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Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Heavenisbeer on 07-02-2013)
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 04:09:23 | More by M_C_Hampton
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SplitsAtoms

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-03-2013 03:13:56 | More by SplitsAtoms
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BlackBeerDown

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-02-2013 16:17:42 | More by BlackBeerDown
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Wrex68

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-30-2013 17:07:12 | More by Wrex68
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-27-2013 21:37:42 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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AmandaRae

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-26-2013 04:16:09 | More by AmandaRae
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-25-2013 23:31:16 | More by AngusOg
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-24-2013 23:14:35 | More by Chugs13
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seavercm

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-24-2013 01:28:58 | More by seavercm
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jkrich

Indiana

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

This is another one I picked up in Panama City Beach, Florida. Poured from a 12 oz. can: slightly hazy, golden to orange with a sustained, fluffy white-head. The bottom of the can had a date stamped, but it was smeared.

When I opened the can, an explosion of pungent, bittersweet tropical fruit greeted me. I also thought I detected a little piney aromas; so far so good.

The key to this ale is its refreshing character. A delightfully, thirst quenching taste with flavors of mango and grapefruit with a soft malty background. The hop bitterness lingers a bit then subsides leaving a semi-sweet, malty aftertaste. There is just a faint hint of staleness in the aftertaste but overall, for what it purports to be, it is very good.

The body is appropriately light with lively carbonation. The mouth feel is a little thin but I does have that nice lingering citrusy aftertaste.

This is another excellent, hoppy and flavorful "session ale". As the 12 pack box states, this is ideal for outdoor activities. It has turned very cold here, and I am satisfied to enjoy it indoors. I only regret I didn't buy a second 12 pack.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 00:03:10 | More by jkrich
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-23-2013 03:09:20 | More by BrandonOakes
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LouDogg114

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-21-2013 03:18:56 | More by LouDogg114
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-17-2013 17:05:38 | More by TheBigBoy
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-17-2013 02:35:19 | More by muskiesman
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-16-2013 14:15:30 | More by jacewg
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bcm75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-15-2013 04:43:25 | More by bcm75
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-14-2013 16:31:17 | More by RobertColianni
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 06:11:37 | More by BEERchitect
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-12-2013 22:55:05 | More by Stinger80OH
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HOMEPL8

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-07-2013 21:39:43 | More by HOMEPL8
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thinkinflicka

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thank to who ever brought these the tree beer event at riversidepark in grand rapids

First terrapin poured from a 12 once can

Pours a lighter copper color

The smell is really nice well balanced with nice froal hops and a hint of grapefruit

A good amount of hops up front withfairly nice balenced malt back bone. a good amount of bitterness but not to much making this verry drinkble

Nice mouthfeel as you would expect for the style

Not quite has good as i was hoping but still a verry good beer just left a little something to be deisired if you ask me.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 05:22:23 | More by thinkinflicka
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Pretty amber color with a big foam head. Lace is patchy. Aroma is full of nice fresh grassy fruity hops and clean grains. Citrus and tropical. Taste is bright and happy. A little pine resiny, citrus, earthy and green. Grassy bitterness lingers. Texture is very liquid, smooth, and dry. I like this beer. A sessionable treat.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 02:20:23 | More by tastybeer
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-06-2013 04:08:24 | More by thecheapies
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-03-2013 16:04:17 | More by DerrickW
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-03-2013 01:23:34 | More by RyanAU
Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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