Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.81/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-25-2014 04:19:28 | More by Immortale25
3.71/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-25-2014 01:17:41 | More by rodlavers
3.99/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-19-2014 16:12:37 | More by tmm313
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
3.71/5 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
Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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