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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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1,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 78 | 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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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best Enjoyed by Month 6, Week 1 notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Terrapin brew!

A - A tall pour leaves this beer with a weak white layer despite flowing carbonation bubbles. Wisps of lace add a pinch of character to the very slightly cloudy golden straw yellow beer.

S - A well-balanced aroma to be sure, the Rye Pale Ale has that sharp rye aroma with a sweet pilsner-like malt and floral noble hop aroma. Everything comes together as one nicely.

T - A backbone of sweetness and pale and pilsner-flavored malts has a low hop flavor of lingering floral notes and a sharp, noticeable rye graininess. Good balance.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp with a full carbonation kick and soft hop finish with low-level bitterness.

D - A good pale ale that's different enough to stand out but still stay drinkable. I haven't had much Terrapin but I like them a lot so far. More please Jon! :]

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:13:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tuscaloosa, AL on 3/18/2010. From the tap to a pint glass, and I fear from a dirty line.

Appearance: Pour is a solid bright copper color like a new penny; slight chill haze, but body looks clear and shows minimal carbonation; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head with great retention -- very foamy with spots and washes of dry lacing as it eventually fades; eventually disappears to a full and thick skim.

Smell: Uh oh. Smells off, kind of like a stale lager, and it seems that the tap line may be dirty or the keg may be really old. Toasty graininess with a subdued rye presence.

Taste: Yep, much like the smell, a little off. Flavors are subdued and muted by a metallic and mild vinegar presence; a hidden bitter hoppiness peaks out here and there and the toasty grains and rye try to compliment it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite potent, but not sharp (which is actually mildly surprising as there isn't any that is visibly present); a fair sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and is a little "cottony"; a moist body overall though with no real drying effect.

Drinkability: When I had it in the bottle, I would say I could drink it all day, but coming out of this particular tap, I don't think I'd want too much. I hope to try this again from the tap and edit this review as I really haven't been let down by Terrapin yet.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 04:25:49 | More by bamadog
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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
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New York

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 23:52:24 | More by cavedave
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - An aroma of honey and toasted malt with light pine hops.

T - Toasty malt up front with some pine hop flavor and a hint of caramel. The malt sweetness continues into the middle with some honey notes. Finishes with more bready malt and moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a natural flagship beer. Despite the name, there isn't too much rye character, just a hint of spiciness in the background. The hop character is nice, with enough bitterness to perfectly balance the malt, and when it is fresh, the aroma and flavor border on IPA levels. A nice APA overall, sessionable and well made.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 05:31:51 | More by nickfl
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New Jersey

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

Very hazy and very pleasant light orange (the color) body. Topped by four fingers of foaming white micro bubbles which rockup up abit above the rim.

Enticing orange (the fruit) aroma.

Fruity juicy upon arrival on the tongue. Rye arrives in the back. Slight lemon twang at the finish.

Firm light/medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability.
Probably goes down well on a hot day.

Nice change of pace pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 05:37:57 | More by RonfromJersey
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. This beer sparked my interest when I read about it in Tim Hampson's "The Beer Book," so I was excited to get my hands on it. The turtle on the label, chewing on his buckwheat with banjo in hand, is just so damn cool!

Pours a hazy golden mango with copper hues, one finger of white head, and threads of lacing on the pint glass. Smell and taste are semi-sweet pale malts, wheat cracker, yeast, and rye bread. Fruity, English-style hops (Fuggles, Goldings) impart orange jujubes, a hint of citrus, and earth. I'm not getting the grapefruit flavours that others have noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with some spice from the hops and a grainy, parched finish. The chalky aftertaste is where the rye becomes evident, as this is unusually dry for a pale.

Terrapin RPA isn't as flavourful as I thought it would be, and the beer goes south as it warms. For some reason it becomes quite watery by the end. An above average beer with a unique twist, but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 06:29:45 | More by cratez
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale golden colro, slightly hazy with some bubbles raising to the top. thick white head, solid retention and a nice lace left on the glass.

S-the nose is hoppier than I expected. It is somewhat light and gives off some peppery spice from the rye and is then taken over by some nice citrus hops and notes of lemon.

T/M-the spicy rye hits first with a grainy back bone. it is smooth and has a good medium body. the hops come in towards the back with some citrus and lemon. nicely carbonated with a crisp finish and touch of bitterness.

D-easy drinking and quite tasty. hops dominate, which i enjoy, quite a crisp finish and very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:31:07 | More by cpetrone84
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 05:06:10 | More by brewbasterd
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy golden color with almost no head.

S - Slightly floral and hoppy aroma but nothing major nosewise.

T - Hops upfront with slight rye taste coming through at the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and a good session beer. Also very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 15:59:29 | More by taigor
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle evacuates into the glass leaving a nice copper ale with modest sized head. Nose is somewhat clean and light, but has a detectable rye component. On the palate it is noticeably light in all respects, light rye, light bodied, light malt, and easy drinking. Finish is smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:49:46 | More by yemenmocha
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had no idea of this brewery, and thanks to a trade from RustyDiamond, I am now thankfull and a fan. I am a huge american pale ale fan, love sierra to death, but this gives it a run for the money. Overall has the smooth citrusy hop notes of a sierra pale ale, but is much smoother on the finish and a bit easier to drink. Big up's to these guys, I will be telling more people about these guys on the west coast.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 05:21:55 | More by chickencoop
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a bar called the Castle Tavern when I first saw a beer from Terrapin. It was only a few months ago, the beer was on tap, and it tasted like it was brewed with grapefruit and a lot of hops. Long story short, I really liked the beer, although I can't remember which brew from Terrapin it was.

I picked up Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale at GunTown Beer just yesterday. Into my nonic pint glass (english pub pint glass) the beer went, threatening to never reveal a foamy top. At the end of the pour a tiny, thin as string foam came up, if only to offer a rim.

I like the look: cloudy amber color; pretty much what I would assume a honey mead beverage to look like (I still haven't had the pleasure of seeing one for myself).

I like the smell: a little aromatic hoppiness, a little sweet malt, a little roasted malt, maybe even some raisin.

The taste is balanced: a good level of bitterness, hops, and malts to round out the body.

The top of the beer has begun to be a bit more active and less tepid than the initial impression. Not even halfway through the 12 oz portion, head retention is showing some guts relative to it's condition, and a little lacing has entered the building. This beer looks to be unfiltered, too, which is a big plus in my opinion.

Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale: if you see it, try it out. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:37:49 | More by DerekP
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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a very nice looking clear amber color with a thick white two-finger white foam on top. There was a continuous heavy stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. It had excellent head retention and very good lacing on the glass. It kept at least a quarter inch of head on it throughout me drinking it which was great. This is pretty much a perfect looking beer for me, excellent visually all around.

Aroma has some spiciness of the rye with some citrus and grapefruit from the hops. I love the aroma of rye beers, the rye is very appealing to me. Taste is moderately hoppy and slightly sweet with the slightly spicy rye flavor coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's light, very good tasting and the rye gives it a somewhat unique taste that sets it apart from other pale ales. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be buying this again. As an American Pale Ale this one is one of my favorites for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 21:25:12 | More by billab914
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 7, 2008

12oz. bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing.

Hoppy flavor and aroma with pine, grapefruit, citrus blended well with the rye malt. Aroma a bit subdued compared to the flavor.

Clean mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:17:20 | More by elgiacomo
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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from the Terrapin variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy brown orange color. The head is 2-fingers tall, eggshell in color, small bubbles, better than average retention and swell lacing.
Smell: The aromas are caramel malt, grainy and earth tones. The caramel was misplaced.
Taste: The flavors are certainly rye, earth hops and some ginger.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a thin body.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty good
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:56:45 | More by treehugger02010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz; case marked best by May 2010.

A: Pours a bright, clear copper color with a nice white head, that leaves decent lacing behind as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Aromas are at first of sweet malts as well as a good amount of rye. Some earthy grassy hops in the nose as well, but they are a bit subdued.

T: Initial taste is of caramel, sweet malts and rye. Hops stay in the background for the most part, but the bitterness lingers after the swallow. A slight metallic taste hangs around as well.

M: Good level of carbonation, medium light body.

D: This is a mild beer with a good flavor, and decent aroma. I could drink a lot of these, but I'm not sure I' really want to.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 18:11:42 | More by spartanfan
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/7/10.

A - Clear golden/amber body with subtle carbonation and half an inch of off-white head that reduced to a patchy sliver of residue but deposited lots of thick lace around the glass. Head flared up nicely with each swirl of the glass.

S - Slight citrus hop character with toasted grains and a subtle spicy rye malt presence. Pretty simple, understated aroma.

T - Initial flavor suggests citrusy hops paired with a dry, spicy malt character. A hint of pine emerges in the backend, followed by a heap of toasted grains in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat oily texture and a hint of bristle on the palate. Finishes with a dry, mild hoppy bite.

D - This is definitely a poundable and tasty pale ale. Gotta love those rye beers. This is one of the better ones on the market, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 02:41:21 | More by ffejherb
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a slightly hazy dark orange or tangerine color with 1/2" off white head that eventually recedes to a ring and a patch of foam. At first sipping leaves a patches of lacing clinging to the side of the glass. During later sipping there is some lacing but widespread.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean and dominated by spicy rye and citrus components. There may be some malt sweetness in the background but it is hard to pick up. The citrus seems to be more orange zest than anything else.

Taste: The flavor has a wonderful component of spicy rye character, with a nice malt backbone detectable. Mingled in with the rye, the citric components are pretty much like orange zest and tangerine. There also seem to be traces of pine in here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, crips persistent carbonation. The finish is long, lightly bitter, and dry. First the rye spiciness disappears and then the dry bitterness from the hops seems to go and and on, inviting the next sip.

Drinkability: This is a really enjoyable beer if you like what rye and hops do for a pale ale. I could easily have another. Will buy more in the future and expect it to have a regular place in my rotating purchases.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 21:56:40 | More by drtth
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty cool-looking 12 oz. bottle with a turtle playing a banjo on it into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a really nice-looking golden honey color with a very frothy looking one-finger head. Lots of bubble floating around in this one, as well, indicating the higher carbonation. The head disappears quickly and leaves only a smidgen of lacing on the glass.

Smell: This has a very good smell to it. The hops interplay nicely with the sweet malts in the smell. Very nice smell of floral hops is countered by a tantalizing presence of sweet malts.

Taste: What a letdown from the smell. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting something better from the nose. All in all, it's a pretty weak tasting brew. There are some very faint notes of rye, hops and malt but none are pronounced in any sense of the word.

Mouthfeel: This beer is painfully thin, which is a probably partly a result of the extraordinary amount of carbonation. Not really too bad, as it lends to the drinkability, but this is one of the thinner craft brews I've ever had.

Drinkability: The thin mouthfeel and higher carbonation allow this one to go down real fast but I wouldn't drink a lot of these if I had something with more taste on hand.

Overall, this brew really did not live up to my expectations. This is the first offering of Terrapin's that I've had and was really let down by the complete absence of flavor in the taste. I look forward to trying some more things from this brewery, but this is just a little too weak for me, although it is pretty easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 03:51:03 | More by zoso493
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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
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2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a golden color with a fair head that was gone pretty fast. However the lacing was great. Shame that don't help the taste. The beer was a bit cloudy also. The beer was over hoppy as is a lot of brews being made these days. I'll be glad when this trend ends.
Not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 19:23:12 | More by Minkybut
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3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted more out of this beer. I have generally liked Terrapin beers, but this one just struck me as too mild and lacking in ambition. Rye gives you so much to work with as a brewer and I don't get the sense that Terrapin took advantage of the opportunity to challenge the drinker, or even use the spice of the rye to enliven an conventional Pale Ale formula.

Pours clear golden with slight head and nice lacing. The aroma is thin and slightly spicy. Flavor is bready and slight, but with a spice bite, a little lemony hops. Bitterness develops slowly and encircles the base of the tongue. Mouthfeel is rather thin.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 18:35:35 | More by Seanibus
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

I got this one as a single from WFM. Stamped with a best by date 11/30/09. Bitchin' bottle like something off a Grateful Dead t-shirt.

A: Got more than a finger of large-bubbled head. More carbonationy head, less foamy. Color is slightly cloudy amber-gold. Head retention is not the greatest but not bad either.

S: Not as fragrant as some other pale ale that I've stuck my nose into. With a few swirls I'm unlocking some earth, some hops, a tiny bit of grapefruit and some other unknown fruit.

T: Taste is tangy initially, with some sharpness to it which to me is not a bad thing. It doesn't stick around long. Definitely taste some grapefruit with a tiny hint of rye bread and a little sugar. I'd say this one has some characteristics of a Hefeweizen. Nice, smooth finish with no bitter aftertaste. Wish I could taste more rye.

Drinkability: I could definitely take down a sixer of this without getting sick of it, no problem.

Value: I've seen this for about $8.99 a six pack. It is even available at some nicer Publix around me. Should be a buck cheaper, but this is a good choice for a summer bbq or a lazy day around the house listening to (what else) Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 15:25:33 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Informal Review:

Just a solid rye pale, nothing special, nothing bad though. Very good, sessionable, satisfies with the rye. I'd buy it again, but I wouldn't seek it out unless I was really itchy for rye and there was no Hop Rod Rye. Kudos on the label. There's better offerings from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 01:57:16 | More by tattooedtolley
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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