Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopzillaTerrapin Hopzilla

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 946 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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 +2.7%
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 spycow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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 PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mothman
2.51/5  rDev -37.4%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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 nickfl
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 woodychandler
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 BEER88
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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