1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,627 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 118 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,627 | Reviews: 754 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tlazaroff
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Crossmd
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Sam Adams pint glass, about 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with almost no head, (1/2 finger at most)

My nose doesn't get much more than citrus rind, competing with some breads/rye. It should be noted however, that I've absolutely got allergies right now in reviewing. Not so stunted as to influence this though.

Taste consists of an immediately and robustly bitter, rounded grapefruit/citrus. Finish is longer than I would have expected, drying down into a hoppy mineral bitterness that stimulates the saliva glands.

Mouthfeel is about what one would expect from any PA, clean and supportive of the flavors within; not a tremendous amount of carbonation, but I feel like I wouldn't want any more than it's already got.

Where I think this really has potential is with food pairings. The intense finish cuts well through a variety of snack food, resurfacing through it even after I've believed it to be done. The fixation on bitters too I think, would contrast with something like bar food really well. Wings and fries- salted with pepper and a creme dressing for both, would be excellent, IMO.

87.

Photo of claspada
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with a decently large amount of hops; sweet orange-grapefruit juiciness. Lesser amounts of earthy and floral hops are also present with a nice pale malty sweetness and a little rye spice notes in the background which become more apparent as this warms.

The tastes begin with a nice light malt sweetness. Soon you are granted with a nice pleasant amount of quality hop flavors highlighted once again by the orange and muc lesser grapefruit and earthy hop flavors. Very subtle rye bitterness in the finish which helps this to finish very crisp.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect amount of medium carbonation to allow all the flavors to shine but still leaving a nice pleasant blubbly feeling on the palate.

Overall this beer has a great flavor profile that is rich, deep and multi-faceted. Great for the summer in my opinion and it is a perfect balance of all aspects that make a beer great in flavor and drinkability. It doesn't have the bright hoppiness of some IPAs, nor the brassy bottom end hoppiness of most DIPAs, but a good middle range, mellow yet forceful, satisfying flavors that are hitting the spot right now.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head, golden clearish body.

Hop-rye nose, mild.

Rye on the taste, heavy body, some hops. Unassuming, not bad.

Mouthfeel is standard-- nothing special..

Overall decent. Rye-pale ale without much hops-- nicely drinkable, sessionable.

Photo of BLove
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a traditional pint glass

A: Clear orange hue, small head lasting for a few sips
S: grapefruit/citrus, spice, caramel
T: caramel, rye spiceyness, moderate high hop citrus & bitterness from start to finish
M: pretty thin, medium carbonation
O: Eh, I usually enjoy rye beers, but this one leaves me a little disappointed.

Photo of MaxBrewell
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A pleasantly orange-golden color, slightly cloudy, not much lacing or head retention.

S- Great smelling beer, plenty of hop aroma, citrus seems to dominate the nose and the rye comes through nicely.

T- The citrusy hops are well balanced with the rye and other malts. Slight grapefruit taste on the back-end.

M- Seems a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable beer that has given me a new appreciation for rye beers. I would certainly try this one again.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden wheat color. It's a little cloudy with a nice white head. The head thins quickly and there isn't much lacing left on the glass.

S: First aroma is hops, more citrus than pine. I'm also picking up some wheat and some malty sweetness.

T: First hit is all malt. A nice sweetness and a some fruity essences. The hops come in after and linger for a bit as a touch of alcohol arrives in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation, it's a bit sticky with some lingering flavors.

D: I'd say it's a highly drinkable beer. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this.

O: Decent beer. It's a nice twist on a typical APA. If it were available in my distribution area I'd pick up a six pack every so often.

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

The pour is a medium amber color with a frothy white head.

The nose is sweet... fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. Get a twinge of spice that must be from the rye.

The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malts dominating. sweet flavor with not much hop presence. can taste the rye in each sip.

The body is light to medium with ample carbonation.

rye pale ales are interesting enough... a bit sweet for a pale ale but easy enough to drink. as usual, I appreciate Terrapin's effort.

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Very nice.

Smell: I picked up the malt right away. A bit bready with some fruity sweetness in there as well. Not a whole lot of hops in the nose.

Taste: Not very sweet, but I'm definitely picking up the grain first. A bit spicy from the rye, but not overly so. The finish has a little hop bitterness to it. Overall a nice session beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is fairly unspectacular, beer just disappears without much to remember it by.

Overall: None of the flavors are overpowering. A nice beer, but nothing too remarkable either.

Photo of iadler
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a tulip. Thanks to jsanford for this!

A- Clear gold with a two finger head. Leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- Some citrus notes including grapefruit, mandarine and lemon zest, rye spice, bready malt and some earthy hops.

T- Grapefruit, mandarine, rye spice, sweet bready malt, and a bit of pine.

M- Slightly low carbonation and medium body. Although the carbonation is a little low, it's still pretty smooth and very drinkable.

O- First offering from Terrapin and I'm impressed. It's a pretty tasty APA and could be one I could easily drink a few of. I got quite a few more Terrapins in my fridge and I'm excited to try the rest of their lineup.

Thanks again Jacob!

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

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Golden. Looks like a pale ale. Inch of so of white head. A good amount of lacing

S- Some piney hops. A bit of spice from the rye. I like the rye touch to the APA.

T- A good APA. Not super hoppy, but it lingers a bit. Some spicy rye notes. No alcohol to note. Drinking a few of these would not be a problem.

M- Pretty smooth. By the BA criteria this is the best of the traits of this beer.

O- A good, but not great beer. Worth trying for sure, but in a market flooded with APAs, it isn't one that I buy all that often.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Brixx in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2011.

A: Very little head. Pale, clear, coppery.

S: Grapefruit, light and tart. A bit flat?

T: Refreshing and tasty. Surprisingly sweet malts before a strong (presumably rye) dryness. Minimal to moderate bitterness.

M: Pleasantly carbonated and smoothly malty.

O: Not great, but very much what I wanted in this summer moment -- light, drying, and very enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of doppelme
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden body with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass most of the way down. It smells citrusy and resiney. It has a nice hop bite at first but settles quickly back into a malty and bready ending. A classic beer in the south that can be had at any time of the year, one to have in the fridge at all times.

Photo of xybreeder
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful orange/golden colored beer, slight bit of cloudiness (very slight), not much lacing or head retention.

S: Great smelling beer, plenty of hop aroma, citrus seems to dominate the nose.

T: Well balanced from start to finish, not bitter at all, slight grapefruit taste on the back-end. Slight buttery taste (diacetyl?). Tastes great!

M: A little less carbonation than I was expecting.

O: A great tasting brew and has given me a new appreciation for rye beers. Thanks to Sam for bringing this back to Louisiana from Birmingham, AL!

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to mnbearsfan for this extra!

pours a rich dark apple juice hue with amber highlights. darker than expected, with a one-finger thick creamy head that fades to a thin lace that leaves awesome lacing.

aroma is interesting. caramel apples with hints of hops and a bit of pepper. strong wafts almost remind me of a dipa for some reason. not a bad thing.

taste is awesome. rich malt backbone with some intense caramel sweetness balanced out by a pleasant yet subtle hop with just a hint of rye spice.

mouth is clean, on the lighter side of moderate body, with good carbonation and a nice, clean, slightly lingering spice.

all in all, pretty damn drinkable. and an impressive brew. The rye seems to show through well, despite only being 10% of the bill. But i'm not complaining. delicious!

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

Thanks to Ivanwho for sending a couple of these along in the Refreshing Summer BIF.
Poured into a Victory Brewing tulip.
Clear and bright orange, with a head that quickly dissipates to leaving a bit of lace around the glass.
Full aroma that is very sweet from the malts.
Taste is crisp and spicy, primarily bready malt with a subtle citrus hop finish, floral notes linger.
Overall, smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of engagechad
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed at a cookout - poured into insulated tumbler

Pours an amber red with nice head, sticks around. Smells of grapefruity hop and spice. Taste is prickly in a good way and has a nice bite on the finish. Smooth on the palate while still being just bitter enough.

Overall I would buy this beer again - solid APA

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle – best by November 2011. Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and excellent clarity. Poured with very little head, but maintained a wispy cap that left a few sticky lacings on the glass. Bready, biscuit malt aromas with fresh lemon hop aroma as well. Medium bodied with refreshing carbonation. Nice balance of bready malt and light lemon hop from beginning through the middle. The rye malt flavors come through toward the end and lead to a dry, bitter finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a fluffy bone white cap. Retention was so-so with some delicate lace strewn about. The aroma was of spicy rye and grapefruit with a bed of caramel malt. There is a nice balance here as the rye lends a perfect amount of spice and dryness while the hops deliver grapefruit and orange flavors and a mild bitterness. The malt holds its own keeping the hops from stealing the show. Easily drinkable. Medium body with a dry, mildly bitter finish. This is a solid rye pale ale, nothing too extreme,a straightforward example of the style done pretty well.

Photo of richkrull
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright cloudy orange color with lots of fluffy beige head on it.

Smell is very hoppy for sure. Very nice smell.

Taste is very good. A little more malty than I would like but there is a good spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Went down pretty smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Wish it was distributed in Wisconsin. Id definitely drink it again.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a mug by bartender.

Appearance: Yellow beer with a small white head. Not much lacing to speack of.

Smell: citris and pine.

Taste: Light malt that is biscuity. Mild hop bitterness composed of mostly citris and some pine. Citrus includes lemon, mandrin orange and orange peels.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Refreshing on this really hot day in florida that I am drinking it. Could drink lots of these beers on a hot day.

Overall: Still loving all the beers I have tried from Terrapin Beer CO. Great summer session beer!

Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin rye pale ale pours a clear light amber color with a medium sized, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of orange and lemon citrus. A little bit of pale malt and bready yeast is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and dry with an effervescent fizz. The flavor begins sweet with a flavor of caramel malt. The hops move in quickly with notes orange citrus, pine and grass. In the background some peppery spice is present throughout. Once gone the citrus hops and pepper linger on the palate.

This beer isn't a hop bomb, but is nicely balanced with a touch of spice. Very easy to drink. I could have a couple of these at one sitting.

Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, medium gold with light bubbles rising to the top to make a small white head. Fades into a small white cap and rich collar. Rings of spotty lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, orange, grain, and a touch of rye. Taste is the same as the aromas with citrusy hops breaking through to liven things up. Mouth feel is medium bodied, citrusy, juicy, chewy, balanced nicely, with a dry finish. I was hoping for more Rye, but this is a good all around Brew.

Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours semi-translucent amber with thin head to film. Slight carbonation and lacing.

S- rye and hop bitterness.

T- hops and sweet rye malt. Balanced quite well. Refreshing clean taste while not lacking flavor.

M- creamy and smooth but slightly overcarbonated. Medium stickiness and dryness.

D/O- easy to drink and a nicer light beer. Well brewed but not standing out enough.

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isnt too bad, the beer pours out as a nice looking brew. A good head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty hoppy, the taste is a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall I find the Rye Squared to be much better than this one. All in all this one was just a little light for me.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.