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Terrapin So Fresh & So Green Green - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 391
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 23
Gots: 49 | 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: 164 | Hads: 391
Photo of Swim424
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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 +8.8%
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 -46.2%
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 -11.3%
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 -7.1%
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 -3.8%
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 -23.1%
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 +3%
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 +1.4%
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 -8.5%
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 -22.3%
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%
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 +20.3%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to key west for having this available at conch as a single and thank you to TSA for not breaking everything in my suitcase!

A - Cracked the bottle and poured into a duvel tasting tulip. Poured a really nice amber color with a thin pinky of white frothy head. Carbonation was lively and I could see the bubbles racing from the bottom center to the top of the pour. Lacing was semi sticky leaving some ringish clling. Clear and crisp...dare I say, so fresh and so clean clean?

S - Malty hops. One of the maltuer IPAs I've ever smelled. Tamer than most pale ales even. Smelled nice, but not really what I usually look for in an IPA.

T - Again, somewhat like a bitter pale ale. It is odd to have the bitterness without the hoppiness I would usually look for in this kind of brew. I wish there was a bottled on or freshness date since this kind of feels like what I expect an IPA to taste like after the hops flavoring becomes heavily faded. Malty and tame, but not as smooth as something like HoTD's Ruth...but along those lines. I find Ruth to be a relatively tame Pale Ale, but this is an IPA.

M/D - Surprisingly bitter and tingly in the mouth with the almost absent hop presence. An easy drinker but this is no IPA like I'm used to. I tend to expect a big hop profile and this beer is really lacking what in my opinion is the crucial element for the style. The malt backbone is dominating. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't drink it if I was in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy and piney hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, although I couldn't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at GBX the other night.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a bright amber with golden highlights. A big foamy head settles on the top and has great retention.

S - The aroma is sort of mildly brown sugar sweet and really light floral hops. Not nearly as pronounced hops aroma as I would assume.

T - Seems a little bit flat to me. Malty, with very little hops flavor. A bit of a letdown.

M - Low carbonation

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Photo of mjaquillard
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint.

Appearance: Very light appearing, much more so than I would have though.

Smell: Really earthy, more like british hops rather than american citrus hops. Not that this is necessarily bad...

Taste: Definitely not overwhelmed with hops like I was hoping.

Mouthfeel: Missing. A severe lack of carbonation and body.

Drinkability: I am usually a huge fan of Terrapin brews, but this one was really disappointing.

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Photo of Axic10
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a finger of fluffy off white foam that settles after a few moments.

Smell: Fragrant floral hops, earthy notes and subtle malt aroma.

Taste: Bitter piney hops, grass, I'm picking up some sort of weird apple juice flavor at the end that I'm not digging.

Mouthfeel: The body was too thin I thought with a dry finish.

Drinkability: I thought I'd like this more than I did. The nose was close to being pretty good, but the taste and body killed it for me. Not horrible, but I don't see myself paying the money for this one again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a look typical for the style, with a slightly hazed copper-orange-rust liquid sporting healthy bubble motion that feeds a fluffy off-white head. Lace sticks then slides immediately down the wall of the glass, with only a little of it sticking permanently.

Unsurprisingly for a fresh hop beer, the smells is fragrant, perfume-like, crisp, clean, breezy, pine-laden, pithy, citrus-rind goodness.

The taste is just what you might expect, being an extremely clean, breezy dose of hop-forward flavor, dangling somewhere between lemon rind and evergreen tips. Malt is quite subtle, having the mildness of a water cracker, present and pleasing but very much in a supporting role. It is to the hops what the cracker is to the pungent Roquefort cheese. Pretty dry and not much left in the finish other than a quick flash of lemon/lime zest.

Feel is tingly from carbonation but tempered by a medium body with just a tad of stick to it. Round enough, smooth enough, nice enough.

What's the problem? Seems this one is a little underrated. It's no hop bomb, but c'mon, "fresh hop" does not equal "hop bomb." It performs as advertised, no more and no less. Had they bulked up the malt a bit, we would have had something a little heartier, but then it would have lost as much as it has gained in being a true "fresh hop" flavor. I like, I like.

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Photo of aepb1
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tan body with an airy off-white head

S- Hops! Floral, piney hops, some sweet hops under that

T- Some bready sweetness right off and then moves into grassy/piney hops finish. It's not overly hoppy, much less-so than the nose

M- Medium bodied, creamy and good carbonation

D- Incredible nose! Very easy to drink and a nice beer

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet

A- pours a really dark amber with a one finger white head that fades really quickly. Lacing is minimal. Really dark for an IPA, a little offputting. The very basic head is also offputting

S- very mild citrus hops. Not a lot here

T- floral and citrusy but overall, really weak. I got this in October and have had it refrigerated ever since, so the hops couldn't have faded that much, could they?

M- feel is good. A little thick

D- meh. The dullness of everything here is a huge turnoff. I wanted this to be awesome, but it wasn't at all.

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Terrapin So Fresh & So Green Green from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.