Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
2.75/5 rDev -32.4%
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, muted gold body with a smallish, brief, white head.
Smell: Moderately grainy-scented pilsner malt given a thorough wash of alcohol and noted scents of the chamomile and coriander seed. Very faint, ineffectual fruity accents in the background.
Taste: Again, more of the grainy pils but with more of a showing from the rye malt. Powdered sugar sweetness. Strong support from the coriander and chamomile, though not much from the orange peel beyond a small singe of triple sec on the tongue. Subtle green banana. Medium bitterness. The spice pulls up, as does the alcoholic heat into the drying, subtly tingly finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation helping to at least keep it from being a syrupy mess.
Overall: I'll pat Terrapin on the back for making it ten long years, I'll also pat myself on the back for making it through (almost) the whole bottle. A beer I had hoped to enjoy, but really didn't at all. Some graininess, some spice, some booze, some sugar.
05-14-2012 22:16:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.43/5 rDev -15.7%
Generous extra from a recent trade, enjoyed from the special anniversary terrapin snifter.
a - brew pours a murky orange with a thin head and lots of champagne like carbonation.
s - nose is fairly honey forward with hints of pear and sweet bubblegum. Pleasant and soft.
t - a big burst of a handful of flavors explodes on my taste buds all fighting for attention. Alcohol, bubblegum, white pepper, orange peel, tangerine, and big notes of coriander.
m - heavy handed carb, booze shows itself in a big way.
o - overall not a bad beer, but certainly nothing special nor noteworthy for the style. Very fruity and nice, but the booze is a bit hefty.
07-20-2014 02:05:39 | More by cosmicevan
3.58/5 rDev -12%
A - Pours a light orange-straw color with a decent finger of near white head, ok retention, very good lacing.
S - Yeast aromas similar to that of an allagash tripel orange and coriender are also very obvious, slightly tart/funky smelling.
T - Very Nelson Sauvin, a strong dry and slightly tart funk. Orange struggles to come through towards finish. Bitter slight tartness from the Nelsons linger through the finish. Once I allow the brew to warm up a bit the Nelson Sauvin dominance subsides, although it remains strong, allowing the other flavors to shine and the beer to become better balanced
M - Lighter bodied, especially for a 9.9%er. Medium+ carbonation
O - Its too bad that the grape/dry/tart like qualities of the hops used just totally dominate my palate (in a not particularly enjoyable way).. After allowing to warm for about 20 minutes the sharp tartness become much more bearable and allows the other flavors to be enjoyed, which I quite like
10-02-2012 23:00:39 | More by MacQ32
3.58/5 rDev -12%
A Tripel-ish anniversary ale from Terrapin with a very fancy label. The label is well done and, for me, the most distinguished part of the experience. Pours a hazy gold with thin white head that fades quickly leaving only a thin ring behind. Smell: pils, citrus rind, fruity, semi-sweet, grainy cracker. Taste: spicy with a little sweet orange citrus over a grainy pils base (oh, there's rye? that makes sense). Finishes grainy and spicy with lingering sweetness and a little soapiness. I get making a beer like this for a milestone, but the flavors aren't as special as its significance likely is to the Terrapin crew. Good luck in the next 10!
06-05-2012 03:23:48 | More by babaracas
3.73/5 rDev -8.4%
A: thin head on a cloudy golden body. some lacing.
S: pale malts, light yeast, corriander and lemon custard sweetness.
T: Very fruity and citrusy with orange peel, pineapple and lemon dominating. The finish is mostly of floral and herbal notes and lots of belgian yeast.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Only semi dry, much less so than I was expecting from the yeast content.
Overall: This one gets easier to drink as you enjoy it but it becomes more like alcoholic fruit juice towards the end.
10-25-2012 05:03:16 | More by kylehay2004
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a slight haze, an apricot-amber color and a modest, short-lived, soapy head.
Aroma: very fine and complex. Refined with some great fruity tones from the Belgian yeast.
Flavor: Orange peel, yeast, coriander, and biscuits. Hints of apricots and white grape juice. Great complexity. Rating reduced by aftertaste.
Feel: Medium-full body and juicy up front, lighter and drier by the finish. A touch hot (high ABV).
O: High ABV is partially hidden, not particularly in the taste but remarkably in the aroma. Nicely complex and balanced.
02-13-2014 21:40:56 | More by chinchill
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale pours a sediment-filled golden with a small head. BSDAs usually aren't my cup of tea, but I bought this based on my like of Terrapin, not being completely sure what style it is. The aroma is sweet, with fruits and honey bringing up the main part of the nose, with some leafy hops and yeast rounding everything together. Actually smells great! The taste is also surprisingly not bad, with a well-rounded fruit and honey flavor up front with some spices on the background. Yeast is present but not out of control. The mouthfeel is heavier and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is solid. Pretty good.
04-14-2013 03:32:31 | More by shand
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.
S - Soft, slightly fruity malt with notes of chamomile, herbal hops, and a distant hint of licorice.
T - Sweet, round malt up front with notes of red berries and pear. Some vanilla and honey in the middle and a finish of licorice, white grape juice, and light herbal hops.
M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - I am always wary of spice Belgians, but this one is actually pretty well done. Still, I can't help but pick it apart on points where it could have been much better; it needs more carbonation, more hops and a little bit of a dryer finish. As it is, it's good, but it could have been world class with a couple of tweaks.
10-25-2012 05:03:43 | More by nickfl
3.96/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a hazy orange yellow, big frothy white head, beautiful.
Smells slightly tart, lots of citrus zest, maybe some salt, coriander.
Taste is way different. None of the tartness or zest or salt, instead it's sweet yeasty banana and apple and other sweet fruit, flowers and hints of spice, honey. Not a lot of hops left but it's a year old. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is super creamy, milky almost, very rich and well carbed, very drinkable, booze doesn't show at all, feels excellent.
Great beer! I wonder what it tasted like fresh.
03-24-2013 23:53:08 | More by AlexFields
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A - bright, hazy, golden yellow with a short-lived, loose, bubbly head
S - orange peel and faint chamomile; light malt character
T - light malt, orange peel, citrus, faint apples, faint chamomile, a little yeast
M - warm, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied
This is a rather nice beer. It's a bit unique. The chamomile and orange peel are a nice touch to the Belgian pale ale body. It has a nice drinkability for a high ABV beer. If I could find this again, I'd buy it.
08-16-2012 15:12:40 | More by tdm168
Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.