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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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Added by Heavenisbeer on 07-02-2013

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark apricot to copper in color with significant amounts of very active carbonation and a hint of orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces

S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy hops with a somewhat lighter aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops. Hints of a pale malt with caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and some peppery spiciness from the yeast. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy, earthy, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a very light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with barely a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Quite easy to drink and refreshing, a perfect summer session beer for all of your outdoor activities (in my case standing by the grill). I like the bolder flavors for a session beer and will likely be grabbing some more of these at some point this summer.

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

“Wrap your hand around a can of our RecreationAle and explore what outside life has to offer. This hopped up session ale is specially formulated to accompany you on all of your outdoors activities. Pack in this flavorful ale and pack out the memories while enjoying this quaffable brew.” Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Terrapin's very first can offering and their fifth year round beer, first released in June 2013. A representative from the company informed me that this is a hopped-up version of the 2012 Summer seasonal "Easy Rider" which has since not returned.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a Terrapin pint glass. Served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy froth head of a gold white tone, very sudsy. Body color is a medium hazy golden amber with mild carbonation and thin sediment in tow. Retention is average, with sudsy lacing speckling the edge of the glass. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of floral, citrusy grapefruit and resinous hops over a toasted caramel, bready rye and peppery malt background. Balance is nice, although the hop aroma does carry the most weight in the aroma. This is a very complex and aromatic beer, especially for a sessionable ale. Potency is high. 4

(Taste) Up front, a very peppery biscuit malt with a dry pale malt base follows with a hop bouquet touting a moderate earthy bitterness. Sweetness seem to be in short supply in the flavor, likely to keep this beer as sessionable and light drinking as possible, but the hop presence and bitterness is quite strong in this beer, with a very herbal, floral and spicy hop profile. The malt and hop flavor isn’t quite as bright, complex and varied as it was in the aroma. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and mildly dry with a subtle chalkiness. Carbonation is rather low in this beer- I don’t know why, as this would be a great beer with a moderate crisp carbonation in tow. Body is medium/high for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light, really well concealed in the flavor of this beer. 3.75

(Overall) Terrapin’s RecreationAle lays out some serious flavor despite a low gravity and mellow malt sweetness in tow. There’s a great deal of specialty malt and hop character to savor in this beer. A suitable candidate for a session ale, ideally for the “hoptimally” challenged. This beer can be enjoyed through multiple repeats with the added benefit of a deep flavor profile without wrenching sweetness. Score one solid beer for high blood sugar patients! 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company’s
Terrapin RecreationAle

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Photo of lewzer99
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy golden orange with a minimal head.
Smell: grassy hops with alot of orange and slightly sweet smelling malt.
Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front, which fades to alot of bitter orange that reminds me of orange peel. A bit of biscuity malt and a very long lingering bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp
Overall: Very good. Probably my favorite of these hyper hopped session ales that are coming out. Really bitter hop flavor isn't really my thing, but this manages to focus on the hops bitterness while keeping it very drinkable. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Hoptopher
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is brewed to be a session APA for the outdoors. It even has an OSPREY Pack enter to win on the can.
Smell is rather nice upfront with an earthy grass scent from the hops. Not much else.
The taste follows along with the smell. It is a very good taste, I feel as though I should run to the woods to finish it ;)
Feel could use a little more carbonation but it is not bad.
Overall it is a great beer, I will definately be hauling some of these to the river with me.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am rating this as a sessionable APA, as that is what it is crafted to be. First cans from Terrapin!

A: Pours a light hazy golden, with a two-finger bleach white head with nice retention. Decent lacing, and some noticeable carbonation.

S: Grassy floral hops, damp hay, and a dash of onion, atop a pale malt backbone.

T: A citric tartness leads the bill, followed by a sprinkling of those grassy hops, a dash of piney bitterness, and a refreshing mingling of floral hops and pale malt on the finish.

M: Light, yet creamy, and very refreshing.

This is extremely sessionable, as advertised, and was a perfect companion for an all day music festival in the Atlanta heat in June. Tasty while also being wonderfully drinkable and refreshing. Love that I have a new session option from none other than the best brewery in Georgia.

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