Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin RecreationAleTerrapin RecreationAle

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 533
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 112 | 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 Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (632 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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? (1,831 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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 (745 characters)

Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,738 characters)

Photo of thinkinflicka
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  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. (806 characters)

Photo of Gorgeous_JR
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect for recreation. The first can usually bites and hits you pretty hard. But it seems like each can afterwards becomes easier to drink. By the time you know it, you can be putting down 4 or 5 and you hardly notice outside of being pretty buzzed.

The beer has a very distinct flavor but over time that distinction is what drives you to keep drinking. It lives up to its name for sure. I highly recommend it. (426 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, light tan head into a willi becher tumbler that left thick sheeting and great lacing throughout. the body was a bubbly amber. as good looking a pale ale as i've ever seen.
s - floral hops with some grassy aromas as well.
t - grassy and bready with some toffee notes. a slight fruitiness comes through as well.
m - slick at first but becomes more prickly.
o - one of terrapin's best offerings and i've had a lot. damn good beer and i love it in a can. (491 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> World market tulip glass

A - medium gold pour with a big frothy head that is the color of butter. Not much in the way of retention or lacing

S - pine, grass, biscuit, citrus, basically the usual.

T - the best part. Even for a low ABV offering this is packed full of flavor. Sweet caramel malt gives way seamlessly to a nice bitter finish.

M- a little thin, with adequate carbonation

O - an ideal session ale!! (433 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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) (448 characters)

Photo of BillV
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 pack of this to try at a local grocery store in Athens, GA, the town where they make the beer.

What a great find! A great spin on a session ale with a hoppy surprise in the nose and a great mouthfeel.

Pours a hazy golden with a decent head and just tastes like a lazy summer day, if you are able to imagine that---and all in can.

Very drinkable and at a 4.7% ABV, you can go for a few and enjoy it longer. (426 characters)

Photo of themind
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable! a hoppy APA that was a nice surprise for me. The carbonation was balanced very nicely. The beer poured a nice head with a hoppy aroma. The taste was good, this beer for me was worth drinking. This is a quality offering from Terrapin. The sweet fruit and slight bitterness on the back end appealed to me.

Bottom Line: APA lovers will enjoy this underrated brew! (390 characters)

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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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