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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

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763
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3,270
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with some orange hints. The smell is quite hoppy at the offset, with the few citrus notes being dominated by more spicy and floral hops. The taste is similar with a bit of spice again coming from the hops. Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for an IPA without much of a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is quite high--an intriguing brew with a rather unique hop profile, almost reminding me of Ruination light.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, dark orange body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decant lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with some pine. Caramel and toffee malt with significant sweet malt character.

T - Fruity hop flavor up front with notes of orange and pineapple. Some red apple notes in the middle with brown caramel and toasted malt. Finished with some pine and caramel as well as moderate bitterness. A little lingering fruit but otherwise pretty clean in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hops and a good malt character. The hop aroma is quite well developed, thought the hop character in the finish is a little bit weaker. My only real criticism is that the finish is a bit watery, there just isn't quite enough malt or bitterness to make the beer fell as substantial as I want it to be. Nevertheless, it is well balanced and drinkable with a great hop character. I've been hoping for an IPA form Terrapin for a while now and this one is quite good.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a mix of a burnt orange-like and alighter amber shade,a thinner wispy head that was gone pretty quickly atop.Big grapefruit in the nose with some apricot,a toasted malt notes sticks out as well.A little prickly in the mouth wich surprised me a little,flavors are more of a rounded hop flavor than an in your face hop punch,grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of leafy/mint,a toasted lightly sweet caramel base holds up into the finish.Really nice flavors with a different sort of hop profile,pretty good.

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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 mothman
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into bells tulip

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades down to a thin layer. Doesn't leave a lot of lace. Color is a slight hazed dark golden orange. Has a nice glow to it.

Aroma: Some pine flavored hops with a citrus blend sticking out front. However, it has a fairly strong malt backbone. Very bready. Nothing too special.

Taste: Bready malts and grassy/pine hops. The citrus flavors are of pineapple and grapefruit. To much malt here, however.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a bit creamy from the malts. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry with lots of hops left over in the aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad ipa. It is super bitter. Has a lot of juicy hop resin going on. It is relatively drinkable and I am glad I got to try it.

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

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This stays frothy on the edges, leaving a creamy cascade of spotty lace. There is lot of pine and tropical fruits in the aroma (with some juicy pineapple notes really coming out) but also has a certain amount of stickiness in the nose from a sweet and tangy backing of caramel malts.

Pine and spice moderately rip in the tongue in the taste, while there is a LOT of deep sweet tanginess from those tropical fruits and caramel malts. Resins and spice linger for a good bit, really drying the back of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness to it, yet this still retains an oily slickness to it that keeps this fairly smooth in the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Maybe a touch of beef to the body but I'm not really getting any warmth at all.

This was pretty decent and I'm glad to see that Terrapin has jumped in with something a little more aggressive than their regular Pale Ale. There was a little too much sweetness in this to keep it well balanced but overall the body and drinkibility of this was right on. I'm not sure that I would call this a go-to IPA or anything but I surely wouldn't turn a pint of this down.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass

Slight hazy amber color, with short=lived off-white head.

This beer doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by the name "Hopsecutioner", but that's probably a good thing. It has pronounced, but moderate strength hops with substantial contributions of other flavors. Not very bitter. I'll ignore the mismatch of name and taste in this review.

Very citrusy hops with a good amount of sweet malt to balance the flavor. High drinkability and smoothness for an Amer. IPA. Nice finish with a fine aftertaste.

Feel - moderately carbonated; medium body.

Although I am sensitive to the taste and smell of alcohol, I didn't detect the high ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Hopsecutioner. Great name. Great label. Great IPA.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable wide rings of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Floral, honeyish, and gently citrusy. Mildly biscuity. Some soft pine. There's not a whopping amount of hops there, but at least they're unique - no one really goes for floral anymore, it's all citrus and pine. Nice.

Flavor: More citrus appears in the flavor than in the aroma, and more pine as well. It's nicely fruity, and the floral character remains. Mid palate the hops are parted and some malt breaks through, biscuity and honey-drizzled, but it's short lived as the bitterness ushers in a dry finish. There's a little bit of everything left over in the aftertaste, but mainly golden malt, a squirt of fruit juice, and leafy hop flavors that become very tea like. Well balanced!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge. The moderate carbonation leaves it gently creamy and smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: The bitterness is solid but it doesn't kill you. And the hops are bright but they don't overwhelm. There's just enough malt in the balance; and the alcohol is well-cloaked. Readily drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from RutgersBeerGuy, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering bite of hops bitterness. Then a very fruity citrus sweetness comes in along with some caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."

--Omar Bradley

Juicy apricot with warm butter rum colored borders. Several streams of bubbles lead up to a golden sandstone hued head that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. The suds are softly creamy, yet sticky enough to lay down an array of attractive lace.

The nose is musky and tropical fruity, with lots of American hops on the order of Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade (dry-hopped). These guys pull out the big guns for their APAs, IPAs and DIPAs. Well, they're some of my favorites anyway.

Hopsecutioner is a delicious IPA that would be a little better with a paler malt bill (personal preference). It's definitely hopped to the gills, which was expected given the 78 IBUs. If you're going to give an IPA a name like this, it had better not fall short in the alpha acid department.

Munich and pale crystal malt contributes a bit too much toasted nuttiness and melanoidin. It's nothing that the murderer's row of hops (pun intended) can't overcome, though. The earthy resinousness of Chinook is on display, as is orange peel from Amarillo, mango from Simcoe and white grapefruit from Centennial. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is hefty enough and has a firmness born of a 7.2% ABV and plenty of alpha acids. It still manages to be borderline creamy and almost soft as it continues to warm. The carbonation is a little lively, which works out just fine.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale (APA) and Rye Squared (DIPA) are my favorites from this brewery. Hopsecutioner is nothing to lose one's head over, but it's a more than solid ale that any American IPA lovin' hophead should seek out. Thanks to Mavajo for the bottle.

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

Received from sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle has best by Month 1 Week 4.

Pours a golden amber with a small white head that leaves no lacing. Smell is of citrus, grapefruit, and some pint. Taste is piney with some citrus. I also get some caramel notes. Leaves a lingering hop note on the tongue. Mouthfeel has a smooth finish and moderate carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this IPA and would drink it again.

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

Finally able to try this one, seems like I have been waiting damn near forever. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/16/2010.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Overall this was very solid and something I could see myself enjoying many times over.

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

Served in a bottle at ESPN Club in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to golden brown with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, several thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness as well as some pretty heavy aromas of hops - specifically grapefruit, tropical/passionfruit, and pine.

T: The beer starts out with a light taste of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the hop bitterness (not overly aggressive bitterness) - primarily pine/resin but with some grapefruit and tropical/passionfruit as well. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Overall this is a very drinkable beer, certainly not a session beer as the ABV is a little too high for that and the flavors are a little too intense. More well balanced than expected.

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

I picked this up as part of the 'Hits' mixed package. Poured from the 12oz brown bottle chilled into my tulip pint.

A - A very clear copper w/ 2 1/2 fingers of light tan cream from a vigorous pour. The bead is pin -sized and the lace clings like a woodland camo pattern on the glass

S - A mix of pine and citrus notes w/ a subtle malt sweetness in the aroma. The smell has subtle fruity esters and gentle caramel odors w/ sour apple tinge and lemony note

M- A very bitter entry yet mildly spiced hop texture w/ moderate level of carbonation. The ale has a sweet middle and dry,yet bitter finish w/ a lightly tangy tinge

T - A slightly piney entry w/ mild citrus tanginess in the hops which is cradled by slight sweetness and a light caramel malt tinge. The flavor is mildly peppery w/ a bit of grapefruit bitterness and the malt seems gently toasted w/ light sweet effect. The flavr seems more bitter and dry w/ gentle fruitiness in the finish which has a mild tangy flavor.

D - An exceptional American IPA w/ very good drinkability IMO. A nice balance between hops a still sturdy w/ malt. The abv is not very apparent, I could quaff several of these repeatedly - Kudos Terrapin!

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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 russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi effervescent honey color with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Lemony & grassy hops, some biscuitty malt, then grapefruit, great nose

T: Grapefruit then lemons, pineapple & biscuitty malt up front, along with dryness. As this warms grapefruit dominates, some lemony hops, honey malt & biscuitty malt. Finishes with slight boozeyness, more grapefruit & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, not a perfect mix of hops for me, but still a nice effort, a bit pricey a $10 a sixer IMO

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

How many outfits does that wannabe-actor turtle own, anyway? This performance pours a clear tawny amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hoppy citrus and florals, backed by a rather sweet caramel. It's like an art deco IPA scent: yeah, it's pretty, but very diagrammatic as well. The taste holds some strong notes of citrus hops, along with a nice bitterness and a light toffee backbone, less sweet than one would figure from the smell. The body is a very light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, not a bad hoppy IPA at all.

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

Big thanks to Jason for bringing this one to DE for me!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a 1.5 finger, foamy white head on top. The head is rather sudsy, and lasts for a little bit before dissipating to a thin layer of foam on top. Thick and sticky lacing coats the sides.

S: Nice and juicy on the aroma with some orange, grapefruit and a bit of zest along with some pine. A bit of bready malt, but not much. Nice, bitter aroma.

T: Nice and hop-forward. Lots of orange and tropical fruits. Hard to pick up a specific flavor from the malt, as this one is hoppy. Nice bitter/dry finish with some pine at the end.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. On the bitter side with a dry finish.

O: A very nice IPA, hop forward with only a bit of malt to keep things in check. Surprised it was 7.3%, if it were a bit lower could be a staple IPA in my fridge any day.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head covering the top. didn't have much of a head to speak of but left pretty decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with notes of grapefruit, mangoes and peaches. It has a very hoppy and delicious smell to it and I can tell I'm going to like this one.

The taste is like the nose in that it has a strong sweet hoppy flavor to it. It has a some citrus and pine along with some of the fruitiness found in the nose. It doesn't have much bitterness in it to balance it out, but if sweet and hoppy are your thing like it is mine you will like this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked this beer and will be buying it again. It had a lot in common in the flavor with some of the West Coast IPA's that have that sweet hoppiness to them. I really like that flavor and have been looking for one available to me that is similar. So far this one might come the closest. Terrapin has really impressed me this year with Hoppy Monster and now this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - It has a dark amber color, very little head and a good amount of carbonation

s - Can definitely smell the hops, also a citrus smell.

t - Thought the hops jump out at you right away. Also got a citrusy/grapefruit taste to it.

m - A lot of carbonation hits you right away, medium body.

d - Overall it was a good beer, but I was a little disappointed. I had heard great things about it and it just did not live up to my expectations. I think it is a good IPA but there are better things out there. I would definitely drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is slightly hazy and appears a light orange hue. The white head stands in at around a half inch, leaving some decent lacing in its path. The aroma offers pine resin, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor brings a robust malt bill, as well as some piny hops, with subtle hints of citrus. Alcohol is a bit too present in both the aroma and flavor for my liking. Still, an enjoyable brew. The body is thicker than is customary for the style. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips. Overall, decent.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that this one came to me care of my local IP trader, tone77. Watch my progression today as I go from a single on up.

From the bottle: "Hear ye, hear ye ... All hopheads shall herewith rejoice! Terrapin hath recruited ye olde HOPSECUTIONER to execute the exact hop profile for this killer IPA. YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOPHEAD OVER THIS ONE!"

That last part really makes me sad as I just took receipt of my knitted hophead from wiresiren and I would hate to lose it! In fact, that may be my headgear for GTMW 2012 in a couple of weeks.

My pour netted me a massively thick, foamy tawny head that extended above the rim of the glass, resembling the top of an ice cream cone. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with minty hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like spearmint or peppermint, really intense and cooling! Yum! The finish was dry, cool, minty, just the way I really prefer an AIPA. The sticky lacing that was left behind was going to require a jackhammer to remove. More, please!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great I've loved it since the first week it hit the taps in the Burgh at Fatheads it was the best beer of the evening in a night of drinking on the Southside which says volumes considering your options. Aroma has a great citrus peel bouquet with floral highlights with a slight tart sourdough bread malt character. Greeen with hops not as lively as the tap version I tasted at Fathead's but it was a bit fresher. I'm sure this one is coming around in their sampler packs but the label may just be the highlight. A hooded Terrapin pulling the rope on a guillotine with a hop plant poking through the gallows. Classic Georgia based hop imagery. Ample sweetness with vinous fresh hops citrus, herbs, and pine elements play nicely but the citrus/grapefruit tropical fruits really stand out what an amazing session IPA I'm glad to be lucky enough to live in driving distance to the Terrapin lineup great beers for sure. They need a cap that will represent them better than the plain shiny golden version. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils a nice all around hop monster that doesn't overbear the palate in anyway. Medium bodied mild carbonation which equates to a very nice drinking experience. Drinkability is pretty effortless a beer that I plan to catch again and again especially on tap.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice color on this one. Decent hop profile, though could use more kick. Malt shows through more than I would expect, or prefer really. Pretty easy drinking though. Nothing really mind blowing in the end, to be honest. Decent enough, and certainly well made.

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