Pineapple Express
Terrapin Beer Company

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German Helles
3.39 | pDev: 15.04%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 176
Photo of mothmanscott
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Notes: Pours a deep straw producing 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, pillowy, white foam head that leaves only a few blotches & streaks of lace. Aroma is sweet, doughy wheat, pilsner malt, a little grass & lemon (hallertau hops?), yeast & a hint of yeasty fruit esters & thin smoke. Pineapple is present but backstage. Taste is a little bitter, slightly tart, yeasty & smokey up front. Wheat in middle with a hint of clove, hoppy grass & lemon combine with cracker & biscuit of Pilsner malt to produce a clean but snappy pepper, dry finish. The smoke is detectable throughout the sip but the pineapple is very subtle. Aftertaste is bittersweet, clean & shortlived. Mouthfeel is light bodied or if you are really pushing it light-medium bodied, lively with carbonation, crisp, dry & oh so drinkable. Pineapple Express (Side Project 21) is the winner of Terrapin's first annual Employee Homebrew Challenge.

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Photo of thebeers
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big burst of carbonation when opened. Fairly clear, light-golden color with an overly huge white head filling the entire glass. Smoke and pineapple heavy in the nose, along with some nutmeg and medicinal notes. More of a rauchbier than a helles in the flavor. Big smoke upfront with a helles taste in the background. The pineapple is subtle, but present, and the entire beer is pretty-well balanced on the whole. Rauchbiers aren't really my thing, but I can appreciate how well-crafted this is and think a lot of people would really enjoy it.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I give this beer a lot of credit for being both (a) a beer that maybe shouldn't work, but strangely does, and (b) really going out on a limb, as far as I'm concerned, while somehow strangely keeping its wilder impulses fairly reigned.

While ostensibly a Helles Lager, the overall effect and composition of Pineapple Express lends itself more to smoke beer discrimination than anything else. The nose is sugary, with pineapple overtones, but its heart is all campfire and wood; the flavor matches, but moreover extends the sentiment, with a cascading and clarion assertion of its smoked malt base—a brewing decision that keeps the texture and the malt-load light and fluffy, but adds a dark, burnt richness to the body of the beer. Meanwhile: true to its Helles Lager inspiration, the beer is a very blonde golden complexion—echoing the grilled-pineapple notions that suffuse the brew—but it's paired with a somewhat sediment-heavy turbidity, a payload of yeast that helps accentuate the subtle tropical-fruitiness provided by the pineapple addition.

Overall, I'd have to say this is a success—though I'm a non-trivially big fan of smoke beers—and a surprising success, at that, given the adventurousness of the concept (not to mention the employee homebrew provenance). It's tasty, yes, but bonus points are due for nailing a beer that was born from what could have been a sketchy premise.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulling into Terrapin Beer Co.'s station is Pineapple Express, the winner of our first annual Employee Homebrew Challenge. Inspired by a late night grilling session with friends, a couple chunks of pineapple got thrown into the mix, and an idea for a new beer style was born. The team brewed up a Helles lager for the base brew and used real pineapple and smoked malt to conduct the winning recipe." Brewed in the style of a German Münich Helles Lager with pineapple and smoked malt added. Entry number 21 in the side project series, released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft early 2014.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy lemon-tinged white head over a hazy golden yellow body. Dense speckled sediment and dense haze impede clarity. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) There's no mistaking pineapple and other fleshy tropical fruits are front and center in the aroma. Secondary notes include biscuity pale German malts, a pinch of smoked malt and a modest grassy hop bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker malt profile with a mild dryness and light sweetness paired with a grassy hop profile and a moderate bitterness. The unique flavors come through in the finish with a pinch of smoke and some charred pineapple, neither profound nor underwhelming. I personally think that the malt and hop base of this style were ideal for these two additives, as they shine wonderfully against the simplicity of a lager yeast strain and generate a moderate acidity and smokiness that I enjoy. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, chewy, light. Carbonation generates a moderate crispness for a soft, fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly acidic and dry over sweet, smokey and bitter characteristics. Alcohol presence is light with no off flavors. 3.5

(Overall) I don't get enough beers that dabble with pineapple, but this one does a pretty good job at blending pineapple and smoke to a style that keeps ingredients fairly light and simple, thus the pineapple and smoke are difficult to miss and quite enjoyable. I didn't find much to dislike about this beer personally but it didn't blow me away either. The pineapple, smoke and malt/hop profile were right on par with my expectations. I could see why this was at least justified to win a brewery-level competition. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Side Project 21: Pineapple Express

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Photo of Stevedore
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/2/2014.

A- Slightly cloudy straw yellow body, one finger white head with good retention, sticky lacing. Looks positively refreshing.

S- Lots of nice breadiness and noble hops. I thought instantly Munich Helles due to my time in Munich, although there is a very subtly tart fruity note to it.

F- Crisp, bready pale malts, earthy and floral hop notes, a very very subtle bit of smokiness to the bread (not burnt bread, but lets go with slightly singed) that I did not get in the nose at all. A more noble hoppy finish without much interference. This isn't bad, but it's not much better than average. I have no idea where the pineapple is.

M- Medium to thinner bodied, crisp and refreshingly dry. Well carbonated. Finish is more or less slightly smoky noble hop flavours that linger for a decent amount of time.

O- Interesting concept, but I didn't get a ton of smoke or pineapple here although they were there enough to be noticed. If I were to treat this as a simple Helles, this is about average in comparison to both the American and German-made examples of the style.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I will admit I let this sit in the fridge for a while, trying to find a time to be in the mood for it. Not being a fan of fruit beers or smoked beer, this seemed doomed to failure. However, I actually found it to be a decent beer. Neither the fruit nor smoke are overpowering.

The look is a little on the cloudy side and perhaps a bit tan of being a nice pale yellow. I get trace hints of both in the nose, but the grain and lager scents are more prevalent. The flavor is very similar to the smell, with the pineapple (could be a bit like mango, also) coming through a little more. The smoke is very subtle to me and comes through almost as (uncharred) oak, when combined with the light bittering hops. There is a little depth to the lager, in my mind, but it stays fairly light overall.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly clear straw with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like smoked barley and earthy biscuit, with some sweet pineapple and sour lager yeast.
T: It tasted like smoked bacon and sour lager yeast, with some earthy biscuit and a little pineapple. It had a clean bittersweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a really interesting beer, blending rauchbier and helles styles, with a twist of pineapple. The result was a well balanced scent and taste that were unique, although not quite delicious. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Fun to try once, especially during a spring cookout.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I should preface this by saying that while I love pineapple, I am also allergic to it. That said, this beer did not produce an allergic reaction in me. That said, I can barely make out a slight hint of pineapple.

It's a good looking beer: bright yellow, slightly cloudy, a think starch-white wisp of a head. There's a sharp citrus, lemon zest smell to it, a faint hint of mustiness, not much else. It's a refreshing beer: tart, grassy, some wheat, sour puckering at the very end. It's extremely light, and the carbonation is just about right.

But I can taste neither smoked malt nor pineapple. Did I get a bum batch (or bottle)?

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Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy, bright golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving behind large streaks of soapy lacing.

Slightly smokey aroma that's subtly integrated into the characteristics of a helles. Unfortunately, I'm not picking up any pineapple but the smoked beer/rauch bier elements are delicately blended into the crisp hops, light fruit and pale malts of the lager. Hints of campfire, charcoal and smoked meat followed by grassy, earthy hops, hay, straw, bread and biscuit. Some apple and pear sweetness as it warms. I old have preferred more smoke and at least some pineapple, but overall the nose of this beer isn't bad.

On the fuller end of medium body with a flavor profile that's similar to the aroma. Decent smoked malt presence that's prominent without overpowering the lager flavors. Hints of liquid smoke, ash and barbecued meat followed by crisp, earthy hop bitterness and a pale malt backbone. Nice grassy, saaz-like hop presence with notes of straw, hay, grassy pine needle and dank resins countered by light fruit sweetness, bread and biscuit. As it warms, the pineapple flavor that was missing in the aroma starts to stand out complimenting the other light fruit notes. Also, the smoked malt flavors become a bit stronger and linger after the finish. Overall, I was was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I would have preferred a bit more smoke but this beer has great balance and complexity with smoke, tropical fruit, grassy hops and pale malt notes bouncing off of each other.

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Photo of Paincane
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Turbid bright golden brew with a white head & sticky persistent lace.
S: Smoky citrus aromas are unique. Smells a bit sweet and tropical.
T: Light fruity malt, pineapple and slightly sweet flavors. Ends with a light hop profile and slight dry bitterness.
M: Delightfully refreshing and smooth with dry finish.
O: A delicious tropical Helles.

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Photo of Sleapingbeauti
4.34/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amazing crisp taste with just a hint of smoke defiantly going to be a great summer beer it's amazing that it's a home brew winner from one of the employees because it's one of the best beers I've tasted. This is my first beer from this brewery but not I'm very interested to see what else they have in store for me. I think a trip down south is in effect.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden yellow with a finger of head (no lacing but slowwwwww dissipation). Smells of pilsner malt, bready.. Sugary. No scent of smoke nor pineapple. Ohhhh boy the flavor, there it is.. Up front smokey, then sweet pineapple , then pilsner malts. Absolutely a fucking perfect blend.
Medium in body low to medium carbonation.
This is a fantastic beer. For the style it is top notch, for a beer I general.. This needs to be in six packs or 4pk and during the summer. Absolutely a wonderful flavor in a beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


Pours light lemon gold with a slight haze, half inch of sugar white head.

Smells of cane sugar, pineapple, lemon, and some grassy malt.

Tastes of pineapple and grassy malts. There's a bit of dry woodiness as well.

Medium body with a soft carbonation.

A fairly decent lighter beer with some nice fruity flavor. If you're into that, this is pretty enjoyable. Drinks very easy and is a session candidate. If you don't like fruit beers, you won't care for this one though.

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Photo of NWFLyer
4.37/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

At first sniff and taste, I was transported back in time to my early teens; I had the memory of drinking Carling Black Label beer out of the can at a backyard barbecue while my parents weren't looking! -And I mean that in a very good sense.
As I poured the beer from the 22 oz. bottle into a pint shaker glass, it formed a very thin head which dissipated quickly. The appearance was a translucent golden color. The smell is beguiling, possessing faint hints of smokiness and German style malts, I'm thinking Munich or Vienna, with perhaps a slight fruity & floral quality (imparted by the pineapple?).
The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing; the carbonation adding a delightful tingling sensation to the tongue. The taste is marvelous and complex; the German malt profile stands out initially with a slight hint of sweetness. A mild hop bitterness is also present. The smoke quality is very tentative initially, but seems to grow in prominence after several sips. By the end of that 22 ounces, I was really warming up to this beer and enjoying the smokiness.
As it is a "Side Project" beer, I know that its availability will be limited. I plan to procure several more bottles and I will surely miss it when it is gone...then its on to the next great, new beer!

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

Pour is hazy and golden, with a bubbly and durable off-white head. Good, sticky lacing.

Aroma: fruity, with a bit more pineapple than smoked malts.

Flavor: less sweet (mildly bitter) and fruity, and a touch more smokey than suggested by the aroma. Malt base comes through clearly, while the hops are most obvious in the mild bittering. Good balance and mix of flavor.

Feel: light-medium body, with high, lively carbonation; light astringency.

O: Distinct; good mix of pineapple and malts, with balancing hops.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy blonde color with a saopy white head. Laces with flair. A good look.

Mostly lagery aromas with grassy grains and a musty fruitiness. Some German hunkiness. Okay.

Salty smokiness, which I love in this helles lager. Finishes with a soft overripe pineapple and lasting grassy bitterness. Mildly fruity with that spongy tropical fruit note and some citrus. The added smoke really seals the deal. Absolutely delicious.

The feel is decent. Has a strange fruit acidity for a lager, but we're pretty standard for a helles. Easy to drink and lightly sudsy.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden straw yellow, 1/2 foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Pineapple, apples, a smoked aroma along with a little lemon. A little underwhelming.

Taste - I'm such a pineapple fan, so I jumped on this one. First sip starts out with some pineapple, along with some apples, lemon, and smoked wheat flavor. The fruit flavors are a little weak and watered down. At the finish a hit of meat/bacon/smoked flavor stands out.

Mouthfeel - Pineapple and some smoked flavors coat the tongue. Palate gets more watered down pineapple and a smoked flavor. Aftertaste is weak and watery with a hint of smoke.

Overall - Well this one is a miss. Right when you think the pineapple its going to kick in, the come comes in and eliminates it and kills the beer at the finish. I was close to buying two bottles to share with a friend but glad I didn't. This is missing balls! Too safe, too weak. Im getting off this train...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy pale yellow body, topped by two fingers of rocky snow white foam. Spotty lace drops.

Appealing pineapple aroma with bakery back up.

Soft malt beginning. Light pineapple before the swallow. Strong smoke finish. Needs more pineapple. Needs less smoke.

Light tingly mouthfeel, proper for a helles.

Don't care for the smoke and pineapple together, and the while the helles might have been enough for the pineapple, more body is needed to stand up to both the pineapple and the smoke.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Color is a hazey yellow color, slight hint of orange as well, a nice off white one finger head at the top, leaves a little lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Not to much happening here, slight hint of pineapple as well as a smokeyness on the tail end.

T: The taste was the worst part of this beer, not to much pineapple, the smokeyness on the taste overpowered everything about this beer, couldnt wait to actually finish this one to clear my palate.

M: A mediumm body, with a crisp to it, slight carbonation.

O: Was not impressed with this beer at all, probably the worst beer I have had from Terrapin, there was nothing really to this beer, not a fan.

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Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange, one finger thick white head fades quckly, nothing on the glass. Smell: light wood smoke, white grape and nectarine notes, light breadiness. Taste is similar but with the addition of a moderately spicy hopping. Not getting much pineapple other than the impression of that acidic pineapple aftertaste. Light-medium bodied, creamy feel in the middle. This is a pretty good helles, but doesn't deliver on the promises made on the label.

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Photo of Tony_D
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is a shade darker than pineapple with a white frothy head that hung around for a minute then dissipated with little lacing.

S: Not much going on here other than hint of smokiness

T: Taste is underwhelming. I get a touch of smoke on the initial bite and maybe the slightest hint of pineapple in the aftertaste.

M: This is probably it's most outstanding feature but still isn't anything to brag about. The beer has a good balance of malt and happiness but lacks for bite.

O: This beer is just so-so. I think it would have been much better if terrapin tried to do this with an ale and not a lager. I just think too much of the flavor was lost in the lagering process and it left the beer as a bland shadow of what it could have been.

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Photo of cvm4
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy hay color with a two finger eggshell colored head.

S - Light smoky upfront, smoked meats, hints of sweet pineapple and light lemon. Nothing really wow'ing as it's a bit watered down to me.

T - Really a smoked meat type flavor at first. So, the smoked malts are there. Not really sweet at all, but I am getting some pineapple. The taste is a bit watered down to me.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

O - Not really impressed with this one. It's like they spun a wheel with weird options and had to brew it. The execution just may be off? Who knows?

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy medium straw yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation rapidly rising from the bottom along the outside edge of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to a large medium thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts with a hints of smoked meat as well as some light hints of lemon citrus. There is a light aroma of grilled pineapple as well, with that slightly caramelized sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of grainy and smoked malts with a hint of "meatiness" from the smoking that is reminiscent of nice smoked meats as well as a light amount of wheat. There is a light amount of sweetness from the grilled pineapple towards the finish and a touch of iodine. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy and creamy.

O: Definitely an interesting idea and an interesting brew but not sure that I would grab another of these. I wish the pineapple flavors and aromas were slightly more pronounced but there is a lot going on in this brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a 1/2 liter stein a light straw color with a large blooming bone white head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass leaving broken globs of lace behind.A bit grilled pineapple and toasted grain mainly in the nose,the smoke is light.A nice fuller feel with the carbonation not getting in the way.An interesting but I have to say a little strange palate,pretty sweet from the the grilled pineapple with some smoky "meatiness" wich makes for an odd combo,a light drying toastiness in the finish.Well I wanted to drink something light today to enjoy outside on this 70 degree day but I also wanted something with character....this has it,maybe a little too much character in fact.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up at Total Wine, Dunwoody GA

A - Murky yellow with some bubbles and a touch of head. No lace left on the glass

S - Wheat, sugar, pineapple, citrus.

T - Sweet and malty, citrus and pineapple in the aftertaste. I am not getting much smoky flavor.

M - Light bodied and smooth

O - An easy drinking lager. Definitely an enjoyable brew for a hot day. Odd they released it in the worst of winter.

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Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 176 ratings