Terrapin Tree Hugger | Terrapin Beer Company

383 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by elgiacomo on 07-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 383 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of adamguillette
4/5  rDev +13%

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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Photo of wanderlust389
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a reddish brown color with a two finger tan head which lasts for several minuets. Some of the head remains on top until the end. Good carbonation. Moderate lacing.

The smell is thick and malty; bready and yeasty. Dank earth, grassy and fruit smells.

The taste follows the nose with thick bready roasted and sweet malts. A sugary then nutty taste follows with a small amount of piney hops on the backend.

The feel is thick and chewy; malty along with a dry grassy taste left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a good malty beer. It is fairly sweet with just enough malts to balance it out from becoming too sweet. My one complaint is that the nutty smell did not come through in the taste, at least not that I could detect. If you like malty, thick brews then give this one a try.

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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 dankjohn
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Dark bronze in color, nearly clear, with a half-finger's worth of white head. Initially has a fair amount of visible carbonation, but the bubbles dissipate quickly.

S: Clean on the nose, with lager yeastiness, bready malts and toffee sweetness, brown malts, and a very light grassy hop aroma in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but the hops are even less noticeable than in the nose. Toasted toffee and brown malts predominate – overall impression is quite malty. Finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: This is one of those beers I find difficult to rate. I didn't find it to be a favorite for me, but I've only had a few altbiers and this one seems to be done quite well to-style. Still not something I'd be actively looking to have again.

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Photo of JayEvans813
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 ari32
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Mojo
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip

A - pours up a deep copper with a thin head, no retention, and only small amounts of lacing left behind.

S - mostly a bready smell with some spicy notes

T - pretty malty up front. Finishes nice and bitter with a rye flavor.

M - sort of thin and under carbonated.

O - I enjoyed this one and would drink more of them had I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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 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 Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev +13%

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