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Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin RecreationAleTerrapin RecreationAle

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 572
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 33.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 136 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Heavenisbeer on 07-02-2013

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Photo of Gorgeous_JR
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect for recreation. The first can usually bites and hits you pretty hard. But it seems like each can afterwards becomes easier to drink. By the time you know it, you can be putting down 4 or 5 and you hardly notice outside of being pretty buzzed.

The beer has a very distinct flavor but over time that distinction is what drives you to keep drinking. It lives up to its name for sure. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, light tan head into a willi becher tumbler that left thick sheeting and great lacing throughout. the body was a bubbly amber. as good looking a pale ale as i've ever seen.
s - floral hops with some grassy aromas as well.
t - grassy and bready with some toffee notes. a slight fruitiness comes through as well.
m - slick at first but becomes more prickly.
o - one of terrapin's best offerings and i've had a lot. damn good beer and i love it in a can.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am rating this as a sessionable APA, as that is what it is crafted to be. First cans from Terrapin!

A: Pours a light hazy golden, with a two-finger bleach white head with nice retention. Decent lacing, and some noticeable carbonation.

S: Grassy floral hops, damp hay, and a dash of onion, atop a pale malt backbone.

T: A citric tartness leads the bill, followed by a sprinkling of those grassy hops, a dash of piney bitterness, and a refreshing mingling of floral hops and pale malt on the finish.

M: Light, yet creamy, and very refreshing.

This is extremely sessionable, as advertised, and was a perfect companion for an all day music festival in the Atlanta heat in June. Tasty while also being wonderfully drinkable and refreshing. Love that I have a new session option from none other than the best brewery in Georgia.

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Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Mostly clear yellow gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, little patches of lacing.
S - Very bright and grassy, touches of lemon, some nice bready malt.
T - Grass, lemon zest, biscuit.
M - Very smooth, refreshing, crisp. A little floury.
O - This has become my favorite session beer next to Southern Tier's Live. Ive taken this outdoors plenty of times, and it really is the perfect beer for outdoors. Very lively fresh crisp taste.

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Photo of Genx
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Appearance: Pours yellow with moderate clarity. White head with great lasting power and lacing (4.25)

Aroma/Flavor: Medium hop character of honey dew, melon and light earthy character. (4.15)

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, appropriate carbonation and refreshing. Dissipating hop finish. (4.25)

Overall: Perfect brew for a day in the great outdoors. Flavorful enough to know it's there, but not so hoppy it makes you need water. (4.19)

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can in a pint glass.

A- Golden orange color, just a hint of haze. Generous carbonation. An almost 2-finger white head lasts, ending as a thick film leaving lots of rings of lacing.

S-It smells like a hoppy pale ale. Malt aromas are not lost to the citrus hops. Sweetness is subdued. It is a pale ale by smell.

T-Pale malts , a touch of caramel, and generous hop citrus flavors.

M- Very good body and carbonation. Clean and crisp, refreshing but not thin or watery. Malt front with a long dry hoppy finish. Not too bitter, not sweet either.

O- Terrapin nailed it, that's why my 'O' rating is highest. This is a true hoppy pale ale. It's not another hopped over under-bodied session brew. Well done!

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Photo of scvance
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. About a fingers worth of white head, long lasting. Lots of carbonation is visible. Aroma is great, hoppy, citrus and earth right off the bat. Taste is earthy bitter right away, fading to a citrus flavor with a slight caramel malt sweetness in the finish. Finishes nice and crisp, very well balanced. On a second taste I notice a slight hint of sulfur in the nose. Medium high carbonation, medium low body.

This is Terrapin's take on a sessionable pale ale, and I'd say they succeeded. Light enough to enjoy several, yet still hoppy enough to provide the expected pleasure from a pale ale. Very well balanced, I expected a session ale to lean more towards the hops, however this one is a very balanced pale ale. Less sweet than their rye pale ale. I will definitely be having more of these whenever I can find them. Excellent beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of themind
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, and malt. Basically what you'd expect.

T: Tasted of hops, light citrus, and some malt in the finish. The hops content was slightly higher than you might think for an APA. Not overly sweet. A light, refreshing flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: RecreationAle is not a groundbreaking beer, but is still very likeable. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of BillV
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 pack of this to try at a local grocery store in Athens, GA, the town where they make the beer.

What a great find! A great spin on a session ale with a hoppy surprise in the nose and a great mouthfeel.

Pours a hazy golden with a decent head and just tastes like a lazy summer day, if you are able to imagine that---and all in can.

Very drinkable and at a 4.7% ABV, you can go for a few and enjoy it longer.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AtlCarl for this extra. 12 oz. can, & I'm digging the hiking turtle graphic. Am I the only one who doesn't carry heavy-ass beer when I head into the wilderness? It's just too much effort. Or maybe I'm old.

Pour is surprisingly milky orange, I always associate session-like beers with clarity, part of my American macro upbringing, no doubt. Nose brings out pale malts, & nice citrus hops that lean over into tropical. Nice.

RecreationAle hits the bloody spot. Malt is light & sweet but not too prominent, & the hops jump aboard to offer a quick hit of bitterness to go along with the citrus & pine. Moves to grassy, with a bit of tea, but ultimately, this beer is all about the drinkability. And why shouldn't it be? You'll need to rehydrate after that hike & this would be just what the doctor ordered (if he were a drunk beer geek).

Tasting this makes me think Terrapin should maybe go in the lighter direction. It takes skill to pull of a really good, low ABV pale, & they've done it with style. Very good beer.

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Photo of tmm313
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Semi hazy, light amber with active carbonation in the glass. Poured a thick 2 finger head. Awesome lacing.
S- Tropical/floral notes up front. Bready malts and a little pine round it out.
T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Light citrus/floral up front, followed by a cracker-like breadiness, slight pine, and a touch of lemon.
M- Medium body, but on the thicker side. Not overly creamy or oily, but has crisp carbonation. Drying with lingering bitterness.
O- This beer was crafted to be a session IPA, and it has definitely achieved that goal. Super light and super drinkable. It screams summer time and days on the lake.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy golden orange with a minimal head.
Smell: grassy hops with alot of orange and slightly sweet smelling malt.
Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front, which fades to alot of bitter orange that reminds me of orange peel. A bit of biscuity malt and a very long lingering bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp
Overall: Very good. Probably my favorite of these hyper hopped session ales that are coming out. Really bitter hop flavor isn't really my thing, but this manages to focus on the hops bitterness while keeping it very drinkable. I would recommend it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> World market tulip glass

A - medium gold pour with a big frothy head that is the color of butter. Not much in the way of retention or lacing

S - pine, grass, biscuit, citrus, basically the usual.

T - the best part. Even for a low ABV offering this is packed full of flavor. Sweet caramel malt gives way seamlessly to a nice bitter finish.

M- a little thin, with adequate carbonation

O - an ideal session ale!!

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Photo of IPAdams
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with visible carbonation and a large fluffy white head that recedes quickly but leaves good lacing.

Smell- Citrus fruit and more citrus fruit. Grapefruit with a little orange, a little pine and a backing of sweet caramel malt.

Taste- Sweet fruit then a slight bitterness on the back end. Flavor is a bit more subdued than the smell but still very good. Again citrus fruits with some candy sweetness followed by citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation and mouthfeel were alright. A little thinner than I like for an APA but nothing too detrimental.

Overall- Very good beer, I think it is right in between an APA and IPA, lots more hops and malt than APA but not quite as bitter or high in alcohol as an IPA. Either way, very enjoyable.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good beer. Also props to the fact that it comes in cans. Please start doing this more, especially for summer guys! We want beers we can tote easily and throw in a cooler without the damn label slipping off and causing that nasty glue water mixture. Also, cans are better for the environment because we can crush them and it takes less space in the recycle area, and it just tastes better if done correctly. So props to Terrapin!

It is one you can drink very easily. I enjoyed it on a warm spring day. I have had other beers from Terrapin and I really need to give them a good analysis again. I was not ready for what I got at the time, but maybe try them again. I was impressed by the taste of this one for what it was. It was hoppy but clean, had a nice floral component and just the right amount of carbonation. I would definitely take this one on a camping trip. I think it was appropriately named. Its a quality beer and the price was fair and you could tell that it was made with good ingredients. Overall this is a solid beer I would not say outstanding, but its way better than average.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of turntwobrew
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great find in a session beer from Terrapin. Smell hits you up front, and follows with a very smooth hoppy ending. Notes of pine, with a slight bitterness. Im definitely looking to try other Terrapin IPA's.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange color with nice big head on top that hangs around with really good lacing down the glass

S: Really big hop presence, piney, citrusy, fruity, smell

T: Large hop bitterness up front, malt sweetness next, and a little bit of a piney after taste

M: Medium feel to it

O: I'm a fan, especially as a session IPA. It's not so powerful that you can't have several at a time but good enough to want to.

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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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