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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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very good

1,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 1382
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%

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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Photo of abedenbaugh

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Clear slightly dark amber color with a off-white head that shows a little lace.
S:Wonderful bitter hop aroma dominates most of the nose. There is a little bit of malt sweetness in the background.
T:A lot less bitter than the smell lets on. The bitterness is on the lower level of a pale ale. There there a little bit of rough flavor at the end that might be from the rye, or maybe a rough bitter taste. There is somewhat of a citrus flavor from the hops and also a flavor of English hops, too. The malt flavor is present at a low level, but the things that I do pick out are biscuity and toasty.
MF: Medium body.
D:Very easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, but the one thing I didn't like that much was the little bit of harshness that was at the back of the palate. But other than that they did a great job.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:41:30 | More by abedenbaugh
Photo of FloppyDog

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

This golden-looking pale ale had about a finger of white head that dissipated within a minute. It had a crystal clear appearance with less bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass than I expect for a pale ale.

The aroma was of citrus hops, but I couldn't put my finger on which kind exactly.

The taste began with hop bitterness upfront and citrus hop flavor followed by the malt in the middle which balanced well. As I expected, this beer was less carbonated than I usually expect for a pale ale, but that could have been due to the specific tap it came from malfunctioning or something.

Because of te minimal carbonation, the mouth feel was rather light and slightly watery as it slid down my throat. That being said, it was not too watery, to the point where I did not enjoy the beer.

On a side note, when I burped, it tasted like what I would imagine biting into a hop pellet would taste like (very intense citrus hop flavor...even more so than when the beer went down the first time). This happened multiple times, and I found it very interesting, and kind of funny.

Overall, an easy-drinking pale ale, but I was disappointed that I could not pick out a distinctive rye character from the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 22:41:16 | More by FloppyDog
Photo of cktison


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, amber orange color. Nice dense foam and some lacing. Clear and beautiful.
S: Hops are very apparent - odd when you expect the rye to shine through. Rye is there though, along with some malts and alcohols.
T: Intially sharp, but it changes as you drink it. Nice malts, rye comes through, citrusy, and smooth. Hops not as present in the taste, sugars there.
M: Nicely crafted, smooth, good carbonation, though light.
D: Easy to drink, a great local brew here in Atlanta - becoming widely available from one of the best breweries in the south.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2007 19:12:46 | More by cktison
Photo of ScottUCF84


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Radiant... a clear golden brown. About an inch of white, fluffy head that fizzled into a nice looking skin. Above average lacing, too.

S- Malted rye, hops, and a slight whiff of sweet fruit.

T- Begins with sweet breaady malt snd hops, some citrus. Ends with bitter hops and rye.

M- Medium to light body, pretty crisp, slightly creamy. Ends with an oily texture.

D- This one is pretty tasty and not too filling. Goes down without much effort. A great pale ale with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:07:00 | More by ScottUCF84
Photo of WAP


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured hazy copper with a thin white head. Smell has light floral hops -- nice but a little weak.

The taste was extremely well-balanced. There was a nice balance of the hops and biscuity malts with a little rye coming through as well. Halfway through the beer my only thought was "delicious." Finished exceptionally smooth and highly drinkable.

A perfect, flavorful beer for a warm and sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 03:42:02 | More by WAP
Photo of buckiflyer

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orangish color, small short lasting head, hoppy smell. immediate hop taste, followed by a distinct rye malt, then a smooth hoppy finish. a great beer. on a side note, the artwork on the bottle is unique and the company website is entertaining.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 00:57:28 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of PEIhop


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams.

A - Pours a clear, straw-colored blond that is well carbonated with a bubbly head to quickly vanishes.

S - Definite hop presence combined with piney notes.

T - The hops quickly hit the back part of the palate and linger momentarily leaving you with a piney floral taste. The taste was very "dry" and quickly dissipates leaving a yearning for another mouth full.

M - Well-balanced and much fuller than anticipated.

D - This is a great session beer. A wonderful brew to enjoy in the great city of Atlanta on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:19:41 | More by PEIhop
Photo of bubrewer


2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 04:35:00 | More by bubrewer
Photo of xduderx


4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a cut above the rest!!!!

smell = very strong with a floral aroma laced with rye undertones

taste = bites like a normal pale ale and leaves a definite rye afertaste on the pallate.

mouthfeel = medium bodied

drinkability = goes down very easy and is a pleasure to drink. this is a beer that should be enjoyed, not guzzled!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 03:11:53 | More by xduderx
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

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

A: Pleasing light orange color that is a little cloudy. Thin head that doesn't "hang around for dessert." Very little lacing. Good start.

S: Floral hoppiness that hits you in the face after hovering over the glass. Hints of canned fruit cocktail or something sweet and fruity. Also something sour... perhaps the rye.

T: The hops make their presence known along with the rye sneaking in initially. A little bit of malt taste toward the finish.

M: Nice thin beer (as is to be expected) with a HUGE bitter hoppy finish. Those Terrapin guys really love some hops.

D: Good session beer. Nice one to sit down with on an average Tuesday night.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:49:01 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of PeterLemonjello


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had many times in both bottle and draft

A - Nice looking beer. On the darker end of the Pale Ale range, crystal clear, and nice carbonation.

S - Has a very malty/bready aroma. Certainly not a bad smelling beer, just one that I would normally like out of an Amber rather than a Pale.

T - Malty/bready flavor with hop bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the bitterness does balance out the malty flavors.

M - Nice body for the style.

D - Very drinkable due to it's balance. For my money, I would rather have a hoppier Pale Ale but this is a fine APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:51:34 | More by PeterLemonjello
Photo of towersfall

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head that holds little retention yet leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Not much hops but a nice blend of rye and a tad bit of citrus fills the nostrils.

Taste: Rye and citrus are obviously present and leave a very bright and crisp taste in the mouth. The beer feels very well-balanced and has somewhat of an earthy touch.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a solid structure. Leaves a nice taste in the mouth that makes me think of sharing a good times with friends on a porch in the summertime.

Drinkability: Could down a sixer of this no problem and I'd actually probably be begging you for more.

To put it simply, this beer rules.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:40:50 | More by towersfall
Photo of rel


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a chalice. Little white head that quickly settles into a creamy, very thin layer on the beer. Minimal lacing. Apple juice, dull color.

On the nose - herbal hops, some fruity esters, caramel and bread malts.

On the lips - mellow caramel sweetness and herbal bitter finish. Nice balance. Definitely gets better as it warms.

The pleasant bitterness lingers, as the beer covers your mouth in a creamy film.

It's a nice beer. Definitely more complex than I expected. I wish I knew how to recognize the rye.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 22:54:26 | More by rel
Photo of slatetupelo


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to Spring when baseball season starts up, this means two things:

1. Atlanta Braves Baseball
2.Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

I could drink this beer everyday, it's my favorite of the Pale Ale style. I'm looking forward to trying other beers with rye in them.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 22:00:28 | More by slatetupelo
Photo of brewcore

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IMO the best APA in the South

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange. Medium white head that fades to a pencil thin ring. Plenty of lacing.

S: This ale has a lot going for it, but smell sets it above other APAs. All the hop fragrance you could ever want from a pale ale. Grapefruit: check. Floral: check. Unique hop "funk": check. Very fragrant for an APA.

T: Crisp with a dry finish. Hop flavors step up but do not overwhelm. Asertive hoppiness but definitely not a hop bomb IPA. Hops are floral, citrusy, and very piney. The rye is subdued. I have to look for it. Not too much malt character going on, but present in enough force to balance.

M: Light to medium.

O: High drinkability, making it a fantastic session beer. I go back to this one over and over.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 18:58:58 | More by brewcore
Photo of ghostee


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber color with minimal head and some minor lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops. Some orange in the smell.

Taste is surprisingly refreshing. The citrusy hops from the smell are here, but not overpowering. Also get some grassy hops. They are balanced well with caramelly malt and the rye spice. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Doesn't bite the tongue much at all.

Drinkability is high. Goes down super easy.

This was a surprise. I was not expecting this to be as tasty as it is. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:41:36 | More by ghostee
Photo of axisjones


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Someone else said honey colored and that is dead on. The head pours puffy and dies down quick style. No lacing whatsoever. The color is interesting, but otherwise very unimpressive.

Smell? Coulda fooled me. Faint passionfruit/pineapple scent with mild citrus in the nose. I was trying, swear i was.

Despite a mediocre lead-in, this is a decent tasting beer. A tad on the hoppy side with a balanced malt back. The rye isn't too noticable. The hops are juicy grapefruity and clean. Not bad at all.

Nothing special, but hits the spot on a hot day. Clean, drinkable, tasty. Thanks to rajendra82 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 01:50:15 | More by axisjones
Photo of HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of lostbearbrew and BIF 23:

Pours a clear orangey-amber color out of the bottle. Small foamstand. Palpable scent of tangy citrus, pine needles, and freshly mown grass. Nice and hoppy just the way I like it. Aggressive bitterness at first sip fades into crisp, clean finish of rye. Some catty, dank hop flavors reminiscent of Simcoe or Chinook. Good hop character melds with maltiness to strike a good balance. A nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 13:56:39 | More by HopasaurusRex
Photo of Schwab


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the bottle the other day and noticed that this beer wasn't even brewed by Terrapin. Instead, some contract brewery in MD brewed and bottled it. I was quite disappointed by that...

A - It poured a nice pale ale color with a hint of amber. Left about 1" head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Great pale ale smell. My first beer with rye, perhaps the 10% rye made the difference.

T - Typical pale ale aroma, flavor, bittering, and balance. Doesn't finish too dry IMO. Hint of something different.

M - Decent carbonation but not too much for a smooth pale ale.

D - Great drinkability I think. Certainly not for the price I paid, but the beer itself is another great pale ale. I guess this shows also that you can brew a great beer on any brew system as long as the recipe is altered properly.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 12:09:05 | More by Schwab
Photo of tuckevalastin


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber with basically no head

S: Very mild smell. Floral hops and citrus are noticable.

T: A nice light flavor. Bitter hops and spicy rye are noticable as is a slight sweet maltiness. Balanced and light.

M: Light bodied, ok carbonation, and moderate spice/bitterness. No heat at all.

D: Very drinkable for a hoppy beer.

Overall, this one is worth trying if you see it. It's a perfect beer to try in a mix-a-six. I don't think I'd seek it out though.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:25:25 | More by tuckevalastin
Photo of BitterBrian


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a velvety honey color with a thin white head, smells of a complex medley of hops on top of the distinct smell of the rye.

Tastes lip smackingly good - the rye stands out, but s nicely balanced with the sharp hops and light malts.

Definitely a drinker if you are in the mood for a sweet IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 23:36:06 | More by BitterBrian
Photo of kbm


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog.

Appearance: Pours a good lucking translucent to clear amber with a moderate head and quick dissipation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Weak rye and subtle hops. I really gotta get my nose in the glass to pick up anything.

Taste: I know it's silly but all I am getting weak malt, hops and rye. Not quite the volume of rye flavors I would expect.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and thin.

Drinkability: It's a gulper.

One a warm day, this may be a great backyard bbq beer. Otherwise, it's just a thin mindless beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 23:32:06 | More by kbm
Photo of hoppheadIPA


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding pale ale. Pouring a brilliant orange color with a fizzy white 1 1/2" head that dissipates as I drink. It smells spicy and clean. Tastes is very good, with slpice, hops, and rye. This beer is very drinkable. I would consider this and outstanding session brew. I will be going to get more of this as it's finally available to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 17:40:40 | More by hoppheadIPA
Photo of SchmoTerp


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with thin white head which leaves only minor lacing. The nose is one of hops and grain...not surprising, but still attractive. The taste is first of hops following by the rye, but almost in a bready way.

Advertised as a complex ale, but not as complex as the bottle makes it seem. It's a great all around beer but I wish the rye (not the bread) were a bit more pronounced. What is truly great about this beer is you can have it with just about anything and just about anytime.

Since it is one of the few microbrews sold locally, I try to keep a few bottles in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 11:33:54 | More by SchmoTerp
Photo of sbw138


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see lower than expected ratings for this beer. Overall I thought it was pretty good.

Poured a dark orange color, with a nice white head that left some decent lacing on my Fat Heads Pittsburgh pint glass.

Nice hoppy smell, can smell some rye, but not extremely noticable.

Again, nice hoppy taste, with a nice small rye taste at the end. As some descriptions say, definitely more of an APA than a rye.

Average mouthfeel, with an overall good drinkability. I would have one again, but I'm not going to go out of my way to hunt another bottle down.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 20:18:39 | More by sbw138
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