Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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1,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 175 | 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 KyleVick4
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz

A: Very clear, golden with a light amber center. Decent head with decent lacing.

S: Oranges and malt. Smells hoppy, but not in a syrupy/overintense IPA way.

T: Delicious. I try not to give out many 5's for taste, but this one earns it. Begins with a good malt taste, slightly carmel, then has an assertive kick of grapefruit with a nice hop flavor in the end. Wow I am impressed. Rye flavor was towards the back. Tastes like a really good Pale Ale.

M: Mmmm perfect carbonation. Tough to do. Light bodied but with strong taste. Superb.

D: Its gone. I finished the beer before I finished the brew. Sad.

I am not a big APA fan, but if more APA style beers were like this I think I would enjoy them more. Terrapin really nailed this one. Job well done.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I helped serve this beer at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh, so I was able to sample enough for a good review...unlike many others of which I tasted a couple of ounces and it was gone.

This beer pours a light golden color with a decently lasting white head. Clarity is good.

A refreshing citrus aroma invites you for a taste of this beer. You then experience a grapefruity flavor with a nice lingering hop aftertaste. The rye smooths it out and adds some spiciness, making this a very easy drinking beer.

Nice and refreshing.

Photo of Prufrock
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

slightly hazy medium amber with a quarter inch of off-white head.

nice aroma. grapefruit rind hoppiness with a sweet rye backing.

floral, grassy hops followed by a sweet, malty rye flavor. finishes clean and balanced. very drinkable; the glass is empty before you know it.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy honey and amber color with an off-white head with very little head retention leaving a small wisp of a head that left no lace.
Aroma was full hoppy notes, some pine, grapefruit, citrus, some herbal spiciness and some bitterings.
Flavor had an underpinning of caramel and pale malts layered on top of a hodge -podge of hop bitterness. Rye is virtually undetected from an aroma or flavor standpoint.
Mouthfeel was moderate if every sense, decently balanced and very drinkable but just did not have any distinguishing characteristics to make noteworthy. Sort of boring almost.
Drinkability was really good - solid, albeit a sort of pedestrian beer, but easily quaffed. To me if you are going to take the time to make a rye beer, then make one, don't just use it as a sort of adjunct filler which seems to be the case here. Be interested in the Rye ^2 to see if they pull that one off.

Photo of John1985
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a dark gold with a white head (inch) which quickly disappears. Lacing does appear down the glass. Hoppy almost yeasty aroma, hops dominate flavor with some yeasty malt that comes through. Aftertaste has a pleasant bitterness with some sweet malt at the end. I'm not sure if the yeastiness is the rye malt or what. Overall effect is that this is a solid APA for everyday drinking but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Photo of bubrewer
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle contract brewed in Frederick, MD. Do they really brew any beer in Athens?

When I see rye on the label I expect some of that characteristic spiciness, but I get very little of that here. The smooth mouthfeel is there, though.

Aroma is citrus, flavor is a big blast of orange. I checked the label to get an idea of the hops they use in this beer, but no clues there. Fuggles maybe, but more likely centennial or columbus. If you like orange creamsicles. this is the beer for you.

Bitterness was a bit low for an American Pale Ale.

Overall I was not enticed to grab another bottle of this.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz empties a cloudy orange with some chill haze and a lively bursting of carbonation throughout. the head isn't huge but it stays put, leaving little dotty circles where the foam once was. oily. malty candy-corn aroma with hints of honey. fresh, sweet hops serve to offset the raw, leathery grain smell of the rye. the first contact with the nose is met with hesitation, but further deep breaths allow the beer to fill out its complexity. this beer feels absolutely perfect in the mouth. at first, smooth. the carbonation is evident but at no point does this become a crisp, spritzy beer. as it goes past the tongue and down the throat, it sizzles and tickles.

tastewise, this beer begins with an orange blossom nectar flavor when introduced. the rye dryness opens up as the beer spreads, matching nicely the understated hop bitterness. slightly metallic in the finish.. but not enough to detriment the experience too much. definitely more of an ipa in its approach than pale ale, but very drinkable for a beer with such pointed ingredients.

overall, surprisingly tame when compared to other rye beers i've had, like hop rod and the rail mail from willimantic brewing. that's the east coast for ya, and it allows this to move closer towards a solid session beer.. not a 'split the bomber and done' vibe. nice, thanks.

Photo of jimbotrost
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3/23/06 from 12 ounce bottle poured into glass. Purchased mixed six pack at Southern Market in Myrtle Beach. Contract brewed at Frederick Maryland. Bright clear copper with medium head and carbonation. Nose is dry hoppy and grassy. Flavor is malty crisp and dry. Beautiful finish is also crisp. Medium length finish leaves you wanting more. Good Stuff.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Terrapin Shaker Pint Glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that leaves a nice lace and nice film. The first aroma that hits your nose is the combination of grapefruity citrusy hops grainy rye. Again the flavor is quite hop forward as is the smell but it is balanced nicely with pale malts and spicy rye. The mouthfeel rather full for a pale ale and has a nice carbonation. Overall one of the best pale ales out there and one to definitely get again and again.

Photo of jlh8643
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. No date on the bottle. Dark hazy gold body with a mediocre white head that drops down to faint whisps of foam. Just spots of lace. Mild floral hops with some spicy rye in the nose. A light to medium body, some citrus/floral hops in the middle of my tongue. Also grainy malt on the finish. Smooth drinking and not very aggressive. Should be a good beer to go with a meal.

Photo of Enola
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light orange color. There was not much head. The smell is citrus like. A very sweet smell. The taste is a bitter hoppy taste that is not too strong. The mouthfeel is relativly smooh. There is a bit of lasting bitterness. I could drink these again. Too bad I have to drive a hour each way up a mountain to get Terrapin. It has to go up the mountain to get to the store. So why not drop some off at the bottom of the mountain Skyland Distributing?

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle via trade from hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity. Best before box on label is empty.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear dark gold/light amber brew. Head lasts well, with plentiful foamy lacing. Aroma is rye with floral hops. Taste is smooth rye character upfront, with ample citris hoppiness coming on next, and a lingering bitter on the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability both great. Probably a nice session brew for the locals.

Photo of wcudwight
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Previously reviewed on-tap in Nov. Am now reviewing the bottled version.
A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a thin sticky head that recedes to a spotty lace.
S: Sweet, fruity, and floral. Reminds me of Trixx cereal.
T: Sugary sweet up-front, Citrus and floral hop bitterness, toasted and grainy, and a faint alcohol taste on the back-end.
M: Light to Medium bodied. Excpected more umph in the mouth given the taste.
D: Very drinkable session beer that I highly recommend!

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale on-tap at Summits in Sandy Springs, GA.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper-yellow with a creamy, off-white head. The head slowly fades and there is some lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell: The smell is a well balanced mix of floral and fruity hops and rye.

Taste: I've had this in the bottle and on tap several times and it seems to change a bit as time goes by. This time it was a bit hoppy but not over the top. The rye is smooth and clean and has a nice finish on the palette. It has a bit of tanginess but also not over the top - nice balance.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and has a slight bite.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an excellent pale ale. I'm quite impressed by this beer and if the mood struck me I could drink it all afternoon.

Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Somewhat cloudy burnt orange color.. Eggshell-colored head that lasts a while, not leaving a lot for lacing. The aroma is mostly pepper & light hops, but can't pick up much rye. Taste is a smattering of fresh citrus hops resting on a dusty rye malt profile..really flavorful for a pale ale. I'm a sucker for hop-driven beers within their style, and for me, this fit the bill. A great offering from Terrapin, and a brew definitely worth trying.

Big thanks go out to timtheenchanta for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of LittleWolf
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle that has been saved from my last trip to Georgia.

Pours a thin white head that disipates quickly, leaving only a thin white rim around the edge of the glass. An up-front smell of hops is supported by a backbone of citrus notes, an aroma that always makes me eager to dive in.

The scent holds true, as the taste packs a bold hoppy punch. A balance of malt is present, but be ready for the hops to win out. There are some noticeable citrus flavors as well. A very drinkable mouthfeel, but not noteworhty. Finishes with a welcome bite to the back of the tounge and leaves a great hoppy flavor in your mouth throughout the beer.

I must say that I am biased towards Terrapin, and my review follows accordingly; the Rye Pale Ale is my sentimental favorite. A Great brewery, and this beer is one that I can drink all night enjoyably. I can't wait to go back to Georgia for more.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, not dating.

Pours a cloudy gold, topped with a short head of small and medium bubbles, loosely packed that quickly reduces to a short collar leaving minimum lacing. The smell is distinctly of cascade hops, juicy and bold. The taste is boldly hopped up front, but balanced with a malt sweetness in the middle finishing hoppy and clean. There are other grainy sweet notes as well, perhaps this is the rye coming through a bit. Medium bodied, light on the tongue, but not think. Vibrant carbonation bounces across the mouth. Nice overall and drinkable as well.

The neck ring says that 5 different hop varieties are used, I’ll buy that.

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Contract Brewed by Frederick Brewing Co. - Frederick, MD.

Orange-ish in color with a low-moderate off-white head, lots of tiny suspended sediment, and decent carbonation. Citrusy grapefruit hop aroma dominates the nose. Nice balanced rye malt and citrusy hop flavors. Light-medium bodied with a crisp citrusy hop finish; not overly bitter; body is a bit light I guess but not detracting.

Very nice ! A must buy !

Per label: "5 varieties of hops" & "2002 GABF - Gold - American Pale Ale"

Per TBC website:
Malt: 2-row pale, Munich, Malted Rye, Bisuit Malt, Honey Malt.
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggle, Magnum.
IBU's: 45
O.G.: 13.5
ABV: 5.3%

'5250' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 01/07/06

Photo of walleye
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint creates a .5" white head. The beer is a deep straw golden color.

smell: Green, leafy hops and some floral, spicy fruit aroma. Gentle, yet obvious malt sweetness. The hops and fruit aromas are very nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body a heavy light.

taste: Nice balance of malt sweetness, hop flavor, and hop aroma. Tasty and complex considering the style. There is plenty hop bitterness to balance the sweet flavors provided by the grain.

drinkability: Very easy drinking, with the nice balance and good aromas and flavors

One of my roommates brought a sample of this beer back from Athens for me.

Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at Ted’s Montana Grill in Atlanta.

The beer was a nice bronze with a skimpy head and not much lacing.

The nose was of Citrus, some grains (rye) and a bit of grass.

The taste is nicely bitter with a definite citrus undertone. The beer has a nice solid feel to it, which may due to rye or may be due to something else, either way it is nice. Well balanced and enjoyable beer here.

The mouthfeel is great and this is very sessionable (I had four in one sitting). I really enjoyed this one and it went well with my buffalo steak.

Photo of BeerBeing
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: hazy goden color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: very hoppy, minor citrus and malt

Taste: light-to-medium body, crisp mouth feel, hoppy bitterness big way, but pleasant not harsh, citrus, sweetness, NO RYE, minor malt in background

Notes: good, not great

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