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Terrapin Easy Rider - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 225
Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head and little lacing on a hazy copper body.

S: very nice floral and musty wet sock hop notes with caramel and toasted malts.

T: more grassy and floral hops which are musty and come accross of English hop varieties. Not very bitter or sweet really. more toasted malts in the background.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely sessionable. I like how this one is more musty and floral as oppose to other session beers which go the light IPA and citrus route. I hope this one comes back next year.

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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 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 oberon
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, coppery body with a small albeit sustained, white head. Light lacing.

Smell: The aroma is particularly mild, rather modest with only thin sniffs of toasted barley and vaguely fruity citrus.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly grainy pale malted barley with a light, low sweetness to it (though, it comes out more as it warms but still remains quite mild). The hop blend adds some hints of lemon, pithy grapefruit rinds, and even passionfruit. Medium-plus bitterness, fairly upfront and fast-arriving, as there's isn't much in the way of maltiness to stall it. Drying, grainy (again, lightly), crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fairly decent, I'm always happy to mix in some lower-alcohol options.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - A touch of toasted malt with moderate sweaty hop aromas and some musty notes.

T - Some dry toasted notes up front with some spicy hop notes. More of the same in the middle with an increasingly musty character in the finish that almost comes off like an English bitter.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but it doesn't quite measure up to some other hoppy session beers that I've had. The hop character is decent, but not really as pungent and distinctly American as it should be while the malt is overly dry and would really benefit from a touch of sweetness in the finish. Still, it is very drinkable and that one of the most important points in a beer like this.

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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 chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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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 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 billab914
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Terrapin glass. It poured golden in color with an inch of white foam covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty decent, juicy, citrus hop presence to it. I get a good amount of sweeter, slightly bready and grainy malts to it as well which seem to give it some balance. for a beer under 5% abv, I was pretty happy with the flavors.

The taste shows a little more of a bitter grapefruit, citrus rind presence to the hoppiness. It's got some sweeter, slightly grainy flavors coming out in the finish. Pretty well balanced and flavorful for the style.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the lighter side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty nicely flavored and easy drinking beer of the style. It had a pretty nice juicy, American hop profile to it. My biggest issues is the $10 a 4 pack pricing. It's just not even close to being a competitive price for what it is. It was 50 cents less than a 6 pack of DC Brau's the Public cans, which is probably a pretty good comparison in this market. It was a pretty good beer, but I can't see myself ever choosing a 4 pack of this again over other similar beers that come in 6 packs for the same price.

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I applaud Terrapin for making a session beer, but I really wish they'd take a page from the English and try to boost the flavor. Just because a beer is low in alcohol doesn't mean it has to taste washed out. This beer reminds me, to a degree, of Anchor's small beer, which may be interesting historically, but basically tastes like a beer rinse, rather than a beer itself. This Terrapin, unfortunately, falls to the same fate. Pours golden with a somewhat overly frothy head. Smells nice, with a nice toasty, nutty note and some herbal and earthy hops. The taste is both grainy and watery and generally washed out. The hops come across as merely bitter rather than having any character given the lack of a malt base. Disappointing. I was looking forward to a local session beer. Guess I'm still looking.

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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 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 Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 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 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 avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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