Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by elgiacomo:
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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, case dated July 20, 2010.

Pours semi-hazy golden orange with a tiny white head when cold, second half pours with a two finger white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and holds a small cap and ring.

Aroma is fruit and citrus, tangerine, peaches, lemon, grapefruit, some pine & floral, a bit of spice and yeast and a bit musty later on.

Flavor is very juicy, orange, grapefruit, some lemon/lemonade as there is some sweetness, a bit of caramel malt, resinous, with great bitterness on the finish, fair alcohol bite but integrated pretty well and is not solvent.

Medium to full body for the style, oily, a bit sticky, prickly carbonation bite.

The flavor is definitely my favorite component here, very juicy and bitter, great stuff. The Side Project I've been waiting for, good job Terrapin!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a burnt orange tinged lighter shade of golden with a thinner but well retained white head that stuck well to the sides of my imperial nonic.Booze and fruit hit the nose along with some deep resin,overripe fruit I should say,its nice but you can tell its a doozy.Citric and very resiny on the palate up front, with big alcohol and caramel sweetness,overripe tropical fruit and again the deep resiny hop flavors are the main component but it can get sweet in the finish.A nice DIPA,I like the big hops more than many other of the style,but like many of the style the alcohol and sweetness is "large and in charge".

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Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful bright but cloudy orange in color with a nice, off-white, almost yellowish head that left rings inside the pint glass that never did go away.

Smell – The orange rind is raucous here and the pine resin makes this a “kitchen sink” DIPA. The Terrapin website boasts of the Otto malts here but damned if I can find any at the nose.

Taste – There’s some sweetish malt at the taste but man these hops are huge. This ale is dripping with hop resin and the aftertaste lingers forever. This is not cheap. These are huge, monster hops, very complex, and almost has to be the last beer of the night.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is light in keeping with the style and the body quite big if not full. It’s smooth with a strong bitter finish.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking DIPA but very big and not for the novice. If you like big DIPAs though and are a little burnt out on the cheap pretenders give this a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Terrapin Side Project 12 HOpzilla DIPA 22oz. bomber and pour into St Feuillien over-sized wine glass.

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange colored fluid with a light but demanding head that leaves spider web like lacing.

S- Ripe grapefruit and rich alcohol esters burn the nose upfront. Light grassy hops are noticed with spicey note probably alcohol at the end.

T-M- The taste is very warm and intense with a massive body of alcohol and hops. First i'd like to say that is good. Warming alcohol esters dominate with a DIPA median of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange and plums.) Has a smooth mouthfeel for the alcohol content but still burns the palate.

D- Drinkable if a hardcore DIPA is needed because this one is exactly that... cheers.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Hazed golden, epic lacing

SMELL: Pungent, citrus rind, grapefruit pith, arugula, peppery, rose water, pine, mango, esters, bread

TASTE: Booze, smooth, creamy, bitter, dank, pineapple, orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, spicy, warming, grass, bready

This beer is massive—our palates are Toyko, and Hopzilla absolutely destroys. As veteran beer drinkers, we can and don’t mind taking the hit. Sip after sip, you’d think it would let up, but it does not … it just keeps on rampaging and nearly numbs our taste buds. Excellent.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OH NO! There goes Tokyo! There goes Hopzilla!

A: Poured into my pint glass this beer pour a little too pale, with a fluffy head that is to quick to dissipate and leaves little to no lace. This, however is about the only "flaw"

S: The DIPA has the right amount of notes as you'd want to get from hops. Piny, fruity, citrus, its all there in equal amounts. The hops are very balanced with each other.

T: The flavor starts out as a hoppy tongue bruiser. After about half the pint is gone, the malt backbone finally kicks in to balance this brew and give some relief.

MF/D: The mouth feel surprisingly is full and chewy. The drink, however, might suffer a tab bit because of the harshness of the hops, but this is a hop heads dream.

Overall, This is the real east coast version of a west coast IPA. Grab this up while it's fresh and still on the shelfs, because Hopzilla will come, he will reak havoc, and he will leave and never return again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mondegreen
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2012 Monster Beer Tour Review:
12oz into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.
Pours a crystal clear deep gold with very little head and next to no lacing. The nose is very boozy. Muted hops and hot fusel alcohols. Taste is a hot mess: sweet alcohol, next to no bitterness, and a very generic, flat, and distant hop flavor. Mouthfeel is about average for a DIPA, maybe a little heavier/slicker than I'd like, but I can't really tell because I want this stuff out of my mouth as quickly as possible.

Overall, this is Terrapin's biggest disappointment to date (and that's saying a lot). To put it into perspective, as of right now (March 2012) I can find side projects on shelves from the middle of 2009. They just sit forever. The ONE Side Project that flew off shelves? The original Hopzilla. Why, then, would they change it so drastically? Anyways, I'd advise against picking this one up, especially at $13-$16/4-pack. If Terrapin reverts this beer to its original glory, I'll gladly restore my original review. Until then, thumbs down.

Original 2010 Side Project Review (Score was a 4.63):
22oz into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.

Pours a hazy golden color with a healthy white head. Leaves thick lacing down the glass. Aroma is all citrus hops. Smells wonderful; fresh, bright, alive. Taste follows, showcasing bitter hop flavors without going too far on bitterness. The Maris Otter malts carry the hops wonderfully, and the mouth benefits. This is one smooth DIPA.

At nearly 11%, this beer could be expected to be abrasive, but it isn't. This is the best side project Terrapin has produced to date. Don't skip it - it is well worth the $7-$8 price of admission.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a DIPA come out of the hard to keep track of Side Project series from Terrapin Beer Company. Appears a bright clouded brilliant orange apricot tone, with a bright full slightly off white head. The head billows above the rim of my chalice and has nice chunky lacing surrounding the edges of my glass. Aroma contains bitter grapefruit edges pretty much a nose ful of zest, strong citrus flowing notes with sugary candy coated hop flow to it. I don't care if people want to call the hop nose a bit one dimensional this stuff smells great, hints of tropical fruit esters with straight up citrus peels. Flavor 100% Maris Otter malts I didn't know what to expect here, but this is excellent malts backed up by pure bitterness. A bit sugary malt sweetness but that's okay I will drink some hop candy. My friend John Diflorio picked up a case of this at Robinson Beverage, dropped 80 bucks, I do like it and it's definitely worth a shot but I could picture getting tired of an almost 11% DIPA. Sweet tooth with hop bitterness wrapped around it, big ass DIPA alot of bitterness and loads of malts. It works but the grapefruit peel bitterness with the sugar malts makes this way too drinkable. As it warms a bit of residual sugars really cling to the palate, still a burning/tingling mix of hop oils and alcohol linger on the palate, and hop burps blow out the nares turning me into a real life Hopzilla. Drinkability as mentioned prior could be summed up in single terms, tasty...dangerous...hop-a-fuckn'-licious...that's it.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a large-bubbled white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving decent lacing.

Smells of candied apricots and tropical fruits with good amounts of slightly bready pale malt aromas lurking in the background.

Tastes better than it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by loads of tropical fruit flavors. Hints of citrus and herbal hop flavors work their way into things midway through the sip, before fading a bit to allow the malt flavors to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the cask version of this was more drinkable but not quite as complex as the tap version. Still, the more I have this beer the better it becomes, well worth a shot before it's gone.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 946 ratings