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Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 562
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 32.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 128 | 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 rcairney1
2.11/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

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Photo of Doniac
2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of JLSIV
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this during a beer tasting, poured from can, not sure if a can is the best offering but it was what they had.

Appearance was light amber, clear, good lacing head dissipated rather fast.

Aroma was definitely pine resin,

Taste was very average , and somewhat boring. I could taste the pine, but not much else.

Mouthfeel was a little on the astringent side for me, not bad, just very mid range

Overall, I believe this is considered a session beer, I wouldn't refuse one, but I probably would prefer some of the other Terrapins.

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Photo of greengumby
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Nice, mostly clear golden pour. Frothy, thick head. Looked heavily carbonated with a good amount of bubbles.

S: Not particularly aromatic. Heavy hop scent, with a a bit of citrus. There's something else in it though on which I can't quite put my finger. Bear with me on this one, I'm still developing my smell descriptions.

T: Hoppy up front, but the hoppiness quickly dissipates. Not particularly malty. After the initial taste it becomes quite mild, but that doesn't detract from quality.

M: Very carbonated. The beer is a little on the thin side.

Notes: I am quite happy to have tried this beer. It's quite light for the level of hops. It is definitely more versatile than I thought that it would be on first try. A good summer beer for those looking for a hoppier ale.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A cloudy yellow in color, with a nice finger of off white head at the top that left a little lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Lots of citrus and hops on the nose with some biscuit notes to as well, the malt came through on the tail end.

T:Almost exactly like the nose with lots of citrus and bready notes throughout, some good hops gave off the bitterness as well.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation.

O: Not a terrible beer, but not one of Terrapin's better beers, easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The smell is a mix of malt and piney hops. The taste is really nicely balanced when I expected all hops. Really drinkable but a bit thin in the finish. nb

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Photo of taylor714914
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Eh, not as good as Day Time from Lagunitas.

I had high hopes as this came highly regarded from a local shop, saying it was better than any other session IPA. Wrong.

Pours a light straw color with a hint of hops.

Taste is thin. light hops and a bit of malt, but nothing that is substantial.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Overall, not as good of a showing as daytime IPA. A decent sessionable beer if you don't have access to day time, but still not as good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.


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Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking out of the can so I have no idea what it looks like but is imagine orange with thin white head that flees. Aroma of citrus and fresh pine. Tastes of pine, light citrus, some grass and not much else. Light in body with light carbonation. The flavor profile beckons for something sharp to stand out. This beer is unthinkable, which is what makes it really good but also what makes it forgettable.

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from 7/30/13. Thanks, James!

A: Hazy pale amber body under an inch of frothy white head that demonstrates adequate retention and leaves decent lace. Pretty good, but nothing special.

S: Uninspiring blend of crackery malt and herbal, piney hops. A little bit of apricot, a little bit of caramel. Some chalk and citrus. Not bad, but not good.

T: More straightforward the than the nose, but not too much better. Bready, lightly caramelized malt and hops that walk the line between pine and citrus. The finish is more bitter than sweet, with some minerality along with herbal hop notes. Gets better as it warms, but never becomes terribly interesting.

M: Fairly light-bodied with ample, soft carbonation. Excellent.

O: Not a bad little APA, but there's just something about the malt character that rubs me the wrong way. It's not too sweet, exactly, but somehow too sticky. Hard to put my finger on it.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It might be late fall out there, but the summer of "session IPA" lives on!

Terrapin's aptly named Recreation Ale pours with a hazy golden-amber hue and a creamy, foamy froth to top it all off. If I had drank the beer at the proper zip for a lighter bodied beer, it would have retained the full session while speckling the glass with dots of foam.

Its vivid aromas are strongly citrusy and also vegetative, seemingly of "wet-hops" Its underlying grain sweetness is somewhat of graham crackers and honey for a slim granola-like support. With little influence from yeast, the back-and-forth malty/hop dialogue sides strongly with hops for all things citrus- from the grapefruit peels, pith and pulp to its stems, leaf and bark also.

Its taste is malty-dry and stingy-sweet. Light caramel and honey dissolves quickly on the palate to allow the middle to become a full-frontal display of hops. All that bring citrus flavor is of white grapefruit, slightly under-ripened oranges and a tinge of lemon. Its musty fruit flavor opens up to slight wine character, pineapple and bruised apples. Trailing with an extra-sharp bitterness, its the chlorophyll, sappy taste that's similar to sassafras teas, lemon verbena and cannabis.

Its lively body is creamy-dry even up front. As the sweetness quickly fades, its dryness powers on, lifting hops, grain and vegetal spice with ease. Its finish comes quick as does its bitterness, hop-derived astringency and drying alcohol. Fruit and grass linger on, but the beer is a crisp and clean bit throughout.

The only thing about making this a "recreation ale" is that I could recreate the hell out of a twelve-pack of this stuff. And that's tough to drag through the wilderness as the label would suggest.

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Photo of Tigerpaw80
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goes down smooth and easy straight from the can. Not quite the citrusy notes you would expect from a session. Better than most sessions but not the best.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Canned 6/19/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma very piney
Head average (3 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few tiny islands and small atolls
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor light piney hops, quickly dying; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score: 3.6
Good beer! Easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of dankspank420
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

great beer. drank it out of the can. tastes very hoppy and clean. fresh. this is a great beer, especially for what it is. a session ipa. tastes better than a hundred ipas ive had. great beer IMO. I'd say is competition for founders all day ipa, and the similar. good job terrarin.

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Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a session ale better than many, but falling into that trap of making the flavor pretty light as well as just the abv, this comes across more as an american pale than an ipa of any kind, although i suppose thats what its listed as here. balance is the key word with this one, light on the grain front, with just a medium pale malt backbone. hops are great, really springy and lively, maybe citra in here, and they make the beer distinct, but there just arent enough of them. i find myself loving that one second that the hops are really front and center, but then seeking that the rest of each sip, and its just not there. i get that its not supposed to be intrusive, and it definitely isnt, but the hops taste so good it feels like a tease. either way i like the lightness of the beer, very easy drinking, and if i could get this in colorado it would probably be in my fridge a few times this summer.

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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?

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Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can, poured in snifter, with a huge fluffy white billowing head, which thins out after a few moments and leaves behind an opaque layer and some lacing. Pale orange yellow, I'd say cloudy but holds light well.

Smells a bit musty, with mellow citrus and pine hops also present, which all intensify as the beer warms up a bit, always getting better.

Taste is somewhat similar; there is an added sweetness that creeps in, which I like.

Mouthfeel is smooth but also dry and crisp, which is unique to me.

Overall, it's all a bit heavy for me to actually session, every aspect points to the notion that this beer should be heavier, but it's only ABV 4.7, and I suppose judging it on those merits, it's not my favorite session IPA. It's drinkable but I can't see myself spending a day, for example, downing one after the other. Certainly worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

decent for a "session" IPA - it's got a nice aroma. and the taste has good hop flavor, with just enough malt to balance. easy drinking, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of qchic
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up after someone raved about this in one of the forums. Could session beers have been the topic? Possibly as this would qualify. Out I the can, a gentle pour is required to keep it from going overboard. Hazy yellow gold with good head retention. Aroma is citric and piney with light tropical fruit. Very representative of the flavor. Immediately, the light body is noticeable, but flavor is not sacrificed. A touch of cereal malt holds it up. Yep, it's drinkable, and I can only imagine how refreshing this might be when having fun in the sun. Keep it in mind when nicer weather finally arrives.

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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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