Hi-5

American IPA Terrapin Beer Co.

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Hi-5 is an American IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Co.

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Hi-5 is an American IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal clear marigold with a tall stack of dense off-white foam that shows fine retention. The head reduces slowly and leaves small patches of sticky lace on the glass. Effervescence is visibly apparent.

Aroma

The aroma is a blend of orange juice, citrus, and pine.

Flavor

Taste begins with soft biscuit and ramps quickly to a biting mix of citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Finishes with a biting note of grapefruit juice that’s undercut slightly by a sweet taste of tropical fruit. A hint of caramel adds some balance to the base.

Mouthfeel

Carbonation is elevated for the style, giving a prickly feel on the tongue. Otherwise, the mouthfeel’s medium body is standard for an IPA. The finish is a little sticky.

Overall

The Hi-5 is part of Terrapin’s core offering and it’s easy to understand why. The IPA drinks above its ABV and packs a lot of flavor in a brew that’s quite easy to tilt back. And the hopheads will enjoy the Hi-5 as its 80 IBUs and light malt give a lot of room for the hops to play.

Recommended Pairings

The brewery recommends the following food pairings: cheeses of gruyere or asiago. Fish tacos with crispy, crunchy cod or grilled Mahi-Mahi, loaded with freshly diced onions, roasted jalapeno, avocado, lettuce, fresh lime, and garlicky aioli or mango chutney.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.