Beer Review: TERRAPIN SIDE PROJECT 21 – PINEAPPLE EXPRESS SMOKED PINEAPPLE HELLES

Beer Review: TERRAPIN SIDE PROJECT 21 – PINEAPPLE EXPRESS SMOKED PINEAPPLE HELLES

Terrapin Beer Co. presents Pineapple Express, the champion of their inaugural Employee Homebrew Challenge. Born from a spontaneous grilling session, this concoction merges Helles lager with real pineapple and smoked malt, promising a unique flavor profile.

Publisher & Genre

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Terrapin Beer Co.Dortmunder/Helles0N/A

Appearance

Upon pouring, Pineapple Express unveils a hazy, bright yellow-gold hue, topped with a fleeting white head that dissipates into a thin cap.

Aroma

Hints of smoky malt intermingle with nuances of banana and pineapple, reminiscent of Belgian witbier characteristics.

Taste

The palate is greeted with a burst of Pilsner and Pale German malt flavors, accompanied by earthy, spicy Eurohops. While a subtle fruity tang emerges towards the finish, the promised pineapple presence is elusive, overshadowed by lingering wood smoke notes.

Mouthfeel

With a medium-bodied profile and moderate carbonation, Pineapple Express offers a standard drinking experience.

Overall Assessment

Despite its drinkability and a commendable balance, Pineapple Express fails to deliver an extraordinary sensory experience. The anticipated pineapple essence remains elusive, though the inclusion of smoked malt adds an intriguing dimension. While enjoyable as a novelty, it falls short of leaving a lasting impression.