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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,381 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1381
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%


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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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See my review for the bottled Terrapin, as well. This didn't look quite as good on tap as it does when poured from the bottle. The head doesn't build quite as well, but it retains decently and leaves good lace on the glass. The aroma for this beer on tap is excellent. The hop aromas are still there, but the rye malts really present themselves in the draft version of this brew. Taste is similar to bottle--tangy, herbal, and spicy citrus hop flavor is present with a light underlying balance of pale rye malts. No sweetness, but thirst-quenching bitterness. Body/mouthfeel is similar, with a little bit more carbonation on tap than from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 00:47:02 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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aerozeppl

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A:Fairly clear copper color. Poured with a little less than a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Looks just like a pale ale should.

S: Lots of sweetness up front. I read they used a little bit of honey malt in this and it really does lend some nice complexity. The hops are quite subdued. The rye does come through in the nose with a little bit of spice. Just smells great. Super complex for a pale ale.

T: Again really complex for a pale ale. The way the crisp malt goes into the rye spiciness and just finishes with a touch of bitterness without really lingering.

M: Nice and dry. The mouthfeel makes me want to drink more of this.

D: This is one of those beers where you are drinking it then look down and see your pint is gone. This would be a daily drinker for me. I got this in NJ so at least they are making their way up north.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:56:47 | More by aerozeppl
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a brilliant pumpkin orange with a soft beige colored head of short retention length. Visible carbonation was light with a lazy rising show of bubbles. Decent but not a lot to go on except the coloring.

S: A good deal of hoppiness presents itself upfront of dried pine and dried grapefruit. The rye is distinguishable and quite prominent as well offering dried bready crust notes and a spicy peppery/cola touch. Overall delivery was medium strong, perhaps a bit more per style, which is never a bad thing.

T: Spicy rye and a flowery citrus makes for a beautifully blended example together. Dried peppery-citrus notes with a rye graininess that was both crisp and dry and so well suited together, makes me question why this wasn't done sooner. The finish finds a dry flowery citrus taste along with a peppery fade balanced against some sweetly toasted grains. A perfect fusion of styles that delivers both a generous amount of hop portions and a well represented rye base contribution that certainly shouldn't be missed. One compliments the other.

M: A fairly good full bodied feel here, im guessing coming compliments of the rye which not only added spiciness but an eloquent crisp and dryness to the palate as well a smooth fluid viscosity. A peppery-citrus fade lines the tongue quite nicely.

D: A great blend and fusion of rye and hops delivers a very quaffable and sharply tuned pale that satisfies all you hop and (rye)malt needs rolled into one. Highly drinkable, six pack recommended and very interesting indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 12:14:08 | More by beerthulhu
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice copper-orange color with a moderate white head. Slightly cloudy when held to the light. Head dissapates quickly, but forms a thin lace around the glass.

Smells a bit sweet, slightly on the citrus side. Not really an impressive smell, but not bad.

Tastes wonderful, with a decent amount of hops. Nice malty flavor. Lingers slightly dry. Well balanced, in my opinion.

An extremely drinkable beer... this is one of the new regular beers in the fridge, and probably will be the first keg in the new kegerator.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 00:24:36 | More by bobbyc881
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clemtig76

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six at Scrooge's in Anderson, SC on my way back from Clemson. Pours a hazy, reddish orange with a thick, rocky off white head. Good lacing. Light citrusy aroma with a bready background. Taste is well balanced between the flavorful hops and the caramel malt. My first rye beer and definitely not my last. Outstanding! Thanks to bobbyc881 for helping me find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 19:23:18 | More by clemtig76
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a clear light copper with a creamy, off-white head. Perfectly clear, little carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a well balanced mix of floral and fruity hops and rye, with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is very nice. The rye is not the focus, but adds a wonderful flavor to the beer. The hops are strong, but not over-the-top. They're very tasteful and well used, balance out by a good malt flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: An excellent pale ale, and an even better session beer. The rye was a very nice touch to this beer. I'm quite impressed and I wish this were available to me locally.

Thanks to rajendra82 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 21:10:24 | More by santoslhalper
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't realized that this was a Rye Pale Ale when I drank it, I thought it was an IPA when I poured it and set my expectations accordingly. Interestingly, I thought it was a pretty good IPA but never detected any rye...

The pour is a hazy deep gold, cloudy with a pretty healthy white head. The foam hangs around a bit and clings to the glass nicely.

Smell is very inviting - restrained but distinct hops. I thought it was a bit light for an IPA but for a PA it's right on target. Hop notes are primarily pine and herb with a wee bit of citrus thrown into an interesting mix.

The taste was very nice. While I never noticed any rye (wonder if I would have if I was searching for them?) there's a really solid malt body here. Lots of biscuit dough and light toasted bread to give this beer a proper body. Hop notes, while reserved (as expected in a PA) are many and complex. Plenty of nice herbal notes, a little on the spicy side and a good mix of citrus peel and new mown grass. Plenty of complexity in this beer without that "everything but the kitchen sink" feel.

Mouthfeel is fine - medium bodied brew, ample carbonation, restrained bittering at the finish, nice clean palate. If the word hadn't been hijacked by Bud, Pepsi and 7Up, I'd call it "crisp"

Rye or no rye, this is a very drinkable brew. Low ABV, nice body, enough malt and hop notes to keep you interested... I could see this as a very good session beer and a good backyard BBQ brew. As I'm writing this I'm already wanting another, which I guess is good testimony to its drinkability.

Thanks to mntlover for this very tasty Pale Ale - now I have one more reason to visit Atlanta.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 05:20:43 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first rated this one about a year and a half ago long before I developed my taste for hops. (Which began about 6 months ago). Since I have now become nearly chemically dependant on hops, I figured I'd give this another go, and boy am I glad I did. This poured wonderfully! A beautiful slightly hazy golden orange with a lovely 2 and a half finger white head which really hung around for a while. Heavy, sticky lacing dresses the sides of the glass. The smell is powerfully citrusy hoppy. To the same style of Hercules DIPA, but not nearly as strong, of course. Smells absolutely delicious! The taste is hops almost all the way through. Citrusy as it washes over your tongue, then turning pine like. The only malt that shows up does so in the after taste. Not exactly what I would call balanced, but for what it is, it's delicious and I like it. Mouthfeel is great. appropriately carbonated for the style, and a good weight for what it is. As for drinkability, this is extremely sessionable. I could drink this all night!! Funny how our tastes change over time, eh?
Blessed Be
-SS

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 21:50:31 | More by SilentSabre
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gbarron

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. Contract brewed by Frederick Brewing (makers of Wild Goose and many others) in Maryland until they build a brewery in Athens.

A - light copper, nearly clear. Head is slightly off white, lots of different sized bubbles. Lacing is moderate. Nice classic pale ale color.

S - nice aroma of citrus, grapefruit, NW American hops. Balanced by toasty, caramel malt presence. Baking bread.

T - very nice, smooth APA. Assertive citrus hop flavor and bitterness balanced out by toasty malt with a hint of dry, tangy rye in the aftertaste. Very nice hop burps after drinking, fresh, dry hoppiness. Extremely well balanced beer.

M - carbonation is average, mouthfeel medium to medium-light. Dry finish.

D - very, very tasty beer and highly drinkable due to fresh hop flavor, dry finish, balance, and moderate alcohol content. Well crafted beer and a great example of how you can make a great beer without going over the top on hops and malt. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 14:39:48 | More by gbarron
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had very low expectations for this beer. First, it was an afterthought of the server after listing Bud, Lite, etc. Second, it is from the deep south which historically has not been entirely kind. (I know there are many fine beers, you just have to search a little longer.)

I am pleased to say that this an exceptional beer by any standard, well worth seeking out. It pours with a slight haze and a warm amber color. Thin head, but that would be expected in a restaurant. The aroma is light--mostly cream and hop.

The initial flavor is berries, cream and hops. Very high body with good carbonation. Excellent hop aftertaste. The rye, which isn't detectable, seems to give a strong dryness to the beer.

An excellent beer with a slightly unusual flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 22:41:56 | More by smcolw
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle - thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a small white head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice balanced blend of citrus hops and a crisp malted rye smell.

Fresh, citrus hop taste upfront that melts into a crisp rye taste with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with a nice blend of hops and rye that linger just slightly. Superbly balanced.

Medium body, plentiful carbonation.

I love rye beers, and this is one fine beer. I could easily slug these back all day long, and probably even more so in the summer. Fans of rye beers, APAs, or just balanced beers in general will want to check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 04:05:04 | More by MaltyGoodness
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear bright orange-amber with a minimal head which faded quickly but did leave some unexpected lacing.

The aroma is clean and fresh, with some floral hop notes backed by a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is of bready malt with a touch of citrus presence, on the orange flavor side. Sweet at first but not overly, with a very nice crip, dry and bitter hop finish. A touch of rye grain flavor but they use a light hand with it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with low carbonation, very smooth and a bit slick, thought it could use a bit more carbonation.

What a nicely balanced APA! I have to say it compares favorably with my benchmark for the style, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It went wonderfully with the shrimp we had for dinner and the stew as well. I would have to highly recomend this, it's nice to have a regional brewery near me with high quality offerings!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:04:27 | More by BlackBearForge
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liberty Taproom & Grill on 04.04. Served in a tumbler.

Light copper in color with bright golden highlights. Creamy, half-inch white head with sturdy retention leaving thinly webbed lacing down the tumbler's sides. The aromas are of fresh and bright, spruce/pine hop resins. Slight whafts of citrus as well. Spicy pine flavor with light pear, lemon zest, and faint grapefruit. The semi-sweet toasted malt provides adequate substance for the bright hop character. No adjunctory wheat or grain traces whatsoever. The bitterness is assertive, but light leading to a spicy pine aftertaste. Light, medium in body; active, but not over the top. Very flavorful and highly drinkable. The rye addition makes for a very interesting combination with the hops, almost giving the drinker the impression that this is an IPA. Whatever it is, it's certainly worth having a few pints when you have the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 13:05:22 | More by NEhophead
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BeerMark

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Birmingham. This beer pours a nice copper color with a small but stubbornly long lasting head. Smells like a good APA with malts and hops present in the nose. This beer tastes exactly what I want in an APA. There is a great malt, hop, and citrus flavor present here. This is a high quality brew. Lacing is present on my glass. As a Southerner, I'm proud that this beer is brewed in the South. It has become one of my favorite APA's so far. I will be buying Terrapin Rye Pale Ale again and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:40:24 | More by BeerMark
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

woo hoo! my first Terrapin! thanks MMAJYK

Pours a transparent orange/brown color with a medium sized frothy white head that leaves some soapy sticking. A surprising amount of rye and pale malt on the nose balanced by a sweet grapefruity hop character. ...bready mid palate, man this is awesome. Im a huge fan of rye beers and this one really nails that level of maturity i seek in them. Hops initially, subtle with a sweet bitterness, then comes the sweet malt and rye bread adding something great, for the finish the hops return and the aftertaste is a wonderful blend of the two. I get a small hint of chocolate as it warms... This is great, light/medium body, moderate carbonation and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 01:27:15 | More by ATPete
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sarahspat

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear dark golden color. The peach cream hued head is big, creamy and sticky. Pretty nice for a pale ale.

Smells of candied grapefruit, tropical fruits (specifically, pineapple) and citrus peel. Very rich and complex.

Tastes of pine resin, spicy rye, very nice, powerful ripe white grapefruit flavor; tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), flowers. Fantastic flavor from the rye here and it complements the hops very well.

Full-bodied and skillfully carbonated. Very drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:45:14 | More by sarahspat
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Arbitrator

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Lightly chilled bottle into a mason jar.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange-gold body. The head is a short-lived off-white foam cap; it retreats into a very thin collar and leaves no lacing down the sides. There are a few clumps of bubbles on top of the brew, aided by soda-like effervescence that shoots up the center.

S: Zesty grapefruit, earth, and grainy rye. Possibly some biscuit.

T: A light grapefruit rind taste at first, less than expected from the nose. The hop bill is more solidly represented by pine and a substantial earthy blast. Ah, there's the citrus -- it's in the finish, with a light carryover into the aftertaste and exhalation. I pick up what I *think* is the rye, but that's only because I know I'm supposed to be looking for it. Perhaps it's that slight spicy bite near the finish. It certainly doesn't stand out much. The beer isn't a hop-bomb, but it's hop-defined throughout. The rye needs to step it up. There's a general malt sweetness, but nothing I pick up flavor-wise.

M: Medium-bodied, with low, smooth carbonation that gives it quite the pleasant mouthfeel. While the finish has some hop flavor, I'd plant it firmly on the malty side, with an overall lingering sweetness. Great for the style.

D: Damn, this is a really good pale ale. I like the range of flavors. It's an interesting idea to use rye, but like I said, they need to figure out a way to make it stand out better. Otherwise, a fantastic beer that I'd love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 21:51:22 | More by Arbitrator
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a slightly hazy dark orange or tangerine color with 1/2" off white head that eventually recedes to a ring and a patch of foam. At first sipping leaves a patches of lacing clinging to the side of the glass. During later sipping there is some lacing but widespread.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean and dominated by spicy rye and citrus components. There may be some malt sweetness in the background but it is hard to pick up. The citrus seems to be more orange zest than anything else.

Taste: The flavor has a wonderful component of spicy rye character, with a nice malt backbone detectable. Mingled in with the rye, the citric components are pretty much like orange zest and tangerine. There also seem to be traces of pine in here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, crips persistent carbonation. The finish is long, lightly bitter, and dry. First the rye spiciness disappears and then the dry bitterness from the hops seems to go and and on, inviting the next sip.

Drinkability: This is a really enjoyable beer if you like what rye and hops do for a pale ale. I could easily have another. Will buy more in the future and expect it to have a regular place in my rotating purchases.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 21:56:40 | More by drtth
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atlanta

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review (let's drink to that!) I picked this because it is the best of the Georgia brews.There was an issue with the bottled beer but that appears to have been fixed, I heard they weren't bottling it themselves when it was bad.
I disagree that you can taste or smell the rye, I think people use their imagination too much, the rye just adds other sensations to the dryness and mouthfeel.
It is their use of hops that makes this so good. It is well balanced and drinkable, more-ish. The alcohol level is not out of drinkability range either, it just qualifies for session status.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 12:21:55 | More by atlanta
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edrachman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought the beer to tailgate at a football game and then took a few home for a formal tasting.

Appearance is a syrupy copper hay color. Completely translucent, but hazy transparency.

I couldn't really smell the rye; to me, the smell was the least impressive characteristic. Had a fresh earthy scent.

I found the taste very nice. Could taste the grassy hops and possibly the dryness of the rye.

The beer is very smooth in the mouth - carbonation you can taste but fades away leaving the hops. I found the beer very drinkable; I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:45:19 | More by edrachman
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shand

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with about a finger of head. Head retains pretty decently, and hazing is about average.

Smell: Rye and grassy hops. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Tastes absolutely fantastic. This is a great pale ale, there's just a touch of rye that adds a little complexity to the grassy hops and makes it extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than the average APA, but suits it just fine with the rye feel to temper the hops.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, my glass didn't last long at all.

I'm really looking forward to getting more of these. This could be a staple beer for me, it's drinkable and simple on top of being delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:33:57 | More by shand
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engagechad

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed at a cookout - poured into insulated tumbler

Pours an amber red with nice head, sticks around. Smells of grapefruity hop and spice. Taste is prickly in a good way and has a nice bite on the finish. Smooth on the palate while still being just bitter enough.

Overall I would buy this beer again - solid APA

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:22:48 | More by engagechad
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dataskatt

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Two inch head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing. This is my first "rye beer", and I like it! Smells hoppy, a touch of pine, and something mildly sweet...maple? Taste is pale ale all the way...hops, pine, "different" taste with the rye...spicy! Yum, hard to describe. Medium carbonation and body. Would make a nice session beer. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot! Will definitely buy again. Different!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 22:11:10 | More by dataskatt
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3rd week of January 2013 is notched in label.

Pours a clear yellow amber color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is quite hoppy, with citrus and floral notes.

First sip has a nice rush of hop flavor and a spicy rye finish. Bitterness is nicely subdued, but present. Nice munich-like malt sweetness. I'm really digging this beer. Amazing balance of flavor, sweetness, and bitterness. Very drinkable.

This is a really well rounded and interesting beer. I'd certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 02:35:44 | More by FickleBeast
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dgallina

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with medium creamy off-white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a sheen and moderate lace. Smells quite green, fresh, and hoppy, with grapefruit, a bit of rye, and a touch of mint. Taste begins with sweet malts, develops lots of bitter grapefruit hop coarseness, and finishes with a slightly minty and spicy rye-bread twinge. Creamy and well-carbonated medium body. Extremely crisp, fresh, and refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 19:47:37 | More by dgallina
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