Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

761 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,724
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 184 | 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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Reviews: 761 | Hads: 1,724
Photo of sbw138
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of MaxBrewell
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A pleasantly orange-golden color, slightly cloudy, not much lacing or head retention.

S- Great smelling beer, plenty of hop aroma, citrus seems to dominate the nose and the rye comes through nicely.

T- The citrusy hops are well balanced with the rye and other malts. Slight grapefruit taste on the back-end.

M- Seems a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable beer that has given me a new appreciation for rye beers. I would certainly try this one again. (475 characters)

Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into chilled ale glass.

A-Medium amber ale with pretty 3 fingers of white foam. Great lacing!

S-Pleasant, smells of citrus with hops and a hint of yeast.

T-Not too hoppy, balanced with the taste of the grain. Not too bitter. I liked it. Less hops than an IPA but more than lots of APA style beers.

M-A little flat, could use a little more carbonation. A mouth full re-emphasizes the smell.

D-Very drinkable. I'll save the other 5 for friends who think a little bitter is better. (504 characters)

Photo of G2Brew
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a straight pint glass at 45F. This is first and foremost an APA, with an understated nose and a flavor profile that highlights the grain (presumably to accentuate the rye content) and therefore minimizes the traditional APA hops profile.

A – The banjo-playing terrapin (with a stalk of rye sticking out of his mouth) on the bottle is a nice visual, signifying a laid-back, relaxed, “southern” take on a classic American style. The finger of off-white foam receded pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Gold-straw color was not very clear, but maintained nice rising bubbles throughout, which kept a thin covering of foam at the top. The bubbles swirled up nicely with every sip, reinforcing the foam covering.

S – The first impression is of a straight-up but mild APA, with some pine, floral, and grassy notes underlying the citrus of the hops, and some graininess in the background. As expected, the malts and grains come through more after the first hops aroma fades. The rye affects but does not dominate the grain aroma. It lends a somewhat off-beat sense to the grains, yet never really asserts itself with a heavy rye character. It’s a subtle, yet fairly complex balance of aromas.

T – The taste is as subtle and complex as the aroma. It has a nice smoothness to it, which can be lacking in APAs. This is where the image of the reclining terrapin works, for me. This is a slow taste. If you’re out for a rush, this isn’t your beer. But this is, in my opinion, the epitome of the session beer. You can drink this all day. It’s not too strong, not too sweet, not too loud. I’m enjoying this beer on a warm (80F) spring afternoon under an umbrella in the backyard. I’d say that’s what this beer is brewed for. I had to search for the rye to find it on my palate, and even then, I wasn’t sure if I was really tasting the rye, or just some unusual complexity in the grains. For taste, this is a real winner, in my book.

M – Medium to light mouthfeel. Moderate to soft carbonation. I think the mouthfeel is in keeping with the pace of this beer. Again, if you want something that jazzes up your mouth, this isn’t it. But the dry aftertaste and soft feel make it a very pleasant beer.

D – I think the drinkability of this beer is as good as you could hope for. It’s one that I could enjoy sipping all night long. I think it would make a remarkable pairing with a good cigar, and I believe I have one in mind for the second bottle, (which I will be opening forthwith. Man, I love having a mid-week afternoon off!) This is something I will likely keep on hand – it won’t take the place of the hoppier beers that are my first zymurgological passion, but will certainly fill in nicely on a lazy afternoon like today. (2,785 characters)

Photo of hiphopipa
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ivanwho for sending a couple of these along in the Refreshing Summer BIF.
Poured into a Victory Brewing tulip.
Clear and bright orange, with a head that quickly dissipates to leaving a bit of lace around the glass.
Full aroma that is very sweet from the malts.
Taste is crisp and spicy, primarily bready malt with a subtle citrus hop finish, floral notes linger.
Overall, smooth and easy to drink. (412 characters)

Photo of thesyko56
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice lighter amber color. Inch to inch and a half head very nice.

S: Very nice smell. The rye comes through in a good way making a very pleasant smell. There are some citrus hits as well as some very nice hop aroma.

T: Very nice taste. For those used to drinking pale ales this variation is very nice. The rye is very prevalent but does not overpower the beer. Hints of fruit are in the taste just like the smell and the finish is hoppy but not harsh.

M: Medium carbonation but still light and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. A step above a session beer and very enjoyable. (579 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light airy head after pour that lingers for a little while. Aroma is hoppy with some malty sweetness. The sweetness of the beer hit your tounge first and is nicely balanced at the finish with noticable bitterness. The rye give the malt character something unique. Pretty light on the palate with medium lacing on the glass. Overall an excellent example of a pale ale. (367 characters)

Photo of Pointman
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer - cloudy pour, but the smell and taste were very good. I was expecting a little more rye overtone, but didn't find it. I thought the finish was nice, and it lingered on the palate.

Had it at the Mellow Mushroom in Augusta - best place to go to in Augusta. (266 characters)

Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent rye APA but not as good as I was hoping. Aroma was very nice. Sweet rye malt with some grassy and earthy hops. Pour was beautiful. Deep dark red with a nice 2 finger of white head. Taste was a bit disappointing. Watery and thin with a lot of sweet rye and sugar. The hops and malt seem like they are fighting each other. Decent carbonation. I love rye pale ales...this was just too thin. (396 characters)

Photo of jkbusman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a slightly cloudy copper color with a short head that subsides quickly, but leaves some nice lace on the glass

S - a strong rye component with a bit of hoppy spice

T - very crisp up front with a sweet rye malt to back it up; finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness

M - medium light body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - a quality rye ale from a quality brewer; delicious with any sandwich on rye (especially a reuben...mmm) (441 characters)

Photo of Thunderball
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this gem at my local ABC. Poured into a tulip glass. produced a nice two finger head that dissipated into islands of white foam floating in a sea of amber. Smell of the citrus along with the hops, and a slight hint of rye bread. Bottle states that along with the rye, this beer is brewed with five different hops. The taste is of a mellow hop and grapefruit that the smell alluded to. Easy drinking beer that you could consume after a hot day in the Florida sun, Not complex, but satisfying none the less. My usual barometer is, would I purchase this beer again? I would have to say yes. (593 characters)

Photo of cjohnson
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a pretty aggressive pour this had a pretty minimal head, just shy of a finger's width, but had a slightly cloudy brownish red body with a handful of bubbles coming up. Lacing was nothing special.

The smell is very sweet; really malty and fruity. The smell reminds me of some darker beers, particularly some dark Belgians.

The taste is a little bit harsher than I was expecting, given the sweetness of the smell. At first it seemed really hoppy and bitter, but it got a little bit smoother with each sip (because it was warming up, I suppose). It becomes a little bit sweeter with time.

The mouthfeel was kind of sticky.

It's mildly drinkable. I probably couldn't go through more than two of these without something inbetween to mix it up a little bit, though. (766 characters)

Photo of ScottyC
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear with slight haze. Toasted golden color.

Smell: Sweet, grape-like smell. Overall is subtly fruity with hints of grain. Head dissipated fairly quickly. A light but pleasant aroma.

Taste: On the front end, you get a nice tangy bite which contains that sweetness you smell in the nose. Can't tell if that tanginess is coming from hops or grains (?). Not too much in the middle. Finishes crisp without hardly any bitterness. Overall, it doesn't overwhelm your palette, but has that really nice "tang" on the front.

Drinkability: Really pretty good. With minimal bitter aftertaste and that nice "tang," I keep coming back for more. (653 characters)

Photo of brewbasterd
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-bronze in color with a slight haze. The head is white and frothy, but doesnt stick around for very long.Lacing is pretty minimal. Definate aromas of rye and toasted grain with citrusy hops backing it up. Rye, lightly roasted grain and floral hops on the palate with a sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the verge of being watery and flavors dont stick around as much as I might like. Not a bad beer but not a great one either. A nice change of pace from the traditional pales you normally see. (502 characters)

Photo of wmthorne
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this beer.

The smell is wonderful following the pour. Love the hops and malt balance

Great carbonation in the glass and in the mouth. Nice fizz

Compares well to a german rye in my humble opinion

Drinking this sitting in the sun on my boat. Could easily enjoy 5 more. (282 characters)

Photo of kflack
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz BTL, Best Before 8/11. Week 3

A: A great, full two-finger head. Light lacing and mild carb. Head fades quickly (edit 1/2 way through, its still there!). A nice mix between amber and gold.

S: Wonderfull smell, do I get some dark cherries here? A great mix of hops,malts, and rye. Lots of dark fruit here, with a nice malt backbone.

T: Can't miss the rye here! Really unlike any "apa" I have had before.... Biscuts, rye, with a dash of hops in the end.

M: Chewy, but still thin as it should be. This is what "drinkability" really is.

O: A great rye APA, that is hard to compare because there really are not that many out there! A great go to and very sessionable! (672 characters)

Photo of dataskatt
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Two inch head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing. This is my first "rye beer", and I like it! Smells hoppy, a touch of pine, and something mildly sweet...maple? Taste is pale ale all the way...hops, pine, "different" taste with the rye...spicy! Yum, hard to describe. Medium carbonation and body. Would make a nice session beer. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot! Will definitely buy again. Different! (441 characters)

Photo of knoxtennessee
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge pale ale drinker but a friend of mine gave me a bottle yesterday. A- typical copper pale ale with bubbles from being force carbonated. S- I was suprized to find some bready malty aroma balancing the hops as apposed to most APAs that just smell like cascade hop soda. Real nice full nose. T- again it had a great balance of malt and hops. Lots of nice bready rye and tastey hop fruit and spice. Not to much bitterness either. Just what an APA should be. Malty without being rich, hoppy without being bitter. M- a little thin but nice and drinkable. D- Perfectly quaffable. (586 characters)

Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer.

I was expecting a larger head, but this one was under one finger and dissipated very quickly. I am taking off for that... Nice amber to color and very clear.

Smell was better than the look with lots of hops, above average.

The taste was exceptional. lots of well balanced malt, rye and hops. This is a very good beer.

The mouth feel was good, lots of carbonation, more that you would expect in a typical IPA.

This is a very drinkable beer. I do hope that they keep it on tap for a while.

Overall, the best local (Atlanta) beer that I have had, and I will get some more to continue taste testing.... (636 characters)

Photo of PCampbell
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice light amber, very clear, with a thin off-white head.

Has a very sweet rye malt scent to it, with some nice citrus hops to go along with it. The malt taste is right up front with some light bready and light citrus notes as well. The balance seems to be more towards the malt. Has a medium mouthfeel to it with some nice carbonation.

A nice twist on the pale ale with the rye malt. Not much hops to it but it is very easy drinking. (491 characters)

Photo of skittlebrau
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ok, haven't done one of these in awhile. I got this out of a bottle I got for Christmas.

Appearance: Pours a lovely tan brown color, in between khaki and rust. Head is not terribly thick, just a layer of white foam about the width of a finger.

Smell: It smells...like a beer.

Taste: Tastes pretty good. There's actually a little bit of maltiness here. I guess that's from the rye, this is my first rye-pa. I want to say there's a little toast here, but it's hard to tell. There's some hop bitteness present, but it's very pleasant, just enough to make the beer a little more assertive.

Mouthfeel: What can I say? This isn't a malty beer, so there isn't a whole lot of mouthfeel. It's just a little thicker than water and there is no graininess to it. There is a trace of oiliness from the hops as you swallow and your mouth dries out.

Drinkability: We've got a winner. If there's one area this beer excels in it's drinkability. This is a very balanced, refreshing beer with just enough flavor to keep you coming back for more. (1,031 characters)

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a pint glass at The Globe in Athens, Ga.

Color was golden, with a 2 finger creamy head.

Aroma was spicy, and grassy with a hint of fruitiness.

The taste was sweet spicy malt with a toasted rye character coming through with a nice dry hop background. hint of grassiness from the hops.

a clean refreshing pale ale, with a nice touch of spice and rye, that makes this an incredibly rewarding and drinkable pale ale. (444 characters)

Photo of LeftyEtc
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very clear light amber body with a foamy white head that recedes quickly and paints the glass with a sticky lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles with a little condensation on my glass this beer looks very appetizing.

S-A fruit or citrus feel and a definite rye nose. The rye really brings attention to the yeast and sweet malts.

T-Imagine a piece of grapefruit sliced think and placed on a fluffy piece of bread.

M-This is a crisp beer with ample carbonation and a seriously interesting taste. This beer breaths a lot of life into the pale ale world. A blast to drink. (568 characters)

Photo of xybreeder
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful orange/golden colored beer, slight bit of cloudiness (very slight), not much lacing or head retention.

S: Great smelling beer, plenty of hop aroma, citrus seems to dominate the nose.

T: Well balanced from start to finish, not bitter at all, slight grapefruit taste on the back-end. Slight buttery taste (diacetyl?). Tastes great!

M: A little less carbonation than I was expecting.

O: A great tasting brew and has given me a new appreciation for rye beers. Thanks to Sam for bringing this back to Louisiana from Birmingham, AL! (545 characters)

Photo of SteelerNation
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first rye beer I have tried.

A: The head is very disappointing. Ironically, the lacing is very good. Crystal clear light brown color.

S: Wonderful American Pale ale hop aroma. Beautifully citrusy and fruity smell.

T: The balance between hop bitterness and the rye profile is excellent. The hops are delicate yet complex with lots of citrus fruit flavors. The rye imparts a spicy and unique malted profile. I'm having a hard time descibing it, but it has a spicier and more powerfull grainyness to it. Like regular malter barley but with more ooomph!

M: A little bit watery and light. The wateriness gives of the impression of adjuncts being used in the brew.

D: Very, very drinkable.

I like the rye malt profile and the smooth hops in this beer a lot more than I thought I would. This beer is a too watery to be truly great. If it were less watery with a better head it would be an all time favorite. (913 characters)

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