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Terrapin Easy Rider - Terrapin Beer Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 04-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by wedge:
Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a small white head that fades to a slim ring. Surprisingly hoppy, green aroma...lemon, grass, mild tropical fruit. Zesty citrus hop flavor over a bed of fresh grain. Green and slightly resinous with a touch of mint. Quite dry and crisp with a fair amount of bitterness. Drinkable and suitably hoppy as advertised, but the $9 4-pack seems to contradict the intended session-ability of the beer. Still, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a thinner glingy white head that settles into a soapy-like mass.Love the big shot of citric and piny hops in the nose,they really jump out at ya like the label says,a light caramel base is noticable.The Maris Otter malt plays a big role on the palate with it's mildly sweet biscuit malt flavors,citric hops in the back end.It could be beefed up a little in the body and the hops could be a little bigger on the palate but it's a nice session ale in my opinon,good for a grilling night like tonight.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a 4 pack: $9 at Total Wine. 2012 version served in a snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber color; sudsy white head dies down quickly but not completely, leaving a lasting thin 'island'.

Smell: Nicely hoppy, with a mix of citrus (primary), herbal and a little pine.

Taste: The flavor is like the smell, although the bitterness level is not as high as the aroma and other hop flavors led me to expect. This is most obvious in the aftertaste where the sense of grapefruit rind was quite limited. There's some bready, toasty malt in here too, but this is a hop-forward brew.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just right; thin body; very nice dryness that starts before the finish.

Overall: A "session APA" indeed: this beer is flavorful but disappeared quickly. Still, to be a great session beer, I want more complexity and a more substantial mouthfeel. There are plenty of those but not with just 4.5% ABV!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pale, transparent golden yellow with a loose, soft, white head that has a short-lived retention

S - spicy hop aromas

T - light malt body, spicy hop character with some faint herbal notes

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather simple beer, but it's refreshing and very easy to drink. It has just enough flavor and hop character to keep me interested. I probably won't have this again, but it was good to try once.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a thinner glingy white head that settles into a soapy-like mass.Love the big shot of citric and piny hops in the nose,they really jump out at ya like the label says,a light caramel base is noticable.The Maris Otter malt plays a big role on the palate with it's mildly sweet biscuit malt flavors,citric hops in the back end.It could be beefed up a little in the body and the hops could be a little bigger on the palate but it's a nice session ale in my opinon,good for a grilling night like tonight.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one and a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, and fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really enjoyed how refreshing this one was with all of the floral notes going on. This made it rather enjoyable and easy to drink. I fully understand where they got the name from as I found myself taking massive sips of this one without even knowing it. The carbonation was a little lacking for my liking in this style, but still not bad. Definitely a must try from Terrapin.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, citrus. Taste is good, hoppy, bitter, a bit of citrus flavor, just a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper amber with a medium off white head with some light lacing. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hop, citrus fruity notes, orange peel, with some biscuit malt, and caramel sweetness and mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation, nicely balanced sweet bitter notes on the tongue, smooth drinking. Finish is a nice combination of floral pine hops, sweet caramel malt and some flavorful citrus, orange peel fruity notes. Overall a very good, smooth and flavorful brew

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real pale amber, almost yellow but just a sort of faint orange and really crystal clear body, with some faint cola rising bubbles. Three finger head forms and is shocking white, with some good retention but lots of varied sized bubbles.

Nose is really wonderful. Big tropical mush of mango and peach on this, it smells like a solid IPA more than anything. It sort of reminds me of Odels IPAs strangely.

Very light bodied, but just manages to give a nice depth in the palate from the nose. Juicy body with a little bit of wet, bringing light bodied fruit tastes and hop mellowness. Malt angle on this seems a bit buried here.

Overall though it's a super fun easy drinking beer, for a pale ale. And 4.5 makes it even more fun to drink!

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Company tapered pint. Label says seasonal 2012.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Very resilient ring of lacing that sticks to the glass a long time.

S- Piney, grassy hop nose with not much malt underneath. Smells fresh and floral.

T- The malt backbone comes through much better in the taste with some grainy cracker-like flavor. Mild bitterness from the hops along with a light amount of citrus. Overall a very decent balance.

M- Somewhat prickly from the hops with medium carbonation.

O- A very solid pale ale that's more hop forward.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops—orange and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of hop flavors for an American Pale Ale.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Terrapin Brewery. Poured into a Terrapin pint glass. 

Pours translucent gold with a finger pale head. A little lacing. 

Smells sweet with a hint of hops. 

Tastes dry and bready with a mild hop flavor. Long moderate bitter aftertaste. 

Light bodied with medium carbonation. 

Overall this isn't for me. The more I drank, the more I appreciated it but I'll stick to thier Hopsecutioner and other "bigger" brews. Not bad at all but I prefer a little more beer with my beer. 

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden color with a slight chill haze and a thin white head.

S: A nice fresh citrus hop aroma.

T: There are toasted malt flavors up front that give way to a nice citrus hop flavor. The finish is surprisingly clean, so clean that it gives the impression that the beer has a watered-down flavor.

M: Light with good carbonation. Refreshing. Clean finish. Makes this a great session beer.

O: Definitely a very good summer session release. If you're looking for a light refreshing beer with some hop kick, then this is it.

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a thinner glingy white head that settles into a soapy-cap and recedes to leave decent lacing.

Aromas begi with good amount of citrus and herbal hops with a subtle toasty, nutty notes.

The tastes begin with an average amount of hops, light citrus (grapefruit and orange) and lighly toasted maltiness. Not an overly dynamic flavor, but well done and vibrant.

The mouthfeel is light in body with a good amount of carbonation and smooth finish.

Overall this is a straightforward, enjoyable, drinkable session beer. A decent but not revolutionary amount of flavor. Definitely better than most session ales but not in the high class of Surly Bitter Brewer but few are.

Photo of mechamifune
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a very slight white head. Very light lacing, slight sense of carbonation.

Smell is slightly muted hops and not a whole lot more of anything. The slightest of citrus notes eventually makes its way through.

Taste is slightly better than the smell. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but as a whole I think the taste is a little out of balance, trending towards being overly hoppy but without what I would call a particularly pleasant hop profile.

Mouthfeel is slightly smooth, finishing with a little bit of a bite of carbonation. Drinkable enough, though a little watery for my taste.

Overall, this is another Terrapin beer that falls into the "ok" territory. In terms of the increasing number of hoppy "lighter" beers, this falls pretty middle of the road. The price point though (9 for a 4 pack) puts it into the "will not by again" category for me.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Actually a great deal of carbonation with tons of bubbles and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for quite a bit.

S - Nose actually has some mild citrus hops twang with a good deal of cracker malts.

T - Taste starts off malt forward with some cracker malts and toffee then quickly to an enjoyable level of citrus that gets your attention and hold it to the finish. Not too overly bitter and fades out nicely.

M - Light and crisp.

Overall this beats every light beer and most session ales out of the park. I just wish I knew a place to get a six pack since the single ran me 3 bucks.

Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow that borders on gold color with a small 1 finger foamy white head that faded quickly, leaving a foamy layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

Smells of malt, citrus hops, light grapefruit, lemon zest, mild floral hops, grains, herbs, pine cone and then some musky fruit or light yeast. The malt subdues the hops here and this nose is fairly boring and soft smelling. Decent for an APA, but nothing exciting.

Tastes like the nose, with malt, citrus hops, light grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hops, lightly toasted grains, herbs like tea leaf, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, wet bread, fruit like apple skin and some yeast. Malt presence gives this an English feel, which fades on the clean side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, with light bubbly carbonation, a medium body, and a dry finish that has a slight hop nip. Overall not too exciting, but it’s a good middle of the road beer that’s worth trying.

Photo of shand
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a orange-tinged golden color with a finger of head. The aroma is excellent, this has a huge hop nose, especially considering the ABV. Very fresh smelling, this just has loads of floral, citrus, and piney hops. The taste is also very fresh and crisp, bursting with citrus and floral hops, with a bit of a piney aftertaste. The malt hangs out in the back, providing a little bit of a toasty character. Delicious and very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated. The drinkability on this beer is superb. I wouldn't mind a few boots of this one! Overall, this is a really good beer. I wish it weren't so damn expensive or I'd be drinking obscene amounts of it all summer. Hear me, Terrapin? I'd even swallow eight bucks a four-pack, but the twelve dollars my local store (that does lean towards the more expensive) is asking for this is insane. I'm not going to assume this beer is inexpensive to make, but there has to be an insane profit margin on this for Terrapin.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Due South pint glass on 6/19/12
*From notes

A: Clean 14k gold. Brilliantly filtered. A white, two finger head tops the glass. The lacing is solid, though the collar is meek.

S: Pretty damn juicy, especially for a 4.5% ABV APA. Lots of fresh, tropical-like fruit and a touch of warm sun tan lotion round out the bouquet. It literally smells like summer.

T: The flavor profile is a bit more subdued and a tad watery. Slightly stunted and mild on the mid, followed by a decent hop bite that dries out the palate a bit. The finish has a good amount of grapefruit to it.

M: Mild, crisp and soft. Light bodied and really easy to drink. The bubbles are lively and make for a refreshing bottle of beer.

O: One of the better APA's I've encountered of recent. It's not in the same ballpark as Zombie Dust, though what is? I really enjoyed the tropical hop quality to it, though I would really have liked a bit more of it. All in all, a very good session beer that should be sold at it's current price in SIX-PACKS!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep medium golden yellow in color with no visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a pretty mild smell, light aromas of bready malts with light to moderate citrus hop aromas of orange rind.

T: Initially this beer has orange rind/citrus hops that fade into some bready malts with just a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The finish has a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink due to the rather pleasant flavors of malts/hops and lighter bitterness combined with the low ABV. Quite enjoyable with a pleasant amount of hop flavors for the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a cervoise. Pours a clear light golden color with a touch of an amber hue. The nose carries some faint leafy hops as well as mild citrus. Not getting any of the Galaxy. Not much other than a generic hop character. No Amarillo either. Pretty generic. Easy drinking with a good bitterness, but the hop character is fairly bland. Just decent.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to elCharderino (Reddit) for this interesting beer.

Pours a white fluffy and bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with lots of layered lacing, over semi hazy golden orange colored beer.

Nose has a really nice hop aroma, almost Gumballhead like but not quite, light fruity Armarillo, bit of citrus like with tangerine and nectarine peach like, little citrus, little grapefruit, an aromatic slight earthy hop.

Taste starts with a light malt base, touch of a reddish toasty malt and some pale malts. Then mostly hops, slightly earthy before changing to some citrus and fruity hops, little tangerine and peach like hop fruits, touch grapefruit, juicy, slightly grassy and touch spicy hop kick as well. Finish is fairly bitter and a bit dry with a nice floral grassy and slight spicy hop, long lingering bitterness, touch citrus and some malts.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall fairly nice APA, nice hops that add good flavors without overpowering on bitterness, earthiness, or fruitiness, and the malts bring a nice flavor that also doesn't overpower or ruin the beer. Nicely balanced and drinkable, good flavors, well done APA IMO.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours cloudy dark yellow straw with a decent white head. Smells of some citrus with some grain. Tastes of some nice citrus hops but with a weaker than expected grain profile. Beer is light bodied goes down smooth. Overall an above average beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into dimpled mug (it's my new favorite style glassware-- I predict the dimpled mug will be the tulip of 2013!)

Lightly hazy orange glowing body with a 2 finger white cap of frothy bubbles. Head settled pretty quickly and quietly into a ring around the inside of the glass. Some big spotty chunks of lacing remain behind. If we had better retention/lacing i would exclaim, "This is how I like my pale ales to look!"

Smells a little sweet with caramel and biscuit malt notes. The smell is pretty mild I think. A little more towards aromatic hops would have improved this a great deal. The flavor is more pronounced than the nose, but not enough to get me really excited. I was hoping to really like this beer; pale ales are my absolute favorite "go-to" style and I'm a big fan of the lass ABV/more flavor movement. As it stands, I find this beer to be tasty, but I wanted more of a hop punch! The hops here offer a nice little citrusy (grapefruit and orange) note, but more would be better.

The bitterness is too weak as well-- although I personally feel that there is a market for a low ABV, low IBU pale ale that packs a big aroma and hop flavor.... This recipe would work the role for me with a few tweaks.

Overall-- I like the malt base. I like the hop profile. We just need more hops... And at different times in the boil.

Photo of brewcore
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields a one finger white head that short lived retention. Deep gold in color. Excellent carbonation climbs the glass throughout the session.

S: Quite fragrant. Malts are sweet, grainy and with a little barnyard funk. Floral hops.

T: Hops and malts are well balanced. Hops are predominately citrus, grapefruit. Slight bitterness and that same barnyard funk in the finish.

M: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation makes for easy drinkability.

O: A good pale ale but not as easy drinking as I expected. Easy enough to be a session beer. Terrapin promotes this as a session pale ale but why the heck are they selling this as a four pack? What happened to the good old days of sixxers? Good, but I would rather drink their rye pale ale.

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Terrapin Easy Rider from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.