Terrapin Beer Co Hopsecutioner IPA


From Athens, Ga., it came, with its color blast of a can featuring a character that looks like he got kicked out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (probably for drinking) and cartoonish-ly dark motif. It’s a classic craft beer brand, with the cool can to go along with an hip name.

Eh, truth is, I think I got it at Kroger. Terrapin Beer Co. is mostly known by MillerCoors, one of the global beer giants that have been buying up the smaller breweries and distributing them far and wide to gobble up market shares. I’d rather drink a local IPA, such as Monnik Beer Co.’s, but in a pinch, it’s not as easy to find in a can as the corporate-owned beers. Oh, the irony.

Still, Hopsecutioner is a solid beer – extremely clean, with an aroma hinting at pine mixed with tropics, and nice-looking copper body. The names of the hops ring the top of the can: Chinook, Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo and Simcoe. Nothing exotic, mind you, but plenty of flavor.

The medium bitterness and lingering piney quality is there, along with plenty of malt flavor. This one isn’t as bright as many I’ve had, but it’s a fair representation of the American IPA style. You could do a lot worse, and it feels a lot smoother than its 7.3 percent alcohol by volume. Drink up, guys. But if you can find local at the same store, well, let your conscience be your guide.