Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin HopzillaTerrapin Hopzilla

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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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2012 release of Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company out of Athens, Georgia -- birthplace of the Elephant 6 collective.
Score: 91

2012 bottle from the March release. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 05/28/12.

Appearance: Pours a clean and clear looking golden, slightly orange, color with two fingers of white soapy head that settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: First impression is sweet and hoppy orange citrus closely followed by earthy onion and dirty/mulchy/earthy hops. Sweet mango and pineapple, malty caramel, bitter bready malt and a light amount of candied grapefruit too. A bit of astringent nose-hair warming "hoppy citrus caramel" aroma as the beer warms. 4.25/5

Taste: A lot more onion and "oaky"/"woody" earth/hops flavor forward than the nose led on -- particularly on the midpalate, where there is a sharp onion flavor. Ample bittersweet orange and mango/pineapple flavor and a juicy sweet citrus flavor balance out the bitter and malty onion-y hops oils. There's plenty of sweet -- but not sugary -- malty "citrus caramel" flavor too, but it's not an overly malty maltiness like the mess of a beer that Lenny's RIPA was. The flavors here are very big, and bold, and a bit warming on the palate. This beer teeters on the edge of "booziness" without crossing the line. The ABV is not hidden like the Double Crooked Tree, and the sweet malt-forward flavors of the beer make it a sipper and a palate wrecker, but the flavors are still surprisingly balanced for how aggressive they are. There is a lingering aftertaste of the flavors just described, albeit in a much more subdued fashion. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. The lack of carbonation causes the bitter and hoppy malt flavors to sit heavy on the tongue, and linger/layer well. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and bittersweet/malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A big and bold imperial IPA that is more "malty" than most, but still quite balanced. This is the kind of beer I expected from Lenny's RIPA.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers and bitter/hoppy beer haters should avoid this one. The rest are encouraged to seek a bottle out. I could easily seek this one aging well after a year into a "hoppy barleywine."

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $12 for a four pack bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
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 +7.7%
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 +1%
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 +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
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 -0.2%

Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 946 ratings