RecreationAle
Terrapin Beer Company

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From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,097
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,950
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 11.44%
Ratings:
830
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 01, 2022
Added:
Jul 03, 2013
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  252
SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: A hopped-up session ale perfectly packaged in 12 oz. cans ready to take on any outdoor adventure.
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Photo of Redrover
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Redrover from Wisconsin

16 oz can poured into my Bass Imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear gold with a fluffy bone white head. It has sticky lacing.

The aroma could be amped up a notch. No off smells, just a bit of cracker and some some faint pine.

The taste is mild, more like a golden ale than an IPA. There is very little bitterness, a bit of sweet malts and maybe a smidgen of hops that add some mild pine notes at the finish.

The mouth is on the thinner side which I kind of expect for a lower calorie IPA.

Maybe this would be a good lawnmower type beer but it is not hitting this spot on an cold and snowy early spring night.

Apr 01, 2022
 
3.52 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Mar 20, 2022
 
3.78 by NastyNorseman from New York on Dec 22, 2021
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 25, 2021
 
3.81 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Sep 05, 2021
 
3.32 by BucBasil from Rwanda on Jul 17, 2021
 
3.5 by avisong from Virginia on Jun 27, 2021
Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can from a Terrapin mix pack served in a lager glass.
Pours with a clear amber colored body and a good white head.
Aroma. Earthy and notably less pleasing than the flavor.
The flavor is mild for style and the matching, dry body is a touch thin with moderate carbonation.

Jun 16, 2021
 
3.72 by AccipiterofBeer from New York on Jun 13, 2021
Photo of Reef
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Reef from South Carolina

12 oz. Can Best By 7/2/21

Clear gold, two fingers fine white head, full curtain lacing and surface cap.
Pine, citrus, grapefruit, bell pepper aromas.
Grapefruit, yuzu, white pepper, bread, light mineral flavors.
Good hop bitter zing, light, Dry, good carbonation.
Refreshing, great for summer. Good job on this one by Terrapin.

May 25, 2021
 
3.63 by Zigzach from Florida on May 04, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by schoolboy from Ohio

I wanted to not like this wimpy brew, but it does what it is supposed to do, and it may be better than others like it that I did not much like. This is a style I don't ordinarily seek out, because I usually don't drink lots of beers in a session, I like to make them count.

It pours a light golden color with persistent bubbles. The aroma is weak and clean, like the taste. They didn't go overboard on the hops with this - it is nicely balanced. The finish is as clean as they get.

Recommended. If you really wanted a very light ale, this one works.

Mar 11, 2021
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2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
 
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
 
3.64 by Carl_R from Oklahoma on Jan 07, 2021
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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
 
3.88 by Idahoman from Minnesota on Dec 15, 2020
 
3.75 by freewill35 from Indiana on Dec 07, 2020
 
3.75 by Griphon from Florida on Dec 02, 2020
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

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
Photo of Wortmunkey
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wortmunkey from Georgia

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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3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

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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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Weisenbeer from Ohio

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
 
3.23 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Aug 21, 2020
 
3.34 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Aug 13, 2020
 
3.63 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Jul 18, 2020
 
4.04 by SAUbrewcrew from Michigan on Jul 08, 2020
Photo of jimmah120
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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
Photo of Captain69
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Captain69 from Illinois

crisp hoppy ale - great for summer time = refreshing

May 15, 2020
 
3.81 by Z-man from Michigan on May 12, 2020
 
4.11 by PuffySAJ from South Carolina on Apr 28, 2020
Photo of spectru
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by spectru from Florida

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
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

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
 
2.74 by terry33 from Virginia on Feb 26, 2020
 
3.77 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Feb 13, 2020
 
3.79 by viking77 from Louisiana on Jan 25, 2020
 
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jan 12, 2020
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by iluvtotoke420

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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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jadpsu from Georgia

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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3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

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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