Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.56/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
11-14-2013 06:11:37 | More by BEERchitect
3.76/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-15-2014 03:16:47 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
09-29-2013 17:38:45 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-02-2013 19:25:53 | More by Kegatron
3.71/5 rDev -0.3%
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?
01-01-2014 13:32:33 | More by woodychandler
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-01-2014 23:39:54 | More by Billolick
3.98/5 rDev +7%
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.
07-23-2013 23:59:51 | More by dbrauneis
Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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