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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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1,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 753
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)
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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just how rye whiskey adds spiciness, fruitiness and body to a Bourbon, the rye in this brew really rounds out the typical lean Pale Ale style and makes for a juicy, malty and very tasty brew. It pours a brilliant orange-amber with a white head which left rather quickly and has a rich aroma of peach pie, orange and pink grapefruit. Subdued hops on the nose. The palate is bright with flavors of canteloupe and the creamy, fruity rye character adding a nice bump of body and complexity. The presentation is overall round, while the finish is short with hints of apricots and honey.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Jacksonville, FL. The beer was served in a pint glass, and serves a hazy orange-copper color with a thin, dense white foamy head. There is a slight hint of grain and hops on the nose, but very subtle. The flavor is grainy, but with a heavy dose of hops. Very well balanced flavors, tasting almost like a hopped amber. Smooth and light in mouth, with a crispness from the carbonation. The finish is quick, with a little hop residue in mouth, and a sweet and hoppy afteratste. Tasty!

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance; slightly hazy, light copper. Off white head with nice lacing and pretty good retention; never less than a thick film.

smell; upfront one smells citrus and piney hops. Some grainy barley malts and spicy rye sweetness. Nice blend of ingredients, all represented, neither overpowering the other.

taste; mostly bitter, resiny hops. Some nice malty flavors that are mostly destroyed by the hops. After the bitter finish a bit of rye comes through...ehhh.

mouthfeel; very crisp with a dry finish. Slightly thick with piercing carbonation.

drinkability; the hops are just too dry and dehydrating, not refreshing at all. If one likes lots of hops, this beer will be well appreciated, otherwise avoid.

Photo of nataku00
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to whartontallboy for the first of many beers from the southeast in our trade.

Beer is a dark and clear orange with an initial finger of foamy head with a few bubbles after an aggressive pour. Head receded to a collar pretty quickly, though there are some medium sized bubbles floating around the edge and on the surface. Nice lacing that sticks steadily to the glass after the head dissipated and also after swirling. Some small bubble carbonation slowly float up to the surface as well.

Nose is rye dominated, spicy and bready. A hint of floral hops as well, but the rye is the main attraction here.

Taking a sip, bready malts and spice upfront, then a bit of floral hops bitterness on the dry finish. Finish is also metallic, unfortunately. More metallic as I drink this as it warms in the glass.

Light bodied but with a fairly aggressive carbonation that pricks at the tongue. This might be fairly drinkable pale ale if not for the metallic aftertaste and carbonation.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams.

A - Pours a clear, straw-colored blond that is well carbonated with a bubbly head to quickly vanishes.

S - Definite hop presence combined with piney notes.

T - The hops quickly hit the back part of the palate and linger momentarily leaving you with a piney floral taste. The taste was very "dry" and quickly dissipates leaving a yearning for another mouth full.

M - Well-balanced and much fuller than anticipated.

D - This is a great session beer. A wonderful brew to enjoy in the great city of Atlanta on a warm summer day.

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

On tap in a shaker pint. Very slight haze to the golden orange body. Initial head size is small, but retention is pretty good and several rings of lacing are left behind.

Rye is something of an afterthought in the citrusy and toasty nose, but it's a surprisingly assertive yet complementary flavor. Crisp and toasty with a refreshing and juicy jolt of citrus. The rye gains steam as it warms, but never approaches dominance. A nice take on the APA, crisp and refreshing, but with a challenging element Easy recommendation.

Photo of nosurrender23
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Our club gave this beer an A.

"Delightful Pale Ale - Somethings don't need to be explained."

The beer pours with an apple juice like appearance (similar to dehydrated urine) with little head and heavy carbonation.

However, the smell is "citrusy" pale ale that has a slightly stronger hoppy smell almost like an IPA smell.

In the mouth, the beer is very light and smooth and would be a good tailgating beer.

The taste is like a smoother, lighter Stone Pale ale, very nice, lots of after taste (think of a "citrusy" pale ale that contains hops from fields tended by goateed turtles) and would go well with fruity pebbles cereal.

Drinking wise, the pale ale is smooth and easy to drink. Hoppy or not hoppy is the question!

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.

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....

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.