Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

very good
942 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by generalnotsew on 07-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. As much as I enjoyed this beer, I had to echo the sentiments of others on here when I say that this didn't feel like an American/Double IPA. The hops were here the but the surging, stinging bitterness that I expected was quite recessed and the strength of this beer came with the alcohol and the citrus and tropical flavors that held sway from start to finish.

This had a orange-almond hue to it when I poured it out, with a moderately fluffy head that quickly settled. Tons of mango, papaya, and grapefruit in the nose followed by earthy hops in the nose that offer a blast of pine and "skunk" in the middle. The hop kick is strong, but brief before quickly receding. Some caramel malt was present from the start as that took over, and the consistency of this beer was quite heavy. Was there a bit hint of chili-chocolate under this? Perhaps and this had a warming effect on me as well. Quite strong although I couldn't taste the alcohol, the resin stuck around for a while as this went down easily - a testament to the oily aspect of this beer.

While strong, I could have had a few more in sitting had I bought another one of these. The only gripe about this beer was it's categorization. I've never had an IPA quite like this and it almost felt like an "Imperial Amber" to me. Hopheads may come away a bit disappointed at this but this was one of my favorite beers from Terrapin and remarkably easy to enjoy given its strength. A must-try for anyone looking for tropical hops without the bite and sharp bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - a slight haze to this pale, sunset orange brew. A thin head holds pretty well, leaving a light but solid cover all around.

Aroma - burst of pineapple and grapefruit juice. Wanes on setup but still smells great.

Taste - biscuity malts up front, a quick brash wash of bitterness, then the sharp but citrusy grapefruit element. Grapefruit oil continues the bitter tide as some abv heat ushers in the aftertaste. Warm in the belly as the mouth dries out, that is about the only evidence of this one's strength. Plays along that medicinal boundary that I don't like, but does not venture into it much. Ends clean and with fading but lengthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - fluffy and crisp, not as big for a dipa, but certainly smooth.

Overall - a worthy double ipa from one of my favorite breweries.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

12 oz. bottle from Tipples. No date. Pours slightly hazy dark orange color with a small slightly off white head. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet grapefruit, some pine, stale hops it seems like. Smells nice but a little dull with respect to the hops. Flavor is a big malt bomb, low to medium bitter, orange rind, super sweet syrupy caramel. I hope this is just old but I thought it was a relatively recent release for the 12 oz. Big hefty body, medium carbonation, slick and resinous. This was a disappointment.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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