Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Time for a quick beer review Saturday... I hope you are all grabbing a beer of your choice later tonight!  Or this afternoon, that's cool... I'm not judging.  This featured beer was brought back to me from Pensacola by Jay of Bite And Booze.com, so thanks to him for hooking a brother up!  
 
This stunning beer pictured to the left is coming to you from Terrapin Beer Company (@terrapinbeerco) out of Athens, GA.  Yeah, they may suck at football up there, but they do have some pretty good beer.  I've had a few Terrapin beers before including the So Fresh & So Green, Green ale, and they almost always are winners.  (#WINNING)  This one is their Hopsecutioner IPA, a standard year-round offering although a little strong at 7.2% abv.  Sounds good to me, I like strong beers.
This one pours a clear orange color, from a 12 oz. bottle into an RSAK pint glass. It has a decent sized bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of grapefruit and pine hops with a little underlay of sweet caramel malt. A very nice, model IPA aroma.  The flavor is dominated by the bitter and slightly sour grapefruit hop flavors. It's a little harsh and not as well balanced as the aroma, but still pretty damn tasty.

It's very well carbonated and medium body mouthfeel, with a little hit of a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good IPA. Definitely in the upper half of my IPA range.  Next time I'm passing through Georgia or Florida or even Alabama I believe, I might have to pick up a 6-pack of these.
 
My Rating: B+