Monday, January 4, 2010

188. Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Our second beer from Terrapin Brewing (well, our third, if you count the Wake ’N’ Bake from two days ago, but we’ll let that go); our last one was their Rye Pale Ale, which was delicious.

Hopsecutioner has a fruity malt nose along with some herbal, grassy, and slightly astringent (almost medicinal) hop aromas; it is a brilliantly clear shiny penny copper with a light white head that laces the glass marginally. Starting dry, biscuity and spicy, Hopsecutioner moves into only a slightly bitter middle, although there is good hop flavor—spicy, resiny, piney, and a wee bit of hop warmth, specifically in the chest as the bitterness runs its course—before finishing with some lingering bitterness and more spiciness. There is some malt to balance the hops, but it ends clean and rather unobtrusive, specifically when compared to the hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with a decent carbonation bite (even without much of a head to it), and, as noted previously, some astringency via the hoppiness, although nothing that really detracts from the beer—it is more the product of the heavier hop load used in the beer. Overall, an interesting beer, but not quite as brutally hoppy as the picture on the label (which is very TMNT) or the description (see below—this was the most aggressive description of hoppiness for a beer since Darren’s failed proclamation about the Stone 13th Anniversary) led us to believe—we were hoping to lose our collective heads over this one, and merely got some good hop burn. Delicious and tasty as an IPA, but not quite the dark hooded hop master we hoped to tame our wild hop hearts...

From the bottle: “Hear ye, hear ye... All hopheads shall herewith rejoice! Terrapin hath recruited ye olde HOPSECUTIONER to execute the exact hop profile for this killer IPA. You may lose your hopheads over this one!”

ABV: 7.3%
IBU: 78
OG: 16.3° P
FG: 3.0° P


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