Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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1,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,710
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 172 | 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: 1,710 | Reviews: 774
Reviews by ItsTheLimit:
Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying I'm stupid and didn't check the freshness date on the bottle before I picked this up the other day, and it was Best Before 11/29/10, which is a shame. I think it definitely detracted from the overall enjoyment of drinking this beer, but I arranged my review bearing in mind how this beer SHOULD have come out.

A.) This is a kind of deep brownish orange, color, reeaallllyyy hazy with almost no head. The color and body are actually pretty close to an apple cider.

S.) Awesome! Lots of grassy hop and a nice spice from the rye. Deep citrus and pine and everything a beer like this should be. If anything, this smells more like a rye IPA or something, actually.

T.) Unfortunately this doesn't live up to quite the same level of awesome as the smell does. The taste is there, but it's slightly muted. This could be due to the fact that it's a slightly older bottle, however, so I'm taking this with a grain of salt.

M.) This falls slightly flat for me and could use more carbonation, but again, I'm bearing in mind that this isn't necessarily a fresh bottle. I'll bear this in mind throughout my review.

D.) Nice balanced beer with a mid-range ABV makes this a great beer for summer, fall or spring. Really refreshing with a clean finish.

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock,NC with a jerk chicken pizza and it complimented it very well.Poured into a mason jar a light copper color with fluffy white head,aromas are quite hoppy heavy on the grapefruit and lemon rind with a touch of caramel underneath the hops.This beer is not heavy on the rye but its noticable on the palate just light sour note in the finish mainly the Pacific coast-type hop comes thru but a firm dry malt base keeps this quite balanced and quaffable.A pretty solid beer not over the top rye wise by any means and food friendly I wish I could get it here in Greensboro.

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

On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy, but bright, amber, topped with a decent 2 finger thick foamy head that settles to a respectable clinging lace.

Touch of sweetness in the nose, with a lightly sour/rye character, and floral pith. Soft mouthfeel, light-bodied, with a touch malt body. Gentle sweetness, light hoppiness and phenols from the rye. Pithy, with a tea and bready linger.

Flavor becomes quite malty and even sweeter as the beer warms. Grainy tannins in the finish, not overly pleasant ones. Balanced, but not overly impressive.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored beer makes a valient attempt at head but just can't hang on for more than about ten seconds. Whats left of the head hangs on for dear life as lacing. Virtually odorless. Citrus notes add a tang to an otherwise slightly bitter pale ale. The rye, which isn't as pronounced as I was hoping sneaks out at the end makes itself known in the aftertaste. Don't let the numbers lie to you, its all about the taste with this beer, and if you like Pale Ale, its definately one you should taste.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale.

A- Mild golden amber with orange hues. Decent soapy head that falls into frothy top with nice sticky lacing on rip of the glass.

S- Orange peels, fruity hops, and small amounts of rye are appearent.

T- Nice pale ale flavor that is light compared to the big dogs. Smooth rye kick at first, mild hop bitterness, and a simple yeasty ending.

M-D- Smooth mouthfeel of watery rye bite and refreshing hops are nice. Very drinkable for this style beer just not to afforable for something out of GA.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale copper in color with the slightest haze. Little to no head - more like bubbles struggling to the surface, then reducing to a slim white ring around the glass.

S: Light malts with an interesting fruity smell, along with some citrus hops. The malts are a little different; perhaps the rye?

T: Malt flavors are light and well balanced with the hops. There is an interesting sharpness with a bit of a dry edge. There isn't a ton of flavor in this but what is there is very well presented. The hop balance still leaves some room for the light malts to come through just enough. The finish is light, with just a small bit of hop bitter coming through in the linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively light and easy to drink, going slightly watery toward the finish. The carbonation is light as well, adding just enough to create a some additional body. Overall, this isn't really exciting, but it is a nice brew to just drink and enjoy, and that I did.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

There are not a whole lot of rye beers on the market, and Terrapin brews two with this pale ale being the smaller brother of Rye Squared.

The head survives a few sips and drops a patch blanket of lace on the glass, clear and bright with a dark golden color. The nose is very aromatic with toasted, pale caramel and spicy rye malt with a complex hop that throws herbal and pine notes into the mix. The smoothness is there with just enough crispness to carry the medium body along. Big on malt sweetness, with toasted bread, honey, caramel and grassy flavors. Hops are right there from the start to balance with a solid but modest hop bitterness. The hop flavor on the other hand brings complexity to the table with herbal, floral, soft citric and piney notes. Spiciness of the rye helps to balance as well. Semisweet finish with a pleasant lingering floral hop flavor.

More body than we expected which is not a bad thing at all; this beer has character to it and shows that it is not one of your run-of-the-mill boring pale ales.

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber with basically no head

S: Very mild smell. Floral hops and citrus are noticable.

T: A nice light flavor. Bitter hops and spicy rye are noticable as is a slight sweet maltiness. Balanced and light.

M: Light bodied, ok carbonation, and moderate spice/bitterness. No heat at all.

D: Very drinkable for a hoppy beer.

Overall, this one is worth trying if you see it. It's a perfect beer to try in a mix-a-six. I don't think I'd seek it out though.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 4/20/09. Drank on 4/20/09. :)

Pours a beautiful orange amber that glows with an inch of creamy off white head on top. Sticky lacing. Just looks great in the glass. Aromas of crisp, toasty malts upfront with a nice rye twang. Earthy, somewhat dirty hops with citric accents. Caramel undertones as well.

First sip brings crisp somewhat grainy malts upfront upfront with a spicy twang from the rye. Herbal, earthy hops midway through. Some citric and caramel accents as it flows down with a nice bitterness. Tasty, spicy pale ale. I think it might have been better with a different hop bill though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat chewy. Good balance of carbonation. Overall, it's a good pale ale and I like the addition of rye. I would pick this up again if it was local.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an edit on 3/14/2006 to my original review made on 11/29/2004. This is much more representative of my current thoughts on this one.

Poured clear orange with a small amount of whitish head that disappeared pretty quickly. I prefer a bit more head...who doesn't. Smell was very inviting, the typical slightly fruity/flowery with piney accents. A nice aromatic blend.

Nicely hoped brew that isn't over the top, very well balanced overall. The flavor has an initial hit of grapefruit followed by the piney flavors indicated by the aroma. Finishes a bit dry from the rye. The rye works well with the hop profile. I like a dry finish in a pale ale that has some piney accents.

Good mouthfeel. Highly quaffable brew and my general session beer in Atlanta. This is what I usually pick up on tap when I'm not at a good beer bar.

Photo of JasonA
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light coppe, not much head. Some hazyness, in a good way.

Strong citrus, and a few smells that seem different to me. Dry malt? Biscuit.

Malt, hop medium, hop finish. Some piney finish. Smell doenst move into taste.

Sits well, might be a tad imbalanced, but overall good.

Id love to have some more. Solid brew, not over the top.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized white head and a little bit of lacing. It had a rye bread aroma, and a rye bread, mildly hoppy taste. The beer was a bit on the mild side, not bad but not outstanding either. I have four more of these to drink, and I think I'll give some to my son-in-law.

Photo of Todd
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy, but bright, amber, topped with a decent 2 finger thick foamy head that settles to a respectable clinging lace. Touch of sweetness in the nose, with a lightly sour/rye character, and floral pith. Soft mouthfeel, light-bodied, with a touch malt body. Gentle sweetness, light hoppiness and phenols from the rye. Pithy, with a tea and bready linger. Flavor becomes quite malty and even sweeter as the beer warms. Grainy tannins in the finish, not overly pleasant ones. Balanced, but not overly impressive.

Photo of jisom123
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from CWguy5. Thanks for bringing a fresh bottle to Jackie O's.

A: Dark gold with little to no haze. thin head, but good retention. Swirling bubble retention tells me that there is going to be some thick malt. Nice.

s: a nice hop and malt balance. rich. caramel. cereal. not much Rye smell. Smells good enough that you know its probably going to taste great.

T: There's the rye! Arrives with a medium and stays around for a bit.

M:Nice carbonation. The smell indicated there would be lots of thickness, but there was only a medium amount.

Good "go-to" Rye beer.

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Taco Mac - Decatur, GA

A- Bright copper hue, great clarity shines well ... thin but sticky lace.

S- Mild spicy tartness from the ale-like characteristics and rye malt.

T&M- Crisp and spicy up-front, layer of malt sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent throughout the palate.

What can I say ... balanced and very drinkable. A session rye ale for sure.

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one on tap in Atlanta, over a year ago, and was quite impressed. Found a six pack in Asheville, NC, July 11, 2005, and regret not buying more.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small offwhite head that hangs around for several minutes before depositing some generous patches of lace all over my pint glass.
Aroma: Exceptional nose, with peppery rye grain, grapefruit, and pine sap hops, atop a solid caramel malt base. Fresh Mandarin orange accents add to an enticing bouquet.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation atop a medium body, with a spicy rye grain bite on the tongue.
Taste: Full bodied flavors abound, with a surprising complexity. Peppered rye bread is prominent, and is complimented by an array of malt and hop notes. Pink grapefruit, orange, and a hint of sweet, fresh peaches blend exceedingly well with the rye and other malty and hop flavors. The fruity hops meld so well with the grainy rye. Finishes with an ideal rye grainy note that goes well with the fruity hops.
Drinkability: This is one of the better rye ales out there. Very well balanced, and very tasty. I could have this one as a daily session ale if I were an everyday drinker. I highly recommend this one!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lostbearbrew for this addition on our last trade...one I have been wanting to try for some time.
Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color w/ a half finger of bright white head...decent amount of lacing going on.
Aroma is enjoyable...a nice citrus scent w/ a semi-sweet background.
The taste is decent...less flavor than what was detected in the nose, but it becomes more flavorful as it warms.
Rye does not overtake the brew and it is fairly well balanced w/ the bitterness presenting itself in the finish.
A bit thin in the mouthfeel but the carbonation is where I enjoy it to be. Could be a session brew, but I'd prefer to reach for an alternative if given the chance.
A decent offering and I am very pleased to get the chance to try.

Photo of nem2006
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice head, wonderfully supported by the extra hops.

Smelled pretty normal as far as pale ales go. The rye really shines through in the taste.

The beer starts with an ever so slight sweetness which quickly gives way to the slightly bitter rye middle. Even though the overall taste of the rye is bitter, it is distinct from hops because you can still taste a graininess to it. The finish is hoppy, but not overpowering and smooth. This is a light to medium bodied beer.

I was really impressed with the new level the rye gave the beer.

Photo of Byeast
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice clear deep golden color with just a tinge of orange/amber, solid 3/4 inch of offwhite froth.

Smell: Hoppy , with citrus , rind, and a zest that almost reminds me of spearmint, a bit of bready malt in there as well.

Taste: Nice soft feel and balance, hoppiness comes quick with a raw citric bittersweetness, then the malt blends it out a bit with bread and a tannin-like tang, also some faint spice(the rye?) a hint of raw cane sweetness comes as it warms, some more tea like hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: soft , medium bodied

Drinkability: Although i can't honestly say that i can really notice the rye, this beer does have an interesting, different, and fresh taste. Nice APA hoppiness but not too much , and a great mouthfeel, quite quaffable.

Photo of djwilson
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out of a bottle into hourglass beer glass.
Poured a nice hazy golden color with creamy white head.
Aroma had hints of light citrus hops with caramel undertones, maybe a hint of grapefruit not really getting the rye.
Overall I felt this beer was a pretty average Rye Pale not as good as Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic but still a quality beer. Could have several of these beers and not be tired of the flavor.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I must note that I was able to try this beer on-tap through the "Terrapinator," a hop-infusing device that filters the draught through whole hop leaves right into your glass. A truly unique and beer-licious experience.

Appearance was golden, with mild effervescence and a clean-look. Good two-finger head retention. Smell was incredible, almost as if I was about to eat a bowl of hops; spicy and woody. Taste, definitely lived up to the smell and then some. Light touch of maltiness, with a big, spicy hop bite throughout. Overall pleasing to the palate and a great tasting beer.

Photo of hiphopipa
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ivanwho for sending a couple of these along in the Refreshing Summer BIF.
Poured into a Victory Brewing tulip.
Clear and bright orange, with a head that quickly dissipates to leaving a bit of lace around the glass.
Full aroma that is very sweet from the malts.
Taste is crisp and spicy, primarily bready malt with a subtle citrus hop finish, floral notes linger.
Overall, smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of sammy44
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in Huntsville to take down to Auburn for the football game against Washington State.

Pours a coppery color with a thin white head that was fairly sticky. Smelled of citrusy hops and some sweetness. Tasted of orange from the hops and some sweetness. As the beer warmed (didn't take long in the heat we had at the tailgate site) the taste started to leave the the citrusy side and became sweeter. Very smooth but a little thin in the mouth. Fairly drinkable. Had no problem polishing off a sixer as the day went on.

Photo of sarahspat
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear dark golden color. The peach cream hued head is big, creamy and sticky. Pretty nice for a pale ale.

Smells of candied grapefruit, tropical fruits (specifically, pineapple) and citrus peel. Very rich and complex.

Tastes of pine resin, spicy rye, very nice, powerful ripe white grapefruit flavor; tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), flowers. Fantastic flavor from the rye here and it complements the hops very well.

Full-bodied and skillfully carbonated. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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