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Terrapin Tree Hugger - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

54 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 382
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 3.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of tomgeorgia
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (779 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a reddish brown color with a two finger tan head which lasts for several minuets. Some of the head remains on top until the end. Good carbonation. Moderate lacing.

The smell is thick and malty; bready and yeasty. Dank earth, grassy and fruit smells.

The taste follows the nose with thick bready roasted and sweet malts. A sugary then nutty taste follows with a small amount of piney hops on the backend.

The feel is thick and chewy; malty along with a dry grassy taste left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a good malty beer. It is fairly sweet with just enough malts to balance it out from becoming too sweet. My one complaint is that the nutty smell did not come through in the taste, at least not that I could detect. If you like malty, thick brews then give this one a try. (813 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (543 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Outstanding Alt Bier. great with Robusto cheese. Poured into a .5l cylinder named Spaten.

A - Pours a clear nut brown with an inch of sticky head that leaves many lace rings.

S - Nice. Caramel, toasted malt with a little hops. Smells balanced. Sweet, old world.

T - This is a a great Altbier with mild toasted malt meeting sweet caramel malt. includes grassy, herbal and ice tea notes. Old wood. Really great flavor straight out of Dusseldorf.

M - Medium body with good weight and perfect finish.

Overall - Must try for style. Must try for great brewer. (561 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 6 pack bottles picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Dark amber, with a tiny bit of clarity. 2 fingers of head, and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Spices, brown sugar. Dried fruit. Malty..

T - Dried fruit, apricots, toffee, spices. Very tasty.

M - Medium carbonation. Smooth.

O - An enjoyable spring beer. Perfect for a sunny afternoon. Refreshing. Well done.. (378 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a amber-brown color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is pretty good and the lacing is pretty good also. The smell of the beer has some toasted notes and some earthy caramel on the nose. The taste is malty, toasted and some subtle earthy hops in the late finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry and nicely carbonated. Overall I was struggling to figure out what style this was before looking it up. It's not a bad beer. It got better as I drank it. (478 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip

A - pours up a deep copper with a thin head, no retention, and only small amounts of lacing left behind.

S - mostly a bready smell with some spicy notes

T - pretty malty up front. Finishes nice and bitter with a rye flavor.

M - sort of thin and under carbonated.

O - I enjoyed this one and would drink more of them had I bought more than one bottle. (395 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of NickT2121
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - served on tap at Buffalo Grill in little Rock, this place is awesome friendly ppl awesome atmosphere. But onto the tree hugger. Came out in a mug. Nice dark honey color with little head.. But great lacing

S - lemony citrus Smell with explosions of malt... Toffee undertones and caramel sweetness lingering..

T - very very very refreshing get the crisp lemon sweetness... Malty goodness, complex yet simple a the same time. Get a maple nutty taste

M - very light with a sweet dry finish..

O - I'm enjoying this on the patio at Buffalo Grill with my family very refreshing and a great beer. Great refreshing beer for the spring summer days

Enjoy (654 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had this before and haven't had an Altbier in quite some time. I was surprised that this was rated as low as it was, given how easy this to drink and how low the alcoholic content was. This fit the description stylistically and was nicely enough balanced that I felt full after drinking only one of these. Truly, this was a fairly delicate meal unto itself.

The pour was good, with a nut brown hue, thick head, and gorgeous lacing that left spider web-like rings of lacing down the sides of my pint glass. Some grass and caramel in the nose, with the latter being stronger in the mouthfeel. This was quite "wet" in taste, with bread notes, some brown sugar in there as well, and a bit of metallic hops in the back. There was an underlying herbal sense to this too and the aftertaste almost reminded me of an Earl Gray Tea or very mellow Pale Ale. The difference here is that this was as smooth and crisp as a Lager but was an Ale in body, without any stickness that this should have had, given how much it seemed to be like a Nut Brown.

I only had one of these tonight but a few more would have been easy to down. There wasn't a lot that stood out at first but this was a great example of the style and grew on me as I made my way through my serving. Another solid offering by Terrapin that showcased an unheralded style well and had enough subtle notes in it to enjoy from start to finish. Just a hint of plum and currant-like dark fruit was present here too, adding depth that became apparent once I finally finished this off. This was a nice, mellow beer to savor. (1,609 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of DragonHead
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (1,567 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Dark bronze in color, nearly clear, with a half-finger's worth of white head. Initially has a fair amount of visible carbonation, but the bubbles dissipate quickly.

S: Clean on the nose, with lager yeastiness, bready malts and toffee sweetness, brown malts, and a very light grassy hop aroma in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but the hops are even less noticeable than in the nose. Toasted toffee and brown malts predominate – overall impression is quite malty. Finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: This is one of those beers I find difficult to rate. I didn't find it to be a favorite for me, but I've only had a few altbiers and this one seems to be done quite well to-style. Still not something I'd be actively looking to have again. (883 characters)

Photo of JK4Stout
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Digging this nice amber look. Beautiful head to top it all off...or amybe that is just my supreme pouring skills coming to light again!

S: Eh...a bit like a blonde actually (wonder what yeast we get here) but there is a smooth citrus aroma that follows on the tale end. blends well to makean interesting pairing.

T: Not bad at all, reminds me of a smooth amber I had once form Williamsburg Alewerks...this has that great clean Alt taste too though. Love it!

M: Surprisingly heavy for such a lowly touted beer. I was actually expecting much less!

O: Very pleased with the flavor, the price, and the label (my favorite part of Terrapin) Buy it if you like the style, a good sample of it. I could even see a full sixer of this in the future. (745 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark amber body in color, clear, with an inch of ivory suds and good lacing action on the way down.

Smell: A mash-up of malt notes, toasted bread, toasted grains, a smidgen of caramel given a sprinkling of dried herb and dehydrated fruits.

Taste: A bit toasty, grainy, with a thin caramel edge and just a touch of sweetness. Lightly herbal hops, medium-light bitterness. Light estery quality about it, with roundabout, albeit modest hints of apple, apricot, and golden raisin. Drying, malt-accentuated, and still faintly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fairly sufficient, for an Americanized altbier. (716 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (254 characters)

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Terrapin Tree Hugger from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.