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Beer Pick: Terrapin Hopzilla Double IPA

Terrapin Hopzilla Double IPA

Terrapin Beer Co, Athens, Ga.

$7.99/ 22-ounce bottle at metro beverage stores; also on draft at select metro beer bars.


Profile: Most beer geeks go giddy over hops. Terrapin Side Project Volume 12, a monstrously hoppy double IPA, dubbed Hopzilla, is dialed-in to delight those geeks.

In brewing, bitterness is measured by the International Bittering Units (IBU) scale. At 110 IBU and 10.8 percent alcohol by volume, Hopzilla is intense and strong. But it’s easier to drink than you might expect. It’s made with 100 percent Maris Otter malt, adding a base of elegant sweetness to balance the bitterness, and dry-hopped with Citra hops, which impart pleasant tropical fruit aromas.

Pair with: Match Hopzilla with bold, hot and spicy foods. Dishes such as Guyanese pepper pot beef, Cajun jambalaya with andouille sausage, or New Mexico chiles rellenos would pair well.

— Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly publication distributed throughout the Southeast,

9 comments Add your comment

Covert Hops

August 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm


August 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

But at $8 a pop, not really worth it…..


August 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Rick makes the same point I have. Since the Side Projects started I have bought a minimum of two for every edition. I believe prices have been between 6.99 and 7.99. I have noticed in several stores around town a lot of unpurchased Terrapin Side Projects literally collecting dust and I think price point has a lot to do with it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Terrapin and lot of what they produce, but I feel that the pricing is bit steep for the value. IMHO, a 22oz bomber that is one time brew shouldn’t cost more the 6.99 and I think that is pushing. I know brewer costs have been on the rise, but in an economic market where value is a real concern I am more inclined to repeat purchases of a six’er of Hopsecutioner versuses buying a case of Hopzilla. For the record, I will be purchasing two of these sometime soon.


August 25th, 2010
10:58 am

$8 for a 22oz bottle is equivalent to $28 for a six pack.


August 26th, 2010
8:36 am

Beer prices — sounds like a good topic for a future column. I wonder if beer geeks who also drink wine and spirits would have different opinions on the relative bang for the buck?


August 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

IPAs are super tasty. I will try this one out next time i see it.

Matt – Colorado Wedding Photographer


August 30th, 2010
7:16 am

At first glance, it seems expensive. But, when you compare the price to that of an inexpensive bottle of decent wine, it seems pretty reasonable. You just have to get past the mindset that it is “just” beer.


August 30th, 2010
12:37 pm

This beer is really cheap compared to a fine Italian sports car.


September 4th, 2010
1:18 am

You think $8 dollars a pop isn’t worth it? Not only were the materials to make this beer were probably pricey but the time and skill to brew it is very worthy. Have fun drinking your 12 pack of natural ice, I’m going to consume the same amount of ethanol and sip on this tasty fine art and not feel like crap afterwards.