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A Review of Hopsecutioner by Terrapin Beer
Posted on 5/7/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
Hopsecutioner! Ah yes, one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. Terrapin Beer Company is one of the most respected craft breweries out there, as they constantly pump out winner after winner in the better beer world. They make one of the all time great beers in Wake 'N' Bake Coffee Stout, and in Hopsecutioner, an amazingly balanced and highly likeable American IPA. And in all honesty, what's not to like about it? It has one of the coolest names in the better beer world, the label ranks right up there as well, and when it comes right down to it, the simple fact is that it's just an all around great beer.

In the glass it has a slightly aged penny copper coloration with about two fingers worth of an eggshell colored head off of a relatively aggressive pour. After a few minutes the head dissipates down to a spotty cap, but it still manages a great deal of lacing throughout the session. Now with a name like Hopsecutioner, if you are surprised by the aromas jumping out of the glass at you, there is a good chance that you should reread the name, but this time do it slowly. Hops dominate the nose, with things leaning mostly towards the citrus spectrum. Orange rind and grapefruit occupy the initial introduction, but after some settling time some sweeter notes of pineapple, peach and tangerine start to come through. There is a thin layer of pine resin that becomes more apparent as it warms, and laying just beneath it is a sturdy malt backbone that has a nice bready quality to it.

The first taste of it only reassures you that the name is well earned. The hops onslaught starts from the second it hits your lips, but surprisingly it comes as more of a flavor explosion rather than an oral obliteration. The orange and grapefruit still come through before anything else, but the pine flavor seems to step up and make itself a lot more noticeable here. The notes of the sweeter fruits detected in the nose come through as delicate highlights from start to finish, and the malts take on a lot more of a candied tone at the end, with caramel and toffee providing a nice balance to the upfront bitter fruits that greet you in each additional sip. It has a somewhat thick body, but thanks to an above average amount of carbonation, it finishes amazingly clean. Add in a well hidden 7.3% ABV, and you end up with a dangerously drinkable and tasty brew.

It's beers like Hopsecutioner that make local pride easy for me. With Terrapin Beer Company being just minutes down the road from where I live, being able to get my hands on a pint direct from the source at any time I please may make me one of the luckiest fellows in the better beer world today. And while most of you are not as lucky as I am to live this close to one of the best better beer playgrounds known to man, I do have some good news for you. Hopsecutioner is readily available at most all craft brew locations, and I highly recommend it to all levels of drinkers. Those new to the game might want to proceed with a bit of caution due to the fact that it has a lot going on in it as far as flavors and ABV goes, but I strongly believe it is worth the effort. So again I tip my cap to the fine people down the road at Terrapin in Athens, GA. If my beer drinking journey were to ever end, I hope that it would come at the hands of the Hopsecutioner.

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