Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 119 | 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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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to review some more local brews.

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear amber/copper with a nice, fluffy white head, leaves some lace and never completely dissipates.

S: Mild overall. Mostly of hops and graininess from the rye, as it warms the the malt becomes more noticeable.

T: Starts out with good hop flavor, not very bitter compared to some pale ales. Mostly floral, but pretty nice flavor here. The hops are quickly followed by some grainy malt. This leads into a very pleasant malty sweetness that is an almost perfect balance. Not sure if I can actually taste any rye here, if anything maybe the malt is slightly altered in flavor.

M: Pretty unimpressive here. Pretty thin feeling and not very crisp. I'm assuming the rye causes the smoothness. Could have used a little more excitement.

D: Very easy drinking. For sure could use this as a session beer. There are some nice flavors and balance between the hops and malt. Although some more crispness would have helped out the mouthfeel I really enjoy the smoothness from the rye.

Notes: A solid all around beer. It does what it sets out to do very well. I like the addition of the rye and it works well with everything else. Once again a nice balanced beer that I could drink plenty of in a night.

Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: Month 12 Week 5 Year 12

A= Pours a hazy orange color with a nice thicker off white head on it that holds steady retention and spotty lacing.

S= The smell is a nice floral citrus punch in it as well as a little tiny amount of spicy rye but not too much.

T= The taste is an excellent hop punch of nice citrus and pine hops again with just a kiss of rye to add an extra complement to the hop character.

M= A nice solid mouth. Very drinkable.

O= This is a solid beer. I could see myself drinking this a lot in the spring/fall transition weather. Try this if it's near you!

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold-yellow in color with a nice fluffy head to top it off. It has a light aroma of hops and rye, reminding me a bit of a slice of rye bread.

The flavor is quite good. The rye adds a nice crisp twang to go with a healthy hop bitterness. The rye is used with restraint, though, and I bet if I tried this blind I wouldn't be able to detect it.

The body is also good, with a nice creamy quality.

Overall this is a fine beer. It's my first from Terrapin, a newcomer to Florida. I look forward to trying more.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 11/5/07 - sampled two months before that. It pours a well-carbonated, crystal-clear orangey/gold hue, with a loose, three-finger khaki head that leaves nice lacing. Toasted and biscuity malts in the nose, with a decent helping of rye and a light backing of hops. The taste is similar, with citric/piney hops that impart a medium bitterness, but the rye is more subtle than in the aroma. Medium, drying, yet fairly smooth on the palate, and it imparts a medium finish. Not too shabby of a pale ale, but even with the rye it isn't different enough to make it a standout brew.

Photo of qchic
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears medium amber in the glass with an ample 2 finger head. The aroma is a balanced mix of citrusy hops and rye malts--and for some reason it seems very powdery to me. The flavor is also balanced, starting grainy and finishing bitter with some fruity notes. Medium body. Not the best rye pale ale out there but solid and easy to drink.

Photo of JSisk
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from Athens, I can say that this beer is one of Terrapins biggest sellers. With that said it is not my favorite. I prefer "Hopsecutioner" and "Golden" but this is a great beer that can be found almost everywhere in the metro Atlanta area.

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, shipped by blackness

appearance: pours into an ale asylum pint glass...quite clear copper body, big beige froth with strong retention, rather light in body

smell: not an overly distinct aroma...caramel malts, rye loaf and very bready, minimal hop

taste: aroma was rather indicative of the taste as well - mildly metallic rye notes throughout, bready and malty, caramel, nutty...a pretty easy drinker

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into an over sized wine glass.
A- Golden brown 2 finger head that went to a 1/2 inch with good retention and some good lacing.
S- Citrus, hops, malts, smelled sugar....
T-Sweet at first then grainy....the rye....Pine hop at the end.
M-light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish
O-Not bad, enjoyable, would get again.

Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a 6 pack I got as an "approachable" beer for my family, from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours clear amber with a nice white head.

Aroma is nice and sweet, with rye evident along with herbal and floral hops.

Flavor is good with sweet pale malt and caramel. Hops are mostly herbal and somewhat subtle. Rye makes itself known.

Medium-bodied with a nice mouthfeel for a pale ale.

Overall I like this beer a lot for what it is. Very drinkable.

Photo of thesyko56
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice lighter amber color. Inch to inch and a half head very nice.

S: Very nice smell. The rye comes through in a good way making a very pleasant smell. There are some citrus hits as well as some very nice hop aroma.

T: Very nice taste. For those used to drinking pale ales this variation is very nice. The rye is very prevalent but does not overpower the beer. Hints of fruit are in the taste just like the smell and the finish is hoppy but not harsh.

M: Medium carbonation but still light and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. A step above a session beer and very enjoyable.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown with tan on the outer extremes. Head is one to two fingers of bright off white suds; very malty.

S- Smell was of nuts and buttery. Just a touch of burnt wheat maybe? In a good way though.

T- Taste was terriffic! Very light bitterness, mixed with sweetness of nuts and caramel. The maltiness of the taste was pleasing as well. Small touch of chocolate after the bitter midtaste.

M- Mouth is excellent as well. Very rich malty texture. The lingering head is perfect to complement the thickness. Not overly carbonated, just right in the middle.

D- Very drinkable beer. Even though it is rich and a semi-thick mouthfeel, I could see myself drinking this for a while to come.

Very nice, Terrapin!

Photo of PCampbell
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice light amber, very clear, with a thin off-white head.

Has a very sweet rye malt scent to it, with some nice citrus hops to go along with it. The malt taste is right up front with some light bready and light citrus notes as well. The balance seems to be more towards the malt. Has a medium mouthfeel to it with some nice carbonation.

A nice twist on the pale ale with the rye malt. Not much hops to it but it is very easy drinking.

Photo of Lupe
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper that shines with great clarity. Small white head leaves some lace.

Sweet-tart aroma with grain and floral hops.

Starts crisp and spicy, with malt sweetness and bread stepping in. Hops are fairly mellow, but build to a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent. Hint of wood. Well balanced, smooth and flavorful.

Light-medium in body. Crisp and smooth. Easy to drink, but I can see growing tired of this beer after a few. Rye character takes away from sessionability.

Photo of levifunk
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - golden color. less carbonation than I would expect for a pale ale...you really have to agitate the pour to get a head.

s - hops, spicey rye, and caramel sweetness

t - dry light flavor. rye flavor is obvious, and somewhat appealing although I don't usually care for it. I think its the caramel sweetness that balances it out. Also some bitter hops comes through.

m - light body as expected. carbonation may not appear strong but it comes through in the feel.

overall - there is just something about rye that I don't care for. Although I can easily drink this and could have another, it leaves such a dryness on my tongue that I wouldnt want to have too many in a night. That being said, its one of the better rye beers I've had.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a three-finger head that dissipates to a small lasting cap... average lacing.

Nice fresh smell... lots of hops... piney, citrusy and floral. An unidentifiable scent might be the rye.

Hops flavors such as grapefruit and pine along with the evident rye. Some malts also through the middle, finishing with a bitter hoppy bite. I'm not a hophead, but this is good!

Average mouthfeel and carbonation for the style I guess.

Drinkability is good... plenty of flavor and nice smells to keep it interesting. Maybe my favorite APA thus far!

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

I got this one as a single from WFM. Stamped with a best by date 11/30/09. Bitchin' bottle like something off a Grateful Dead t-shirt.

A: Got more than a finger of large-bubbled head. More carbonationy head, less foamy. Color is slightly cloudy amber-gold. Head retention is not the greatest but not bad either.

S: Not as fragrant as some other pale ale that I've stuck my nose into. With a few swirls I'm unlocking some earth, some hops, a tiny bit of grapefruit and some other unknown fruit.

T: Taste is tangy initially, with some sharpness to it which to me is not a bad thing. It doesn't stick around long. Definitely taste some grapefruit with a tiny hint of rye bread and a little sugar. I'd say this one has some characteristics of a Hefeweizen. Nice, smooth finish with no bitter aftertaste. Wish I could taste more rye.

Drinkability: I could definitely take down a sixer of this without getting sick of it, no problem.

Value: I've seen this for about $8.99 a six pack. It is even available at some nicer Publix around me. Should be a buck cheaper, but this is a good choice for a summer bbq or a lazy day around the house listening to (what else) Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my first rye beer
a- nice light amber clear color, really small head with only a thin ring of lacing
s- smells of mild rye and grass with some sweet malt
t- nice mild rye taste with semisweet malts and maybe a hint of honey, very pleasant
m- nice mediumthin mouthfeel, with some bubbles at the roof of your mouth
d- a very enjoyable beer , i look forward to trying other rye beers in the future

Photo of drunkmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: enjoy by 5/31/08

Appearance- Clear copper, lively carbonation and nice sticky lacing.

Smell- Rye dominates with malt and just hint of earthy hops.

Taste- A good dose of rye upfront and slight malt presense. A moderate bit of tea like hop bitterness to finsh.

Mouthfeel- Slick and crisp with lively carbonation.

Drinkability- This one has session written all over it. A very crisp and refreshing balence of rye,malt and hops.


Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rounding out my reviews for the terrapin variety pack...

Poured from the bottle into standard pint glass, nice deep golden color with light frothy, head that presents deep but dissipates and clings.

Smell is a bit of caramel roasted malt, a touch of spicy hoppiness.

Taste is big on the rye malt, a sweetness that presents very sour in combination with the spicy dried citrusy tasting hops, with hints of spice and pine.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, a touch of carbonation keeps flavors balanced in the mouth

quite drinkable, might pick up a full case of this some time.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color and is slightly hazy. A frothy head sits on top, it's small and white and leaves some lacing. Gently carbonated with small bubbles.

Aroma fins sweet malts and spicy rye with a hint of orange hops. Interesting aromatics here.

Taste is good but I'm not really picking up much in way of spicy rye malts. It's there but rather subdued.
Hops have a citrus blend and finishes bready.
Drinks smooth and crisp with a semi bitter finish.
Really quite good with a nice depth of flavor one would find typically in higher ABV beers.

Photo of Pamola
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this brew as an extra from ChuggyMcBeer. Thanks, josh. Haven't tried this one yet. This is also beer 1100 for me. Pretty sweet. Here goes...

A: Poured a bright and light golden amber, very clear with a minimal head that dissipates into a patchy film quickly.

S: You have to hunt for aroma. No powerful hop or rye aromas. Deep down there is a hop crispness subdued by the grainy, sharp rye malt aroma. Although it is mellow, there are no off aromas at all. I would expect something with a bit more presence though.

T: Mmm. There you go, terrapin. This is solid and rather complex for a pale. Very hoppy and crisp upfront with a strange sweetness like sour watermelon that stays on the tongue and lips while the main flavor grinds into that tapering rye malt and hop bitterness in the back. Not incredibly smooth but damn tasty.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary, really. Pretty darn balanced but maybe a little too effervescent.

D: Most definitely. If I lived in georgia, this would be a regular 6pack purchase for me and is the best session offering from terrapin I've tried.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color-darker then say a Bud or macro but not the deeper gold/orange hue you would find in your usual pale ale. Mellow aroma-somewhat citrusy and floral. Nice sweet malty flavor with a crisp dry finish. Nice hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel. A very pleasing beer overall. The first I have had from this brewery. Well done American Pale.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Best Before 09/03/07

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, some malts, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, slightly malty/citrus, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA, would buy if it was around here. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of emacgee. Thanks Ethan!
Pours a clear amber gold color with a white head that lasts a good while. Smell is Nicely hopped with a zesty rye zing and light maltiness as well. Taste is a very balanced hoppiness up front with a maltier finish with a nice amount of flavor. Crisp, lightly bitter bite to it, with the taste of rye present. This is a fantastic, easy drinking and flavorful Pale. Very nice.

Photo of Sanmn420
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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