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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Ratings: 946 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of mooseo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. "Vintage 2012" on the side.

A - Cloudy orange gold with a tiny white head.

S - A blast of mango, grapefruit, oranges, and peaches. Some sweet malt and piney notes in there as well.

T - Massive grapefruit and mango flavors up front, backed by a subtle malty sweetness throughout. Finish is bitter with hints of earthy pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt lingers. Alcohol is evident, but not at all distracting.

M - Medium bodied, silky and crisp. Average carbonation.

O - Very impressive double IPA. Excellent aromatics, delicious flavor, and highly drinkable considering the high ABV. Simply an exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of stimulus
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
No freshness date, but I know this was released in March 2012.
4 pack. Bottle lists ABV at 10.3%.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a 1/2 finger white head.
S: Tons of citrus and floral hops invite you in gently.
T: Taste follows the aroma pretty well, with a sweet malt backbone balancing out moderate bitterness.
M: Crisp, light bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Definitely one of the best of the tasting. Balance is key here. While I'll certainly miss Gamma Ray and Rye Squared, this is definitely a well crafted IIPA worth trying.

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Photo of moskal
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has an orange zest with a citric and ripened fruit smell with a bready sweet malt and some alcohol mixed in with that. It has a nice orange tasting hop bite in the front with that sweet almost syrupy bready malts and the aftertaste is the citric bite it left in your mouth.

Its a tangy IPA its pretty delicious and is definitely a beer that needs to be warmed up. The alcohol is noticeable but really balances a lot better when warmed up. It is 10.3 percent so it is expected.

I like the juicy citrus hop bite this one produces. Terrapin always makes a very tasty beer. This one being no exception. It definitely can stand up to the other big double IPA's out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden body, dark gold/orange?, with a lace ring around glass and down glass. Bitter hop aroma hits me, along w/ some zesty spice and citric/orange twang, but not much in the malt department. I found this beer to be light-to-heavy bodied and very hoppy but retaining a decent balance w/ some sweetness not detected in aroma. Citrsy, floral hop flavors and a crisp, real dry (almost harsh) finish (not really an ABV bleeder) overall but easy to sip on. Can't say this is the most complex or balanced DIPA I've had but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Hill Farmstead tulip after cutting the grass for a solid two hours.

A - Golden orange hue, the head recedes quickly to the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like bright citrus with slight biscuit malt.

T - Taste follows, but with way more malt and sweetness, which is typical of a lot of dipa's.

M - Well carbonated with a hop finish that lingers.

O - Not a bad beer. This one is way more west coast style as compared to a lot of the Terrapin hoppy beers. A nice change for sure. Wish that malt sweetness wasn't as prevalent, it would bump the beer quite a bit. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in Destin, FL. It pours a light bodied and slightly cloudy tinged Orange in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. The nose is very fresh and full of citrus fruits. It has only a like bitterness up front. It's really appealing and somewhere in a less fragrant Double Trouble territory. The 10% isn't present at all. The flavors too are fresh of citrusy hops with an off dry finish. The bitterness is pretty mellow and it leaves a lot of tangerine behind in the after taste. It's pretty impressive and again, like a poor man's Double Trouble. It drinks light and is as drinkable as a 10% beer can be. I like this one and I'm surprised by its quality. This is a nice beer. I'm glad Terrapin decided to bring it back in four packs.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at The Local Miami.

A- Pours a medium amber with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Melty lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Mildly pungent hop aroma with notes of ripe tropical fruit and a hint of malt sweetness to back it.

T- Moderate to heavy bitterness with lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon notes. Very smooth after multiple sips with a not-so-lingering hop bite. Some grass but the overall profile is decidedly sweet and fruity as opposed to vegetal and earthy. Oh, and the alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

M- Dry and tight with medium carbonation and a body that's on the lighter side.

O- Definitely Terrapin's best IPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. vintage: 2012. this bottle says 10.3% so not a huge difference from what was listed.

A: almost clear, but in fact a slight haze, on an orange body. head is white and bright. not impressive out of the bottle and retention isnt great.

S: pineapple. melon. orange slices. really smells like a fresh, robust fruit salad.

T: a lively citrus on the palate. a little bit of alcohol, but just the minor touch. the malt provides just enough balance to let the citrus and bitterness be the main player throughout the sip. more of the grain comes out as the drink continues.

M: pretty vivid carbonation on a very full body. works well here.

D: if terrapin is within your reach, definitely worth trying. otherwise not worth going out of your way to seek out. at least not really far.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little murky with amber hues and a two finger white head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is amazing chok full of hoppiness. Pine, grapefruit, and other citrus tones with some floral and bready notes.

Bitter background with bready bottom has a blossuming bouquet of floral and citrus arrangements. Pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of caramel.

Crisp in the front with a warming finish.

Overall, too easy to drink for 10%. A well balanced and nicely put together sipper.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing.

Pours a golden color with an orangish hue. There's a short, white head that has decent retention. The nose is lightly malty, bready but primarily citrusy with a little underlying floral aroma. The flavor is similar; light, bready malt up front with a bitter, citrusy, floral hop character. The alcohol is noticeable but adds only warmth and body. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This was a decent beer, but in my opinion it was a little "run-of-the-mill". There's nothing memorable about it. It's well put together, but probably not worth more than one.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Moondog Growlers (Marietta, GA). Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter. 

Pours a deep murky amber with 2 fingers near white gead. Little lacing. 

Nice mixture of piney and grapefruit hops in the nose. Mangos, oranges, grapefruit and spice pine. Quite inviting. 

Big bold bitter hops! Grapefruit, pine, peppery spice, mango and ample booze bite. The alcohol burn is there start to finish but doesn't distract from the great hop flavors. 

Medium thick with moderate carbonation. Nice oily feel with a long bitter dry aftertaste. 

Overall another well done beer from Terrapin. It has the nice body from malts but without that almost signature biscuity taste I've come to expect from DIPAs. It drinks a bit hotter than most but you can't be too surprised given over 10% abv. It's not the best but it's worth a try. I certainly plan to drink more. 

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Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly hazy, golden amber color. Aggressive pour yields about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Recedes to a little under a cm or so. Nice retention though. Moderate sticky lacing.

S: Slight booze, citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma, and a sweet syrupy malt aroma

T: Sweet boozy and malty flavor backed up by a rather intense orange/mango/apricot hop flavor. Bitter finish, and quite savory. Really tasty, and strong in flavor. Sort of reminds me of the orange mango flavor of Nantucket Nectars juice.

M: Medium body, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, just a bit lower in carbonation, and pretty sweet throughout.

O: Although quite heavy, I found Hopzilla to be very enjoyable, especially from it's powerful aroma and taste. If it wasn't so expensive I'd buy it again and again.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jeff! 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint. 2012 vintage. The bottle says 10.3% and I have heard this is a totally different beer from the former Side Project 12 version.

A - Pours a pale orange color, slightly cloudy. A small white head that dies quickly leaving nothing but a small island film of carbonation and a thin halo. Wisps of lacing, but not much.

S - Very powerful sweet and fruity hops aroma. I can smell this beer immediately after pouring, a few feet from my face. The malt is strong as well and there is some orange and booze on the back end. I give it credit for the BIG smell and hope the flavor is equally strong.

T - Starts off very sweet with a big blast of tangerine-sweet citrus, caramel malt, and tropical fruits. The bitter hops come in for a late bite, but don't contribute a whole lot of flavor, just bitterness. The alcohol is fairly prominent on the finish and leaves a little bit of burn on the back of the throat. This beer certainly favors the sweetness, but there is enough of a hop bitterness in the back end to keep it from being one sided. The tropical fruits that contribute most of that sweetness are delicious and keep this from having that rich, sugar maltiness that I don't usually enjoy in a big IPA.

M - Good carbonation, and a sticky feel. Thicker than I expected from the light color, with a nice dry bitter finish of hops and alcohol.

O - While it may not be what it used to be, it is still a very good DIPA. The tropical fruits are on the forefront and the bittering hops come through enough to balance. One of the better Terrapin beers out there. Hopzilla is a beer I will get again, but won't become a frequent drinker for me.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
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