Twilight Road Warrior | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerDawgs on 05-04-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a translucent, medium yellow-hued body with a very slim, powder white head. Good lacing.

Smell: A bit weak in the aromatics department, with just light notes of pale malted grain, sweetish cereal hints, and a little accent of spicy-minded hops.

Taste: Slender pale maltiness, a little hint of wheat and an overall cereal sweetness. Never more than a very faint fruitiness. Minor spiciness contributed by the hops, its soft bitterness is accentuated by the carbonation. Near dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a decent American-born Kolsch.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#121. I had the opportunity to be part of the release party back in April 2011 for this beer, and was mildly impressed. It was my first Kölsch beer. Terrapin released this to coincide with a fundraiser for the Twilight Foundation, which in a nutshell, teaches children that bicycle helmets look really cool (after making off with your $15). Anger and booze aside, I decided to run to the Taco Mac in Duluth, Georgia to try what may be the last run of this beer. It's been on tap a while, but Terrapin claims they "may" try something different for next year's Twilight festival, making this potentially a one-off.

Served in a 16 ounce pint glass. Price: A modest $4.50.

(Appearance) Comes out pretty flat looking. No head, but I'm not complaining. It's likely been on tap for about 6 months now and a 16 ounce pour leaves no room for head space. A little bit of surface cover shrouds the glass. The beer is slightly hazy with a medium level of carbonation. Color is close to golden, quite yellow. Somehow, the menu lists this beer as a "Blonde Ale", which despite being incorrect, would look right if based on appearances alone. Nothing exceptional, but I never expect exceptional appearances at places like this. 3

(Smell) A sweet, lager corn-like smell, like macro beers is pretty well pronounced in this beer. The aroma in general is very light. I can't say the smell is the best part of this beer. My thoughts are that the smell has waned past the beer's maturity point and is likely on it's way out. On the whole, it isn't very enticing. 2.5

(Taste) Sweet and light wheat malt with complementary grassy hop flavor. There's a maltier base then the smell gives off. A light fruity and hoppy finish lingers on the tongue. I may have missed the mark for the taste as well as the aroma, but it's better than the smell. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) There's light carbonation but it acts as a good compliment to the beer's light flavors. Alcohol is well concealed and the body is certainly light. 3.5

(Overall) It is good but more of a late spring/early summer seasonal type. Not exceptional by my Kölsch standards, but it was a whole hearted attempt. I'm not going to invest my heart into it because by the sounds of it Terrapin will likely not consider brewing this again next April. There are far better beers, even by Terrapin. 3

Terrapin Beer Company's
Road Warrior Kölsch
C+ (3.18)

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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 1 time release keg only brew in downtown Athens outside Transmet while watching the Twilight bike racing on Saturday night 4/30/11

A - A clear golden color, with decent head retention and lots of lacy bubbles left on the side of the glass. Very true to the Kolsch style.

S - It smells very fresh, with lots of wheat malts. Hops are not too prevalent in the aroma.

T - A well balanced mix of german malts and hops, with a slightly bitter aftertaste that surprised me. Light feel and hidden abv.

M - A nice crisp mouthful, as it is well carbonated. Very smooth all the way down.

O - Very high drinkability. It was great for a warm evening of outside beer drinking during the bike race. It stays true to the Kolsch origins. Very tasty.

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3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a nonic pint glass. Slightly hazy, quite bubbly see-thru gold topped with a finger or so of soft foam. This soon settles down into a skim, then a ring of bubbles. A few lazy patches of lacing.

A sharpness in the nose suggests a bit of wheat in the grain bill. Pleasantly grassy and grainy aromas as well. Since this brewery's IPAs fall on the tame end of the scale, I'm quite surprised to find Road Warrior is dang near excessively hoppy for the style. A flash of grassy hops and citric juiciness, then a dryish, lightly toasted finish. Again it seems that a small addition of wheat may have occurred. A pretty nice take on the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A nice transparent gold color, had almost no head at the top, but did leave some nice lacing around the glass.

S: A nice fresh scent to this one, I smelled a bit of tropical fruit some malts, and a slight hint of fresh hops.

T: A nice taste, almost just like the nose, a bit of wheat taste up front and a little bitter, a nice balance.

M: Midly carbonated, a good balance to this one, smooth.

O: A nice beer very mild, a crisp, a good summer brew, This brew was pleasant and good flavor to it.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a light golden, like so many well-known lagers. Nice, creamy head popped up and lasted the entire session. Nice lacing.

Smell 3.75: Nice nose on this brew. I smell the ol' lagery basics: grains, some adjunt hints, low hop profile.

Taste 3.50: Front is smooth and refreshingly dry. Middle is where some pleasant flavor of grains and noble hops come in. Finish is crisp and refreshing with more of an emphasis on the light grains. Aftertaste is where the familiar lager flavor-profiles come forward.

Mouthfeel 3.50: This beer is light in the mouth and as a result is very refreshing. Spot on for the style.

Overall 3.50: Very good, standard lager. I mean, kolsch. Anyway, it is certainly nothing phenomenal, but is a good, serviceable representative of the style. Here recently I've run into beers that are way, way outside the flavor profiles, standard appearance, etc., of the style (see my Magic Hat reviews). This leads to clashing tastes and just an appearance of jackassery on the part of the brewers. The folks at Terrapin really nailed this one; this is a good representative of a high-quality, craft-brewed kolsch.

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3.44/5  rDev -2.8%

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