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Terrapin HopzillaTerrapin Hopzilla

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American 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 TKEbeerman
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OH NO! There goes Tokyo! There goes Hopzilla!

A: Poured into my pint glass this beer pour a little too pale, with a fluffy head that is to quick to dissipate and leaves little to no lace. This, however is about the only "flaw"

S: The DIPA has the right amount of notes as you'd want to get from hops. Piny, fruity, citrus, its all there in equal amounts. The hops are very balanced with each other.

T: The flavor starts out as a hoppy tongue bruiser. After about half the pint is gone, the malt backbone finally kicks in to balance this brew and give some relief.

MF/D: The mouth feel surprisingly is full and chewy. The drink, however, might suffer a tab bit because of the harshness of the hops, but this is a hop heads dream.

Overall, This is the real east coast version of a west coast IPA. Grab this up while it's fresh and still on the shelfs, because Hopzilla will come, he will reak havoc, and he will leave and never return again.

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Photo of mikey711
2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice golden color, but cloudy, with a half inch head that holds well but does not leave lacing.

S: Floral hop notes, touches of lemon, huge maltiness, onions, scallions pine sol. There is also a soapy quality

T: This ultra hoppy and malty. the hops however a a bit to astringent. The hops also have a bit of a scallion and onion flavoring. the maltiness in this one is also very sweet and very present

M: Slightly rough because it was a bit to prickly. There is some heat present as well

D: I found myself having trouble finishing the bomber because the astringent quality

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Photo of PDXHops
2.65/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy apricot body, smallish white head that manages to leave some decent splotchy lacing.

After being disappointed by the cleverly named yet lupulin-challenged "Hopsecutioner", I'll have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by the actual hoppiness in Hopzilla. Not a bad take on a DIPA, although I think there's a point where booziness is too dominant a factor in the flavor profile, and 10.8% has definitely passed that point. Hops are intensely floral up front(an unexpected combo to be sure), transitioning to a stinging general bitterness then a citrusy punch at the swallow. They certainly got the bitterness right, but lingering doughy sweetness and booziness limit enjoyment for me.

Overall impression: Below average, but it seems like it could potentially be pretty good with a few tweaks.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Green's Midtown for $7.49. Slight cloudy orange pour into a Duvel stem. Smallish white finger of white froth. Super bright aroma, pineapple and mango whiffs bursting into my nostrils. Huge right off the bat- tropical fruits and pine. Crunchy grapefruit rind, white pepper in the middle. Massive, dense and resiny. What I loved about this the most is that with all of this hop flavor, there was no messy malt sweetness to be had. Clean and highly drinkable for 11%. Could be my #1 Terrapin to date.

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Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a medium yellow orange color with about half a fingers worth of head. Very hazy and sharp in its haziness. The smell is rich but not very large. I didn't smell it when it opened or during the pour but the scent is musky and dank, sweet and herbal.

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The flavor is that of a big and heavy IPA, not tongue ripping but full. It certainly has a basement musk blending a fruity and sweet citrus edge with a complex maltiness and bitter herbal edge riding underneath. The body is very full, almost a bit heavy, but very supportive of the entire brew and somehow I taste no booze in this which is outstanding. The drinkability is great at first but this is certainly not a quick drink.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a fast-receding fluffy, white head. The aroma is absolutely loaded with tropical fruits, grapefruit, etc. - never smelled a beer this intensely fruit. While it's a truly delicious smell, it made me a bit leery of the taste - I don't really like my DIPAs loaded with tropical fruitiness, and I'm starting to worry this will skew to the sweet side. I take my first sips and, as expected, it's a bit of a letdown. Lots of tropical fruits, a bit of an odd medicinal/chemical character, and then the hops. Much too sweet. This isn't what I want from a DIPA - I like my DIPAs loaded with hops, bitter, resiny and dry. Extremely disappointed. I guess it's not wrong, per se, but it's not what I was wanting from this brew. It ends up being an unremarkable and unimpressive taste.

Not impressed by this beer. I won't be having again. Should be renamed Tropicsweetzilla.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale golden body looked clear, and exhibited a lot of active carbonation, which formed a one finger thick head. The smell was very citric and tempting me to jump into tasting immediately. The flavor was spicy, sugary, and herbal, with crisp West Coast vibe. Loved the sticky body, and drawn out finish as well. Like a one dimensional B-movie, with some scenes of gore, and a couple of shots of topless girls, this was a simple construction that was greater than the sum of its parts. It was a worthwhile visit. Like Gamma Ray, this deserves to be promoted out of the side project series, and into the main line.

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Photo of Yesac
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light tangerine color, murky in the glass. Little to no white head.

S- Citrus and piney hops.

T- Right along with the smell.. very bitter citrus hops with strong tropical fruits (pineapple etc).

M- Thick bodied, creamy. Very low carbonation.

D- Very bitter, thick. ABV well hidden.

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

Thanks to cochell for this!!!

Light golden color with a fluffy white head. Not very big, and dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

Smell is strooong with bitterness and floral hops. To the point.

Taste starts with stark bitterness! moving to a sweet citrus, and finishing with a hint of malty booziness.

Feel is a hair medium, with a surprising sort of creaminess. Just the right amount of crispness, and smoothness.

This is a beast, and the drink suffers. Easy to put back the bomber, and even easier to leave it at that.

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Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown bottle. Side Project Volume 12.

It pours a hazy golden with a hint of orange. The head is htin and white.

It smells pretty nice and hoppy. It has sort of that dank smell with some peach, topical fruit, and citrus. There is a hint of herbalness with a deep sniff. Mostly sweet and hoppy.

Taste is sweet but hoppy. Very tropical. Bitterness comes in at the end but more noticeable here is the alcohol kick. It isn't fully hidden. Some lemon and grapefruit peel come in at the end. It is a tropical fruit bomb of an ipa, and a good one. Not bitter enough but it gets the job done.

The mouthfeel and drinkability could be better. The slightly lower scores center mainly around the strong alcohol presence. infinitely better than their Hopsecutioner.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, case dated July 20, 2010.

Pours semi-hazy golden orange with a tiny white head when cold, second half pours with a two finger white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and holds a small cap and ring.

Aroma is fruit and citrus, tangerine, peaches, lemon, grapefruit, some pine & floral, a bit of spice and yeast and a bit musty later on.

Flavor is very juicy, orange, grapefruit, some lemon/lemonade as there is some sweetness, a bit of caramel malt, resinous, with great bitterness on the finish, fair alcohol bite but integrated pretty well and is not solvent.

Medium to full body for the style, oily, a bit sticky, prickly carbonation bite.

The flavor is definitely my favorite component here, very juicy and bitter, great stuff. The Side Project I've been waiting for, good job Terrapin!

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a large snifter.

A : Apricot color, tiny off-white head probably do to the alcohol. Very murky.

S : Pine & citrus hop with only a small sweet tinge. I can get a little alcohol through as well.

T : Wow. Hopzilla indeed. Heavy earthy hop all the way through, but balanced well with no overly bitter dominance. The alcohol is on the end with a strong warming bite. Best description of this brew is : "Powerful".

M : Thick and heavy with a slightly dry finish.

D : The ABV should tell you this is a slow and easy brew. Like a big Belgian it's best sipped. I don't often crave huge DIPA's like this, so I won't return, but it was truly interesting to have.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a small creamy white head that recedes to a thick collar and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is excellent and chock full of juicy citrus hops - pineapples and grapefruit - as well as floral and lemongrass. There is also a good bit of sweet malts and plenty of alcohol burn as well.

The taste is excellent as well with the hops dominating from the outset with pineapples and oranges. There is a hefty malt base but it gives way to a bitter resinous pine finish. Really nice flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and prickly with hop juice.

This is a very impressive beer from Terrapin, possibly the best Side Project I've had. It's a big, juicy citrus DIPA that's exceptionally drinkable for the ABV. It's almost hard to believe it's that hefty.

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Photo of mondegreen
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2012 Monster Beer Tour Review:
12oz into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.
Pours a crystal clear deep gold with very little head and next to no lacing. The nose is very boozy. Muted hops and hot fusel alcohols. Taste is a hot mess: sweet alcohol, next to no bitterness, and a very generic, flat, and distant hop flavor. Mouthfeel is about average for a DIPA, maybe a little heavier/slicker than I'd like, but I can't really tell because I want this stuff out of my mouth as quickly as possible.

Overall, this is Terrapin's biggest disappointment to date (and that's saying a lot). To put it into perspective, as of right now (March 2012) I can find side projects on shelves from the middle of 2009. They just sit forever. The ONE Side Project that flew off shelves? The original Hopzilla. Why, then, would they change it so drastically? Anyways, I'd advise against picking this one up, especially at $13-$16/4-pack. If Terrapin reverts this beer to its original glory, I'll gladly restore my original review. Until then, thumbs down.

Original 2010 Side Project Review (Score was a 4.63):
22oz into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.

Pours a hazy golden color with a healthy white head. Leaves thick lacing down the glass. Aroma is all citrus hops. Smells wonderful; fresh, bright, alive. Taste follows, showcasing bitter hop flavors without going too far on bitterness. The Maris Otter malts carry the hops wonderfully, and the mouth benefits. This is one smooth DIPA.

At nearly 11%, this beer could be expected to be abrasive, but it isn't. This is the best side project Terrapin has produced to date. Don't skip it - it is well worth the $7-$8 price of admission.

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

Pours golden with a medium head that fades to a thin ring. Fine for the abv. Lots of sweet, clean malt and lots of citrusy hops with a touch of pine. It ends up being quite balanced between the hops and the malt, but personally I'd like less malt to accent the hops more. As is, the hops are not quite up to their fully glorious potential. A little bit sweet, but very smooth and extremely drinkable for the high abv. A very good effort, but I feel this is sort of like Hopsecutioner volume 1 doubled, instead of Hopsecutioner volume 2 doubled, which I would have preferred more. Still quite enjoyable, though.

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Photo of ahurd11085
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up from Mink's Package on 8/17

A- A nice copper orange color with good clarity. 2 finger off white head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some decent lacing. Pretty standard IPA fare.

S- Mmmmm....I have to say I was pretty apprehensive about what I was getting into with this beer. Most Southern brewed beers that are lauded as being hop bombs still end up being very malt driven, or at best slightly hop forward. The smell on this guy is suggesting that mold has finally been broken. Very nice tropical aromas coming through on this with some pine as well. Hints of bready malt and a nip of alcohol.

T- Big tropical hop flavor and very firm bitterness up front. The bready slightly sweet malt flavor then becomes apparent. A nice honey biscuit flavor that complements the hop barrage very well without getting in the way. As the beer finishes the piney/grassy hop flavor becomes more apparent and the alcohol begins to show its teeth. While it is a bit hot, it is an acceptable level of noticeable alcohol for the abv.

M: One of the highlights of the beer. I have found many Terrapin beers in the past to be a bit too thin; this is not the case here. Nice rich mouthfeel with full bodied presence. Medium high carbonation brings out the aromas without cutting the body of the beer. Well done.

D: Nice for the abv and style. 22oz went down easily and I would have been happy to have a bit more. Rides a fine balance of being complex and aggressive on the palate and easy to simply enjoy.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a large-bubbled white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving decent lacing.

Smells of candied apricots and tropical fruits with good amounts of slightly bready pale malt aromas lurking in the background.

Tastes better than it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by loads of tropical fruit flavors. Hints of citrus and herbal hop flavors work their way into things midway through the sip, before fading a bit to allow the malt flavors to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the cask version of this was more drinkable but not quite as complex as the tap version. Still, the more I have this beer the better it becomes, well worth a shot before it's gone.

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

This bomber was sent in another in a series of awesome boxes from my good friend Dustin-- JohnQVegas. Thanks a lot my friend!

Poured into a Yazoo tulip pint glass. (that was also sent to me via Dustin-- this guy is awesome).

This beer pours a light apricot color with golden and slight copper hues that highlight around the edges. One finger white head leaves nice thick lacing.

Smells like they were going for a west coast hop bomb-- let's see how close they came. A slight malt sweetness leads the way, but as it crosses my tongue the hops jump out and attack. Big lemony and pineapple notes are huge. Nice bitterness. It mingles with the other flavors and shows a little warmth after the finish. The predominant notes in te taste are present in the nose as well.

Nearing medium body, this beer maintains a level light enough to remind me of fresh west coasters-- but still sturdy enough to give you the idea that this a serious beer. The carbonation level is adequate.

The lemony buttery bitterness lingers on the finish and might pause there a tad too long. This is a decent DIPA-- hits all the right notes, but the rich buttery sweetness seems to clash with the other flavors. Very respectable beer here.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a beautiful hazy golden amber with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled white head. Epic aroma is hoppy in the extreme - it is like smelling a freshly cut pine tree. Flavor is as hoppy as a bullfrog on angel dust, and has hints of grapefruit and orange. Double IPA, hell - this is more like a quadruple IPA! Edgy, ragged texture is quite fizzy and leaves a hoppy and citrus finish. If you like hoppy beers, this one is for you!

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Photo of opwog
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listening to: Bobby Hebb (RIP) - Sunny

A - More of a light golden color than I am used to in a DIPA, but as a style that is so new, I don't feel that any color profile defines the style. Clarity is great with a light, white short head.
S - Shared bottle between four of us and it was split between tropical passion fruit fully and two of us who felt a tinge of ammonia on the borders of a deep inhale.
T - True tropical fruit sweetness, which is a nice alternative in a DIPA. I actually had this side by side with one of my favorite DIPAs (Racer X) and it was amazing to think that these two beers even shared the same style when compared against the deep malt and pine.
M - Thinner than most DIPA's, which may throw some people but makes it a good option for a high ABV summer ale.
D - Deceivingly drinkable because of the lighter body. I saw the one other reviewer repeatedly talk about the alcohol, but I actually thought that it was hidden very well considering the light body. I think that this is a good regional twist on a DIPA. It doesn't try to replicate a West Coast style, but appears to be more fitting as a DIPA for the South East humid summers.

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks a tad weak on the pour. Very light bright yellow with a decent foamy head that weakens pretty fast. Very, very sweet tropical notes in the nose. Just a twinge of bitterness and hops. Looking for something a little more harsh but it isn't bad. A tad too creamy and sweet. Carbonation seems way too low and there is a very noticeable alcohol burn going down. It is like drinking cream with pineapple juice but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness in the aftertaste with a very dry finish.

Overall not too impressed with this one. Far too sweet for me and the alcohol burn is too much. Wish I hadn't bought two bottles now.

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