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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,450 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 78 | 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:
Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 09-09-2002)
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with an orange cast to it. The head is beige and has very nice staying power and leaves sticky lace.

The aroma on this is super citrusy and mouthwatering. I would say it is a bit more orange than grapefruit, but with a little bit of pine and some floral notes as well. It has plenty of pale malt sweetness, which adds even more of a juicy character to the citrus. There is also just a slight twinge of rye in the nose.

The flavor is unfortunately not quite as nice as the nose. It is still wonderfully hoppy, with the same sort of citrusy, floral character to it, and a bit of pine. The base malt is very sugary and non-descript. I am getting some nice rye flavor, but the rest of the malt seems pretty flat and boring. Bitterness is quite firm, but far from out of control.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and the beer is well carbonated. The finish is pretty balanced, with an oily coating nature to it. Perhaps a little thin overall, but pretty good.

This beer goes down easily and is quite tasty. If this tasted as good as it smelled it would be outstanding, but even with a taste and mouthfeel that disappointed a bit, it is still a very solid APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:27:44 | More by zoso1967
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, another on from Total Wine and More, Raleigh. Label as above with a hillbilly turtle playing a banjo, complete with a stalk of rye in the corner of his mouth. Best before 5/17/09. "The Terrapin Rye PAle Ale was chosen as the American Pale Ale Gold Medal winner at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious beer competition in North America."
Brewed to the exact specifications of Terrapin Beer Company's Brewmaster by Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick MD.
Clear, pale amber with a thin orange tinged white head. Foam quickly forms a thin ring around the glass, lots of tiny bubbles continue to rise to the surface.
Some spicy aromas, earthyness from the rye, and some floral hops. Good flavor, can easily taste the rye come through with the first sip. Good bitter, and slightly spicy finish with out overpowering. Thicker than expected mouthfeel, but not overly cloying, creamy smooth. A nice full flavored beer, very good example of a rye pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:16:53 | More by BigBry
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riored4v

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, white head. Faded quick. Slightly hazy, copper colored body.

Aroma had lots of citrus and floral hop aroma. Some good bitterness that resembled grapefruit. Some good maltiness. Subtle amount of rye. Fairly strong bready aroma.

Taste was very pleasant. Subtle amount of breadiness up front that turned a floral and fruity hop flavor. Some good citrus notes that turned towards a mild bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable. Subtle notes of spice from the rye.. wished it was bit stronger.

Medium body with a medium carb. Crisp finish.

Overall it was a good drinking beer. Nice blend of flavors and aroma. Very much a pale ale with a bit of a hoppy profile. No signs of abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:09:47 | More by riored4v
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 11/13/09
Best by 7/8/09

Thanks to Freethyhops for the bottle

A - Pale orange with some cloudiness. ¼ inch head thins quickly, leaving light retention. There are sparse but decent streaks of lace, thinning over time.

S - Malty nose full of the obligatory rye. Notes of caramel & toasted malts. Some citrus hops are present by way of orange.

T - The flavor is similar to the nose, though inverted. Hoppy bitterness is offered upfront with a shot of floral hops. Following is a citrus spiciness - grapefruit, orange zest & a touch of lemon. Toasted rye makes a smooth & solid backdrop without obstructing the hops.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Has a juicy quality, overall. There is some lingering bitterness on the finish.

D - I was actually hoping for a more pronounced rye presence. In any case, it's a solid-drinking beer that might benefit from a tweak or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 22:38:57 | More by Ryan011235
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Translucent amber coloration, nice two finger head, decent retention. Laced in neat layers.

S - Fresh, hoppy aroma with a biscuity malt backing. Very sweet fragrance. Also picking up some earthy tones, not bad like dirt, but something similar.

T - The initial wave of flavor is a pleasant hop bite, but after that fades the rye and malts become apparent. Very smooth and well balanced.

M - Surprisingly light and crisp, faint grass notes in the aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit sharp.

D - Very enjoyable, definitely a well constructed ale. Not afraid in the least to say this one impressed me. I'd love to drink another again in spring, I just felt caged drinking it in an ice storm.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:13:48 | More by PhageLab
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drperm

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Purple Onion, Saluda NC.

Nice draught...not too spectacular in the aroma department (but not bad either). Great with a Mediterranean platter (baba ghanouj, hummous, tabouleh, olives...). The wee bit o' rye does clean the palate and leave you thirsting for more. I'm getting good at this identifying beer thing -- I had a hunch that it was dry-hopped (VERY floral on the tongue), and sure enough, it is!

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 16:30:55 | More by drperm
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jadpsu

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on the cloudy side with a thin head that has very little lasting power.
Smell offers citrus and spicy. Taste is same with some tart citrus, mostly oranges, and spicy.
Not sure if that is from the hops or the Rye Malts?
Taste starts sour and tart but mellows out providing a little sweetness and then a dry bitter finish.
Pretty good. Had it with dinner for parents 65th anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 22:07:51 | More by jadpsu
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hmf05

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw gold with a two finger head. Smells mostly of sweet caramel and pine. Not a very aromatic brew, but it smells nice. Taste is more of the same. Sweet malts balance out the pine. Pretty light tasting beer with good carbonation. Overall, very pleasant APA. Perfect lawnmower beer. Well balanced and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:17:08 | More by hmf05
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this on a recent trip to South Carolina. The beer poured a Golden Orange color and was slightly cloudy. The head froathed up rich and thick but disappated very quickly.


A very unique nose. A citrusy and floral scent. A very hoppy beer with a strong Citrus taste.

A thin and watery beer, with a fair amount of carbonation and a very bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 18:29:32 | More by DaggerEyes
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DustinPowers74

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber color with a small head. Sweet floral hop aroma. Rye and hops combine in the taste to make a bitter but pleasant experience, followed by a sweet finish. While this a fairly serviceable pale ale, it's not the best I have ever had, but I wouldn't tell you not to pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:26:16 | More by DustinPowers74
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light and golden color with a moderate amount of white head that forms up at first, then sticks around and provides some decent lacing. Smell is quite grainy, some hay and grass notes that I can make out, a bit of malty sweetness and some slight, slight grapefruit. The taste is what makes this beer. It starts out with a mild and bready malt sweetness that is quite dry in character, followed by a touch of that rye spicy kick blended in with a bit of grainy/nuttiness, with a nice and balanced piney and citrusy hop profile. The mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing, with a nice dry finish. Nothing too fancy with this beer, but definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:07:50 | More by jsdunlop
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drseamus

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I gotta give credit where credit is due. This is truly a picturesque beer. Amazingly clear amber body filled with tons of quickly rising bubbles that form a thick rocky head on the top of the beer. I give this a 6 on appearance.

S: Spicy notes, possibly from both hops and rye.

T: Good bitterness and rye right up front. The rye dies a bit but the bitterness lasts.

M: Fairly thick but strangely creamy. The creaminess seems to defy the spice and hops.

D: I'm not sure how many of these I could drink before my tongue waves the white flag, but I'd be willing to find out.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:26:27 | More by drseamus
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jkbusman

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a slightly cloudy copper color with a short head that subsides quickly, but leaves some nice lace on the glass

S - a strong rye component with a bit of hoppy spice

T - very crisp up front with a sweet rye malt to back it up; finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness

M - medium light body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - a quality rye ale from a quality brewer; delicious with any sandwich on rye (especially a reuben...mmm)

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 17:53:45 | More by jkbusman
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours yellowish orange with a decent white laced head. Looks like a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is pretty weak. Nothing too outstanding, in fact for a Pale Ale I was expecting more of hoppy presence. The taste is pretty mellow and smooth. Nothing really jumps out at you but then again nothing really really bad hits you either. I'd say this is actually a very good session type beer that you can guzzle a few down with ease and get some decent taste too. So pretty much I'd get this again for those hot summer days where you just want to enjoy a better than ok beer throughout the afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:02:48 | More by sjones5045
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"One of the more unique beers coming out of the South, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale offers a new twist on a classic style. By using an exact amount of rye this beer offers a complex flavor and aroma that is in tune with your taste." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale with an emphasis on Rye as the specialty malt. First brewed in 2002, this is the launch beer by Athens, Georgia's Terrapin Beer Company, and has been a staple year-round beer since.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Terrapin pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing creamy off-white head over a mildly hazy amber body with moderate relaxed carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is medium-thick and sticky. This beer has a very solid appearance with no shortcomings. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of pale malts, lightly toasted caramel malts and a touch of spicy rye grain for a bready depth. Hops are largely floral and fruity varietals with a moderate bitterness. Hints of citrus linger in the background. The hop profile is a very potent part of this beer's aroma. Balance is mildly sweet over bitter. 4

(Taste) Mildly sweet up front and continues throughout- you can certainly pull out the bready rye character that adds a touch of density to the malt profile beyond a clean pale barley malt. Hop characters are mildly fruity and subtle floral, providing a nice compliment to the rye. Bitterness is very mellow in this beer- it's not too far out of balance but a touch of extra hop bitterness could positively enhance the depth of this beer. It remains light in flavor and very drinkable, a fair craft introductory beer as well as a fair introduction to what Terrapin is capable of. If you don't like abrasively hoppy beers you may find great solace in the Rye Pale Ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is smooth, slick and a touch resinous. Carbonation adds a moderate crispness and zing to the texture. Finish is just barely dry. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Some mild mineral characters are discernible, but don't impact the taste much. 3.5

(Overall) This is a fair introduction to what Terrapin is capable of- the malt profile is a touch more excited and rounded with the inclusion of Rye, which has been almost a trademark stamp of the brewery since. Combine this with the accessibility of floral and fruity hop notes and you have a very drinkable ale. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
3.81/5.00

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 01:48:56 | More by Jadjunk
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 00:42:23 | More by SIRIUS2
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

aroma is sweet and malty and lightly citrus.

appearance is golden/copper color with a nice thick head that stays persistent throughout.

easy drinking super suitable for summer days and a beautiful use of rye in the midst of the flavor. peachy, sweet, malty, & spicy to even out the malt and hoppy flavor characteristics. some citrus and pine but finishes clean and dry. I feel the rye is noticeable in this beer witch is a welcoming surprise. enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:15:25 | More by MRsojourner
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with almost no head and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops & rye grain, along with some citrus, caramel and spice.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of rye, citrus and caramel. I suppose the fact this beer is an APA and not a Rye Beer is testament that it doesn’t overdo it with the rye, like some other beers do, which I think is a good thing. There’s a strong hops presence that comes in next to provide a good balance but doesn’t overpower you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, if you’re in the mood for this type of beer this is a good one to drink several of.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 03:25:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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garthwaite

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a light orange with a minimal head that dissolved to nothing within minutes. Nice hoppy aroma of pink grapefruit & grassy hop flowers. Sweet & relatively substantial malt baseline attempts to balance this well hopped ale. Moderate bitterness with lemony citrus hops in the flavor. Medium bodied, but seemed a bit undercarbonated. Finished clean & crisp, this hopped up pale is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 19:39:13 | More by garthwaite
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At The Shepherd & The Knucklehead in Haledon, NJ. Into an American pint glass it poured a semi-hazy orange-amber, with two fingers of bright white head, fantastic retention, and great lacing too. The nose was overall very subtle; herbal, hay, grass, slight menthol, and even slighter apple. The taste began herbal and apple'ish, to a malty (and slightly caraway?) mid-palate, to a semi-dry finish. Nothing stood out in copious amounts; simply balanced. Nice medium body, accentuated by the lack of carbonation. Great for sessioning.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 02:21:41 | More by donniecuffs
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt autumn orange color with a nice head of dense foam. Medium low level of carbonation. Some lacing in the glass. Nice.

S: Definitive aroma of rye and malt, with a pronounced hop presence. Hints of citrus breakthrough, but otherwise maintain a role in the background.

T: Grains, base malts, earthy husk and wood. Very raw upon the initial taste, but develops into a nice full rounded flavor. Hops are noted, but must be sought to be identified. Mild sweetness is present with the malty bread flavors. Well done.

M: Mouthfeel was a bit too flat for my liking. A touch more carbonation (really, only a touch) would have really accented the brew nicely. Otherwise, the density and smooth crispness fit well.

D: Not too bad. An interesting twist on two styles that the average advocate wouldn't likely consider. Worth trying.

Notes: Special thanks to mikesgroove for the 12 oz. sample via No Name BIF.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 01:03:48 | More by Frozensoul327
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

apears a sorta hazy orange golden color, with nice white head 1/2" thick, that leaves a decent lacing. the two expected aromas, rye and hops, are definitely in there. the flavor is rye, with a little hops bit, but still very well balanced. medium carbonation and body. pretty drinkable, all around decent beer

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 04:19:46 | More by jmdrpi
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Thunderball

Florida

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this gem at my local ABC. Poured into a tulip glass. produced a nice two finger head that dissipated into islands of white foam floating in a sea of amber. Smell of the citrus along with the hops, and a slight hint of rye bread. Bottle states that along with the rye, this beer is brewed with five different hops. The taste is of a mellow hop and grapefruit that the smell alluded to. Easy drinking beer that you could consume after a hot day in the Florida sun, Not complex, but satisfying none the less. My usual barometer is, would I purchase this beer again? I would have to say yes.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:04:28 | More by Thunderball
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roan22

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. bottle purchased at Capone's, in my short stubby tulip glass. The bottle label doesn't state the ABV, IBU or any other specific information about the ingrediants used [personal nitpick I think].

Appearance is a clear, orangey-gold color. Light lacing left on the glass. A few carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is of sourdough bread and a sweetness..some plant like or minty hops on the nose as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: starts off with a well-balanced intermingling of toasty malts and bittering hops..then a sourdough bready note..followed up with more hop bitterness then a numbing mintyness on the tongue.

Drinkability, I've decided, does not improve and in fact gets worse as I finish the glass. I don't like this numbing aftertaste. Starts promising but...needs something to tie all the flavors together better.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 04:02:10 | More by roan22
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Phatz for another fine beer gift.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint cold.
A - A golden amber w/ a slight haze and 2 finger off white head. Smooth top and tiny bubbles rise to the bottom of the head. Lots of lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus and grapefruit odors from hops fill the nose of the beautiful apricot hued ale. Sweet malt aspects are noted as the head begins to fall. A nice fruity arom of apricot lingers on.

M - A snap of carbonation is followed by sweet and dry malt that leads to a more dominant acidity

T - The taste is really well balanced even though the hops seem to be heavy in the aroma. Great grain flavors that are light and dry w/ sweetness in the finish. The hops give a sweet,yet "just bitter enough" effect to this beer. The citrus notes meld well w/ the taste of the rye accent giving a great flavor w/ a tinge of astringency. Everything you might expect from a good pale ale w/ a splash o' rye.

D - So smooth it is really a well made beer. I recommend it, today it was my breakfast beer w/ eggs covered in applewood smoked mozzarella.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 18:38:50 | More by Slatetank
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