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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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1,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, medium gold with light bubbles rising to the top to make a small white head. Fades into a small white cap and rich collar. Rings of spotty lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, orange, grain, and a touch of rye. Taste is the same as the aromas with citrusy hops breaking through to liven things up. Mouth feel is medium bodied, citrusy, juicy, chewy, balanced nicely, with a dry finish. I was hoping for more Rye, but this is a good all around Brew.

beergod1, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BBP, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isnt too bad, the beer pours out as a nice looking brew. A good head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty hoppy, the taste is a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall I find the Rye Squared to be much better than this one. All in all this one was just a little light for me.

Knapp85, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Terrapin Hopsecutioner Pint glass.

A--Soft golden color, like copper. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. No retention on the glass.

S--Crisp smell. I pick up wheat, barley, rye, soft caramels, and malt.

T--Follows the nose. The rye is prominent and at the forefront. The sweetness of the malt comes through lovely at the end.

M--Light-bodied, but a little watery. Small amount of carbonation.

O--This is a staple in my fridge. It's crisp, clear, and a great brew.

Mosley1212, May 31, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a nice, tangy rye pale ale, but I didn't like the smell.

A: Orange colour and a huge 5 cm head. This is a highly carbonated beer. 4.5

S: The smell is blue cheese/vomit with some spiciness. 3

T: Sweet and tangy with some hops. The rye is noticable at the end. Not very bitter. Nice. 4.

M: Slightly syruppy and well carbonated. 4

O: This is a nice rye pale ale. 4

vandemonian, May 29, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy, but bright, amber, topped with a decent 2 finger thick foamy head that settles to a respectable clinging lace.

Touch of sweetness in the nose, with a lightly sour/rye character, and floral pith. Soft mouthfeel, light-bodied, with a touch malt body. Gentle sweetness, light hoppiness and phenols from the rye. Pithy, with a tea and bready linger.

Flavor becomes quite malty and even sweeter as the beer warms. Grainy tannins in the finish, not overly pleasant ones. Balanced, but not overly impressive.

ExtraStout, May 28, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Best by date of 6/7/11. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lightly cloudy orange-gold color with about a half-inch of just off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly citrus with a bit of pine, and had just a hint of Rye tang. The flavors were very similar but the Rye had a stronger presence but all the flavors were very well balanced without any one aspect dominating.

The body was nice and crisp with the finish being dry and clean with just a slight bit of sweetness. Drinkability was very good, this would be a regular for me if it were local here. Overall, a very good beer worth trying when you can get one.

beertunes, May 24, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark transparent yellow with a nice off-white head and lots of bubbles. some lacing

S-rye, honey, and herbal hops that reminds me of a SA Latitude 48. it has medium strength

T-comes in with rye and herbal spicy hops. it has a maltiness to it that reminds me of sam adams. bitterness is kept to a minimum. there's an after-taste of honey and herbs. the flavors are fairly smooth and there doesn't seem to be any bad side tastes to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-overall, this is an easy drinking APA. its definitely not exciting in any aspect, but it is smooth and decent to drink when you have something else to occupy you while you drink it.

AdamBear, May 23, 2011
Photo of uabjeff
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. The head diminishes fairly quickly leaving a nice amount of thin lace. The smell is pleasant: malt, bread, floral and hints of pine. The favor is nice with a little zing from the rye, but the rye is not overdone. It has a very smooth, clean feel, thin but not too much so. It is nicely balanced with a crisp, almost sweet finish.

I would say that this is my favorite APA right now and it is quite sessionable.

uabjeff, May 20, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: light golden/brown two finger head

aroma: well balanced bready malty notes with floral grassy hop notes

taste: starts sweet from the malt then fades in into the floral grassy hop taste. finishes with a slight rye note and dry.

mouth feel: nice medium body with good carbonation.

A decent clean beer with a hint of rye. The low abv and balanced taste make this a good session beer. I would seek this beer out again

Cmack15, May 09, 2011
Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a hazy orange color with fluffy white head. Head is think and sticky. Head settles to a lace patchy island. Some real good sticky lacing gives this brew some great looks.

Brew smells hoppy; grassy and floral notes. Pick up some grainy malts. Good smelling pale ale.

Brew is balanced; as thin as you would expect an APA to be - perfect for sessioning. Sweet, bready malts and some oily resin hops are at the forefront. Good crisp drinking brew, finishes clean and only the slightest bit dry and bitter. Can taste some fruit based hops as well as you drink. I can detect some rye, simply becuse there is a difference with this APA versus most I have had, I assume its the rye. Really good tasting and drinking brew.

This is a very good APA, very good drinking sessionable brew that looks and tastes great. I haven't tried a lot of Terrapin's brews yet, but Terrapin has been a winner in my book so far. Very good stuff.

magine, May 07, 2011
Photo of dciBA
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best before 8/10/11

A vigorous pour from the 12oz bottle into a new belgium goblet produces a 1/4" of soapy head. Color is a hazy, bright orange. Very attractive in the glass.

Strong, pleasant smell. Lots of biscuit, and toasted malt, with plenty of citrus hops. There's rye in there but it's the least noticeable smell. The rye does come through more as the beer warms, giving this one a really nice smell.

Flavor has the same elements as the nose, they just don't work as well together on your palate. The rye is a nice touch, but the malt flavor is a little muddled. The hops are there on the front of the tongue and are probably the best part of the flavor.

This is a very thin beer. Not the worst thing for a pale ale, but it could use a touch more body. Finish is quite dry with some spicy rye leftover after every sip. Nice beer, just doesn't quite hit in the flavor department.

dciBA, May 06, 2011
Photo of kflack
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

kflack, May 06, 2011
Photo of raszputini
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a light copper - surprisingly light with little cloudiness. Very foamy whitish head - 2 fingers. Nice lacing. Nose is citrus hops and malts - something makes this smell like a German beer, probably a dunkel, with additional hops.
Taste is a little disappointing...weak...Hops, malts, everything are understated. They are there, and the rye is identifiable, and it's well balanced, just not particularly flavorful.

raszputini, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass. Dated best by August (2011, presumably).

Medium pour produces 1+ finger of off-white head. Head has limited duration but good lacing. Clear amber liquid.

Nice aroma of orangish hops with lightly toasted malt. Malt seems to become more obvious with warming.

T - largely follows aroma, but with a nice sweet caramel malt on the front of the tongue followed by the bitter orange hops towards the back. IBU =35. Complex but balanced flavor, with distinctive rye component.

M - exceptionally smooth with perfect carbonation. Medium/thin body. Semi-dry finish.

O - well-crafted APA. A very dependable LIKE. Certainly above average and recommended.

chinchill, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of 6thomas3
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bold burnt amber hue with strong head retention the color of sea foam, ample sud-lacing against my glass, a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles sway as they creep closer to the top of my glass; bubbles appear to cross a certain threshold and accelerate

Smell - Earthy fragrances of clay mixed with an unknown spice trapped against subtle hints of fruit

Taste - Brilliant bread and yeast flavor with pockets of delicate spice and chalk

Mouthfeel - No gumminess, wonderful smoothness, and finishing with a bit of dryness (urging you to drink more)

Overall - Potential session beer with excellent drinkability and taste

6thomas3, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of G2Brew
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

G2Brew, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a nice three finger head off white that falls kind of slowly. A little soapy looking. Some small bubble carbonation of the bottom that does rise at a good pace but not real fast. Body is a clear light amber. Good looking beer here.

Nose is a dry slight fruit, arid, faint citrus hop feels kind of orange. Quite a nice dry smell at first but then gives way to an orange citrus.

Taste is kind of empty but has a slow lingering bread finish. Dry mouth feel seems to follow with the arid nose, malt body sort of disappears after a short while. It's a good tasting beer but kind of fleeting.

Overall still not too bad you could do worse, but you sure could do a bit better.

smakawhat, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky grain with a sharp edge that could be attributable to either rye or spicy herbaceous hops (or both). Otherwise, the smell is very clean and generally mild.

T: Begins off-dry, with bold and rustic grain, and faint flowery hop aromatics coupled by appropriate intermediate acidity that peaks early then diminishes. Husky malt continues to dominate in the middle and the presence of rye transmits greater interest through layered flavors. Bitterness develops into the finish but remains restrained, accented by a whiff of dry pale malt.

M: Thin viscosity, balanced and barely sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer is a subtle and understated, yet very enjoyable, pale ale that features rye qualities in favorable and appropriate measures. While more malt-focused, flavors are kept very near to perfect balance. This is a beer that may grow on the drinker with each successive sip--it seemed to be worthy of a 3.0 tops at first, but it kept being promoted.

beagle75, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of paulginva
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, when poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a 1/2" slightly off-white head with fair head lacing that dissipated quickly. Body was a cloudy gold with soft carbonation

AROMA: Picked up a light aroma of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Moderate taste of fruity pine along with a light taste of toasted malts (maybe rye?) -- a bit more pronounced than one might expect in a pale ale. Not bad, just different.

MOUTHFEEL: Light; thin body with soft carbonation. Initial flavor was lightly bitter, moving to a moderate somewhat bitter dryness at the finish with a dry aftertaste. Body lacing was fair and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: At first I thought that this might be an all-night beer. On further reflection, though, I'd say that one or two would be my limit. It was a nice brew, worth the cost, and I'd drink it again and recommend it to friends but I probably wouldn't serve it at a social gathering since it's more of a sipping beer than a drinking beer.

paulginva, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin pale rye ale brewed by flying dog pours murky straw with an inch of head that quickly collapses, leaving a foam ring. Nose is floral and grassy. Slightly malt sweet but not as thick or as assertive as expected. Some lingering hoppy dryness in the finish. Good rather than great.

I'm confused by the labels: the Terrapin is almost a Teenage Mutant Ninja, but dressed as executioner (on Hopsecutioner). Here, the country-boy Terrapin of the Rye ale: marketing is a little off to me, but what do I know. I'm not from Georgia but just passing through Atlanta. Label reports the beer was brewed at Flying Dog.

salvo, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Rye spiciness, very herbal/anise almost, slightly grassy, rich maltiness (Marris Otter).

L: Slightly hazy golden yellow, white head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Spicy rye plus hoppiness up front followed by a spent-grain like sweetness with some honey. Soft herbal bitterness leads to a slightly spicy dry finish with a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium-slick body with medium-low carbonation.

Very good, a tad malty, but good overall. Would love to try this fresher.

bum732, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear light amber with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal soapy lacing.

N- Light grainy malt, subtle green apple, and a metallic twang that is reminiscent of guinness.

T- Crisp, twangy, subtly spicy malt with a light clean hop bitterness that balances it out, but lets the malt shine through. Some subtle floral and citrus accents here as well. Aftertaste has a nice balance of spicy grain and lingering citrusy hops.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation with a semidry finish.

D- Overall, a great session beer. I would definitely recommend this to convert your friends to craft beer. Very newbie friendly, but still damn tasty if you ask me. Cheers to millerbuffoon for hooking me up. I'm craving another one of these, but I only have one left, so I'm going to save it for another night.

KevinBrewer, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this bottle.

Pours light amber and just a little hazy, producing a finger of white head. This fades, leaving little trace.

The smell is a nice blend of citrus hops and mild spiciness.

The spicy rye malt comes through even more clearly in the flavor, leaving the hops somewhat behind. Some hop bitterness shows up in the finish, though still a little subdued. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Medium to light-bodied, with some nice carbonation and a dry finish, the mouthfeel is just fine.

This is a pleasant beer overall, but nothing special. The rye character adds interest, but I'd like to see the hops come through a little more assertively.

Pellinore1, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The must unique thing about this beer is that it says rye yet it is smooth. On tap, this is a very civilized beer. Well balanced yet correct for the style.

I would go out and seek it again. Coming off the cruise ship, this was a great alternative to bud light by three pl in a key west bar.

schoolboy, Mar 22, 2011
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.