Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,699 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,699
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aracauna on 09-09-2002

Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.
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Ratings: 1,699 | Reviews: 772
Photo of thehoppylady
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrapin uses rye to brew this pale ale, a grain seldom found in other micro brewed beers. Which is how it acquires its signature taste. It's also made with five varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts.

Photo of thole1
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Decent overall pale ale with a nice amount of bitterness.

Photo of EvoRich
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pale copper in color. White head which is thin.

Smell: A lot of fruits, citrus especially, hops. Has a nice hint of maltyness.

Taste: A lot of citrus and hop bitterness up front. Almost like orange juice with hops.

Feel: Medium feel and god carbonation level. Refreshing.

Photo of Csikic93
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New favorite for me, great refreshing rye

Photo of Treyliff
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, enjoy by May 2015

A- pours a golden-orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave a thin layer floating on top

S- floral & fruity hop aromas up front with some peppery spice from the rye, slightly sweet malt with some lemon aroma on the close

T- floral hop flavor follows the nose with with some fruity notes following, slightly spice mid-palate from the rye, followed by a hint of lemon grass, mango and a toasted malt finish

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- plenty of flavor from this pale ale, with a nice kick from the rye addition

Photo of chefdave37
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I get rye notes this was just an everyday pale ale.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the least rye tasting rye brew I've had. However, I really like it. The floral smell introduces a floral and honey taste, leaving an oily and slightly bitter after taste. As a pale ale, it's great. It's an every day drinker, but not at $2.25 per bottle at the store. I'd drink it again.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, small white head, good lacing down the glass

S: Floral, citrus and pine smell of hops

T: Not the kick in the teeth hop taste that I was expecting, more subtle tones of the hops that you get in the nose and a nice malt sweetness to balance it nicely

M: Medium feel, not too watery

O: A solid pale ale. I have been passing this one up in the beer store and I'm sorry I've waited so long to give it a shot. A new go to pale ale.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the terrapin staples, and one of the firsts beers to bring rye into my world back in the day, so i like this one quite a bit. it used to be real intense on the rye, but i think the rest of the industry has caught up to the point where this seems almost light in that regard. a nice hoppy pale, and the rye gives it a lot of earthen character, definitely distinct, although i would not go so far as to call it spicy, which is what we usually use to describe the contribution of rye. its more of its synergy with the hops that makes this one unique. its balanced like most terrapin beers, meaning in this instance that the hops and the grain are both flavorful all the way through, not like a malty front end and a hoppy finish, its not like that at all. the beer is just a tad sweet, and the hops are a little generic to me, you know, C varietal stuff, but the composition of the whole is excellent, and a landmark really. not my favorite terrapin beer at all, but one of the ones i respect the most.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first go to pale ale that I still enjoy from time to time.

Photo of bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on 1/29/15 with a best by date of 1/28/15 (1 day stale?)

Something about the flavor profile in this beer just isn't working for my tastes. A little sweet upfront with alot of earthy and black pepper flavors (if that is what I'm tasting) and a crisp slight bitter finish. I've had several rye based beers and none have the smell/tastes I'm picking up in this one. Many other pale ales and lighter rye based beers I'd prefer over this one.

Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While it may not be some all star beer that people rave about, this is one beer that I could drink any day. Pretty well balanced. Very drinkable.

Photo of Keystone
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the beers that got me into hops and craft beer. Solid beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with producing 1 1/2 fingers of off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves some patchy streaks, strings & motes of lace. Aroma is grainy, toasty & floral with bitter & spicy notes of rye, piney hops & a faint hint of grapefruit. Taste is earthy grain, toast & rye mixed with earthy citrus & pine. Produces a low-moderate bitter across the tongue, front to back, with a floral, grapefruit, piney resin & light pepper mixing with spicy rye & pale/lightly toasted malt background producing a nicely bitter, dry finish. Unusually the bitter does not linger in the predominantly but shortlived malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, drawing & peppery. Pairs exceptionally with spicy boiled crawfish.

Photo of beerme626
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid, rye-y rye pale ale. Nothing over the top; just good, mellow rye flavor and moderate carbonation for an easy drink.

Photo of stumac
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drinkin this in New Orleans at Le Bon Temps Roule!

Photo of TX-Badger
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear orange color with off-white head. Rye, spice, floral notes, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with rye and spice. Very nice, just a good amount of hop bit but enough caramel malt to round it out.

Photo of elkabong
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

the fuck happened to the tick rating?

Photo of jkrich
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to amber with a slowly receding and foamy white-head; intricate lacing on glass.

Not much going on here: some faint grassy hops and malt, but the aroma becomes fainter after the pour.

I have tried many "rye" ales and have simply not been able to detect much rye flavor, but this one does have a nice rustic and cereal flavor I associate with rye. The soft and smooth malt flavor is also pleasant, while the hop bitterness is very restrained.

The mouth feel is smooth but does leave some lingering bitterness on the tongue. The carbonation keeps the ale refreshing and zesty.

The label states "The South's Original" and features a banjo playing terrapin a la The Grateful Dead. The ale is very good but hardly original or distinct. The rye does give it a little extra flavor sometimes missing in other mild, low-hopped pale ales.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by of Feb 2015. Poured into a mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Hop citrus and some lemon zest with biscuit

Taste: Hop bitterness up front that has a fruit peel zest to it and some spicy malt notes in the middle with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some lingering bitterness

Overall: A solid pale ale that is complex, but doesn't fall apart which helps it to stand out.

Photo of beerdedking
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this Rye PA, as I love me some rye in any form. However, it's not very well executed.
The rye seems left behind, but in it's place is a slightly skunky pilsner/pale malt flavor with minimal
hop presence. Reminds me of a very mediocre English Pale Ale. Highest marks for nice carbonation, mouthfeel,
color, and lacing. Taste is bland skunk adjunct. Not an old bottle btw. Drink by 12/14....

Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thin head that disappear quickly.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of unused tea bags, oranges, a bit of rye and light wood.
Citrusy flavor with notes of grapefruit, biscuit and toasted malts, resin, pines, tea bags, rye, oranges and lemon. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation.
It tastes like a citrusy APA with a rye twist, not otherwise, just to spice things up a bit. Though, it increases through out the degustation. Really well crafted beer that is worth trying.

Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice scent of citrus and rye
Appearance- A great dark golden color with a thick off-white head
Taste-Has a sharp dry rye flavor
Palate- a dry medium bodied beer
Overall- pretty good, great color a nice dry flavor. I would order this again.

Photo of wonothesane42
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A nice copper hued ale with a sticky white head and good lacing, smells like rye, biscuit, and citrus. Taste is nice, starts off with citrus flavors something between lemon and orange, then as the rye comes on the taste is of apple and then the spicy rye which lingers afterward. Nice beer very solid, if you like rye seek this one out.

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

If you dig ryes and IPAs this is pretty good stuff. I don't happen to be fond of either, so the score I gave must be taken with a grain of salt.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,699 ratings.