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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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1,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,651
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 49
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of hmf05
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw gold with a two finger head. Smells mostly of sweet caramel and pine. Not a very aromatic brew, but it smells nice. Taste is more of the same. Sweet malts balance out the pine. Pretty light tasting beer with good carbonation. Overall, very pleasant APA. Perfect lawnmower beer. Well balanced and tasty!

Photo of tubacharlie
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, fruity hop aroma. Short off-white head with good retention and light lacing. The "best if enjoyed by" date is the first week of February, but there is no brew year listed, which is a little problematic if cellared.

The brew is a hazy gold color, evenly translucent. A rush of hop bitterness hits the palate first, with muted grapefruit and other citrus notes following. The overall flavor is much like an IPA, but with a little twist in the malt profile and not as much alcohol content. Well developed carbonation in the mouth, the rye adds some depth and body to the mix. Mellow and refreshing at the same time, this was a nice surprise for a beer from Georgia, which is not known for its craft beer industry.

Definitely a good value, this is a nice session beer and well suited for a hot summer day down south (or up north if you can find it).

Photo of DaveBlack
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber colored beer with maybe a finger's width of off-white head. The retention on the head is fairly decent, but there is hardly any lacing.

S: Sweet malts, cereal grains, and the spiciness from the rye. A pretty good smelling beer, though I wish that it was stronger.

T: Sweet caramel malts are up front, but quickly give way to the spiciness of the rye. The aftertaste is unfortunate. It is grainy and kind of acridly bitter. It's a good beer as long as you keep drinking it, but as soon as the main wave of flavor is past I find it to be fairly unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky and viscous, but there is a fair amount of carbonation to cut through that.

O: Not the best rye beer that I've ever had by a long shot. The rye is definitely there, but it's not the star like I wish it was, and the aftertaste is not good. It's decent, but not worth seeking out.

I've heard that Terrapin tends to be a "sloppy" brewery, and this beer leads me to believe that it is probably true: good in conception, but the execution leaves something to be desired.

Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear amber color. Two finger foamy head at first then settles down to blanket on top of the ale. Nice lacing that stays with the life of the ale.

The aroma is a mix of toasted malt, (Obviously) rye grain, and piney citrus hop.

The taste is classic American pale ale with the twist of the rye grain. With the addition of rye a wheat bread flavor can be detected. The hops are the classic mixture of pine and citrus, but not so strong to over power the ale. Finishes dry with a lingering pine hop.

What can I say, a wonderful Pale Ale with a twist of rye grain yet balanced. Satisfied customer

Photo of brewcore
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IMO the best APA in the South

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange. Medium white head that fades to a pencil thin ring. Plenty of lacing.

S: This ale has a lot going for it, but smell sets it above other APAs. All the hop fragrance you could ever want from a pale ale. Grapefruit: check. Floral: check. Unique hop "funk": check. Very fragrant for an APA.

T: Crisp with a dry finish. Hop flavors step up but do not overwhelm. Asertive hoppiness but definitely not a hop bomb IPA. Hops are floral, citrusy, and very piney. The rye is subdued. I have to look for it. Not too much malt character going on, but present in enough force to balance.

M: Light to medium.

O: High drinkability, making it a fantastic session beer. I go back to this one over and over.

Photo of merzeone
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle Tasted after Lunch(Chicken Sandwich) Purchased 10/11

A: Light Golden small Head minimal lacing

AR: Spicy/Sweet Rye Aroma, Minimal Floral Hops

T: Rye spice, Bread, Biscuit little hop flavor other than bitterness at the end.Very malt forward the rye is definitely the focus on this apa.

M: light good carbonation Dry Finish for a rye that is weird expected it to be a little more sticky.

O: First Impression not a huge fan the more it warms up the better it actually gets still refreshing. Its main focus seems to be the Rye(which it is a Rye Pale Ale) however was expecting it to be a touch more balanced with hops. Not my favorite Rye Pale but still very drinkable wouldn't complain if someone handed me one.

Photo of KMcG
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear light amber with a 1/4" rich white head. The smell was a grassy, like a meadow and floral hops, with some sweetness. The flavor is very well balanced between the hops and the sweet rye malts. Slight pine tones with a little caramel sweetness. There is a little peppery background. The brew is effervescent and easy drinking.

Photo of secondtooth
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber/gold, with a medium head. Admirable and attractive lace, too.

Nose is subtle, I get some floral hops, but little else.

Taste is hops-forward, followed up by a smooth, malty presence. A little rye and hops twang ends the tasting experience well.

Overall, an enjoyable beer -- not overly memorable but certainly worthy.

Photo of PCampbell
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ppours an amber golden color with a huge frothy head that had really nice retentnio. Some random splotches left on the side.

S - Smells like an APA with a decent malt backbone, a bit of citrus, and some good rye spice.

T - Really easy to drink. Citrus with a bit of pine and a decent rye backbone. Fairly refreshing with a little taste on the end that ends up a bit woody.

M - Surprisingly low carbonation considering the massive head that bubbled up on this one. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Refreshing and good beer that is quite easy to drink. Taste is nice, and the rye is a good addition to a solid APA. Would drink again.

Photo of TheIronHammer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a beer glass.

A: The beer is clear gold in color, and is inviting. I cannot comment on the head or lacing because of the way I poured it.

S: There is a strong but not overpowering hops aroma which is pleasant. In the background there is a fruit aroma, maybe apple. It isn't the kind of upfront scent one gets from a fruit beer.

T: The beer has some hops to it. It is very pleasant and well incorporated. I'm getting a slight fruit taste on the backside, very pleasant as well. The rye does influence the taste, but I'm not sure how to describe it. It is pleasant as well however. The influences on the taste are well balanced.

Mf: This beer has a medium body, which I think goes with the pale ale style well. The carbonation is a little bit more than I expected, but it doesn't detract. Overall, this beer has good mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer is pretty well crafted. There's decent complexity and the balance is pretty good. It was enjoyable to drink and I'll buy it again in the future.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange copper with 1/4" of head. Smells of peppery rye and malt. Taste is rye and bread-like malt, faint yeast, and just enough hops for balance. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, but at times a little thin.

I like the way the rye works with the rest of the recipe. It's a nice change of pace from the usual APA.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold body with a pinkish hue around the edges. A decent amount of white head, but low retention.

Grainy and bready malt with a little caramel in the scent. Light grassy hops.

The grassy hops have a light bite, but the there are buttery and honey sweet malts that tone the hops down.

Mouthfeel is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale that demonstrates balance.

Photo of Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Fat Heads in the Southside of Pittsburgh a few months back while driving through since we can't get it here up in Massachusetts. Just got out of work and have decided to enjoy this beer tonight as to another night this week since I had put it in my fridge this afternoon. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange yellow hue with little head and a little bit of lacing too. There are signs of carbonation and clarity is foggy.

Smell: Very malty, hints of honey, but very light hop profile. Smells delicious and can't wait to try a sip.

Taste: sweet malts, honey, a little grainy. NOt much else going on there, but tastes great from when I had this down in Georgia 3 years ago.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of carbonation, very smooth, and easy drinking. Loving this beer a lot and wish I had more.

Overall: This beer is as good as it was 3 years ago when I was down in Georgia for work for my old job. Happy that I scored a bottle, but disappointed that I only got one. A great rye PA and wish they would make a Rye IPA. Might have to go south to get another bottle.

Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite session beers from what is probably my favorite brewery. I just realized while working through a sixer that I've never actually reviewed this, so time to take care of that right quick. From bottle, best before November, into a pint.

Golden hue with a meager white head, maybe half a finger's worth. A bit of stick to it, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Distinct rye malt on the nose, paired with some complementary hop presence that contribute some herbal characteristics.

From the name "Rye Pale Ale", you get exactly what you bargained for with this one. Definitive semi-spicy Rye up front, caramel, honey and light fruit undertones, with mild hops throughout. A step off the beaten to death path of boring pale ales, a welcomed little twist.

Medium bodied, flavorful and sessionable as hell.

There aren't a lot of Rye beers on the market that I have found, but this is surely the best of those that I have. Cheers!

Photo of bierguru
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3






Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to J. Clyde's in Birmingham as established on Beer Advocate and first beer I tried was the Terrapin Rye Pale ale. The beer was a decent copper/amber brew with limited white head, which casued me to downgrade the beer slightly. The aromas are awesome, rye bread, fresh, oily hops, a few spicy hop notes, and some citrus fruits are present as well. The taste of this brew is very well integrated. There is definately an excelent blend of flavors going on here. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is simply awesome! A very interesting RYEPA! Definitely recommed.

Photo of Bogforce
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with cwguy5, thanks Will! Awesome trader

A: Pours a kind of brownish golden color with a pretty foamy head.

S: Rye... Basically just rye and maybe a small amount of hops.

T: Has a big rye taste with some hops in the background, it has a refreshing balance.

M: Smooth drinking, doesn't leave much on the tongue. Very drinkable beer.

O: This isn't going to blow you away but hits the style pretty well for a rye. The hops aren't very present but it goes down smooth.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a thin layer within a few minutes. Nice rings of lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus aroma, mostly some grapefruit, with a bit of bready malt. Simple, but very nice.

T: A light hop presence, mostly citrus coming through as orange and a bit of orange zest, as well as a little bit of bready malt and caramel. There is a little bit of rye, giving it a slight spicy kick.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: A very easy drinking APA, the rye gives it a nice little twist.

Photo of jisom123
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from CWguy5. Thanks for bringing a fresh bottle to Jackie O's.

A: Dark gold with little to no haze. thin head, but good retention. Swirling bubble retention tells me that there is going to be some thick malt. Nice.

s: a nice hop and malt balance. rich. caramel. cereal. not much Rye smell. Smells good enough that you know its probably going to taste great.

T: There's the rye! Arrives with a medium and stays around for a bit.

M:Nice carbonation. The smell indicated there would be lots of thickness, but there was only a medium amount.

Good "go-to" Rye beer.

Photo of rel
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a chalice. Little white head that quickly settles into a creamy, very thin layer on the beer. Minimal lacing. Apple juice, dull color.

On the nose - herbal hops, some fruity esters, caramel and bread malts.

On the lips - mellow caramel sweetness and herbal bitter finish. Nice balance. Definitely gets better as it warms.

The pleasant bitterness lingers, as the beer covers your mouth in a creamy film.

It's a nice beer. Definitely more complex than I expected. I wish I knew how to recognize the rye.

Photo of Callaghan
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I don't normally like Pale Ales...but since this is a somewhat local brew, and it was recommended to me by a friend, I figured I would try it.

It was poured vigorously into a room temp. mug. Best by date of Jan, week 2, and I would assume this was 2012, as I could not find a year on it.

A: Very little head, 1 finger maybe, and I basically dumped it into the mug. This is the second beer of a six pack I am reviewing. Basically, no lacing on the mug, spotty at best. Color is a pleasant golden hue; dull, hazy sunshine when held up to the light. The head died very quickly, and left a millimeter thin film of bubbles.

S: Citrus and pale malts, I don't notice any rye. Smells clean, if that makes sense. Mild, which I think is nice.

T: Grapefruit right away, but gives way quickly the other flavors. A lot of malts, but that is to be expected. Nicely balanced with the citrus, then hops and rye on the finish. As it warms up a little, I noticed a little spiciness in the middle. This wasn't noticeable when poured cold straight from the fridge.

M: This beer feels a little light on the tongue, but finishes nice. Medium-light body. Good carbonation keeps it dancing, but it's smooth going down the hatch.

O: I could easily put a few of these away, and the taste just urges you to crack open another one. Like I stated earlier, I don't normally like PA's, but I would buy this again.

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden amber in color. Forms a thin, but stable, bright white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Bready malts, grains, some caramel malt and some faint herbal hops.

T: Starts off with an odd sourdough bread like flavor before turning even breadier. Toast. Light malt sweetness. Grassy hops. Some rye spice on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Decent, but off. Too light on the hops and even the rye is not overly apparent. Drinkability is good, but I probably wouldn't revisit another.

Photo of DustinPowers74
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber color with a small head. Sweet floral hop aroma. Rye and hops combine in the taste to make a bitter but pleasant experience, followed by a sweet finish. While this a fairly serviceable pale ale, it's not the best I have ever had, but I wouldn't tell you not to pick it up.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a nice orange color, kind of reminiscent of light colored honey. It's topped by a thin white head.

S: I get a nice sweet citrus hop presence on this beer's forefront; the backend is that nice distinct rye nose.

T: Up front I get some minor bitterness with stronger rye and malt flavors being prominent. On mid palate i get those citrus notes followed up in the finish by a bit more bitterness. The rye note carries through the taste.

M: low carbonation and not quite sticky sweet, but defiantly a moderate body on this beer.

D: This drinks quite nicely.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.