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Terrapin Tree Hugger - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

366 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 07-26-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

DrStiffington, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

Budinetz, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

DrDemento456, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of crytion
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

crytion, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of AlbertVogler
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

AlbertVogler, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of dsnyder61
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

dsnyder61, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of backphish
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

backphish, Jun 10, 2013
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.

Bung, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

justintcoons, Jun 07, 2013
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.

CBlack85, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

claspada, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

JohnK17, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

GodlessWatermelon, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

st9647v3, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

IdrinkGas, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

brauseboof, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

outoffocus, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Plonk, May 29, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

wedge, May 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

LouDogg114, May 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

EdelweissDad, May 27, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

micromaniac129, May 26, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Knapp85, May 25, 2013
Terrapin Tree Hugger from Terrapin Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.