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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Ratings: 942 |  Reviews: 216
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow with a 1 finger head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of pineapple, mango, and sweet malt. Taste matches the aroma - pineapple and mango up front with peach flavor in the middle. A little taste of alcohol on the finish. A pronounced sweetness throughout. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome IIPA. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Very big fruit flavors from the Citra dry hop but balanced by the big dose of Maris Otter malt.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange-gold in color, very cloudy.

S - Nice citrus, sweet hop character with some malt bonding it all.

T - Pineapple hops abound followed up by citrus flavors. Very malty, ending is bitter with a grapefruit peel finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Alcohol is very noticeable, a slight burn.

O - Hoppy, but not over the top. Definitely hits the spot when you want one.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jethrodium
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle courtesy of RaffyS. Thanks. Pours a hazy light amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is dank hops, sweet caramel, sugar cookie, pine, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is sweet with sugar cookie, dank hops, some caramel and pine as well. Quite sweet. The finish has some moderate bitterness as well as some lingering alcohol. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit too sweet, and the sweetness doesn't mask the alcohol all that well.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this beer now clocks in at 10.3%

A - Looks pretty sweet at least a 1/4 inch sticky white head that sticks around to a good lace. Color is a bright orange with a yellow tint.

S - Bright fruity citrus and mango hops. Smells very juicy and full bodied.

T - It's hoppy alright. I like how it covers the ABV well and the malts balance the full body of the hops. Not bad at all.

M - Medium bodied. Same level as hop slam.

Overall I will have to seek this out the next time I see it. Not a bad beer and easily worth the 3 dollars I paid for it.

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

1248th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
12 oz

Thanks to BlackBelt512203

App- A bright mix of oranges and whites and yellows. A muddled looking color with a nice density. A good two finger head with a small amount of cling.

Smell- It's very hoppy to say the least. A bit stinging on the nose. Creamy, bitter and mildly malty. A tad sweet with a nice backing citrus.

Taste- Not a palate wrecker by any means for something called Hopzilla and over 10%. The hops are bright and fresh. Nice citrus with creamy malts. A bit like Hopsecutioner just bigger all around.

Mouth- This is where the hops kick it up. A nice hoppy, musty, creamy, sweet, citrus package all rolled into one. A medium body with a thicker medium carbonation.

Drink- A very tasty beer. Wasnt the biggest and baddest thing on the block. Showed balance, restraint and good depth of flavors. I would like another of these.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another extra from Raffy. 12 oz. bottle (I guess they switched over from the bombers?) poured into a Bruery tulip on April 12th, 2012.

A - Medium golden-peach coloring, thin 1/2 finger soft white head. Quick dissipation down to soapy bubbles. Very hazy, poor retention, but good lacing.

S - Big tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, underlying acidic lemon skin. Soft malt bill of cinnamon spice bread. Trace of alcohol phenol.

T - Enormous pineapple. Further mango, papaya, orange peel. Light ripe grapefruit. Mid to rear palate has some velvety, bready malt notes of caramel and faint honey comb. Overall, quite sweet. No significant alcohol presence.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, smooth, semi dry finish with a bitter fruit aftertaste. Touch of alcohol warming.

D - I knew nothing about this before cracking the bottle beyond the abv, the tropical fruit note is among the most robust I've experienced in the style. If you don't prefer sweetness, something akin to Pliny will be a better for you. This, however, reminds me of a revised Hopslam with less honey and more tropic notes.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of fmccormi
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Luettich balloon (my trusty Bruery tulip). No bottling or freshness dating of any kind visible on the bottle, except for the “VINTAGE: 2012” printed on the far right side of the label. But when I picked it up a week and a half ago, the guy at the store I bought it from said that it “had just come in,” so I’m taking his word for relative freshness. If he’s wrong, I will literally hunt him down.

Appearance (3.0): Well, the head ain’t much—maybe a finger of tight, white foam that dies down slowly but surely—but the body is gorgeous: very hazy, and orange-amber in color. Some light, but sudsy lace on the sides.

Smell (4.5): Ugh, what a beautiful, pungent floral-citrus note, like grapefruit juice and jasmine tea mixed together—and it’s followed up by a very dank, weedy character in the back. DAMNIT THIS SMELLS NICE. Some lightly toasted, bready, biscuity pale malt underneath. Lurv.

Taste (4.0): This may qualify as a malt-forward DIPA, but I’m not complaining. There’s a honey-sweet maltiness that easily holds its own against the hops, that’s noticeable from the beginning to the end. Meanwhile, the hops come in with a bitter piney, weedy flavor—very dank, actually—with a bit of citrus pith on the back end. The finish is herbal in character and takes its time, but at no point is it particularly strong. There’s some booze, too, but it’s not overly distracting, in spite of the 10.3% ABV. I like this. Could use some more tropical hoppage, maybe, but I like that the herbal-piney-weedy hop profile is dominant here.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The mouthfeel on this one is legitimately interesting. It starts out feeling viscous and syrupy, but a fine, prickly carbonation comes in as if to sweep it away, and the beer manages to finish somewhat light and rather dry.

Overall (4.0): Hey, this ain’t bad! And it’s different, which I like. It’s not another attempted recreation of some mythical, “perfect” DIPA that’s dry as a saltine, hoppier than a hopyard, devoid of alcohol and somehow balanced at the same time. That's something you can realistically aim for in the 7.5-9.0% ABV range, I think, but in the 10%+ range (the "triple IPAs" and whatnot) I think that's less of a reality. Personal opinion. Along those lines, this acknowledges the alcohol, has something of a new take on the hop profile, and isn’t afraid of malt without tasting like it was brewed with rock candy. Oh yeah, and it smells amazing. I dig it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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