Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopzillaTerrapin Hopzilla

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by generalnotsew on 07-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.89/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: A thick hazy, amber and by thick i mean even floating particulates. head forms and breaks down but lacing remains steady throughout.

Nose: malt comes off as creamy and leads right into orangey, grapefruit, lemon grass, spice and mineral notes are strong. very, enticing. like a siren beckoning lesser mariners to their doom!

Mouth: the malt in this monster is actually a bit softer than a another comparable double(maharaja). med-heavy body, thick mouth feel with a bit of sweetness from the malt at the beginning that gives way to the plethora of hops. the soapy character pops up in the middle and doesn't provide the 'undesirable' finish that many who aren't cut out for real IPAs like this one would complain about. fruity and hoppy throughout with a lightly creamy finish with hints of spice and mineral notes. almost no grassy lingering notes.

FRICKIN' awesome. if your in it's vicinity .... get it! i don't believe you'll be disappointed, this is one of the tastiest offering from terrapin to date, the real question is why most of what they brew isn't of as an exceptional quality as this delicious monster

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Photo of cgwalden
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exquisite DIPA with hops that are almost tropical in nature. The malt is slightly sweet and backs up the mammoth hops nicely. I like this best in a pinot noir glass to get the full benefit of the aromatic hops. Though it has a high alcohol content, it is well hidden in the taste profile. My hopes are that terrapin will make this a regular offering. It is one of their best side projects to date.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a beautiful hazy golden amber with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled white head. Epic aroma is hoppy in the extreme - it is like smelling a freshly cut pine tree. Flavor is as hoppy as a bullfrog on angel dust, and has hints of grapefruit and orange. Double IPA, hell - this is more like a quadruple IPA! Edgy, ragged texture is quite fizzy and leaves a hoppy and citrus finish. If you like hoppy beers, this one is for you!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 8oz draft at the Porter during the Terrapin Takeover on 5/21/11

A - A cloudy light orange hue. One finger white head. Sticky lace all over the glass. Beautiful!

A - Citrus hops, grapefruit and piny hops. The citrus hops give off lots of sweet floral notes. Orange, pineapple. Piny hops also prevalent, giving a nice grapefruit smell.

T - Grapefruit and citrus. High ABV is hidden. Big hop kick at the end. Sweet flavors from the malts. So well balanced!

M - Medium carbonation, nice mouth feel. Creamy. Very crisp! Light bodied.

O - An amazing double IPA. Up there with the Hopslam and the Majaraja as one of my favorites. Very drinkable as well, as the high ABV is well hidden and it is so well balanced. Not too bitter, which often occurs in Double/Imperial IPA's. So glad that the Porter offered what I am sure is one of the last kegs, as I have been searching for this brew for awhile.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale golden body looked clear, and exhibited a lot of active carbonation, which formed a one finger thick head. The smell was very citric and tempting me to jump into tasting immediately. The flavor was spicy, sugary, and herbal, with crisp West Coast vibe. Loved the sticky body, and drawn out finish as well. Like a one dimensional B-movie, with some scenes of gore, and a couple of shots of topless girls, this was a simple construction that was greater than the sum of its parts. It was a worthwhile visit. Like Gamma Ray, this deserves to be promoted out of the side project series, and into the main line.

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Photo of KalH
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried Hopzilla on-tap @ TapHouse in Norfolk, VA. Body was a cloudy light orange with a faint one-finger smooth head. I immediately smelled the beer as soon as it was set in front of me. This has an overwhelmingly tropical fruit scent to it. The scents are more specifically of mango, papaya, and pineapple, along with some pine. This was definitely one of the most aromatic beers I've ever had and it smelled deliscious.

Upon tasting Hopzilla, it really did not let me down at all. This is a stellar brew that tastes sweet with the tropical fruits mentioned and also has a strong juicy hop flavor that is bold but not abrasive on the tongue. There is a slight pine tar taste in the back but it is mostly hidden by the overall flavor of the beer.

Hopzilla has a nice, even carbonation and a pleasant but sticky aftertaste to it. Despite having a high ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden and was only faintly noticed in the back of the throat. Sticky lacing on glass. This was an amazing beer to have on-tap and I highly recommend this to anyone into the style. Very well done.

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Photo of Mojo
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

This one doesn't seem to be that balanced between malt and hops but that is okay. It is a citrus bomb following by a massive bitterness. The alcohol is very well hid for a beer with that much alcohol. Nose is very floral and citrus. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Try this one if you like the grapefruit.

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Photo of TheWholeMatt
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a nice darker orange color with not a big head. Wish it were a little bigger but oh well.

Smell - man the smell of this beer was phenomenal, I actually said wow when I smelled it. Citrus and hops off the bat. Very good

Taste - this tasted almost as good as it smelled. Very easy to drink, smooth with noticeable carbonation. This is a pretty hoppy beer, I find it much more enjoyable than terrapin's hopsecutioner. I wish this had a little more bitterness tho

Mouthfeel - smooth. Very easy to drink

Overall - very good beer. Exactly what you'd want on a summer night, super refreshing and tasty. Well done terrapin.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with some haze and a bright white head. Huge resinous hop nose. Earthy, mangos, papaya, are just a few unique scents i'm picking up. Pineapple comes through a bit as the beer airs. A tropical fruit storm. Extreme tropical fruit presence. Massive actually. comes across kind of sweet for such a hop bomb. Medium sized body holds all the flavors together into one big fruit bowl wave across the tongue. Bitterness comes in the form of a slight earthiness but bitterness isn't really perceived so much, its really just there for balance. Flavors are much like the nose, tropical fruits, some detectable alcohol. Very good and very unique, sweet peaches comes through on the palette as the beer warms.

Very very good. Starting to get juicy ripe oranges on the tongue as well. Wow what a beer. Deep, complex, and fruity. I love it.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has an orange zest with a citric and ripened fruit smell with a bready sweet malt and some alcohol mixed in with that. It has a nice orange tasting hop bite in the front with that sweet almost syrupy bready malts and the aftertaste is the citric bite it left in your mouth.

Its a tangy IPA its pretty delicious and is definitely a beer that needs to be warmed up. The alcohol is noticeable but really balances a lot better when warmed up. It is 10.3 percent so it is expected.

I like the juicy citrus hop bite this one produces. Terrapin always makes a very tasty beer. This one being no exception. It definitely can stand up to the other big double IPA's out there.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deeply hazy gold color with two fingers of white head that disappears quickly to just a wisp of foam.

Aromas of piney resins and red grapefruit. No malt to speak of. Very woody aromas in the back.

First sip is of resiny pine, some malt sweetness, and then the grapefruit. With all the hoppiness of this brew, there is actually some balance in play with the malt. The hops are over the top, but the sweet malt keeps them from becoming puckering. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is full and coating with the bitterness lingering in the after glow. There is actually a nice balance in play here between the hops and the malt. This is a very well done extreme beer.

Drinkability is high, except the alcohol will kick your ass. For the bottle, it's highly drinkable, but I would not want to try to session this beer. It's a nightcap.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Green's Midtown for $7.49. Slight cloudy orange pour into a Duvel stem. Smallish white finger of white froth. Super bright aroma, pineapple and mango whiffs bursting into my nostrils. Huge right off the bat- tropical fruits and pine. Crunchy grapefruit rind, white pepper in the middle. Massive, dense and resiny. What I loved about this the most is that with all of this hop flavor, there was no messy malt sweetness to be had. Clean and highly drinkable for 11%. Could be my #1 Terrapin to date.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a small creamy white head that recedes to a thick collar and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is excellent and chock full of juicy citrus hops - pineapples and grapefruit - as well as floral and lemongrass. There is also a good bit of sweet malts and plenty of alcohol burn as well.

The taste is excellent as well with the hops dominating from the outset with pineapples and oranges. There is a hefty malt base but it gives way to a bitter resinous pine finish. Really nice flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and prickly with hop juice.

This is a very impressive beer from Terrapin, possibly the best Side Project I've had. It's a big, juicy citrus DIPA that's exceptionally drinkable for the ABV. It's almost hard to believe it's that hefty.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2012 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a clear golden color with a fingers worth of lasting head and spots of lacing.

Smells: a huge pine and citrus hopped up IPA with a sweetness.

Tastes: there is a grapefruit and citrus hop character that is fresh sweet hops that lingers.

Mouthfeel: there is a lasting carbonation throughout drinking this ale and I have to say that balance the higher 10% and the sweet bitter aftertaste is wonderful.

Overall: I picked up a 4 pack for $11 bucks and I will be going back tomorrow to pick up a few more packs to say the least. this is a awesome brew that I fully enjoy fresh. I plan to pick up some more a see if they age decent.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold around the edges, giving way to a light orange in the wide portion of my Sam Adams glass. White billowy head has big bursting bubbles snap, krackel and popping. Plenty of carbonation streams. Good lacing.

Big pine forest with a grapefruit grove deeper in the trees. Good enticing aroma.

Big thick slab of sweet malt slathers the tongue and mouth, laying a solid foundation. This is not just hop juice. Juicy fruit burst from all sides, spraying grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Other than a warm glow, alcohol is well hidden. Clean finish, but not too aburpt.

Good solid, almost thick mouthfeel. Chewy.

Good drinkability, though one bomber in a night is plenty. I wouldn't mind having another in the future though.

After much internal debate, it seems I made a solid choice for my birthday beer, and my first review since my medical enforced beer sabbathical. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a well-clouded, near opaque, dark orange-gold body with a film of off-white fizz.

Smell: A decent malt presence, with some notes of simple sliced bread, almond butter, and caramel, though we're mainly here for the hops, with a penetrating liveliness when it comes to the myriad of fruit scents - loads of citrus, tropical, and even some orchard fruit. Light waft of booze as well.

Taste: Lightly bready malts in the fore with sweet traces of caramel and marzipan. A lavish abundance of fruity flavors - pineapple, pear, lychee, tangerine, and lemon, all melting together to impart a boutique p√Ęte de fruit character. As for the 100+ IBUs, the bitterness was definitely bold and brash, but it was never displeasingly abrasive. A pinch of sugar, then back to the bitterness assimilating some peppered alcohol tones. Bittersweet, warming, still so fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-light carbonation. Some noted chewiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Full, flavorful and packed with fruity complexities. I enjoyed this one. As for the drinkability, the sheer tastiness overrode the bitterness and alcohol, so maybe that's why the remainder of that particular evening is a tad hazy.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of terrapinfan88
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Brooklyn tulip, nice medium yellow not much head or lacing

Smell: Its as if someone managed to construct a wrecking ball made entirely out of grapefruit and pine needles and swung it into your face. I thought it was magnificent personally.

Taste: Wow grapefruit and pear explosion, a little pine, mangos, so hoppy its divine. hides its ABV nicely until you give it a chance to warm up and then it hits you. You get the warmth in your chest and the bitterness takes a backseat to this semi sweet boozy taste and the beer seems to get a little syrupy. It was great how the hop bite went from being the first thing you taste and then slowly move to the back end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Puckery, sharp, a little heat from the alcohol

Drinkability: The only thing keeping me from chugging two more bombers was the ABV. I personally love the bite of hops and at 110 IBUs this brew had some bite.

Best double I have had to date.

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Photo of jskoog
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow Orange with nice white inch thick head.
S: Floral and Citrus bombardment. Smelled great, which really lent to the taste.
T: I was impressed with this. My wife is huge on the Rye squared, but this takes it in my opinion. Great mixture of floral and grapefruit with a nice complex malt backing to mask the alcohol. Very very good DIPA. I think this is my favorite Terrapin.
M: Nice and crisp like a DIPA should be.
D: Taste wise I could drink these all night. At 10.8% it would be a short but fun night.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased locally (thrilled to see Terrapin Side Projects in the state) and poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a bright, yet not translucent gold. An initially impressive 2-3 fingers of creamy white foam rise, but retention is merely average and lacing is practically nonexistent. The aroma is straight grapefruit and citrus, smells like a top notch west coast IIPA. The nose didn't lie, this is a fantastic hop forward, California double IPA. There's only a hint of bready malts serving as a backbone, thanks to the all Marris Otter malt bill, but hops are clearly in charge here. There's plenty of bitterness to be sure, but it's exceptionally refined and smooth. It acts as a prelude to waves of citrus (again, primarily grapefruit) that, if they lingered a little longer, would garner Hopzilla a 5 for taste. The body is as light as you'd expect for a beer that's all hops, but it manages not to cross over into being too thin. Carbonation is spot on for the style, really helping further showcase the hops. Hopzilla drinks incredibly smoothly, between the great flavor and the fact that 10.8% ABV is entirely hidden. Were it not for me taking the time to type this review I would have polished off the whole bomber absurdly quickly. Hopzilla is the best of Terrapin's Side Projects from the last year, and a great reminder of why I became a fan of them in the first place.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at World Market in Hoover Alabama for $3.00 341ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Pours with a surprising amount of head for a high alcohol DIPA. Dark orange color.

S- PERFECT DIPA! Absolutely wonderful. Coriander, orange peel, musty.

T- Excellent. Lots of hops but not too bitter. Barely can tell it's over 10% alcohol. Caramel galore

M- Excellent for an IPA. Dry and tart.

O- Excellent. Watch out for the alcohol. Excellent cold but gets hot as it warms. Keep it in the bottle and pour as needed

Food Pairing

I tried this wonderful DIPA out with... T-Bone steak and baked potato. Not my cup of tea. Way overpowered the steak straight off the BBQ. This beer would go very well with sushi though.


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Photo of mooseo
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. "Vintage 2012" on the side.

A - Cloudy orange gold with a tiny white head.

S - A blast of mango, grapefruit, oranges, and peaches. Some sweet malt and piney notes in there as well.

T - Massive grapefruit and mango flavors up front, backed by a subtle malty sweetness throughout. Finish is bitter with hints of earthy pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt lingers. Alcohol is evident, but not at all distracting.

M - Medium bodied, silky and crisp. Average carbonation.

O - Very impressive double IPA. Excellent aromatics, delicious flavor, and highly drinkable considering the high ABV. Simply an exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong but complementary and not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but works quite well and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a really good hop bomb worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a slightly cloudy shade of orange with a half finger white head. Looks pretty nice, almost Pliny-esque

S- INTENSE citrus aroma is coming through on this one. Very juicy, and absolutely perfect

T- juicy citrus hops, lots of tropical fruit coming through. Slight hints of booze too though

M- borderline syrupy. Really, really thick beer....doesn't have the perfect body like Pliny

O- this is very strong and in your face, but it's really, really damn good

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Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-24-2013
Freshness: 2013 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Terrapin Snifter
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

A: Hazy orange colored beer with a small off-white head. Retention is low, but OK for this big of a beer; lacing is very attractive.

S: The citrus and piney hops play well with the caramel malts for a dreamy aroma.

T: As in the smells, there is a great balance in the taste, with pine and citrus hop bitterness kept in check by a big maltiness from the Maris Otter. Also has a pleasing warming of alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a medium-high amount of carbonation on the tongue. The finish has both strong malt notes and big hoppy bitterness.

O: A fantastic DIPA here -- I need to go get some more. Happy that this is available locally!

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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