Terrapin Hopzilla | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
941 Ratings
Terrapin HopzillaTerrapin Hopzilla
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
941
Reviews:
215
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
126
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 941 |  Reviews: 215
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of Schlobonda
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +3.8%
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 +5.1%
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 +14.2%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Independant
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mecmd
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +1.5%

Photo of AlCzerik
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of bradcochran1234
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Lantern
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Permalater
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of a cloudy appearance, but to be expected for a double ipa. It does give off a very nice gold hue when put up to the light though. The smell was so strong that when I first poured the beer in a glass I could smell the destructive power of the hops from across the kitchen, the floral overtones overpower any other flavors trying to escape similar to light trying to exit a black hole. The taste is surprisingly not as hoppy as the smell, the bitterness reminds me more of a love child between a pale ale and a regular india pale ale. I could also taste a hint of some citrus which gave it some nice character. The hops didn't rape my mouth like I thought they would when I first wafted the nicely crafted ale. Still pleasant to sit in my mouth though. Overall, a nice beer. Easy to drink. Taste pretty good. Not much else I can really say about it besides I would recommend this to anyone looking to pop their double ipa cherry.

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Photo of Swim424
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Proof/terrapin pint glass

A-pours a yellowish gold color with basically no head. Can see some bubbles coming up.

S-Smells like of some citrusy malt and hops. Doesn't seem like anything great.

T-Has sort of a citrusy/maltiness upfront with a large amount of hops throughout. You get some hop flavor up front with the bitterness building to the end. Finishes very bitter.

MF-Medium body, for the style. Very smooth, a bit creamy, nice bitter hop aftertaste. Well balanced Carbonation.

O-This is pretty good. Love the bitterness, and how it comes about. Don't love the malt flavor to much through. This is a solid beer but it is WAY overpriced, especially for a 4 pack.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light, clear, golden/orange into my dogfish signature glass. Nice full finger of white head, a nice thin lacing remains 10-15 minutes later. Lacing is very good. Steady carbonation constantly rising from the middle of the glass. Very nice.

S - Some sweet fruity hops, also very grassy. The sweet malts are well represented. Grassyness and sweet malt probably dominates the citrusy and sweet hop aroma (grapefruit, lemon, etc).

THIS LVILLE FL GAME IS CRAZY

T - Very very nice, well balanced. Rather bitter up front with lots of citrusy/sweet fruit flavors. Malty sweetness at the backend and a lasting bitter finish/aftertaste. Consumed @ 50-55.

M - Medium bodied+ once allowing it to warm up a good bit. Very appropriate level of carbonation. Not a sipper but not a session either (maybe if it was colder) very enjoyable to drink non the less.

O - Quite impressed, I had the 22oz but I cannot recall my impressions and I apparently did not bother to review it. Well balanced, nice hoppy beer. Can be refreshing and could have a few of these easily, but could probably be a sipper too which is nice, seems versatile.

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Terrapin Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 941 ratings.
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