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Terrapin Tree Hugger - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Tree HuggerTerrapin Tree Hugger

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54 Reviews

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 32.2%
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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 383
Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely a more hearty and robust altbier than I would normally expect. Smooth feel, sure. But for an altbier, not exactly what I'd be anticipating. Oddly nutty. More appropriate for a nut brown ale than anything else. Smooth feel. This is a nice enough beer, but not really conforming to the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin : Tree Hugger

Pours a sexy light brown, with a soapy froth which laces its way down the pint glass. Good clarity, copperish when held to light.

In the aroma, toasted malts and bread.
Flavors of bread, malt, and very light noble hops. Mildly bitter but finishes clean and balanced.

Overall, a low strength, medium flavored German alt. Well executed light version of the style, but not top notch.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown body with some good head and a strong, although slighlty offputting, aroma of citric, even earthy hops and roasted malts, very strong roasted malts (could be toasted or burnt) and very little sweetness. Smooth, mellow, light-to-medium bodied, this beer goes down easy and has a little bit of caramel sweetness but is mostly a dry, minor hopped beer that gives off touches of bready chewiness and fruit flavors. I liked this beer but I really can't say anything stood out or it is something I would go for a second time.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: The malt comes through the most in the aroma, but not much else.

T: Tasted of malt - a lot of malt - along with some light hops and a bready quality as well. Not exactly the most multidimensional flavor, but decent enough. Very heavy on the malt.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: I suppose your opinion of this beer would be shaded by whether or not you like altbiers to begin with. This isn't a bad example of that style, but it's also not overly interesting either.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Auburn clear with lots of effervescence. Faint haze. A finger of head fades. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malts and lagerish yeast (not sure where this is coming from). Lightly sour, but redeemingly fruity. Cheap-smelling and unimpressive.

T: Tastes like an amber ale, with all that entails. Heavily malted, with no discernible hops, only a sour bitterness near the endtaste that is weirdly tart/fruity. Green apples? The aftertaste is lingering and reminiscent of a pale ale (Munich malt?) -- crisp, sweet, and lingering.

M: Suitable.

O: I think maybe I just don't like altbier. But this is not to my taste. Too sweetish, too sourish, too bland. I like just about everything Terrapin has ever made better. Not recommended. I don't think I'll finish this glass...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep deep amber into my cbx globe glass. Nice looking one finger dense tan head, ok retention, fantastic lacing.

S - grassy, fruity, sweet toasted caramel malts, lemon, bready and earthy.

T - grassy earthy citrusy up front, metallic and bready toasty malts follow, finish is earthy bitterness. Acetic/metallic flavors linger, not really desirable.

M - fairly light body, decently carbonated fairly refreshing.

O - decent for sure but the metallic flavors knock it down a bit

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Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper color. Great clarity. Big poofy off-white head. Retention is very good. Lace is nice.

Toasty German malts, metallic aromas, and hints of nectarine and apricot. Has a light citric note, probably the hops, that elicits notes of lemon and pith. Okay nose.

Earthier and a little hoppier in the mouth. Super malty with toffee and brown sugars. Citrus notes are a little quieter. Lightly grassy pilsner malt finish. Nice balanced ale with some German character. Lightly fruity and certainly decent.

Well-carbonated. Body is about middle. Drinks like a cinch with such a low ABV.

Good take on an altbier. Not bad. Doesn't make me want to hug a tree, though.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-red amber color with a smallish off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, herbal, hint of fruit

T-malty with a light fruitiness followed by some slightly awkward herbal flavors, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-not overly impressive, but a drinkable beer

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't much care for this beer. It's not bad tasting it just reminds me of so many pale ales and even some IPA's that are stale or just poorly made.
The color is nice, it's copper amber with a nice head. The aroma and taste are just way over board with bready malts. Maybe Munich and Vienna.
Esspecially in the taste way over board.
Needs some hoppy bitterness to counter the malty sweetness.
Well thats my opinion.

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Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker

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

Nuts, caramel and brown sugar.

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

Light-medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Kind of watery and lacking flavor.

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