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 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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Photo of elniko
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. My wife picked up a bunch of beers when she was in North Carolina that are not available in Texas.

A: Glowing rich amber with nice lacing and head. Good looking brew.

S: Piney notes from the nose but I also get quite a bit of malt tones as well.

T & M: Nicely balanced, mouthfeel just slightly on the flat side. Don't get the piney notes from the nose in the taste. Almost a tartness to the beer. Quite enjoyable.

D: Quite drinkable despite the surprisingly high ABV. Wouldn't mind if Terrapin was to come to North Texas.

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Photo of JesteR14
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Carmel color with an off white thick head that laces the glass.

S- not much for me, id love to rate this more but i just dont get much. Hoppy obviously....

T- Wow! this is great! the hops hit you with the freshness and the bitterness lasts. There is some slight citrus. This is a tasty brew that leaves a craft beer person wanting just one more taste

M- carbonated and flavorful, but for me its a pretty medium flavor. Not overpowering.

D- Great brew and an easy drinker if you are a hop head! Hop heads rejoice, this is a great hoppy beer!

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Photo of Thiestru
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Orange-copper color with a one-finger white head. Good lacing, but not much retention.

Smell: Strong floral hops with a note of sweet malts. I'd say this is the beer's strongest point.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, but they're not VERY bitter - just enough. There's a little bit of malt presence, but the aftertaste is a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a middling-light body, but again, the aftertaste is a little disappointing. It's kind of watery.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink and enjoy; I like it. It's not quite what I thought it would be: with a name like 'Hopsecutioner', I expected this to be a lot bolder. But overlooking that, it's extremely enjoyable and well worth getting.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours out a dark ruby/orange in color, nice off white head that dissipated fairly quickly and stellar lacing.

S: Piney hops, little malt action in the back.

T: Nice hit of the hops in form of pine in the front. Has a nice backing of the malt in the back, but is safe to say its a one-way beer. The bitterness stands out for me, which I enjoy thoroughly.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, abv hidden given the content, goes down clean.

D: Stellar IPA in every regard. Would drink often if it were available in the WNY area. Look forward to trying more Terrapin beers in the future.


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Photo of projectflam86
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Really dank wet hop aroma with some pine and a huge wave of grapefruit. Very citrusy and very nice!

T- Bitter hops upfront with some grapefruit and booze. Not alot of malt to speak of but a slight sweetness is present in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation.

O- Overall a very nice IPA and one I would pick up again when traveling to GA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious IPA with some sticky maltiness and juicy citrus notes- fairly typical of Terrapin's hop-forward beers.

The beer pours with the typical medium copper color, rustic haze, and well formed off-white head. The beer's head retention is very solid while leaving convencing rings of lacing behind. Definatley a formitable appearance.

Aromas of both bright citrus hops and pungent resiny ones work to form the complex hop profile. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple blend with pine and grassy elements for a very variant nose. Not to be forgotten are the deep caramel malts that nearly rival the intensity of hops- taking on a Double IPA aroma.

Flavors also fall in line with the aromas. Caramel malts make much more of an impact in flavor than expected, but soon enough the hop flavor and bitterness grow to eventually dominate the beer. All of those citrusy and tropical flavors continue to grow thought the mid palate, but then they turn the corner and the more bitter pine and resiny bitterness gain control and drive the beer into a malty-dry and resiny bitter finish.

The beer takes on a heavier-than-usual body, starting out with a weighted creamy texture that diminishes greately but never really releases into complete dryness or lightness. A persistant sweetness lingers on the palate, lessening what's great about the style.

The intesity and complexity of hops are outstanding. It's those pesky malts that keep the beer form displaying the hop dominance that it deserves.

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Photo of pburland23
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours an orangey copper color with two fingers of fluffy head which lefts ample lacing.

The nose is dominated, obviously, by hops. The beers smells very piney with some citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit, thrown in as well. This is a great smelling beer.

The taste was not as hoppy as the smell (or the beer's name) would indicate. There is some well balanced malt flavor, a little breadiness, to compliment the citrus flavor of the hops.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected and a little oily. At 7.3%, this is a well-balanced and exceedingly smoothy IPA that I could drink several of in a sitting.

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Photo of tchenery
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer looks a nice deep, dark orange color. It's kind of hazy and thick looking, has a nice head that's receding though. It smells delicious and very piney. Second smell is definitely grapefruit and passionfruit.

Taste is maltier thatn I expected, but very good. It mellows into a slight bubblegummy, oily hop flavor throughout the sip and ends on a lip smacking thickness.

Mouthfeel is a little too chewy for my tastes, but it comes with the style I guess, especially one that's amped up a bit.

Very drinkable. I got a 6 pack and I'm glad I did.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice pour, golden orange with lots of head.

S - Citrus and piney hops, very strong and pleasant smell.

T - Great flavor, orange and lemon notes and fresh piney hops.

M - Good fresh hops.

O - Enjoyed this beer with a friend, always the best way to do it.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gfb108 for sharing a few bottles of this with our group at Brass Rail on 12/14/09.

A - Poured a clear, sparsely carbonated orange/amber body with a slim white head that reduced to a patchy film, thin ring of retention and spotty lace.

S - Citrus oil and a hint of pine paired with a grainy malt character and sweet caramel notes. This is exactly what I like about an IPA!

T - Flavor offers a balanced blend of toasted grains and caramel malt with a prevalent citrus rind character and a hint of pine. Hopsecutioner is more hoppy and sticky than I was anticipating, yet it retains a pleasant, well-balanced flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a kind of slick, oily and slightly syrupy texture. Finishes with a slight lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Hopsecutioner is simply a tasty straight-up IPA that is well-balanced and flavorful. While it doesn't slay you with hops, it does have a pronounced hop character and pleasant flavor.

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Photo of StevenShawSr
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not as bitter as name suggests. nice 1 finger head with a lace that seems very even throughout..starts a bit pungent and followed by a nice balanced taste. overall I would drink again

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty balanced between the malt and the hops. Sweet caramel and citrusy hops largely make up the aroma. Nothing over the top, but very nicely done.

T- The taste like the aroma is almost perfectly balanced. It has a solid caramel malt base with a good dose of bittering hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a great IPA. Not over the top in bitterness like some on the market, but just a well-crafted IPA that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well now that I've reviewed one of the big local IPAs (and trashed it), here is another one.

Slightly hazy copper, some head and lacing, but dissipates quickly. There is, however, something intriguing about the small amount of foam on top of the beer and the little web it forms, though; it's making me lick my lips even though the head and lacing are nothing special.

Smell: Hmm, this is wound very tightly for some reason; practically have to dip my nose into it to get much of anything. What's there is a combination fruity (orange?) and grassy that I like.

OK I like this quite a bit. The beer is disappearing fast. Something ragingly drinkable about this one. They've done a great job of blending everything together into a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. Hard to tell the individual elements, but that's a good thing. It's very much a West Coast style, but not aggressive. Great fruity-hoppy-malty composite. Very professional work from Terrapin!

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Photo of willyc
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hopsecutioner is one of my favorite Terrapin beers I have had.

It looked nice with one finger of head, with a little lace. The aroma was a nice lemon. The mouthfeel was smooth. This beer was hoppy but not quite as much as I prefer. Overall, I enjoy very much and continue to enjoy Terrapins efforts and growth.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a thick, pillowy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Medium malt and caramel malt aromas. Combination of medium ripe citrus and spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation, a creamy smooth feel through the middle and a pleasant warmth toward the finish. Medium caramel maltiness with earthy, spicy hop slavors. Medium high, spicy, mellow hop bitterness through the middle. Spicy hop and caramel malt flavors continue to the end. Finished with a bitter pine aftertaste with a light boozy warmth. Balance tips slightly to the hoppy side although this IPA has a significant malt presence. Fabulous delicate, creamy smooth feel with pleasant warmth.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head that left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops with just a trace of malts. The taste is a great amount of crisp bitter citrus hops with just enough sweet malts to back them up. The beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonated smoothness. This is a very enjoyable IPA, one I'll have again and again!

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Photo of alkemy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another I've been waiting quite some time to sample. It's an amber/copper hue with bright orange notes. The head was a bit thin and didn't have a lot of staying power. For an IPA, there's an awful big malt note. The hops are there, but seem a bit subdued. It's mostly citrus with some mango. The taste follows the nose pretty close. Other than the 7.3 ABV, this would be a very sessionable beer. It's super-easy drinking and, dare I say, better than Commodore Perry. The difference being that this has more malts to balance that citrusy hop note. The name had me thinking (hoping) this would be a hop bomb, but it turned out to be a really balanced and easy drinking beverage.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in Florida 4/2012 from notes.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden bordering on amber with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly into my glass. Smells of citrus and pine mostly with hints of caramel apricot and toffee. It took a couple of days to find this but yeah this is what I needed after days of macro only restaurants. Taste is sweet up front with bready toffee malts that quickly fade to citrus and pine. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous and sweet mouthfeel. Nice brew, it almost works in 85 degree weather too.

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Photo of scotorum
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been trying as many IPAs as possible this summer and the name attracted me to this one. Plus Terrapain - oops make that Terrapin, that was a non-Freudian typo - has a pretty good rep.

Agree with previous reviews which noted that the hop hype on the bottle label is way overblown, thus disappointing hopheads.

In that vein it disappointed me too. But the great caramel malt flavor was too good not to enjoy Hopsecutioner for what it is rather than what it represents itself to be.

I admit to occasional wavering on reviews insofar as sometimes I rate them according to how I like them rather than how well they represent their intended style. That was the case here. As a hop bomb it falls way short, but as a tasty brew it is truly exceptional.

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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep honey gold and crystal clear. 1-finger head, no retention. Leaves decent thin lacing behind.

Pine and citrus both come through in the nose and really duke it out to see who comes out on top. The pine resin is pretty intense, but the grapefruit citrus notes still come through.

Relatively clean hit to the palatte, but quickly turns hoppy - very quickly. Bright hit of pineapple-grapefruit with a dash of tarter fruit and then bitterness takes over. Slightest of slight indications of the alcohol presence.

Body is slightly oily-creamy and offsets the bitters well.

For something north of 7%, this one goes down pretty easy.

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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 Weisenbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard, yet quality, IPA. Had this in a restaurant near Ft Lauderdale.... Good with dinner, solid, but not a game changer...Enjoy it, but don't kill a close friend to trade for it ;-)

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

Nothing better than a beer after a run. Except a hoppy beer after a run. Enter Hopsecutioner.

Hopsecutioner pours a foggy caramel apple color with some russet highlights when held up to the light. Lots of carbonation running up from the etching on my glass into a lofty two finger high cream-colored head (the pour may have been a little hard, but who cares). Decent retention and decent lacing left behind. Good lookin' beer. Though, if Terrapin wanted to make it seem menacing like an executioner, this should've been a Black IPA. I'm just being stupid though, in no way does that take away from the score.

Pretty decent smell on here. Not the most fragrant IPA, but it smells pretty good. Dank, musky, and fruity hops jump out... it's pretty interesting actually. A bit like walking into a fruit cellar, if one of those exists. I actually probably just made that up. Why the hell would anyone cellar fruit? Anyways. Maybe a little caramel following that initial dank fruitiness too. Interesting nose, just not strong enough for me.

Pretty tasty beer, but not as hoppy as I expected, especially with that name. With a name like that, I was kinda (eagerly) expecting to have my tongue melted off. Not bad at all, though. Light, slightly tropical citrus hops up front followed by a some caramel maltiness and chased away by a bit of grapefruit bitterness and maybe just a eensy teensy weensy hint of alcohol warmth.

I like the mouthfeel. Smooth and almost creamy while maintaining a little hoppiness. Rockin' a body a notch below medium with just enough carbonation to contribute to the aforementioned smoooothnesss.

Yeah this is drinkable, and it's a pretty damn good American IPA, too. My only beef is that with that name, I expected my tongue to be guillotined with delicious hops. But I guess in the end Terrapin still has to appeal to the masses to make a profit. Either way, this beer is solid and you should probably pick some up if you see it around, especially if you're fairly local (like me) because it's reasonably priced for a good American IPA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops and a sweet maltiness. In the taste, grapefruit citrus hops and a dryer maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruity aftertaste. Nice hops and good balance.

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 3,322 ratings.
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