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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 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 JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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 Jimmys
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. best before the 2nd week of October in 2013.

A: very clear. crystal clear in fact. chestnut brown. head is slightly off-white and frothy. good retention and lacing.

S: a lot of caramel malt. rich. toffee even. I gotta say im getting a minor diacetyl here as well. underneath all this sweet caramel grain. virtually no hop aroma.

T: a little bit of caramel. a minor roast too. slightly metallic throughout the entire drink and especially in the finish. not getting as much diacetyl as I did on the nose, however still a little bit present. lingering caramel.

M: average/moderate carb on a light/medium body.

D: OK brew, but not that great. I would say this misses the mark on being an altbier stylistically. otherwise, really not that great of a brew regardless. pass from this guy.

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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 mattkoon
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

wasnt sure what to expect out of this tree hugger. it pours a cloudy brown. the smell is mild not too much going on. the flavor is malty and bitter up front but quickly fades to smoothness, which makes this ale very drinkable. id buy this again. the full flavor up front is enough to satisfy a beer lover- but the mild end makes you go back for more.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously into a chalice

A- pours a gorgeous, deep amber color with quite a nice 3 inches of off white, frothy foam head. Great head retention and beautiful lacing all around the glass. I was quite impressed with the appearance in general of this brew.

S- initially some metallic, alkalinity detected on the nose, however as I continue to sip it dissipates and begins to smell a bit biscuity with malty aromas.

T- tastes metallic at first, but after a few sips I detect the earthy hops and the bready malts. Honestly tastes quite clean, almost like a lager would taste, even though it is indeed an ale.

M- feels a bit gritty on the tongue at first, but this eventually dissipates and begins to have a sweetness to it as I continue to sip.

O- Well balanced brew. Not the best Alt I've had in my lifetime, but it definitely has potential, and at 5.1% it definitely is sessionable. Some beers kill the palete, but this one definitely allows for additional flavors. Good beer to use for a multi-style tasting!

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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 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 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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Photo of CBlack85
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 rangerred
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep brown with a 1.5 finger thick tan head. Great head retention and chunky lacing.

Aroma of toast, caramel, and some light coffee. There are some grassy and floral notes in the background from the hops.

Really great flavor up front with toast, caramel, and a little bit of candy sweetness. There is even a bit of a cola taste. Floral and grassy hops come in along with a fairly high bitterness but this seems to kind of wash away the other flavors. The real downfall of this beer is the mouthfeel. It is so watery it's unbelievable. This along with an almost harsh bitterness makes this beer a little less enjoyable.

A nice attempt by Terrapin at an Alt. Really good initial flavor but the mouthfeel and bitterness kills it. Glad I got a single and not a six pack.

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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 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 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 JK4Stout
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Daktah
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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 BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +9%
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..

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