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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,569 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 104 | 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 CliffBrake
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with a minimal white head

Nice rye, slightly spicy aroma. Spicy, slightly sour flavor with herbal hops and a little bit of orange around the edges.

Refreshing. I bet this would be a great one in hot weather (which we are definitely not experiencing in February in New Hampshire). Quite nice just the same.

CliffBrake, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounced purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Great stuff... Refreshing and satisfying with strong rye nuances. Malts and hops both evident with notes of amber grains, bread, butter, and honey. Medium-bodied, complex, and flavorful. Copper-amber hue with a full-bodied head... Good stuff... Recommended....

dsa7783, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color, with considerable haze, Rye Pale Ale holds a large grainy head, and exhibits above average lacing.

S: Bouquet is hard to find, with only wisps of hops penetrating the blanket of froth.

T: Dry, bready, and hoppy overall, but the hops don't pop. They aren't crisp or delightful, but just... there. The typical rye spice is also absent from this brew.

M: Medium body, with no interesting texture to back it up.

D: Not a bad beer, by any stretch, but it definitely fell short of my expectations. I come from the land of Red's Rye, where rye pales are delightfully refreshing and packed with flavor. This is good, but doesn't even compare.

Avagadro, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear dark yellow/orange body with a very small white head. Minimal lacing.

Nice aroma up front. The hops and rye jump out first. They are closely followed by some sweet malty and bready notes.

Solid APA flavor with some citrusy hops up front and an excellent spicy rye flavor. The malt balance is not too sweet.

Solid brew. Great spin on an APA with some nice rye mixed in. Could definitely have a few more of these.

FanofHefe, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of masstransplant
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Winters in South Carolina are short, but that first 65 degree February day is still very welcome...time to finish up the porters and stouts and move on to the crisp, hoppy beers that complement our long, hot summers.

Terrapin Rye is a staple in my fridge. Pours a pale orange with a thin head that laces nicely. Smells of rye, hops, apricots and orange peel. Just a fantastic rye taste that doesn't thin-out or dissipate as so many others do....the rye lingers on the palate and is a delight on a hot day. Carbonation is notably more pronounced than the winter brews I've been enjoying, and I'm glad for it...goes well with a sunny day. I usually have a one beer limit, but this stuff always tempts me to drink another. Well-balanced and very nice indeed!

masstransplant, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A i- pours a nice clar light amber color with a thin quarter of an inch head that is white and slightly sticky.

S - Aroma starts of bready and malt foreward with some nice malt grain mixed in with a ton of great rye spice. There is some nice slight piney notes from the hops that work well with the grain notes.

T & M - Flavors start off with the malt and rye backbone. Grainy bready and slightly sweet with some nice spice. The hop profile is grassy and pine with some slight citrus burn. It comes up quick after the malt profile. Overall this has the favor of a good pale ale such as sierra nevada or great lakes burning iver but with a spicier feel and taste. It was quite light and refreshing with good full carbonation.

D - good bre with interesting and delicious flavors that are well represented.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of SteelerNation
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first rye beer I have tried.

A: The head is very disappointing. Ironically, the lacing is very good. Crystal clear light brown color.

S: Wonderful American Pale ale hop aroma. Beautifully citrusy and fruity smell.

T: The balance between hop bitterness and the rye profile is excellent. The hops are delicate yet complex with lots of citrus fruit flavors. The rye imparts a spicy and unique malted profile. I'm having a hard time descibing it, but it has a spicier and more powerfull grainyness to it. Like regular malter barley but with more ooomph!

M: A little bit watery and light. The wateriness gives of the impression of adjuncts being used in the brew.

D: Very, very drinkable.

I like the rye malt profile and the smooth hops in this beer a lot more than I thought I would. This beer is a too watery to be truly great. If it were less watery with a better head it would be an all time favorite.

SteelerNation, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a nice golden orange, much like an iced tea. Very little head after pouring. Citrus scents are prominent in the aroma, perhaps leaning toward orange. Hops are at the forefront of the taste, but not overpowering. I couldn't pick up any rye taste. Carbonation was just right. A very enjoyable ale.

DeltaGolfSierra, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of jc85
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a nice golden color with a finger of white frothy head.

Smell- Nice citrus, and spice smell, a bit of hops aroma.

Taste- Good citrus and hops mix right at the beginning. Not overerly bitter, and some nice spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, not sticky or overerly carbonated.

Drinkability- Goes down fairly smooth, nice kick back and drink beer.

jc85, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So not many people know this about me-- Pale Ales are my favorite beers to drink. Absolutely, no doubt, 100% all the way. I looove pale ales. I drink them year round. No matter temperature, weather, or situation... Pale Ales are always my go to choice for out on the water, at a restaurant, or a BBQ.

Sure, I may love other styles-- but the pale ale never gets jealous. She let's me get it out of my system and she knows I'll come back...

With that said--
Got this from the prodigious JohnQVegas. Served in a standard pint glass.

I love the color. This is how afternoon sunshine would look if you could bottle a liquid form of it. A glowing golden with a slight hint of orange. Very nice. The head was about 1 finger, average retention before settling into a thin froth and collar. A few spotty rings of lacing left behind.

The smell is light-- light toast and bready malts... The hops are citrusy mainly-- oranges and lemon zest? A floral note comes through too. If the name actually is accurate, then this beer should have some rye in it... Not sure I pick it up in the nose.

There appears to be some rye in the flavor though-- it comes across towards the back in a dry, slightly spicy way. The toasted bread malts are dry up front. Very little sweetness. A perfect way to showoff some hops... So... Where are they? I'm done with the malts... Bring on the hops!
Sadly, it isn't to be.

The hops need to hit harder. More late boil additions... Perhaps a little dry hopping... Either one of those will take this beer to a whole new level. The floral hops here are a good flavor; they compliment the malt and yeast nicely. A crisp clean finish with a slight citrusy bite in the lingering bitterness makes this a good drinker.

Perhaps part of each batch could be dry-hopped and bottled under a different name? Something music related... Hmmm...

Anyway-- the body is respectable. A bit on the light side-- but not overly so. The carbonation is big... To be honest-- this could be a great 6 pack beer. This could even make for a strong conversion beer for BMC drinkers...

As some one that LOVES pale ales, this is still quite enjoyable. Definitely a B. This could be sooo good with a little tweak!

AleWatcher, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light and golden color with a moderate amount of white head that forms up at first, then sticks around and provides some decent lacing. Smell is quite grainy, some hay and grass notes that I can make out, a bit of malty sweetness and some slight, slight grapefruit. The taste is what makes this beer. It starts out with a mild and bready malt sweetness that is quite dry in character, followed by a touch of that rye spicy kick blended in with a bit of grainy/nuttiness, with a nice and balanced piney and citrusy hop profile. The mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing, with a nice dry finish. Nothing too fancy with this beer, but definitely sessionable.

jsdunlop, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on-tap at Mellow Mushroom.

A: This pours a hazy red-orange color with a finger of thick white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Pleasant floral hops, grapefruit, pine, and spicy rye aromas.

T: Complex hop notes, juicy citrus flavors, rye, honey, and a sweet caramel finish.

M: It has a medium body with perfect carbonation levels, and a thirst-quenching feel to it.

D: This is a solid go-to; it's flavorful, widely available, and reasonably priced.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice honey colored pour that formed a light beige bubbly head. Laces alright.

Nice floral and citrus hope aromas with a hint of malts and rye.

Taste is nicely bitter, and citrusy, with a nice rye zing at the end. Malt sweetness does well to balance it out. Linger is bitter.

Feel is light, crisp, and slight. Carbonation is pronounced.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Overall is a nice rye pale.

EgadBananas, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my trusty Duvel.

A - Pours a light, caramel brown with a small white head and just a touch of lacing.

S - Has a bit of sweetness. A nice earthy smell as well. Floral and all together light.

T - Starts with a nice hoppy flavor. Gives off just a touch of sweet and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Nice balance.

M - Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A bit dry feel.

D - Very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

GallowsThief, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper color with thin white ring of head, leaves a soapy lace. Retention is minimal.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, lemon and rye. Hops on the front and sweet malt in the middle. Hoppy finish.

T- Nicely balanced leaning towards floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit, lemon on a caramel backbone.

M- Medium body, crisp, refreshing, slight hop bite, and smooth

D- Very easy to drink, refreshing

JayS2629, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly golden amber color with a thick white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of rye, and citrusy and grassy hops, and maybe some grapefruit. Tastes like a little malt and then loads of bittering hops and a little rye bite. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is high.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Translucent amber coloration, nice two finger head, decent retention. Laced in neat layers.

S - Fresh, hoppy aroma with a biscuity malt backing. Very sweet fragrance. Also picking up some earthy tones, not bad like dirt, but something similar.

T - The initial wave of flavor is a pleasant hop bite, but after that fades the rye and malts become apparent. Very smooth and well balanced.

M - Surprisingly light and crisp, faint grass notes in the aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit sharp.

D - Very enjoyable, definitely a well constructed ale. Not afraid in the least to say this one impressed me. I'd love to drink another again in spring, I just felt caged drinking it in an ice storm.

PhageLab, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale adds a extra pop to your everyday pale ale. It's hoppy effervescence is alluring, as any proper pale ale should, but the rye adds a certain spiciness on the nose that makes it more intriguing. The appearance and head also show like any good version of the style: golden with deeper hues in the middle, and a crisp, lasting head. The taste comes at you first with a wave of earthy hops, then a detour to spicy-town with the rye. While hops are at the helm and the rye is ridding shot-gun, the malts are the cars axels, holding the whole thing together. Although they are subtle, they create the beers smooth flavor and soft body which balances the two stronger components quite nicely.

I would absolutely purchase this beer again, and it would pare well with spicy foods, especially chicken, and even bbq.

AlexanderSelby, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Trade from Tilley4 -

Bottled 1st week of April 2010 - 12 oz bottle

Appearance - Poured into tulip poured one finger head that dissipated into a thin lace with little webbing on the glass - cloudy gold with orange hues - decent carbonation -

Smell - Light hops w/ some citrus

Taste - The hops are evident upfront with some mild citrus notes with mild pine notes.

Drinkabilty - This was an easy to drink brew - well balanced , just enough hops for a pale ale .

InebriatedJoker, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of lstokes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a nice head and a very hoppy nose. This beer was pretty tasty--I love the rye taste in any beer, and this beer starts with some grapefruit/pine hops before the spicy rye finish with a little bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good. I didn't think the hops quite stood up to the rye--it seemed a little unbalanced to me?--but it was definitely an excellent American Pale Ale, a really tasty take on the style.

lstokes, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 7/14/10*

Best by date: Aug '10

This ale poured a light copper color and a finger of white head, leaving a lace ring on my pint glass. Some faint floral / grassy hops in the nose, but getting alot more malt aromas than expected (not really picking up any rye scents). The taste follows the nose pretty well - some sweeter malts upfront that are accompanied with the aforementioned hops, with somewhat spicy / rye malt finish. Medium bodied, with proper carbonation.

prdstmnky, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really nice pale golden yellowish-orange. Little bit of lacing, but not much.

Smell: Man that smell is awesome! Hops come through with some sweetness on top of that, along with some citrus.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Comes up with a bit of a bitterness (ie. grapefruit) at first, along with the rye taste. Spikes up with a buttery grass like flavor. Has a dry, tongue numbing aftertaste that's akin to having cotton-mouth. Very interesting with all of the different flavors swirling around on the palate. Tastes complex for a lower abv beer.

Drinkabilty: At first sip I would have thought I could drink a few of these in any one sitting, but the more i savored it, the more i realized that one or two would be more in my drinking range. The use of rye makes this an interesting take on a pale ale and would certainly drink another....if only I had another.

July2Nov, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/18/10

It is time for a beer-poem-review, or BPR.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is straw yellow,
The carbonation is rather mellow,
Some head forms but not a whole lot,
The lacing is forming like a horses trot.

Some fruity rye is in the smell,
It is somewhat muted but please don't tell,
I believe this is drinkable from the whiff,
I watched Back to the Future today and saw Biff.

I am tasting a mellow easy drinking pale,
For 8 some bucks it was an easy sale,
The rye is a nice touch adding spice to the brew,
Some apple adds flavor I tell you this is true.

The feel is medium with plenty of carbonation,
A turtle is on the label playing a banjo from a plantation,
There is a bit of sticky in the end,
Perhaps this is what happens in Athens, GA as a trend.

I am able to drink a lot of this,
After 4 or 5 I would be in bliss!

Not my finest Beeroem, but it works after having a few that evening:)

TCgoalie, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours pale copper-gold, very light haze, with a one-finger off-white head that's creamy, dense, and exhibits excellent retention. Sports some solid lacing as well.

Nose is citrusy, a bit herbal, even minty, with a lightly sweet underpinning of malt. Quite light.

Taste follows through. Firm herbal, piny hop presence is the star here, with a prickly citrus rind bitterness lingering dryly on the palate. Malt body stays decidedly underneath, never really popping out to shine, always integrated into the hops' spotlight. What's there is a bit sweeter than bready, without venturing into caramel territory.

Mouthfeel is very nice - one of the spots where this one really shines. deceptively full-bodied, but still light on the tongue, creamy, with a soft carbonation that benefits from the prickly hop presence.

Nicely drinkable, though just a hair on the bitter/prickly side for a pale ale in my book.

JohnQVegas, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice looking gold color maybe a touch of copper. White fluffy heading that settles to a decent covering. Little lacing.

This has an awesome nose of hops. Toned down by a sour dough maltiness,a quick hit of rye and finishes a bit earthy almost medicinal.

Taste is average at best. It is not a bad tasting beer just very ordinary. The rye malts do make an appearence but not a big impression.

Mouth is light bodied with great retention and a slight slick butteriness in the mouth.

All and all a good beer. Nothing worth seeking out.

TheFightfan1, Dec 15, 2010
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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