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 ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-somewhat hazy, bright amber color with a small amount of white head that quickly disappears to leave lace bubbles around the top

S-caramel malt, tropical fruit and pineapple, and citrus hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a sweet caramel malt and tropical fruit and some light citrus and pine hops. Alcohol gives a bit of warming, but does not taste like 10.7%.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall not as hoppy as I was expecting, but still a very nice drinking beer that goes down easily

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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 Fergyx825
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber beer with some bubbling in it, only a little bit of head on the pour. Seems to be very much as described when it comes to IPAs.

Smell: a very hoppy floral aroma, i really like the smell of this beer. This smells as described by the beer style. Almost smells sweet but full.

Taste: Not as hoppy as it smells, but it is a floral taste. Full and crisp. The aftertaste isn't much to brag about. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Thick beer with low carbonation makes for a good mouthfeel. Definitely drinkable.

Overall: Not a bad IPA, but not as hoppy as i would expect an IPA to be. I did enjoy it!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour into wide glass from Lures cask

A-Pour is hazy and golden. Fast dissipation of head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma is tropical fruit and pine.

T-Taste is very tropical fruit, pineapple sweetness. Pine notes follow with solid hop bitterness with a malt backbone.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced and lightly carbonated.

O-overall a decent DIPA that is not super hoppy.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a rinsed chalice from the bottle.

A: hazy golden deep orange Suspended carbonation or solids, can't tell. one finger head quickly dissipated to a thick collar and some islands of bubbly head. Some say generous lacing, I am getting some but not generous. No legs are visible.

S: Musty grapefruit. Synephrine laced orange pith. Carmel or other medium roasted malts. Malted milk ball centers.

T: Puckery grapefruit, bitter citrus. Huge malt stands up very well to the hops. Sweetness like a candy sugar, most likely unfermented caramel malts and not candy sugar. Bittersweet is the perfect moniker for this beer. Yeast is not offensive, just a light estered note.

M: SMOOOTH,carbonation is spot on and malts are generating some sweet smoothness. Very slightly dry at finish with phenolic notes on outbreath. Hides booziness pretty well.

O: Big. Has the most grapefruit notes I have had since Devil Dancer, without the huge dryness and desert parching qualities of DD. This is pretty good for a high IBU grapefruit bomb.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Aroma of piney alcohol.
Head small (1.5 cm), off-white, creamy, mostly diminishing, rapidly.
Lacing fair.
Body light orange, hazy.
Begins with piney resinous taste, ends with piney alcohol taste.
Body is medium, dry.
Carbonation lively.
Ends with an astringent aftertaste.

Overall not a bad example of a DIPA. Had it previously from the Side Project 12 incarnation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of MCain04
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, freshness date unknown, poured into DFH IPA glass.

Pours a murky yellow-orange body with a small white head of decent retention and lacing.

Heavy on the tropical fruits, oranage, pineapple, guava, lemon, grapefruit, mild pine and floral.

Taste is similar to the smell, with heavy orange and tropical fruit hops. Bitter but only moderately so. Not overly malty but a lot of sweetness is probably from the hop flavor and not only the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is brisk, bright, and carbonated. Medium body with an appropriately dry finish.

Overall a solid DIPA and definitely great if you like the tropical fruit flavors. For the more piney, bitter IPA seekers, look elsewhere.

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Photo of witster18
2.71/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rating appearance 3 cause this one's staying in the bottle.

Its warmed up a bit, I figure at 10.5% it won't make much difference in 'the heat' of the beer anyway.

Nose is rotting pineapple with pine.

Taste is kinda like a hoppy beer meets green Robitussin. Hard to distinguish anything more than a clear 'halls cough drop'.

I guess I was hoping for something different. It is what it's advertised to be, but it will be my last. I had a few lake Erie monsters during mantrip, and it proved a big beer can still b refreshing and complex.. THIS beer is neither.

There's just nothing distinguishable from the hopslam.. I don't expect it to be balanced, but the entry needed to go further out of the box.

Like the name, and some of the brewery's other offerings, but not this one.

A big one note.

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Photo of JG-90
2.24/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a small peach/tan head with okay retention. Leaves almost no lacing. Beer is a clear, light peach color. Smell starts with sweet malts and floral, seems almost like you can smell the booze too. Also has a bit of a great juicyness in the nose, with orange, grapefruit, and lemon.

Taste is dominated by overly sweet malt, is also very boozy. Has some floral hops, but very much lacking in the citrusy hops promised in the nose. Tastes like a sweet, boozy (almost) complete mess. This one just gets a pass from me, any more sweet and I would call it undrinkable (for me at least, I know some like the sweetness). Definitely not the godzilla of hops. Has average mouthfeel and below average carbonation for a DIPA, also has a bit of an oily feel that coats your mouth in floral sweetness.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. 2013 vintage

Looked decent, clear orange color with small head which did retain through most of the session. lacing was faint to non existent.

nose was mostly sweet malt and booze

Taste had a bit more going for it. Some pepper in there, booze not overpowering, but only a faint hop bite. Sweet malts were the more dominant.

Mouth only slightly heavy, good soft burn on the back of the mouth.

Overall, a good beer. Felt there was something missing in the hop department, but an enjoyable drink non the less. First beer i've reviewed with the same numbers across the board. Nothing really stood out, nothing really dragged it down.

Not up to Big Hoppy Monster level, imho.

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

A: This poured a hazy light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter citrus zest and a little sugary caramel.
T: It tasted like pineapple and sweet caramel, with a little citrus zest. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Slick body.
D: This was a nice double IPA. The scent and body were ok, but the taste was really good with crazy pineapple taste. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not top tier but enjoyable.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dirty orange color with a thick, beige/cream yellow-white head and decent retention. Lacing leaves a medium and sparse latticework of foam. Not the best looking DIPA around, that's for sure.

S-Mint, bitter hops, tannins, grapefruit, lemongrass, caramel sweetness, and a flash of booze to round off the nose.

T-Not what I expected from the nose. It seems almost like a malt bomb as the hops make a quick flash, but dissipate very quickly into a bready malt with a note of caramel sweetness. There is a pleasant, lingering aftertaste of resiny hops however, which gives it some redeeming quality.

MF- Creamy, rich, thick and viscous. Lovely for a DIPA.

O-A pretty good brew for Terrapin. They make fantastic hop-forward beers so I was expecting more from this one but it did not deliver. Not very well balanced but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Hoptopher
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apperence is a hazed amber with some sediment. Nice off white head the stays around fairly well.

Smells of grapefruit with some maltyness and little booze.

Taste hits you first with a lot of booze then you get that cracker malt. The hops finally come through at the finish. This one just doesn't have the hop presence I had hoped for, a little grapefruit and maybe some orange peel taste.

Feel is just a little sticky.

Overall not bad, not great.

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly hazed amber, no real head or lacing though.
S - Grapefruit, some pineapple, pine, big bready malt, a little musky, some dark caramels.
T - Juicy citrus hops, sweet candied apples, a little fresh bready, finished a little dry with some pine.
M - A little chewy, sticks to your palate, but doesnt feel as heavy as you'd think.
O - A good double IPA, but still a little too powerful and sweet to enjoy multiples of.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange brew. Hazy. Dense-looking. Quarter of an inch of white head. Held there in check.

Grapefruit and pine hops, drier than standard imperial red fare. Toffee, booze, and lots of sappy dank hops. Great nose. A little sweet.

Semi-sweet and sappy dank pine hops, notes of cooked grapefruit, caramel, toffee, blood orange, and alcohol. Even sweeter as it warms. Almost raisin-y, in the way that the dark fruits offer more sweetness. Toasty and hoppy, but not off-the-chain.

Softly carbonated. Thick syrupy body. Filled-out. Still a lot of booze in the mouth.

Good DIPA. Not outstanding, just good.

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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 larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy amber copper color with almost no head.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, some resin and pine.

T- Again tropical fruits and grapefruit, pine, biscuity malts, some earthy spices, some alcohol, not very bitter.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid sweeter DIPA. Would probably pick this up again, but doesn't stand out too much.

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Photo of rangerred
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orangish-brown with a one finger white head that fades away pretty quickly. A fairly solid white ring is left around the top of the beer with some splotchy lacing.

The aroma is filled with tropical fruit and grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Not a whole lot of malt but the juicy hops more than make up for it.

Huge hop burst upon tasting with a big rush of tropical fruit much like the aroa. Grapefruit, mango , pineapple, and orange are predominant. There is some nice biscuit malt character in the background and just a quick whiff of alcohol about halfway through. Bitterness is quite high but does a great job of counteracting the sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is slick and fairly dry for the style with a very balanced finish.

Overall, an extremely well done IIPA. Alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is not overly sweet as often happens with these beers. Great hop and malt balance and really quite drinkable for the strength. A nice beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from tap into unibroue tulip at Kickbacks in Jacksonville, FL. Big foamy pour over a deep burnt orange color. Nice hoppy sweet malt piney aroma.
Taste is malty sweetness..[piney but is balanced by the sweetness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight dried fruit and toffee, and hops. I would actually call this a strong ale; not a DIPA. Its way too sweet and way to strong...but its damn tasty! whatever you call it, its great

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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 macrosmatic
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, forms a one-finger white head over medium visible carbonation.

S: Hops! Tropical fruit, dank, citrus, and a bit of pine. Background of light biscuit or cracker malts.

T: Follows the aroma in notes, but this is closer to balanced than expected from the nose. Hop flavors of citrus, tropical, grapefruit/pineapple and dank grassy come through without big bitterness - I assume this had lots of late hop additions. A mild spicy/onion hop character shows up near the end, with only mild bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence, decent carbonation sensation.

O: Quite enjoyable, but nothing to make it stand out. Certainly paled in comparison to the Stone Enjoy By I drank following this bottle. But I wouldn't turn down another.

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Photo of Cobrito
1.74/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A--A nice cloudy, golden appearance, but with weak head and lacing.

S--Smells kind of one-dimensional and overly malty. Not at all appetizing or aesthetically pleasing like the best, complex DIPAs.

Taste--Ditto; one dimensional, boringly sweet. Very little hop taste and very little sense of composition.


Perhaps the least satisfying $13 per 4 pack I have ever spent. This beer is a FAIL.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served upwards of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium thick off white head of a creamy froth consistency. Retention is average. Body color is a pale golden amber with a high clarity and ample carbonation. Lacing is thin and spotty. A pretty good appearance, on the lighter end of the DIPA spectrum and slightly underwhelming head quality. 3.5

(Smell) Mildly roasted caramel malt base with a moderate sweetness, followed through with an herbal, earthy and spicy hop aroma blend with citrus undertones. The hop character is front-and center and the malt profile is well balanced to pair. Potency is a touch shallow even at warmer temperatures but it's a minor complaint to this beer. 4

(Taste) Here's an unexpected twist. Earthy hops and booze jump forward to the front. It's a very bizarre hop character with lots of yeast character in tow- expect bananas, bubblegum, peppery spices and herbal tones to gel with the more predictable hop suspects of citrus and pine. Malt character provides a subtle undertone with a moist sweetness and a relatively clean finish, aside from a growing ethanol and clove finish that favorably gains with the drink. As I've been having my drinks at warmer and warmer temperatures recently, these have been showing their true depths of character. It's not the most accessible DIPA out there- it's got it's rough edges, but I don't often find IPAs that have this much yeast expression as they do in the hops, and it makes for an adventurous flavor combination to say in the least. Mildly moist finish contributes even more to a burdened palate, probably the biggest subjective groan I can offer this beer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, mildly heavy with a touch of residual caramel syrup thickness, a moderate hop bitterness and a mildly peppery, generally well-balanced finish, neither too dry nor moist. Carbonation is just enough to give it some air. Body is medium/heavy for a DIPA, and just shy of heavy overall. It's a pretty loaded and filling compilation of flavors, with nearly all parts of a beer doing their full job. Any more complicated and it could wind up a hot mess. Speaking of heat, there's a notable booze factor here due to a relatively clean, strictly-focused-on-sweets malt profile. The mouthfeel hits the mark for carbonation, but I always question the validity of heavy body profiles, and combined with a wide open alcohol profile, it's certainly a one-and-done type of beer whether you love it or not. It's one heavy sucker. 3.5

(Overall) I'm going to give DIPAs a run for their character in warmer temperatures from now on, this one has graciously intensified in the upper 50ºs. It's one heavy-hitting beer in all factors, with a heavy, complex hop profile and a matching bold yeast background to boot, consider your palate nearly wrecked after gracefully sipping this one down. It may not be simple enough for those who like an accessible, quaffable double IPA a-la Hopslam, but this beer hardly shames the DIPA name, and certainly fits its own merits via it's overwhelming flavor ferocity. Recommended upwards of 55º warmth for the ballsier DIPA drinkers only. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Hopzilla Double India Pale Ale

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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
3.94 out of 5 based on 940 ratings.
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