Terrapin RecreationAle | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin RecreationAleTerrapin RecreationAle

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. Taste is hoppy, fairly bitter, pine, a bit of citrus, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, quite hazy

S: heavy on floral hops, slight yeast

T: a large very bitter hop presence, grapefruit peel, not much sweetness to back it up, finish is dry

M: thinner, medium carbonation

O: following the trend of "session" beer (a term that I hate to utter) this beer has low alcohol content, a lighter body, and comes in a hippy friendly package (can), it exists so that you can drink a 12 pack over the course of a day and enjoy the nice flavor of hops instead of metallic macro swill and still find your berkinstocks next to your Prius and tent at the music festival in the morning, hate the concept but like the taste

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Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has become my beer of choice for weekends tending the yard. Big flavor and hop presence for a session. Mouth and carbonation are also right on for easy drinkin. The downside for me on this local craft is the price. For a georgia beer i think the $16 price point for a 12-pack in atlanta is a bit steep.

I tend to like APAs and this is a great representation of the style and a nice alternative to standbys like Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of jkrich
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is another one I picked up in Panama City Beach, Florida. Poured from a 12 oz. can: slightly hazy, golden to orange with a sustained, fluffy white-head. The bottom of the can had a date stamped, but it was smeared.

When I opened the can, an explosion of pungent, bittersweet tropical fruit greeted me. I also thought I detected a little piney aromas; so far so good.

The key to this ale is its refreshing character. A delightfully, thirst quenching taste with flavors of mango and grapefruit with a soft malty background. The hop bitterness lingers a bit then subsides leaving a semi-sweet, malty aftertaste. There is just a faint hint of staleness in the aftertaste but overall, for what it purports to be, it is very good.

The body is appropriately light with lively carbonation. The mouth feel is a little thin but I does have that nice lingering citrusy aftertaste.

This is another excellent, hoppy and flavorful "session ale". As the 12 pack box states, this is ideal for outdoor activities. It has turned very cold here, and I am satisfied to enjoy it indoors. I only regret I didn't buy a second 12 pack.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It might be late fall out there, but the summer of "session IPA" lives on!

Terrapin's aptly named Recreation Ale pours with a hazy golden-amber hue and a creamy, foamy froth to top it all off. If I had drank the beer at the proper zip for a lighter bodied beer, it would have retained the full session while speckling the glass with dots of foam.

Its vivid aromas are strongly citrusy and also vegetative, seemingly of "wet-hops" Its underlying grain sweetness is somewhat of graham crackers and honey for a slim granola-like support. With little influence from yeast, the back-and-forth malty/hop dialogue sides strongly with hops for all things citrus- from the grapefruit peels, pith and pulp to its stems, leaf and bark also.

Its taste is malty-dry and stingy-sweet. Light caramel and honey dissolves quickly on the palate to allow the middle to become a full-frontal display of hops. All that bring citrus flavor is of white grapefruit, slightly under-ripened oranges and a tinge of lemon. Its musty fruit flavor opens up to slight wine character, pineapple and bruised apples. Trailing with an extra-sharp bitterness, its the chlorophyll, sappy taste that's similar to sassafras teas, lemon verbena and cannabis.

Its lively body is creamy-dry even up front. As the sweetness quickly fades, its dryness powers on, lifting hops, grain and vegetal spice with ease. Its finish comes quick as does its bitterness, hop-derived astringency and drying alcohol. Fruit and grass linger on, but the beer is a crisp and clean bit throughout.

The only thing about making this a "recreation ale" is that I could recreate the hell out of a twelve-pack of this stuff. And that's tough to drag through the wilderness as the label would suggest.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thank to who ever brought these the tree beer event at riversidepark in grand rapids

First terrapin poured from a 12 once can

Pours a lighter copper color

The smell is really nice well balanced with nice froal hops and a hint of grapefruit

A good amount of hops up front withfairly nice balenced malt back bone. a good amount of bitterness but not to much making this verry drinkble

Nice mouthfeel as you would expect for the style

Not quite has good as i was hoping but still a verry good beer just left a little something to be deisired if you ask me.

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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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