California Style IPA is brewed by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia
‘Tis the season to be active, and active craft beer lovers gotta
have the can. Terrapin Beer Co. will deliver with the release of
HI-5, a second canned option on its year-round line-up joining
session IPA RecreationAle.
HI-5 California Style IPA will fill out Terrapin’s year-round IPA
selections and ensure that where there’s a will, there’s an IPA! At
5.9% ABV, HI-5 packs a bit more oomph than 4.7% RecreationAle but
isn’t the 7.3% powerhouse of Hopsecutioner. As the IPA brewery of
the South, Terrapin offers full flavor for all tastes.
Like a memorable adventure along U.S. Route 101, “HI-5″ California Style IPA
leads you down a road of pure adrenaline and beauty. Capturing the majestic
flavor of citrusy hops that roll off your tongue like a white cap on an ocean
wave, this scenic wonder will keep you in awe, sip after sip. ABV: 5.9%. IBU: 80
Malts: 2-Row Pale, CaraMalt, Cara Pilsner
Hops: Zythos, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance: Pours a medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of fine
visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass, a moderate
amount of fine particulates in suspension towards the bottom of the glass,
and a light amount of honey colored highlights. The beer has a three finger
tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film
covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the
edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
Aroma: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/peach, and citrus/orange
Taste: Upfront there is a light amount of light grainy malts that are
slightly sweet that is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors
of the hops - tropical/mango, citrus/orange zest, pine/resin, and herbal.
Light amounts of bitterness that lingers for a moderate amount of time.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.
Overall: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink with extremely well hidden
alcohol - I could easily put down a couple of these though that might make
me a little more impaired than I would like... Really nice flavors and
aromas from the hops.
Terrapin Beer Company
Terrapin Beer Company was born when two brewers met while working together
at a microbrewery in Atlanta. Looking around at what other breweries in the
SE were doing, Spike and John felt they could make a contribution. Realizing
that anyone could make just another pale ale, brown ale or stout, Spike and
John set their sights on crafting beers unlike any that were currently
available in the SE.
Terrapin introduced its first beer, the Rye Pale Ale in April of 2002. Six
months later while only available on draft in Athens, Terrapin’s sole
offering won the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American
Beer Festival. Only six months old, Terrapin had arrived in style!
Since they were going to be making unique beers, Spike and John knew from
the beginning that Terrapin Beer Company should be located in a city as
distinctive as their brews. What better place than Athens, GA? Both Athens
and Terrapin have a great love of music, are committed to the environment,
and practice living life to the fullest.
History rolls forward and so too has Terrapin. These days John and Spike are
enjoying Terrapin’s 40,000 square foot brewing facilities and new 100 BBL
brewhouse, and taking full advantage of the space to brew new innovative and
exciting beers. The year round line-up now includes Rye Pale Ale, Golden Ale
(only in Georgia), Hopsecutioner, Tree Hugger, and RecreationAle. Terrapin
has also released many other beers and garnered several awards both in the
U.S.A and internationally.