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

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Added by generalnotsew on 07-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 940
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2013 vintage, from excellent BA trader QuentinCall.

Honey-gold elixir poured into Avery pint glass. 2-finger, thick, white head, plenty of lacing.

Wow, nice hops! Mangoes and oranges all over the place.

Honey, citrus hops, malt backbone. Alcohol comes through at the end.

Medium to full body, smooth, nice.

Well done DIPA. Could really sniff this one all day. The hops are sweet and give this one a bump.

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Photo of tut2528
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very nice dark orange in color, created about 1/2 fingers worth of head retention. moderate carbonation and nice lacing

S: as expected, huge hops blast the nose, with some tropical fruits such as mango and subtle peach. there is a nice sweet malt backbone holding this one together and i'm not getting any alcohol. nice

T: big hops up complimented by a big sugary malt sweetness that masks all alcohol. orange peel, mango, and a slight touch of mango also come through here creating a decent amount of complexity as well as balance.

M: lighter than what I was expecting to be honest. but it leaves a nice sugary sweetness on the palate along with some hops which is pretty nice

O: definitely worthy of a try. i really enjoyed how the sugary cuts out the alcohol, because I could easily kick back 2-3 of these. it has a nice flavor profile, just wish a bit more fruits would come forward in the taste.

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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 inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz, filled 4/4/13, drank 4/12/13
Bruery tulip

A: Clear orange amber like color. Full finger of off white head initially. Faded to a layer. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Juicy fruit character. Over ripe peach and mango. Some herbal notes. Sweet malts there as well.

T: Big hops up front. Tons of that same fruit that you smelled. But there is a good layer of sweet malts to match it. Maybe an herbal like flavor. Finish has lingering fruity hops.

M: Big medium. Has some body.

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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 bcm75
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip. 2013 vintage acquired via trade.

I feel like someone beat me on the head with one of those bags of citrus fruit they sell tourists driving on I-75 entering Florida. Not that that's a bad thing. I tend to like more of a hop punch, but the flavor is there in moderation. Poured a nice copper color, moderate carbonation. The alcohol content is well-disguised - could easily knock back a bunch of these without thinking much about it.

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Photo of Mojo
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

This one doesn't seem to be that balanced between malt and hops but that is okay. It is a citrus bomb following by a massive bitterness. The alcohol is very well hid for a beer with that much alcohol. Nose is very floral and citrus. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Try this one if you like the grapefruit.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange.

Lots of orange and pine in the nose.

Taste is orange rind, pine, lemon and other fruit. Pleasant malt backbone with good bitterness that lingers well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall this was really great. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of pauldave1976
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy this beer. I highly recommend it. I love big, high gravity beers and this is one hundred percent one of them. Regardless how you feel about other Terrapin brews, this is one of better ones they make. I wish it was available year round. I always buy an extra four pack and shelve it for a rainy day.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2013 vintage.

A- a clear orange/gold, with a fingers worth of soapy head, with small, but dense bubbles. Nice lacing. Head dissipates fairly quickly

S- Big hit of mandarin orange and mango.

T- A very quick flash of pine which is quickly crushed by flavors of mandarin orange, mango, and very light hints of other tropical fruits. Some light white pepper on the finish. A bit warming, but I've had others that are much more boozy than this. Not very bitter at all, just a hint on the end. My wife hates IPA's, and she didn't hate this one due to this fact.

M- Slick, creamy, and a touch dry on the end.

O- The tropical flavors the hops bring to the table are great, but there's no hop "punch". An interesting brew that I think if they jacked up the bitterness, and hops just a touch, could be terrific.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a fluffy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, very clear

S: oily pine hops, thick and resinous, intimidating esters present, like fermented flowers and fruit

T: sticky sweet flavor reminiscent of barley wines, oddly dark fruits, much less bitterness than expected, pine hops

M: greasy, heavy alcohol presence, lower carbonation

O: this is slightly better than average due to flavors and a feel that are less than ideal in this style, fruit should be more tropical and less stone, sugary greasy quality puts me off

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Revised 3.20.13

A - Pours a clear honey color and very mild carbonation. Initially pours with a white, foamy one fingered head the subsides to a thin white ring.

A - Tropical fruit smells - mango, pineapple, some oranges, and sweet grapefruit.

T - Alcohol and booze!! The ABV totally slams the tropical fruit/malt combo. Light bready caramel malt; candied mangos, oranges, and red grapefruit with light pepper in the finish.

M - Heavy side of medium body, mild tongue carbonation, and a lingering mixture of spicy pepper, almost sugary tropical fruit, and booziness.

O - Very alcohol forward and boozy which dominates too much, would not be opposed to dialing back the alcohol level on this beer and let the the ingredients shine as opposed to the alcohol; the alcohol presence is borderline obnoxious for a DIPA.

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Photo of sammygt
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin Hopzilla Glass - its what they gave away at the brewery the previous week, although they didn't have Hopzilla on tap. good orange hues in the color, and some decent head (~1in). Great hoppy nose, and whoa what a taste. Great mango and grapefruit in this sucker, love those great fruity hops. this is a great beer i will be drinking a lot of.

Side-note - 12.99 for a 4 pack is the only negative i have for this beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber/gold hue, low carbonation, ample lacing.

Tangerine zest, ruby red grapefruit, orange blossom honey, water cracker/hay, and underipened mangoes, on the nose; quite vibrant.

Bitterness builds early, elevating orange zest, pineapple juice, and juicy pink grapefruit, finishing honey with a long but pleasant bitter finish. I can't stress this finish enough. Not only is there a kiss of bitterness but grapefruit/pineapple flavor is still present minutes after the swallow. The balance here is spot on. The palate is intrigued without being destroyed, and the bitterness level lets you know this is a big beer. The alcohol heat makes itself known, but in an integrated way with the rest of the flavor profile which is a nice accomplishment.

Soft, medium bodied with light carbonation. A little heavy, but other than that spot on for an East Coast DIPA. Seek this out if you like sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavor with balance in your Imperial IPAs.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that steadily receded down to a few small puddles of residue and a medium collar with good sheets of lacing.

The aroma was somewhat subdued, with a mild grain malt, floral and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange).

The taste started lightly sweet with a hint of caramel, but quickly became moderately hoppy with a bitter citrus peel presence and a decent alcohol tinge towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow with a bitter citrus alcohol taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just past half way between light and medium in body with a dry and slightly syrupy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall I found this Double IPA to be rather tasty without having any overpowering aspects. The light malty sweetness along with a moderate bitterness did a superb job of concealing the high ABV, and left this brew with an exceptional drinkability...


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Photo of TBoneJones
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard good about this brewery so I picked a few off the shelf while vacationing in Florida last month.
Thinner than I expected head on the pour into a pint glass.
Nice orange copper coloring.
Bubbles rise steadily from glass bottom.
Pine skunky smell with alcohol.
Upon taste I like how the malt blends in with the alcohol, but then there is the alcohol !! Warming for sure, and then a bit astringent.
Nice carbonation overall. Hops big and nice but gives way to the alcohol in short order. A different type of big DIPA, some say sweet in a good way, but I'm not sure how to pinpoint what's happening enough here to say it's a favorite. Although i cant help but compare brews in this range to Maharaja, I'm glad to try something new in this style.

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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange color with a thick white head that laces the glass. The head dies down to a thin soapy film.

S: Very strong hop and alcohol aroma. Mostly citrus hop coupled with a very sweet alcohol aroma. Maybe even some tropical fruit in there...mango, pineapple.

T: Very strong citrus and mango hop flavor at first that sort of burns with the alcohol. The sweet malt keeps this one in check, but also add a somewhat cloying dimension to the beer. It's necessary as there are alot of hops in this one. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering hop mouthful.

M: Heavy and syrupy with a bit of oil.

O: After the initial shock, it grows on you. The palate sort of numbs and some of the flavors come through. Definitely for the hop lovers out there. That being said, it does take a bit of skill to balance a beer this strong and that doesn't go unrecognized.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found these in four packs at our local whole foods store. Enjoying as I type this served up in the classic red solo cup. chilled into the 50 degree mark in the fridge.

A: Pours nicely even into plastic. The monster level alcohol negates a lot of the frothy cream head. Head retention is practically nil as it settles into a white dust of bubbles around the periphery of the cup. The beer body is bright orange/brown hued and crystal clear.

S: Smells of over-ripe melon mixed with soy sauce and orange rind. Aroma does battle with the boozey alcohol with balance, not dominance.

T: I'm biased as i'm a fan of big gravity beers. Hopzilla has noticeable citrus hops up front and is only slightly bitter. For fellow IPA lovers, you won't notice the bitter in this one and it's perhaps a good beer for bridging your non-IPA friends over to something a little stronger. Lots of liquid malt and slight sting of astringent from the alcohol leaves for a clean earthy aftertaste.

M: Drinks well although you will feel the burn of the alcohol level. Modestly carbonated to go down easier. Probably would've preferred this one a little colder temperature-wise.

O: Great effort by Terrapin to bring a big IPA to the local Atlanta market. Not for everyone, the alcohol content could be off-putting to lightweights.

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Photo of cpolking
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for this one. The beer pours a hazy dark golden and orange in color. There is a short head of white to off-white foam.

The aroma is hoppy, spicy, lots of orange and overripe tropical fruit. The malt is also very present in the aroma, and the alcohol is detectable.

The taste is massive, tons of orange and citrus, cantaloupe, overripe tropical fruits, lots of malt, caramel, with a nicely bitter finish, and not nearly as bitter as might be expected from such a massive DIPA.

It drinks smooth and relatively easy for its massive flavors and high alcohol. There is a bit of Juicy Fruit gum flavor in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes a to thin ring and leaves some mild stick down the glass.

S: Big pine and resin hops with a mild citrus fruit backing. Some fruity alcohol and some wheat malt are on the finish.

T: Tons of big and oily hops resins are left over. Mostly resiny up front with a mix some booze. Fruity flesh with some bread malts that cut through the hops a little bit.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and oily with a slight warming alcohol on the finish. The carbonation is nice.

O: Definitely lives up to the name. The hops are in your face, but there definitely is some malt presence to cut through it. Good, but forgetful.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter
A: Opaque, golden with a white half finger head that leaves in a hurry. Decent lacing.

S: I could smell the hops even as I cracked the top. Citrus, grassy, lemons, grapefruit.

T: Hops are more diminished. Floral, piney, light malts. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium to heavy. Thick, fluffy carbonation. One of the best mouthfeels I've experienced.

O: Very sessionable. Would drink again. This little turtle turned into a monster of a drink.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy copper-orange color with two fingers of white head.

Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

Opens with a bitter bite of pineapple, grapefruit and earthy caramel malts. The 10% abv is definitely present.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed the big flavor of this IIPA from Terrapin. A must try.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a hazy, light orange with a 2 finger white head. Leaves a leopard spotting of lacing on the glass.

S- sweet caramel a sweet citrus. Lots of orange and pineapple.

T- sweet caramel malts, big orange and pineapple flavors. Lighter amount of citrus rind bitterness compared to other dipas.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight creaminess but alcohol is noticeable.

O- nice dipa, but nothing great. Like the big citrus notes and sweetness. Pick one up if you get a chance.

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Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: pineapple and apricots dominate the aroma with notes of orange and grapefruit as well. There are grassy aromas toward the finish.

T: pineapple and grapefruit hit first with some piny and grassy bitter notes as well. The beer finishes dry and lightly bitter.

M: medium body with a nice amount of carbonation that accents the hops well.

O: a good DIPA overall. It's a little old at this point, but still nicely hoppy.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into dixie cup, 'vintage 2012' no idea how fresh
A- light brown, a bit cloudy, 1 finger white head that fades fast.
S- Pretty weak, not much here at all.
T- Sweet, citrusy, a little bitter, nothing to write home about.
M- Thick, good carb
O- Like hopsecutioner, nothing to write home about, but nothing wrong with it. I like a sweet DIPA but this lacks the hops to balance it out.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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