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Terrapin Side Project #24 Turtleneck | Terrapin Beer Company

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3.62/5
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129 Ratings
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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
Reviews by Oakenator:
Photo of Oakenator
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A deep garnet beer with sweet brown sugar and alcohol dipped dark fruit being predominant on the nose and palate.Some of the gingerbread comes thru but the dark fruity sweetness is the biggest element of the beer.

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Photo of mverity
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque nut brown at the edges and pitch brown away from the edges. Some light tan head when poured, but that faded quickly into a thin collar and wisps when swirled. Fair lacing and legs. Aroma is spiced caramel malt sweetness, and not much else. Taste is the same as aroma with marshmallow, a toasty biscuit malt flavor as well, there's a nice nuttiness that reminds me of candied pecans. Body is a bit thin for a winter warmer, but it has nice low carbonation. There's no real big alcohol burn or robust warmth like I associate with winter warmers.

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

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Pinglehead brewpub.
Nearly opaque, dark red-brown. Spicy and very appealing aroma.
Spicy, perhaps too much so, but not overpowered by ginger.

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Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elivaujor
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierleichen
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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 jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mscudder
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmink27
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 gillagorilla
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into this bubble Pokal glass ($2 off, and best by 11/3/15)

A: Deep dark black/brown with a slightly mocha head that is thick but goes away rapidly. Collar but no lacing.
S: Weird, sweet malt and slight roast. Cinnamon/pie smell as well, but you have to hunt for it. It is ethereal.
T: Better as it warms, but not by much. The gingerbread comes through mostly in the aftertaste. Overall, a bit singular with roasted malt and a bit of astringent coffee.
M: Even moderate level of carbonation.
O: I thought this was a 2015 beer, so I was surprised to find a bottle of it. I'm glad it was on sale, because it wouldn't be worth it at $10. Every gingerbread beer falls short in the wake of GBS.

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Photo of VeganUndead
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just doesn't come together very well. Some caramel and some spice, but doesn't quite work

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fraz13r
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark ruby brown, with a modest tan head.
smell: Some gingerbread notes for sure though ginger doesn't stand out to me. Nice winter warmer nose though a little on the subtle side.
taste: Much like the nose though a little more balanced.
overall: Nice effort. Interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but upon closer inspection it is clear and very dark red in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar ounce the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ginger and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of ginger and dark fruits along with slight bits of sweetness. Slight hints of other spices are noticeable towards the finish. It begins to taste more like gingerbread once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice take on a holiday-themed winter warmer. It hides its alcohol very well and doesn't have any warming properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 11/3/14. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a deep but transparent ruby brown with a half finger manilla head. Little retention and just a bit of lace.

Simple enough nose with gingerbread and some baking spice. Decent but thin.

The taste of vague spice and moderate booze is unfortunately almost as mild as the aroma. Ginger, faint cinnamon, old caramel, dry cocoa, an earthy almost dirt quality and a fair bite of alcohol. The flavors are a bit disjointed and raw without really ever coming together with the authentic gingerbread cookie I was hoping for.

Medium body with slightly overbearing carbonation. The finish is arguably better than its taste. Cookie, spice and some slight alcohol.

I'm typically a supporter of Terrapin's work but Turtleneck was a fail for me. Neither the adjunct flavors nor the base beer made this something I'd want to finish a bottle of, let alone revisit.

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