Beer Review: Terrapin So Fresh and So Green, Green

Next up, Terrapin’s fresh hop offering: So Fresh & So Green, Green.

Apparently, some have their knickers in a knot about Terrapin converting debt held by MillerCoors into a minority equity share in Terrapin. Gasp…the big beer boogeyman.  I say pop a ‘lude, brochacho. As long as they keep making good beer, who the fuck cares?

Soon, that little turtle will be all mine. Bwa ha ha ha.

Terrapin decided to make their fresh hop beer with Challenger hops.  Which is an interesting choice in a beer supposed to showcase its hop character.  Challenger hops are a British hop often used in the British-styled Extra Special Bitter (ESB)…which sounds promising.  But, unfortunately, it seems the ever-witty Brits use “extra special” to mean “not very”.  ESBs aren’t hoppy.

I say, Nigel, another extra special sunny day in old London? Where's my ESB? Let's get pissed.

It pours a beautiful, clear copper; and it has a nice-looking head, which results in some lacing. There is a light smell of spicy hops…fairly underwhelming for a fresh hop beer.  The taste is a little better: a well-balanced front-end, a slightly spicy hop tail-end, and a dry finish. I kept waiting for more, like a luscious hop aftertaste.  But that was it.

In a beer-style that is supposed to be a love letter to hops, we get an airport-purchased postcard from a layover at Heathrow. Frankly, I found tonight’s TMZ coverage of Justin Beiber’s paternity suit more fulfilling than this beer.

CAUTION: Side effects of Bieber Fever may include pregnancy.

Perhaps I am a victim of my own expectations.  Maybe this would be a good beer for someone dipping their toe into the hoppy beer pool for the first time.

The Haybag: Disappointing.  Justin Bieber should have known better.  Oh, and the beer was lackluster and underwhelming.