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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 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 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 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 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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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 AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The best by date is December, and it's July...not sure how Terrapin does their freshness on hoppy beers but I hope it isn't more than six months out and so I'm assuming this one is pretty fresh.

Very pure golden amber color, nice and clear but pretty typical for an IPA. The head is thin and fades pretty quickly.

The nose is pretty sweet, not a lot of hops but some enticing candy aromas and some floral and weak citrus notes. Taken by itself, the smell is very nice. Considering that the beer is an IPA, it's not very promising in terms of what kind of hop profile you might expect.

Okay, it's hoppier than the nose led me to expect, but not by much. Not a lot of complexity in the hop profile, just some light bitterness with a bit of sugar thrown in somewhere. Maybe a little flower, maybe a little orange citrus, but really you have to search hard to find anything interesting.

Not really sure about the mouthfeel, there's noticeable fizz in the mouth but not a lot of body and no head retention. Not terrible but not very impressive either.

Overall, the beer is plenty drinkable but hardly oustanding. Not very hoppy, not very citrusy, but fortunately not very malty either. I'm going to finish the glass but I'm not going to buy it again anytime soon. Decent but boring.

5.8/10

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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 tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden amber with a quarter inch of off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smell is floral and citrus specifically grapefruit. Taste is piney, citrusy, and floral with a nice balance of malt and hops. The bitterness is potent but well received. There is also a little alcohol ester that comes through in the finish, becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

I love this IPA. It's probably one of my favorite (relatively) locally brewed IPAs.

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

A= poured a light amber color as an IPA should. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

S= Citrus and pine smells are present.

T= Slightly hoppy but not overdone. Malty and semi-sweet.

MF= light bodied and not very heavy.

D= Easy drinker and easy to have more than one of these.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Says have before June 3rd week of year... mystery?? ok that's real useful there... whatever.

Nice copper clear red body with visible carbonation. Two finger off white head which goes down slowly. Leaves a good ring and white circle throughout the drink.

Apricot nose at first, but also muted grain. Not much else really not even very hoppy. Sweet smelling though.

Fruit first in the mouth. Nice finish but a little wet in terms of body. Strangely not that hoppy or much grain character. Afterfinish has an interesting berry fruit quality almost cherry like, or some stemmed berry fruit. Missing bread punch and chew and hops are kind of muted.

Drinkability is actually pretty good considering I could have this again for its fruit characteristics.

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

A - Nice orange gold body. Creamy white head with mixed bubble structure, nice lace and retention.

S - Herbal thyme, sweet malt, and red grapes. Kiss of booze warms things up a bit.

T - Sweet honey, malt, grapefruit citrus, and green parsley. Some of the warm booze from the nose is in there too. Nice residual bitterness on the backend.

M - Smooth, medium body. Nice carbonation.

O - A solid IPA. Nice balance, good drinkability, and a nice hop character.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, chill-hazed, copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of resinous hops and tart grapefruit forward, with a tangy caramel backbone, and piney highlights. Great nose! Flavors are grapefruit and pineapple forward, with a tangy caramel and roasted backbone, peppery herbal notes, and piney resinous tones throughout. Smooth and balanced, on a light, smooth body. The aftertaste is tropical fruit, with a subtle bitter resin character. Smooth, resinous, slightly dry finish. Very tasty and very drinkable.

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

12 ouncer from a six pack purchased at Capones outside of Philly. "Best if enjoyed by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours lighter amber, with a subtle light golden orange hue. Leaves fine scattered lacing on the glass. The head is tight and solid, with retentive powers in evidence. Light fruity sweet, and mildly hoppy nose. More tropical fruit infused hops picked up, nice flowery and r. Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA. Picking up further notes of biscuity malts, some quite drying graininess late. I like. Solid AIPA. Robust and heady sessioner

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