RecreationAle
Terrapin Beer Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,966
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
818
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  251
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: A hopped-up session ale perfectly packaged in 12 oz. cans ready to take on any outdoor adventure.
Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 818 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

No great expectations for this, it was just there. Light amber in "color" when two 12 oz. cans are combined into one clear glass liter mug. There's just a little, emphasize, little fizz atop and lacing. It's practically odorless. So far, what it's good at is being translucent. Except for a mildly hoppy finish, this could pass for any mass produced American lager. Nearly body less, unless you think Club Soda has body and close to tasteless, save a little bitter hops. Miller and Buweiser have more body than this. Much like decaffeinated coffee, skim milk and sugar-free cakes, low-cal beer just doesn't work.

Feb 20, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a pale golden color, with a finger and a half of white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: dank, bready, and citrusy. Yeast, cracker, biscuit, resin, peach, orange, lemon, tangerine, mango, and floral hops.

Mild hops, cracker, and biscuit. Sweet fruity notes are distant in the flavor. Beer is kinda earthy and herbal. Body is medium-light.

Jan 02, 2021
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brewerburgundy from California

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, tulip, best by 1/8/21. Come on, use a packed on date dude.

Perfectly clear “beer yellow” with just a wisp of head that completely dissipates within seconds.

Peach, a bit dank, very clean malt and yeast. The aroma is a bit like a sour peach ring.

More mild hop flavor, but still hoppy, like resinous fresh hops. Very light, crisp, and refreshing. It’s beer, not just beer-like.

So very light with medium-high carbonation. It works well.

Sep 07, 2020
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Wortmunkey from Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many of the prior reviews of RecreationAle don't seem to understand the spirit of this style. It is just not the type of craft that you pour in a glass and overanalyze. I understand that it would be nice to have a low calorie, session IPA that is full flavored, but that is not what this beer is trying to be. This is more of a "light" IPA. In hot weather, if you are out on a boat all day, or playing golf, or out grilling with friends (i.e. "recreating"), many IPAs are just too strong and dehydrating. The beauty of this beer is that it is an IPA that you can drink in situations where you normally might not choose an IPA (and makes it, somewhat ironically, a nice choice for IPA lovers...even if it is more lightly flavored). In non recreation settings, this might also be a good choice for people who would normally shy away from an IPA, because it is not overwhelming.

The flavor profile is simple: a little grapefruit spice up front, and a bit of lemon on the back end, with a crisp and clean, almost hydrating taste. The abv is on the low end, which makes sense, but when you are thirsty and take a nice draw from a pint can, it is enough to cut the edge, but not make you stupid. You can drink a few of these and not be drunk or bloated.

For what it is, I actually really like this beer. It is meant to be enjoyed in numbers, cold in a can, from your cooler outside. Enjoy.

Sep 03, 2020
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

DATA: BBD 12/15/2020, 12 oz. aluminum can, served at ~45*F in a pint glass, close to sea level

Look: Dull, pale gold.
Smell: Resiny, sweet, rubber eraser, floral.
Taste: Bread, corn, pine, perfumy, grapefruit.
Feel: Thin, watery--probably the most-lacking aspect.

Overall: I like the bite of the hops: piney resins and grapefruit-y citrus (amarillo?). Goes down crisp. The flavors all seem a bit too muted for my taste, and I think something is lost by going lo cal; however, having made a lo-cal kit brew myself, it's hard to get it right. The burps are admittedly *delicious*, however!

Aug 28, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get it, it's really hard to make a tasty low-calorie/low ABV IPA ... Many have tried, and most have failed ... The nature of an IPA demands full flavor and a bit of heaviness which flies in the face of the theory of this style ... Not a bad attempt, but pretty boring and forgetable

Aug 27, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a 'best by' date

Clear, yellow, head faded almost instantly. Smells like hop seltzer. Pine, armpit, notes of stankity danks. Thin feeling, light in taste as well.

It's hard to rate this.. good for the style but not my favorite

Jun 09, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold. fluffy white head dissipates quickly; not much nose; nicely carbonated, sparkly; not a lot of flavor, but not bad, better than some American popular beers. It is a session ale, after all.

12/13/2020 - I just read the label. It's a LoCal IPA, 99 calories. It's a light beer, a light IPA.

Apr 01, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy gold with a generous foamy head that is well retained. Modest visible carbonation. Lacing is visible.
Smell: Aroma is citrus fruit; grapefruit, tangerine, orange.
Taste: Taste is straight bitter, very little malt sweetness to mitigate the bitterness. But on the back of the tongue there is a bit of apple and pear.
Feel: Crisp and clean, full carbonation finish is somewhat dry.
Overall: A simple APA that drinks easy if you are a fan of bitterness.

Mar 21, 2020
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iluvtotoke420

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don’t know what poor retention is, a weizen glass or side glass lace, but what I do know is that I love a good ipa. Not too bitter not too dull. This is though, truly, a dull beer. Flavorless swill one might say. I am a fan of Terrapin Brewery but this is not a beer I will be drinking again. This is indeed a boring beer for a boring people.

Jan 09, 2020
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours anear clear gold with a frothy all white head having good retention and showing plenty of side glass lace.
AROMA: Some fairly sharp and spicy hops of citrus including mango, lemon and tangerine. Also get some sourdough
bread.
TASTE: Some sour and bitter pine hops. Bread malts are there but not as prominent.
I was expecting a more likable IPA, Not an IPA that I will probably repurchase.

Nov 27, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a 12oz. can poured into a 20oz. weizen glass.There is a two finger topping of pure white lumpy foam that leaves nice lacing behind as it recedes. This beer is a tad hazy, there is lots of carbonation, in this mostly straw yellow beer with just a tinge of orange.
The aroma is not overpowering, mainly it is the citrus that I can smell and a bit of pine.
This IPA is much less dry than many of the others that I have had. There is the slightly tart and very quenching citrus flavor, this is a very easy one for me to drink. It goes good with pizza also.

Nov 17, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

CAN:

"Session IPA." 4.7% ABV.

AROMA: Fresh, floral, and citrusy - I'd bet on Cascade. I get some key lime towards the back end as well. Clean pale malt sweetness.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, but hop pungency and depth of flavour are quite limited...this isn't an IPA or session IPA - more a low bitterness pale ale at best (even Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale has more hop pungency and flavour than this ostensible session IPA). Very pleasant and approachable, with the kind of hop profile that has been done to death and done better.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, refreshing, well-carbonated.

OVERALL: A drinkable forgettable pale ale from Terrapin marketed as a session IPA. I wouldn't buy it again, but as part of a variety 12 pack box I'm happy with the buy.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Aug 16, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean golden, with a nice white head and loopy lace.

Aroma: Floral hops. Pleasant.

Taste: Hops up front, clean and floral with a hint of pine. Less fruity than most new American IPAs. Light bitterness at finish. Not a remarkable beer but a solid and enjoyable classic American session IPA.

Jul 21, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/5/2019 gas corner store purchase -12 oz. can, in a IPA survival kit 12 pack assortment, box dated Oct 17 2019 - use by date I would guess.
L -pours a nice lighter mid golden body, slightly cloudy, nice white head is fine, and dies off almost completely by the 1/2 way.
S - very fresh, green and lightly citrusy, and just a nice overall outdoorsy freshness
T -light, fresh, clean following nose, and almost citrusy, with clean pleasant bittering and finish. Very jammable!
Feel is light clean and refreshing
Overall, it nails the summer session ale down tight. Neve had it before the big deal, but it's good either way and I'd get it again most likely.

Jul 05, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jun 17, 2019
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hogrider from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Jun 15, 2019
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KyleTheHuey from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Mar 19, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Dec 30, 2018
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mntlover from Tennessee

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.

Jul 31, 2018
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Jul 10, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

May 28, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

May 23, 2018
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TomEfiller from Alabama

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

May 20, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 818 ratings