Terrapin Beer Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,563
Ranked #25,484
3.83 | pDev: 11.49%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Notes: This Killer IPA earns its name by using six different types of hops while still remaining an aggressive well balanced beer.
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Terrapin in Athens. Pours a copper color with a slight head. Not the hops bomb I was expecting. Definitely a combination of grapefruit and pine with the pine winning. But not over the top.

Sep 30, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear light copper, thick white head, great retention, chunky swaths of lace. Very pretty
Old school west coast aroma: grapefruit, pine, a bit of dank, and caramel
Taste follows aroma for the most part, there's a little bit of tropical fruit mixed in as well.
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. A little bit sticky
Man, I miss these type of IPA

Sep 23, 2021
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can best by date: 10/29/21 into a 16oz pint glass.
L: Pours a glowing gold amber with a fluffy, creamy off-white 3 finger head. Good head retention, fair carbonation and thick random lacing.
S: Malt, wild flowers, citrus, sweet caramel.
T: Orange, pine, cedar, ripe apricot, vibrant fruit flavors, a hint of biscuit, malty rich caramel, honey, root beer hard candy. Lightly tropical, it is sweet.
F: A soft, heavy-bodied lightly creamy mouthfeel that is moderately juicy with a medium-long to long finish. Sweet malts and hop values cling to the mouth yet it is cleansing, bittersweet and lightly dry.
O: An excellent, clean drinking taste-bud-popping American IPA. A complex and wonderful balance of hop varieties is complimented by a sweet honey-like malty trail lined with conifer resins. It is excellent in it's style.

Aug 03, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can
no apparent freshness date
L: slightly hazed copper body; fluffy head leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass and holds incredible retention
S: earthy pine, citrus, bready malt, caramel, grass
T: bitter & pungent pine, grapefruit, grassy & spicy hops; caramel malt, bread crust
F: medium body, resinous & bitter, ample carbonation, lingering bitter finish
O: it’s been too long since I had this classic IPA brewed with some of my favorite old school hops

Apr 09, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To provide a reasonable serving, two 12 oz. cans have been readied. The contents of one and about half of another are poured into a clear Imperial pint glass. The liquid has a golden hue, but it's translucent. A nice just off white head has subsided a bit, leaving few trails of lacing. The aroma is hoppy, but perfume-like hoppy. It's not earthy, piney or bitter. The taste is better, as the nose didn't catch the earthiness of this ale. There is a reasonable malt body here that is very complimentary and not at all sweet. The hops are complex, repeat earthy, but also dry, clean and bitter. It's a very pleasant bitter exit at the end of this one. Hop heads should love it.

Mar 06, 2021
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madness5557 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Terrapin - Hopsecutioner
Drink by date N/A poured from can into a Spiegelau IPA glass
Appearance - Dark yellow, very smooth medium head not tight when poured and very little lacing
Smell - Pine and very clean without any overbearing smell
Taste - Slight bitterness and very clean tasting. Light but with flavor. Carbonation is medium, perfect for me.
Feel - Medium
Overall - A good tasting IPA with a slight pine and bitterness but no overbearing flavors overtaking it. This is a good well balanced IPA and I would recommend it for those who like a straightforward flavorful IPA. I would buy again.

Mar 05, 2021
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AmberSpirit from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Teku glass, slightly opaque in color with a half inch head.

Medium carbonation. Very well balanced. Notes of lime with a pleasant bite of hoppy biterness in the aftertase.

When I tried it for the first time, I was slightly disappointed by the fact that I didn't feel the 6 hop varieties come through. I thought that this beer failed to deliver on its promise and lacked character. However, I'm on my 3rd six-pack now, and I'm really enjoying it.

If Terrapin's goal was to create a brew bursting with different hop flavors, then I'd say they failed. What they achieved, however, is a top quality IPA with a refreshing and crisp flavor profile.

You'll like this if you like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA.

Jan 30, 2021
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RUSSRGR from Delaware

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out of the can as golden amber with a small head. The aroma is orange with a hint of lemon, not a lot of hops. The taste is a mix of citrus with some piney notes. Not overly carbonated, it has a light to medium feel. Somehow I expected more.

Dec 08, 2020
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albehdez from Florida

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

No Packaged or Best By date? Seriously?
6 different hops get muddied together. Bitter beer with no personality. It's not particularly fruity, nor resinous.
Seems to be filtered. Why would anybody filter an IPA is beyond me.
Tried it. Thank you for the opportunity. Now I move on.

Dec 05, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is an amber-gold with a finger and a half thick of white, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma has strong citrus notes of orange, tangerine, some lemon, and grapefruit. Other notes of pineapple, spice, caramel, papaya, mango, and other tropical fruits, and also honey.

Taste is hoppy and slightly bitter, piney. Citrus notes are upfront with the honey and caramel, while everything else mentioned in the aroma have a somewhat sweet but hoppy role. I also taste cracker and biscuit. Body is medium-light.

Oct 26, 2020
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, new Belgium glass, no freshness dating. Come on man!

Coppery with a creamy cap of suds.

Weak aroma of orange pulp and clean ale yeast.

Caramel malt, orange slices, alcohol, low bitterness.

Medium body, creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is solid.

Maybe it’s old, but how would you know? This is a weak IPA and I’ve been really disappointed in this 12 pack of Terrapin I picked up.

Oct 17, 2020
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Data: BBD 12/24/2020, 12 oz. aluminum can, purchased at room temp, served in pint glass at about 50*F at sea level

L: Amber-gold, dull, very light haze. White, foamy head, lasted about 10 mins.
S: Wheat bread, pineapple, spice, alcohol.
T: Cinnamon and caramel, saltine crackers (as mentioned below), pear/pineapple, mellow hoppiness.
F: Round, full-bodied, like a stout.

Overall: A "Killer IPA!" Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's "Torpedo Extra IPA," but better. Warm caramel-coated cinnamon pear/pineapple. Really enjoyed the round, mellow flavor. Definitely year-round flavors going on! Careful about sessioning--Buzzed right out of the gate.

Aug 26, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Amber yellow. Plenty foamy. The color doesn't seem right to me.

S: Lots of different hop varieties. They're kind of a blur.

T: The malts are okay. The hops have a nice underlying bitterness about it. The rest of a brew doesn't seem to have a particular direction aside from there being a healthy amount of hops in it.

F: Not very oily contrary to my expectations.

O: It is balanced, but I suspect hop pellets. I doubt 6 varieties of fresh hops were shipped to the brewery when this beer was brewed. The malt blend is fine however, and the 6pack is reasonably priced based on the malt blend alone.

Aug 20, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can witta date

Looks great, clear, ring of foam with good lace. Smell is light citrus and alcohol. Tastes good, very clean and light while not lacking in flavor. Too much alcohol, it shows up in the finish and is too strong a flavor

Easy to drink, flavorful... gets you drunk. It's aight

Jun 09, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber appearance with a small white head and good lacing. Aroma of gummie bears buried beneath the spicy hops. Herbal hops give way to some resinous note, especially in the aftertaste, where the bitterness establishes itself. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish. Decently balanced, not off-the-wall or exceptionally challenging but very drinkable.

May 21, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is sunrise orange. The taste is valencia orange, lemon sour, fain earthy hop notes, & saltine cracker. This is one smooth tasting IPA that's not overly bitter & dank, this is right my my alley. Sometimes a varied mixture of hops can lead to an awful tasting & off putting IPA but this one ain't too bad at all. Cheers! B

Apr 22, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/5/2020 Clear amber with a big fluffy white head, recedes to a cap.; The smell is mild, but nice; Flavor is rich, somewhat robust, a slight metallic aftertaste; Moderately carbonated; Can't seem to get past that odd sub-taste, aftertaste. It has flavor, but not great.

11/28/2020 In a sampler 12-pack from Terrapin. Review confirmed

Apr 05, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Mostly clear amber gold color with an inch of quickly dissipating foam. Some lacing on the glass.
Smell: To me there is not a strong aroma. I smell the usual pine-grapefruit of the hops but I am missing the subtle aromas.
Taste: Plain pine bitterness balanced by pale malt. Simple but delicious.
Feel: Reasonably crisp and bright with light carbonation.
Overall: Very likable. Has more of an old school west coast taste/feel. I like it and I’ll keep drinking it.

Mar 17, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can. L: Honey colored with a creamy head that leaves nice lacing. S: I noticed citrus, pineapple, something a bit sour I can’t quite identify. T: first let me say I was surprised by the balance here. With the mashup of an extensive array of different hops I expected the dankness to be off the hook, but no so. Please don’t misunderstand, this beer is hop forward but finished with a really nice balance. F: loads of carbonation here and toward the heavy feel side. Overall a really solid IPA from the Athens GA. I’m definitely having another.

Feb 02, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, best by 5/13/20
I can't imagine this could be any more than 5 weeks old.
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Watching the Packers game (slaughter?)

Deep hazy golden color with a tall creamy fluffy head of 2 fingers, sticks around at 1.

Aroma is a hop soup of dank hop leaf and some bright fruits underneath that. Slight pineapple, slight grapefruit, and very slight mango.

Flavor brings a heavy bitterness with watery undertones of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon pith, slight orange pith, and other bitter citrus. Some caramel malt also creeps up.

Feel is hard and heavily carbonated, with a moderate alcohol warmth. Carbonated finish.

Overall not really my thing, I know how fresh this is and it already tastes like it's on the way out. Could be a good DIPA but only straight from the teat. I imagine this would be fast track to Barleywine status in as soon as 2 months.

Jan 20, 2020
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MoMaMe from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised this beer has only 86 points.

I picked this one up to try something different. The balance of hops was pretty good.

Look: crystal clear, light golden honey color with a nice, medium head and good lacing retention.

Smell: pineapple, papaya, tropical fruits, grapefruit, a little bit earthy as well

Taste: complex and juicy. Individual flavors not as noticeable as when smelling. Hops stand out both in flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a slightly malty aftertaste with a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate. Malt is mellow and smooth and balanced nicely by the hops. More flavors come out as the beer warms up.

Feel: carbonation is noticeable with a slight bite. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but light enough that it's easily drinkable.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy again. This beer is very drinkable and I enjoyed it more as the beer warmed up.

Jan 10, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy, but rounded and flavorful.
This is a great IPA.
Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter.
Body is full, like a stout, but the taste is very bright.
Confusing logo, but who cares.
Higher alcohol content is a big plus since this is available in single cans.

Dec 12, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this 12oz. can into a 20oz. beer glass. Close to two fingers of lumpy very thick white foam. The head never completely disappeared and it did leave very thick lacing on the glass. This beer leans toward the orange side, slightly hazy, with very steady carbonation.
I think the aroma could be detected across the room. The citrus is the most prominent, but it smells sweet also. A little pine also is there.
The tart citrus taste is there with the slightly dry finish I expect from an IPA. I don't detect the alcohol flavor some had mentioned.
The feel is the lip smacking dry feel I am accustomed to from an IPA.
This seems like an easy IPA to sample a few, but watch out for the 7.3 ABV to catch up to you.

Nov 14, 2019
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've shelled out doe for terrapins a few times before. They always seem to put out quality products and this is no exception.

It pours a deep golden, slightly hazy with nice fine bubbles. The aroma is not as prominent as I would have liked (for all the kinds of hops in it) but still very pleasant, hoppy and fresh smelling. The taste is a deep, somewhat malty IPA taste, with more varied and intense hop bittering. It works well. It is not a light or dry AIPA, like a New England - not at all. It's bitter-sweet and fairly unique from the variety of hops (versus quantity). A success.


3-6-2021 Got some of these and three less brews in a "survival pack." I would have preferred a selection of even larger brews, but two are really wimpy. This was OK, though. One out of four.

Sep 20, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've bought this beer a couple of times and really enjoy the prominent hop taste. However, I like Terrapin's HI-5 just as much (if not more) and prefer the lower alcohol choice. This beer is kind of boozy. The first time I bought this beer I was in the DC suburbs and selected it thinking it was a local. As a Maryland alum, I felt stupid to learn it was from Georgia. Oh well.

Sep 05, 2019
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 3699 ratings