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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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1,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,497
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 48
Gots: 88 | 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  rDev -21.1%

11-23-2013 05:24:29 | More by robertjskelton
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-15-2013 13:39:50 | More by sneth019
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a nice transparent copper with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is great--rye grains, citrusy hops, and a hint of roasted malts. The taste is not as prevalent as the scent, but still has what's expected of an APA--bitter hops, some rye, and the not-so-expected--mouthfull of malts. Mouthfeel is little more carbonated than I like, but still pretty good. This is a drinkable APA that's as good as anything available at most supermarkets.

09-30-2008 19:57:40 | More by theghost3
Photo of LukeGude


3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-12-2014 03:14:40 | More by LukeGude
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

09-19-2013 21:59:32 | More by JasonTaverner
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-09-2012 16:44:41 | More by Coldsnack
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-18-2014 18:20:02 | More by SoCaliC8
Photo of Screper


3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-06-2012 13:00:25 | More by Screper
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-27-2014 19:21:07 | More by alexsergio
Photo of ngandhi


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Quaffable hop juice with little structure. Where are the resins? The rye, I guess, is interesting with a moderate fruitiness in the medium bodied malt to complement the citric hops. I.P.A.s are often aggressive and rye beers even more so, so I naturally expected a punch here. Instead, Terrapin Rye P.A. is about as inoffensive and crowd-pleasing as possible.

This is a basic American pale pizza ale and I don't hold that against Terrapin -- we might have misclassified it here; the brewery website markets this as an APA. It's my own fault that the "RyePA" name makes me think it's an IPA just because it rhymes. More importantly, though, they claim rye and I just don't see the point. It adds rather nice color, but there's nothing spicy about it or the unadventurous hops.

Relax, relax.

12-07-2004 14:58:37 | More by ngandhi
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

bottle aquired in trade with Dsho, best before Jan 2012.

Golden amber elixer with small white lacing cap. The lacing does ring the glass as this one is consumed. moderate visiblt carbonation. Nose features caramel, rye, and a quick slap of pine. Taste has spicy rye upfront with undertones of light caramel, pine, and a light does of citrus. This one trends toward the sweet side of the palate. Mouth is medium, but has an element of wateriness. Good.

02-20-2012 16:46:12 | More by UDbeernut
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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

This beer was tasted in a Terrapin Shaker Pint Glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that leaves a nice lace and nice film. The first aroma that hits your nose is the combination of grapefruity citrusy hops grainy rye. Again the flavor is quite hop forward as is the smell but it is balanced nicely with pale malts and spicy rye. The mouthfeel rather full for a pale ale and has a nice carbonation. Overall one of the best pale ales out there and one to definitely get again and again.

03-13-2006 19:45:19 | More by MSchae1017
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-22-2011 01:39:38 | More by VikeMan
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Best by 4th week Nov 13 bottle at 45 degrees into pint glass (Found a case in my cellar)
Aroma slightly spicy
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy slowly diminishing to 2 cm
Lacing good, many large clumps
Body light orange, slightly hazy
Flavor begins with slight spiceyness of rye, quickly ends, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

A good go-to session beer, hard to find where I live. Every time I go south of the Mason-Dixon line, I make a stop at Terrapin (it’s only 3-4 hundred miles out of my way) to visit. Great people! Great beer!

01-30-2014 15:43:35 | More by Ozzylizard
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-06-2014 14:22:20 | More by Profchaos20
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-25-2014 14:40:26 | More by BSuter
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours out a clear amber color. Two finger foamy head at first then settles down to blanket on top of the ale. Nice lacing that stays with the life of the ale.

The aroma is a mix of toasted malt, (Obviously) rye grain, and piney citrus hop.

The taste is classic American pale ale with the twist of the rye grain. With the addition of rye a wheat bread flavor can be detected. The hops are the classic mixture of pine and citrus, but not so strong to over power the ale. Finishes dry with a lingering pine hop.

What can I say, a wonderful Pale Ale with a twist of rye grain yet balanced. Satisfied customer

10-15-2011 04:49:15 | More by Luigi
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-21-2011 03:50:08 | More by dowen44
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

A- pours semi-translucent amber with thin head to film. Slight carbonation and lacing.

S- rye and hop bitterness.

T- hops and sweet rye malt. Balanced quite well. Refreshing clean taste while not lacking flavor.

M- creamy and smooth but slightly overcarbonated. Medium stickiness and dryness.

D/O- easy to drink and a nicer light beer. Well brewed but not standing out enough.

06-11-2011 03:12:29 | More by BBP
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-10-2013 12:41:46 | More by icehawk
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my trusty Duvel.

A - Pours a light, caramel brown with a small white head and just a touch of lacing.

S - Has a bit of sweetness. A nice earthy smell as well. Floral and all together light.

T - Starts with a nice hoppy flavor. Gives off just a touch of sweet and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Nice balance.

M - Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A bit dry feel.

D - Very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

01-20-2011 00:04:29 | More by GallowsThief
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2011 15:17:32 | More by whallgren
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

05-06-2013 06:07:00 | More by TheDoak
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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%

The beer pours a nice golden with a decent but small white head. The aroma is of sharp with Rye, and a bit of floral hops. The taste starts with a full rye malt taste with a bit of dark fruits coming out in the sweetness of the middle, followed quickly by a nicely bitter hops finish. The feel is robust and wet, giving it a liquid bread quality that I like in a malty rye beer. This is a very nice example of a rye ale with a lot of malt, and nice use of the hops to compliment those qualities.

05-20-2014 01:56:25 | More by claytri
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a slightly golden amber color with a thick white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of rye, and citrusy and grassy hops, and maybe some grapefruit. Tastes like a little malt and then loads of bittering hops and a little rye bite. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is high.

01-16-2011 00:30:29 | More by TheKingofWichita
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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