Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,724
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful pale and rye malt scent that is spicy, yet blends well with the excellent hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale, Carapils, and rye malt flavor that goes down easy an finishes bitter with a nice spicy, bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the addition of rye. It adds another layer of complexity to a APA. The hop character is outstanding as well. (601 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up the other day in NC. poured into my duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew poured a straw yellow that settled as a yellow orange with a thin bubbly white head. brew was transparent and had semi sticky lacing as the head bubbled away.

s - nice citric hop with rye. good malt backbone. nice sweetness.

t - really nice flavor. the rye works in well with the hops. solid pale ale. floral. works really well.

m - medium to light bodied, subtle carbonation, cooling and refreshing.

o - overall, delicious. i'd buy this regularly if available locally. great pale ale with a nice rye kick. i've been finding that i really enjoy a rye beer. this one reminds me a bit of sixpoint's righteous rye which i love. (714 characters)

Photo of thaichile
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden with a decent little head on top. Hop presence on the nose. Nicely balanced between hops and malts is more reminiscent of a 2IPA rather than an APA. Very slightly sweet with a smooth, thick finish with some biitterness at the end. I’d have this one again. Thanks to dherling for this bottle. (314 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing one of my standards.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an off-white head that leaves a cap and some decent lacing. The aroma is a mix of rye and hops with a solid caramel malt base. There's a whiff of spices in there as well. The taste has less rye and a bit more hops, with an earthy hop kick up front. The finish is slightly dry and bitter with a medium-bodied mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is one of my go-to beers and is extremely drinkable. (491 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange body with a thin, fizzy white head that disappeared in short order but shows a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is grassy hops, just slightly floral, with some citric notes in there as well. Pretty hoppy.

Taste is quite enjoyable. The hops are firm and citric, with a solid lemon-grapefruit flavor and a spicy flavor on the back end that I'm assuming is the rye making its presence felt. The biscuity-malt flavors balance things out nicely. Mouthfeel is a tad thin.

Overall: A fine hoppy brew that's as drinkable as any I've come across. (557 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date printed clearly on the label. Lots of description on the label, along with a turtle playing the banjo.

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with a bit of haze, thin head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops and a grainy smell that I associate with rye beers. Hops are floral.

Taste: Interesting - the rye flavor is very present throughout, but not overpowering. Nice amount of floral hop flavors well balanced with the malt backbone.

Overall impression: Very nice, very drinkable - I wish this were available at home! (553 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium-dark amber/golden color. Light head.

S - Hoppy bitterness aroma. I love the smell.

T - A hoppy pale ale. The hops are very prevalent, and the malts provide the sweetness. Very well balanced. The rye adds a nice touch.

M - Full body, fairly strong carbonation.

D - Very high drinkability! One is definitely not enough. (335 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep copper almost amber. Has a solid white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is slightly grassy hops. Not getting much else though.

Taste is very good! Rye on the front with the many, many hops causing a traffic jam in the middle. The only traffic jam I've ever enjoyed. Finishes with the nice malty balance that makes this beer so smooth.

Overall, this is a beer that is new to my area, and I'm glad it is. Very tasty and unique. I really enjoyed the rye in addition to the delicate balance between the malt and hops. Highly recommended! (627 characters)

Photo of aglose45
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Capone's on Thursday 5/28/09.

A: Poured a light golden/ straw color. Nice head and some lacing left on the glass.

S: Faint fruitiness, mostly orange, with a hint of lemon.

T: Nice bitterness, followed the nose with a hint of citrus/ tangyness. This more more hoppy than malty, which is preferable.

M: Light body, minimal oiliness, and lighter carbonation.

D: Overall this is a very smooth and drinkable Pale Ale. This is a great beer for a hot, summer day. I plan on having more of these in the future, if possible, and the lower abv makes it easier to consume more than two of in a sitting! (610 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I am a little surprised with this one. I really expected something else before I poured it and was impressed somewhat with it. I thought it would be thin, and light, but I was wrong. It was not light when I poured it, it was more of a gold to ice tea color and the body was definately viscous as it climbed its way up the side of the goblet. The aroma was a real good blast of "C" hops and I love them. On further inspection I should note that the carbonation seems perfect even if it has to fight its way through a somewhat murky beer. For the record I prefer this unfiltered, very refreshing. Yum, a big hoppy pale ale. Tastes fresh like a sweet ass homebrew, there is even some slight astringency. A nice atr finish that makes me wish I had some more. Send me some more please!

edit - I scored this too low for its style! As far as Pale Ales go this one kicks ass. (874 characters)

Photo of rocketmotor
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle 3 months before best enjoyed date. Ok appearance, orangish color with yeast present from bottle conditioning.

Smells of citrus hops and yeast and a slight floral scent. Smell is dominated by yeast and reminds me of a homebrew, probably too much by strict style guidelines, but I like it. Could use more hop aroma IMO.

Tastes first of woody hops, light malt, yeast, and hop bitterness (in that order) with the nice spicy addition of the rye just after the woody hops. Ends with a nice sweetness and mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is of natural carbonation and the rye, a nice fullness without being too heavy. I think the yeast is also adding some body too.

Very drinkable, this is a great beer. I wish I could get it in Illinois. (762 characters)

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I must note that I was able to try this beer on-tap through the "Terrapinator," a hop-infusing device that filters the draught through whole hop leaves right into your glass. A truly unique and beer-licious experience.

Appearance was golden, with mild effervescence and a clean-look. Good two-finger head retention. Smell was incredible, almost as if I was about to eat a bowl of hops; spicy and woody. Taste, definitely lived up to the smell and then some. Light touch of maltiness, with a big, spicy hop bite throughout. Overall pleasing to the palate and a great tasting beer. (590 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beer! And to think, I didn't even know Georgia did anything but Coca-cola...

There's a complexity to this one I didn't quite expect. Most noticably, this beer has a nice, robust hoppiness. That alone would be enough to recommend it, but after you've had a few sips of it, you begin to taste the rye.

And that makes all the difference. A bit of rye, underneath the already strong hops. Lovely beer. (411 characters)

Photo of brewcore
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IMO the best APA in the South

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange. Medium white head that fades to a pencil thin ring. Plenty of lacing.

S: This ale has a lot going for it, but smell sets it above other APAs. All the hop fragrance you could ever want from a pale ale. Grapefruit: check. Floral: check. Unique hop "funk": check. Very fragrant for an APA.

T: Crisp with a dry finish. Hop flavors step up but do not overwhelm. Asertive hoppiness but definitely not a hop bomb IPA. Hops are floral, citrusy, and very piney. The rye is subdued. I have to look for it. Not too much malt character going on, but present in enough force to balance.

M: Light to medium.

O: High drinkability, making it a fantastic session beer. I go back to this one over and over. (808 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light airy head after pour that lingers for a little while. Aroma is hoppy with some malty sweetness. The sweetness of the beer hit your tounge first and is nicely balanced at the finish with noticable bitterness. The rye give the malt character something unique. Pretty light on the palate with medium lacing on the glass. Overall an excellent example of a pale ale. (367 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big props to Gabe for bringing this growler to share!

This rye ale pours from the growler a clear, medium amber color supporting a fluffy white head that quickly fizzles out, leaving moderate lace.

The aroma is nicely balanced between caramel malts and lovely citrus and floral hops. I don't really pick up any pine notes as others have in their reviews.

The flavor is even better than the nose and brimming w/ juicey grapefruit and tangerine, jasmine-like floral notes, caramel, and is generously hoppy. This has session written all over it.

The body is on the light side of medium and could use a little bulking up. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and the finish is long and hoppy. (692 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not 100% sure but I'm guessing ncvbc hooked me up with this brew. Enjoyed the other offerings I've had from Terrapin and I love Rye brews so this should be tasty. Drank from my Laughing Dog Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orangeish red with excellent clarity and a half finger bright white head that recedes fairly slowly. Leaves a nice cap and collar with very little lacing.
Smell- Nice and clean with some fresh fruity hops that are half pineapple and half freshly cut grass. The rye is noticeable with its raw grainy spiciness a bit of sweet malt adds a almost butterscotch backbone.
Taste- Starts very fruity with the Pale Ale aspect showing first with the same fruity hops that were present in the nose. A bit of lemon zest and grapefruit are the dominant citrus that give way to a zesty bite from the rye. A bit of caramel malt sweetness is more than present toward the middle and in the finish that adds the balance that brings this brew together.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with the nice spicy zest from the rye is more than noticeable. The carbonation is sharp and small, just the way it should be.
Drinkability- This is a fantastically drinkable brew that is exactly what I had imagined a Rye Pale Ale would be. It's very light and crisp with that Rye bite that I thoroughly enjoy. Very sessionable as well, you could drink a sixer of this stuff and not have any idea. Great beer, big thanks to Walter! (1,424 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very similar to the on-tap offering, but with the yeast filtered out. The taste is bit less hoppy, and mouthfeel a tad creamier. The bottled version allows more of the malt to shine through, but overall, the hops are still in the driver's seat here. With bottles widely available at the local package stores, we Georgians have our trade bait now.

A really attracive bottle design by the way. I see a great future ahead for Terrapin Beer Company. (448 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Vic's on the river in Savanna Georgia, Not sure if it was tap or bottle.
Nice amber color with a small head, smell is slightly hopps but there is a hint of the rye.
Taste is crisp slight hop forward then a rye bitterness presents itself, well balanced and in my experience at Vic's
(A very worthy restaurant!) a perfect pair to the Crawfish. etoufe (369 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,536 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite pale ale on the market

appearance: light brown copper color

smell: slight hops to slight rye grains

taste: great pale rye carb flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with salty snacks

I love this beer, and I now love rye beers (306 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden brown in color with a one finger off white head. Head fades rather quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S - A floral hop aroma with hints of spiciness as well. A light aroma of something sweet in the background.

T - Sweet at first with a light caramel malt. Quickly followed by a hop spiciness that is accented well by a rye spiciness.

M/D - Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. A very drinkable pale ale. (428 characters)

Photo of edrachman
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12. bottle into a tulip glass at Mitch's after NC State beat Duke in the 2007 ACC tourney (GO PACK!!!).

As a side note, I'm fairly impartial to Terrapin's brewing...take that as it may, this thing looked good in the glass with a small amount of off-white head that left nice, sticky lacing down the side above the brownish-gold ale. Aroma was bursting with hops and grapefruity notes. Very enticing.

Tasted great after a long, strenuous game-watching. The rye met with other organic notes of barley and wheat, with the hops dominating the aftertaste. I could seriously drink this beer all night. Another good one, Terrapin...keep 'em coming. (658 characters)

Photo of Graebner
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes collected at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Festival:

Brown-orange, little or no head.

Smells like rye, carrots, hops, pine, and pinon nuts.

Tastes of rye bread, hops, pine and diacetyl. Could use a touch more hops, I think.

Clean finish, excellent smooth mouthfeel, rye all over the place yet not overpowering.

Drinkability = All night long. (366 characters)

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