Hopzilla
Terrapin Beer Company

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From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
10.3%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.47%
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
729
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 20, 2019
Added:
Jul 31, 2010
Wants:
  110
Gots:
  127
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: This beer is a hop lover’s dream come true, though some say it’s the 100% Maris Otter malt that really steals the show. Drinkability is high with this supremely balanced brew, but it still packs a punch for even the most discerning Hophead.

Destroying palates from Athens to Tokyo!
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From notes 5/25/13: Pours an opaque deep gold producing 2 fingers of foamy, white head that leaves motes and streaks of lacing. Aroma is abundant citrusy orange and subdued grapefruit hops backed by sweet caramel malts. Taste is hugely hoppy as implied by the name! Oily orange zest with tropical fruits and a hint of pine needles. Malts provide sugar cane syrup and caramel tones. Alcohol spice is prominent. Huge hop bite and bitterness from start through aftertaste. Floral tones and hints of leafy dark tea in the finish. Taste seems fairly simple at first but is actually complex for IPAs (even a double) of this time period. Complex almost in a Belgian ale sort of way. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied, slightly chewy and mildly astringent with low moderate carbonation. Alcohol is overly apparent even in a 10.3 ABV and really steps forward as the brew progresses toward room temperature.
Nov 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2017
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, clear, gold color. Very tiny head that goes away quickly and leaves a thin ring. Lacing is decent, clinging to the glass in small patches and sliding away quickly.

Scent: The dominant smells are of sweet malt and alcohol. There's also some hop notes as well but they are subdued, which is atypical for a DIPA.

Taste: Spices, grapefruit, pine and malt notes. There's also a very strong alcohol presence just like in the nose.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit underwhelming for a Double IPA. No big scents or flavors are present, as one would expect from the style. Instead, you get a well balanced beer with a distinct alcohol character that while aromatic and tasty, is not particularly special or noteworthy.
Jul 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a snifter and a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy pale orange color with some light brown tinges running lightly around the sides of the glass. The head was about a light one fingered white foaminess sticking for a good minute before it died in a lumpy sort of way. There’s a good amount of lacing clinging all over the place (nice show!). The smell had a bitter/dank/citrusy and somewhat resinous grapefruitiness running all over my nose and pummeling it into submission as to confusing it with bitter hops. The taste had a nice citrusy sweetness running over my tastebuds. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a sessionability closing in on perhaps one or two beers of this in a night. Overall, very good DIPA that I would love to have again.
Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by RoaneLoc from Georgia

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.51 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Aug 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Feb 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by Hayden34 from Georgia

Jan 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Jan 16, 2016
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Rated by MasterRigger from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by Shanty76 from Georgia

Dec 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.29 by Dualscar from Pennsylvania

Aug 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.7 by cantal from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.38 by Jmikepow from Georgia

Aug 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by johnyb from Florida

Jul 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by GangOf1 from Pennsylvania

Jul 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.28 by BravoDawg_WS from New York

Jun 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.13 by Hop_God from California

Jun 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by hipHOPSanonymous from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by HiWire from Florida

Jun 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

May 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by kgrichards from Texas

Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by arm_mason from Florida

Apr 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by 2beerdogs from California

Apr 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by mattsmith413 from North Carolina

Apr 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.55 by TBCE from Florida

Mar 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.74 by jshusc from South Carolina

Mar 24, 2015
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Rated by kejolley

4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Fantastic hoppy beer. Great smell and taste. Very easy to drink.
Mar 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.62 by Dilbert65 from Maryland

Mar 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.99 by FATC1TY from Georgia

Mar 13, 2015
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I was supposed to be going over to York tonight, but the local bus was running so late that I missed my ride. Instead, I am going to spend the evening with some beer and listening to music. For this one, it is B.O.C.'s "Godzilla".

From the bottle: "This monster beer terrorizes your taste buds with an earth shattering amount of hops while the 100% Maris Otter Malt obliterates all inferior beers in its path."; "'Destroying Palates From Athens to Tokyo' Cheers! [undersigned] Spike & John".

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour since this Vintage 2014 bottle was beginning to get some age and I didn't want to stir it up too mightily. I still got a brief finger of dense, tawny head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was big and boozy with a caramel sweetness and a spearmint hoppiness. Mouthfeel was big and thick and felt like a dollop of syrup had been placed on my tongue! Right after that, I got a shock of heat and a wash of hops and things were off and running. My exhalation felt like a blast out of Hopzilla's burning maw and I felt tears welling up in my eyes. Phew! This was another no playin' around beer. The finish burnt all of the way down my esophagus and I felt like I could trace its length into my stomach. I gave an inadvertent, unexpected belch and it felt like something was aflame somewhere. It was! My breath had set my kitchen cabinetry ablaze and I abandoned my seat to extinguish the fire. Once order had been restored, I sat back down to finish what I had started. Phew. Let's do this again real soon, like in 2015.
Mar 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by Cath from New York

Mar 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.62 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2015
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Rated by bmeGT from Georgia

5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious! Not the most hoppy but smooth, easy drinking.
Feb 25, 2015
Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 947 ratings