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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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1,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,463
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 79 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Poured a hazy copper color with shades of amber. Decent head, maybe a finger, with ok lacing. Nice aroma with the rye giving it a more complex nose. Citric hop with a little earthy/licorice note from the rye. Taste is solid and to style but I was a little disappointed that the rye didn't translate well to the palate. Good amount of clean hop flavour with notes of grapefruit and orange zest with only a kiss of rye in the mix. Very drinkable with a crisp bitter finish. Not overly hoppy so it would make a decent session ale. Solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 21:51:54 | More by JunkYardJake
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North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a brownish amber, clear. Minimal carbonation. Half finger white bubbly head that diminishes to nothing immediately. No lacing.

Smell: Strong apple cider nose, with sweet roasted malts in the background. Some caramel as well.

Taste: Tastes like a very mild lager, with some adjunct malts thrown in.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, with little carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Supposedly a "rye" pale ale, but more like a more mild amber ale. Not much flavor and a subpar mouthfeel.

Buy Again? No.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 04:30:51 | More by jonziefle
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Month 9, Week 1 notched on label.

Pours orange to copper with a thin, lasting white head that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citric - grapefruity with a subtle breadiness and pale maltiness. There a menthol touch.

The taste us citrusy/grapefruity with some pale grainy sweetness and tea-like spiciness. It has a menthol-like, dry finish.

It has a crisp, medium body that is pretty creamy/smooth.

The rye is very subtle, but it is only 10% rye malt, so not should be expected to be strong, which is fine here, as it is a solid APA, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 16:54:30 | More by jwc215
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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is of hops with just a touch of rye, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 14:20:04 | More by tone77
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: The nose is fairly sweet for the style with a fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. The rye provides a bit of spiciness, but it's not all that intense.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malt being the more prominent factor. As such, the beer is on the sweet side with a fairly minimal presence from the hops. Again, the rye is well represented.

M: The body is on the light end of the medium spectrum with a crisp carbonation.

D: A bit sweet for my liking of a pale ale, but the rye helps to mitigate this a bit. Otherwise, easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:28:22 | More by womencantsail
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden orange with tight-packed head with thick, broad lacing blanketing the edges. looks world class.

interesting, ripe apricot with the usual citrus hoppiness (but subdued a bit). it'd be more than good if i didn't have to swirl and sniff so hard.

thick malts character barrels in headfirst...nice mouthfeel that is luscious and crisp...hops are background noise...nice, but not as upfront as i'd expect with an APA...more like a B(ritish)PA...which isn't bad at all. actually, very fine. should be a good brew to introduce macro-only types to...so, sure, the taste is GOOD, but it makes you wish it was more than that. balanced. sessionable. but the rye and hops don't quite live up to something astounding. still, what a cool label series Terrapin has going :)

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 23:05:45 | More by mempath
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a 6 pack I got as an "approachable" beer for my family, from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours clear amber with a nice white head.

Aroma is nice and sweet, with rye evident along with herbal and floral hops.

Flavor is good with sweet pale malt and caramel. Hops are mostly herbal and somewhat subtle. Rye makes itself known.

Medium-bodied with a nice mouthfeel for a pale ale.

Overall I like this beer a lot for what it is. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 21:57:23 | More by nickd717
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be my new fav pale ale.

Pours a clear golden rye color. Nice head, dissapated to a film but leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of the rye and a little bit of hops. Needs more.

Tastes of Ray and citrus hops. Very tasty. Could use a little more hop flavor and a little more bite.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a tasty beer. I don't drink alot of pales but this one is very tasty. Might ask for more in a trade later.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:40:35 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lively light ruby with a big fluffy white head. Leaves lace all over the place.

Smell: Spicy and earthy with a nice touch of citrus and other fruity esters. Not overly powerful, but not too bad either.

Taste: Packs that nice rye punch by delivering an excellent spicy hoppy taste right off the bat. What follows is a nice bitter bite that last a good while.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, very light.

Drinkability: I'm really into this beer, I was real excited terrapin was getting distributed to NJ and so far I haven't been let down. I haven't had the brown yet but both this and the hopsecutioner have definitely earned their way into my fridge. This particular beer is IMO a great everyday brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 01:38:27 | More by BigIrishman
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Beer Dinner at Willow, Pittsburgh PA.

A: Cloudy golden/orange color almost copper. Provides a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Some citrus hops, rye, some biscuit malt and some peppery spices.

T: Nicely balanced beer. The hop flavor comes through first, followed by the malt and rye flavors on the back-end.

M: Leaves a light, slightly bitter taste on the palate but there is also a nice creaminess as well. Speaks to the balance of the beer.

D: Very easy to drink, good flavor, well balanced and low ABV make this easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 20:29:40 | More by IronCitySteve
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West Virginia

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

Light amber color, with a pretty thick off-white head.

Aroma is mildly floral. Subtly hop-forward, with a touch of some earthy, grainy malt. Taste has a nice floral aspect, somewhat metallic in the middle though. The malt profile is interesting, earthy and yet light. It's good balance and different than any IPA I have had.

Very smooth and drinkable. I sipped a few this morning while playing Fris-bee in the hot sun.


Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:58:44 | More by ZimZamZoom
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light orange color, fluffy head that dissipates quick, good lacing

Smell: Malt, citrus, honey, pine, bread

Taste: Up Front: Malt, green apple, orange, toast. Finish: Slightly spicy and sweet

Mouthfeel: Dry, bready, slight carbonation

Drinkability: This is an OK quaffer. It goes down easy and has a low ABV

Overall Impression: Pale Ale is not my favorite style, but the slight rye flavor made it interesting. This is a beer I would bring to a mortal barbecue, because it's not too over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 22:08:51 | More by BeerGodz
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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Picked up a 6 pack while at a family wedding just north of Mobile, AL. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to the best by date and I am now drinking these after the February 9, 2010 recommended date. Since I had them driven all the way up to Milwaukee, I'm drinking all of them. However, I've been drinking them since early March so I don't think I'm missing too much here.
Poured from the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass and another one into a tulip.
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Grassy hops, what I'm guessing is rye and a thin maltiness.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, but more sweet than I was expecting. A little tangy too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and smooth.
Drinkability: A little too sweet for me when reaching for a pale ale and could stand to be more balanced. I hope to be able to try again with a fresher bottle, but would still recommend people give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 04:51:29 | More by nsmartell
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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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