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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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very good

767 Reviews

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Reviews: 767
Hads: 1,766
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 55
Gots: 207 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 767 | Hads: 1,766
Photo of kbm
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog.

Appearance: Pours a good lucking translucent to clear amber with a moderate head and quick dissipation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Weak rye and subtle hops. I really gotta get my nose in the glass to pick up anything.

Taste: I know it's silly but all I am getting weak malt, hops and rye. Not quite the volume of rye flavors I would expect.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and thin.

Drinkability: It's a gulper.

One a warm day, this may be a great backyard bbq beer. Otherwise, it's just a thin mindless beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head, golden clearish body.

Hop-rye nose, mild.

Rye on the taste, heavy body, some hops. Unassuming, not bad.

Mouthfeel is standard-- nothing special..

Overall decent. Rye-pale ale without much hops-- nicely drinkable, sessionable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy light copper colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts,, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with some hops. There is also an earthiness and some light rye. It ends with a malty aftertaste.

Overall – My bottle isn't expired but this one tastes a little off. It's a tad flat and there aren't really any vibrant flavours. I'll have to try this again.. because based on the other reviews this should be much better.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Contract brewed in Frederick Maryland for Terrapin Beer Company. Pours a orange/light amber clear color with a thin white head. The head retention is about average, sinking down to a covering of the glass. Leaves good thick lacing.

Smells somewhat hoppy, mild but pleasant.

Taste was nicely balanced between hops, up front and in the finish and malts which led the way in the middle. I detected a little sour vegetable kind of taste in the middle (the rye???), which resulted in the low taste score. The finishing hops wipe this taste out, but it was still there.

Mouthfeel was rich enough for the style. Overall drinkability was ok. If I had SNPA, I wouldn't order this beer, but overall it wasnt that bad either.

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Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A- Pours a deep gold with a thin off-white head, without any haze.

S- Somewhat bready, the rye comes through faintly.

T- Nice and hoppy, a bit piney, subtle rye sourness.

M- A bit thinnish on the tongue, but well carbonated, very bubbly but not gassy.

D- This would make a decent beer for a hot summer day after working in the lawn.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

Pours a deep orange gold. The head is thin with little retention.

Smells of citrus, hops and rye. There's a sweetness to it.

The taste is first and foremost hoppy like any pale ale, but the rye comes through in the background. It alters the bitterness of the hops just slightly. The sweet and citrus from the smell aren't as evident in the taste.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and tingly. It feels about average for a pale ale.

A fairly good beer, my first rye and worth a try. Nothing absolutely spectacular.

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Photo of Schwab
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the bottle the other day and noticed that this beer wasn't even brewed by Terrapin. Instead, some contract brewery in MD brewed and bottled it. I was quite disappointed by that...

A - It poured a nice pale ale color with a hint of amber. Left about 1" head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Great pale ale smell. My first beer with rye, perhaps the 10% rye made the difference.

T - Typical pale ale aroma, flavor, bittering, and balance. Doesn't finish too dry IMO. Hint of something different.

M - Decent carbonation but not too much for a smooth pale ale.

D - Great drinkability I think. Certainly not for the price I paid, but the beer itself is another great pale ale. I guess this shows also that you can brew a great beer on any brew system as long as the recipe is altered properly.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber colored beer with maybe a finger's width of off-white head. The retention on the head is fairly decent, but there is hardly any lacing.

S: Sweet malts, cereal grains, and the spiciness from the rye. A pretty good smelling beer, though I wish that it was stronger.

T: Sweet caramel malts are up front, but quickly give way to the spiciness of the rye. The aftertaste is unfortunate. It is grainy and kind of acridly bitter. It's a good beer as long as you keep drinking it, but as soon as the main wave of flavor is past I find it to be fairly unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky and viscous, but there is a fair amount of carbonation to cut through that.

O: Not the best rye beer that I've ever had by a long shot. The rye is definitely there, but it's not the star like I wish it was, and the aftertaste is not good. It's decent, but not worth seeking out.

I've heard that Terrapin tends to be a "sloppy" brewery, and this beer leads me to believe that it is probably true: good in conception, but the execution leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BBD 4/1/14. Light amber pour with a nice head and lacing that lasts. Nose is quite nice of blended hops, mostly pine, over a slight sweetness. Light medium body with normal carbonation. The taste is lacking. Not much is going on, and what is, is somewhat weak. Rye and hop flavor are only hints and the bitterness is mild. Crisp finish. If you want a rye, go with Founders or Great Lakes.

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Photo of semibaked
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a honey color with a clear body, and about a half inch head. Really nice lacing while drinking.

S - Nice smell of rye, hops and light malts. Very enticing smell.

T - Has some light hop bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and rye. Lighter in taste than I thought it would have

M - Light bodied and some oiliness.

D - Definitely refreshing, wish there was more flavor. Worth trying especially on a hot day.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from the Terrapin variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy brown orange color. The head is 2-fingers tall, eggshell in color, small bubbles, better than average retention and swell lacing.
Smell: The aromas are caramel malt, grainy and earth tones. The caramel was misplaced.
Taste: The flavors are certainly rye, earth hops and some ginger.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a thin body.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty good
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of djwilson
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color, with considerable haze, Rye Pale Ale holds a large grainy head, and exhibits above average lacing.

S: Bouquet is hard to find, with only wisps of hops penetrating the blanket of froth.

T: Dry, bready, and hoppy overall, but the hops don't pop. They aren't crisp or delightful, but just... there. The typical rye spice is also absent from this brew.

M: Medium body, with no interesting texture to back it up.

D: Not a bad beer, by any stretch, but it definitely fell short of my expectations. I come from the land of Red's Rye, where rye pales are delightfully refreshing and packed with flavor. This is good, but doesn't even compare.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an nonic. Big thanks to "beeruser" for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

A- Slightly hazy light copper. Pours with ~1/2 a finger of off-white head, which fades quickly into a thin smattering of islands. Poor head/retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Citrusy hop odors dominate the initial rush. Rye and slightly sweet notes emerge as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- Moderate grapefruit/citrus hoppiness provides a fairly solid bitterness. Slightly tea-like flavors, and moderate sweetness emerge as drink warms. Rye flavors coat and dominate the finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Light feel- a bit thin and slightly watery.

D- Decent. Not the most interesting, but decent tasting, and should be easy to drink a few. Overall performance definitely seemed to improve as it warmed up.

Future outlook: OK and drinkable, but I'll probably turn to Founders Red's Rye if I want a hopped up rye beer. Moot point, as this beer is not locally available.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with cwguy5, thanks Will! Awesome trader

A: Pours a kind of brownish golden color with a pretty foamy head.

S: Rye... Basically just rye and maybe a small amount of hops.

T: Has a big rye taste with some hops in the background, it has a refreshing balance.

M: Smooth drinking, doesn't leave much on the tongue. Very drinkable beer.

O: This isn't going to blow you away but hits the style pretty well for a rye. The hops aren't very present but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger white head that doesn't last long. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: Citrusy, grassy, and somewhat spicy. A pretty good malty backbone holding everything together. Nice aroma, but somewhat bland.

T: Starts out a little sweet and then transitions to an ample spiciness with some rye and pine. Maltiness is less subdued in the taste than in the aroma. Oddly earthy at the end, kinda tastes like dirt.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with a pretty good bit of carbonation. Again, starts out a little sweet and then transitions to spicy with a pretty good bitterness at the end, that isn't completely pleasant.

D/O: Pretty average overall, with some typical pale ale characteristics, an added bit of spice, and something that doesn't sit well with me at the end. However, it went down pretty easily. Not bad, but didn't stand out.

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Photo of walleye
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade with TheBeerCellar2. poured dark orange, with a white head, that left a little lacing. aroma, hops, citrus leaning towards the lemon side, fruity, some malts. flavor, hops, malts a touch of honey, citrus, a combination of lemon and orange. not to bad

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I have a lot of free time... So, let's get another review down.

Appearance: Hazy, copper-colored body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Good, though somewhat reserved scent of earthy hops, fruity esters, and a delicate rye aroma coming through.

Taste: Subtle caramel sweetness. Grapefruit hop flavor imparting a low bitterness. The rye element adds a nice spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Not nearly as exhilarating as I'd like, but a solid American Pale Ale just the same.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one in a mix pack I picked up in Birmingham... poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Even with a hard pour, no head at all, no lacing, nothing, hardly any residual head after a minute or so.

Not much of a smell to it... faint sweetness but weak overall. A little bitterness to the taste, there is definitely a pressence of hops that didn't come through in the smell, but again, nothing strong or overpowering. This one tastes watery to me as well... I guess it's a pretty good drinkable beer, and judging by other reviews, here's hoping I just caught a bad batch or bad bottle.

I have a few more... so hopefully I can update this review.

Updated: Definitely enjoyed the next one more than the first... huge head, so the first must have been flat. Marks have been updated. Cheers.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into short tumbler glasses, consumed at about 45-55 degrees over 15 minutes.

Uniform, pleasing head with fair retention and lacy remains.
A translucent light amber glow.
Not much of a nose--floral rye and mild caramel.
Creamy start allows subtle hop-flint to carry the bitterness forward.
Never peaks with any powerful flavor. Stays round and earthy with a meek roasted parsnip and spice ending.
Fairly thick on the tongue with sufficient body to make it linger. As one presses out the finish between lingua and palate, a pleasant mint comes through.
Overall, a creative offering with technical merit, but rather low on style points.

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Photo of bierguru
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3






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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a rocky-looking two fingers high white shade. Really nice lacing is left down the glass, like I'd expect from the style.

S: This skews very much toward the herbal, piny, and spicy side in terms of hoppiness. A decent (if not spectacular) rye backing helps augment the subtle piny hops. Straight out of the bottle, I pick up a touch of graham cracker sweetness. Not the biggest or most spectacular aroma, but pretty enticing.

T: I'd reckon the rye malts are what I pick up the most. A slight finish of piny hops also pops up. If any beer were more for simply drinking than picking apart analytically, this is it.

M: I like the crisp, clean finish, the slender body, and how it whisks away any unnecessary sweetness...but it would do an even better job if it had a bit more carbonation. Rye malts seem to prick the tongue ever-so-slightly.

O: It's kind of mundane. It's also really easy to session and enjoy with a burger, pizza, or whatever. I probably won't buy it again, but I won't have any problems killing this 6 pack.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz; case marked best by May 2010.

A: Pours a bright, clear copper color with a nice white head, that leaves decent lacing behind as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Aromas are at first of sweet malts as well as a good amount of rye. Some earthy grassy hops in the nose as well, but they are a bit subdued.

T: Initial taste is of caramel, sweet malts and rye. Hops stay in the background for the most part, but the bitterness lingers after the swallow. A slight metallic taste hangs around as well.

M: Good level of carbonation, medium light body.

D: This is a mild beer with a good flavor, and decent aroma. I could drink a lot of these, but I'm not sure I' really want to.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale has a thin, white head, a semi-opaque, golden appearance, with lazy bubble streams and some light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of white bread, sweetness, and some hop oils. Taste is of white bread crust, relatively low hop bitterness, and some light rye pepperiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of zoolzoo
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again awalk1227!

Pours golden, straw colored around the edges when held up to the light.

Smells of bready malts, faint hops. Floral, also getting some metallic notes.

Hops remain floral in taste.... Grainy malt, comes off as sour/bitter. Actually a bit tannic. Maybe this can be attributed to the rye malts, although I'm not sure. A subtle level of sweetness presents itself as the beer warms.

The mouth feel is pretty good. A bite of stern carbonation levels off into surprising smoothness, leaving only a strong bitterness.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.