Me and you, yo momma and your bomber too: Terrapin – So Fresh & So Green, Green – 90
I’ve known of Terrapin for some time but wasn’t familiar with the Georgia brewer. After a ringing endorsement from Tom at Queen City Drinks, I decided to seek them out on my next beer shopping spree. My first foray into their Rye Pale Ale left me thinking “Meh.” Which surprised me since I’m usually a big fan of anything rye. My first experience didn’t deter and how could I turn down a beer named after an Outkast song??
It pours a nice copper-ruby color with just a little carbonation, but no real head to speak of other than a brief thin off white fizz. The aroma was of mild, green hops without being overwhelming. I wasn’t sitting around watching the lace develop so I went right into the tasting.
The first sip had a mild hop-forward flavor with a solid light toffee malt backbone. The hop profile is noticeably Citra with the light citrus profile. However, most other fresh hop beers come with a much stronger hop flavor presence. There’s nothing wrong with this approach but its just different from the norm. It has a light body and a decent carbonation that bounces around in your mouth. It follows with a pretty decent bitterness but on par with an American IPA.
More than a smack your momma hop infusion, it’s a balanced and refreshing IPA. This would pair well with some Southern heat and Southern hot sauce. It’s a good all around beer but nothing particularly outstanding.
The bomber was pretty reasonably priced at $6.99.