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

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 Black is the New Wit

Black is the new WitTerrapin 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!

One of their newest releases is a collaboration beer with New Belgium Brewing. Founded in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1991, New Belgium offers a portfolio of a dozen beers. Only these two great breweries could come up with the idea of making an Imperial Black Rye Wit beer, and gave it a catchy name: Black Is The New Wit.

The beer pours a deep, dark mahogany brown that is nearly black in the glass. A two finger frothy tan colored head shows average retention. Once the head has dissipated, a light and spotty lacing remains atop the beer. The overall appearance is similar to a stout.

Aromas of bright coriander leap from the glass along with notes of orange peel. White floral aromas and a herbaceous note from the Sassafras are also evident. Light roasted malt and rye spice notes are detectable but the wit profile definitely dominates the bouquet.

Similar to the nose, bright coriander and orange peel hit first. Notes of white flowers intertwine with the sassafras and together they lift the coriander. The rye is noticeable and adds a spiciness to the midpalate. A hint of roasted malts and nuts come through right before the finish. While hints of the rye and roasted malts do come through on the palate, like the bouquet, is unmistakably dominated by typical Wit beer notes.

A very interesting concept that proved to make one heck of a beer. The addition of the sassafras really lent itself well to the coriander notes. Two breweries + two styles of beer = one great brew! Try this one with Edam, chipotle grilled chicken or orange sponge cake. 3 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 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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