For this installment of Tasting Notes, we escape the home office to find some outdoor, weekend serenity with a little help from RecreationAle LoCal IPA from Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia).
Recently reformulated to be lightened up a bit in appearance, calories and carbs so that Terrapin Beer Co. can join in on the low-calorie beer movement, the new RecreationAle is a low-calorie Session India Pale Ale that “still packs in all the *dry hop* flavor and aroma of the original RecreationAle.” Weighing in at just 99 calories and 3.9 grams of carbs per 12 oz. serving, RecreationAle LoCal IPA is the perfect brew to “enjoy after a day on the trail.”
The new RecreationAle officially launched on February 19 and has now made it into full distribution. You can expect to find this Year-Round offering available in 12-packs of 16 oz. cans, on draft, and in the brewery’s IPA Survival Kit Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution area.
Now that we are all caught up on the changes RecreationAle has underwent, let’s crack open a few cans and see how the new version stacks up over some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes for RecreationAle LoCal IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.
Appearance: A gentle pour from a pint can produces a soft, golden yellow colored brew capped with a finger and a half of fizzy white foam. When held to direct light, the color adjusts to more of a straw yellow hue. This IPA is clear and displays a vibrant carbonation activity working within. Head retention is good, falling to a foamy top cap that notches the glass with a line of lace after each pull.
Aroma: The aromatics are straightforward and basically a proud showcase of Citra hops. Big notes of sweet orange and grapefruit dominate while a subtle waft of earthy and floral notes provide support. It is simple but it is absolutely lovely.
Taste: Although the flavor is light (as expected from a low-calorie beer), the hops do take the lead here and are actually quite dynamic in range. A gentle fruitiness offers notes of orange, lime, passionfruit, peach and tangerine while a pleasant floral character gives the hops some added depth. The flavor profile closes with an almost Lager-like malt character that finishes super clean.
Mouthfeel: Light in body with an effervescent carbonation presence, this LoCal IPA is incredibly refreshing and easy drinking. Rocking a balance that is spot-on, this beer dries out nicely and is oh-so clean. The 4.2% ABV is well hidden, further elevating the overall drinkability of this offering. Aftertaste is minimal, but there is a slight amount or sweet orange left to linger.
Final Thoughts: This new version of RecreationAle has plenty of hop flavor and aroma for a low-calorie IPA, but it still has all the drinkability you seek from a lighter beer. Flavorful and extremely crushable, this beer has everything you could want after a day on the trail or whenever you are after a super sessionable beer to enjoy while hanging out on the back porch. Keep the new and improved RecreationAle LoCal IPA in mind for warm weather outings that require you to fill a cooler or whenever the beer fridge needs a restock of lawnmower beer. Prost!