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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,473 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 47
Gots: 84 | 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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branimal9

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - a clear golden color without a great deal of head.

aroma - a little spice from the rye. malt. maybe the faintest whisper of hops.

taste - crisp, with a nice malt flavor and a bit of hops to balance things. dry on the finish.

mouthfeel - light bodied. not much else to say.

drinkability - very high. goes down extremely easy.

a good go-to beer whenever you see it on tap. a couple of these will make you feel real good.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 23:14:15 | More by branimal9
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Yesac

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear golden pale with a slight orange tint. Bubbly white head disappears into a thin layer.

S- Faint rye and malt, and slight hop.

T- Delicious malt/rye balance with slight hop bitterness. Slight spice as well.. I'm guessing from the rye. Drinks very well, very flavorful.

M- Awesome mouthfeel, medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth overall and great aftertaste left on the palate.

D- Nice body, mouthfeel, taste and balance. This beer has it all.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 04:00:25 | More by Yesac
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very faint smell of malt, rye, and a trace of hops.

T: Tasted of spicy rye, sweet malt, and a bit of hops. Pleasant, but not the most dynamic of flavors.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is the sort of beer that won't necessarily blow you away, but is definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 12:42:03 | More by avalon07
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with a nice sticky white head.

S- Very sweet smell. There is an almost candy like orange, lemon-lime and other citrus sweetness. There is a hint of snappy rye behind it.

T- More sweet citrus but there is a lot more of a rye snap. It really pairs with a grapefruit rind flavor to create a nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 17:22:30 | More by MbpBugeye
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aerozeppl

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A:Fairly clear copper color. Poured with a little less than a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Looks just like a pale ale should.

S: Lots of sweetness up front. I read they used a little bit of honey malt in this and it really does lend some nice complexity. The hops are quite subdued. The rye does come through in the nose with a little bit of spice. Just smells great. Super complex for a pale ale.

T: Again really complex for a pale ale. The way the crisp malt goes into the rye spiciness and just finishes with a touch of bitterness without really lingering.

M: Nice and dry. The mouthfeel makes me want to drink more of this.

D: This is one of those beers where you are drinking it then look down and see your pint is gone. This would be a daily drinker for me. I got this in NJ so at least they are making their way up north.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:56:47 | More by aerozeppl
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ghostee

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber color with minimal head and some minor lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops. Some orange in the smell.

Taste is surprisingly refreshing. The citrusy hops from the smell are here, but not overpowering. Also get some grassy hops. They are balanced well with caramelly malt and the rye spice. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Doesn't bite the tongue much at all.

Drinkability is high. Goes down super easy.

This was a surprise. I was not expecting this to be as tasty as it is. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:41:36 | More by ghostee
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hot spring day, and a nice rye pale ale. Lets see how it works, got this thanks to kkipple.

A: THe fluffy head rises up just to the top of my tulip glass, nice big 3 finger fluffy head. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color.

N: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a slight spicy and mild grassy hop aroma, touch of citrus and pear.

T: Pretty dry and crisp. Some malts in there, toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. SOme spicy and fruity rye flavors, a slight juicy hop flavor too. Some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop. A touch of fruit.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter with a little more bitterness coming out. Very dry as well. Some earthy hop tones with some spicy rye lingering. A touch of fruit and spicy, citrus hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 20:31:00 | More by jlindros
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urwithdave

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this one from my ccb snifter.

A- pours a golden orange in color. Pours a 1" white frothy head. It quickly recedes to a thin ring. Leaves little lacing.

A- nothing really jumps out here. There are floral notes, mild hops,some sweeter malts, and a bit of spice.

T- light citrus starts the show with some subtle earthy hops. There is a slight spice from the rye. There is also a sweetness present.

M- light to medium in body. Leaves a little to be desired on the finish.

D- not bad. It drinks pretty well. Not the best pale ale but certainly not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 21:20:56 | More by urwithdave
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mcann2pu

Delaware

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best if enjoyed by month 8 week 1.

Appearance: Pours into my DFH signature glass an orange/ amber color with a white head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin layer.

Smell: nice earthy grain aroma,

Taste: nice, the rye gives this pale a nice rye spice kick,

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: Without the rye this one would be another forgettable pale ale, but the rye taste makes it an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 22:54:19 | More by mcann2pu
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Samichlaus

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in trade from StormKing47, thanks Josh!
12oz bottle poured into Allagash flute. From notes.

A: Pours a translucent honey-orange with a nice bubbly white head.

S: Spicy rye, and biscuit malts. Nice sweetness and a piney hop character.

T: Nice rye spicyness. Pine and grass notes. Bready malt character. Finishes dry.

M: Nice, high, champagne like carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and dry.

D: Very drinkable. I usually don't even try APA's cuz they seem boring to me but I was intrigued by the rye. This blew me away. Even though this isn't the craziest beer I've had it really upped the ante for APA's. Never thought I would be giving a pale ale an A!?!?!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 15:28:50 | More by Samichlaus
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

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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jonziefle

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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jwc215

Wisconsin

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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tone77

Pennsylvania

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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womencantsail

California

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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mempath

Pennsylvania

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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nickd717

California

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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PeprSprYoFace

California

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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BigIrishman

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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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

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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ZimZamZoom

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.

Nice.

Serving type: bottle

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

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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nsmartell

Wisconsin

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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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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bamadog

Kentucky

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
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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