Terrapin Side Project #24 Turtleneck | Terrapin Beer Company

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3.62/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Terrapin’s 2014 homebrew contest winners have created “Turtleneck” spiced winter warmer. Initially brewed in the backwoods of Athens, Georgia, or someone’s kitchen, this gingerbread cookie inspired beer was artfully crafted by a crack team of Terrapin employees. Since no gingerbread men or women were harmed in the making of this beer, we hope you will enjoy with a clear conscience.

Added by jhartley on 12-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
129
pDev:
9.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
31
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of ordybill
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark mahogany with a medium sized off-white head. smells like gingerbread and tastes the same. very nice.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jak
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Deep mahogany brown, nearly black color. About one finger of short lived beige head. No lacing is left.

3.75 S: Wow, this really does smell like a gingerbread cookie. Sweet and biscuity with cinnamon, brown sugar, and clove. When cold the potency is lacking, but it really comes into form as it warms up.

3.5 T: Just mildly sweet and well balanced. Gingerbread, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, molasses. Prune, date, and fig fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Tasty beer, it delivers what it promises.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For full disclosure, I'm not a huge fan of Terrapin beers. I feel like they're a maker of many (beers of different types), but a master of none. So I didn't have high hopes for this selection, and it fell largely in line with others. Hard to grade it against the Winter Warmer category since there is such a wide range of interpretations for what a Winter Warmer beer should be. So the best I can do is to measure it against what I think it's trying to be -- a dark, spiced, sweet brew that makes you think of gingerbread cookies. The beer is indeed dark, but thin, with a big-bubbled head that dissipates quickly and leaves a minimal lacing. Smell is earthy, malty sweet, molasses, with ambiguous (nutmeg? clove? not getting any ginger) spice notes. Taste is largely the same: bready malt, sweet caramel, little espresso bitterness, and a very slight spicey bite. There is a cookie element in there, likely from the grain and sugar, but I really don't get gingerbread, specifically. Mouthfeel is fine, a little thinner than I'd like for a winter warmer type of beer. Not a bad beer by any means. But not something I would seek out again given how many excellent winter-friendly beers there are in the world.

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Photo of harryhops
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBoneJones
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks headless and dark. Smells nearly off-putting. Taste is light caramel and bread, with some spice hints. Nothing like the other gingerbread beer I just tried, although that one was under the milk stout category, which I think suits gingerbread much better. But this was just lacking in itself as far as flavor in general. It seemed bland to me, just plain plain caramel malt and then just a downhill slide from there. I'll leave it at that. Winter warmers aren't my favorite style, however this didn't come off like the gingerbread warmer I expected. I like the brewery's other ales I've tried. This one just much less.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Terrapin's 2014 homebrew contest winners have created 'Turtleneck' gingerbread winter warmer ale. Initially brewed in the backwoods of Athens, Georgia, or someone's kitchen, this gingerbread cookie inspired beer was artfully crafted by a crack team of Terrapin employees. Since no gingerbread men or women were harmed in the making of this beer, we hope you will enjoy with a clear conscious." Brewed in the style of a Winter Warmer with Gingerbread flavor added. Available as a one off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy foam head of a light caramel tan color over a medium brown body with high clarity and sparse carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Chocolate, caramel grains and a faint note of toasted ginger atop it all. Fairly light bodied and simple delivery, with an underwhelming presence of ginger in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) Thin caramel malts body, faint toasted bread malts, soft chocolate and caramel body, trace stone fruit juice, finishing on shallow notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Although ginger is perceived in here, I don't find it nearly as bold as the other spices, and certainly not leading the flavor of this beer to anything near gingerbread. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, thinly syrupy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter or spice. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) It's a decent, incredibly easy drinking lighter-bodied Winter Warmer ale, although I am hard-pressed to notice ginger or gingerbread flavor standing out in this beer above that of other winter warmers. The winter warmer flavor is lacking in general, and this beer's thinness leaves a lot to be desired. Arguably one of Terrapin's least impressive Side Projects to date. 3.25

Terrapin Beer Company's
Turtleneck Gingerbread Winter Warmer
3.15/5.00

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

$ 7.64/bomber ($ 0.347/oz) from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bomber at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma – no ginger, no hops, no malt
Head small (< Two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm partial ring and no layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent
Flavor – not gingerbread, in fact not much flavor at all, a hint of brown sugar, kind of a musky aftertaste; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

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Photo of SFC21
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rogacks
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a year old keg. Fantastic!

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Photo of CalebM
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pens1967
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mportnoy
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of crow
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganwhales
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B33rcules
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rw1992
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRock7755
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Terrapin Side Project #24 Turtleneck from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 129 ratings