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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Pulling into Terrapin Beer Cos station is Pineapple Express, the winner of our first annual Employee Homebrew Challenge. Inspired by a late night grilling session with friends, a couple of chunks of pineapple got thrown into the mix, and an idea for a new beer style was born. The team brewed up a Helles lager for the base brew and used real pineapple and smoked malt to concoct the winning recipe.

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Gachupines' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - MAR 6, 2014
Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is big smoke with a bit of charred meat. Very reminiscent of the grill. Flavor is a nice amount of smoke with a bit of sweetness underneath. Charcoal aftertaste with a surprisingly clean and crisp finish. Wife: 3.9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with an off white head. Lighter pineapple, fruits, and if I reach real deep smoke. Old bottle, so everything Im sure has faded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with big fizzy head. Aromas of light fruit, grass, and subtle hints of smoke. Nice tart start with pineapple notes followed by the smokey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (1144) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle Ive had awhile...clear amber beer, sudsy shite head, some lace. Aroma is malt, fruit. Taste is pineapple, malt, lemon, hint of spruce or black pepper, no smoke. Palate smooth, not thick, carbonation moderate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (6233) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Hay and bread crust aroma, subtle lemongrass. Hazy golden, thick head, abundant glass adherence. Lemon, smoke, charred ham, but not overly meaty. Light body, soft carbonation. Pretty weird, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a very hazy, bright golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving behind large streaks of soapy lacing. Slightly smokey aroma thats subtly integrated into the characteristics of a helles. Unfortunately, Im not picking up any pineapple but the smoked beer/rauch bier elements are delicately blended into the crisp hops, light fruit and pale malts of the lager. Hints of campfire, charcoal and smoked meat followed by grassy, earthy hops, hay, straw, bread and biscuit. Some apple and pear sweetness as it warms. I old have preferred more smoke and at least some pineapple, but overall the nose of this beer isnt bad. On the fuller end of medium body with a flavor profile thats similar to the aroma. Decent smoked malt presence thats prominent without overpowering the lager flavors. Hints of liquid smoke, ash and barbecued meat followed by crisp, earthy hop bitterness and a pale malt backbone. Nice grassy, saaz-like hop presence with notes of straw, hay, grassy pine needle and dank resins countered by light fruit sweetness, bread and biscuit. As it warms, the pineapple flavor that was missing in the aroma starts to stand out complimenting the other light fruit notes. Also, the smoked malt flavors become a bit stronger and linger after the finish. Overall, I was was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I would have preferred a bit more smoke but this beer has great balance and complexity with smoke, tropical fruit, grassy hops and pale malt notes bouncing off of each other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with an average off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, light smoke and a trace of fruit. Flavor of sweet pineapple, pale malts, soft smoke, grains and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear yellow light orange color with an off white head. Aroma is mild, slightly yeasty, smoky. Flavor is light malts with a smoky finish. Not much pineapple, if any at all. Granted, it wasnt the freshest bottle. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (10201) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bomber. A bit of a gusher, even though it was refrigerated. Very cool aroma of pineapple and mild smoke. Delicate on the taste. Very well done, and a neat concept!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (6099) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Crisp, slightly hazy golden coloured body with a nice two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of smoke, alcohol, pineapple, malt, lemons and a bit of grass - nice. Medium-bodied; Pungent smoked notes up front with a definite complex characteristic followed by a very nice rich malt, alcohol, lemons, pineapple, grass and hay with a very dry finish. Aftertaste shows the amalgamation of those flavours with an emphasis on the smoked and dry notes and only showing a touch of fruit at the very end. Overall, a nice and rich beer with some good flavours, but very fitting to the front label - if you like a smoked pineapple or the sound of it, try this! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 09-August-2014 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington a few minutes after returning from holiday in Puerto Rico on 14-October-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (10013) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
22 oz. bottle shared by some friendly locals. Pours a hazy pale yellow-gold with a huge white head. The smoke is so, so faint in this one, we assumed it was smoked pineapple and not smoked malt being featured. Pale malts, hay, pineapple, and florals are all present, as well. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Neither as smoky or juicy as expected. Surprisingly restrained.

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