Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopzillaTerrapin Hopzilla

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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 Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's. Smooth DIPA, full of citrus hop flavour and flavour up front. You do not notice the palate erasing as you are bribed by the flavour. Nice malt supportVery good drinkability and style representative. Cloudy orange appearance.Top level label.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2014.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet honey, citrus zest, and citrus juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a lightly hazy yellow color. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer reminded me of lemons and hops mixed together. The taste of the beer was very nice too, it's got a very lively kick to it, lots of citrus in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and refreshing, and leaves a good bite on the tongue. Overall I found this to be a really good IPA for the summer time. I would drink it again if I ever happen to come across it down the line.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a thick, tight bubbled head that leaves quite a few strands down the pint glass

Smell: Floral and tropical, with tangerine, grapefruit and pine

Taste: Opens with a sweet, fruity flavor that adds an piney bitterness by mid-palate, along with a clearly discernable bit of alcohol; after the swallow, the sweet malt softens the bitterness and creates a tropical citrus fruit potpourri

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Drinkability: A bit too sweet and sticky for my palate but a very nice crack at the style; I just prefer my beers more attenuated

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice white head. Aroma is quite nice with floral, tropical, and citrus hops in abundance. Some apricot in the nose as well. A touch of sweetness, but this is surely all about the hops. Taste brings more raw hoppy goodness. Large amounts of bitterness atop the tiniest bit of malt. Mouth is nice and dry and the beer goes down quite smoothly considering the abv and hop level.

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Photo of mothman
2.51/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a white head. Color is a bright, yet pale straw yellow. Kind of hazy.

Aroma: Oniony, some bitterness, pine. Not that good. Creamy, like cream corn. Odd.

Taste: Bitter, piney, floral hops, dill pickles, creamy, citrus flavors. Nothing impressing me.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and messy.

Overall, this was just a pretty bad dipa. It had some many odd flavors to it and nothing seemed to work for it. I didn't want to drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a very hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace. This beer looks oddly similar to a belgian wit especially considering how different the flavor is.

S - A very strong aroma of citrus hops with an emphasis on grapefruit. Light hints if orange and mango in the background barely manage to sneak past the grapefruit. There is some bready malt hiding in there a well, with just a hint if toasted grain.

T - Resinous, pone and grapefruit hops up front with lots of sweet, malty sugar. Some bitterness begins to creep in towards the middle but is still balanced by the sugary malt and overshadowed by the wave of hop flavor. The beer finishes with investing bitterness that begins to reveal smoky, mustard like hop flavors that I would normally associate with a much darker beer. Lingering bitterness and sugary fruit notes from the interplay of malt and hops.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the aroma on this ber is fantastic, and while the flavor is nearly equally hoppy, it comes across as a bit too sweet. While a good dose of sugar is naturally required to balance this level of hop intensity, this is somewhat excessive. The sweetness robs the hop flavor of some of its intensity by making it taste kind of like candied, dried fruit. Still, the hop aroma is spectacular, and it is a very nice DIPA overall. It is reminiscent of Avery Maharaja, thoughif it was a bit dryer, it would be even better.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 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 billab914
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a murky, pale orange/amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, but didn't leave much lacing.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy and fruity hoppiness to it with some peach, pineapple and grapefruit to it. Just a bit of alcohol shows through a bit as well.

The taste has a lot of juicy peach flavors coming through. A little bit of a tropical, pineapple, citrus flavors come through as well. A bit of a grapefruit flavor with a dry bitterness comes through towards the finish. it has a wonderful fruity and bright hoppiness to it overall.

The mouthfeel is relatively light with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good for me, I loved the hoppy, fruity flavors. The peach and pineapple flavors are some of my favorite hoppy flavors in beer and this one did them exceptionally. My only criticism is although the alcohol was very well hidden, 10% is too high for me to drink that often unfortunately. Terrapin should really consider making this one a regular or seasonal release. I would definitely buy it often, and if they toned down the abv a few % it would definitely be a very frequent purchase and a regular in my fridge along with Two Hearted and Rye PA. That's how much I liked the flavors in this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent. A very dark amber color with a small white head of foam that came up over the top. A nice settle down caused the lace to cling a touch but the top did go bare after a few minutes.

The aroma was very nice though. Rich citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and pineapple notes. Light biscuit comes through as it warms and a touch of alcohol starts to really come through. The flavor was nicely balanced. At first a touch shredding with loads of pineapple and bitter grapefruit coming through, but mellowing nicely as it came up to room temperature, offering some departure with a touch of sweet caramel flavor. Nice medium body was spot on for the style and the strong alcohol notes led this one to be a real nice sipper.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at StoneGrille in York, PA, served chilled in a goblet.

The color is golden amber with mild haze and thin light head with fine bead.
The smell has a strong citrus quality with some orangeade like odor with mango and slight grapefruit with light alchol in the nose. The feel is very good with fruity tangy and moderately bitter hop texture with moderate carbonation and light astringency with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good, tangy with mango in the hop flavor and fruitiness is strong with some mild lime zest and hint of orange with slight malt in the back with gentle alcohol flavor adding to the tropical and citrus flavors the hops give off. The finish is relatively dry with a subtle warmth. Overall this is a seriously good Imperial IPA, nice amount of hop flavor and for the strength the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Charlie for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a lightly hazed golden orange color with a finger or so worth of white foam.

S: A fair amount of grapefruit rind as well as some oily, piney, resin. Hints of tropical fruits provide some sweetness and there is a touch of alcohol on the back end.

T: Sweet tropical fruits up front, namely pineapple and mango. Unfortunately, lots of sugary sweetness and alcohol. The heat from the alcohol is so intense it's almost like ash with a hit of vodka. Some lingering piney bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I thought this one would be alright from the nose, but the flavor was just awful. Way too hot and alcoholic.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 09/05/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, and floral hops.

t - Has a little bit of bitterness to it. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, and fruity malts, A ncie balance.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth body that is very easy to drink.

d - A decent DIPA with a good amount of citrus in the smell and taste. Not my favorite side project from them but not bad.

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Photo of orangesol
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Another hoppy beer from Terrapin eh, lets see how this one turns out...

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of tropical fruits - mostly grapefruit - and some pine resin. Also hints of caramel malt and some booze once the hops die down a bit.

T - Starts off with some dulled citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruit rind and some booze, which only grows stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness, hop bitterness and booze burn, lingering on the pallet for quite some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The hops are fading and the malt is growing but all things considered a pretty decent feel.

O - Not too bad really. The smell was really nice but the taste was going a little stale. Worth the shot for sure.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by djmiller92. Thanks Dave!

Hopzilla is a hazy yellow-orange hue with a thin white head that leaves only small traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very powerful, with scents of resinous hops and pine, followed by hints of citrus fruits. The beer tastes pretty good and the 10.8% alcohol is concealed to a certain degree. The flavor is a huge blast of pine and hops. The feel is quite sticky and sweet, nearly chewy. In this regard, I would guess that the abv is 10% or more. I enjoyed this beer, though I hear that it is better on draft. This isn't something of which I would want a lot, but I enjoyed my six ounces in a snifter. I would drink this again.

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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 AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pure amber, clear body, head just under an inch.

Smells pretty dank, lots of peach, some mandarin orange, some sweet malt.

Taste is dank, has a little peach again, some orange, some grapefruit maybe, lots of fruit but not too bitter, fairly sweet with a big malt backbone, pretty spicy hop character too.

Good carbonation, fairly thick body, not as dry as I like my IPAs but pretty drinkable.

Good beer! Big fruit character, fairly hoppy, pretty malty too which isn't my thing but this is really good. Glad to finally get to try this!


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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing.

Pours a golden color with an orangish hue. There's a short, white head that has decent retention. The nose is lightly malty, bready but primarily citrusy with a little underlying floral aroma. The flavor is similar; light, bready malt up front with a bitter, citrusy, floral hop character. The alcohol is noticeable but adds only warmth and body. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This was a decent beer, but in my opinion it was a little "run-of-the-mill". There's nothing memorable about it. It's well put together, but probably not worth more than one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an interesting dipa in that it's not trying to blow my mind by blowing away my palate. Thick flavor profile with a slightly noticeable boozy tone, but not as much as I would expect for a 10.7% beer. A nice drinker. I could certainly deal with slightly less of a boozy tone, less prevalent malts, and a higher hop influence. It's a nice enough drinker though.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in Destin, FL. It pours a light bodied and slightly cloudy tinged Orange in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. The nose is very fresh and full of citrus fruits. It has only a like bitterness up front. It's really appealing and somewhere in a less fragrant Double Trouble territory. The 10% isn't present at all. The flavors too are fresh of citrusy hops with an off dry finish. The bitterness is pretty mellow and it leaves a lot of tangerine behind in the after taste. It's pretty impressive and again, like a poor man's Double Trouble. It drinks light and is as drinkable as a 10% beer can be. I like this one and I'm surprised by its quality. This is a nice beer. I'm glad Terrapin decided to bring it back in four packs.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Terrapin : Hopzilla

Eye: Clear copper color, white filmy head. Leaves some spotty lace.
Nose: Pine and citrus hops with some candied orange and fusel alcohol especially as it warms slightly. Bright hops and alcohol.
Tongue: Citrusy hops, firm maltyness and a good presence of alcohol. Faint caramel, biscuit and pine flavor are intertwined.
Mouth: Medium to full bodied on the palate with a stinging carbonation and hop bite drying the beer out slightly.
Mind: Good beer, when cold it is sublime, as it warms it gets a little pushy. Still a top notch double IPA. Any lupulin fans will enjoy this.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a medium head that fades to a thin ring. Fine for the abv. Lots of sweet, clean malt and lots of citrusy hops with a touch of pine. It ends up being quite balanced between the hops and the malt, but personally I'd like less malt to accent the hops more. As is, the hops are not quite up to their fully glorious potential. A little bit sweet, but very smooth and extremely drinkable for the high abv. A very good effort, but I feel this is sort of like Hopsecutioner volume 1 doubled, instead of Hopsecutioner volume 2 doubled, which I would have preferred more. Still quite enjoyable, though.

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