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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 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 Fullabeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It has a nice golden color when poured with litttle head retention. Has a strong hoppy smell along with a falvor thats just as strong at first taste but really mellows out and goes down smooth.

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pick a six pack up on the a trip down to the Jersey Shore.
12oz longneck bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tight creamy head. Settles just slightly, remaining tight and sticky to the side of the glass. Clear copper colored body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Earthy tones. Subtle grapefruit and evergreen. Floral.
T) Up front, definitely a hop forward beer. The malts hang in the mix but are second chariot to the hops. Caramel. Grapefruit. In the finish subtle nuttiness mixed with caramel and a citrus rind bitterness.
M) Bright. Crisp, yet creamy. Medium bodied.
D) A decent brew. I'd have another one without a second thought.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber copper color with thin creamy head that leaves sea foam lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine, grapefruit and orange, some caramel notes. The taste is mild, with pine and citrus riding on top pale and caramel malts. Simple, refreshing and easy to drink. Not over the top, but definitely on the hoppy side. Very nicely balanced and refreshing.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my friend Audi for bringing it up from Atlanta.

A: Crystal clear darker gold color. Aggressive pour leads to fluffy 2 finger head that stuck around for quite a while. Strong excellent lacing. Very nice appearing IPA.

S: Hop profile has faded a bit but it is still very hop-forward which is expected from a brew named Hopsecutioner. Sweet citrus profile here as well with some sweet malt.

T: Wow...for a beer that is a week or two past its peak, this is one heck of an IPA. Really nice hop profile with the piney and citrus hops sharing a dance floor and sharing it well. Malt back end plays nicely here as well. What a wonderful flavor. Alcohol well hidden here...7.3 could get creepy.

M: Decent body, bitter hop oils, nicely carbonated. Good feel.

O: A solid IPA and seeing as this is my first Terrapin experience, I'll be gladly going back for more. A really nicely constructed beer and one I could easily kick back a sixer of in a session.

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Photo of hmf05
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderfully clear sunset orange with a two finger head that sticks around. Aroma is mostly floral hops, citrus, and caramel. Smells tasty. Taste is citrus, light pine, oranges, and caramel. Slightly bitter but the malt balances it out masterfully. One of the most balanced IPAs that have passed through these lips. Very easy drinking and one that would be perfect for someone new to the style. Not a particularly complex or original IPA, but a delicious one. Good representation of an East Coast IPA.

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

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

12oz bottle served in a Terrapin pint glass.

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

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

Clear bronze color with a big frothy tan head. Streaky lace. Pine resin smell with a biscuit malty backbone. Pine resin takes over the taste. Nice bitterness on the finish. Oily mouthfeel on a medium to full bodied brew. Another in a long line of good IPA's. 5 years ago this would have stood out, now it just blends in with the crowd. I guess we are just getting spoiled. Would definately recomend and drink again if offered.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Terrapin beer when I moved to Florida. Pours a clear golden copper color with a one finger white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, light bitter grassiness. Flavor follows with a nice light citrus peel, sweet pale malts, a hint of pine and bitter on the way down. Smooth and crisp finish makes this extremely drinkable. Light bodied, with medium high carbonation. Solid brew.

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

A-pours a clear golden amber with a fingers worth of thick cream colored head

S-orange citrus, earthy hops, and some bready sweetness

T-similar to the smell, picking up a sweet and somewhat acidic orange citrus, hops are definitely there but are not overwhelming, and some bread like pale malt

M-moderate body, medium carbonation, a bit acidic

I am not a big IPA fan, but this was really good. The hops are not too overwhelming and the flavors mix together nicely. I will look for this again.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, orangey-amber body with a sudsy, nicely-frothed, whitish head. Smattering of splotchy lace on the way down.

Smell: An aroma of top-notch pale malts lusciously layered with full notes of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops that also spill out some well-earned pine sap-soaked, earthy scents.

Taste: Pale malts, with a rather minor touch of breadiness and fairly low level of sweetness, set the stage for a nice blend of hop flavors: plenty of acidic, caustic lemon juice, distilled tangerine oils, fresh-cut grass, humble yellow pine, and an unyielding background earthiness. Moderate bitterness. Finishes drying and understandably bitter with a lingering taste of tangerine-laden Amarillo hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a very, very light oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fair amount of malts transition into a bright, delightful hop profile and punchy (without being overbearing or unnecessary) bitterness -- it's a good IPA. Terrapin can check off the India Pale Ale box on the "to brew" list.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lackluster off white head, very few bubbles, nice amber color, and quite bright.

S - Lots of hop aroma mainly citrus but with a bit of fruit also. Sweet malts with the citrus and fruit aromas almost remind me of a nectar.

T - Much like the smell with the citrus fruit, a bit of sweetness, but also a touch of toasted malts in there with a bit of breadiness.

M - Good, but could use a bit more carbonation to clean it up. Although I don't think the body is too heavy, it comes across a bit syrupy with the sweetness and lack of carbonation.

O - A very nice IPA, hope to be able to enjoy again.

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Photo of happygnome
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear amber color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a thick layer of lace on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the beer.

s: citrus grapefruit, piny hop bitterness dominates the nose. Caramel and bready malt sweetenss to balance

t: grapefruit, pine, floral hop bitterness. Muted bready malt flavor

m: medium bodied beer with ab good amount of carbonation

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

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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 Mosley1212
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Noticed my original review was deleted, so I took that as an opportunity to buy some and review it again.

A--Poured a fluorescent, dull orange with a small eggshell white. Foamy head that dissipated quickly. Not a lot of retention though.

S--Heavily of grapefruit. There is some funky pine and grass smell. Pine cones are present. There's a nice malt background also.

T--Hops are at the forefront. Then comes the nice, funky pine cone and grass aftertaste. Not a lot of alcohol present.

M--Medium bodied. A little carbonation. Like I said, this is a smooth beer. Not nearly as heavy in alcohol as you might expect for being a 7.3%.

O--This is a good, not great, IPA. Terrapin is (if you haven't picked up on it) one of my favorite breweries. It reminds me of college days in Athens, GA. But I wish this had just a bit more to it. It's not a very complex IPA. I'd like a bit more hop-forward IPA whereas this seems to be a bit more fruit-forward. It's good, but not my favorite.

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

Nice looking orange-ish IPA. Soapy looking head leaves lacing down my Sierra Nevada becker glass. Hopsecutioner is a filtered IPA.

Good citrus aroma balanced with a bread-y malt bill. The flavor is much better, or should I say a stronger version of the aroma. I like the choice of hops which leave a moderate bitter finish. West Coast IPA lovers may be a little disappointed, but Hopsecutioner is right down my alley. I think this is my favorite of the Terrapin everyday beers. Living in Atlanta I always seem to get a fresh product even though I can't verify it by the label. They have the nomenclature on the label to mark it, but I have never seen them notched properly.

The mouth feel is medium and nicely carbonated. Terrapin products are available all over Atlanta. I bought this 6-pack at the grocery on a small shopping errand. Hopsecutioner and Sweetwater's IPA are excellent local products that are always fresh and available. They serve as outstanding choices for an everyday IPA. The Sweetwater IPA is unfiltered so it gives me a choice on what I prefer on any given day.

You can't go wrong with this one. Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield. Surprised to see this one there. A super-hopped IPA; classic aromatic aroma and taste bursting with orange peel, clementines, and tangerine nuances. Hopped-up to the max, with a noticeable floral presence as well. This is my rendition of a solid American IPA; high ABV yet alcohol well-masked. I liked this beer; rich, flavorful and satisfying. Great stuff. Recommended.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Glowy amber orange with a foamy white head.

S: Grapefruit peel, fresh orange and tangerine in a delicious nose.

T: Grapefruit and orange, some pine. Not the tangerine for which I was hoping.

M: Medium bodied with average IPA carbonation.

O: Delicious. Underrated. Worth a try and recommended.

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

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the generous extra!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium snifter

This one pours a translucent golden color and settles a pretty deep amber with 2 fingers worth of off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing hugs the wall of the glass.

The nose is very clean smelling. Hoppy with light citrus accents and a pine resin overtone. Beneath the hops lies a bit of caramel malt.

The taste is pretty nice. A bitterness begins to work it's way into my palate. The bitterness subsides for a moment and brings the fruit and pine flavors out before returning to a bitter finish. The caramel malts underlie the hop attack in moderation.

The mouthfeel is strongly bitter with a crisp dry finish. The carbonation is amble and rightfully so. This feels bitter.

Overall, a pretty damn good IPA. A lot of bitterness while still incorporating a lot of good fruity and sweet tastes.

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

Poured vigorously into a 20-oz. snifter. Looks great- clear penny copper with a sticky printer paper-white head that lines the top evenly and nicely, less than 1/2". Nice effervescence all around the glass- constant and quick bubbles.

Smells orangey, lemony, sweet. Reminds me of the scent of Terrapin Monk's Revenge- I wonder if the hop blend is similar? More tropical and citrus than pine or earthy.

Taste is very similar to the smell, but with a great frothy mouthfeel to spread that citrusy, orangey hop all around. A very pleasant IPA, impeccably balanced. The flavors seem sweet, but the finish is nice and dry. It's not especially rich or sweet to drink, and the dryness lets the hops leave a nice bitter lining on your tongue.

I'm happy I grabbed a few Terrapins in Florida-- tough to find in MI, and impressive all around so far- loved the pale, Monk's, and this, and VERY excited to crack my Wake N' Bake!

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

This poured a clear copper color with moderate off-white head. It smelled like pineapple and pine with some honey and orange. It tasted like pine and orange with some honey and pineapple hops. It was fairly thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly basic IPA taste, but it was very enjoyable and clean. It had great body too, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. Also, the one I tried was bottled 8 months ago, so it's probably better fresh. Right between an IPA and 2IPA, this could make for a good strong session beer, and is definitely worth trying at least once.

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

Had it on tap at mehan's in SandySprings, GA

A- Exceptional IPA. Orange, cloudy

S- Fresh hops, some orange and also slight pine.

T- Very Strong Hops, citrus and pine come in. Bitter finish

M- Very drinkable.

When I want a strong Hop IPA this is what I go to...

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

terrapin hopsecutioner. "execute the proper hop profile..." "You May Lose Your Hop Head over This one!" oy, we've gone over the limit on hop puns, time to give it up!

Beautiful hazy golden appearance, marmalade-y, under a slim but steady white head.

Aroma: orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and mango, mixed up with a mess of pine. Touch of honey, plenty of hop bitterness.

Taste: Big time bitter blazing the palate, running hop flavor up and down, thrilling the senses. Huge bitter hoppitude, tons of citrus and pine. Mmmm.

Medium body, long bitter hop finish. Definitely for hop heads only here. I like this one. It was made for me, but I didn't lose my hop head over it, hopsecutioner. My hop head is still holding strong.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Says it's best enjoyed by the second week of June...that was 6 months ago.

A- Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a two finger head that lowers to a one finger head and has dimples in the foam formation that looks very nice. Good lacing as well, with many bubbles sticking to the glass.

S- Wow. This is gonna sound weird, but initially I get a perfumey aroma that smells like floor cleaner followed by a rubbery kind of astringency. Now, this might be an unpleasant smell if it wasn't immediately followed by the burst of tropical fruitiness that lingers afterward. Mango, coconut, papaya, pineapple, some lemon and a trace of kiwi and peach are all present in the aroma which is complex at the very least.

T- As soon as I sip, I taste the malts which are more apparent than in the nose. They are of course complemented by the intense hop flavor that's to be anticipated but it's not so much bitter as it is tangy and almost sweet. It's odd though, because the flavor doesn't really match the aroma so when you sip there's a bit of conflict. That astringency is coming through again. Kind of like lemon Pine-sol (not that I've tasted lemon Pine-sol before but you catch my drift). I think the generous amount of alcohol in the brew also has a hand in these strange flavors and aromas.

M- Medium-high carbonation coupled with the oily feel from the hop resins make this brew come through as thick and juicy as one could expect from such an ambitious project.

O- At first, I wasn't impressed by this one. But, once I broke it down and drank it from a glass rather than a bottle, I could fully appreciate it. Terrapin isn't in the forefront of the craft beer movement, but they're one of the major players for sure. Keep it up guys!

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