RecreationAle | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hopped-up session ale perfectly packaged in 12 oz. cans ready to take on any outdoor adventure.

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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 776
Photo of teromous
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "BEST BY 11/04/2019" the next part is on the lip but it appears to read "14:18" then below that is "19237.238.1"

Appearance: The beer has a nice medium gold colored body that is only slightly hazy. It has a medium-sized white head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: There is a nice aroma of garlic and onion with a bit of grapefruit peel. There is a cracker-like aroma to the beer. It has a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Up front some garlic comes through then there is a bit more of a fruity character which tastes like mango. A bit of whole grain bread flavor comes in towards the end. It is a satisfying beer to drink.

Mouthfeel: This is a nice and refreshing beer. There is a nice mellow bitterness to the beer and it feels clean on the palate.

Overall: This beer touts "SESSION ALE" on the can alongside "ALC./VOL. 4.7%." This beer falls squarely in the American Pale Ale category in regards to alcohol content, bitterness, flavor, and aroma. It is an outstanding Pale Ale with an enjoyable flavor and aroma. Due to the alcohol content being higher than most session ales, I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for one. I would recommend it to those who enjoy a good American Pale Ale. This can states "Taste the Great Outdoors" and that really is where this can of beer would shine. It would be perfect for a camping trip or a day at the lake. I would drink it again.

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Photo of hogrider
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice sessions IPA style, low in alcohol, a lawnmower beer; if you want to drink lots and not pay the piper...this is it. And remember folks drink beer and support your local brewery. HOG

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Photo of KyleTheHuey
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get this one in the IPA survival kit from Terapin. It's not a bad beer. Its lighter and less bold than their other IPAs with a low alcohol content. Drinkable, but nothing to look forward to.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/26/13: Pours a clear deep gold/pale amber producing 2 fingers of slightly off-white, frothy head that leaves a pasty wash of patchy, streaky lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, floral, pine with a citrus and apricot/peach hint. Taste is caramel, bread and a nice blend of pine and citrus. All sweetness departs in the finish becoming more bitter than sweet, with mineral and floral/herbal hints in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little pepper spice in the finish and a slight astringency in the aftertaste.

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Photo of mntlover
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow almost clear with an two finger off white head that laces well.

Aroma is cracker like malts with light hops a blend of citrus, grassy and herbal all light and refreshing like.

Taste is a little brighter then the nose bready dry cracker like malts with a better dose of hop bitterness then the nose would indicate. light citrus more lemon lime like with a good dose of grassy/herbal spiciness to the finish. Can see why it was labeled as a pale even though my can says Session IPA.

Mouthfeel is lighter and crisp, easy drinking a great lawnmower beer.

Overall not bad a good light low alcohol brew with descent flavors, even if others might be a touch better this one is good enough to quench your thirst enjoyably.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this is very similar to Founders All Day IPA Session Ale. This lags a little behind the Founder's product but not by much. It has a great taste, with plenty of happiness and bitter and got to love the low ABV. Just like the Founder's All Day IPA Session Ale, you could drink this all day.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly delicious ale that I agree is very sessionable. Nice golden color, decent head with some lingering lacing. Smells of citrus hops, tastes of malt, caramel, wheat and more sweet citrus than herbal or floral hops. Smooth finish, clean mouthfeel, great carbonation throughout. No real bitterness at the finish. I would definitely have more than one of these on a hot day.

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a mixed twelve-pack of can for twenty two forty nine at Fritzies in Beach Haven, NJ. Have heard of this brewery before, but never tried, as it is not distributed in MA. Decent low-ABV brew.

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Photo of TomEfiller
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a Pilsner, smells like a subtle citrus piney malt, tastes smooth like a Session should and has a very good mouth feel. Drink 8 of these out on the river and you’ll have a good day.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 7/4/2018. Bit of a gusher can. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%, Overall this is a delicious session IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful with an impressive malt body for the ABV from Victory malts; and I loved the Centennial, Zythos, Amarillo, Galaxy hop profile as expected. Juicy/light dank hops, balanced malts. Not overly bitter or malty either way. A very enjoyable offering and impressive style example.

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Photo of TBDave
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a few cans of this in a Terrapin IPA Variety Pack. It’s pretty good for a session ale. Smooth and crisp with a nice bitter taste. Similar to Founders All Day. I’d pick this up in a 12-pack if I found one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper colored with a half inch of creamy off white. Moderate lacing. I'm smelling a light lemon hop note. I'm tasting a light lemon to grassy hop flavor along with some gentle, light, crackery malt. The mouth is fairly smooth and crisp.

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Golden color with a two-finger off-white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Nice aroma with grapefruit pith and some earthiness. A little pine also. The taste was primarily bitter citrus, rounded out with a little pine and grass. Dry, bready malt that stayed out of the way. Light bodied but did not seem watery. Crisp finish. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange-yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus hops, not too strong, but not weak either. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, nice combination. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a Surly teku.

Nose is clean. Some fresh cut grass and pine with a touch of zest and soapiness. Beer opens crisp and refreshing. A very light hop bitterness with a waxy, hop finish. A little tartness also. Real drinkable. Body is light with ample carbonation. Aggressive on the palate and dry going down. A great summer beer.

The prototypical lawnmower/beach/bbq beer. It serves its purpose.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 1/17/18; into a pint glass.
Appearance- a clean gold with a few streams of bubbles that maintain a thin, bubbly white head. Lacing is weak.
Smell - a crisp malt driven nose with merely a hint of hop flower.
Taste - tempered hop flavor profile with a much stronger pale malt presence, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Feel - light, crisp and refreshing crusher.
Overall - a 15 pack for 18 bucks is a great deal for a low abv beer that you can kick back with all day. Pretty weak though, even for a session IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Citrus & breaddyness

T: Follows the nose, some grassyness up front. Some tangerine & dryness as this warms. Finishes citrussy, grassy & dry with a slight bready sweetness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation , good balance

Easy to drink, pretty tasty for what it is...

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can dated 5/14/17.

A: pours a beautiful orange gold, one finger of bright white head dissipates quickly. Little carbonation.

S: floral and resiny. Very typical session IPA.

T: tangy floral and Resiny hop. Little malt base. Imbalanced; a little more malt than some.

M: lightweight, thin, clean and bubbly. Highly carbonated.

O: pretty standard session IPA; it does what it sets out to do, but nothing special.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 7/26/17.

L- Frothy white colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with good retention and sticky lacing.Hazy light gold / straw colored body with moderate clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Heavy amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get light citrus and line hops,balanced by some sweet biscuit malt.Some grassy notes in there as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with slightly bitter pine hops up front,some faint citrus in the middle,and sweet biscuit / cracker malt flavors on the back end.There is a hint of floral spice hops on the back end to balance the malt.

F- The mouth feel is thin with a mildly sticky texture.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth finish.

O- This is a good session IPA,for a hot summer day.I could sit back and pound these in the heat.I would drink this again,and recommend at least trying one.

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Photo of Squire
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive light gold color with thick white cap and good lacing.

Brewer says the aroma carries subtle peach and passion fruit touches but both are slightly beyond my reach. I get more floral with hints of spice and something more vegetal than fruity.

Taste is simple, straight forward hops the same as I described above. Still don't get the peach but there is something rounded about the flavor that is passion fruit like so the official description isn't wrong. Like the Brewer says, it's subtle. Finish is clean and crisp without any residual bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Seems to be a run lately to create session IPAs that are not so hop forward as to be off putting to those with an innate bitterness ceiling. This one falls into that category. It's almost light tasting (the malt certainly isn't assertive) and the hops are bright without being bitter. Fishing beer.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into pint glass. Burnt gold color with nice carbonation and one finger head that dissipates; a thin layer lingers. Peppery, resinous hops with earthy tones to nose. Light body, mild hops with slight pepper after taste. Truly a session beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with a half finger of white foam.

Piney, citrus, and resinous hop aromas and a touch of sweetness.

Hop aroma translates well into flavor as earthy, grassy, piney, and slightly citrusy hop flavors shine, but an underlying biscuity sweetness flavor is there too.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, resinous, easy drinking.

Overall, a simple beer that goes well with hot weather.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin - one of my new, favorite brewers...

This is only my third or fourth offering from Terrapin, but I have been happily impressed with what I have partaken to date. This Recreation Ale is certainly something to hold onto for warmer days, but now during the holidays, it doesn't hurt to try one or even two of these. Out of the glass it pours a clean and very clear amber-orange liquid, there's little head though there's good lacing from the small amount of head that clings around the glass. The smell is absolutely awesome - a resinous aroma of pine or pinewood mixed with a sweetness I just can't put my finger on - very, very unique. The mouthfeel is a spicy experience of carbonation that grows stronger the farther down the glass you get. I was hoping for more of the piney taste and sweetness to go with it, but taste-wise it was a strong hoppy character that ruled the day. Though not my number one choice of style, this IPA is one I can try on many an occasion. Overall, it good, I would say even very good and would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

L. Deep yellow, medium to well carbonated, 1 and half finger white head, small carbonation bubbles, nice lacing.
N. very earthy and peppery, light malt biscuit presence. Small citrus kick, very balanced.
T. Matches nose, very New Belgium ish. Amarillo hops? Pepper, earthy, biscuits, dough, balanced if not touch malty.
B. Very nice, balanced carbonation and mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Highlight of this beer.
Overall. Not really my hop preference but it's drinkable as hell. It's advertised as a session IPA but it's nowhere close.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a bit since I signed on to rate a beer, so I may be a bit rusty.

A. Golden brown, nice fluffy head from a decent pour, can to pint glass.

S. Grassy, pine, citrus

T. Nice hop character, citrus tones and very slight bitterness.

F. Some carbonation, not obnoxious.

A subtle brew, would be great for a hot day, but went well on a cold night. It was easy to drink, though I'd prefer a slight more bite. Not amazing, but was enjoyable and I would buy again.

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RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
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