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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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1,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 51
Gots: 145 | 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: 1,677 | Reviews: 768
Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH pint glass

Appearance: poured a translucent dark gold, little to no head

Smell: smelled hoppy and dry, pleasing PA aromas

Taste: good standard pale ale, you wouldn't necessarily know it's a Rye PA, good flavor that continues through the after taste

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, tickling the tongue, light bodied

Drinkability: very, very drinkable. probably one of the best pale ales I've ever had. good flavor combined with a good presentation leave this beer very drinkable. I liked it.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a golden orange with medium thick off-white head and decent lacing. From the beginning, the aroma was a pleasant hoppy citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemons, with some floral accent. The flavor was a slightly bitter continuation of the citrus aroma and very hoppy. The palate had a hint of sour at the beginning, but rounded nicely by the malt to a long smooth finish. This is one of the best APA’s I’ve had.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm kind of surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, a couple made it back from Florida with me so here goes. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish foamy white head that persists a bit. Earthy spicy and citrusy on the nose with a bit of sweet toffee and caramel to back it up. Taste follows the aroma very well but intensifies the spicy earthy component and lessens the citrus. Medium to thin body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a great easy drinking summer beer for me, I wish I could get this one locally.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz empties a cloudy orange with some chill haze and a lively bursting of carbonation throughout. the head isn't huge but it stays put, leaving little dotty circles where the foam once was. oily. malty candy-corn aroma with hints of honey. fresh, sweet hops serve to offset the raw, leathery grain smell of the rye. the first contact with the nose is met with hesitation, but further deep breaths allow the beer to fill out its complexity. this beer feels absolutely perfect in the mouth. at first, smooth. the carbonation is evident but at no point does this become a crisp, spritzy beer. as it goes past the tongue and down the throat, it sizzles and tickles.

tastewise, this beer begins with an orange blossom nectar flavor when introduced. the rye dryness opens up as the beer spreads, matching nicely the understated hop bitterness. slightly metallic in the finish.. but not enough to detriment the experience too much. definitely more of an ipa in its approach than pale ale, but very drinkable for a beer with such pointed ingredients.

overall, surprisingly tame when compared to other rye beers i've had, like hop rod and the rail mail from willimantic brewing. that's the east coast for ya, and it allows this to move closer towards a solid session beer.. not a 'split the bomber and done' vibe. nice, thanks.

Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazed copper with a frothy white head that disappates to a quarter finger and leaves hints of lacing on the glass.
S- Smell is hoppy (earthy and citrus), with just a faint hint of rye.
T- the rye shows up here a bit more, as i was afraid from the aroma there wouldnt be enough rye to make a difference. Earthy and zesty flavors from the hops with that spicy rye finish.
M- I found the body to be medium, maybe a tad full bodied for apa, but the carbonation was significantly lacking on this one.
D- I like the idea of this beer. I think a bit more rye presence and more carbonation would have moved this beer up quite a bit for me. This being said, the strong hop character may be the reason that the rye didn't show through.

Photo of Aenema
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a medium head and very good lacing.
Smell - Aromas of rye and malt dominate the nose.
Taste - Rye with a smooth, malty backbone and a slight hoppy finsh.
Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel that was a little lighter than expected.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable and very sessionable.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a mild haziness and mild carbonation. There existed a rich foamy white head that stuck around for a good while, and left excellent lacing. There was a good ammoutn fo floral hops to the aroma, with sweet and sour fruits present, very mild malts if any. It was a very balanced taste, with sweetness and sour playing off eachotehr well. Hops and mild yeasts present as well. Biscuit or grain and malty taste linger after each sip. At first bitter and sour, but quickly turns sweet and smooth and finally rather dry in the mouthfeel. I was impressed and could have had a few more of these. Definitely a good first impression from Terrapin.

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 RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber. Nose is kind of grain-ish. Flavor is bringing an interesting mix of rye and pale ale characters. The rye is definitely providing a bite. But I feel like it has been toned down by a hop presence in there. Feel is a slighly thinner slick thing on the liquid and the carbonation bites a bit on the tongue. Overall a nice brew. Hearty and a bit robust.

Thanks to michaeld23 for this one.

Photo of EStreet20
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 16 oz shaker pint.

A - Slight haze, slight orange tint to a golen brew. Head a little less than a finger but nice staying power.

S - Nice smell, fairly subdued but enough of a citrus hop character along with a mild earthiness.

T - Smooth tasting pale. Again, citrusy hops are present but not huge. The rye makes itself known a little.

M - Fairly light bodied and smooth.

D - A nice sessionable pale ale. Hops could be played up a bit more but the rye keeps it interesting.

Photo of psinderson
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden amber color. Thick, off-white head with some lacing.

Smell: Spicy rye aroma hits first with a slight caramel note in the background. Interesting aroma.

Taste: Strong rye, like a piece of bread. Spicy, hoppy flavor with some maltiness. Mild, clean hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, good feel.

Drinkability: Quite smooth...goes down well.

Photo of mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Ding for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: Pours a clear honey golden color with a minimal head. Carbonation noted throughout the body and up the sides of the glass. The head disappears leaving wispy lacings and rings the glass.

Smell: A nice blend of sweet malt, fresh citrus and flowery hops, and a hint of peppery spices.

Taste: A wheaty base with some citrusy hop peaks here and there. Definitely a strong rye presence. A touch of lemon rind and that wheat base keeps creeping back into the game. Nicely balanced and blended.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly creamy with some good carbonation to balance it out.

Drinkability: Good. A touch on the thin side for me but very well balanced and very enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of uustal
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a slight white head. Aroma of citrus zest, pale malts and a bit of rye. Nice sweet and compact flavor. Good bready sweetness which includes the rye profile. A touch of citrus hops goes well with this solid pale. The rye is subtle, but present throughout the entire flavor trip. Good, simple, but original take on this style.

Photo of mrandypandy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold. Small white head on pour quickly drops down to a ring. Minimal lacing.
S- Just a bit of bready grains with a little spicy hop bitterness.
T- Spicy malt/grain backbone with a touch of hops to balance it out.
M- Medium body, dry, yet quite smooth.
D- High. Smooth body, clean balanced flavors make this quite drinkable.

Overall - Delivers on exactly what it promises: A pale ale made with rye. Clean, crisp, just enough bitterness to make it complex but not over-the-top (or an IPA). An easily overlooked, but solid offering from Terrapin.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review:
12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB date 12/19/09.

Appearance is orange and clear with thin tan head and spotting. Nose has aromas similar to mesquite and charred sweet orange. Palate is medium bodied with some sharp bitter orange notes and a light roast malt presence. Not overly bitter. Would be a great beer with barbeque or sitting around a bonfire. Recommend as a nice 6 pack brew.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best Enjoyed by Month 6, Week 1 notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Terrapin brew!

A - A tall pour leaves this beer with a weak white layer despite flowing carbonation bubbles. Wisps of lace add a pinch of character to the very slightly cloudy golden straw yellow beer.

S - A well-balanced aroma to be sure, the Rye Pale Ale has that sharp rye aroma with a sweet pilsner-like malt and floral noble hop aroma. Everything comes together as one nicely.

T - A backbone of sweetness and pale and pilsner-flavored malts has a low hop flavor of lingering floral notes and a sharp, noticeable rye graininess. Good balance.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp with a full carbonation kick and soft hop finish with low-level bitterness.

D - A good pale ale that's different enough to stand out but still stay drinkable. I haven't had much Terrapin but I like them a lot so far. More please Jon! :]

Photo of SteelerNation
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first rye beer I have tried.

A: The head is very disappointing. Ironically, the lacing is very good. Crystal clear light brown color.

S: Wonderful American Pale ale hop aroma. Beautifully citrusy and fruity smell.

T: The balance between hop bitterness and the rye profile is excellent. The hops are delicate yet complex with lots of citrus fruit flavors. The rye imparts a spicy and unique malted profile. I'm having a hard time descibing it, but it has a spicier and more powerfull grainyness to it. Like regular malter barley but with more ooomph!

M: A little bit watery and light. The wateriness gives of the impression of adjuncts being used in the brew.

D: Very, very drinkable.

I like the rye malt profile and the smooth hops in this beer a lot more than I thought I would. This beer is a too watery to be truly great. If it were less watery with a better head it would be an all time favorite.

Photo of paulginva
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, when poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a 1/2" slightly off-white head with fair head lacing that dissipated quickly. Body was a cloudy gold with soft carbonation

AROMA: Picked up a light aroma of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Moderate taste of fruity pine along with a light taste of toasted malts (maybe rye?) -- a bit more pronounced than one might expect in a pale ale. Not bad, just different.

MOUTHFEEL: Light; thin body with soft carbonation. Initial flavor was lightly bitter, moving to a moderate somewhat bitter dryness at the finish with a dry aftertaste. Body lacing was fair and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: At first I thought that this might be an all-night beer. On further reflection, though, I'd say that one or two would be my limit. It was a nice brew, worth the cost, and I'd drink it again and recommend it to friends but I probably wouldn't serve it at a social gathering since it's more of a sipping beer than a drinking beer.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Trade from Tilley4 -

Bottled 1st week of April 2010 - 12 oz bottle

Appearance - Poured into tulip poured one finger head that dissipated into a thin lace with little webbing on the glass - cloudy gold with orange hues - decent carbonation -

Smell - Light hops w/ some citrus

Taste - The hops are evident upfront with some mild citrus notes with mild pine notes.

Drinkabilty - This was an easy to drink brew - well balanced , just enough hops for a pale ale .

Photo of DerekP
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a bar called the Castle Tavern when I first saw a beer from Terrapin. It was only a few months ago, the beer was on tap, and it tasted like it was brewed with grapefruit and a lot of hops. Long story short, I really liked the beer, although I can't remember which brew from Terrapin it was.

I picked up Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale at GunTown Beer just yesterday. Into my nonic pint glass (english pub pint glass) the beer went, threatening to never reveal a foamy top. At the end of the pour a tiny, thin as string foam came up, if only to offer a rim.

I like the look: cloudy amber color; pretty much what I would assume a honey mead beverage to look like (I still haven't had the pleasure of seeing one for myself).

I like the smell: a little aromatic hoppiness, a little sweet malt, a little roasted malt, maybe even some raisin.

The taste is balanced: a good level of bitterness, hops, and malts to round out the body.

The top of the beer has begun to be a bit more active and less tepid than the initial impression. Not even halfway through the 12 oz portion, head retention is showing some guts relative to it's condition, and a little lacing has entered the building. This beer looks to be unfiltered, too, which is a big plus in my opinion.

Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale: if you see it, try it out. Cheers!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured in to a plastic cup from a 12 oz bottle

pours an orangish amber with a nice white head

the rye makes an interesting mix with the citrusy smells

tastes a somewhat creamy sweet and orange

full mouthfeel

very drinkable and definitely worth the ticket

Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice little session ale. lot of the citrusy hop with the spicy and dryness of rye. low ABV but lot of flavor, almost in IPA territory without being overly bitter. discounted, not 100% fresh but look forward to the next fresh batch and will try to pick some up then.

Photo of grayburn
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 20oz pour tonight at liberty taproom in myrtle beach.

Excellent clarity, perfect coloring for an american pale, just beyond a golden hue, leaning just a bit toward amber.

Nice citrus hops, a bit of rye to balance it out as far as the nose is concerned.

Perfect amount of rye in this beer, it really adds a great element, rounding out the entire pint and helping join the malt and hops. Good flavor.

The mouth was a bit thin but good, as per the style guidelines, well balanced.

Excellent session brew, I love how well balanced this beer is, I could easily put back quite a few.

I recommend this beer, especially for those ba's who like a little rye, thank you terrapin, thank you again.

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