Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale

Terrapin has been making world class craft beers in Athens, Georgia since 2002. With a portfolio that boasts over three dozen labels, it is safe to say that Terrapin offers something for everyone! Anyone who has tried one a Terrapin knows they make great craft beer. Their Rye Pale created a huge buzz, winning a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and put them on the map.

ABV: 5.5 IBU:22

Pour: Nice amber color with plenty of carbonation swirling from the bottom.

Head: Creek colored and frothy. 2 finger head forms and slows fades away

Nose: Malty with hints of spice. Some peaches sneaks in the back to bring this together.

Palate: Pretty light, the peaches are low key but come out mid-sip and stay through the finish. Hints of malt and almost no spice on the clean finish.

Overall: A clean farmhouse ale, the peaches give it a nice summer twist and add crushability. I really enjoyed this one, Terrapin is known for making great beers and this one fits right in. This would pair well with sushi, grilled meats and hard cheeses.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

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Terrapin Recreation Ale

terrapin-recreation-aleTerrapin has been making world class craft beers in Athens, Georgia since 2002. With a portfolio that boasts over three dozen labels, it is safe to say that Terrapin offers something for everyone! Anyone who has tried one a Terrapin knows they make great craft beer. Their Rye Pale created a huge buzz, winning a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and put them on the map.

Their Recreation Ale pours a rich golden color with a frothy head that lingers before leaving some moderate lacing. Plenty of carbonation swirls from the bottom of the glass.

On the nose there is plenty of citrus and pine, mostly pineapple with a hints of tropical fruits.

This is one of the lighter session IPA’s in recent reviews, light pine notes hit first giving way to subtle notes of citrus. There are traces of malts but just enough to give some weight. Almost no acidity whatsoever leaves a clean finish, that’s very refreshing.

Overall this brew has me excited for the warm weather and not because we just had the biggest winter storm of the year. Its light with some fruit notes, a touch of hops and a refreshing understated finish that some session IPA’s miss the mark on. It may only be February but this will definitely be a nice touch on this summer’s recreational activates, especially since it was just released in 15 pack cans! This would pair nicely with grilled ribs, a funky cheese or even s’mores around a campfire.

Beer Buyer Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Pints

Terrapin Poivre Potion

poivre_potionTerrapin has been making world class craft beers in Athens, Georgia since 2002. With a portfolio that boasts over three dozen beers, it is safe to say that Terrapin offers something for everyone!

Some of the biggest “twists” can be seen in their side project series, whose latest release #26 was the third annual employee homebrew challenge (peppercorn was named a required ingredient). The winning beer is intriguingly named Poivre Potion and is described as a Dry Hopped Imperial Pink Peppercorn Saison. Oui, oui – intriguing indeed!

The beer pours a clear golden straw color with orange highlights. The two finger fluffy white head settles rather quickly to a streaky and sporadic lacing. The lively carbonation of the beer is notable.

On the nose you get aromas of sweet stone fruits along with notes of citrus hops. Floral aromas can be found on the heels of the fruit notes and the citrus hop aromas build and become bigger aromas of grassy, earthy and piney hops. The peppercorn is also noticeable from the first whiff.

On the palate the sweet fruit notes hit first. The citrus from the nose is transformed on the palate into sweet tangerine and orange flavors. Earthy and funky Belgian notes are noticeable as the sweetness fades into the dryness of the beer. The finish is bone dry with a lingering pepper spice that adds complexity and really rounds out the beer nicely.

A great brew from the Terrapin employees who developed it, and a great choice from the four judges who picked Poivre Potion as the winner. The beer is well balanced and easy to drink but be careful, the 9.3 ABV is really well hidden. Try pairing this one with Parmesan, Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Arugula or black pepper pound cake with apricot sauce. 4 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints

Terrapin Collaboration Tangerine Cream IPA

Terrapin Collaboration Tangerine Cream IPAEast meets west with the coolest collaboration in recent history. Terrapin and Green Flash have teamed up to make a Tangerine Cream IPA that will tickle your inner child, while satisfying one of life’s guiltiest pleasures. Terrapin has been brewing world class craft beers from Atlanta since 2002 while Green Flash has been brewing out of San Diego for 12 years as well. This collaboration beer is the love child of brewing geniuses!

The beer pours a golden amber color with ripe orange hues. The dense two finger cream colored head shows great retention. Once the head dissipates there is a light lacing that remains fairly consistently across the top of the glass.

The bouquet showcases citrus aromas including lemon, grapefruit and of course tangerine. There is a heavy pine note backing the citrus aromas. There is a sweetness from the tangerine as well as from a candied sugar note that is intertwined with a light malty aroma. A hint of sweet vanilla adds complexity and makes you think “cream.”

Hops explode on the palate with citrus (lemon zest and grapefruit), pine and earthy notes. The citrus takes the forefront of the hop profile and leads right into the sweeter flavor of tangerine seamlessly. The tangerine lingers on the midpalate and meets a creamy note on the finish to create the creamsicle effect. While there is a bitterness from the hops, it is well balanced by not only the creamsicle sweetness, but also by a touch of sweet malt that pops up. The creamy mouthfeel enriches the flavors and is extremely noteworthy.

When two great breweries collaborate, one great beer is inevitable. A great pair for Asiago, scallops a l’orange, or an orange sour cream cake. 3.5 Out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5

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Terrapin Wake n’ Bake

Terrapin Wake n' BakeTerrapin Beer Company was born when two brewers met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. Looking around at what other breweries in the South were doing, Spike and John felt they could make a contribution. Realizing that anyone could make just another pale ale, brown ale or stout, Spike and John set their sights on crafting beers unlike any that were currently available. Terrapin has created some amazing brews since its inception, and one of the fan favorites is their Coffee Oatmeal Stout Wake n’ Bake.

The beer pours an impressive inky black color with dark chestnut brown hues when viewed directly against the light. The one finger mocha colored head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind no lacing to speak of.

On the nose aromas of dark roasted coffee and espresso reign supreme. A note of dark chocolate accentuates the coffee aroma while a note of milk chocolate lifts it. Notes of dark roasted malts add further depth. There is also a creamy caramel aroma that sweetens the deal.

On the palate the first thing you notice is the creamy velvety mouth-feel created by the oatmeal. Dark roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes hit first. Riding on the back of the coffee and dark chocolate notes are sweeter flavors of milk chocolate, caramel and creamy vanilla. There is faint bready flavor that is hiding in the background. On the finish there is a slight drying effect. Also, flavors of espresso and dark chocolate linger.

A great beer from Terrapin. Perfect for the colder weather or whenever you are craving a cup of joe! This would be the perfect pair for blue cheese, grilled steak or cheesecake. 4 Out Of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

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Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale

Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale Terrapin Beer Company was formed when two brewers met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. The two brewers, Spike and John, introduced their first Terrapin beer in April of 2002. Noted for their unique beer styles, Terrapin has captured the hearts of craft beer lovers all over the world! Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale is a seasonal offering that pays a clear homage to Georgia’s best loved fruit – the peach!

Pours a very hazy golden yellow color. The white two finger head is thick with impressive staying power. Once the head finally dissipates, a fine lacing remains.

Aromas of peach puree (like baby food peaches) and sweetened peaches (like canned peaches in syrup) hit you right off the bat. There are also notes of yeast and esters, although they pale in comparison to the strong peach notes. Rounding off the bouquet are undertones of clove and cinnamon spice that are rather muted and almost undetectable.

On the palate, there are overwhelming flavors of wheat laden bread and yeast. There are spicy notes of white pepper and earthy notes with a hint of “funk” that one would often see in a Belgian saison. The peach notes are more subdued on the palate than noted in the bouquet. The peach on the palate is more like a sweet artificial peach flavor, which is strange because Terrapin used over 10lbs. of fresh picked peaches per barrel produced. The finish is slightly bitter with a light dried grass note that lingers on account of the beer’s moderate to high carbonation.

All in all not a bad beer, however it seems as those the nose sets the drinker up for an expectation that is not realized on the palate. A decent summer refresher that would pair well with acidic dishes like fresh tomato and garlic toast or a summer salad with vinaigrette.Bottle King Beer Buyer Rating

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 2.5 Pints out of 5

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