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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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1,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
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 spartanfan
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from a 12 oz; case marked best by May 2010.

A: Pours a bright, clear copper color with a nice white head, that leaves decent lacing behind as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Aromas are at first of sweet malts as well as a good amount of rye. Some earthy grassy hops in the nose as well, but they are a bit subdued.

T: Initial taste is of caramel, sweet malts and rye. Hops stay in the background for the most part, but the bitterness lingers after the swallow. A slight metallic taste hangs around as well.

M: Good level of carbonation, medium light body.

D: This is a mild beer with a good flavor, and decent aroma. I could drink a lot of these, but I'm not sure I' really want to.

spartanfan, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/7/10.

A - Clear golden/amber body with subtle carbonation and half an inch of off-white head that reduced to a patchy sliver of residue but deposited lots of thick lace around the glass. Head flared up nicely with each swirl of the glass.

S - Slight citrus hop character with toasted grains and a subtle spicy rye malt presence. Pretty simple, understated aroma.

T - Initial flavor suggests citrusy hops paired with a dry, spicy malt character. A hint of pine emerges in the backend, followed by a heap of toasted grains in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat oily texture and a hint of bristle on the palate. Finishes with a dry, mild hoppy bite.

D - This is definitely a poundable and tasty pale ale. Gotta love those rye beers. This is one of the better ones on the market, in my opinion.

ffejherb, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a slightly hazy dark orange or tangerine color with 1/2" off white head that eventually recedes to a ring and a patch of foam. At first sipping leaves a patches of lacing clinging to the side of the glass. During later sipping there is some lacing but widespread.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean and dominated by spicy rye and citrus components. There may be some malt sweetness in the background but it is hard to pick up. The citrus seems to be more orange zest than anything else.

Taste: The flavor has a wonderful component of spicy rye character, with a nice malt backbone detectable. Mingled in with the rye, the citric components are pretty much like orange zest and tangerine. There also seem to be traces of pine in here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, crips persistent carbonation. The finish is long, lightly bitter, and dry. First the rye spiciness disappears and then the dry bitterness from the hops seems to go and and on, inviting the next sip.

Drinkability: This is a really enjoyable beer if you like what rye and hops do for a pale ale. I could easily have another. Will buy more in the future and expect it to have a regular place in my rotating purchases.

drtth, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of zoso493
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a pretty cool-looking 12 oz. bottle with a turtle playing a banjo on it into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a really nice-looking golden honey color with a very frothy looking one-finger head. Lots of bubble floating around in this one, as well, indicating the higher carbonation. The head disappears quickly and leaves only a smidgen of lacing on the glass.

Smell: This has a very good smell to it. The hops interplay nicely with the sweet malts in the smell. Very nice smell of floral hops is countered by a tantalizing presence of sweet malts.

Taste: What a letdown from the smell. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting something better from the nose. All in all, it's a pretty weak tasting brew. There are some very faint notes of rye, hops and malt but none are pronounced in any sense of the word.

Mouthfeel: This beer is painfully thin, which is a probably partly a result of the extraordinary amount of carbonation. Not really too bad, as it lends to the drinkability, but this is one of the thinner craft brews I've ever had.

Drinkability: The thin mouthfeel and higher carbonation allow this one to go down real fast but I wouldn't drink a lot of these if I had something with more taste on hand.

Overall, this brew really did not live up to my expectations. This is the first offering of Terrapin's that I've had and was really let down by the complete absence of flavor in the taste. I look forward to trying some more things from this brewery, but this is just a little too weak for me, although it is pretty easy-drinking.

zoso493, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of kbm
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog.

Appearance: Pours a good lucking translucent to clear amber with a moderate head and quick dissipation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Weak rye and subtle hops. I really gotta get my nose in the glass to pick up anything.

Taste: I know it's silly but all I am getting weak malt, hops and rye. Not quite the volume of rye flavors I would expect.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and thin.

Drinkability: It's a gulper.

One a warm day, this may be a great backyard bbq beer. Otherwise, it's just a thin mindless beer.

kbm, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a golden color with a fair head that was gone pretty fast. However the lacing was great. Shame that don't help the taste. The beer was a bit cloudy also. The beer was over hoppy as is a lot of brews being made these days. I'll be glad when this trend ends.
Not buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

I really wanted more out of this beer. I have generally liked Terrapin beers, but this one just struck me as too mild and lacking in ambition. Rye gives you so much to work with as a brewer and I don't get the sense that Terrapin took advantage of the opportunity to challenge the drinker, or even use the spice of the rye to enliven an conventional Pale Ale formula.

Pours clear golden with slight head and nice lacing. The aroma is thin and slightly spicy. Flavor is bready and slight, but with a spice bite, a little lemony hops. Bitterness develops slowly and encircles the base of the tongue. Mouthfeel is rather thin.

Seanibus, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

I got this one as a single from WFM. Stamped with a best by date 11/30/09. Bitchin' bottle like something off a Grateful Dead t-shirt.

A: Got more than a finger of large-bubbled head. More carbonationy head, less foamy. Color is slightly cloudy amber-gold. Head retention is not the greatest but not bad either.

S: Not as fragrant as some other pale ale that I've stuck my nose into. With a few swirls I'm unlocking some earth, some hops, a tiny bit of grapefruit and some other unknown fruit.

T: Taste is tangy initially, with some sharpness to it which to me is not a bad thing. It doesn't stick around long. Definitely taste some grapefruit with a tiny hint of rye bread and a little sugar. I'd say this one has some characteristics of a Hefeweizen. Nice, smooth finish with no bitter aftertaste. Wish I could taste more rye.

Drinkability: I could definitely take down a sixer of this without getting sick of it, no problem.

Value: I've seen this for about $8.99 a six pack. It is even available at some nicer Publix around me. Should be a buck cheaper, but this is a good choice for a summer bbq or a lazy day around the house listening to (what else) Terrapin Station and Shakedown Street.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Informal Review:

Just a solid rye pale, nothing special, nothing bad though. Very good, sessionable, satisfies with the rye. I'd buy it again, but I wouldn't seek it out unless I was really itchy for rye and there was no Hop Rod Rye. Kudos on the label. There's better offerings from Terrapin.

tattooedtolley, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

First, I have to complement Terrapin on the bottle label.

Attractive brown orange color with a frothy, long-lived white head. Good start.

Sweet hop hop aromas are very apparent following the pour, along with little earthy aroma. Most of the aroma fades pretty quickly.

The rye adds a nice touch of spiciness, but the overall malt body comes in too thin for me. The finish is fairly dry with a dash of bitterness but there was nowhere near as much hop flavor as the smell lead me to expect.

A little under carbonated but plenty of body for the style.

Overall it was a good beer with some unique qualities, plenty drinkable, but also a bit bland for what I expect from an APA.

GeezLynn, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a pint glass on 11/13/09
Best by 7/8/09

Thanks to Freethyhops for the bottle

A - Pale orange with some cloudiness. ¼ inch head thins quickly, leaving light retention. There are sparse but decent streaks of lace, thinning over time.

S - Malty nose full of the obligatory rye. Notes of caramel & toasted malts. Some citrus hops are present by way of orange.

T - The flavor is similar to the nose, though inverted. Hoppy bitterness is offered upfront with a shot of floral hops. Following is a citrus spiciness - grapefruit, orange zest & a touch of lemon. Toasted rye makes a smooth & solid backdrop without obstructing the hops.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Has a juicy quality, overall. There is some lingering bitterness on the finish.

D - I was actually hoping for a more pronounced rye presence. In any case, it's a solid-drinking beer that might benefit from a tweak or two.

Ryan011235, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Aroma: It has nice floral aroma.

Appearance: This beer has moderate that goes away quick but leaves a nice lace. There is a bit of cloudy film left on the glass. The body is bronze in color.

Tastes: It is a somewhat bitter at first. It is fruity and floral like taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lot of carbonation in the body.

Drinkability: Great Beer!

MTNboy, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Received as an extra from drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Lightly chilled bottle into a mason jar.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange-gold body. The head is a short-lived off-white foam cap; it retreats into a very thin collar and leaves no lacing down the sides. There are a few clumps of bubbles on top of the brew, aided by soda-like effervescence that shoots up the center.

S: Zesty grapefruit, earth, and grainy rye. Possibly some biscuit.

T: A light grapefruit rind taste at first, less than expected from the nose. The hop bill is more solidly represented by pine and a substantial earthy blast. Ah, there's the citrus -- it's in the finish, with a light carryover into the aftertaste and exhalation. I pick up what I *think* is the rye, but that's only because I know I'm supposed to be looking for it. Perhaps it's that slight spicy bite near the finish. It certainly doesn't stand out much. The beer isn't a hop-bomb, but it's hop-defined throughout. The rye needs to step it up. There's a general malt sweetness, but nothing I pick up flavor-wise.

M: Medium-bodied, with low, smooth carbonation that gives it quite the pleasant mouthfeel. While the finish has some hop flavor, I'd plant it firmly on the malty side, with an overall lingering sweetness. Great for the style.

D: Damn, this is a really good pale ale. I like the range of flavors. It's an interesting idea to use rye, but like I said, they need to figure out a way to make it stand out better. Otherwise, a fantastic beer that I'd love to have again.

Arbitrator, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale shows a nice dark straw color in the glass with some nice lighter grain-colored highlights. Slightly murky with a lively amount of carbonation running around on the inside of the glass. Throws up an inch of frothy head pockmarked with bubbles that leaves a nice sticky lace down the glass.

Spicy, citrusy hops dominate the nose of the beer, along with some malt towards the end of the aroma. Contrary to what the bottle says, I can't really sense too much rye in the nose, but it's probably because the hops dominate more than anything.

In the mouth, the hop and rye flavors blend nicely together to provide a uniquely spicy and citrusy yet somewhat grainy hop experience that is neither bitter nor overpowering, just damn flavorful. Some malts are also floating around to balance the flavor out.

Rye Pale has a good mouthfeel that boasts a pretty decent amount of carbonation over a smooth, medium-light body.

Overall, Terrapin has crafted a flavorful beer that contains enough hop flavor to satisfy all comers. Not bitter or offending to the palate, this is just a very enjoyable beer that I could easily put away several of in one night. My first Terrapin beer, and its good.

feelmefoam, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Thanks to Tilley4 for this extra from the turtle brewery....

Anyone who knows me knows this is not my normal style of beer. Have I had APA's? Of course. Sometimes I'll even order one when in the mood. But, normally, no.

What I can say about this brew is that it's not overly hoppy (which is great for someone like me) but very very sessionable. A nice beer that I could see myself buying when I need a sixer of something to drink on a warm day. Not bad at all.


ScreamForMe, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Poured a pale golden color with a bit of fizz to it...a thin white head formed and fell rather quickly...not much lacing

S - Typical for an APA but not much rye character...a blast of citrus hops and a little amount of bready malts

T - Again it starts out as your typical APA...up front you are met with a pale and bready malt characteristic...some sweetness is thrown in by the caramel malts...the hops aren't very bitter but they are present...they have a nice citrus bite...they rye is not a big factor when the beer is cold...once the beer warms the spicy rye stands out and you are left with a sweet and spicy finish

M - Medium bodied...a tad thin sometimes and the spiciness of the rye doesn't kick in right away

D - This beer was nice for an APA but it really didn't stand out as a rye pale ale...I scored it on that even though the rye was at points absent...overall a good beer to drink when you are parched

thain709, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Quick review:
12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB date 12/19/09.

Appearance is orange and clear with thin tan head and spotting. Nose has aromas similar to mesquite and charred sweet orange. Palate is medium bodied with some sharp bitter orange notes and a light roast malt presence. Not overly bitter. Would be a great beer with barbeque or sitting around a bonfire. Recommend as a nice 6 pack brew.

SFLpunk, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kegerator to a Duvel glass.
Burnt orange with a lovely looking white frothy head. Cloud-like with milky way bubbling. Hazy orange liquid + white head = nice looking pale ale.
Aroma of pink grapefruit and sour dough pretzels.
Pleasant citric hop nose with an immediate taste of rye malt. Or it could be the other way around- rye then citrus. The 2 work beautifully together, creating a fluffy floral hop taste with enough malt to make this very balanced.
Touch of bitter in the mouthfeel leaving the palate a little dry. Finishes clean and very drinkable. Faint grapefruit left on the palate.

RustyDiamond, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of towersfall
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head that holds little retention yet leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Not much hops but a nice blend of rye and a tad bit of citrus fills the nostrils.

Taste: Rye and citrus are obviously present and leave a very bright and crisp taste in the mouth. The beer feels very well-balanced and has somewhat of an earthy touch.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a solid structure. Leaves a nice taste in the mouth that makes me think of sharing a good times with friends on a porch in the summertime.

Drinkability: Could down a sixer of this no problem and I'd actually probably be begging you for more.

To put it simply, this beer rules.

towersfall, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of cichief
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a deep gold with a thin off-white head, without any haze.

S- Somewhat bready, the rye comes through faintly.

T- Nice and hoppy, a bit piney, subtle rye sourness.

M- A bit thinnish on the tongue, but well carbonated, very bubbly but not gassy.

D- This would make a decent beer for a hot summer day after working in the lawn.

cichief, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of BrewitYerself
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

Served at 35 deg F., allowed to warm slowly through the sampling process, poured into pint glass.

No head to speak of; pours a bright gold with a slight amber hue - very slight haze.

Mild aroma of toasted malt - there is a floral-fruity component that may be jointly attributable to hops and esters.

There is a nice effervescent bitterness on the tip of the tongue followed by slightly sweet, bready, slightly stale/sour malt flavors. Mild floral hop flavor. Rye flavor is mostly lacking, seems to be overpowered by crystal, munich, or something.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin; there's a bit of chewiness, but not much. Finishes with a minerally bitterness that fades into sweet malt with a slight rye spice and a hint of astringent bitterness.

I enjoy this beer; the malt seemed to me to be very slightly stale, nothing to bitch about. By the end of the glass, the rye was becoming more noticeable and I wanted another.

BrewitYerself, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Picked this up on my way home from being on the road all summer. Never had a beer from Georgia before and this looked pretty good. Sure enough, I liked it but as many on here have said, this certainly falls more towards the line of an APA and maybe even a dry-hopped beer rather than one that is known for it's rye.

Good pour to this - a moderate amount of head, no lacing, and a gorgeous glowing amber hue with a decent amount of carbonation to make it sparkle. The hops are here and so is the rye but you won't taste the latter. Instead, it adds a good amount of thickness to this beer. As for the taste, it leans toward the dry-hopped end, with citrus, metallic, and floral notes here. This has the aspiration of being a West Coast beer but alas, it's from the southeast and in a class of it's own. This is almost perfectly balanced but the aftertaste will linger too long, since that's when the bitterness comes out a bit more.

This is easygoing enough and light on the ABV% to be a session beer, but this isn't the best brew out there available for that kind of drinking. Instead, this is good for a summer day where something with a bit more punch is called for - to go with some spicy Tex-Mex perhaps? Quite enjoyable and worth the find, but I would probably take the "Rye" out of the title if this was a beer that I was brewing and marketing.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is light amber in color and has a big soapy white head, large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate with largish bubbles. Beer is completely clear. No haze at all.

Aroma is spicy with a lot of rye character. There are some hops hiding in there as well. A very inviting and classic rye ale aroma. I like it.

Beer has a nice body, some bitterness on the backend of the mouth, a mild aftertaste of more bitterness. A little sweetness on the front end. The flavor is a little sharp and biting. Drinkability is still high and mouthfeel is great. A very interesting

drabmuh, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of kels
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Bottle pour into a pint glass. The beer pours shade of warm apricot brown. It is pretty much clear with the little visible bubbles of carbonation feeding the short but well-retained white frothy head. Loads and loads of white sticky lacing webs are left all along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Not much to speak of. There's the slightest hint of biscuity malt, and it smells slightly dusty - if that makes sense at all. Just a touch of the rye comes out and not much hops to mention.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is an incredibly refreshing beer. The flavor is very bright and well-balanced. There's a great citrusy hop presence right from the first mouthful, and the finish is somewhat more grassy. The grains are very toasty and there's a slight sweetness that comes through from the malts, though not sticky or caramelly. The rye adds a crisp yet earthy dimension. It is very tasty overall. The feel complements the beer immensely. It is very strongly carbonated and the fizziness fills the mouth and spreads the flavors nicely.

Drinkability. All day. I really enjoy this beer and wish I'd have discovered it this summer. Perfect for a hot day.

kels, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Allegedly a Rye Pale Ale, but pretty much indistinguishable from a standard APA, IMO.

Pours a golden amber color wth a finger thick white head. Fades quickly and leaves light lacing. Nose is of hops and citrus. Taste is similar, with distince, although fairly modest, bitterness. The Rye is almost no where to be found in either the nose or taste - at least according to my novice palate. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and fairly smooth. Quite drinkable.

Mavajo, Oct 13, 2009
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