toward the balanced side than the majority of IPA's. Even without the branding disappointment, there's not a ton of complex or overly great flavor notes out of this one. It's not awful and definitely drinkable, but it's run of the mill as far as IPA's.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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