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Terrapin RecreationAle - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 549
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 549
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)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of dgherm
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange with a bit of haze. Nice thick head that hangs around. Little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. Earthy hops in the nose, not much else. Strong earthy hop taste up front, citrusy down in the end. Little bisquity in taste as well. Not too watery for a session ale and nicely carbonated. RecreationAle very appropriate name. Good one here. (353 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can in a pint glass.

A- Golden orange color, just a hint of haze. Generous carbonation. An almost 2-finger white head lasts, ending as a thick film leaving lots of rings of lacing.

S-It smells like a hoppy pale ale. Malt aromas are not lost to the citrus hops. Sweetness is subdued. It is a pale ale by smell.

T-Pale malts , a touch of caramel, and generous hop citrus flavors.

M- Very good body and carbonation. Clean and crisp, refreshing but not thin or watery. Malt front with a long dry hoppy finish. Not too bitter, not sweet either.

O- Terrapin nailed it, that's why my 'O' rating is highest. This is a true hoppy pale ale. It's not another hopped over under-bodied session brew. Well done! (708 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of scvance
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. About a fingers worth of white head, long lasting. Lots of carbonation is visible. Aroma is great, hoppy, citrus and earth right off the bat. Taste is earthy bitter right away, fading to a citrus flavor with a slight caramel malt sweetness in the finish. Finishes nice and crisp, very well balanced. On a second taste I notice a slight hint of sulfur in the nose. Medium high carbonation, medium low body.

This is Terrapin's take on a sessionable pale ale, and I'd say they succeeded. Light enough to enjoy several, yet still hoppy enough to provide the expected pleasure from a pale ale. Very well balanced, I expected a session ale to lean more towards the hops, however this one is a very balanced pale ale. Less sweet than their rye pale ale. I will definitely be having more of these whenever I can find them. Excellent beer. (911 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Cheers! (922 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Canning date is hard to read on the bottom of the can. Aroma includes fresh, floral hops. Nice, clean and crisp. Mild malt bill, nice balance. Refreshing and easy to drink. Extremely drinkable, I'm sure tasty to the advanced beer lovers and I'm sure slammable to the masses. Exactly as expected, no more, no less. In a good kinda way. (348 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of Genx
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich straw color.
Develops a modest foam head with good lacing.
Strong carbonation.
Noticeable hops element to smell.
Nice balance to the malt and hops in taste.
Clean flavor, refreshing with medium mouth feel.
Finish is quick with a piney bitterness. (260 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with visible carbonation and a large fluffy white head that recedes quickly but leaves good lacing.

Smell- Citrus fruit and more citrus fruit. Grapefruit with a little orange, a little pine and a backing of sweet caramel malt.

Taste- Sweet fruit then a slight bitterness on the back end. Flavor is a bit more subdued than the smell but still very good. Again citrus fruits with some candy sweetness followed by citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation and mouthfeel were alright. A little thinner than I like for an APA but nothing too detrimental.

Overall- Very good beer, I think it is right in between an APA and IPA, lots more hops and malt than APA but not quite as bitter or high in alcohol as an IPA. Either way, very enjoyable. (770 characters)

Photo of dankspank420
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

great beer. drank it out of the can. tastes very hoppy and clean. fresh. this is a great beer, especially for what it is. a session ipa. tastes better than a hundred ipas ive had. great beer IMO. I'd say is competition for founders all day ipa, and the similar. good job terrarin. (280 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“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 outdoors activities. Pack in this flavorful ale and pack out the memories while enjoying this quaffable brew.” Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Terrapin's very first can offering and their fifth year round beer, first released in June 2013. A representative from the company informed me that this is a hopped-up version of the 2012 Summer seasonal "Easy Rider" which has since not returned.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a Terrapin pint glass. Served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy froth head of a gold white tone, very sudsy. Body color is a medium hazy golden amber with mild carbonation and thin sediment in tow. Retention is average, with sudsy lacing speckling the edge of the glass. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of floral, citrusy grapefruit and resinous hops over a toasted caramel, bready rye and peppery malt background. Balance is nice, although the hop aroma does carry the most weight in the aroma. This is a very complex and aromatic beer, especially for a sessionable ale. Potency is high. 4

(Taste) Up front, a very peppery biscuit malt with a dry pale malt base follows with a hop bouquet touting a moderate earthy bitterness. Sweetness seem to be in short supply in the flavor, likely to keep this beer as sessionable and light drinking as possible, but the hop presence and bitterness is quite strong in this beer, with a very herbal, floral and spicy hop profile. The malt and hop flavor isn’t quite as bright, complex and varied as it was in the aroma. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and mildly dry with a subtle chalkiness. Carbonation is rather low in this beer- I don’t know why, as this would be a great beer with a moderate crisp carbonation in tow. Body is medium/high for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light, really well concealed in the flavor of this beer. 3.75

(Overall) Terrapin’s RecreationAle lays out some serious flavor despite a low gravity and mellow malt sweetness in tow. There’s a great deal of specialty malt and hop character to savor in this beer. A suitable candidate for a session ale, ideally for the “hoptimally” challenged. This beer can be enjoyed through multiple repeats with the added benefit of a deep flavor profile without wrenching sweetness. Score one solid beer for high blood sugar patients! 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company’s
Terrapin RecreationAle
3.79/5.00 (2,556 characters)

Photo of lewzer99
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy golden orange with a minimal head.
Smell: grassy hops with alot of orange and slightly sweet smelling malt.
Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front, which fades to alot of bitter orange that reminds me of orange peel. A bit of biscuity malt and a very long lingering bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp
Overall: Very good. Probably my favorite of these hyper hopped session ales that are coming out. Really bitter hop flavor isn't really my thing, but this manages to focus on the hops bitterness while keeping it very drinkable. I would recommend it. (577 characters)

Photo of Hoptopher
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is brewed to be a session APA for the outdoors. It even has an OSPREY Pack enter to win on the can.
Smell is rather nice upfront with an earthy grass scent from the hops. Not much else.
The taste follows along with the smell. It is a very good taste, I feel as though I should run to the woods to finish it ;)
Feel could use a little more carbonation but it is not bad.
Overall it is a great beer, I will definately be hauling some of these to the river with me. (467 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am rating this as a sessionable APA, as that is what it is crafted to be. First cans from Terrapin!

A: Pours a light hazy golden, with a two-finger bleach white head with nice retention. Decent lacing, and some noticeable carbonation.

S: Grassy floral hops, damp hay, and a dash of onion, atop a pale malt backbone.

T: A citric tartness leads the bill, followed by a sprinkling of those grassy hops, a dash of piney bitterness, and a refreshing mingling of floral hops and pale malt on the finish.

M: Light, yet creamy, and very refreshing.

This is extremely sessionable, as advertised, and was a perfect companion for an all day music festival in the Atlanta heat in June. Tasty while also being wonderfully drinkable and refreshing. Love that I have a new session option from none other than the best brewery in Georgia. (843 characters)

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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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