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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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1,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,463
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 79 | 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 Southernbrew


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

Orange-gold with a medium head.

Light citrus aroma, smells like an IPA, I don't really know if rye has a smell.

Medium body, crisp feel. Good carbonation, very fitting. Citrus flavors mix with a light spiciness and a slightly oily feel.

Very good beer. Easy to drink and an interesting IPA-like brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 01:37:01 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured an hazy dirty yellow color ale with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of citrus hops and big malt is easily identifiable. Taste is well balance mix between big malt with some noticeable rye presence as well as a bitter finish with cirtusy hops. Body is above average and carbonation is a bit lower then expected. Another fine beer from this great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 15:30:18 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of theghost3


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

Pours a nice transparent copper with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is great--rye grains, citrusy hops, and a hint of roasted malts. The taste is not as prevalent as the scent, but still has what's expected of an APA--bitter hops, some rye, and the not-so-expected--mouthfull of malts. Mouthfeel is little more carbonated than I like, but still pretty good. This is a drinkable APA that's as good as anything available at most supermarkets.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 19:57:40 | More by theghost3
Photo of EgadBananas


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

Nice honey colored pour that formed a light beige bubbly head. Laces alright.

Nice floral and citrus hope aromas with a hint of malts and rye.

Taste is nicely bitter, and citrusy, with a nice rye zing at the end. Malt sweetness does well to balance it out. Linger is bitter.

Feel is light, crisp, and slight. Carbonation is pronounced.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Overall is a nice rye pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:53:40 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Arborescence


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

Appearance: Yellow, slightly hazy, not much of a head.

Aroma: Mildly hoppy, some honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Refreshing hops and citrus, not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Overall: Decent pale ale with a bit of a twist. Very fitting for a sunny day!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 14:08:48 | More by Arborescence
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Serving type: on-tap

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