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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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BA SCORE
84
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1,582 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 104 | 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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Ratings: 1,582 | Reviews: 753 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Sammy, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20.8%

t0rin0, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  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.

metter98, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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

brentk56, May 29, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

BEERchitect, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

mikesgroove, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

womencantsail, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  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.

kylehay2004, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

oberon, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  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.

zeff80, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

nickfl, Mar 01, 2010
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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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