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Terrapin RecreationAleTerrapin RecreationAle

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty amber color with a big foam head. Lace is patchy. Aroma is full of nice fresh grassy fruity hops and clean grains. Citrus and tropical. Taste is bright and happy. A little pine resiny, citrus, earthy and green. Grassy bitterness lingers. Texture is very liquid, smooth, and dry. I like this beer. A sessionable treat.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned Terrapin! C'mon, good experiences!!

Light amber with some ribbons of yeast accidentally added from the pour. A nice static white head of crystalline form.

Dry earthy hops with a floral bent. Wafts of white grapefruit, but a formidable floral hop nose is a-showin'. Biscuity malts seem distracting, and the hoppiness is around a B-, but it's still appealing.

Soft flavors. Grapefruit and floral hops with a mutable character, dualed by faint dry tropical notes and crackery malts. I get a lot from the can-conditioning, where the yeast offers some complementary nuttiness. Still, that Terrapin hop bill is somewhat unsatisfying.

Medium carbonation with a light-medium carbonation. Feels like a hoppy pale or an IPA.

It's okay. Not too bad. Surprised that I like a hoppy Terrapin as much as this.

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Photo of Gorgeous_JR
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect for recreation. The first can usually bites and hits you pretty hard. But it seems like each can afterwards becomes easier to drink. By the time you know it, you can be putting down 4 or 5 and you hardly notice outside of being pretty buzzed.

The beer has a very distinct flavor but over time that distinction is what drives you to keep drinking. It lives up to its name for sure. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, light tan head into a willi becher tumbler that left thick sheeting and great lacing throughout. the body was a bubbly amber. as good looking a pale ale as i've ever seen.
s - floral hops with some grassy aromas as well.
t - grassy and bready with some toffee notes. a slight fruitiness comes through as well.
m - slick at first but becomes more prickly.
o - one of terrapin's best offerings and i've had a lot. damn good beer and i love it in a can.

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Low abv...big flavor. A winning combination. Pours a hazy light orange/dark gold color. Good size white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrus and grassy hops. Fairly prominent smell.

Taste is citrus and grassy hops balanced by dry biscuity maltiness. Very pleasant. Not the strength of an AIPA, but just right for a hoppy Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is very good. Crisp and some bitterness but also a pillowy soft feel...like a mild version of RR Blind Pig.

Good beer, would be a welcome companion at any outdoor event.

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Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Mostly clear yellow gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, little patches of lacing.
S - Very bright and grassy, touches of lemon, some nice bready malt.
T - Grass, lemon zest, biscuit.
M - Very smooth, refreshing, crisp. A little floury.
O - This has become my favorite session beer next to Southern Tier's Live. Ive taken this outdoors plenty of times, and it really is the perfect beer for outdoors. Very lively fresh crisp taste.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Eh, not as good as Day Time from Lagunitas.

I had high hopes as this came highly regarded from a local shop, saying it was better than any other session IPA. Wrong.

Pours a light straw color with a hint of hops.

Taste is thin. light hops and a bit of malt, but nothing that is substantial.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Overall, not as good of a showing as daytime IPA. A decent sessionable beer if you don't have access to day time, but still not as good.

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Photo of Mojo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> World market tulip glass

A - medium gold pour with a big frothy head that is the color of butter. Not much in the way of retention or lacing

S - pine, grass, biscuit, citrus, basically the usual.

T - the best part. Even for a low ABV offering this is packed full of flavor. Sweet caramel malt gives way seamlessly to a nice bitter finish.

M- a little thin, with adequate carbonation

O - an ideal session ale!!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Clear copper with a smooth bright white head. Retains with a frothy dollop and some rich ringing. Smells of fresh citrus and grass with the underlying malt helping bring a ripe twang up in the nose. Taste is fresh and zesty on the palate with citrus, herbs and even a little pine. Doughy malt sweetness softens up the edges of the profile but keeps the focus on those fresh hops. Bitterness and resins stick to the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied with a smooth and slick crispness to the carbonation that just goes down effortlessly. This is a great new beer from Terrapin that is just perfect for cans. Refreshing and extremely drinkable, this will hit the spot no matter what you’re doing.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AtlCarl for this extra. 12 oz. can, & I'm digging the hiking turtle graphic. Am I the only one who doesn't carry heavy-ass beer when I head into the wilderness? It's just too much effort. Or maybe I'm old.

Pour is surprisingly milky orange, I always associate session-like beers with clarity, part of my American macro upbringing, no doubt. Nose brings out pale malts, & nice citrus hops that lean over into tropical. Nice.

RecreationAle hits the bloody spot. Malt is light & sweet but not too prominent, & the hops jump aboard to offer a quick hit of bitterness to go along with the citrus & pine. Moves to grassy, with a bit of tea, but ultimately, this beer is all about the drinkability. And why shouldn't it be? You'll need to rehydrate after that hike & this would be just what the doctor ordered (if he were a drunk beer geek).

Tasting this makes me think Terrapin should maybe go in the lighter direction. It takes skill to pull of a really good, low ABV pale, & they've done it with style. Very good beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden copper hue with a bright eggshell white head forming thick copious layered foam, fine speckled lacing left in even patterns with each sip. This is a great canned offering from Athens, GA. Floral, citric hop aromatics flood my nares, what a great smelling brew. Mild biscuit malt profile just enough to qualify this libation as liquid bread. Smooth balanced pale ale aggressive hops up front, a true session pale ale. Light bready qualities balance at the citric floral hop bomb that this low alcohol but high flavor ale has. Crazy drinkability perfect crisp bitter finish, with ample carbonation nothing is over done great beer. Overall a brew, I will buy by the 12 pack if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

Appearance: Pours yellow with moderate clarity. White head with great lasting power and lacing (4.25)

Aroma/Flavor: Medium hop character of honey dew, melon and light earthy character. (4.15)

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, appropriate carbonation and refreshing. Dissipating hop finish. (4.25)

Overall: Perfect brew for a day in the great outdoors. Flavorful enough to know it's there, but not so hoppy it makes you need water. (4.19)

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Photo of BillV
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 pack of this to try at a local grocery store in Athens, GA, the town where they make the beer.

What a great find! A great spin on a session ale with a hoppy surprise in the nose and a great mouthfeel.

Pours a hazy golden with a decent head and just tastes like a lazy summer day, if you are able to imagine that---and all in can.

Very drinkable and at a 4.7% ABV, you can go for a few and enjoy it longer.

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Photo of themind
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable! a hoppy APA that was a nice surprise for me. The carbonation was balanced very nicely. The beer poured a nice head with a hoppy aroma. The taste was good, this beer for me was worth drinking. This is a quality offering from Terrapin. The sweet fruit and slight bitterness on the back end appealed to me.

Bottom Line: APA lovers will enjoy this underrated brew!

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, and malt. Basically what you'd expect.

T: Tasted of hops, light citrus, and some malt in the finish. The hops content was slightly higher than you might think for an APA. Not overly sweet. A light, refreshing flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: RecreationAle is not a groundbreaking beer, but is still very likeable. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of dgherm
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange with a bit of haze. Nice thick head that hangs around. Little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. Earthy hops in the nose, not much else. Strong earthy hop taste up front, citrusy down in the end. Little bisquity in taste as well. Not too watery for a session ale and nicely carbonated. RecreationAle very appropriate name. Good one here.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can in a pint glass.

A- Golden orange color, just a hint of haze. Generous carbonation. An almost 2-finger white head lasts, ending as a thick film leaving lots of rings of lacing.

S-It smells like a hoppy pale ale. Malt aromas are not lost to the citrus hops. Sweetness is subdued. It is a pale ale by smell.

T-Pale malts , a touch of caramel, and generous hop citrus flavors.

M- Very good body and carbonation. Clean and crisp, refreshing but not thin or watery. Malt front with a long dry hoppy finish. Not too bitter, not sweet either.

O- Terrapin nailed it, that's why my 'O' rating is highest. This is a true hoppy pale ale. It's not another hopped over under-bodied session brew. Well done!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet found this in the mix and match at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Looks great for a pale ale, bright clear orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Mild lacing and carbonation looks good in the glass.
S - Smells like a hopped up pale ale so they succeeded. Pale malts, sweeter malts, and mild citrus and pineapple hops highlight.
T - Very crisp somewhat clean taste. Hops seem kind of muted really only a mild bitter twang in the finish. This could be because I am serving this kind of warm and its only a session ale so overall it taste great. Hop taste is constant, somewhat sweet and balanced.
M - As said its crisp, light, and hoppy.

Good hoppy session ale unlike everyone else just doing session IPA's this one is a great representation of a hoppy pale ale. I may just get this again.

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Photo of scvance
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. About a fingers worth of white head, long lasting. Lots of carbonation is visible. Aroma is great, hoppy, citrus and earth right off the bat. Taste is earthy bitter right away, fading to a citrus flavor with a slight caramel malt sweetness in the finish. Finishes nice and crisp, very well balanced. On a second taste I notice a slight hint of sulfur in the nose. Medium high carbonation, medium low body.

This is Terrapin's take on a sessionable pale ale, and I'd say they succeeded. Light enough to enjoy several, yet still hoppy enough to provide the expected pleasure from a pale ale. Very well balanced, I expected a session ale to lean more towards the hops, however this one is a very balanced pale ale. Less sweet than their rye pale ale. I will definitely be having more of these whenever I can find them. Excellent beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from 7/30/13. Thanks, James!

A: Hazy pale amber body under an inch of frothy white head that demonstrates adequate retention and leaves decent lace. Pretty good, but nothing special.

S: Uninspiring blend of crackery malt and herbal, piney hops. A little bit of apricot, a little bit of caramel. Some chalk and citrus. Not bad, but not good.

T: More straightforward the than the nose, but not too much better. Bready, lightly caramelized malt and hops that walk the line between pine and citrus. The finish is more bitter than sweet, with some minerality along with herbal hop notes. Gets better as it warms, but never becomes terribly interesting.

M: Fairly light-bodied with ample, soft carbonation. Excellent.

O: Not a bad little APA, but there's just something about the malt character that rubs me the wrong way. It's not too sweet, exactly, but somehow too sticky. Hard to put my finger on it.


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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Canning date is hard to read on the bottom of the can. Aroma includes fresh, floral hops. Nice, clean and crisp. Mild malt bill, nice balance. Refreshing and easy to drink. Extremely drinkable, I'm sure tasty to the advanced beer lovers and I'm sure slammable to the masses. Exactly as expected, no more, no less. In a good kinda way.

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color under a white head of lumpy foam. Smells perfumy and green - certainly dry hopped - with grapefruit and a small toffee and cereal-like malt note underneath. Light, hoppy flavor with a watery sweetness. Tea, sugary citrus, bitter resin. Pretty light, yet slightly creamy textured and crisp. Personally, I don't see myself buying this over several other good hoppy pale ales on the market.

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Photo of Genx
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich straw color.
Develops a modest foam head with good lacing.
Strong carbonation.
Noticeable hops element to smell.
Nice balance to the malt and hops in taste.
Clean flavor, refreshing with medium mouth feel.
Finish is quick with a piney bitterness.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with visible carbonation and a large fluffy white head that recedes quickly but leaves good lacing.

Smell- Citrus fruit and more citrus fruit. Grapefruit with a little orange, a little pine and a backing of sweet caramel malt.

Taste- Sweet fruit then a slight bitterness on the back end. Flavor is a bit more subdued than the smell but still very good. Again citrus fruits with some candy sweetness followed by citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation and mouthfeel were alright. A little thinner than I like for an APA but nothing too detrimental.

Overall- Very good beer, I think it is right in between an APA and IPA, lots more hops and malt than APA but not quite as bitter or high in alcohol as an IPA. Either way, very enjoyable.

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Photo of dankspank420
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

great beer. drank it out of the can. tastes very hoppy and clean. fresh. this is a great beer, especially for what it is. a session ipa. tastes better than a hundred ipas ive had. great beer IMO. I'd say is competition for founders all day ipa, and the similar. good job terrarin.

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Terrapin RecreationAle from Terrapin Beer Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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