Terrapin Tree Hugger - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Tree HuggerTerrapin Tree Hugger

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BA SCORE
80
good

381 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 07-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 54
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Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After a nice good hard pour this beer comes out a full deep amber with a sticky one finger light tannish colored head,aone full ring of lace is left behind as it settles very very slowly.The aromas are very dissapointing with not much other than some iron/mettalic notes coming thru.The body is smooth just a tad light,but the smoothness for the style was nice.Dryer on the palate with some nuttiness and a firm crispness,some leafy hops and that metallic tinge in the finish.A beer I could drink all day,I may have liked a little more sweetness to it wich for me that is saying something.

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Dense rocky head, impressive with a clear reddish hue. Aromas of earthy malt, fresh grass, bread, and faintly herbal hop. Smooth, moderate sized body, wet, fresh grain, toasty, mineral, herbal, hay, very malty, hint of sweetness, clean, ample hop bitterness, drying finish.

Wow, Terrapin pretty much nailed the style here. Very well done.

Photo of dwren89
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: light molasses brown with tan highlights, thin off white head, good clarity

Aroma: nutty with a slight sweet molasses hint, little bit of a yeasty fruitiness, slight toasty bread notes,

Taste: smooth, easy drinking with an embracing nuttiness with a slight sweetness and fruitiness to it. A great balance overall. Great malt character balanced by just enough bitterness

Mouthfeel: lager like mouthfeel, crisp and medium bodied but with a slight ale like thickness to it. Medium carbonation

Overall: Not quite as good as the german altbiers but definitely a very solid american interpretation. Expect nuttiness and slight sweetness on the tongue with a balanced finish.

Photo of tomgeorgia
4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to terrapin and had this beer at the location itself. really great! a german alt bier that is very versitile, you can drink this beer year round. i have also like old mecklenburg copper ale but this one is better. A bit sweet but really nice. i hope terrapin keeps this one around and sells it outside the brewery.

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh

A - caramel amber with a thin off white head that has good retention

S - caramel, a bit lager-y

T - caramel, earthy hop character, lager-y, mild bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a nice change of pace for me. This is a well-flavored, drinkable lager. This was enjoyable. It's not something I would usually go after, but on a nice early spring day, it was very refreshing. I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet bready malts.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with just a touch of hops in the nutty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad but probably not something I would purchase again. A solid malty brew that was enjoyable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a frothy slightly off-white head. This stays rich, leaving a decent bit of sticky and sudsy looking lace back. The aroma smells sweet with a light roastiness to it that mixes with a green citrus element to give off a nice tanginess in the nostrils. The taste is a smooth mix of caramel sweetness, light roasty (almost nutty in a way) accents and bitter earthy citrus character that lingers in the finish with some dryness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow crispness in the mouth. This was kind of weird. The astringency of the roast and citric hops combined to give this an almost tart or souring flavor in spots. It doesn’t seem quite as clean as it should be for an Alt.

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, dark fruit, fruit hop, smoke, and subtle dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, milk chocolate, cream, dark fruit, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This really wasn’t a bad brew, but on the flavor the earthiness kind of threw it off for me in all honesty. If it would not have been for the earthy bite on this one it could have definitely been a top-tier brew for the style while being brewed here in the States. Just about everything else on this one was just about spot-on. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but Terrapin does have more solid offerings.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer poured a dark amber color with dense, thick, slightly off-white head that was well retained and left some lacing. The beer gave off a good, sweet malty aroma, not real hops to note. The beer followed the nose pretty well…a good sweet malty taste with hints of nuts and bread. The beer had a lighter feel to it; good drinkability, it was also smooth and refreshing. Overall, a good one from a brewer that I have not been that fond of lately.

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. My bottle said 5.1%. Rusty amber pour, finger of dark cream head. Retained really well.

Aroma, bready, light pumpernickel. Earthy peat and lager yeast. Light toasted nuttiness.

Taste, again quite bready, but more balancing herbal hop bitterness. Some mild caramel and almond like nut. Not necessarily exciting, but quite to style.

Nice flavorful session lager. Lighter body, middle of the carbonation spectrum, right where it should be. Maybe just a tad thin. Obviously, you will need to like the style to like this beer.
Not quite up there with Old Mecklenburg copper and Arbor brewing old 23 alt as my favorites. But still good.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty autumn brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is good, malts, nutty, some caramel, a touch of hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin layer with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Crystal malts up front with light citrus hop notes and sweet biscuity aromas.

T: Piney and earthy hop flavors with crystal malts and a moderate bitterness. There is a slight tartness to it as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is more sudsy than crisp.

O: A solid beer overall, though it lacks some depth and is a bit on the bitter side.

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color crowned with a thick, lumpy beige head and lots of lacing. Clean, nutty, malty aroma...toasty grain, chocolate, light earthy hops. Mild flavors of grain, earth, cola, grass, nuts. Pretty bitter and fairly clean, but a bit watery overall. Dry and light, the bitterness lasting well into the finish. Could use a little more richness, but this is a decent take on the style.

Photo of CBlack85
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Willi Becher glass

The beer pours a medium brown, copper color with a huge rocky tan head that slowly fades into a substantial amount of sticky lacing

the aroma is toasty and clean, typical of the style, with some moderate caramel notes.

The flavor closely follows the nose with a big dose of toasted grains, and caramel malts. There is hint of dried fruit in the aftertaste, almost raisin-esque. For the most part the flavor is clean and typical of the style.

The body is a little light for the style, and though not quite watery, it is lacking in mouthfeel.

Overall, the beer is not a bad attempt at the style from a brewery that puts out mostly American style ales. Maybe I am just spoiled with one of the best German lager breweries in my backyard (OMB), but there is still work to be done on this recipe.

Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity malts are present in the nose along with notes of sweet toasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruity yeast and toasted malts along with hints of herbal hops.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but having been to Düsseldorf this doesn't taste to me like a true altbier.

Photo of DragonHead
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint pub glass. Minimal Altbier experience - so grain of salt here. An honest review nonetheless.

A - Pours a dark coppery color with rubyish edges. 2 finger barely off white head that dissipates normally. Leaves great lacing down the glass. Excellent clarity - all beers should be this clear.

S - A mild, bready, spicy aroma. Maybe a little nutty, maybe just a touch of caramel, but I did not get much of a fruity smell.

T - Tastes surprisingly light, almost thin but not quite watery. Not much of a real aftertaste. Just a little spiciness but it is balanced well and somewhere between the hoppiness and maltiness. I got a moderate amount of carbonation that seemed about right. Very easy drinking beer with a good balance.

M - Almost like a lager beer mouthfeel. Very crisp. Didnt seem to have much more heaviness than a lager; not that I could find. Has a pretty good carbonation. Does not leave a coating on the tongue or soft palate that I might have expected. Has a good semi-dry finish.

O - I dont have a tremendous amount of experience with Altbier, but the of few I've tried this one seems to be a good enough representation. Not really my cup-of-beer but pretty decent. Has a very nice hoppy/malty ratio. I might accidentally have this again for a change from my daily drinker but it would not replace it. I'm sure I will finish the other 5, but I'm not running to the store yet, it will be a while. If you like it crisp and well balanced but just a little leaning to the malty side, then this beer might be for you. Cheers!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A very clear hazelnut brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky head that settles to a nice lace ring.
S - Caramel malt and toasted malt goodness with very little hops. Smells balanced.
T - One great Altbier it has mild toasted malt meets caramel malt goodness. I like how it has some herbal tea notes but they are on the back end and also balanced.
M - Light to medium in body, good carbonation, and not watery like most Altbier's

Overall pick it up they make pretty great beer and I am glad to see Altbier is one of the styles they got down pat!

Photo of hopsputin
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: dark, almost hazy, caramel with hints of ruby red and murky brown. 3 finger frothy head that leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass as it fades. looks real nice and malty

s: smells nutty and caramel-y. its all sweet malt, with a sweet berry aroma. a hint of toffee in here as well. its all sweet - crisp and sweet. smells nice

t: taste follows the nose - though it does taste a little watery. its loads of caramel malt, white bread, nutty. ends with crisp caramel malt. a little thin tasting

m: lighter side of medium, mild carbonation. as mentioned, tastes a bit thin

o: well, its nothing great but nothing offensive. its a malt-forward beer, but tastes a little thin. though, in its own way it is quite refreshing. its worth picking up a bottle if you come across

Photo of Daktah
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Common Market South End. Poured deep amber with a pillow of off white foam that stuck around. Smell was toasted malt, bread, a little caramel. Taste was more of the same, with caramel becoming more pronounced at the end. Some bitterness (the familiar lager bite) but nothing too harsh. Medium bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall a solid beer and an interesting opportunity to try another altbier - being in Charlotte I'm spoiled by OMB, and this beer didn't measure up to that standard. A good beer and something I'd drink again though.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation (mostly stuck as medium to large bubbles along the edges of the glass) and some faint brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of malts - toasted and fruity with a light to moderate amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet toasted malts with some light notes of fruity yeasts (with some hints of apple) along with light amounts of herbal hops. Light hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink but does not really seem like a true Altbier to me, guess I was spoiled from spending a week in Düsseldorf. I don't think I would get another of these and I am someone that appreciates the style.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper/amber color with a nice white head. The head is dissipating too quickly, probably because of the lack of carbonation in the beer.

Smell: Sort of a fresh scent, a lot like fresh laundry. No real scents to report.

Taste: Heavily malted like molasses with a little roasted nut/toasted thing happenin'.

Mouthfeel: Medium body,

It's OK, but I want more, especially from Terrapin. Terrapin makes great beers, but this one is a little better than average.

Photo of Thads324
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful copper color. Big off white head and lots of bubbles rushing up. The head doesn't leave and lacing is heavy.

Smells malty, a bit fruity and biscuity. Much like an English esb. A tiny bit of berry and really no bits of hops.

Starts watery, followed by mild crystal malts and an earthy medicinal hop towards the end. A hint of mild bitterness towards the end. A bread flavor towards the end brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium- light, very easy drinking. Regular carbonation.

A pretty good beer, very sessionable.

Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark copper with ruby edges. The huge fluffy head stays around forever and leaves superb lacing behind when it finally dwindles. The nose is surprisingly mild - maybe some breadiness, but that is all. The flavor is malty, but light - not quite what I might call thin, but certainly NOT full-bodied. The finish is pleasantly semi-dry.

Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker

Appearance
Light mahogany with a short off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Nuts, caramel and brown sugar.

Taste
Thin maltiness consisting of caramel, nuts and brown sugar. A touch of floral bitterness and light roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall
Kind of watery and lacking flavor.

Photo of Paincane
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Amber colored body with tan head that is short-lived but leaves nice lacing behind.
S: Caramel roasted sweet malt with a hint of citrus earthy hoppiness.
T: Caramel malt at the outset with crisp hoppy notes on back end. Fairly well-balanced.
M: Smooth with crisp, dry bitter finish.
O: Good brew with earthiness and crispness to it.

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Terrapin Tree Hugger from Terrapin Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.