Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,711 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 173 | 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:
Beer added by: aracauna on 09-09-2002

Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.
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Ratings: 1,711 | Reviews: 774
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boutip (trade #6) clean refreshing well crafted rye. Big headed, well hopped pale with good prominent rye taste. A nice one. Neutral aroma, on the hoppy side. Lighter colour as expected.
On tap about 2 years later at Dunderbanks. Good not great.Lagerish, lacey.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. single finger rapidly dissipating head. Clear amber and golden mix. Lots of lacing. Very aromatous. One of the most aromatic rye ales I have had. Also some pine and citrus mixed in. Some hops as well. Nice hop character. The rye is actually well represented which is not often the case with this genre. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable for a rye and actually one of the better tasting.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a ¼-finger high head that died down but left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass and on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has hints of spices from the rye and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and the rye spices up an ordinary pale ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings down some citrus hops as well as a bit of rye spice. The taste is fairly bitter with a good deal of citrus and hints of pine. A bit spicy. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation levels and some nice zest. Drinks quite well; a really nice hot weather brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head that leaves a ring of bubbles around the original fill point; just a touch of lacing otherwise

Smell: A whole range of hoppy smells is clearly present - grapefruit, pine and tangerine rind

Taste: Lays down a nice neutral malty backbone on top of which the hop flavors quickly perform a tap dance on the tongue - there is a slight hint of rye bitterness and spice along with the hops that is discernable by mid-palate; the finish is clean, but bitter, with a bit of pepper to give it some zip

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A nice twist on the APA style that is well worth seeking out

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

I usually like rye beers when the grain is correlated well with the hops. Both lend a bittering, that if designed properly, the recipe becomes quite powerful. This beer does it. A light malt / caramel aroma with citrusy / piney hops in the nose. Tastes less malty than aromas suggest, but the rye adds a light pumpernickle bread / yeast flavor that makes me not miss the timid malt base. The hops, with the rye, makes for an intensely bitter beer -- kinda hedges on grainy / astringet flavor and texture, but I'll give it the hall pass. Finishes with a fleeting sweetness allowing the hops and rye to persist. Though not the best of quality beers, I liked it.

From bottle, August 14, 2009: Thanks Freethyhops!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the terrapin staples, and one of the firsts beers to bring rye into my world back in the day, so i like this one quite a bit. it used to be real intense on the rye, but i think the rest of the industry has caught up to the point where this seems almost light in that regard. a nice hoppy pale, and the rye gives it a lot of earthen character, definitely distinct, although i would not go so far as to call it spicy, which is what we usually use to describe the contribution of rye. its more of its synergy with the hops that makes this one unique. its balanced like most terrapin beers, meaning in this instance that the hops and the grain are both flavorful all the way through, not like a malty front end and a hoppy finish, its not like that at all. the beer is just a tad sweet, and the hops are a little generic to me, you know, C varietal stuff, but the composition of the whole is excellent, and a landmark really. not my favorite terrapin beer at all, but one of the ones i respect the most.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isnt too bad, the beer pours out as a nice looking brew. A good head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty hoppy, the taste is a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall I find the Rye Squared to be much better than this one. All in all this one was just a little light for me.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Modestly murky orange-gold with a small number of fine particulates. The good-sized head is the color of rich cream, possesses a creamy texture, displays a micro-pitting surface and has admirable persistence. An impressive amount of lace complete a very nice appearance.

The aroma is chock full of juicy hops, Amarillo especially (sweet orange-grapefruit hop juice is the tip-off). Amarillo is in my top three, and may just be my favorite hop, but the rest of the hop bill is no slouch either: Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles and Magnum. I'm not sure that all five were necessary, but I'm not complaining because Rye Pale Ale smells much too good. I don't appreciate any rye in the nose, but then that'd be surprising in such a hoppy beer.

Delicious! A bedrock malt structure imparts body, sweetness and little actual flavor. In other words... it's perfect. There's an impressive amount and quality of hop flavor in this beer. It isn't hoppy enough to turn off initiates (although my hop tolerance is so skewed by now that I could be way off base), but is hoppy enough to satisfy the majority of hopheads.

The flavor profile is rich, deep and multi-faceted, consisting primarily of bittersweet citrus and sugary pine. It doesn't have the bright hoppiness of some IPAs, nor the brassy bottom end hoppiness of most DIPAs, but a good middle range, mellow yet forceful, satisfying flavor that is hitting the spot right now. I still love my Amarillo, but perhaps using five varieties of hops (and five varieties of malt) wasn't such a squirrely idea after all.

Try as I might, I can't really discern the rye in this beer. There may be a little rye spiciness on the finish, but without the knowledge that malted rye was used, I would most likely have never been able to appreciate it (I love the idea of rye in beer and wish more brewers would use it, but unless a significant amount is used in a hoppy beer such as this, it doesn't make much sense). The body/mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full with a lush smoothness that is more apparent because of the low level of carbonation.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a very good beer that possesses most of my favorite IPA qualities. It may not be for everyone, but I love it and wish I had a case at this very moment. And a second one for tomorrow. The terrapin/tortoise/turtle won the race, didn't he? A big Thank You to aracauna for providing.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was our offering for the First Freakin Firkin Friday at Barley's Taproom in Greenville,SC. The always wonderful Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was cask conditioned with Fench Vanilla oak chips, and then dry hopped with 5 ounces of Columbus Hops! It was great to see soo many people there. The expectation was for this one to last 2 hours, and it was kicked in 35mins! Glad I was able to get my two pints.

Casked was tapped at 6:00pm and I was licky enough to get one of the first pints that came out. Poured a nice hazy light amber with lots of carbonation. Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

This was simply stated an awesome beer. Extremely drinkable and could have easily put down 10 of these all night long. Would probably have gone very well with some pizza, as the Terrapin Rye is my all time favorite pizza beer. Our first Freakin Firkin Friday was Friggin Fantastic! I cannot wait for another and hope Terrapin will stop by again!

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

Had this at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock,NC with a jerk chicken pizza and it complimented it very well.Poured into a mason jar a light copper color with fluffy white head,aromas are quite hoppy heavy on the grapefruit and lemon rind with a touch of caramel underneath the hops.This beer is not heavy on the rye but its noticable on the palate just light sour note in the finish mainly the Pacific coast-type hop comes thru but a firm dry malt base keeps this quite balanced and quaffable.A pretty solid beer not over the top rye wise by any means and food friendly I wish I could get it here in Greensboro.

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

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: The nose is fairly sweet for the style with a fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. The rye provides a bit of spiciness, but it's not all that intense.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malt being the more prominent factor. As such, the beer is on the sweet side with a fairly minimal presence from the hops. Again, the rye is well represented.

M: The body is on the light end of the medium spectrum with a crisp carbonation.

D: A bit sweet for my liking of a pale ale, but the rye helps to mitigate this a bit. Otherwise, easy enough to drink.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber/copper color with a one-finger tan head. Nice retention and minimal lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of rye bread and citrus - mostly orange. There was a mild roasted malt aroma, too.

T - Good bitter bite of hops upon first sip. This is a pretty malty APA with a nice rye flavor. There is a good citrusy kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good rye pale ale. I've really enjoyed the Terrapin beers that I found on my trip to NC.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - An aroma of honey and toasted malt with light pine hops.

T - Toasty malt up front with some pine hop flavor and a hint of caramel. The malt sweetness continues into the middle with some honey notes. Finishes with more bready malt and moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a natural flagship beer. Despite the name, there isn't too much rye character, just a hint of spiciness in the background. The hop character is nice, with enough bitterness to perfectly balance the malt, and when it is fresh, the aroma and flavor border on IPA levels. A nice APA overall, sessionable and well made.

Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Very nice.

Smell: I picked up the malt right away. A bit bready with some fruity sweetness in there as well. Not a whole lot of hops in the nose.

Taste: Not very sweet, but I'm definitely picking up the grain first. A bit spicy from the rye, but not overly so. The finish has a little hop bitterness to it. Overall a nice session beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is fairly unspectacular, beer just disappears without much to remember it by.

Overall: None of the flavors are overpowering. A nice beer, but nothing too remarkable either.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 fingers width of poofy white foam that eventually settled down and left good lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued but mostly consists of fresh citrus and hops.

Taste is predominantly mellow sweet rye malt up front that then finishes with a nice kick of fresh hoppy citrus. Mouthfeel is a crisp light medium that mixed with a low ABV, makes for one quaffable brew.

One of my favorite Southern beers. A nice blend of flavors and huge drinkability make this a good year round sessioner.

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hot spring day, and a nice rye pale ale. Lets see how it works, got this thanks to kkipple.

A: THe fluffy head rises up just to the top of my tulip glass, nice big 3 finger fluffy head. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color.

N: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a slight spicy and mild grassy hop aroma, touch of citrus and pear.

T: Pretty dry and crisp. Some malts in there, toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. SOme spicy and fruity rye flavors, a slight juicy hop flavor too. Some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop. A touch of fruit.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter with a little more bitterness coming out. Very dry as well. Some earthy hop tones with some spicy rye lingering. A touch of fruit and spicy, citrus hops.

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

Pours a clear amber. Nose is kind of grain-ish. Flavor is bringing an interesting mix of rye and pale ale characters. The rye is definitely providing a bite. But I feel like it has been toned down by a hop presence in there. Feel is a slighly thinner slick thing on the liquid and the carbonation bites a bit on the tongue. Overall a nice brew. Hearty and a bit robust.

Thanks to michaeld23 for this one.

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Phatz for another fine beer gift.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint cold.
A - A golden amber w/ a slight haze and 2 finger off white head. Smooth top and tiny bubbles rise to the bottom of the head. Lots of lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus and grapefruit odors from hops fill the nose of the beautiful apricot hued ale. Sweet malt aspects are noted as the head begins to fall. A nice fruity arom of apricot lingers on.

M - A snap of carbonation is followed by sweet and dry malt that leads to a more dominant acidity

T - The taste is really well balanced even though the hops seem to be heavy in the aroma. Great grain flavors that are light and dry w/ sweetness in the finish. The hops give a sweet,yet "just bitter enough" effect to this beer. The citrus notes meld well w/ the taste of the rye accent giving a great flavor w/ a tinge of astringency. Everything you might expect from a good pale ale w/ a splash o' rye.

D - So smooth it is really a well made beer. I recommend it, today it was my breakfast beer w/ eggs covered in applewood smoked mozzarella.

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

On tap @ Taco Mac - Decatur, GA

A- Bright copper hue, great clarity shines well ... thin but sticky lace.

S- Mild spicy tartness from the ale-like characteristics and rye malt.

T&M- Crisp and spicy up-front, layer of malt sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent throughout the palate.

What can I say ... balanced and very drinkable. A session rye ale for sure.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 04/18/08, cheers Ding!

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grassy & bready, especially as it warmed

T: Grassy, peppery grain, breadyness & a touch of dryness up front along with lemony hops. Grainyness, a bit of honey malt & crispness follows as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, peppery crispness& some grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation & creamyness

Drinks very easy, the rye adds a nice drinkability/crispness. A great session APA

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Taco Mac in Woodstock, GA...appears a copper orange hue while the head forms thick and frothy appears a slight off white and elaves even thick chunks of lacing with each sip. Aroma has a spicy rye component but mainly citrus grapefruit and grassy overtones create the hop aspect of this brew very spicy the hoppy flow is green and fresh with sweet bicuit malt tones balancing it all out what a great smelling pale ale. Flavor hoppy assertive but complex and original the Amarillo hops really leave their mark on my palate heavy grapefruit and citrus components with a strong bitterness and big flavors with spicy rye and moderate sweetnees from the biscuit malt presence very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate smoooth carbonation, slick and oily with some hop resins flowing here. Drinkability favorite beer while visiting the south it just left a mark on me and I could have drank it by the sixer great stuff it really sets the bar for Terrapin Beer.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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