Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

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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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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.73/5  rDev -7%
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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3.53/5  rDev -12%
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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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.73/5  rDev -7%
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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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 946 ratings