Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale

I picked up a six-pack of this a few weeks ago and kept one to do a review on. I feel like all of a sudden, Terrapin brews came into NJ. So far, they’ve all been great, so keep them coming. I mean that, and they have an endearing little turtle on the bottle. This label is exceptionally cool, I mean, who can really resist a turtle in an executioner’s costume? I know I can’t.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: On the label, it shows a guillotine “beheading” the hops. According to wikipedia, “The first execution-by-guillotine was performed on highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier on April 25, 1792.”

Random: I heart beers with cool labels.

This beer poured a one finger head into my Victory Hop Devil pint glass. The color is a burnt orange with visible moderate carbonation. On the nose, there is a lot of crisp pine and the grapefruit, while there seems to take a back seat. On the first sip, you get hit with hops. There’s some pine going on, and some grapefruit. But, the focus here is definitely on the pine. A hint of sweetness comes through in the middle, but is very mild. There’s also some earthiness to it. The carbonation makes this dance on the tongue. Finish is bitter and lingers for a bit. There are 78 IBUs on this bad boy, but this is one well-balanced IPA. All of the flavors flow well together and the booze here is well hidden. You could down a few of these without any problems and they’d hit you like a ton of bricks later. I kinda love this brew (and by “kinda,” I mean “really”). According to BeerAdvocate, one of the best representations of this style is Russian River Registration Ale. I enjoyed Hopsecutioner much more than the Russian River. If you haven’t tried this yet, go out and grab a six, you won’t be sorry.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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4 thoughts on “Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale

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  3. Being in NJ as well, and a IPA enthusiast, I was delighted to see this new brew popping up. Hopsecutioner was the first one I tried. Gotta say that you’re spot on with your review of this mate! It is a great, well-balanced IPA that’s sure to please! I’ll definitely be stopping back here in the future. Cheers!

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