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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 lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

This beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized white head and a little bit of lacing. It had a rye bread aroma, and a rye bread, mildly hoppy taste. The beer was a bit on the mild side, not bad but not outstanding either. I have four more of these to drink, and I think I'll give some to my son-in-law.

lordofthewiens, May 01, 2009
Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Had many times in both bottle and draft

A - Nice looking beer. On the darker end of the Pale Ale range, crystal clear, and nice carbonation.

S - Has a very malty/bready aroma. Certainly not a bad smelling beer, just one that I would normally like out of an Amber rather than a Pale.

T - Malty/bready flavor with hop bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the bitterness does balance out the malty flavors.

M - Nice body for the style.

D - Very drinkable due to it's balance. For my money, I would rather have a hoppier Pale Ale but this is a fine APA.

PeterLemonjello, May 01, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%

Huh. Can't say my experience with this beer jived with that of other users, judging from the ratings. I love rye beer and I love hops, but this beer seemed to me to be kind of lifeless and cardboard (oxidized?) tasting.

I got a bottle of this at Mac's Speed Shop and BBQ in Charlotte. It poured a dark amber with a pretty minimal head of big white bubbles. Aroma was cardboard, some hops, and a wheat-like smell that I'd say is a characteristic of rye beers. Flavor was nothing special; a lot of maltiness, not much hop, some of that chalky-flavor/mouthfeel I'd describe as similar to other rye beers I've had. Mouthfeel was a touch thin.

OK, but nothing great. I had this beer at Mac's Speed Shop and BBQ in Charlotte, NC.

BeerBelcher, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Morey
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Picked up a sixer of this Georgia brewed ale on a recent trip to Palmetto, Florida.

Pours a light copper color with brilliant clarity. Head is somewhat small and disappears fairly quick.

The presence of the rye is noticable along with other grainy aromas in the smell. Very little hops in the nose.

Taste is kicked up a bit from the rye making this pale ale a little more interesting than some of the others that I've tried. Tangy carbonation.

Medium to thin mouthfeel with a carbonated bite.

I could easily see putting back a sixer of these on a warm spring/summer day.

Morey's Bottom Line: At first I was a bit let down by this beer, but after drinking a few and having the opportunity to pour it in a glass it's grown on me. Up there with some of the better pales I've tried.

Morey, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours an orange/gold color. Maybe a finger of head, quickly dissipates to a fine line of foam.

Very nice hoppy aroma. Big grapefruit and orange. The rye give a very light pepper-like scent in the background.

Good flavor. The rye never really jumps out until the finish, but it does provide a pretty nice bite. Very hoppy for an APA, but not hoppy enough to be an IPA. Nice bitter citrus flavor with some underlying pine.

Medium body. Really smooth. The low carbonation is appropriate here. Very easy drinker.

Gyle41386, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of wmthorne
4.7/5  rDev +24%

Big fan of this beer.

The smell is wonderful following the pour. Love the hops and malt balance

Great carbonation in the glass and in the mouth. Nice fizz

Compares well to a german rye in my humble opinion

Drinking this sitting in the sun on my boat. Could easily enjoy 5 more.

wmthorne, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, caramel malt, and a touch of rye. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and a finish of grainy rye. A tasty pale ale with a nice, subtle touch of rye.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to ericwo for the bottle.

Pours a golden orange color with almost no head.

Scent of rye, hops, orange peel, grass, and flowers. Good rye character and well balanced.

Taste of rye, caramel, wheat and some citrus. Again, the rye flavor is very nice and balances well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly strong bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to markwise for including this one as an extra.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. I like the artwork on their bottles.

Very clear, light copper peach color with 1/2 finger white foamy head. Impressive tint to the beer. On the border of both light and dark.

An interesting bubble flow coming from the bottom and in an invisible tube coming up the center of the glass. I'm easily amused.

Aroma has distinct rye malt and hops characteristic. Very well done light aroma. Interesting approach to hopping with noble and some American - Cascade and Amarillo. Can't really pick out a style from the aroma. Nice balance.

Rich flavor and a full mouthfeel for a pale ale.

The malt balances the hop profile. My preference is a pale ale with a lighter malt backbone to showcase the hops.

Yetiman420, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a nice deep golden with a nice fluffy white head. Carbonation seems alright and this looks like a nice clean beer.

Smell is some hints of citrus and honey along with a bit of grassiness and caramel.

Taste is sweet up front followed by a nice spicy rye bite and a dry finish. There is a bit of citrus/lemon to this one as well. This is a great beer for a hot day in my opinion. I'd much rather get a sixer of this than some lager on a summer day on the back deck.

Great beer, easy drinking and overall a totally solid beer for warm weather or any weather really...

indiapaleale, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Obtained thru trade from Gibby in PA. Thanks Bro.

Appearance- Pours a one finger white head with excellent lacing, beer is a clear orange copper.

Smell- Hops and biscuit malts. Much hoppier aroma than the flavor.

Taste- Earthy rye malts, substantial, bitter hops and a slightly sour aftertaste. All nicely complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel- Moderate body and carbonation and a

Drinkability- I could drink quite a few of these. Love rye beers and this one is very nice.

olmatty, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Appears an orange color with very lively carbonation floating up to form a one and a half inch slightly off-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very mild overall. Some vague citrus and piney hops and a bit of spicyness.

Taste has some malt sweetness up front that is joined by some citrusy hop flavors in the middle. A bit of an earthy spicy tone in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, it has a nice creamy texture due to a very nice level of carbonation. Quite drinkable as well.

A very solid APA. Wouldn't be my first choice but the rye makes for a slightly different option.

roadhouse, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Grows to a two finger head of frothy cream white bubbles, big and actively popping all about. Leaves a decent amount of lacing behind as well. Very light pumpkin orange in color, almost dilute, especially around the yellow rims, transparent throughout. Pink grapefruit and orange citrus break into the nose first, hoppy with pine and floral resin notes too, the rye is present yet in a sharp manner, no breadiness really, light apricot fruit presence, few distinct malt scents, if any. Medium-bodied, fairly foamy for its weight, fills the mouth up that way. The pink grapefruit and tangerine equally omnipresent here, tends to overshadow the more delicate floral aspect. Bags of dried lawn grass present, bitter tea leaf and tar. The rye like bread crusts, no doughy softness. It's not particularly hard to drink but not very balanced nor as complete as you suspect it may have been.

farrago, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Light golden pour with a crown of white foam, nice carbonation and lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and corn?

Tastes pretty much like that but seems very watery.

Mouthfeel is medium as is carbonation level.

Can't say it isn't easy to drink and would be a hell of a session beer, maybe even a good intro to craft beers, but I don't see myself revisiting this one.

sonicdescent, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of bimish
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Pours with a thin, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing. Hazy, light brown color.

S - Crisp, malty aroma. Rye malt apparent. Hop aroma faint.

T - Light, malty flavor. Rye flavors are a nice offset to the sweeter malts. Hop flavors are piney and resiny, not overpowering. Well balanced beer IMO.

M - Medium body, very smooth. Fairly high carbonation.

D - I really like this beer's drinkability. The rye flavors balance out the sweeter malts and the hop flavor compliments them well.

bimish, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Golden blonde, topped with about a finger worth of white and creamy head. It begins to leave some nice sheets of lace behind as it is consumed

S: Toasted malts and a soft hint of rye grains. Hops are a little more on the spicy side to go with the other scents.

T + M: Soft and subtle flavours... some spiciness in both the rye and the hops. Modest malt backbone keeps things in check. The rye flavour really comes out post-finish and a fair while later, at that. A little oiliness in the body leaves behind a light residue.

D: A pretty straight forward beer, and certainly drinkable. The flavour characteristics give it a little extra personality and it would sit well in my fridge along with the likes of Sierra Nevada as being an 'every day beer'

Proteus93, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks UGADawgGuy for the opportunity.

Pours a clear light amber. A faint white less than finger head forms and falls to a thin ring rather quickly. Lots of little bubbles continue to rise from the bottom. No lace.
Aroma is sweet malt, honey, with a tart tone (rye?) and light citrus presence. A faint earthiness as well.
In taste the malt is moved to the background while an earthy spicy tartness comes forward. Which moves to a light citric bitter finish that is a bit drying. A hint of harsh bitterness comes up in the finish.
Light body with lots of frothy carbonation. Very refreshing with the lightly dry finish.

A decently quaffable brew.

goatgoat, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Pamola
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Got this brew as an extra from ChuggyMcBeer. Thanks, josh. Haven't tried this one yet. This is also beer 1100 for me. Pretty sweet. Here goes...

A: Poured a bright and light golden amber, very clear with a minimal head that dissipates into a patchy film quickly.

S: You have to hunt for aroma. No powerful hop or rye aromas. Deep down there is a hop crispness subdued by the grainy, sharp rye malt aroma. Although it is mellow, there are no off aromas at all. I would expect something with a bit more presence though.

T: Mmm. There you go, terrapin. This is solid and rather complex for a pale. Very hoppy and crisp upfront with a strange sweetness like sour watermelon that stays on the tongue and lips while the main flavor grinds into that tapering rye malt and hop bitterness in the back. Not incredibly smooth but damn tasty.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary, really. Pretty darn balanced but maybe a little too effervescent.

D: Most definitely. If I lived in georgia, this would be a regular 6pack purchase for me and is the best session offering from terrapin I've tried.

Pamola, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a brilliantly clear orange color with a 1" light yellow/tan head that quickly dropped to zero, leaving a thin broken skim and not a bit of lace.

S= Both the malts and the hops come forth equally on the nose of this one. The rye is easily detectable and adds a lot of character to the aroma.

T= Sweet at first, then the hops bitter things up and dry the ale considerably. Very balanced throughout. The rye flavor runs beginning to end and sort of ties it all together.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice crispness on the tongue.

D= I really liked this beer. It was not really complex, but it was extremely well balanced and the spicy rye notes added just the right amount of flare. Recommended!

spointon, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz bottle, another on from Total Wine and More, Raleigh. Label as above with a hillbilly turtle playing a banjo, complete with a stalk of rye in the corner of his mouth. Best before 5/17/09. "The Terrapin Rye PAle Ale was chosen as the American Pale Ale Gold Medal winner at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious beer competition in North America."
Brewed to the exact specifications of Terrapin Beer Company's Brewmaster by Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick MD.
Clear, pale amber with a thin orange tinged white head. Foam quickly forms a thin ring around the glass, lots of tiny bubbles continue to rise to the surface.
Some spicy aromas, earthyness from the rye, and some floral hops. Good flavor, can easily taste the rye come through with the first sip. Good bitter, and slightly spicy finish with out overpowering. Thicker than expected mouthfeel, but not overly cloying, creamy smooth. A nice full flavored beer, very good example of a rye pale ale.

BigBry, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of nem2006
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice head, wonderfully supported by the extra hops.

Smelled pretty normal as far as pale ales go. The rye really shines through in the taste.

The beer starts with an ever so slight sweetness which quickly gives way to the slightly bitter rye middle. Even though the overall taste of the rye is bitter, it is distinct from hops because you can still taste a graininess to it. The finish is hoppy, but not overpowering and smooth. This is a light to medium bodied beer.

I was really impressed with the new level the rye gave the beer.

nem2006, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of drseamus
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

A: I gotta give credit where credit is due. This is truly a picturesque beer. Amazingly clear amber body filled with tons of quickly rising bubbles that form a thick rocky head on the top of the beer. I give this a 6 on appearance.

S: Spicy notes, possibly from both hops and rye.

T: Good bitterness and rye right up front. The rye dies a bit but the bitterness lasts.

M: Fairly thick but strangely creamy. The creaminess seems to defy the spice and hops.

D: I'm not sure how many of these I could drink before my tongue waves the white flag, but I'd be willing to find out.

drseamus, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Winter Park, FL. A 16oz pour produces a beautiful orangish amber color with a large off-white head that has very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is malt with just a hint of rye and a good dose of citrusy hops. The taste is very balanced between the caramel malt and hops. This is definitely one of my "go to" beers that I like to keep stocked in the fridge. Overall, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a delicious beer that is very drinkable. Highly Recommended!

cjgator3, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Aenema
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a medium head and very good lacing.
Smell - Aromas of rye and malt dominate the nose.
Taste - Rye with a smooth, malty backbone and a slight hoppy finsh.
Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel that was a little lighter than expected.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable and very sessionable.

Aenema, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Had a 20oz pour tonight at liberty taproom in myrtle beach.

Excellent clarity, perfect coloring for an american pale, just beyond a golden hue, leaning just a bit toward amber.

Nice citrus hops, a bit of rye to balance it out as far as the nose is concerned.

Perfect amount of rye in this beer, it really adds a great element, rounding out the entire pint and helping join the malt and hops. Good flavor.

The mouth was a bit thin but good, as per the style guidelines, well balanced.

Excellent session brew, I love how well balanced this beer is, I could easily put back quite a few.

I recommend this beer, especially for those ba's who like a little rye, thank you terrapin, thank you again.

grayburn, Feb 21, 2009
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.