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Terrapin So Fresh & So Green Green - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 422
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 20%
Wants: 24
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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: 422
Photo of Emerson1310
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this fresh-shipped at TW here in Alexandria. 22oz bomber.

A: Reddish, coppery gold, clear. Nice 3-finger off-white head, and yes, lots of lacing on my Bells glass. Good amount of carbonation too.

S: Malts, little hops and little fruit/floral. Malts dominate.

T: Too much resins and pines, not enuff fruitiness. I am NOT into pines and resins, I prefer my crafts to have the sweeter, more grapefruit/citrus hop-style like in Pliny. Anyhow, alot of bitterness on the front of the tongue. Probably due to the British Challenger hop variety, instead of some of the sweeter American hop species.

O: Not something I intend to buy again. A wet-hopped beer, but they wet-hopped it with the wrong hops!! At 6.6% ABV, a sessionable beer. I would like to try this more fresh, like on tap...

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Photo of livewire05
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a deep amber color with foamy, but quickly dissolving head. Good lacing. As for the smell, hops are evidently there, but they're not terribly overwhelming. Some citrus. Taste-wise, I was expecting a little more pizzazz. There's a muted bitterness to this medium bodied beer, but it didn't blow me away. In my opinion its still a slightly above average IPA, maybe good for a change of pace every once in a while, but nothing that would drag me away from my current favorites.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft poured into a snifter. This is the Challenger version.

A: Orangish-red colored body, looks like an apple color. Transparent. Head is creamy, Quite not so white. Looks absolutely delicious, and lighter bodied for style.

S: Smells like a barelywine as far as alcohol content is concerned, just not as dominant or overbearing. Extremely clean smell like a freshly cut red apple. Undertone of spicy hops but nothing to kill your nostril.

T: Wow! Doesn't hit the palate immediately, but after a Brooklyn minute an unique hop presence shines without having a typical lingering bitterness. I get a gummy hop taste that is very different; I usually associate gummy with malt notes, like bready/biscuity. Reminds me of gummy bears.

M: The hop presence is very warm and wet, almost sticky. Bitterness is up front, more from the carbonation, then transitions to mellow, lightly spicy hop notes that are one of a kind.

D: Excellent brew. I know this is really fresh which helps with the review; the whole point of the beer is too drink fresh to enjoy the fresh hops. One-of-a-kind that will broaden the pallets of hop-heads:)

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a great deep amber color with a finger of off white head. Decent head retention with a touch of lacing.

S- nice fresh wet hop aromas burst from the glass. Notes of pine, hemp, hop oil on the front end. Leafy green aromas blend in the middle with a touch of wet tabacco. Finish is a backdrop of toasty malt.

T- toasty dry malt with a touch of dry caramel chew. A burst of fresh leafy hops with notes of pine sap, hemp and hop oil in the middle with a round good hop bitterness. A touch of alchohol warmth is tasted with a lingering organic sweet herb hop flavor. Dry finish.

MF- prickly mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- good drinkability

overall a good fresh hop brew!

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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 fsvan
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Dark, bright, clear orange. Two fingers of light, fluffy head.

S- Tons of fruity hops. Mango leading the way gives a more sweet than bitter smell, although the bitterness isn't pushed completely aside.

T- First off, this is more DIPA than IPA, in my opinion. Fairly strong bitterness coats the tongue, with that fruity sweetness from the smell washing over it. Finishes with a strange sweet yet bitter hoppiness on the back of the tongue.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O- Not bad, but not great. A hop bomb of a single IPA, for sure.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce goblet - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia. 2011 release featuring Challenger hops.

Appearance: Clear, copper-amber body with a ½-inch, near-white head.

Smell: Lightly resinous, earthy, floral hop notes overlaying pale malts, a bit bready to a degree, and hinting at a little citrus.

Taste: Moderately bready maltiness with a honey-toned sugar encrusted sweetness and a very minor toasty quality. Juicy, citrusy hops, not particularly effusive, but has a pleasing refreshing quality to it. Earthy, firmly floral tones beyond the citrus. Moderate bitter. Dry, gently resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A curious choice, Challenger hops, but certainly a departure from the Amarillo hops used the previous year. It has a nice fresh feel to it, but, unlike the similarly named space shuttle, the hops just don't provide a catastrophic explosion of fiery flavor.

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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 Swim424
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into anchor bar pint glass

A- seems to be a deep orangish/red. looks very clean. Can see some bubble coming up, but not a ton. small head that falls into a thin head that seems to maintain.

S-again clean and crisp. I can smell some malt, along with so hops. some pine, and floral. very nice.

T- Very good. hops hit me up front. finishing with some malty hop to it. Like i keep saying and they advertised it seems very clean and smooth. not over powering hops but they did very good at bringing out the flavors instead of just bitterness.

MF- very smooth, with maybe a little creamy feeling after it goes down. gave me a slight tingle on the tongue when it first hits, but very nice.

O-overall i got to say this is just a very smooth and crisp beer. It isnt over powering, which i do usually enjoy, but it still has enough bite to it to satisfy that, while balancing it well with the malt and hop flavors. This is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

Ah, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Fresh hop season! 2011 bottling with Challenger hops. Challenger? Yeah, Challenger. Interesting choice for a fresh-hop brew, let's give this a try. It sure looks like an IPA, copper color with two fingers of head. Good retention and lacing, you know the drill. Let's get some mood music on for this beer. Drinking to it while listening to So Fresh and So Clean should be a requirement. The aroma is a herbal and spicy hop over biscuity malts. Not very pungent for a fresh hop, but let's let this keep going.

The taste? This is obviously full of Challenger hops. Challenger is a really strange choice for a single-hop fresh hop IPA, you're usually much more likely to find them in something like an ESB. So, you're getting what I imagine is an absolutely huge amount of Challenger hops in here, providing a strong herbal hop, with a strong bitterness and spiciness on the backend. Nothing like the stereotypical, bright, fresh hop. This is actually a real nice change, there's a solid biscuity malt on the backend. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability is very good. Looking for something different in your fresh hop haul? Slot this one in.

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
1.96/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle bought from Sam's at the pre-WBF party.

A - coppery clear pour. Very small head that dissipates. No lacing to speak of (first warning).

S - Just...bad. For a beer called "So Fresh and So Green Green" it neither smells fresh nor green - very, very little hops in the aroma at all. A little biscuity malt and the faintest whiff of hops. As the score says, I am not impressed.

T - more of the same, but somehow worse. No hops. This beer can't be that old, either for the new batch. Drainpour. It had no hops and very little malt - just watery.

M - eh, it was ok. Carbonation wasn't off or anything.

Overall, just bad. I sincerely hope it was just this bottle. It's gotta be, right? There's no way they'd put out this kind of beer with no hop presence.

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Photo of Suds
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A small-headed, copper colored beer, this beer has an appealing allure, but balls a bit short. It's aroma is modestly hoppy, not nearly a fresh as I expected, given the name. Fruit, a touch of alcohol, some herbal hoppiness and a touch of resin. Muted. The flavor is similar to the taste, with a bit of pale malt coming forth. Medium body. A bit of warmth, and a dry character in the finish. Could be much better.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle. Mostly clear, amber body with a one-finger light tan head. Only a smattering of lacing.

The caramel malt aroma seems to overpower the hops. Still, a bit of hop aroma, mostly an earthy, slightly grassy aroma.

The flavor is a little better. The hops come through just a little more with some citrus flavor that balances decently with the malt. Still, a little sweet overall.

Medium to light mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but not in the top tier of IPAs.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear golden brown with a small, white head that receded to a wispy collar. Floral aroma, fresh and earthy, grass, and lightly toasted bread. More of the same in the taste, lots of fresh hops, dancing between floral and citrus, grassy, and lightly bready and organic. Medium-bodied and crisp, nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Aaron420
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I wanted to get my hand on this one when it first came out finally found it just wish I could have had it fresh.

A: Poured a murky amber with a small tan head that dissipated quickly.

S: Little to no Hop smell came through to me, but a lot of maltyness.

T: Taste was the same as smell very little to no Hop flavor. I am hoping this is due to the fact that this was a little on the old side by the time I found it.But the malty flavor that came through was very smooth and tasty.

M: A medium bodied smooth drinking beer that was a little heavy on carbonation.

O: I wish I could have tasted this fresh cause I probably would have tasted a completely different beer, but that is what I get for buying an IPA that was released about 8 months ago. Just couldn't pass up a Terrapin Beer that made reference to Outkast.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a nice deep orange color. Good citrus notes on the nose, some sweetness present. Taste is balanced with an initial tinge of hoppy citrus bitterness. Feels amply carbonated with some hop oil and a medium body. Overall a good representation of an IPA with a fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of bum732
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich bready malt, marris otter i think, some fresh hop resin, some hop spiciness

L: Golden amber, crystal clear, tight white head with good lacing.

T: Resiny and piney hoppy malt, fairly sweet and malty. Slightly spicy bitterness with some resin. Finishes fairly clean and semi-dry.

M: Medium-thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Disappointing for a "fresh hop" ale. No bottling date, so not sure how old it is. More of a pale ale than IPA, still pretty good.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep amber body with a thick, white rocky head.

S: A simple and quiet nose of floral hops with some malts. Expected more of a hoppy nose.

T: Slight bitter & floral hop flavor balanced with sweet malts.

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, slightly resin texture.

O: Would never have guess this to be an IPA. Needs to be a bit hoppier. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't pay for it. It was really missing something.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little weak I thought, I was hoping for something more. Honestly I thought this would be much hoppier since it's a wet hop ale. I honestly didn't get much of a hop flavor at all. Perhaps it's the type of hops they used. The color was a really nice gold and I even though the aroma was pretty nice but this brew just turned out to be a little on the boring side when it comes to hops.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a HotD Tulip on 2/23/11.

Pours a medium golden amber with a finger of head of off frothy white head. After the head dissipates it leaves the littlest of fine white lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus hops but the smell is not as strong as I had hoped it to be.

Taste does have a strong hop presence but the malt really stands out in this one. The taste actually reminds me of a really fruity barley wine that was just bottled and the hops are still kickin around.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. For a fresh hop IPA I expected it to have more resin after taste left in my mouth after the swallow but this has almost no after taste at all.

Drinkability is moderate. Its a good beer but I don't find anything spectacular about it. It does have a good ABV for a good round of drinking(6.6) but Terrapin would have to do some tweaking if this ever was turned into more then just a one off. It could however be a very good choice as a base for a IPA/DIPA tasting.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear amber in color. Nice thick and fluffy, off-white, bubbly, rocky head. Mild lacing.

S: Definitely VERY "green" and floral/earty.

T&M: Defintely original tasting. Very grassy and earthy hop taste. Mildly sweet with a mild to moderate bitterness. The earthy hop flavor hangs on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Very good IPA. Hopped to the brim with such fresh hops that it is like chewing on sweet buds. It is over the top on a single hop which gives it this original flavor. NOt up there with the best, but a very drinkable IPA that is ulitmately satisfying.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep clear amber in color. Forms a thin, but stable, off-white, bubbly, rocky head. Little lacing.

S: For a fresh hop beer, there is a strong malt component to the aroma. Aroma is also very "green" and herbaceous. Almost to the point of being minty or reminiscent of parsley.

T: Much like the aroma, this beer is rather malty with more of the herbaceousnecss. Parsley-like. Mildly sweet. Mild to moderate bitterness. The herby flavor hangs on the tongue.

M: Medium in weight, though somewhat sticky, with appropriate carbonation.

D: A decent beer, with a very fresh, herbal taste, but somehow this beer fails to showcase the beauty of the fresh hop.

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Photo of vapodge
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a pint glass

A - super clear, medium golden, well-carbonated producing a nice head, solid lacing

S - citrusy hops, but not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting; smells a touch sweet, too

T - hops are definitely there, but balanced out by a malt backbone; this beer tastes better than I remember it when I first had it a month ago, but it wasn't ultra-hoppy then, either; fairly sweet

M - fairly high level of carbonation, not much aftertaste

D - easy to drink, but not super-memorable or noteworthy; think hoppy pale ale, but not too hoppy

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Any time you can get your hands on a very fresh Ipa or DIPA you almost have to try it.

Poured amber/copper, decent head
smell - floral, didn't hit me like I thought a beer this fresh would but a nice smell.
taste - very clean, good hop hit, not too malty at all, which I like.
Mouthfeel - a lot of carbonation, light/medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability on this one is very high.
I think that my expectations were very high. I think this is because this beer is packaged like a DIPA, it's in a bomber with a Feb. freshness date. Even though I knew going in that it is an ipa with 6.6%. All in all, I liked it and if I were out and they had it in a bottle or on tap I would not hesitate to jump on one.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. It's a deep orange color, darker than a typical IPA. There's an impressive head with good retention and lacing.

It's hoppy... very hoppy. It's a more floral hop note with a little bit of sweetness to it. Pretty good.

The flavor is just more of the same... hoppy, not a lot of balance. It's good but not great on the flavor.

The mouthfeel is good, despite the dominant hops there really isn't a bad aftertaste at all.

Not a bad IPA, but not one I'd reach for again with other IPAs on the shelf.

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