Terrapin Tree Hugger | Terrapin Beer Company

55 Reviews
Terrapin Tree HuggerTerrapin Tree Hugger

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by elgiacomo on 07-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pixieskid
2.51/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had no idea what style this was supposed to be; I remember thinking and saying "well, it doesn't taste bad, but it is probably the most boring beer I have had in a long time." It's reminiscent of many mediocre brewpub "Copper Ale" offerings. Altbier? I've been to Dusseldorf, this isn't an altbier. Maybe a year old bottle of Uerige, at best...

Over the years, I have become less and less of a Terrapin fan, had a blast at their brewery a couple years back, but it's been a long time since I was really impressed by them. White Chocolate MooHoo was nice enough and put them up a notch, but even the new super limited stuff still isn't doing all that much for me. Tree Hugger brought them back down to where they were before I had the WC MooHoo. Wake-n-Bake is always I treat when I see it, but unfortunately that release has made it's way into the "hyped up beer club".

Maybe the fact that they are 40ish% owned by MillerCoors has something to do with it, but I'm glad that more breweries are popping up in GA and offering something different than the (dare I say it) "Older/Larger" GA breweries.

Appearance: Copper color, thin white head.
Nose: Not much there, some barely, stale European hops.
Taste: Same as the nose, barley, a touch of hops.
Mouthfeel: dry enough, and rounded. Probably the best attribute.
Overall: Year round offering...who's buying this? I suppose that this bottle could have been old and maybe it's more interesting fresh (I didn't notice a freshness date).

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer really does nothing for me. I got this in a variety 12 pack so I wasn't expecting many "event" beers, but I can honestly say this is the wort Terrapin effort I've tried. And, until now, I've loved everything I've had of theirs. Oh well. As Primus tells us in their greatest hits album: "They Can't All Be Zingers".

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Auburn clear with lots of effervescence. Faint haze. A finger of head fades. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malts and lagerish yeast (not sure where this is coming from). Lightly sour, but redeemingly fruity. Cheap-smelling and unimpressive.

T: Tastes like an amber ale, with all that entails. Heavily malted, with no discernible hops, only a sour bitterness near the endtaste that is weirdly tart/fruity. Green apples? The aftertaste is lingering and reminiscent of a pale ale (Munich malt?) -- crisp, sweet, and lingering.

M: Suitable.

O: I think maybe I just don't like altbier. But this is not to my taste. Too sweetish, too sourish, too bland. I like just about everything Terrapin has ever made better. Not recommended. I don't think I'll finish this glass...

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Photo of Paincane
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Amber colored body with tan head that is short-lived but leaves nice lacing behind.
S: Caramel roasted sweet malt with a hint of citrus earthy hoppiness.
T: Caramel malt at the outset with crisp hoppy notes on back end. Fairly well-balanced.
M: Smooth with crisp, dry bitter finish.
O: Good brew with earthiness and crispness to it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a frothy slightly off-white head. This stays rich, leaving a decent bit of sticky and sudsy looking lace back. The aroma smells sweet with a light roastiness to it that mixes with a green citrus element to give off a nice tanginess in the nostrils. The taste is a smooth mix of caramel sweetness, light roasty (almost nutty in a way) accents and bitter earthy citrus character that lingers in the finish with some dryness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow crispness in the mouth. This was kind of weird. The astringency of the roast and citric hops combined to give this an almost tart or souring flavor in spots. It doesn’t seem quite as clean as it should be for an Alt.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. best before the 2nd week of October in 2013.

A: very clear. crystal clear in fact. chestnut brown. head is slightly off-white and frothy. good retention and lacing.

S: a lot of caramel malt. rich. toffee even. I gotta say im getting a minor diacetyl here as well. underneath all this sweet caramel grain. virtually no hop aroma.

T: a little bit of caramel. a minor roast too. slightly metallic throughout the entire drink and especially in the finish. not getting as much diacetyl as I did on the nose, however still a little bit present. lingering caramel.

M: average/moderate carb on a light/medium body.

D: OK brew, but not that great. I would say this misses the mark on being an altbier stylistically. otherwise, really not that great of a brew regardless. pass from this guy.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker

Light mahogany with a short off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nuts, caramel and brown sugar.

Thin maltiness consisting of caramel, nuts and brown sugar. A touch of floral bitterness and light roast in the finish.

Light-medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Kind of watery and lacking flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation (mostly stuck as medium to large bubbles along the edges of the glass) and some faint brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of malts - toasted and fruity with a light to moderate amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet toasted malts with some light notes of fruity yeasts (with some hints of apple) along with light amounts of herbal hops. Light hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink but does not really seem like a true Altbier to me, guess I was spoiled from spending a week in Düsseldorf. I don't think I would get another of these and I am someone that appreciates the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity malts are present in the nose along with notes of sweet toasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruity yeast and toasted malts along with hints of herbal hops.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but having been to Düsseldorf this doesn't taste to me like a true altbier.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously into a chalice

A- pours a gorgeous, deep amber color with quite a nice 3 inches of off white, frothy foam head. Great head retention and beautiful lacing all around the glass. I was quite impressed with the appearance in general of this brew.

S- initially some metallic, alkalinity detected on the nose, however as I continue to sip it dissipates and begins to smell a bit biscuity with malty aromas.

T- tastes metallic at first, but after a few sips I detect the earthy hops and the bready malts. Honestly tastes quite clean, almost like a lager would taste, even though it is indeed an ale.

M- feels a bit gritty on the tongue at first, but this eventually dissipates and begins to have a sweetness to it as I continue to sip.

O- Well balanced brew. Not the best Alt I've had in my lifetime, but it definitely has potential, and at 5.1% it definitely is sessionable. Some beers kill the palete, but this one definitely allows for additional flavors. Good beer to use for a multi-style tasting!

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper/amber color with a nice white head. The head is dissipating too quickly, probably because of the lack of carbonation in the beer.

Smell: Sort of a fresh scent, a lot like fresh laundry. No real scents to report.

Taste: Heavily malted like molasses with a little roasted nut/toasted thing happenin'.

Mouthfeel: Medium body,

It's OK, but I want more, especially from Terrapin. Terrapin makes great beers, but this one is a little better than average.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely a more hearty and robust altbier than I would normally expect. Smooth feel, sure. But for an altbier, not exactly what I'd be anticipating. Oddly nutty. More appropriate for a nut brown ale than anything else. Smooth feel. This is a nice enough beer, but not really conforming to the style.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking pour, clear, with an attractive amber-copper color. The smell was dominated by cooked corn, with some grassy hops. This had a sweet, malty start to the sip. The finish however was nicely bitter and hoppy. Thin bodied and quenching, with a mildly spicy aftertaste. The label was correct, that this was a balanced beer between malt and hops. Unfortunately the balance sapped the excitement out of the experience too.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

wasnt sure what to expect out of this tree hugger. it pours a cloudy brown. the smell is mild not too much going on. the flavor is malty and bitter up front but quickly fades to smoothness, which makes this ale very drinkable. id buy this again. the full flavor up front is enough to satisfy a beer lover- but the mild end makes you go back for more.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, honeyed copper color with a fluffy looking light tan head that leaves a lot, sheets really, of lacing behind as it drops to a chunky foam.
The nose is weak, hard to pick anything out with such a slight presence. Some malt, a bit of caramel, maybe some cardboard, some nuts.
Taste is malt, hops, caramel, nutty. I like the balance and the presence is much better than the nose.
Body is medium plus, effervescence is nicely restrained. Drinks very much like an ESB or an amber. Good stuff, especially if they can bring up some nose presence.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Grains, Malt and a small floral finish Appearance- A slightly murky copper color with an off white head. Taste- A good blend of malt and hops, has a nice smooth flavor Palate- Medium bodied with light carbonation Overall- A really good summer brew, really enjoyable. would drink again

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Photo of Thads324
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful copper color. Big off white head and lots of bubbles rushing up. The head doesn't leave and lacing is heavy.

Smells malty, a bit fruity and biscuity. Much like an English esb. A tiny bit of berry and really no bits of hops.

Starts watery, followed by mild crystal malts and an earthy medicinal hop towards the end. A hint of mild bitterness towards the end. A bread flavor towards the end brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium- light, very easy drinking. Regular carbonation.

A pretty good beer, very sessionable.

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

A-red amber color with a smallish off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, herbal, hint of fruit

T-malty with a light fruitiness followed by some slightly awkward herbal flavors, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-not overly impressive, but a drinkable beer

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Photo of Daktah
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Common Market South End. Poured deep amber with a pillow of off white foam that stuck around. Smell was toasted malt, bread, a little caramel. Taste was more of the same, with caramel becoming more pronounced at the end. Some bitterness (the familiar lager bite) but nothing too harsh. Medium bodied and very easy to drink.

Overall a solid beer and an interesting opportunity to try another altbier - being in Charlotte I'm spoiled by OMB, and this beer didn't measure up to that standard. A good beer and something I'd drink again though.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't much care for this beer. It's not bad tasting it just reminds me of so many pale ales and even some IPA's that are stale or just poorly made.
The color is nice, it's copper amber with a nice head. The aroma and taste are just way over board with bready malts. Maybe Munich and Vienna.
Esspecially in the taste way over board.
Needs some hoppy bitterness to counter the malty sweetness.
Well thats my opinion.

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Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After a nice good hard pour this beer comes out a full deep amber with a sticky one finger light tannish colored head,aone full ring of lace is left behind as it settles very very slowly.The aromas are very dissapointing with not much other than some iron/mettalic notes coming thru.The body is smooth just a tad light,but the smoothness for the style was nice.Dryer on the palate with some nuttiness and a firm crispness,some leafy hops and that metallic tinge in the finish.A beer I could drink all day,I may have liked a little more sweetness to it wich for me that is saying something.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed for the nature lover in all of us, our Tree Hugger Ale is blossoming with flavor. Behold the amber color of this "Altcentric" ale and celebrate the majestic balance of both hops and malt." Brewed in the style of an Altbier.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, creamy head of a tan white color over a mildly hazy copper orange body with mild speckled sediment. Carbonation is light and relaxed. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of lightly toasted bread malt, biscuity caramel grain combine with a light floral effervescent hop profile to make an approachable aroma. Fruity notes of apricot, cherry and white raisin round out the aroma. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The malt profile consists of a nice blend of bready and biscuity malts to make a quaffable and clean malt profile. The finish reveals a touch of floral and estery fruit flavors with a mellow bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, mildly chewy, light. Carbonation generates a light frothy aroma for a subtle mouthfeel. Body is light/medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is light, and imperfections are far and few. 3.75

(Overall) A fairly simple but enjoyable style by Terrapin, not commonly enough brewed in America although this is a fairly light and easy drinking Altbier, it makes for a nice substitution to Amber ales or even lighter bodied brown ales. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Tree Hugger Ale

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: The malt comes through the most in the aroma, but not much else.

T: Tasted of malt - a lot of malt - along with some light hops and a bready quality as well. Not exactly the most multidimensional flavor, but decent enough. Very heavy on the malt.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: I suppose your opinion of this beer would be shaded by whether or not you like altbiers to begin with. This isn't a bad example of that style, but it's also not overly interesting either.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Growler from Beverage World. April? kegging date, I believe. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours reddish/brown with a one finger light brown head that leaves just a few spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy cap.

Aroma rather weak on this one with mild notes of bread & toast, nuts, and a bit of caramel and toffee, a little mineral-type note as well.

Flavor is much more pronounced than the aroma and features dark toast, nuts, toffee and caramel, moderate sweetness, minimal bitterness or hops, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good Altbier, could use more punch in the aroma but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark copper with ruby edges. The huge fluffy head stays around forever and leaves superb lacing behind when it finally dwindles. The nose is surprisingly mild - maybe some breadiness, but that is all. The flavor is malty, but light - not quite what I might call thin, but certainly NOT full-bodied. The finish is pleasantly semi-dry.

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Terrapin Tree Hugger from Terrapin Beer Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 383 ratings.
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