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Terrapin So Fresh & So Green Green - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 423
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 20%
Wants: 24
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mcallister on 08-05-2010

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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 423
Photo of aasher
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a couple months old, so probably not as hoppy as it should have been. It looked like a typical IPA. It poured a dark copper in color and was pretty thin in body. It smelled of piny hops and fresh honeycomb, which really surprised me. The sweetness really overpowered the hops, probably due to the age. I still really liked it though. The flavors were two fold again but the honey took over the hoppiness here too. The beer drank a little ok, which was fine. This was very drinkable. I'd buy it if it were in a six pack. It was a lighter IPA that didn't give cotton mouth and had nice flavor.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Good till April 22nd 2016.

Stunner body color. Super crystal clear, and a big bright red bronze color. Plentiful pinhead carbonation, rising to a simple thin creamy three finger easily foaming head. Big retention, some big bubbles but mostly of tiny swiss cheese like variety, and lots of staying power with a very light tan brown classic colored appearance. Excellent looking brew.

Aroma seems to spark upon the pour, but then seems hard to discover while in the glass. First aroma is a good toasty brown bread crust quality. Woody senses kick in a bit, but are also kind of subtle. Not much of a hop forward brew surprisingly on the aromatics going in, but decent if taking awhile to show itself. Some slight citrus and green earth manages to sneak in just a little.

Palate is interesting. Tangy mid palate with a mix between wood spicy and juiced fruit. Caramel malt like flavors seem to creep in just nicely, with a good amount of dryness and getting almost to a crisp toffee angle. Moderate carbonation, with a feel that manages some hop juiced body but also real nice balance of thick malt without the cloying syrup angle. Clean and fun. More wood like tones and green warmth comes in on the palate over time as well.

A real nice easy take on a fresh hop brew.

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Photo of kk73
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours a very clear amber color with a generous white one finger head which quickly vanished into a white sheen and some foam around the rim of my glass. Almost no lacing.

S - Smells of light resiny, piney hops. Aroma of sweet malt.

T - Taste is good, but the hops are not overly done here. I guess its missing a bitter hop kick to it. Taste of some orange, and a slight sweet biscuit malt. There is a nice touch of pine left on the tongue.

M - Light to medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation. Dry in a good way.

D - Solid IPA, but not outstanding. Very drinkable. The more I drink the sweeter and maltier it gets, and as it warms almost barleywine like imo.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear amber with a frothy white head that fades quickly but leaves ok lace.

The aroma is more faint than expected, but definitely fresh. Freshly cut grass, lots of floral qualities, and hints of light citrus. Clean malt, cracker and light toast.

Clean toasty malt allows the fresh hops to shine. Nothing astringent. Loads of light floral flavors, hints of citrus, and grass.

A little thin, nicely carbonated

Overall, nothing impressive but easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So Fresh & So Green, Green has a dark copper colored body and a tan head that has decent retention and lacing.

The aroma has a bit of pale malt in the background, but it mostly focuses on the hops, especially fresh hops. Grassy, earthy flavors mix with bitterness and citrus.

I'm a fan of most fresh hop beers, and this one is no exception. Moderate bitterness comes with all kinds of fresh hop flavors. Citrus flavors lean more toward blood orange than grapefruit, and that juicy citrus mixes with loads of fresh cut grass and spicy earth flavors. A little bit of pale malt pops up, but just enough to provide a backbone. The finish has some more bitterness and hop flavor, mostly citrus notes. Overall the bitterness is muted in comparison to the hop flavors, which is something I have found with fresh hop beers; more hop flavor with less powerful bitterness.

The body is a little heavier than the average IPA, and as a result the beer feels a little bit creamy.

I went through this one really quickly. There is something about fresh hops that I love.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - almost like sniffing a pine tree, with a firm undertone of slightly sweet grapefruit. It pours a luscious dark golden amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, off-white head. Flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma promised, but is still fairly hoppy with a malty undertone and more than a hint of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange. Texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice tingle.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a very translucent, warm copper body. The white head was minuscule on this pour, though lacing happened in occasional spindles. Not much to say; pretty average looking beer.

The aroma is not average, not even close. Those wet hops really stick out here. Fresh lawn clippings, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and Pine-Sol blast into your nose. There is a pleasant amount of cracker malt for balance, but the hops are the star of the show here. Some might find it too balanced. It smells closer to a super-hoppy pils than it does an IPA. This beer should probably be listed as an APA, and I will review it as such. The fresh hop aromas make this a stellar APA wrt aroma.

The taste is nearly as good as the aroma. Crackery malt flavors --not overpowering, not thick -- provide the base for which to highlight the wet hops. Light citrus, heavy pine and vegetal garden tastes. Floral flavors abound. This is a dry beer, and the hoppiness makes for a crisp drink.

I didn't consciously think about the mouthfeel much, which is almost always a good thing. The body size was appropriate to carry the flavors. It was not distracting in any way. As far as drinkability goes, this is low enough in ABV% and tasty enough that I would want to session this. The price at the bar I was at prevented me from doing that, though.

I always like to determine the best new beer name of each year. I thought for sure that Boulevard's Boss Tom's Golden Bock would be the runaway favorite for the 2010 award (look up Tom Pendergast to see why that name is brilliant for a KC beer). But Terrapin's late entry is going to take the win. So Fresh and So Green, Green is obviously an OutKast reference. So perfect for an ATL brewery. The beer lives up to the name. Living in Alabama now (formerly Kansas City) I don't have a lot of options for wet hop/harvest beers anymore. I'm very glad to have an option as good as this one.

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Photo of GFM
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a golden honey color with a small fleeting head. Not much lacing. Very enticing citrus aroma. Smooth feel. The scent was deceiving. It made me expect a stronger citrus hop flavor, but hop profile had more pine notes to it. A little bitter and the strength of the hop flavor weakened with each sip. For me, this So Fresh, So Green was just so-so. I like IPAs so enjoyed it, but wouldn't search it out again. (8.0) (Note: affixed to the bottle was a sticker "correcting" the ABV content--6.6% vs the 8.6% on the bottle. First time I've seen that.)

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Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily yields two fingers of fine, airy foam, light tan in color, delicate when against your lips, slight dimpling, steady evaporation, the lacing sticks in thin sheets rather than streaks. Clear amber color to the liquid, mix of brown, red and orange with a metallic rust cast, clear and transparent with almost no bubbles to be seen. The nose delivers as advertised, both fresh and green, so youthful in the glass you want to card it, sparkling orange, lime, grapefruit citrus, just mown bermuda grass, pine sap, garden flowers and dried honey. Has a pie crust to scone side as well, not yeasty. The carbonation shows verve and a tight weave, sets a brisk pace for the flavors. Peppery and close to salty too, brings a mineral water to quinine bite. "Just picked" quality to the peach, nectarine, apricot, red apple, melon fruit, good presence throughout but too young for the sugars to have concentrated. There's not a lot of complexity here, however, the freshness makes it a very versatile food beer, can see this going with a wide range of dishes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery-cadmium orange with a good clarity can be had in the glass with a bready white head that was well lasting. Vastly separated macro-bubbles race upwards at a quick pace while the lacing was thick on the glass with only small windows of visibility.

S: Hop aroma was strongest upon first uncapping. In the glass it wasn't as dominant. Fresh hop cones, with fresh vines as the label suggests was so green, green. Sweet malt instances with a light flowery citrus hop presence along with slight hints of thinly peeled apple skins.

T: The flavor was smooth, fresh feathery hop cone leafs, along with pale citrus and pine with a good toasted caramel grain base that brings some sweetness as well a powdery malt appeal. The balance is perhaps the selling point here, fresh hops, equally with a good malt base that is not overdone, but with enough show to give you that perfect feel and flavor that goes down without much thought. A nice seamless marriage of hops and malts with a flowery edge coming about of citrus and pine on the swallow.

M: Good carbonation feel, lively, especially on the tip of the tongue. Body is medium base with a flowery finish of hops lining the tongue.

D: Clean yet bitter enough to garnish respect. Finely crafted and balanced flavorwise makes this a good drinker for the masses and should garnish respect from those who like a balance brought to their drinking. I could do six pack here.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/15/11:
2011 release; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Just over one inch of off-white fluffy head; Clear appearance with a nice caramel/copper color; Moderate lacing

S - Overall faint aroma; Some toffee and caramel sweetness; Very wet smelling grassy, earthy hops

T - This is a unique IPA taste for sure; Up front, there's sweet caramel and toffee that quickly turns to citrusy tones; Spicy, earthy and grassy hops come more in the finish; Just a little bitterness up front that vanishes quickly

M - Some carbonation; Medium bodied; Slightly dry finish that leaves an oily coat on the tongue

O - Overall, I thought this was a very drinkable and unique IPA. The flavor wasn't the most hop heavy that I've had, and the aroma underwhelmed a bit, but the flavor profile was distinctly different with the use of Challenger hops. It brought out a nice sweet, toffee, spicy, earthy flavor that I felt was a good change of pace from what I usually experience in IPA's.

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Photo of boomer31
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a copper transparent color with a white head. Darker than all other 'fresh hop' ales I've had.

S - Very fruity hop nose with a touch of caramel malt.

T - Sweet malt with a touch of pine. There is a sweetness that makes the hops fade to the back. Balanced but I was hoping for more hop bitterness.

M - Nice high carb, no lingering taste of hop or sweetness.

D - Very drinkable though I was hoping for more hops

Overall a nice beer. Thought there would be more of a hop presence but still very good.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer from my main man out in Philly Gibby. I loves me a good fresh hop brew and this one has a great name. Drank from my Surlyfest Stein.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly dark copper orange with a half finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. A decent collar is maintained the entire beer with a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Not the most intensely fresh hopped beer I've ever whiffed. Fairly earthy with grassy tones and enough pine to remind me this is a IPA. A touch of something that reminds me of dandelion is also fairly prevalent. A touch of caramel seeps in and is actually pretty strong all things considered. I also get a touch of alcohol which is strange since it's only 6.6%.
Taste- Starts with a nice clean bitterness upfront that's pretty piney and lightly fruity. A touch of peach and a bit of grapefruit sneaks in but nothing over-the-top. Not an ounce of that weird vegetable thing that can come from these fresh hopped brews. A touch of malt is present but its super light and somewhat toasty. A bit of alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a pretty aggressive bite of carbonation. A somewhat oily hoppiness just hangs around.
Drinkability- The smell was kind of underwhelming but the taste definitely has made up for it. It's nice and piney with a great sort of underlying fruitiness. Super drinkable and pretty damned tasty. Thanks much Jeff!!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at a new beer store that opened in Apex a few blocks from where my son's babysitter lives. Pours a reddish blond with a soft, wet head and a mellow citrus and pine scent.

Interesting taste; definitely a little off kilter for an American IPA. The hops are present but they aren't very assertive and don't really follow into the aftertaste. Some biscuit and bread tones give the malt a room with a view as well. This isn't a bad beer at all but it's not a flavor filled hop bomb and that's enough to make it difficult within the style. Mouthfeel is thin but that fits the motif.

Overall, this one goes down as easy as water and does have some pleasant notes. It's almost like an "IPA lite" but it's slowly growing on me and I could see trying this again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grassy

T: Grassy, hoheny malt, leafy hops, a touch of grapefruit & tangerine up front. Grassy, piney with toffee & tangerine as this warms. Finishes grassy with citrus & piney notes, just not enough for greatness

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice balance

Not sure how fresh this is, no dating, so who knows. Would love to get a "real fresh" bottle to see how it compares. No Founder's Harvest, but not bad at all

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Challenger Hop release

Pours a clear burnt orange with a 2-finger white head which reduces quickly to a small ring leaving a minimal amount of sticky lace.

The nose has a small core of faintly bready pale malt and mild esters with a dominance of wet hop aroma on top. Unfortunately, with the use of the Challenger hop, the aroma is waaaay less pungent and complex than it could be (this is naturally my American bias talking)- wiffs of hop oil and wet grass with faint touches of papaya and orange zest. There is, however, a certain woody-earthiness that I've smelled many times before, oddly enough, in some Pinot Noirs.

The medium-bodied palate is a touch oily on the mouthfeel with a bitterness that, although moderate in nature, seems bigger without the super-pungent hop flavors to balance out the presentation. Flavors include bread crust, earth, leaves and spices with a continuation of that woodiness on the bitter and mildly resinous finish.

I wasn't really feelin this upon first opening, but now that I'm nearing the end of the brew I'm starting to appreciate it. I wish they chose a different hop varietal but then again I've never tasted a wet hop ale made with Challenger so I can respect it for that. The Pinot Noir-like woodiness made the nose really interesting but the palate was merely so-so. That also may be because I just tasted the SN NoHem and Estate before this, and it's really hard, I feel, to come close to those.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, copper-brown coloring with a tall, foamy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of dank and resinous hops, with some cannibus notes, cut grass, and citrus highlights of grapefruit and lemon zest. Pretty green on the nose. The flavors are a blast of bitter greens forward, with pine tassel, grass, and pine pitch, with peppery highlights and notes of weed. There are citrus highlights throughout, with grapefruit and lemon once again. Very balanced, all on a rich caramel backbone. The body is slick and smooth, with a fruity and dank aftertaste. The finish is smooth, clean, and slightly dry. Very drinkable. Good brew!

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Photo of atsprings
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cherry Bomb Grill served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a thin diminishing off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of crisp citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount of smooth crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This one is excellent on-tap, I would certainly seek it out again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: floral hops, some earthiness, and orange citrus creates a nice aroma.

Taste: big caramel, orange, ripe pears, floral bitterness, and a hint of earthiness are most notable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch of dryness late.

Drinkability: easy to drink beer. Definitely floral and full of citrus. A decent IPA worth looking into trying.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a creamy beige head that recedes to a soapy collar and leaves some spotty lacing. it's definitely a little darker than I was expecting.

The aroma is nice, with some fresh herbal hops, pine resin and some grassy notes. There's almost a minty character to the nose with some sweet malts thrown in.

The taste also has an herbal, minty character with some green resinous hops. Sweet caramel malts and light lemon zest. Finish is sweet by dry and not all that bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hops and a light, soft carbonation.

This is a nice beer from Terrapin, maybe a little bit of a let down after Hopzilla, but that's a pretty steep comparison. Drinkable stuff overall though.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a one-finger head that sticks around forever and leaves a lace ring. A wet, floral and spicy hop aroma along with some bread and caramel malt in the nose. Maybe a little thin or overcarbonated from the tap, but I found this beer to have a great hoppy bite as it is close to medium-bodied with a bready, cracker like dryness balanced w/ caramel and possibly honey sweetness and a great hop punch of citrus, spice and even a touch of grape. A great balance and while maybe not for all hopheads as the hops are simple and this beer is a tad sweet for a real hoppy IPA, I found it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to titosupertramp for the surprise bottle.

a: This poured a chill-hazed, ruddy copper color with a large, uneven head.

s: Nice balance between soft, caramel and vanilla and the fresh smelling grassy citrus of the hops.

t: Here as well, they struck a very nice balance. The malt base is sweet, but not rough or cloying. I tasted caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The hops were a bit muted for a fresh hop ale, but the flavors were very nice. Lightly bitter citrus with an earthy finish that was very appealing.

m: Sticky body with a nice lingering hop bite.

d: I generally expect over the top hops in a harvest ale, but I really like what they did here. Damn tasty brew.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured dark amber in color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to it. It has a nice juicy grapefruit citrusneness to it along with a little pine and earthy spice coming through. A bit of the malty and slight caramel flavors are present as well and provide a nice base for the hops.

The taste has more of the juicy citrusness then the aroma did with some nice tropical fruit flavors coming through as well. A grapefruit bitterness starts to show as you get close to the finish. The finish shows some nice sweetness and bitterness to it that both linger for a bit.

The mouthfeel is a little below average thickness and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed it a lot. It showed off the nice fresh hops pretty well and was a pretty tasty beer overall.

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Photo of animal69
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Expected quite a bit more than what this beer boasted, nowhere near the " fresh hop" presence I was hoping for...an almost above avg ipa in the end however

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Photo of FranklinPaine
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler. At 1st the beer seemed slightly unbalanced and muddled but after a 2nd glass (and some food) this beer grew on me a bit. Developed into a nice round feel, toasty malt notes, sweet citrus flavors, and clean bitter finish. Better than average but not as good as some of the other local beers I have had lately. Better that the "3.75" rating I gave it but not quite a "4". The slight "grainy" aftertaste holds it back for me. Otherwise another great fresh offering from GA!

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Terrapin So Fresh & So Green Green from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.