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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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very good

1,667 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 50
Gots: 141 | 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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Photo of Backer2004
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the bartender told me my first five choices were out, I figured this local brew would be available. Much more of a rye than an IPA, that is a bit overwhelming to the palate and nose. nice color, lacing, and carbonation, like it came from the brewery that day. A bit too havy after a long session of different beers. May be more drinkable if this was my first. Wouldn't mind trying some other Terrapin brews next time I'm in Athens.

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Yet again my thanks to mrandypandy for another Southern gem.

It pours a clear amber with thin beige head. The head fades to lively skim islands. Nice lace. Color darkened with the rye gives it a beautiful look.

Not a strong smell, the rye tartness on top of some clean, sweet grain and floral hop. There are hints of citrus. Light bouquet, but sweet.

Unlike the nose, the taste is full of flavor for this style. It starts with an effervescent rye flavor, which grabs onto some very sweet floral notes and light breadiness, hints of pine, then joins with a really clean citrusy/herbaly/light bitter for a perfectly semi-dry dry finish. Very lively and delicious.

Mouthfeel is well carb.'ed, medium body, perfectly viscous for style, and promotes a wonderful finish and flavor profile.

Drinkability is sensational. All you could want in a pale ale, and more.

Impression: In a country full of fine APA's, this one stands out for its tasty, interesting flavor, and refreshing nature.

Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of davemathews68
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of stogirelli
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured in to a plastic cup from a 12 oz bottle

pours an orangish amber with a nice white head

the rye makes an interesting mix with the citrusy smells

tastes a somewhat creamy sweet and orange

full mouthfeel

very drinkable and definitely worth the ticket

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

12 oz bottle from Winn Dixie here in the J'ville. Poured into a pint.

A: Poured a darker golden yellow, much darker than your average macro if you want to compare. Decent amount of head that had some stickiness to its lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Smells mostly of malt, citrus hops and grains.

T: Citrus hops really shine here. Has a nice malt balance to it. Definitely has a distinct grain (rye) flavor to it. Very nice.

M: Has a bit of bitter aftertaste that lingers, but mostly finishes clean and crisp. Nothing too crazy here.

D: Can drink plenty of these. I love Terrapin brews. This one has a great flavor that really shines and is nothing too crazy. Good summer brew.

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3rd week of January 2013 is notched in label.

Pours a clear yellow amber color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is quite hoppy, with citrus and floral notes.

First sip has a nice rush of hop flavor and a spicy rye finish. Bitterness is nicely subdued, but present. Nice munich-like malt sweetness. I'm really digging this beer. Amazing balance of flavor, sweetness, and bitterness. Very drinkable.

This is a really well rounded and interesting beer. I'd certainly buy it again.

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

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours golden amber with a small, creamy, whitish cap that sticks around and leaves thick rings of lace.

Smells nice and fruity, with a bit of butterscotch and some vague piney hop notes.

Smooth, medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. Carries sweet malts up front with a middle of citrus and resinous hop flavors, along with a bit of rye spiciness. Flows slightly bitter, slightly sweet over the back of the tongue, with a finish that is a little dry.

Overall a fairly straightforward pale ale, but with that slight bite in there from the use of rye. Not the greatest of this Georgia brewery's offerings, but certainly a solid backbone to the company's line-up.

Photo of CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Light amber color, with a pretty thick off-white head.

Aroma is mildly floral. Subtly hop-forward, with a touch of some earthy, grainy malt. Taste has a nice floral aspect, somewhat metallic in the middle though. The malt profile is interesting, earthy and yet light. It's good balance and different than any IPA I have had.

Very smooth and drinkable. I sipped a few this morning while playing Fris-bee in the hot sun.


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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Pours a golden straw color, just barely transparent (I can faintly make out the computer screen through the glass), with a half-finger of head that falls to a gauze & leaves "seaweed" lacing. Plenty of fast-rising, tiny bubbles.

Smells real good at first, like a Pop Rocks kind of candy sweetness. On subsequent whiffs, I get mildly citric hops & a very subtle cracker-like malt presence. Tastes primarily of grapefruity hops & just the tiniest bit of Shredded Wheat, with some residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Clean, brisk flavor. I'm getting almost an iced tea flavor/sensation.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp with the carbonation & hop bite, but ends smooth. This is an easy drinker consistency-wise, alcohol-wise, but I think the hops would make me want to quit after about two.

Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re #APAs (my 2nd favorite style after IPAs, Dales Pale and Troegs being 2 of the benchmarks)

A: The beer pours hazed bright amber w little carbonation. head settled fast but laces well and returns with a swirl.

S: Like most APAs, the hops are present but in equal balanced with pale malts and a touch of spice.

T: The taste follows the smell with a kind of bracing rye spice pepperiness and a ample bitterness into a very clean finish. Session beer for sure, a little soapy tho.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, good finish.

O: The beer is easy to drink and the rye spices up a solid American pale ale.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Wins a taste off over Cricket Hill American Ale , but both are surprisingly good, original and worth trying. Not nearly the tingle and the lively pine freshness of a Dales Pale.

Photo of jaemeno3
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Pours a slightly hazy, dark gold with a small but clingy head. Aromas are interesting: there's definitely a hop element on the nose but the dominant trait is remeniscent of a woodpile. Toffee notes are also there. On the palate I'm getting strong flavors of toasted English muffins and some toffee. Finishes quick and clean, with a light hint of lingering malts. That dash of malted rye makes a world of difference and makes this an exceptially satisfying pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.