Tangerine Dreamsicle - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: QuentinCall on 05-24-2014

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Photo of williamtlow
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at Max's Taphouse in Fells Point. At first glance, the beer has a cloudy light orange body that is pretty unique. The head was thick with steady residual lacing. Big aromatic tangerine notes combined with distinct hops aroma make for a pleasant smell. Citrus first hits the palate. The beer then mellows to a smooth, creamy finish (dreamsicle-like). The mouthfeel is full but not thick (think wheat beer-like). Overall, a refreshing sweet-tangy taste. Everything about this beer on paper is not what it seems. The 6.5% alcohol is barely tasted, masked by the beer's deliciousness. Even though the beer has 80 IBU's the beer is not very bitter. Rather, it is refreshingly dry. The beer is tasty, somewhat sessionable, and should be offered every summer.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle of Tangerine Dreamsicle shared by B&B (thanks)
Presumed bottled on date stamp (presumed bottled on date): Jan. 2014.

Slightly hazy amber body with a frothy, bone-colored head

Sweet fruity and hoppy aroma with plenty of generic citrus.

Flavor: pine and citrus hop flavors mix with a substantial spice load (mainly ginger) and a subtle malt background.

O: Crisp and lively, with enough ginger to stimulate the tongue. Medium-high carbonation.

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

Pours a translucent pale amber with a cream colored head and nice lacing. The nose is distinctly tangerine, but the hops shine through. The mouth feel is heavier than expected. There is nice tangerine flavor up front with a slight cream and caramel backbone, however the finish is rough and bitter.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer more than expected. I was pleased that it wasn't overly sweet, but the finish turns me off.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (unreadable date)

A: Pours like a melted tangerine dreamsicle or Popsicle. Decent finger head that subsides quickly, leaving some decent lacing. A bright orange.

S: Smells exactly like its namesake. I get this great citrus smell that is like tangerines, with a nice floral and citrus hop accompaniment.

T: There is even citrus in here as well. Weird flavor here with the lactose sugar and citrus, that kind of mellow out the hops a lot. However, I would say that it lives up to its name for sure, and accomplished what they were after.

M: Rough bubbles scratch your tongue.

O: I agree with the previous comments, that this should have been a knockout considering who all is involved especially since they are known for making pretty great IPAs.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It could be from the time I lived in Florida, but I'm sucker for most things citrus. However, this beer was a pleasant surprise. Based on the name, I was expected it to be this super sweet, syrup-y beer. But it was anything but that.

Overall, it's pleasant IPA. It's not too malty or thick. And just enough of a pine-citrus-hops flavor. There's also a bit of a creamy taste / mouth feel, which I surprisingly liked.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Hazy gold with a pretty substantial white head on the pour. Messy lacing.
smell: Intense citrus, almost like an aromatic spice. Guess that's the tangerine peel. That's dominant, not a lot else coming through but let's see what happens as it warms.
taste: That strong citrus is more combined with other flavors. Vanilla, and citrus with a more familiar IPA. Mostly dry.
overall: Interesting brew. Didn't knock my socks of but pretty cool.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No bottle date but this just hit shelves in the past few days so it's pretty safe to assume 05/2014. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a mildly hazy orange with almost two fingers of near white head. A thin layer remains throughout and laces quite well.

Strange nose here. The orange aroma is certainly prevalent but comes accross as almost rotten, followed by semi-sour milk, sweet cream, and mild tropical fruity hops.

Taste follow the nose with a strange, vegetal "offness". Old orange pulp, souring cream, rinds, stale crackers and imitation sweetner. There's a faint taste of orange cream but it really doesn't seem to fit either the hops or the malt base.

Almost creamy medium body with mild carbonation. Over ripe citrus and wilting flowers in the finish.

I know that both Terrapin and Green Flash can produce excellent IPAs but that fact is not apparent here. I appreciate what they tried but this comes across as a combination of the less favorable aspects of IPA and cream ale with some rotting oranges tossed in. Further confirms my stance that collaborations rarely live up to the standards of either participating brewery.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber with a large soapy white head that dissipates leaving whispy lacing, clear

S: citrus hops that are heavy on orange, light pineapple, malty sweetness

T: very sweet with an odd peppery spice, orange or tangerine is there but not pronounced, more malty than bitter

M: sticky with lower carbonation

O: kind of just a malty IPA with some odd pepper spice thrown in

Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tangerines, citrus, floral hops, some pines resins and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, tangerine, floral notes, bitter pine resins and some sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Paincane
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold, well-carbonated body with a creamy tan head. Beautiful lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Orange and pine aromas.
T: Bright citrusy slightly sweet orange and crisp bitter pine resin flavors.
M: Crisp and flavorful. It has a nice malt backbone but is very hop forward.
O: Interesting IPA with an orange twist.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, copper-bronze coloring with a foamy, bubbly, clingy, off-white head. Nose of resinous hops, cream, tangerine, and grassy highlights. Flavors are tangy tangerine sweet and tart forward, with a cream caramel backbone, and a solid dose of resinous hops. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a mild resinous and fruity aftertaste. The finish is smooth and light, with a sweet linger. I like what they went for with this one.

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep gold with a rocky white head and excellent lacing.

S - Tangerine peel and peppery spice, kind of reminds me of an orange chicken oriental dish... but it works.

T - Tangerine is pretty forward, but piney and floral hop notes do shine through.

M - Juicy and refreshing like a cream ale should be. Clean and refreshing.

O - Not sure all the hate for this one, I think it's a well put together, unique brew!

Photo of Urk1127
4.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet citrus and vanilla then slight to moderate hops not too much malt very subtle even. Excellent beer

Photo of Metaldude05
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold color. A little darker than a typical west coast style ipa. Smell is very hop forward. Honestly smells like a green flash beer to me. Very good hop profile with a good citrus taste finishing very smoothly. I can definitely see where they get the name from. Would recommend to anyone who likes a good citrusy ipa

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head goblet. The inked on enjoy by date is barely legible, but I think it says 11-4-14.

A - Pours a vibrant orange color with about a half finger of dense head. The off-white foam dies to a murky film, but leaves behind a solid layer of lacing behind.

S - Smells strongly of honey malts and sweet citrus. Molasses, bread, earth, and pine round out this odd aroma. I probably wouldn't have guessed it was a citrus infused IPA if it didn't say it on the label.

T - Starts with caramel malts followed by tangerine tang. Great balance between sweet brown sugar and earthy hop bite. The citrus isn't as pronounced as I expected. The nut and grain character remind me of an English IPA.

M - Phenomenal mouthfeel. Medium bodied and creamy with great carbonation.

O - Cool idea from two great breweries. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but still a good beer in it's own right. Balanced with great malt presence. The mouthfeel is probably the highlight of this one. I'm glad I tried it, but won;t be rushing back to the store for another.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy. Fresh, as I think it was bottled 2 weeks ago

A - Orange with no clarity, 2 fingers of head, and sticky lace left all over the glass. Looks like a great IPA should look like

S - Peaches, fruit, and sweetness. You got to dig down to get the aroma, but once you do great.

T - Hops and spices. Sweet. Lemon, pepper. Citrus hops. Almost Saison like.

M - Highly carbonated. Medium bodied.

O - Maybe a Saison without the funky yeast strain? Surprised by this one. Much better than I was expecting. 2 of my favorite breweries.

Photo of benloho
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited about this collab with Green Flash. The presentation and labeling on this beer is awesome!
A: Pours a beautiful bright tangerine/amber color. Nice foamy head, maybe two fingers. Great lacing.
S: Immediate smell of citrus hops, and the tangerine is there, but not overpowering. A slight hint of pine and earthiness and a touch of caramel malt. I'm mostly getting the citrus though.
T: Follows the nose wonderfully. Great hoppy character to it that doesn't linger or feel stale on your tongue. Good amount of tangerine, a bit of orange zest, grapefruit peel and a slight tropical note to it.
MF: Great balance, good crispness, yet creamy like a good IPA should be. The carb was spot on for me.
O: Really not finding many flaws with this one. Gotta give props for coming through with a beer that is what is claims to be. It's a great beer, a stellar IPA in my opinion. I wish I would have picked up more of this.

Photo of rangerred
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a half finger off-white head. Surprisingly good head retention with some decent lacing.

Aroma has that orange dreamsicle character of vanilla and orange but there is sort of an odd note of pine thrown in. Some tangerine from the hops along with a bit of skunk but all in all it is just a bit of a mess.

The flavor doesn't really help clear things up. A mix of overripe orange and pine along with some earthy notes of dirt and tree bark. Vanilla is very light and really doesn't contribute a whole lot. A little bit of mint along with just a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a sticky finish and feels stronger than 6.5%.

Overall, I was hoping for a little bit more with this beer. It is just all over the place and could really use some touching up.

Photo of hops202
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dogfish Spiegelau glass.

A - hazy copper color

S - citrus is there with some pine and earth. Almost like fresh cut woodchips.

T - definitely tangerine and hops with a sweet creamsicle finish

M - retains the creaminess like a well done IPA should

O - this is a decent collaboration from two heavy hitters.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"East meets west with the coolest collaboration brew in recent history. Terrapin and Green Flash have teamed up to make a Tangerine Cream IPA that will tickle your inner child while it satisfies one of life's guiltiest pleasures. Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Collaboration release between Terrapin and Green Glash, released May 2014 in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter glass. Served above 57º Farhenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy foam head of a pale tan cream color over a hazy and cloudy orange amber body with moderate spritely carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Spicy, peppery nose with tart and bitter citrus rind, a biscuity and moderately toasted caramel syrup malt body. Hop profile is citrusy, lemony, peppery and mildly dank. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is more balanced but also reserved in flavor. Slick, lightly chewy caramel and pale malts are joined by a mild-mannered citrus and peppery profile. The tangerine and spice characters are fairly mellow with more of a hoppy citrus character providing the flavor and bitterness. It's a little closer to a standard west-coast IPA than I had hoped for, very drinkable and light but not much to set it apart, and not nearly enough in the way of Tangerine or Dreamsicles. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation generates a light frothiness for a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Balance is nearly even between sweet and bitter characters, generally light throughout. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to note. 3.5

(Overall) Although it's got a light essence of tangerine peel for some fairly background citrusy flavor, overall impressions of Tangerine Dreamsicle are lukewarm. It does have high drinkability and good balance going for it, but the label simply hints at something so much more creamy and citrus-driven than what we have here. It's primarily an enjoyable IPA- don't set the bar too high on a wildly unique flavor profile and you shouldn't be too disappointed. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Tangerine Dreamsicle (With Green Flash)

Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The right color. Tangerine to light amber. Head was humbly small.

Tangerine, ginger, grapefruit hops, and a semi-minty herbal note. A tad sweet in the nose. Usual Terrapin maltiness with something sugary like treacle.

Sandy hops with a creamy pale malt backbone. Tangerine, sweet and not devoid of astringency, along with ruby red and subtle ginger notes. Perhaps, usage of citric peels added to the flavors. Hint of tropical fruitiness and fruit rinds.

Decent. A bit spicy. Carbonation is soft and sizzling.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange body, golden highlights, two fingers of level white head.

Citrus aroma. Just not enough of it.

Thick sweet malt gives way to a orangey citrus wave. Bitterness arises at the swallow like Godzilla out of Tokyo Bay.

Incredible creaminess in the mouthfeel.

Two great breweries. I love cream sickles. But overall, it's just "eh".

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, appropriately orange-hued body with a medium-small, tightly frothed, off-white head. Light powdery lacing on the way down.

Smell: With the citrusy, tangerine-infused and creamyish qualities, the beer adequately mimics its namesake treat.

Taste: Lightly honeyish pale malts with a restrained sweetness and a quick infusion of tropical tangerine peel bolstering the citrusy hops. Medium-plus bitterness midway. The slow-moving lactose creaminess saunters on in, helping to somewhat soften, if just a bit, the potent hop character. Slight herbal, resinous pine hints. A Dreamsicle flavor culminates on the swallow, with some tangerine lingering, albeit briefly, on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some near-creaminess is cut by the tight carbonation.

Overall: Terrapin/Gr. Flash didn't distance themselves too far from the IPA elements when displaying this unique creation. Personally, I would've preferred it a bit sweeter, a bit richer, and more like the frosty treat, as the bitter hops keep whacking the Dreamsicle element in the back of the knees.

Photo of twistwrist
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good choice for a summer beer with more complexity than your typical summer choices. You taste the tangerine almost immediately, but it's not too "citrusy". The dreamsicle flavor comes as a slightly bitter but pleasant after-taste. The downside is it only comes in big bottles, so be ready for a couple!

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 11/9/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of tangerine when first poured, quickly becoming just generic citrusy
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent thick rings and stalactites of mostly small bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor citrus hops; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Pretty decent but the tangerine quickly fades.

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Tangerine Dreamsicle from Terrapin Beer Company
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