Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale
Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, GA
$8.99/ six-pack at metro beverage stores; also on draft at select beer bars
Profile: Terrapin’s newest year-round offering, Hopescutioner India Pale Ale, is a bit of surprise in a couple of ways. First, given the Athens’ brewery’s success with hopped-up seasonal beers, such as Big Hoppy Monster, it’s odd that the company hasn’t made an IPA part of its full-time portfolio before now. Second, despite its rather gruesome name, Hopescutioner isn’t overly aggressive. In fact, it’s very well balanced, with a rich, caramel malt flavor. A combo of Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops, plus dry-hopped Cascade, impart pleasant citrus and pine aromas and flavors without harsh bitterness. At 7.2% alcohol by volume, the most dangerous thing about Hopsecutioner may be how easy it is to drink.
Pair with: Like most IPAs, Hopsecutioner makes a good match for all sorts of hot and spicy foods or sharp cheese. But Terrapin recommends pairing it with roasted leg of lamb stuffed with rosemary and thyme or cheddar beer soup topped with smoky bacon.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News.