Terrapin Easy Rider - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
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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.

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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 56
Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour yields a rocky 2 finger head over a light gold body. Amazing head retention on this one.

Aroma has lots of citrus hops and almost has a musty character about it. Also a slight hay note, possibly from the malt.

Things really come together in the taste. Definitely hop forward but not overwhelmingly so. Lots of citrus; pineapple and orange, along with a little bit of bready malt. There is a moderate bitterness leading to a crisp, dry finish.

Overall, this is pretty tasty for being a lighter beer. My one complaint would be the mouthfeel is watery but that has to be expected with a beer of this strength. Something I would definitely pick up again.

Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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

Photo of axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Easy Rider pours a fairly clear tangerine, lightening a bit towards the out edges of the glass. A finger or so of white foam crowns the beer, showing good head retention and leaving a little bit of lacing behind. The nose has a bit of a biscuity aroma, and some tropical mango notes that seem to grow in intensity as the beer sits in my glass. The flavor leads off with a similar bit of bready maltiness, before a fairly firm bit of bitterness comes through. The tropical fruit finish from the hops is a little bit disappointing in its lack of intensity. The finish goes beyond trying to be sessionable, and stats heading towards dull. The body is fairly light, with just a little bit of a malt backbone to it, and it's matched with a breezily spritzy carbonation. Easy Rider's a decent attempt at brewing a sessionable pale ale, and I'm hping trying it again earlier in its release cycle will only find me enjoying it even more.

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 CampusCrew
4.42/5  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

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 avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Four pack from Oak Tree.

Golden body, slightly hazy, topped by four fingers of snow white foam. Low key lace.

Pleasant citrus aroma, featuring grapefruit.

Light sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Juicy fruits along the side. Mild bitter nip at the swallow.

Light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

It is what it sets out to be, a hoppy session ale. A cross between golden ale and ipa. Let's not call it something light mild ipa or imperial golden though. Just enjoy a few at a time.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow with a blush of amber and a fizzy white head with modest lacing.

The aroma has faint bready malts with a citrusy hop presence.

Bitterness builds quickly with this beer with a nice biscuity maltiness taking the edge off of the somewhat grainy finish. Hops are citrusy, think grapefruit and the beer is a bit tart.

Mouthfeel is light but not at all watery. with active carbonation that lends no creaminess.

Bitter, refreshing and relatively low in alcohol, very drinkable and definitely earns it's name Easy Rider.

Photo of Reaper16
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a fairly light, golden yellow color. It's clear and bubbly and it doesn't look too different from a pale lager or cream ale. It's certainly lighter than most American Pale Ales (which surprises me considering that the beer's label boasts of the amount of Maris Otter used in this beer's grist). The head retention gives this away as a craft beer: one finger of tight white bubbles.

The aroma is fresh and full of flavor for such a relatively light little ale. The hops come across first: orange pith and lemon zest, mostly. Sweet lemon, though; this is a sweet-citrus hop profile. There's a good amount of malt here to balance things. I pick up on a buttered biscuit aroma for sure, as well as a bit of the more nutty character of something like a Maris Otter malt. Nothing particularly impressive, but it smells well-crafted.

The flavor is less balanced. I say that only because instead of simultaneously experiencing the malts and hops as you do with the nose, Easy Rider releases its flavors in distinct waves. The initial taste is dominated by hops: so much sweet orange flavor, mixed with a bit of lemon. Around the midpalate the nutty malts start to peek out from the citrus candy flavors. The finish is nearly entirely specialty malts. It's a woody, sawdusty, astringent malt finish.

The mouthfeel is light, as you'd expect from a 4.5% ABV beer. It's also much drier than I expected. The finish especially grips your cheeks with a wood-like astringency.

Overall, this is a pretty fine little session ale. It's got enough hop flavor and enough specialty malt flavor to make this an intriguing all-day drinking option. I think Terrapin should make this a year-round six-pack beer. It's perfect for a day spent outside.

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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 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 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 nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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 Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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 rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with one finger of white foam, settles quickly to a thin ring, with a few splotches of delicate lace on the glass. Smell: floral and piney hops with a whiff of tropical fruit. Mild. Taste: fleeting biscuit and honey, light pine and citrus peel, steel and salt. Nice summer offering with a decent hop presence, but would choose something else.

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