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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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1,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
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 mrandypandy
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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
Photo of dball
3.6/5  rDev -5%

I expected this beer to be a comparible to Founder's Rye Pale and it just does not compare. It is a fairly average beer. The hops are mild and the rye is very mild. It pours a soft golden color with a light head. It is light in body and easy to drink but light in flavor and hops as well. I'd tag it as a safe beer to serve when entertaining.

dball, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Best by 11/23/10.

A-Pours a light golden orange color with a two finger white head.

S-Pine and flower notes with some orange and grapefruit.

T-Slightly bitter pine and orange upfront with a bit of rye bread character on the finish with some more bitterness.

M-Light bodied with low, prickly carbonation and a pretty smooth, drying mouthfeel.

D-A pretty nice beer that's easy drinking but still interesting. The rye is pretty perceivable, but I think I'd like it to have just a little more hop flavor.

samie85, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle. Pours a very clear reddish copper color with a nice 1 finger head. Citrus hops in the nose along with smelling sweet. This is an intersing American Pale Ale. More malty in my opinion that hoppy. Well balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Not really sure what role the Rye plays or if I really can taste it all that much but I will say that I am enjoying this one. Decent bitter hop ending.

kbutler1, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

A: This beer pours a clear amber color with 1 finger ivory head. The head is mostly lasting leaving a good amount of lace on the glass.

S: A strong bready malts smell with subtle floral hop notes.

T: A smooth rye & malt flavor, as expected, with hints of nice citrus hops. Dry aftertaste with a little bitterness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: A very good and refreshing beer and would definately drink again.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Pours a slightly hazy, dark gold with a small but clingy head. Aromas are interesting: there's definitely a hop element on the nose but the dominant trait is remeniscent of a woodpile. Toffee notes are also there. On the palate I'm getting strong flavors of toasted English muffins and some toffee. Finishes quick and clean, with a light hint of lingering malts. That dash of malted rye makes a world of difference and makes this an exceptially satisfying pale ale.

droomyster, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%

I really love this brew. It pours to a nice dark golden color. It smells grain and hops. The hops being the main thing that rings out to me. Excellent tasting beer with a light bodied mouth feel which maks for superior drinkability. I would defintley advise trying the Rye Pale Ale.

kdawg105, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Poured out a clear, amber/copper color with a one-finger tan head. Nice retention and minimal lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of rye bread and citrus - mostly orange. There was a mild roasted malt aroma, too.

T - Good bitter bite of hops upon first sip. This is a pretty malty APA with a nice rye flavor. There is a good citrusy kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good rye pale ale. I've really enjoyed the Terrapin beers that I found on my trip to NC.

zeff80, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Thanks again awalk1227!

Pours golden, straw colored around the edges when held up to the light.

Smells of bready malts, faint hops. Floral, also getting some metallic notes.

Hops remain floral in taste.... Grainy malt, comes off as sour/bitter. Actually a bit tannic. Maybe this can be attributed to the rye malts, although I'm not sure. A subtle level of sweetness presents itself as the beer warms.

The mouth feel is pretty good. A bite of stern carbonation levels off into surprising smoothness, leaving only a strong bitterness.

zoolzoo, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of garuda
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

A - Hazy gold with a one finger thick white head that quickly fades to a thin ring at the top of the glass, but remains for the rest of the drink and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet bready malts with some spice, and citrus hops.

T - Starts out with some sweet bready malts, but turns into sourdough bread by the end of the glass. Citrus hops come in at the back, and have some bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium body, sharp, high carbonation. Perhaps a little overcarbonated makes it a little harsh across the palate.

D - An ok pale, I just didn't enjoy how the malts turned sour halfway through. Fairly sessionable.

garuda, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of fear025
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to Pittsky for this beer.

Aroma:I get some grape nuts in the aroma, hops are very faint.

Appearance:Golden with white fluffy head.

Taste:Lots of rye in the foretaste. The hops do come through more in the later taste though they are pretty mild throughout the beer. The malt gives the beer underlies the beer with a pleasant sweetness. The aftertaste is a little nutty.

Mouthfeel:Average body in this beer.

Drinkability:This is a very pleasant beer to drink, easily sessionable.

fear025, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +5.5%

snagged this in atlanta, ga! 12 ounce bottle pours hazy, cloudy golden straw. thin white head.

fruity and spicy nose. some malt in the background. no off odors.

good malty flavor. dry ryeness in there. spicy. dry aftertaste. yummy.

mid body beer. good carbonation. i really like this beer. had it on tap a couple of times when i was down there. would love some more of this.

ajmoody76, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Served from tap into a tumbler. Pours golden with a one finger white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of wheat, malt, and hops. The flavor was of malt, wheat, nutty, with a subtle hop followthrough. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it was not a bad brew, but it was not my favorite from Terrapin. It was very refreshing in flavor. It needs a more refined rye/wheat flavor to standout in my opinion. However this is a very nice brew regardless.

thagr81us, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Very appealing ruddish orange color with a beige head.

Hints of hop presence on the nose but not in a huge way. Tasty and refreshing with pleasant grassy tones and a plush but lilting texture.

A very solid and sessionable beer.

Paired with:
Salad of arugula and purslane with heirloom tomatoes and panela cheese

detlefchef, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Beer is a nice orange color, thin head though, but at least there's something.

It smells slightly sweet with a nice American hop aroma.

Bitter upfront with a distinct rye taste to it, kind of a funky taste but very refreshing and delicious. I'm biased from going to the University of Georgia and experiencing Terrapin in it's true form in downtown Athens, so this beer will get an excellent score from me.

Terrapin can do no wrong.

tchenery, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

At The Shepherd & The Knucklehead in Haledon, NJ. Into an American pint glass it poured a semi-hazy orange-amber, with two fingers of bright white head, fantastic retention, and great lacing too. The nose was overall very subtle; herbal, hay, grass, slight menthol, and even slighter apple. The taste began herbal and apple'ish, to a malty (and slightly caraway?) mid-palate, to a semi-dry finish. Nothing stood out in copious amounts; simply balanced. Nice medium body, accentuated by the lack of carbonation. Great for sessioning.

donniecuffs, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

A-Pours a slightly,hazy copper/orange with good carbonation and a fluffy,proud head that is egg-shell white.Nice,slick lacing.

S-The nose is very hop forward(oily pine and some kumquat) but also nicely balanced by that earthy spice from the rye and some supporting malt influence.

T-Crisp,clean hop flowers and that faint licorice-like spice from the rye.The rye isn't overdone and it works with the hop bitterness
and slightly sweet malt perfectly.

M-Fresh,crisp and nicely carbonated.This beer is light-bodied and drinkable.

D-Excellent session beer.I've finished off many a pitcher with friends.

StlHopHead77, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

A beer courtesy of awalk1227. Thanks Austin!

Appearance: A rough pour into my DFH glass, the beer is a cloudy, light copper color. There's a huge mound of thick, white, big-bubbled head sitting on top of the brew. Retention is decent, and the lacing is thick and soapy but not very sticky.

Smell: A nice blend of rye and hops with just a little malt tossed in for balance.

Taste: Getting some nice rye and the beer finishes pretty sweet. Not really picking up much of the hops that I got in the smell, but still a fairly solid beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the body is a tad thin.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, and a good choice for the hot summer night. Easy drinking, good flavor, and a sessionable ABV. Cheers!

krisandajt, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 1, 2010, part of the Terrapin "All The Hits"
variety pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pine and herbal hops along with some rye malt. The aroma is nice overall. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and peppery spice flavors noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit oily and dry with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future the next time I come across it.

bluejacket74, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

a - golden color. less carbonation than I would expect for a pale ale...you really have to agitate the pour to get a head.

s - hops, spicey rye, and caramel sweetness

t - dry light flavor. rye flavor is obvious, and somewhat appealing although I don't usually care for it. I think its the caramel sweetness that balances it out. Also some bitter hops comes through.

m - light body as expected. carbonation may not appear strong but it comes through in the feel.

overall - there is just something about rye that I don't care for. Although I can easily drink this and could have another, it leaves such a dryness on my tongue that I wouldnt want to have too many in a night. That being said, its one of the better rye beers I've had.

levifunk, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Rounding out my reviews for the terrapin variety pack...

Poured from the bottle into standard pint glass, nice deep golden color with light frothy, head that presents deep but dissipates and clings.

Smell is a bit of caramel roasted malt, a touch of spicy hoppiness.

Taste is big on the rye malt, a sweetness that presents very sour in combination with the spicy dried citrusy tasting hops, with hints of spice and pine.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, a touch of carbonation keeps flavors balanced in the mouth

quite drinkable, might pick up a full case of this some time.

mvanaskie13, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

There are not a whole lot of rye beers on the market, and Terrapin brews two with this pale ale being the smaller brother of Rye Squared.

The head survives a few sips and drops a patch blanket of lace on the glass, clear and bright with a dark golden color. The nose is very aromatic with toasted, pale caramel and spicy rye malt with a complex hop that throws herbal and pine notes into the mix. The smoothness is there with just enough crispness to carry the medium body along. Big on malt sweetness, with toasted bread, honey, caramel and grassy flavors. Hops are right there from the start to balance with a solid but modest hop bitterness. The hop flavor on the other hand brings complexity to the table with herbal, floral, soft citric and piney notes. Spiciness of the rye helps to balance as well. Semisweet finish with a pleasant lingering floral hop flavor.

More body than we expected which is not a bad thing at all; this beer has character to it and shows that it is not one of your run-of-the-mill boring pale ales.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

A: Poured a brilliant pumpkin orange with a soft beige colored head of short retention length. Visible carbonation was light with a lazy rising show of bubbles. Decent but not a lot to go on except the coloring.

S: A good deal of hoppiness presents itself upfront of dried pine and dried grapefruit. The rye is distinguishable and quite prominent as well offering dried bready crust notes and a spicy peppery/cola touch. Overall delivery was medium strong, perhaps a bit more per style, which is never a bad thing.

T: Spicy rye and a flowery citrus makes for a beautifully blended example together. Dried peppery-citrus notes with a rye graininess that was both crisp and dry and so well suited together, makes me question why this wasn't done sooner. The finish finds a dry flowery citrus taste along with a peppery fade balanced against some sweetly toasted grains. A perfect fusion of styles that delivers both a generous amount of hop portions and a well represented rye base contribution that certainly shouldn't be missed. One compliments the other.

M: A fairly good full bodied feel here, im guessing coming compliments of the rye which not only added spiciness but an eloquent crisp and dryness to the palate as well a smooth fluid viscosity. A peppery-citrus fade lines the tongue quite nicely.

D: A great blend and fusion of rye and hops delivers a very quaffable and sharply tuned pale that satisfies all you hop and (rye)malt needs rolled into one. Highly drinkable, six pack recommended and very interesting indeed.

beerthulhu, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Nov 2007.

Medium sized yellowish head. Moderate carbonation. Bright amber color, faint haze. Aroma is light, slightly caramel, yeast, whiff of green beans. Taste is on the sweet side, roasted carrots with a bit of a rye bite. Slightly dryer and a little bitter towards the finish. Like rye bread with honey butter. Juicy medium body.

Overall better than it sounds.

htomsirveaux, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a honey straw color with a small tight white head that settles into a light cap. On the light side for a APA. The aroma is of a floral and grassy hop to go along with a lemony, caramel malt, quite pale. The taste is of a dry bready pale malt, with notes of honey and lemon. The hops don't seem to stand out in the flavor; a bit grassy but that is about it. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation; finishes a tad dry and astringent. A solid APA, nothing fantastic. Actually it has a nice malt body but needs a touch more of a flavorful hop profile.

Gmann, Jun 27, 2010
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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