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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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1,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 79 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-04-2013 19:32:10 | More by EigenBeer
Photo of seavercm


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-14-2014 20:57:39 | More by seavercm
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth


3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Single bought at Hop City, Birmingham. Freshness date of Novermber 2013. Hm, lots of BA reviews; didn't realize this was a Terrapin flagship.

Pours a handsome bronze, very murky and opaque. Not many style points for the weak head, but nice lacing.

Smell is very floral and pleasant. A little c-hop citrus is there; so is a touch of rye spiciness. Something like maraschino cherry? Smells like an old fashioned.

The taste doesn't punch like the nose... everything is muted. No wave of bitterness or hop-forward flavors. More of a rounded, earthy flavor akin to an English IPA lightly hit with rye. That said, I'm not sure I would identify this as a rye beer if I didn't know in advance. Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

It would be one thing if hops were sacrificed to make way for the rye, but here both are muted and rounded into what amounts to a safe, inoffensive session beer, an annoying specialty of the South.

Exploring Terrapin has been an up-and-down adventure for this reviewer; the Rye PA likely isn't one I'll return to.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 13:08:55 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-21-2012 02:35:23 | More by harrylee773
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-01-2012 00:38:26 | More by mweso2000
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-08-2012 04:44:19 | More by mecmd
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 16 oz shaker pint.

A - Slight haze, slight orange tint to a golen brew. Head a little less than a finger but nice staying power.

S - Nice smell, fairly subdued but enough of a citrus hop character along with a mild earthiness.

T - Smooth tasting pale. Again, citrusy hops are present but not huge. The rye makes itself known a little.

M - Fairly light bodied and smooth.

D - A nice sessionable pale ale. Hops could be played up a bit more but the rye keeps it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:52:51 | More by EStreet20
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to find the Terrapin brews here in DC, so when I saw a sixer of the Rye PA at Franklin's brew pub and nic-nac store in Hyattsville, I jumped at the chance. I hope to find more around town in the future, despite the fact that I'll soon be leaving DC.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Rye PA appears a soft golden amber color, with a decent one-finger head and good lace. Lots of carbonation here, keeping alive the peach fuzz on top of the glass. The nose is very pleasant. It's almost a sharp malt scent; distant light fruits, but with a bit. Must be the rye. It's not an overwhelming aroma, and it might not impress everyone, but I find it quite nice. It tastes strong and bitter, with a nice rye accent. Not IPA hoppy, mind you, but solid pale ale hoppy. The rye adds to the sharpness in the flavor, helping the hops balance out the malts. An acid-like bitterness lingers even after the beer has been swallowed. Not bad. Not great, but not bad. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry.

I like this beer. A very nice session brew, in my opinion. The rye character of this pale ale really helps it stand out among its brethren. It's not eye-popping, or very fancy, but it's a solid beer with much going for it. It's convinced me to seek out more rye beverages too.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:33:32 | More by Atlas1
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-23-2013 04:14:20 | More by RWNay
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Translucent amber coloration, nice two finger head, decent retention. Laced in neat layers.

S - Fresh, hoppy aroma with a biscuity malt backing. Very sweet fragrance. Also picking up some earthy tones, not bad like dirt, but something similar.

T - The initial wave of flavor is a pleasant hop bite, but after that fades the rye and malts become apparent. Very smooth and well balanced.

M - Surprisingly light and crisp, faint grass notes in the aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit sharp.

D - Very enjoyable, definitely a well constructed ale. Not afraid in the least to say this one impressed me. I'd love to drink another again in spring, I just felt caged drinking it in an ice storm.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:13:48 | More by PhageLab
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2013 21:47:50 | More by JRBecks
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-01-2014 18:48:57 | More by ShepardCommander
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very uncomplicated. Not bad, but the taste is kind of one dimensional. Very rye tasting from start to finish. It smells very rye and pours up a beautiful golden amber with a one finger head and decent lacing. Mouthfeel is kind of thin.

This is my first sampling of Terrapin's offerings. I am pretty eager to try some more of their beers. Even with what I consider to be an uncomplicated taste, it would be a good starter beer for someone wanting to expand their taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:57:19 | More by Mojo
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-10-2012 17:37:04 | More by HopBrain
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours an orange/gold color. Maybe a finger of head, quickly dissipates to a fine line of foam.

Very nice hoppy aroma. Big grapefruit and orange. The rye give a very light pepper-like scent in the background.

Good flavor. The rye never really jumps out until the finish, but it does provide a pretty nice bite. Very hoppy for an APA, but not hoppy enough to be an IPA. Nice bitter citrus flavor with some underlying pine.

Medium body. Really smooth. The low carbonation is appropriate here. Very easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 23:53:20 | More by Gyle41386
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-27-2012 20:30:48 | More by jmathis
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-07-2014 04:42:04 | More by CDCNAM
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-19-2012 16:51:24 | More by slowdaddy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. This beer sparked my interest when I read about it in Tim Hampson's "The Beer Book," so I was excited to get my hands on it. The turtle on the label, chewing on his buckwheat with banjo in hand, is just so damn cool!

Pours a hazy golden mango with copper hues, one finger of white head, and threads of lacing on the pint glass. Smell and taste are semi-sweet pale malts, wheat cracker, yeast, and rye bread. Fruity, English-style hops (Fuggles, Goldings) impart orange jujubes, a hint of citrus, and earth. I'm not getting the grapefruit flavours that others have noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with some spice from the hops and a grainy, parched finish. The chalky aftertaste is where the rye becomes evident, as this is unusually dry for a pale.

Terrapin RPA isn't as flavourful as I thought it would be, and the beer goes south as it warms. For some reason it becomes quite watery by the end. An above average beer with a unique twist, but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 06:29:45 | More by cratez
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with a minimal white head

Nice rye, slightly spicy aroma. Spicy, slightly sour flavor with herbal hops and a little bit of orange around the edges.

Refreshing. I bet this would be a great one in hot weather (which we are definitely not experiencing in February in New Hampshire). Quite nice just the same.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 23:31:54 | More by CliffBrake
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4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

firkin -> 20oz dimpled mug

Arrived a slightly cloudy orange with a big wispy white head. Lace was respectable and appeared in thin silk like spiderwebs.

Nose: Hoppy, floral, faint rye. Smelled delicious

Well balanced and sweet. Rye flavor was tame but balanced the floral hops perfectly. Some citrus flavors and bread like ryeness creeps in. Taste as well as it smells. Bitterness was tame but present.

Fatheads was giving this stuff away on friday for the terrapin kickoff! Kudos and good luck to the guys from Terrapin, You guys kick ASS!

Serving type: cask

11-17-2008 19:21:40 | More by beerphan
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown with tan on the outer extremes. Head is one to two fingers of bright off white suds; very malty.

S- Smell was of nuts and buttery. Just a touch of burnt wheat maybe? In a good way though.

T- Taste was terriffic! Very light bitterness, mixed with sweetness of nuts and caramel. The maltiness of the taste was pleasing as well. Small touch of chocolate after the bitter midtaste.

M- Mouth is excellent as well. Very rich malty texture. The lingering head is perfect to complement the thickness. Not overly carbonated, just right in the middle.

D- Very drinkable beer. Even though it is rich and a semi-thick mouthfeel, I could see myself drinking this for a while to come.

Very nice, Terrapin!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2007 12:50:18 | More by MMAJYK
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-30-2013 14:29:30 | More by davet100
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: orange copper and a nice 1.5 inch head but no lacing as it settled.

S: nice citrus and piney hops detected, nice rye malt and spicey

T: Crisp and spicy up-front, layer of malt sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent mixes with the malt and the hops well balanced. Fits the style to a tee IMHO

M: Lite body, perfect carbonation

D: very nice had 2 in a row, I love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 19:22:26 | More by azorie
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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