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Terrapin Easy Rider - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Easy RiderTerrapin Easy Rider

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BA SCORE
83
good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 04-28-2012)
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint...

A. Pours a slightly cloudy, pale goldenrod. A nice half finger of crisp, white head with good retention. Excellent lacing.

S. Spent grains, wheat, and a subtle citrus zest profile from the hops. Mild fruitiness and caramel malt as well. Very clean and neat bouquet.

T. Light orange zest, grain, bread crust, and a mild bitterness on the finish. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Love it.

M. Highly carbed and light-bodied. Drinks almost like a pils.

O. This is a really nice Pale Ale. At 4.5%, it's ridiculously sessionable and packs a nice hop profile to boot. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 17:14:03 | More by siege06nd
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a great 4-finger white bubbly, foamy head. Really nice retention and great lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S – Bready, grainy, and sweet caramel malts with a nice hop aroma with grapefruit, orange, mango, and peach notes. One of the best smelling pale ales that I’ve tried.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel and bready malts and gradually builds to a nice hop bitterness with mostly grapefruit and orange notes. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a sticky and crisp mouthfeel, and a pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Bittersweet grapefruit hops linger for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It actually impresses me much more than Sierra Nevada’s pale ale (blasphemy, I know). It looks, smells, tastes, and feels great. Just an all-around great beer from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 21:57:07 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, golden hued with not much lasting head. The smell of hops is overpowering, good thing, lots ot citrus. Its defintly as advertised. Huge hop session. The flavor is amzing and the perfect lawmower beer for people who really like beer. The beer drinks thin but thats what they were going for. Great for the summer and i can see drinking this at the ballpark

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:02:14 | More by CampusCrew
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shand

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:52:23 | More by shand
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Glistening gold, with a very mean translucence. The head was both pillowy and somewhat large.

S: This had that certain something that all the great hop bombs possess: Strong, fresh hop compound with a good bit of wheat in there to boot. Sort of like a hopped up fresh clean cotton scent.

T: This reminded me of Gumballhead through and through. Seriously, it had the same taste profile and everything! Hop sizzle, wheat, and sort of a fruity finish.

M: I think the carbonation level was a bit lower than Gumballhead, but it still reminded me of it in spades. The bitterness lingered for a bit and so did the juicy hops.

O: I think this is a fantastic summer session beer... more than worthy of it's current overall rating here on BA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 22:08:23 | More by Chaney
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange gold. White 2 finger head. Nice lacing througout.

Smell: Citrus hops, medium malt, nice heavy hops

Taste: Decent citrus hops, medium roasted malts, nice dark bitter profile.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with light to medium thickness.

Overall: Nice session ale, hoppy, but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:57:26 | More by Josiah2729
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JRed

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden in body with white bubbly head that leaves pretty lacing. The aroma is nice, Citra dry hop brings out mango, papaya, and grapefruit. Tastes of mango, papaya, bitterness in the background with some mint and evergreen. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great session pale but why the 4-pack? Tsk tsk

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:37:20 | More by JRed
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Kromes

Georgia

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 21:47:46 | More by Kromes
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:36:49 | More by Immortale25
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 23:56:22 | More by smakawhat
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A copper, clear golden pisnerish color beer. 1 finger of head and lots of sticky lace left on the glass all the way down.

S - Light malts, lemon, and hops jump out of the bottle after opening

T - Light and smooth, nice mix of hops and grains. Bready malts.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Well carbonated, very crisp. Nice bite at the finish. Well done

O - An excellent, very tasty, very hoppy session ale. I hope people rate this beer based on its style. It's very tough to make such a tasty, hoppy session ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:57:28 | More by BeerDawgs
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is monumentally hoppy with a fruity undertone, a mixture of apple and sour orange - more like a double IPA than an amber ale. It pours a beautiful clear amber with a decent white head that leaves generous lacing. Malty flavor has a strong hoppy overtone, just a little bitterness, and hints of sour orange, grass and yeast. Texture has average body but plenty of fizz, leaving a nice tingly and hoppy finish that has a touch of yeast. Yes, definitely an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:29:52 | More by Cyberkedi
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:27:14 | More by jlindros
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 12:16:33 | More by metter98
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:07:36 | More by tdm168
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:33:45 | More by DrDemento456
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good amount of citrus and some hops in the aroma. Typical, but good.

T: Tasted of an average amount of hops, light citrus (grapefruit, orange), malt, and a hint of grain. Not an overly dynamic flavor, but well done and vibrant.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a straightforward, enjoyable, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:18:50 | More by avalon07
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 4 pack at Giant in East York PA, enjoyed chilled from a mug.

The color is dark golden bordering on amber with a thick creamy off white head which measures several inches deep. The smell has a slightly tropical and somewhat pine tinged hop odor with slight citrus notes blending in well with light spice, very fragrant and pleasant aroma. The feel is good with slight bitter and spicey hop edges with mild body and light sweetness with moderately low astringency and only a bit thinner than some with a nice oily hop presence on the palate.

The flavor is full of hops, plenty of green vegetal and spice flavors coalesce with a mild tinge of pine and tropical fruit. If I had to guess I would say this is a C hop, probably columbus dominant in the flavoring addition since it has a nice rind-like citrus quality and there is enough malt to keep it from feeling sharp on the tastebuds even though it has a nice residual bitter taste after the swallow. Overall I recommend this if you like a session-quality beer with hop forward attributes, very tasty and a nice Extra Pale for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 18:41:27 | More by Slatetank
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The attractive amber colored body looked clear, with visible streamers of gentle carbonation feeding a one finger thick head. The smell was very hoppy for the style, with lots of grapefruit and orange peel on the nose. The taste followed the trend set by the smell, with a mineralized hoppy taste. There was not much of a malt presence here, which made the mouthfeel quite dry. Not much of an aftertaste either. Typical APA for the most part, and easy to drink like the rest of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:31:54 | More by rajendra82
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 10:39:23 | More by thagr81us
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claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:13:08 | More by claspada
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I like the label (Terrapin's are always cool though), has the classic turtle riding a motorcycle. Kinda reminds me of the movie that I haven't seen in years, which I'm sure was their intention. Liquid comes out hazy yellow slightly lighter than straw. Very pale white frothy head, sticks around shortly and gives good lacing.

Smell is good, hay, citrus, floral and herbal. Decent grains, pale and caramel malts stick out the most which give some sweetness. Hops finish with floral and citrus peel. Not too strong, but when it says "session" on the label I usually don't expect it.

Taste is right on par with the smell. Malt backbone a little bigger though. Somewhat bready with some sweetness. Finishes with a nice hop bite, primarily citrus, grapefruit with a hint of lemon, again nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel is good. Great carbonation level. Dryer than I would have expected and to my liking considering the flavor isn't to strong. At the same time though, it's heavier than I expected.

Overall a solid representation of a Session Pale Ale. This isn't distributed to my area so I personally wouldn't seek it out, but it would be a wonderful beer to have fresh on a hot summer day. Terrapin still hasn't let me down so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 22:59:31 | More by AndyAvalanche
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 16:19:47 | More by dbrauneis
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cosmicevan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visiting family in NC picked up a single locally. Enjoyed from a spiegelau glass.

a - brew poured a very soft yellow orange with a thin foamy head that was gone moments after the pour, but left a thin ring of foamy along the ring of the surface of the brew. Lacing was streaky and spotty.

s - soft citric and orange and tangerines. Really nice and soft and fairly fruity. Very enjoyable and really nice smelling. Rather subdued.

t - the hops seems to be more of a bitter presence on the taste as opposed to the wonderful fruity bouquet that was boasted in the smell. After ingot used to the beer, a lot of the soft friends came out and it was actually quite nice. Orange peel and tangerines.

m - soft and light bodied with a bitter slap.

o - overall, I wish this beer tasted as great as it smells. It isn't bad by any means, but ooh that smell. Initially it is just bitter hops, then the flavor starts to resemble the smell a bit, but never gets as good, but does carry nice soft orange tangerines.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:05:08 | More by cosmicevan
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.89/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:07:41 | More by chinchill
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Terrapin Easy Rider from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.