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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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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 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 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 Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours mildly fogged. Real frothy head on an aggressive pour. Nice citric bite on this with an accent of hop spices. Consistent flavor. I like this one. Very easy to drink. I guess that's why there was only one can left when I saw it on the shelf. Can highly recommend this one.

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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 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 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 Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with red tint and decent head and lace. Piney, citric hop aroma takes hold of my nostrils with just a little bit of maltiness. Beer is simple, light and definitely lives up to name as a session beer you can relax with and have multiple times. Little bit of breadiness keeps the citric hop profile balanced and there is also some minor sweetness at end of each sip. Goes down easy and is a beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned Terrapin! C'mon, good experiences!!

Light amber with some ribbons of yeast accidentally added from the pour. A nice static white head of crystalline form.

Dry earthy hops with a floral bent. Wafts of white grapefruit, but a formidable floral hop nose is a-showin'. Biscuity malts seem distracting, and the hoppiness is around a B-, but it's still appealing.

Soft flavors. Grapefruit and floral hops with a mutable character, dualed by faint dry tropical notes and crackery malts. I get a lot from the can-conditioning, where the yeast offers some complementary nuttiness. Still, that Terrapin hop bill is somewhat unsatisfying.

Medium carbonation with a light-medium carbonation. Feels like a hoppy pale or an IPA.

It's okay. Not too bad. Surprised that I like a hoppy Terrapin as much as this.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-03-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy golden-orange with a 2-finger white head that sticks around with nice lace.

S - Pine, hop floral, light dankness, citrus, touch of biscuit. Very pleasant and fresh smelling.

T - Danker than the aroma, pine, grass, toasted white bread with a light dab of lime marmalade, white pepper and a goodly amount of citrus zest bitterness. Finishes dry. The citrus-bitter aftertaste lingers briefly and then clears.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and a bit prickly.

O - Very nice aroma with tons of flavor. I prefer a bit less dankness and more caramel malt in my session IPAs (like 21st Amendment Bitter American) but I would happily quaff this anytime.

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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 JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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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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 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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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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