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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by generalnotsew on 07-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin Hopzilla is like bitter candy.

It poured hazy orangy straw, with a short head that dissipated quickly. The color was extremely pleasant to look at; however head and lace was lacking. The smell and flavor were an explosion of sweet grapefruit--this was one of the few double IPAs (or IPAs for that matter) I would describe as down-right delicious. The feel was intense mouth-wakening bitterness, The combination of sweet flavor and bitter feel was extraordinary, making this a wonderful and full experience. It was so dang delicious, the high ABV was a non-factor.

Hopzilla was Terrapin's 12th "Side Project." I would love to see this as a regular, or at worst, a seasonal offering. It would certainly have a place in my rotation.

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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 cbak999
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale yellow with a nice white head. Not too much lacing.

S-This might be the best aspect of this beer. great grapefruit and citrus amells. This beer smells amazing.

T-Very good for a 10.8% beer. tastes closely follow the smells. no malt flavors at all...pure hops and citrus.

D-Fairly drinkable given the abv. I like it. will drink more for sure.

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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 kels
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot shade with a well-retained finger-thick white, foamy head. There's visible sediment suspended within the murky liquid, and a slight bit of carbonation can be seen as well.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. The hops present themselves only slightly as a hint of bitter earthiness underneath a heavier layer of vaporous alcohol. Some biscuity, dry grains accompany it to bully out the hoppy goodness I was expecting.

Flavors reveal just as much astringent alcohol as the nose, but backs it up with juicy citrus and sappy hop goodness. There's a sweetness that's slightly cloying yet the grains still remain dry overall in the flavor profile. They are more crisp and toasty than caramelly. Feel is well carbonated and very wet and juicy.

Drinkability is high despite the sharp -OH. I've definitely been putting it back faster than intended, as the warmth in my cheeks bears witness.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden yellow and cloudy complexion. looks like a hefeweizen almost.

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice and domianted grapefruit. smells like a west coast style.

taste: Interesting and different malt backbone. Not balanced. more to the hops side. Bgi citrus and grapefruit.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. light side for a DIPA

drinkability: nice comeback after the last side project.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Smokin Joe's for the Big Pour Event.

A-pours a deep golden yellow color with a thin white head.

S-huge nose of all hops, not much malt at all and I'm a fan. tons of sweet ripe grapefruit and tangerine (tropical fruity hops with littler bitterness), notes of pine needles and more fruity citrus.

T-the taste has some earthy malt body but very light. its a hop explosion, more pine than the nose, very herbal dry pine, notes of citrus, more citrus, tons of tangerine and ripe bitter grapefruit and all the citrus flavors associated.

M-this has a medium body that is lively on the tongue, semi dry crisp finish.

D-big time hop bomb, it is singular but the citrus and pine flavors meld extremely well together making a citrus blast with hop balance and extreme drinkability.

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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 wesbrownyeah
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 JohnQVegas
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, split two ways.

Pours a cloudy dark straw color, or maybe a very pale copper. An interesting color either way. Creamy white head is a full finger thick, settles into a dense white cap on top with some sparse lacing.

Nose is pretty intense. Alcohol is the first thing to pop out at me, prominent but not dominant. Big tropical fruit aromas pop out next, pineapple and a bit of grapefruit, with a richness shining through from underneath courtesy of the Marris Otter.

Taste follows suit. Deep, buttery-rich malt body sits underneath a big, smooth layer of tropical-citrus goodness, with just a dash of pine towards the finish. Alcohol comes through clearly, wrapping itself around the spicy-tickle of the hops and making the hops seem brighter, more vivid. This one is all about balance, but it does it right, integrating every component in with the next. Big hops, big malt, big alcohol, but nothing too big and everything working with everything else. Nice south-coast style DIPA.

Mouthfeel is big, smooth, ridiculously full-bodied. Smooth tingle from first sip to last swallow, moderate alcohol burn, and a fullness that leans into creamy territory. Possibly my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability is good, but a beer this big and with an alcohol note this warming can only go so far in this area. Lots going for it.

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

22oz bomber into a Hopus tulip pours a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight laving on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and mild sweet malts. The taste is a very nice amount of crisp, sharp citrus hops in front of a nice sweet caramel malts with just a trace of alcohol presence. I had this one on-tap last week, and my only complaint was the alcohol presence, that is much less of an issue in this presentation, smooth and crisp with decent carbonation makes this one a great easy sipper. This is a very enjoyable DIPA, one I would certainly be inclined to try again.

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

I guess these guys bat about .500 in my book when it comes to their side projects. I dug the Capt Krunkles, not so much the Boomshagalager and others, but I think this one is a keeper.

Not stunning, mind you, and it does fall into the same trap that I find many DIPAs fall into. That being too much malt to still do what I want an IPA to do, but I did like the aromas and flavor profile the hops provided, even if the beer itself lacked brightness.

Now, maybe that's wishing a beer style would do something other than it's supposed to do, but I can't change the fact that I do like brightness in hop-centric brews.

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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 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 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 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 Thiestru
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: It's spot-on with the color: that hoppy, hazy golden we all love. Unfortunately, the head is very thin, with poor lacing. It looks sadly thin. The color goes a long way to making up for these faults, though.

Smell: Floral hops, somewhat tempered and not overpowering.

Taste: Despite the alcoholic strength, this is a surprisingly easygoing beer. There's just the right amount of bitterness; the taste of the hops is the focus here. What maltiness there is is very subdued. With a name like 'Hopzilla', I really expected something much more brazen than this, but it's enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, as indicated by the appearance, but not too watery.

Drinkability: The two areas above make this incredibly easy to drink. You might find yourself taking big swigs, as I am. That's ok. I don't think Terrapin were going for subtlety with this beer, so feel free to chug away. Just beware: the 10.8% alcohol content IS lurking in here, somewhere.

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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 Ryan011235
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/3/10

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a thin yellow & settles a golden, pineapple/orange color. It's rather bright. Just shy of one finger, the bubbly white foam thinned quickly to a skim & some bubbles. Two trails of lace remain for a while. Lacing all but drips down mid glass. This beer looks familiar.

The aroma also imparts familiarity, though it doesn't seem quite as harsh as Stone 14th. Even still, the hop aromas (rest assured this seems to be an hoppy critter) are riddled with a soapy/solvent smell. Over-ripe citrus notes are present, too; mostly orange peel & lemon. Light grassy hints. Bready yeast undertones. I will say the aroma stops short of agitating my nose.

Ah, Hopzilla doesn't taste very good, either. To say the citrus is over-ripe is a gift. It calls to mind a watery, herbal, fruit-infused tea that was aged on a pile of well-past-prime orange rind. But it doesn't stop there; the soapy qualities of the nose start to emerge mid-swallow & hang on toward the finish. Just before the finish it shifts towards a castrated hop flavor paired up with a near-aspirin bitterness. For joy...

Medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. The feel is pretty mundane in the context of the flavors. There is some slickness & there is only a touch of heat while cold; the alcohol is hidden very well. I'll give it that much. The finish is mostly astringent bitterness, leaving a chalky feel on the tongue that lasts & lasts.

As for drinkability, I'm not too thrilled to polish off the rest of the bottle. Granted, it could be much worse, but it only avoids a lower rating because it's kind of bland overall.

Now then, since I compared it to Stone 14th here's how I think it will pan out. Those who didn't like Stone 14th will think this is somewhat better; those who like Stone 14th won't find this to be as good. The 14th is polarizing; though I don't care for it, I can see why many enjoy it. Hopzilla is bland enough for the ratings to fall closer to average.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of mikey711
2.41/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice golden color, but cloudy, with a half inch head that holds well but does not leave lacing.

S: Floral hop notes, touches of lemon, huge maltiness, onions, scallions pine sol. There is also a soapy quality

T: This ultra hoppy and malty. the hops however a a bit to astringent. The hops also have a bit of a scallion and onion flavoring. the maltiness in this one is also very sweet and very present

M: Slightly rough because it was a bit to prickly. There is some heat present as well

D: I found myself having trouble finishing the bomber because the astringent quality

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Photo of PDXHops
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy apricot body, smallish white head that manages to leave some decent splotchy lacing.

After being disappointed by the cleverly named yet lupulin-challenged "Hopsecutioner", I'll have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by the actual hoppiness in Hopzilla. Not a bad take on a DIPA, although I think there's a point where booziness is too dominant a factor in the flavor profile, and 10.8% has definitely passed that point. Hops are intensely floral up front(an unexpected combo to be sure), transitioning to a stinging general bitterness then a citrusy punch at the swallow. They certainly got the bitterness right, but lingering doughy sweetness and booziness limit enjoyment for me.

Overall impression: Below average, but it seems like it could potentially be pretty good with a few tweaks.

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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 Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a medium yellow orange color with about half a fingers worth of head. Very hazy and sharp in its haziness. The smell is rich but not very large. I didn't smell it when it opened or during the pour but the scent is musky and dank, sweet and herbal.

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The flavor is that of a big and heavy IPA, not tongue ripping but full. It certainly has a basement musk blending a fruity and sweet citrus edge with a complex maltiness and bitter herbal edge riding underneath. The body is very full, almost a bit heavy, but very supportive of the entire brew and somehow I taste no booze in this which is outstanding. The drinkability is great at first but this is certainly not a quick drink.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a fast-receding fluffy, white head. The aroma is absolutely loaded with tropical fruits, grapefruit, etc. - never smelled a beer this intensely fruit. While it's a truly delicious smell, it made me a bit leery of the taste - I don't really like my DIPAs loaded with tropical fruitiness, and I'm starting to worry this will skew to the sweet side. I take my first sips and, as expected, it's a bit of a letdown. Lots of tropical fruits, a bit of an odd medicinal/chemical character, and then the hops. Much too sweet. This isn't what I want from a DIPA - I like my DIPAs loaded with hops, bitter, resiny and dry. Extremely disappointed. I guess it's not wrong, per se, but it's not what I was wanting from this brew. It ends up being an unremarkable and unimpressive taste.

Not impressed by this beer. I won't be having again. Should be renamed Tropicsweetzilla.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 940 ratings.
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