Terrapin Hi-5 IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Hi-5 IPATerrapin Hi-5 IPA

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760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 25
Gots: 198 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ndepriest on 04-22-2014

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

-can packaging. spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.60) A: Deep orange coloring, slow, light spacious rise of effervesce. Dirty bready white head, average retention rate, with a minimal lace band.

(3.60) S: Aroma of pine, citrus hops that were flowery, lightly dry, with some dry orange grind. Decent level of awareness.

(3.85) T: Orange grind-pine hopping. Some sweetness of malt, and citrus flower, spiciness of grapefruit grind and a bit of dried tropical fruit (dried coconut) chimes in. Big grassy hop finish, some lingering, very good level of intensity.

(3.70) M: Spicy mouthful, bright orange and citrus glow on the inner cheeks. Lazy carbonation, medium full body.

(3.85) O: Overall good flavor, some tropical citrus notes, spicy and bright, a perfect tropical beach companion. Nice drinker with a big grassy hop finish. Fitting name, california style with a tropical island touch of hops. Very good, easy recommend.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of fine visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass, a moderate amount of fine particulates in suspension towards the bottom of the glass, and a light amount of honey colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/peach, and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of light grainy malts that are slightly sweet that is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of the hops - tropical/mango, citrus/orange zest, pine/resin, and herbal. Light amounts of bitterness that lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol - I could easily put down a couple of these though that might make me a little more impaired than I would like... Really nice flavors and aromas from the hops.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golden with a frothy half finger white head that left some broken lace as it settled.A nice shot of grapefruit rind in the nose along with some residual pine resin,a lightly sweet biscuit malt base is detected as well.The body could use just a little beefing up but it's not overly light.Good fresh hoppy flavors of grapefruit and pine with not being overly sweet,the malt base is dryer giving off some biscuit malt.A nice "standard" ipa wich you don't see enough right now,it's either a light "session" or a hop monster,a good grilling beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

09/11/14 printed on the bottom

Hazed and dull looking orangy amber. Wispy off white head, leaving scattered fine sheeting

Herbal and citric hop nose.

Soft citric notes, with oranges definitely coming to mind.
Zesty and refreshing. Better then decent hopped up IPA

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored with a tightly knit inch thick eggshell colored head. Light Brussels lacing. Pleasant aroma of citrus hops is apparent. The front of the palate is a burst of moderately aggressive citrus hops. There's plenty of light malt to back it up. The mouth is moderately carbonated,dry, and slightly sticky.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Case for 35 bucks West Coast style IPA from Terrapin no problem, I'm sold. Pours a slightly orange peach haze with big apricot golden tones with white head forming thick and leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma has peach pit, citrus peel, tropical fruits, with a hint of dankness Hi-5 IPA is from GA. A beloved state to anyone who has visited, personally my brother lived there for 5 years and I loved my visits to Acworth, GA. Flavor has biting bitterness and citrus peel with a smooth finish in the end it comes of slightly creamy with hints of sugary malts a hop assault for sure. Mouthfeel is harsh big hops, harsh rolling carbonation but all is forgiven with the dry succulent hop finish. Overall I'm a fan of Terrapin and most of their hoppy offerings from Athens, GA.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into brandy snifter date of 9/11

A: hazy off color orange

S: Malty and resiny hops

T: it's a tad malty but the hops are resiny with a very dry finish and a very clean end

M: light to medium body with being a touch watery

O: I think this beer is a little past it's prime, that being said it's still pretty good. I'm getting a lot more resiny hops out of it which I like resiny hops but I'm unsure if this was intended a lot if hoppy beers that get older the juicy fruitiness turn resiny a little. I'd be interested to try this fresher, although even at this stage it's still drinkable.

Photo of secondtooth
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from aged (dated 7 months ago) can, bought and enjoyed within sight of the beach in Gulf Shores AL. Semi-cloudy amber, nice head, decent loopy lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus and tropical hops. Not bad.

Taste: Not bad, with a slightly bitter zing across palate, citrus hops and a pretty fair malt backbone. Not a one-trick pony, this is a solid if unremarkable session IPA.

Photo of Irbycp
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You're crazy if you don't like this beer. Nice balance with a citrusy hop forward taste. Great malt taste with sharp bitterness that fades quickly. Excellent beer: if you don't like it, you're not an American ipa fan.

Photo of FamousCharlie
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

i really enjoyed the after tastes of this beer went down very smoothly

Photo of bisonfort
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok. Had at wing cafe.

Photo of hophugger
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice cloudy golden color with nice fizzy head that dissipates slowly leaving minimal head. Aroma is very hoppy with some pine/straw/hay/ grass and citrus notes. This beer is a hop lovers dream. Lots of raw hop flavor at first and then leaves slowly leaving a nice mild, memorable aftertaste of hops. Mouthfeel is nice, gives a blast of flavor and some carbonation upfront and then mellows. If you are a hop lover, this is a great sessionable beer for you. Overall, hops, hops, hops..

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 7/31/2014.

A: Pours crystal clear light golden yellow with large 3 finger eggshell colored head with generous 360 degree lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, and fresh biscuits. Some floral hops.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. A nice citrus punch with some hop bitterness.

M: Light. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is a touch dry and leaves some hop oil resin on the tongue.

O: Solid IPA. Probably my favorite hop forward brew from Terrapin.

Photo of Robert17529
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bitter aftertaste. Strong hoppy flavor.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A muddy straw color that is not that pleasant looking, but it is from a can so that is understandable. Ok lacing, and a pencil thick head that is gone as soon as it appears. The head froths up nicely upon the swirl. Also, the can looks awesome.

S: Light hop notes here that are mostly that of grass and not as heavy as pine. The hops really light up upon swirling, very noticeably.

T: Light, but quite hoppy. Delicious but a bit watery. The first taste of this was great, but it seems to diminish the more I drink it.

M: Light body that is just a tad watery. It is satisfactory though and right at the edge of going over.

O: Great beer and definitely the one that I would pick up over RecreationAle.

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus hops. Taste is mild compared to the smell, hoppy, piney, some citrus, bitter but not aggressively so. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 04/14/2014. Sampled on July 24, 2014. Received as a gift.

Cloudy pale yellow to light amber pour with a long lasting white foamy head. Busy carbonation.

I just love that hoppy aroma. It has citrus, orange, floral, roasted malts, yeast, and earth. Just delicate on the nose.

The body falls into the medium range and is pretty smooth.

The taste echoes the aroma with a full force citrus, fruity, and floral hop flavor along with the moderate malt sweetness of a good pale ale. While the hops take the lead nothing outshines the other too much.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be my new go-to summer drinking beer. It's everything I like in an IPA - piney and floral hops, and citrus flavors. Very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 89/100

Real nice looking IPA, has some nice but somewhat mild flavor. Over all a real nice IPA that has some off balance and is a tad light, worth picking up of you see it~

Photo of wedge
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with some suspended sediment. A tall head of airy foam rests on top and shrinks to a sticky covering. Smells like apricots and a variety of citrus fruits with a touch of pine resin in the back. Bitter, rindy citrus oils, grass, and earthy pine in the mouth. There's a raw and peppery quality that, along with the bitterness, prevents it from being as drinkable as I'd like. Nicely dry and crisp in the mouth though, which is a plus. Not much malt to be found here. Medium bodied, yet still managing to come across slightly watery. Hoppy, but not really harnessing the best qualities of the "California style" IPA that this is trying to be.

Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says PKGD 06/02/2014. Less than a month old. Sweet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Juicy hop nose brings to mind tangerine, peach and grapefruit. Quite nice as it's more citrus-forward with little resinous quality.

T- Taste follows suit with a nice tangy hop kick on the palate and more citrus. Very smooth as each sip brings just as much flavor as the last. Notes of mango and juicy fruit.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Semi-sessionable, full-on flavorful with that citrus-forward west coast hop profile executed well. Go get some while it's still fresh.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Terrapin Hi-5 IPA has a very thick, foamy, off-white head, a milky-hazy, orange-gold appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of citrus-oriented hop resins, some pine, and white bread. Taste is of grapefruit bitterness, sugar, white bread, and citrus rind. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Terrapin Hi-5 IPA finishes puckering and sweet.


Photo of CraftyViki
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Had a can of Hi 5 on Mills Avenue in Orlando today. It is a tasty IPA, and remained good from start to finish.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99/ 6 pack. Canned 4/14/14. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a pale golden straw with two fingers of pale head. Maintains a thin, splotchy layer of wispy froth and leaves sporadic lace.

A mild nose of light grassy and citrus aromas.

Tastes as expected after the soft aromas. Orange peel, hay, grass, pepper and a little bit of cracker. No alcohol in the flavor but not too much of anything else either. Still serviceable as a refreshing pale ale.

Thin body with fairly high carbonation. Mildly bitter generic citrus zest finish.

Hi-5 is unfortunately weak, with only slightly more hop flavor than Terrapin's session Recreation Ale. It's 5.9% abv is a bit high for a session but way too small to deliver the "California style IPA" touted on the can. This is a pale ale, not an IPA and far below Terrapin's capabilities/prowess.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Goose Island tulip. The foam starts creeping out of the can the moment the tab is pulled. Really impressive-looking pour. It has a hazy orange color that makes me thirsty just looking at it and a majestic foamy crown that lasts and lasts and provides some good lacing. I think I even see some floaties in there too! The nose has some sticky citrusy notes of oranges, grapefruit, and lemon and a hint of bready sweetness.

Medium-light body and a pleasantly bitter flavor. Some cracker-like sweetness up front along with marmalade and lemon give way to more hoppy notes of grapefruit and over-ripe peaches at mid-palate. Some sweetness lingers a bit on the finish along with the orange hoppy flavors. Dry finish with no alcohol. Very appetizing.

Overall, a very nice West Coast IPA from Terrapin. Nothing earth-shattering, but definitely worth trying if you've never had it before. It's well-balanced and sports a nice variety of hop flavors that should be enjoyable to fans of the style.

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Terrapin Hi-5 IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
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