Terrapin Easy Rider | Terrapin Beer Company

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225 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ChainGangGuy on 04-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
225
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow with a blush of amber and a fizzy white head with modest lacing.

The aroma has faint bready malts with a citrusy hop presence.

Bitterness builds quickly with this beer with a nice biscuity maltiness taking the edge off of the somewhat grainy finish. Hops are citrusy, think grapefruit and the beer is a bit tart.

Mouthfeel is light but not at all watery. with active carbonation that lends no creaminess.

Bitter, refreshing and relatively low in alcohol, very drinkable and definitely earns it's name Easy Rider.

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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Reaper16
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a fairly light, golden yellow color. It's clear and bubbly and it doesn't look too different from a pale lager or cream ale. It's certainly lighter than most American Pale Ales (which surprises me considering that the beer's label boasts of the amount of Maris Otter used in this beer's grist). The head retention gives this away as a craft beer: one finger of tight white bubbles.

The aroma is fresh and full of flavor for such a relatively light little ale. The hops come across first: orange pith and lemon zest, mostly. Sweet lemon, though; this is a sweet-citrus hop profile. There's a good amount of malt here to balance things. I pick up on a buttered biscuit aroma for sure, as well as a bit of the more nutty character of something like a Maris Otter malt. Nothing particularly impressive, but it smells well-crafted.

The flavor is less balanced. I say that only because instead of simultaneously experiencing the malts and hops as you do with the nose, Easy Rider releases its flavors in distinct waves. The initial taste is dominated by hops: so much sweet orange flavor, mixed with a bit of lemon. Around the midpalate the nutty malts start to peek out from the citrus candy flavors. The finish is nearly entirely specialty malts. It's a woody, sawdusty, astringent malt finish.

The mouthfeel is light, as you'd expect from a 4.5% ABV beer. It's also much drier than I expected. The finish especially grips your cheeks with a wood-like astringency.

Overall, this is a pretty fine little session ale. It's got enough hop flavor and enough specialty malt flavor to make this an intriguing all-day drinking option. I think Terrapin should make this a year-round six-pack beer. It's perfect for a day spent outside.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint...

A. Pours a slightly cloudy, pale goldenrod. A nice half finger of crisp, white head with good retention. Excellent lacing.

S. Spent grains, wheat, and a subtle citrus zest profile from the hops. Mild fruitiness and caramel malt as well. Very clean and neat bouquet.

T. Light orange zest, grain, bread crust, and a mild bitterness on the finish. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Love it.

M. Highly carbed and light-bodied. Drinks almost like a pils.

O. This is a really nice Pale Ale. At 4.5%, it's ridiculously sessionable and packs a nice hop profile to boot. Excellent.

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Photo of jp110099
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jak
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Glistening gold, with a very mean translucence. The head was both pillowy and somewhat large.

S: This had that certain something that all the great hop bombs possess: Strong, fresh hop compound with a good bit of wheat in there to boot. Sort of like a hopped up fresh clean cotton scent.

T: This reminded me of Gumballhead through and through. Seriously, it had the same taste profile and everything! Hop sizzle, wheat, and sort of a fruity finish.

M: I think the carbonation level was a bit lower than Gumballhead, but it still reminded me of it in spades. The bitterness lingered for a bit and so did the juicy hops.

O: I think this is a fantastic summer session beer... more than worthy of it's current overall rating here on BA.

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Photo of Bike2work
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Cane4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden color with a slight chill haze and a thin white head.

S: A nice fresh citrus hop aroma.

T: There are toasted malt flavors up front that give way to a nice citrus hop flavor. The finish is surprisingly clean, so clean that it gives the impression that the beer has a watered-down flavor.

M: Light with good carbonation. Refreshing. Clean finish. Makes this a great session beer.

O: Definitely a very good summer session release. If you're looking for a light refreshing beer with some hop kick, then this is it.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of stevegregg
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of shand
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a orange-tinged golden color with a finger of head. The aroma is excellent, this has a huge hop nose, especially considering the ABV. Very fresh smelling, this just has loads of floral, citrus, and piney hops. The taste is also very fresh and crisp, bursting with citrus and floral hops, with a bit of a piney aftertaste. The malt hangs out in the back, providing a little bit of a toasty character. Delicious and very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated. The drinkability on this beer is superb. I wouldn't mind a few boots of this one! Overall, this is a really good beer. I wish it weren't so damn expensive or I'd be drinking obscene amounts of it all summer. Hear me, Terrapin? I'd even swallow eight bucks a four-pack, but the twelve dollars my local store (that does lean towards the more expensive) is asking for this is insane. I'm not going to assume this beer is inexpensive to make, but there has to be an insane profit margin on this for Terrapin.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a thinner glingy white head that settles into a soapy-like mass.Love the big shot of citric and piny hops in the nose,they really jump out at ya like the label says,a light caramel base is noticable.The Maris Otter malt plays a big role on the palate with it's mildly sweet biscuit malt flavors,citric hops in the back end.It could be beefed up a little in the body and the hops could be a little bigger on the palate but it's a nice session ale in my opinon,good for a grilling night like tonight.

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Photo of mlhenson
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - A touch of toasted malt with moderate sweaty hop aromas and some musty notes.

T - Some dry toasted notes up front with some spicy hop notes. More of the same in the middle with an increasingly musty character in the finish that almost comes off like an English bitter.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but it doesn't quite measure up to some other hoppy session beers that I've had. The hop character is decent, but not really as pungent and distinctly American as it should be while the malt is overly dry and would really benefit from a touch of sweetness in the finish. Still, it is very drinkable and that one of the most important points in a beer like this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Company tapered pint. Label says seasonal 2012.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Very resilient ring of lacing that sticks to the glass a long time.

S- Piney, grassy hop nose with not much malt underneath. Smells fresh and floral.

T- The malt backbone comes through much better in the taste with some grainy cracker-like flavor. Mild bitterness from the hops along with a light amount of citrus. Overall a very decent balance.

M- Somewhat prickly from the hops with medium carbonation.

O- A very solid pale ale that's more hop forward.

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Photo of rabiddawg
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Terrapin Easy Rider from Terrapin Beer Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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