Glassware: RecreationAle is a lighter beer and should be enjoyed as cold as possible to partake in the crisp refreshing qualities. Glassware that allows the beer to warm slowly while also trapping the alluring hop aroma is the top choice. A Willi Becher tumbler or nonic pint glass are the best choices. However, this is also a great beer to enjoy straight from the can!
Description: RecreationAle pours a hazy golden hue with a frothy white head that leaves small traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is hop forward, but subdued showing the beers perfect balance. Notes of pine and citrus are the strong hop notes with semi-sweet caramel malt notes dancing the background. The taste follows the nose with pine, orange, lemon and grapefruit being the dominant hop flavors that race across the palate first followed quickly by caramel malts. The balance is perfect in RecreationAle which aids in its high drinkability. Despite the light ABV the beer still has a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation making for a pale ale that stands tall. This is a beer perfect for the warmer months and is an absolute must try for all hop lovers who are looking for a hop forward beer with a lighter ABV.
Food Pairing: Light beers can be tricky at times to sort out successful pairings due to their ability to be overwhelmed easily by heartier dishes. RecreationAle packs a punch in the flavor department and thus is able to hold its own with some heavier foods but still goes well with lighter dishes. Try pairing this with a light summer salad topped with grilled chicken, fruit and a light vinaigrette. The hop profile will add a depth of citrus notes while the malts are light enough not to overtake even the most delicate of lettuce. Make no mistake though, this is a great beer to have with a hearty burger piled high with toppings and can even withstand spicier choices. So get a burger topped with cheddar, bacon, barbecue sauce, onion rings, and even jalapenos. It is also the perfect beer for any Friday night get-togethers that involve watching movies with friends and eating pizza.
The Final Word: Terrapin has a beer portfolio that many other breweries would dream to have. They have brewer phenomenal beers ranging from imperial stouts with maples syrup (French Toast Wake n Bake) to peanut butter porters (Liquid Bliss) to rare one offs of barrel aged imperial IPA’s and more importantly they are all fantastic! RecreationAle is certainly a lighter beer, after all it is 4.7% ABV, but make no mistake it is not light on flavor. Terrapin has proven that it can brew very big ABV beers and lighter ABV beers with equal finesse and equally delicious results. If you are looking for a beer to have
on hand for any final summer celebrations look no further than RecreationAle!
Where can I get it?- Currently available in 12 oz cans at: Backyard Ale House- Scranton; Cooper
s Seafood- Scranton; Beer Boys- Wilkes Barre; and Wegman’s- Dickson City and Wilkes Barre.
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewery: Terrapin Beer Co.
Style: American Pale Ale