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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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1,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 48
Gots: 97 | 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 Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Pours a golden color, with a mild reddish hue, generous carbonation, and about an inch worth of head that settles down nicely into a layered froth.

S: Has a cool cotton-candyesque scent, with a mild tanginess. The rye is in there but you have to look for it.

T: So smooth and silky! Full bodied, with citrus that is being reigned in by the rye, giving the brew a kind of fresh cake batter aftertaste. Fresh filtered water quality to boot.

M: Thick enough for the style, the sweetness is there, but it is more on the nose than anything else, and the balance is perfect.

D: One of the most unique pale ales I've had in a while. If you're looking for a hop bomb, this may not be your brew. However, it would be tough to argue that this is your average run-of-the-mill drinker.

Chaney, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of shand
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with about a finger of head. Head retains pretty decently, and hazing is about average.

Smell: Rye and grassy hops. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Tastes absolutely fantastic. This is a great pale ale, there's just a touch of rye that adds a little complexity to the grassy hops and makes it extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than the average APA, but suits it just fine with the rye feel to temper the hops.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, my glass didn't last long at all.

I'm really looking forward to getting more of these. This could be a staple beer for me, it's drinkable and simple on top of being delicious.

shand, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that recedes quickly, leaving a thin ring.
S - Subdued caramel malt and earthy hops.
T - Again, pretty subdued, not a ton of flavor. More sweet malt and earthy hops. A bit of grapefruit and pine resin makes itself know, but I'm not picking up any rye qualities.
M - Thin-bodied with a nice, crisp level of carbonation.
D - Very drinkable and easily accessible, would be a good gateway beer for the BMC crowd.

Overall I was kinda disappointed with this, just tasted watered down and flavorless. Sorry, Terrapin, I still love ya!

jsanford, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.18/5  rDev +10%

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....

CheckmateBrew, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of EStreet20
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

12 ounce bottle, 16 oz shaker pint.

A - Slight haze, slight orange tint to a golen brew. Head a little less than a finger but nice staying power.

S - Nice smell, fairly subdued but enough of a citrus hop character along with a mild earthiness.

T - Smooth tasting pale. Again, citrusy hops are present but not huge. The rye makes itself known a little.

M - Fairly light bodied and smooth.

D - A nice sessionable pale ale. Hops could be played up a bit more but the rye keeps it interesting.

EStreet20, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with an orange cast to it. The head is beige and has very nice staying power and leaves sticky lace.

The aroma on this is super citrusy and mouthwatering. I would say it is a bit more orange than grapefruit, but with a little bit of pine and some floral notes as well. It has plenty of pale malt sweetness, which adds even more of a juicy character to the citrus. There is also just a slight twinge of rye in the nose.

The flavor is unfortunately not quite as nice as the nose. It is still wonderfully hoppy, with the same sort of citrusy, floral character to it, and a bit of pine. The base malt is very sugary and non-descript. I am getting some nice rye flavor, but the rest of the malt seems pretty flat and boring. Bitterness is quite firm, but far from out of control.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and the beer is well carbonated. The finish is pretty balanced, with an oily coating nature to it. Perhaps a little thin overall, but pretty good.

This beer goes down easily and is quite tasty. If this tasted as good as it smelled it would be outstanding, but even with a taste and mouthfeel that disappointed a bit, it is still a very solid APA.

zoso1967, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of edrachman
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Bought the beer to tailgate at a football game and then took a few home for a formal tasting.

Appearance is a syrupy copper hay color. Completely translucent, but hazy transparency.

I couldn't really smell the rye; to me, the smell was the least impressive characteristic. Had a fresh earthy scent.

I found the taste very nice. Could taste the grassy hops and possibly the dryness of the rye.

The beer is very smooth in the mouth - carbonation you can taste but fades away leaving the hops. I found the beer very drinkable; I will buy again.

edrachman, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings down some citrus hops as well as a bit of rye spice. The taste is fairly bitter with a good deal of citrus and hints of pine. A bit spicy. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation levels and some nice zest. Drinks quite well; a really nice hot weather brew.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Light amber orange pour. One finger of airy head gives way to a nice cap of foam that lasts to the end. Decent lace.

Nose is all rye. Hints of molasses and cream, but rye totally dominates.

Rye dominates the flavor as well. Clean hit with a touch of malt sweetness. Grows slightly sour midway and finishes dry and sweet. Nothing dramatic but very dependable.

Light body matches the flavor.

Excellent season drinker. One of my go-to beers.

beer2day, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of atlanta
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

My first review (let's drink to that!) I picked this because it is the best of the Georgia brews.There was an issue with the bottled beer but that appears to have been fixed, I heard they weren't bottling it themselves when it was bad.
I disagree that you can taste or smell the rye, I think people use their imagination too much, the rye just adds other sensations to the dryness and mouthfeel.
It is their use of hops that makes this so good. It is well balanced and drinkable, more-ish. The alcohol level is not out of drinkability range either, it just qualifies for session status.

atlanta, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

this is my first rye beer
a- nice light amber clear color, really small head with only a thin ring of lacing
s- smells of mild rye and grass with some sweet malt
t- nice mild rye taste with semisweet malts and maybe a hint of honey, very pleasant
m- nice mediumthin mouthfeel, with some bubbles at the roof of your mouth
d- a very enjoyable beer , i look forward to trying other rye beers in the future

wallaceandvomit, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours light orange with a faint hint of amber. Also pours with a nice white head that leaves fairly heavy lace. The nose is floral hops and citrus, including lemon and orange. There are also some nice malt notes, I typically enjoy rye-based beers. The beer is fairly simple up front, displaying some of the fruitier citrus notes well, and then moving into some nice bitterness from the hops, and then that awesome rye malt kicks in and melds nicely with the bitterness in the finish. The body and carbonation are fairly light with a nice finish that balances malt and hops very well.

wedgie9, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

16oz pour, standard pint glass

A - thin film of loose white foam, floats on top of a pale golden, clear beer. faint spotty lacing.

S - faint grassy hops with some pale malt...very faint rye bread attempts to creep in near the end.

T - following the nose...leaning towards the malty side, lightly toasted nuttiness and slightly spicy rye. grassy hops add some bitterness at the back of the mouth.

M - very light body, with moderate carbonation. finishes mostly clean and a touch dry.

D - eh, basically a standard (albeit slightly bland) APA with a kiss of rye. light bodied to the point of almost being a chore after a full glass.

Stigs, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a half finger sized gray head. Some lacing.

(S)- A pineapple citrus with some damp pine in there with an orange-like tart sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. An orange and pineapple citrus. A small spicy bitter kick and a subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus with a sweet background. Not much rye detected in this though considering its name.

(D)- A good beer. Refreshing with a light citrus crispness.

sweemzander, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A- Hazy/chunky orange with a small white cap. Head falls fairly quickly to a small cloud and ring. Nice coat of fine lace.

S- Sweet tropical and citrus fruit with some light caramel malt. Decent overall strength. Some floral and earthy hops as well.

T- Malt presence of rye and light caramel. The hops are almost equally floral, pine, fruit and earthy. Some citrus in the start. The good balance makes it kind of hard to describe, nothing juts out.

MF- Light creamy body with moderate-high carbonation. Pretty bitter finish but not upsetting. Smooth carbonation.

DB- A well balanced, easy going beer. The label kind of goes with the beer in a way, relaxing and smooth. A beer with a nice malt and hop presence that is drinkable and refreshing.

cbutova, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of ncfranklin
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

On tap at The Stem & Stein into a pint glass.

A : Transluscent honey color, finger thick frothy white head. Considerable lacing.

S : Notes of biscuity malt, some grassy traits, pine note.

T : Follows the nose well. Smooth malty up front, bitter earthy grass in a crisp finish

M : Smooth, soft and very quenching.

D : This is a very solid pale, but not alot of risks. I would have preferred just a bit more body.

ncfranklin, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of klikger
4/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz bottle served in a Bruery tulip

A - Cloudy amber with solid off-white head and quality lacing

S - Light, citrusy hops, honey, and a bit of rye.

T - Grainy malts compose much of the up-front taste, and they're joined by a subtle presence of floral hops. Bready malts continue throughout, and the rye shows up in the back half, making for a tasty, slightly spicy finish.

M - Light to medium in body, with a lot of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable - low ABV and inoffensive in every way.

This is a very good APA, and the rye is pulled off nicely. I'd certainly be up for trying it again.

klikger, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Copper with orange hues. Frothy cream colored head.

S: Piny floral hops over a toasted malt with a caramel hint.

T: Floral hops throughout. Lingering orange and grapefruit twist. Roasted malt base.

M: Smooth, perfect carbonation.

O: Nice brew, very drinkable, recommended.

bundy462, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Thanks goes to nesued for this Terrapin offering.

Poured from a bottle in my tulip.

A: slightly hazed orange gold, one finger of cream hued head, thick ring of lace left behind

S: mostly citrus hops with a bit of malty sweetness, rye is very subtle, hint of pine

T: rather malty, hops are almost secondary, rye is present mostly in the finish

M: Medium body with mild carbonation

D: Overall an average rye PA. Drinkable but not real memorable.

beerwolf77, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev +5.3%

12oz bottle, best by the 3rd week in November, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours absolutely translucent, and it's darker than tangerine but not quite a true orange. Two fingers of fluffy white foam rise up, but disappear a little too quickly. Lacing is solid though as I make my way down the glass. The nose is equal parts bready malts, spicy and floral english type hops (guessed EKG were in the mix before checking Terrapin's site), and that distinct sharp spiciness I always get from beers that include rye malt. It's a little weak though. The taste is more of the same, and I'm having a really hard time finding the amarillo that Rye Pale Ale was supposedly dry hopped with. A nice crack of hop bite from the magnum marks the transition from the definitely present malt sweetness to the aforementioned hop and rye flavors. The body is nice, a little bit richer than I might have anticipated, but it works with this beer. Carbonation is a little too high/prickly for my tastes, but the key word there is little. A solid presence balances out the hops and rye and makes this a greatly sessionable beer. Solid offering from Terrapin, though I've seen them do better.

axeman9182, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours cloudy orange with a thin veil of white head that goes fast. A vague aroma of hops, citrus, wet grass and a hop spiciness. A pleasant drink: light hops, citrus, grass, some spice, a strange rye characteristic towards the end, and then vague lemon afterthoughts. Light in body and in carbonation. A light pale ale that sprinkles some great flavors across the palate but some weird notes as well.

JRed, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a even-bodied orange/amber color. Like tangerine but darker, I suppose. The 1.5 finger sized head seemed fairly well-composed and almost like a nitro-tap head in terms of small-bubbled consistency. Adequate lacing. Looks good.

Hops come first and foremost. Not quite abrasive in their bitter aroma but strong nonetheless. Orange and pine and... hemp, I believe, make for a sticky smell. Some doughy, bready malt surfaces of course. Not complex but everything works together and smells bright & fresh.

This is a fucking awesome APA. This glass at this bar on this night, anyway. Like a less pungent version of Founders Red's Rye, this beer brings the hemp/weed taste along with bright citrus fruit and rye spicy sweetness and bitter evergreen. All that hop flavor is grounded in breadcrusts and caramel malt. The balance lies in favor of the hops but this is a pale ale that I think most beer drinkers, even the hop-averse, can appreciate.

Rye Pale Ale has the kind of mouthfeel I perhaps most appreciate - the one you don't ever think about. Great carbonation level, great smoothness. I could put back a few of these in one night and enjoy every second of it. (And the only reason I didn't put back a few was because this same bar had Bigfoot on-tap still !)

If you see this on-tap, buy it. What a perfect college football session choice this would be.

Reaper16, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of knoxtennessee
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

knoxtennessee, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev 0%

apears a sorta hazy orange golden color, with nice white head 1/2" thick, that leaves a decent lacing. the two expected aromas, rye and hops, are definitely in there. the flavor is rye, with a little hops bit, but still very well balanced. medium carbonation and body. pretty drinkable, all around decent beer

jmdrpi, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of mrandypandy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold. Small white head on pour quickly drops down to a ring. Minimal lacing.
S- Just a bit of bready grains with a little spicy hop bitterness.
T- Spicy malt/grain backbone with a touch of hops to balance it out.
M- Medium body, dry, yet quite smooth.
D- High. Smooth body, clean balanced flavors make this quite drinkable.

Overall - Delivers on exactly what it promises: A pale ale made with rye. Clean, crisp, just enough bitterness to make it complex but not over-the-top (or an IPA). An easily overlooked, but solid offering from Terrapin.

mrandypandy, Aug 26, 2010
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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