Sunday, July 24, 2011

50 States/50 Beer Reviews- Georgia!

Terrapin Beer CompanyHopsecutioner IPA Beer Review

"Terrapin Beer Company was born when two brewers met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. Looking around at what other breweries in the SE were doing, Spike and John felt they could make a contribution. Realizing that anyone could make just another pale ale, brown ale or stout, Spike and John set their sights on crafting beers unlike any that were currently available in the SE."

"Terrapin introduced its first beer, the Rye Pale Ale in April of 2002. Six months later while only available on draft in Athens, Terrapin’s sole offering won the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival.  Only six months old, Terrapin had arrived in style!"

I am pretty impressed by Terrapin's different offerings.  They have four year round beers: Rye Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Hop Karma Brown IPA, and Hopsecutioner IPA.  They offer the following seasonals: Sunray Wheat, Pumpkin Fest, Moo-Hoo.  Their Monster Beer lineup includes: Rye Squared, Wake 'N' Bake, Big Hoppy Monster, Gamma Ray, and Monk's Revenge.   

Today's beer that I am reviewing is their Hopsecutioner IPA.   Taken from the website "this killer IPA earns its name by using six different types of hops while still remaining an aggressive well balanced beer."

Tasting Notes

Appearance:   Poured a golden orange color with an inch or so of creamy head.   Head stuck around for awhile, though it didn't take me too long to down this one. 

Smell:   Toasty malty taste, with a bit of caramel.  Hops are pretty inviting from the first smell.  Picking up resiny, piney, and citrus hops.  

Taste: Well balanced up front with the toasty, mildy sweet malt flavor and spicy and citrusy hop flavor.  Good amount of bitterness, not too overpowering.  More citrus hops at the end. 
Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied beer with a nice flavor that coats the tongue!

Overall:  Very satisfying IPA.  Love the malt flavor, and feel that although I wouldn't mind more hops, there is just enough to satisfy a hop head like myself.  Will definitely be having more of this in the near future!

Grade: B+
Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle
Stats: Alcohol by Volume 7.2%
International Bittering Units: 78
Malts: 2 Row Pale Malt, Munich, Pale Crystal 24L, Victory
Hops: Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade (dry hop)
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2010 Atlantic City Beer Festival in the India Pale Ale Category


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