Terrapin Hopzilla

Terrapin Beer Co.

Athens, GA

Hopzilla Double IPA

10.7% ABV

Terrapin’s Hopzilla Imperial IPA originally stated out as part of their one-off Side Project entries that was so well-received that the Athens, GA-based brewery decided to make it one of their seasonal offerings as part of the Monster Beer Tour, replacing other entries in the consistently-awesome series.

Hopzilla is a wrecking ball of booze. Brewed with a mound of Maris Otter malts and Bravo, Centennial and Chinook hops with an extra round of Citra dry hopping. There’s an incredibly astringency to it and, as the name entails, it’s a hop monsters.

Hopzilla pours a very hazy yellowish orange. There’s about a finger’s worth of head that disappears quickly, not surprising for a nearly-11% beer. The lacing dissipates quickly as well but the alcohol legs go on and on,

The hops waft out of the glass as it’s being poured. There’s a big hit of peach, pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits. The astringency on Hopzilla is huge as well. A slight danikness is present as well. It’s a very rich and robust smell.

The hops, obviously, are huge on the tongue. There’s that signature bite of hops on the front of the tongue and a unique kind of sweetness. The dank hops come through on the back of the throat, at least until the alcohol burn punches through. It really is like taking a shot of liquor. It’s similar to Hopslam, but the alcohol burns much more. Not in an off-putting way, but it’s unmistakably boozy. That contrasts well with the rich and almost creamy mouthfeel.

For being so boozy and alcohol forward, the sweetness of Hopzilla balances it out quite nicely. It’s a bit of a sipper but one you’ll want to take your time with. Your tastebuds and liver will thank you.

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