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Terrapin HopsecutionerTerrapin Hopsecutioner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
763
Ratings:
3,270
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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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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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in New Jersey which is new to the area so i'm assuming it's fresh.

Tangelo orange with some persimmon shades makes up the Hopsecutioner. Some red drops here and there and a hazy outlook, this liquid looks delish. Into the stella glass, a whirlpool of bubbles creates a thick slice of tannish suds with lines of lace.

An interesting fragrence while not overly bold. a bit of, actually a nice amount of pale and crystal malts breaking bread. Citrus fruits with pineapple and the like and a dash of pine. Getting some 3C action and a small amount of grass(the legal kind).

Im greeted with a knock on the palete from a few malt varieties creating a slick base of bread and backing sweetness. Some toasted malt as well and after that a greeting basket of pineapple up front and some oranges from the vine, grapefruit is not so much. A little bit of simcoe taste and a dry hop effect at the end.

The feel is slick and not very bitter if at all, the hops are juicy and somewhat floral. This is not executing my mouth like I would like. The malt seems to dominate. I get alot of grassiness in the aftertaste and a some pine on the tip of the tounge. Somewhat medium bodied with great carb, terrapin always seems to have the carb on lock.

I like this beer, it has a interesting taste and it's probably my favorite hoppy offering from Terrapin. Very drinkable, I'll take three please if in for the night. No alcohol taste although there is some perfume scent. I don't know why they named this Hopsecutioner though as it's not a kick your fucking ass IPA, maybe they should of stuck it on a double or something.

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Good retention, spotted lacing. Aroma is piney with a hint of toasted grain. Taste is very bitter with some pine and some grapefruit with a slightly noticeable alcohol finish. Not an unique flavor but is certainly an enjoyable palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent brew but there are so many better IPAs out there to spend your money on.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass. Best if enjoyed by the 2nd week of the 7th month as indicated by the notches on the label. Lucky for me, I can filter through that added complexity. Here's hoping it was brewed this year...

A: The head is large, 3 fingers high, rocky/frothy, off-white and long lasting. The body is clear with a medium rich color of amber mixed with honey brown. Lacing is just a notch above good.

S & T: The aromas and flavors work in tandem, with face-value presentation. By that I mean, what you get on the nose, you get on the palate and vice versa. The hops are heavy and boast a gamut of typical hop flavors and aromas: Pine, grapefruit, orange and resin. Light malts of hay, toasted, and a side of earthy yeast. Long lasting flavor duration. There is a light clean alcohol flavor lounging around.

M: Medium light body with an average prickly carbonation. Finishes bitter.

D: Well, I enjoyed the brew. I certainly wasn't going to spit it out. But as with other Terrapin beers I've had, I'm not entirely impressed with this one either. The Hopsecutioner needs to do something to separate itself from the plethora of mundane American IPAs out there. Somehow Terrapin needs to do "average" a bit better.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best if enjoyed by Month 8 week 4? Check. Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip. Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Forms a soapy white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Beer looks fine.

Aroma is way way hoppy. Pretty good, almost a back sweetness to it. Pretty piny in the aroma.

Medium body, flavors of this beer are a slight let down. Not too bitter, hop character falls a little flat. Its odd. Second, still not really liking it. Its a little high in alcohol too. I'm just kind of annoyed by this beer. I've had better IPAs, a lot.

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

Saw this at Lowes Food today and got it for the "Beer of the Month" price. This American IPA starts with a orange hued amber body and a creamy, lacy head that retreats to lace after about five minutes or so. The nose is more citrus than pine but is well balanced.

The balance follows through to taste with a lasting, nutty aftertaste and soft, rounded bitterness following the malty, citrus tinged initial sip. The texture is relaxed but holds the bitterness up brilliantly for some time. Overall, another strong effort from Terrapin.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear orange body with loads of bubbles pushing their way north to an off-white cap. The head was a sturdy two fingers and left ring marks with each sip.

The aroma is of toasted malt, apricots, and grapefruits. A little bit of pine needles, but really a straightforward aroma.

Some caramel up front with a rush of hops taking over. Grapefruit and pine needles with a mildly bitter finish. A somewhat balanced IPA at first blush, but the bitterness and a fruitiness build over time.

Medium body and smooth up until the finish. A tad prickly on the back end as it fades to a lingering bitterness.

For the style, its pretty drinkable. Not overly hoppy by any means. Fairly balanced.

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

Received as an extra in a trade. Pours from the bottle a clear orange/amber color, with a bit of off-white head. Good sweetness in the nose, along with some nice citrus/tropical fruits. Nice medium mouthfeel, with caramel malt, alcohol and a decent dose of hops. A solid effort.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden/orange in color, somewhat like a fresh apple cider. Very thin, off-white head, receded quickly to little lacing.

Smell is predominantly pine, slightly fruity and sweet.

Taste moves up a notch from the nose for me. Grass, pine, hints of orange and lemon zest. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of sticky, little dry.

Drinkability overall is very good. 2 years ago I probably would have poured this out, but now I can't seem to get enough hops. I will def purchase this again when visiting an area that has it. (Thanks Bruisin Ales, Asheville, NC)

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Month 8 Week 4 notched on label:

Pours amber with a thin white head that leaves broken rings of lacing.

The smell is orangey, grapefruity, piney and a hint of perfume. Caramel backing comes through in aroma.

The tastse is of orange and grapefruit rind with pine/resin and a touch of perfume. Despite hoppiness, the caramel and alcohol land it on the sweeter side, though there is a bitter touch.

It has medium-carbonation and is medium-bodied, though it is more oily/slick than chewy. Some alcohol shows.

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

Poured a nice golden/orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is pine hops, dry, little booze. Mouthfeel is pone, grass, little bit of booze. Mouthfeel has a nice clean, dry finish, not to much hop bite on the end, Pretty good overall.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Medium amber color, big fluffy head, good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, bread, honey

Taste: Up Front: Citrus, pine, grass, toast, wood. Finish: Spicy with a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky

Drinkability: This is a refreshing beer! Definitely a session beer for me.

Overall Impression: This is a solid IPA. I liked it better than the Rye Pale Ale. The picture on the label reminds me of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And just like the comic, this beer kicks ass!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice amber with a tiny white head that leaves no lacing.

S-Hoppy, mostly grapefruit, there is a sweetness there and a touch of malt.

T-The flavor of this beer amazed me. It was so juicy and hoppy. It tasted like a grapefruit/orange/hoppy nectar, truly amazing. The hops dominated the flavor profile with just enough malt to balance it out so it wouldn't be a hop bomb. To be honest I have only drank one beer that tasted as juicy/nectar like as this and that would be Hopslam.

M-Syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation, it was great.

D-I could drink this beer all day, but its relatively high abv. would cut into its sessionability.

Overall, I don't know if it was just a fresh keg or what, but this beer flavor wise blew me away. I know my review is going to be much higher than the average, but the beer I had deserves the credit. I am going to purchase some bottles of this beer to further investigate its deliciousness, because it was great. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: mild bitterness and some soft citrus tones are mild overall.

Taste: caramel, orange, moderate bitterness, and some mild fruit sweetness are the strongest flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. A good sessionable beer everyone should give a try.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with some orange mixed in. Medium sized head with sparse spotty lacing. Intense hop aroma preludes an intense hop flavor. I likey very much! The hops cover the whole hop gamut from floral to earty, to fruity to pine. Yummy. Mildly acidic. Medium to full bodied and I had not idea this beer was 7+% abv until I came to review it. Very drinkable. Another ace in the hole by Terrapin.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get a finger of eggshell white foam, mostly dense with some larger bubbles interspersed, not deep enough to dimple, weak lacing. Light coppery orange color, transparent with a slight yellowing around the rims. There's a charcoal filter, metallic touch to the nose, not quite earthy, more leafy than citric, the green apple, pear, apricot scents attenuated, not sour or bitter but you struggle to find any sweeter element to provide balance in your nostrils. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, average carbonation and weight, pine and white grapefruit, orange citrus sweetens things some but the malts remain shadowy at best. A pinch of white pepper apparent. Meager apricot, peach, apple fruit. The grassiness and hoppy bite by far the strongest element, does stop short of reaching mouth puckering proportions. Still, dry and not especially lengthy through the finish. Basically, it's OK.

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Photo of mempath
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an orangey gold with nice fluffy, stickiness leaving it's residue. nice frothy, meringue/batter. always great to see.

smells of fresh hoppy oils. deep, intense with some camphor.

for all it's hop blast and swinging oily, steely axe, it's full of flavor with little bitterness. would have some more depth if i could sense some malts. not that it is supposed to exhibit that, but this seems a little more one dimensional since there's little to no finish. it casts a big shadow, but it's mostly tricky lighting...

very drinkable. sessionable. but would go better with a good brat, steak fries. mouthfeel needed more body. flavor delivers, but i wanted more. something 'special'...now that hop karma brown delivers as it should!

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Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
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