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Terrapin Easy Rider - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Easy RiderTerrapin Easy Rider

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of MacQ32
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a super cloudy straw/golden light yellow with a finger of dense near white head. A complete thin layer remains 10 minutes later, great retention. Fantastic lacing

S - Lots of sweet bitter grainy citrus, lemon, maybe a hint of spice. Smells really nice.

T - Definitely not a palate wrecker but a nice mild dry bitterness up front, citrus is much less present than expected based on the aroma, very grainy. Aftertaste is a bit weak, grainy, slightly bitter and yeasty.

M - Definitely light bodied, very well carbonated, super refreshing.

O - For what its worth this has probably been sitting in my fridge for 2 months, although there is no bottled date to be found. I've had this in the past and feel like i may have enjoyed the taste a bit more. I will definitely re-review but it doesnt taste skunked, just not quite as good as i recall. Still enjoyable, my lady and her friends definitely enjoy it, and you could certainly do much much worse.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a one finger white head. The head fades over a moderate level of time leaving quite a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was overall very light and consisted mainly of a citrus hop smell. Mixed with this smell were some notes of pine as well as a bit of a malty aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately bready flavor with sweet orange and some bitter grapefruit upfront. As the taste advances some lighter fruit flavors (peach and pear) come to the tongue, sweetening the flavor and lessening the strength of the grapefruit citrus hop taste. Soon however more hop flavors some to the tongue. The grapefruit resurges in strength with a grassy hop flavor coming to the tongue as well. In combination, at the end of the taste, all the flavors combined leave a bitter very light bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the thinner side (as expected for an only 4.5 % abv) with a carbonation level that is a tad on the higher side. Both are very nice for the session style of the brew and keep the it very easy drinking even thought there is a bit of a bitter bite at the end of the taste.

Overall – A good easy drinking session with a decent level of hop flavor and a bit of a bitter bite.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa, having never tried this before and wondering how good it could be given the low alcoholic content. As a Pale Ale, this stood out fine but there wasn't anything outstanding about this aside from its easy drinkability. This wasn't high on hops or flavor but the balance was sufficient and this is one of the few beers I've had lately that I could drink year-round, or many of in one session.

The pour to this was a light goldenrod with not a lot of head or lacing and a somewhat clear appearance. Not a strong aroma to this and lots of lemon in the aroma. This was backed up by a somewhat strong orange rind taste with some grassy notes to back it up. For a Pale Ale, this was quite sour and almost reminded me of a farmhouse beer because of how earthy the aftertaste was. Not a whole lot of carbonation to scrub everything down either so the aftertaste lingered for quite a while. This beer almost required a glass of water to wash everything down afterwards and this wasn't even watered down to begin with.

Sure enough, this was a session beer but just because the alcohol was low doesn't mean that this called for an encore after being consumed. Not likely to blow anyone away but for a long drinking session, this could find its way into the mix. The taste would not appeal to everyone but for those looking for a Pale Ale low on hops but not on body, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of CarolinaKev
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Golden hued color with small one finger head that dissipates after about 3 minutes. Nice citrusy lemon aroma. Tastes of light sweetness with citrus. Moderate hop bitterness. Thin mouthfeel but smooth easy drinking ale. Great hot summer day beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Near inch-tall white head on a cloudy pale golden hued bodied beer. Cap and collar left, nice lacing pattern.

S- Faint lemons from the hops.

T- Bright citrus hops first and foremost. Lemon zest. Bitter hops dominate the malt profile. Pretty easy drinking yes.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel, Good carbonation point for the style.

D/O- Session beers were (are) all the rage these days. This one is pretty middle of the road in my opinion, although I could be just spoiled have Zombie Dust around most of the time. Having said that, would take this anytime over BMC if we are strictly taking alcohol by volume in comparsion.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Even with an aggressive pour, got only a light sheen of thin white head. No lace, either.

Nose is bread malt, light dry raisin and a faint note of fig. Not what I want in a pale.

More bread malt in the flavor. Nice hop bite in the finish, with lots of malt balance. Bit of sourness in the finish. Strong British-American hybrid maybe?

Feel is actually quite nice. Malt body gives it some heft against the light abv.

Glad I tried it, but probably won't go back.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Josiah2729
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Terrapin Easy Rider from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.