Terrapin Easy Rider | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Easy RiderTerrapin Easy Rider

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by ChainGangGuy on 04-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 CarolinaKev
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Golden hued color with small one finger head that dissipates after about 3 minutes. Nice citrusy lemon aroma. Tastes of light sweetness with citrus. Moderate hop bitterness. Thin mouthfeel but smooth easy drinking ale. Great hot summer day beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head and little lacing on a hazy copper body.

S: very nice floral and musty wet sock hop notes with caramel and toasted malts.

T: more grassy and floral hops which are musty and come accross of English hop varieties. Not very bitter or sweet really. more toasted malts in the background.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely sessionable. I like how this one is more musty and floral as oppose to other session beers which go the light IPA and citrus route. I hope this one comes back next year.

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Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a small white head that fades to a slim ring. Surprisingly hoppy, green aroma...lemon, grass, mild tropical fruit. Zesty citrus hop flavor over a bed of fresh grain. Green and slightly resinous with a touch of mint. Quite dry and crisp with a fair amount of bitterness. Drinkable and suitably hoppy as advertised, but the $9 4-pack seems to contradict the intended session-ability of the beer. Still, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Due South pint glass on 6/19/12
*From notes

A: Clean 14k gold. Brilliantly filtered. A white, two finger head tops the glass. The lacing is solid, though the collar is meek.

S: Pretty damn juicy, especially for a 4.5% ABV APA. Lots of fresh, tropical-like fruit and a touch of warm sun tan lotion round out the bouquet. It literally smells like summer.

T: The flavor profile is a bit more subdued and a tad watery. Slightly stunted and mild on the mid, followed by a decent hop bite that dries out the palate a bit. The finish has a good amount of grapefruit to it.

M: Mild, crisp and soft. Light bodied and really easy to drink. The bubbles are lively and make for a refreshing bottle of beer.

O: One of the better APA's I've encountered of recent. It's not in the same ballpark as Zombie Dust, though what is? I really enjoyed the tropical hop quality to it, though I would really have liked a bit more of it. All in all, a very good session beer that should be sold at it's current price in SIX-PACKS!

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Photo of axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Easy Rider pours a fairly clear tangerine, lightening a bit towards the out edges of the glass. A finger or so of white foam crowns the beer, showing good head retention and leaving a little bit of lacing behind. The nose has a bit of a biscuity aroma, and some tropical mango notes that seem to grow in intensity as the beer sits in my glass. The flavor leads off with a similar bit of bready maltiness, before a fairly firm bit of bitterness comes through. The tropical fruit finish from the hops is a little bit disappointing in its lack of intensity. The finish goes beyond trying to be sessionable, and stats heading towards dull. The body is fairly light, with just a little bit of a malt backbone to it, and it's matched with a breezily spritzy carbonation. Easy Rider's a decent attempt at brewing a sessionable pale ale, and I'm hping trying it again earlier in its release cycle will only find me enjoying it even more.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Terrapin glass. It poured golden in color with an inch of white foam covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty decent, juicy, citrus hop presence to it. I get a good amount of sweeter, slightly bready and grainy malts to it as well which seem to give it some balance. for a beer under 5% abv, I was pretty happy with the flavors.

The taste shows a little more of a bitter grapefruit, citrus rind presence to the hoppiness. It's got some sweeter, slightly grainy flavors coming out in the finish. Pretty well balanced and flavorful for the style.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the lighter side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty nicely flavored and easy drinking beer of the style. It had a pretty nice juicy, American hop profile to it. My biggest issues is the $10 a 4 pack pricing. It's just not even close to being a competitive price for what it is. It was 50 cents less than a 6 pack of DC Brau's the Public cans, which is probably a pretty good comparison in this market. It was a pretty good beer, but I can't see myself ever choosing a 4 pack of this again over other similar beers that come in 6 packs for the same price.

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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper amber with a medium off white head with some light lacing. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hop, citrus fruity notes, orange peel, with some biscuit malt, and caramel sweetness and mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation, nicely balanced sweet bitter notes on the tongue, smooth drinking. Finish is a nice combination of floral pine hops, sweet caramel malt and some flavorful citrus, orange peel fruity notes. Overall a very good, smooth and flavorful brew

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into dimpled mug (it's my new favorite style glassware-- I predict the dimpled mug will be the tulip of 2013!)

Lightly hazy orange glowing body with a 2 finger white cap of frothy bubbles. Head settled pretty quickly and quietly into a ring around the inside of the glass. Some big spotty chunks of lacing remain behind. If we had better retention/lacing i would exclaim, "This is how I like my pale ales to look!"

Smells a little sweet with caramel and biscuit malt notes. The smell is pretty mild I think. A little more towards aromatic hops would have improved this a great deal. The flavor is more pronounced than the nose, but not enough to get me really excited. I was hoping to really like this beer; pale ales are my absolute favorite "go-to" style and I'm a big fan of the lass ABV/more flavor movement. As it stands, I find this beer to be tasty, but I wanted more of a hop punch! The hops here offer a nice little citrusy (grapefruit and orange) note, but more would be better.

The bitterness is too weak as well-- although I personally feel that there is a market for a low ABV, low IBU pale ale that packs a big aroma and hop flavor.... This recipe would work the role for me with a few tweaks.

Overall-- I like the malt base. I like the hop profile. We just need more hops... And at different times in the boil.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Four pack from Oak Tree.

Golden body, slightly hazy, topped by four fingers of snow white foam. Low key lace.

Pleasant citrus aroma, featuring grapefruit.

Light sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Juicy fruits along the side. Mild bitter nip at the swallow.

Light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

It is what it sets out to be, a hoppy session ale. A cross between golden ale and ipa. Let's not call it something light mild ipa or imperial golden though. Just enjoy a few at a time.

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Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour yields a rocky 2 finger head over a light gold body. Amazing head retention on this one.

Aroma has lots of citrus hops and almost has a musty character about it. Also a slight hay note, possibly from the malt.

Things really come together in the taste. Definitely hop forward but not overwhelmingly so. Lots of citrus; pineapple and orange, along with a little bit of bready malt. There is a moderate bitterness leading to a crisp, dry finish.

Overall, this is pretty tasty for being a lighter beer. My one complaint would be the mouthfeel is watery but that has to be expected with a beer of this strength. Something I would definitely pick up again.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, citrus. Taste is good, hoppy, bitter, a bit of citrus flavor, just a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a super cloudy straw/golden light yellow with a finger of dense near white head. A complete thin layer remains 10 minutes later, great retention. Fantastic lacing

S - Lots of sweet bitter grainy citrus, lemon, maybe a hint of spice. Smells really nice.

T - Definitely not a palate wrecker but a nice mild dry bitterness up front, citrus is much less present than expected based on the aroma, very grainy. Aftertaste is a bit weak, grainy, slightly bitter and yeasty.

M - Definitely light bodied, very well carbonated, super refreshing.

O - For what its worth this has probably been sitting in my fridge for 2 months, although there is no bottled date to be found. I've had this in the past and feel like i may have enjoyed the taste a bit more. I will definitely re-review but it doesnt taste skunked, just not quite as good as i recall. Still enjoyable, my lady and her friends definitely enjoy it, and you could certainly do much much worse.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a four pack of about 9 bucks. Thats bullshit.

Appearance: Clear golden color, white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Orangey-citrus hops and some pine. While the hops aroma is nice, there's little else-- kind of like hoppy smelling water.

Taste: The flavor is better than the smell. Its quite bitter but with some fruity and pithy hops. However, there is a nice cereal-like malt flavor from the middle to the finish that makes the beer taste less watery than it does up front.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is right, but it tastes a little thin.

Overall: I don't know. I'm torn about these "session IPAs." They seem like a good idea, but the pronounced bitterness in such a small beer makes it taste thin/watery. I don't think this will be a style of beer that many breweries stick to. I think the use of Maris Otter for a little extra flavor helps this beer out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Near inch-tall white head on a cloudy pale golden hued bodied beer. Cap and collar left, nice lacing pattern.

S- Faint lemons from the hops.

T- Bright citrus hops first and foremost. Lemon zest. Bitter hops dominate the malt profile. Pretty easy drinking yes.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel, Good carbonation point for the style.

D/O- Session beers were (are) all the rage these days. This one is pretty middle of the road in my opinion, although I could be just spoiled have Zombie Dust around most of the time. Having said that, would take this anytime over BMC if we are strictly taking alcohol by volume in comparsion.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a one finger white head. The head fades over a moderate level of time leaving quite a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was overall very light and consisted mainly of a citrus hop smell. Mixed with this smell were some notes of pine as well as a bit of a malty aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately bready flavor with sweet orange and some bitter grapefruit upfront. As the taste advances some lighter fruit flavors (peach and pear) come to the tongue, sweetening the flavor and lessening the strength of the grapefruit citrus hop taste. Soon however more hop flavors some to the tongue. The grapefruit resurges in strength with a grassy hop flavor coming to the tongue as well. In combination, at the end of the taste, all the flavors combined leave a bitter very light bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the thinner side (as expected for an only 4.5 % abv) with a carbonation level that is a tad on the higher side. Both are very nice for the session style of the brew and keep the it very easy drinking even thought there is a bit of a bitter bite at the end of the taste.

Overall – A good easy drinking session with a decent level of hop flavor and a bit of a bitter bite.

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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 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 cyclonece09
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours cloudy dark yellow straw with a decent white head. Smells of some citrus with some grain. Tastes of some nice citrus hops but with a weaker than expected grain profile. Beer is light bodied goes down smooth. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, coppery body with a small albeit sustained, white head. Light lacing.

Smell: The aroma is particularly mild, rather modest with only thin sniffs of toasted barley and vaguely fruity citrus.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly grainy pale malted barley with a light, low sweetness to it (though, it comes out more as it warms but still remains quite mild). The hop blend adds some hints of lemon, pithy grapefruit rinds, and even passionfruit. Medium-plus bitterness, fairly upfront and fast-arriving, as there's isn't much in the way of maltiness to stall it. Drying, grainy (again, lightly), crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fairly decent, I'm always happy to mix in some lower-alcohol options.

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Photo of brewcore
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields a one finger white head that short lived retention. Deep gold in color. Excellent carbonation climbs the glass throughout the session.

S: Quite fragrant. Malts are sweet, grainy and with a little barnyard funk. Floral hops.

T: Hops and malts are well balanced. Hops are predominately citrus, grapefruit. Slight bitterness and that same barnyard funk in the finish.

M: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation makes for easy drinkability.

O: A good pale ale but not as easy drinking as I expected. Easy enough to be a session beer. Terrapin promotes this as a session pale ale but why the heck are they selling this as a four pack? What happened to the good old days of sixxers? Good, but I would rather drink their rye pale ale.

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Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow that borders on gold color with a small 1 finger foamy white head that faded quickly, leaving a foamy layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

Smells of malt, citrus hops, light grapefruit, lemon zest, mild floral hops, grains, herbs, pine cone and then some musky fruit or light yeast. The malt subdues the hops here and this nose is fairly boring and soft smelling. Decent for an APA, but nothing exciting.

Tastes like the nose, with malt, citrus hops, light grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hops, lightly toasted grains, herbs like tea leaf, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, wet bread, fruit like apple skin and some yeast. Malt presence gives this an English feel, which fades on the clean side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, with light bubbly carbonation, a medium body, and a dry finish that has a slight hop nip. Overall not too exciting, but it’s a good middle of the road beer that’s worth trying.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a very slight white head. Very light lacing, slight sense of carbonation.

Smell is slightly muted hops and not a whole lot more of anything. The slightest of citrus notes eventually makes its way through.

Taste is slightly better than the smell. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but as a whole I think the taste is a little out of balance, trending towards being overly hoppy but without what I would call a particularly pleasant hop profile.

Mouthfeel is slightly smooth, finishing with a little bit of a bite of carbonation. Drinkable enough, though a little watery for my taste.

Overall, this is another Terrapin beer that falls into the "ok" territory. In terms of the increasing number of hoppy "lighter" beers, this falls pretty middle of the road. The price point though (9 for a 4 pack) puts it into the "will not by again" category for me.

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