Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin RecreationAleTerrapin RecreationAle

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BA SCORE
83
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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Heavenisbeer on 07-02-2013

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Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, packaged on dating on the bottom of the can. (7/30/2013=not super fresh)

Pours clouded medium amber, under a looser off white head, that leaves nice looking film and some delicate low sheeting.

Lime, ginger and piney hops on the nose.

Easy drinking pale, with more citrus, more ginger and more pine. More then respectable sessioner. Dry finish with more of the some notes I got on the nose and in the first few sips.

More quality beer in a can, nice.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden copper hue with a bright eggshell white head forming thick copious layered foam, fine speckled lacing left in even patterns with each sip. This is a great canned offering from Athens, GA. Floral, citric hop aromatics flood my nares, what a great smelling brew. Mild biscuit malt profile just enough to qualify this libation as liquid bread. Smooth balanced pale ale aggressive hops up front, a true session pale ale. Light bready qualities balance at the citric floral hop bomb that this low alcohol but high flavor ale has. Crazy drinkability perfect crisp bitter finish, with ample carbonation nothing is over done great beer. Overall a brew, I will buy by the 12 pack if given the opportunity.

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty amber color with a big foam head. Lace is patchy. Aroma is full of nice fresh grassy fruity hops and clean grains. Citrus and tropical. Taste is bright and happy. A little pine resiny, citrus, earthy and green. Grassy bitterness lingers. Texture is very liquid, smooth, and dry. I like this beer. A sessionable treat.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Big white head. Doesn't last long. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - A variety of hop aromas. Tropical fruit. Orange citrus. Minimal malt.

Taste - Less intense hop flavor. Grassier and more herbal. Grapefruit. Cracker malt.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Drinkable. MInimal bitterness.

Overall - There's not a lot to it, but it is very drinkable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Clear copper with a smooth bright white head. Retains with a frothy dollop and some rich ringing. Smells of fresh citrus and grass with the underlying malt helping bring a ripe twang up in the nose. Taste is fresh and zesty on the palate with citrus, herbs and even a little pine. Doughy malt sweetness softens up the edges of the profile but keeps the focus on those fresh hops. Bitterness and resins stick to the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied with a smooth and slick crispness to the carbonation that just goes down effortlessly. This is a great new beer from Terrapin that is just perfect for cans. Refreshing and extremely drinkable, this will hit the spot no matter what you’re doing.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A very hazy straw-colored body with some good lacing. Small head that dissipates very rapidly. Also, the can design and all is brilliant.

S: This smells really good. Tons of hops in here. Lots of pine in there. There is an interesting background scent here that I can't really place, but not a bad one.

T: Has the characteristics of a session IPA, but then that characteristic APA body kicks in and subverts the flavor for me. There is just something about APAs that even in this hoppy form seem kind of weird. I can see why they named this style Pale. I got a sense of Deja Vu here for some reason when I took another sip/whiff. Oddly enough I get some lager notes, and it kind of reminds me of Citra Mantra a little bit.

M: Pretty prickly, lots of carbonation.

O: I picked this up because people said it was similar to session IPAS, but I think there is a very distinct difference between a hoppy IPA and a low ABV IPA, it all has to do with the base flavor that each one has.

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. Taste is hoppy, fairly bitter, pine, a bit of citrus, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Photo of Hoptopher
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is brewed to be a session APA for the outdoors. It even has an OSPREY Pack enter to win on the can.
Smell is rather nice upfront with an earthy grass scent from the hops. Not much else.
The taste follows along with the smell. It is a very good taste, I feel as though I should run to the woods to finish it ;)
Feel could use a little more carbonation but it is not bad.
Overall it is a great beer, I will definately be hauling some of these to the river with me.

Photo of Genx
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich straw color.
Develops a modest foam head with good lacing.
Strong carbonation.
Noticeable hops element to smell.
Nice balance to the malt and hops in taste.
Clean flavor, refreshing with medium mouth feel.
Finish is quick with a piney bitterness.

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color under a white head of lumpy foam. Smells perfumy and green - certainly dry hopped - with grapefruit and a small toffee and cereal-like malt note underneath. Light, hoppy flavor with a watery sweetness. Tea, sugary citrus, bitter resin. Pretty light, yet slightly creamy textured and crisp. Personally, I don't see myself buying this over several other good hoppy pale ales on the market.

Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says 09/26/2013.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a full two-finger sudsy head that retains well before steadily collapsing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full bubbly sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient sudsy lacing.

S- Has a green apple aroma that I usually find in Belgian pale ales but this has no yeasty backdrop to it, just mild hops.

T- Solid bitterness upfront that's not too overbearing or lingering but lacks character. Just bitter for bitter's sake, which is fine I guess. Also not a whole lot of malt presence.

M- Sharp and a bit dry with medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I get what they're going for with this. It's a hoppy yet sessionable pale ale but it could use some more malt backbone to offset the bitterness. Drinkable enough, but not worth revisiting when there are beers like Founders All Day and Lagunitas Daytime. They did a better job with Easy Rider than they did with this one.

Photo of VoodooBear
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

Presentation: 12 oz. can. served in a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: White, foamy, two finger head that remains for a while. It has a cloudy bright yellow color.

Smell: It has a faint, floral hop aroma that is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Taste: Very balanced, with nothing really standing out. There's some grain, bread and malt notes. There's also the citrus hop flavor that while subdued, gives this beer it's distinct refreshing character.

Mouthfeel: It has body but it feels light and refreshing and goes down smooth. Medium-high carbonation with a clean finish.

Overall: A perfect substitute to your adjunct lager of choice. It's fresh, with a good aroma, taste and character; yet it remains very easy to drink with nothing overwhelming going on in the nose or palate. Add it to your list of must-have beers for hot weather.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Recreation Ale has a very thick, foamy, off-white head, a hazy (powdery sediment, suspended throughout), yellow-gold, bubbly appearance, and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is pineapple, hop resin, and sweet malt. Taste is of the same, with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Terrapin Recreation Ale finishes semi-dry, easy going, and refreshing. It's good, but the whole style has become depressingly ho-hum. Been there. Done that.

RJT

Photo of thechadwix
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: Bronze, cloudy, 3cm head with lacing and Greenland floating in the middle.

Smell: Piney and clean-smelling with something almost like a citrusy-sour tinge. Probably because I associate Pine Sol with lemon.

Taste: Moderate bitterness/hoppiness mid-sip. Slight honey maltiness comes through as beer starts to warm and/or my tastebuds adapt to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, thin, taste diminishes fairly quickly. Very little lingering taste

Overall: Refreshing and sessionable. Ideal for hot months, given the lightness and thin mouthfeel.

Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has become my beer of choice for weekends tending the yard. Big flavor and hop presence for a session. Mouth and carbonation are also right on for easy drinkin. The downside for me on this local craft is the price. For a georgia beer i think the $16 price point for a 12-pack in atlanta is a bit steep.

I tend to like APAs and this is a great representation of the style and a nice alternative to standbys like Sierra Nevada.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Canning date is hard to read on the bottom of the can. Aroma includes fresh, floral hops. Nice, clean and crisp. Mild malt bill, nice balance. Refreshing and easy to drink. Extremely drinkable, I'm sure tasty to the advanced beer lovers and I'm sure slammable to the masses. Exactly as expected, no more, no less. In a good kinda way.

Photo of rcairney1
2.11/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Nope. Never again. Got this one for the road as a single at the beer store, and instantly regreted it. Nothing to it, just a not very good beer that I will not try again. Cheap but gross... that's a choice you will have to make, there is always keystone light.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet found this in the mix and match at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Looks great for a pale ale, bright clear orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Mild lacing and carbonation looks good in the glass.
S - Smells like a hopped up pale ale so they succeeded. Pale malts, sweeter malts, and mild citrus and pineapple hops highlight.
T - Very crisp somewhat clean taste. Hops seem kind of muted really only a mild bitter twang in the finish. This could be because I am serving this kind of warm and its only a session ale so overall it taste great. Hop taste is constant, somewhat sweet and balanced.
M - As said its crisp, light, and hoppy.

Good hoppy session ale unlike everyone else just doing session IPA's this one is a great representation of a hoppy pale ale. I may just get this again.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, quite hazy

S: heavy on floral hops, slight yeast

T: a large very bitter hop presence, grapefruit peel, not much sweetness to back it up, finish is dry

M: thinner, medium carbonation

O: following the trend of "session" beer (a term that I hate to utter) this beer has low alcohol content, a lighter body, and comes in a hippy friendly package (can), it exists so that you can drink a 12 pack over the course of a day and enjoy the nice flavor of hops instead of metallic macro swill and still find your berkinstocks next to your Prius and tent at the music festival in the morning, hate the concept but like the taste

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark apricot to copper in color with significant amounts of very active carbonation and a hint of orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces

S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy hops with a somewhat lighter aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops. Hints of a pale malt with caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and some peppery spiciness from the yeast. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy, earthy, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a very light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with barely a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Quite easy to drink and refreshing, a perfect summer session beer for all of your outdoor activities (in my case standing by the grill). I like the bolder flavors for a session beer and will likely be grabbing some more of these at some point this summer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dang it, I CANnot remember where this CAN came from! I may have scored it locally in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), but I have a niggling doubt in the back of my mind that says otherwise.

From the CAN: "Camp [-] Bike [-] Partake [-] Hike [-] Paddle"; "Wrap your hand around a [CAN] of our RecreationAle and explore what outside life has to offer. This hopped up session ale is specially formulated to accompany you on all of your outdoor activities. Pack in this flavorful ale and pack out the memories while enjoying this quaffable brew."; "'Taste the Great Outdoors'"; "rec.re.a.tion.ale [(Adjective)] (of or pertaining to) the action of unplugging to venture into the great outdoors where your smartphone [CAN]'t access the Internet, but you CAN connect with this hopped up session ale."

I CAN tell you that I am not leaving the comfort of my kitchen to CANduct this review! The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and now it was time for the inverted Glug. I have become masterful at sensing when to back off on this type of pour and this was no exception. The dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head came right up to the lip of the glass before stopping and beginning to fall back, leaving great lacing in its wake. Emboldened, I resumed the pour, bringing the head right back up. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 5) and the Three Amigos, Midas, Croesus and Mammon were across from me, licking their lips. Nose was filled with pine-like hops and now my mouth was also watering. Mouthfeel was medium, fuller than I expected from a "session ale" and the taste was quite hoppy, enough to be sustaining for a self-avowed hophead. Finish was dry, but not gasping. Would I take this on an outdoors excursion? Sure. It might beat the heat without all of the alcohol and that CAN't be bad, CAN it?

Photo of Doniac
2.79/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Little lacing, light carbonation and no head. Flavor is citrus and light hop. I think it's a good session ipa can't wait to drink it on a hot day.

Photo of themind
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable! a hoppy APA that was a nice surprise for me. The carbonation was balanced very nicely. The beer poured a nice head with a hoppy aroma. The taste was good, this beer for me was worth drinking. This is a quality offering from Terrapin. The sweet fruit and slight bitterness on the back end appealed to me.

Bottom Line: APA lovers will enjoy this underrated brew!

Photo of portia99
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (11/5/13) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - An aggressive pour out of the can yields a slightly hazy, pale golden color body and a big, thick two fingers of rocky white head that leaves massive sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Big grapefruit aroma up front, juicy and fruity. Nice medium hop bitterness, light accents of pine, light biscuity malt, faintly sweet at the base.

T - Nice clean hop bitterness complemented by a smooth grapefruit citrus flavor and hints of pine. Firmer malt presence than in the aroma gives the beer a very even balance. Light malty sweetness, lightly grainy, lightly biscuit - a reserved malt profile, but one that provides enough body and balance to make this work as an all day drinker.

M - Medium body with a soft low/medium carbonation. Smooth and easy drinker.

O - For a can with a little under 4 months of age on it, this pale ale still has an assertive hop presence full of citrus and pine. Very smooth with a just potent enough malt character. This is a very easy drinker - I would definitely keep some of this in my fridge if it was local to me.

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Low abv...big flavor. A winning combination. Pours a hazy light orange/dark gold color. Good size white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrus and grassy hops. Fairly prominent smell.

Taste is citrus and grassy hops balanced by dry biscuity maltiness. Very pleasant. Not the strength of an AIPA, but just right for a hoppy Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is very good. Crisp and some bitterness but also a pillowy soft feel...like a mild version of RR Blind Pig.

Good beer, would be a welcome companion at any outdoor event.

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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.