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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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1,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 47
Gots: 82 | 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 changeup45


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good Pale Ale but nothing spectacular. Copper color with a head that settles down quickly. Aroma is rather clean with some grapefruit hops, citrus fruits and maybe a touch of malt. The beer is easy drinking and refreshing. There's some grapefruit hops in there with some flowery, citrus notes and it finishes slightly bitter. Some hops in the aftertaste. Pretty solid but nothing that jumps out and says wow. I just bought a 4 pack of the Rye Squared so I look forward to what this x 2 tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 20:29:01 | More by changeup45
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color. Nice, frothy white head...rye makes for a nice lacing effect.

Fresh rye scent with some hints of honey and hops. Quite appealing.

Mmmmm, perfect balance of rye, malt and hops. This beer is good. The malts still stand tall amidst the rye and bittering hops.

Would and will buy this again next time I am in the GA area. I would definitely recommend tasting this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 05:29:30 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of kirok1999


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for one of 3 generous extras in a trade.
A very clear amber brew with a bit of a wispy head and just a little lacing.
Smell is all about the rye, a nice sweet, wheaty malt note.
Taste is much milder on the rye than the smell. Slightly sweet with a decent hop note on the finish. The rye does not overpower this beer in any way.
This is one of the best mouthfeels I've noticed in a pale ale. Very dense and smooth with just a hint of carbonation.
Very easy to drink on a hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 00:22:03 | More by kirok1999
Photo of glid02


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac in the Highlands in Atlanta.

Pours a good copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. It's a pretty sticky beer - the lacing sticks around throughout the drinking of the beer.

Smells pretty good. The first whiff has grassy notes, but later on it gets a bit more citrus-like with some bitter notes. The best of both worlds.

Taste is very similar to the smell. When it's cold it's more grassy than anything else, but as it warms the citrus flavor comes out more, and the finish is bitter. Pretty solid.

The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just right, and the thickness is good. It goes down smoothly altogether; if it were just a little thicker it would be great.

Drinkability is very good. This beer goes down very easily and it would not be difficult to drink a lot of these.

Overall I was surprised with this beer. I'd tried it in the past and did not remember it being this good. All of the flavors work very well together, and this might work its way into the rotation as an everyday beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 05:25:30 | More by glid02
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the beer on tap at Brixx in Charlotte for $1.50...what a deal. Color was dark gold with an excellent head and lacing. Taste and smell was very good with citrus & hops and enjoyable...very well balanced. Would no doubt have again and enjoy, a good solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 08:10:55 | More by unionturf
Photo of gabeerfan


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear light honey gold. Somewhat fizzy head that fell to a whispy cap.
Aromas of grass, some pine and some citrus rind. Hints of rye bread and some malt sweetness.
Hops hit first in the taste with the citrus rind coming through more than in the aroma followed by grass and pine. Rye are subtle, but present. Some sweet malts help round out the flavors.
Medium-light mouthfeel. Good fizzy carbonation helps clear the palate.
Quite drinkable. Low enough ABV and good enough flavor to drink all night.
This has been my go-to beer for cookouts or just keeping around the house in the summertime for a few years. Glad I could reconnect with this so well. This is also a great gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:39:30 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of Thunderball


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this gem at my local ABC. Poured into a tulip glass. produced a nice two finger head that dissipated into islands of white foam floating in a sea of amber. Smell of the citrus along with the hops, and a slight hint of rye bread. Bottle states that along with the rye, this beer is brewed with five different hops. The taste is of a mellow hop and grapefruit that the smell alluded to. Easy drinking beer that you could consume after a hot day in the Florida sun, Not complex, but satisfying none the less. My usual barometer is, would I purchase this beer again? I would have to say yes.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:04:28 | More by Thunderball
Photo of objectivemonkey


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

Into a DFH tapered pint, pours a dark copper with a nice inch white head with decent retention, moderate lacing. The aroma has nice rye and caramel malt, nice round hop bill. The taste is rather the same, hops have a good citrus juice to it, and rides through the whole lenght of tasting, with a solid malt backbone and the rye ducking in for a show of hands. The mouth is medium, nice carbonation, a little dry, but a good quaffer. Not very complex or really that 'interesting,' but a solid beer. Could easily sit down to a case of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 03:01:44 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Pencible


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly hazy gold with no head. It smelled strongly of cinnamon, and faintly of honey and some rye, with no real hops scent. It tasted like light citrus hops mixed with sweet honey malt, but didn't have noticeable rye flavor. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and easy to drink beer, but it could have used a little more character (such as more prominent rye).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:47:27 | More by Pencible
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Amber hue with a light tan one finger head that settles to a razor thin cap.

Sharp and spicey hops, reminiscent of grapefruit, create most of the aroma. The grain sits in the background, giving a toasted bread aroma.

The rye provides somewhat of a light flavor compared to the other malts, giving it a cleaner flavor. This allows the hops to show a little more, in my opinion. The hops are sharp and spicey, with a little bit of citrus.

This is a very enjoyable Pale Ale. The rye gives it a nice twist and allows one to focus on the hops. Very refreshing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:44:14 | More by BeerSox
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Golden with a slight haze. One to two finger head drops quicker than expected to a thick collar and thin film, with moderate lace.

S - Huge whiff of rye upfront with it's deep earthiness. Some slightly fruity and floral hops in there as well.

T - A quick sourness leads into a deep, earthy flavor from the rye. This mellows and then leads into a pine and grapefruit flavor from the hops. Finishes with a little bit of graininess and some minimal hop bitterness.

M - Moderately carbonated, and starts off with a light to medium body. By the end of the sip though, this turns completely watery and flat. I don't understand what the hell happened in this department.

D - Overall nice and crisp with some decent if not slightly lacking flavor. The mouthfeel is what messes this beer up for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 06:44:25 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of gonzo46and2


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy (perhaps over-cooled) copper with very little head and little bits of sticky lacing

Smell is citrus and piney. Simcoe hops? mmm I love simcoe hops. Rye is definitely in there somewhere but it's mild.

Taste is full with bits of sweet sour and bitter. Very good balance.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit dry and astringent.

Easy to drink. Goes down great cold.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 04:27:24 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of scottyshades


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

I was completely thrown off by the taste of this beer...I was expecting something much different, maybe something to do with rye...
A: Pours a nice golden color that leaves a small head with decent retention

S: Very nice aroma on this one, perhaps the best aspect of the beer. Hops are present, but malts dominate. Some light fruits greet the nose, definitely citrus too... Malts provide some light caramel and toffee flavors. Overall a very mellow flavor...the hops are kept in check by the malts, and there is an underlying breadiness throughout.

T: This is one of the most balanced pale ales I've tasted. Malts are sweet, with notes of caramel and toffee. Hops are floral, slightly bitter, and give a little twang. Strong bread notes underneath it all.

MF/D: Lighter in body than other examples, carbonation is pretty good. Nicely balanced, with a lingering bready finish

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 23:15:25 | More by scottyshades
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful pale and rye malt scent that is spicy, yet blends well with the excellent hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale, Carapils, and rye malt flavor that goes down easy an finishes bitter with a nice spicy, bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the addition of rye. It adds another layer of complexity to a APA. The hop character is outstanding as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:04:08 | More by WesWes
Photo of ectomorph


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Best Before 8-17-08 poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange in color with very little head and lace.

S - Very faint malty bread.

T - Well balanced malts and hops, leaning toward the grassy/earth tones.

M - Little on the watery side but not bad at all.

D - Great with beer nuts! I could stand another..

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:32:36 | More by ectomorph
Photo of aubuc1


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured in to a plastic cup from a 12 oz bottle

pours an orangish amber with a nice white head

the rye makes an interesting mix with the citrusy smells

tastes a somewhat creamy sweet and orange

full mouthfeel

very drinkable and definitely worth the ticket

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 22:28:31 | More by aubuc1
Photo of cjohnson

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a pretty aggressive pour this had a pretty minimal head, just shy of a finger's width, but had a slightly cloudy brownish red body with a handful of bubbles coming up. Lacing was nothing special.

The smell is very sweet; really malty and fruity. The smell reminds me of some darker beers, particularly some dark Belgians.

The taste is a little bit harsher than I was expecting, given the sweetness of the smell. At first it seemed really hoppy and bitter, but it got a little bit smoother with each sip (because it was warming up, I suppose). It becomes a little bit sweeter with time.

The mouthfeel was kind of sticky.

It's mildly drinkable. I probably couldn't go through more than two of these without something inbetween to mix it up a little bit, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 23:07:07 | More by cjohnson
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A - Light golden color with good clarity and a small to moderate white head.

S - Fruity and bready.

T - Fruity then bitter with some hop flavor at the end giving it a nice, lasting aftertaste. A bit tart as well.

M - A little thin but nice low carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 16:51:07 | More by GJ40
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard a lot about this one so was excited to try this one.
Nice, color with a medium head that didnt hang around long. Some lacing observed.
Nice melding of hops and malt in the nose. Very aromatic hops peek through the almost hidden bready malts.
Taste was pretty good. Nicely carbonated with a pretty good balance between the hops and malts.
Decent mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 12:20:52 | More by dmamiano
Photo of DrJay


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

Got this one from ncvbc as part of ??? BIF. Thanks!
A little hazy with a bright orange colour, it was topped by a thin skim of fine, whitish bubbles and a thin collar after the foam fell after the pour. Quite sticky with a fair bit of lacing. Plenty of malt in the aroma, caramel and rye character, with a juicy and citrusy hop aroma. Well balanced flavour, with just enough malt presence and bitterness that stayed solid through the finish. Oranges and a bit of citrus zest turned into a bit of spice towards the end. Carbonation was on the crisp side and the texture was good. Very easy to drink, nicely balanced, with just enough rye character to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 20:08:00 | More by DrJay
Photo of ckeegan04


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden brown in color with a one finger off white head. Head fades rather quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S - A floral hop aroma with hints of spiciness as well. A light aroma of something sweet in the background.

T - Sweet at first with a light caramel malt. Quickly followed by a hop spiciness that is accented well by a rye spiciness.

M/D - Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. A very drinkable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 18:15:14 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of israel

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a ommegang tulip

A - clear amber color with very little head.

S - some spiciness along with floral hops

T - rye is evident in taste but is chased away by the hops, very nice

M - carbonation is nice and the mouthfeel seems a bit light but not bad

D - I would have another of these if I stumbled across one but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. overall a good session beer suitable for the georgian summers.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 20:44:54 | More by israel
Photo of Absumaster


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

A clear, orange beer with a settling head and an easy going stream of carbonation.

Smell is citric hoppy with a flowery and earthy hint. The malt gives honey and caramel.

Taste is quite bitter, but not as bitter as other APA's. A good citric hoppy taste, which is not really aggresive or sharp. Nice caramel maltiness, some honey and sweetness. The rye is not very present, maybe in the back there is some grainy taste.
A pretty standard APA that could do without the rye.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 19:59:38 | More by Absumaster
Photo of everetends


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Winn Dixie here in the J'ville. Poured into a pint.

A: Poured a darker golden yellow, much darker than your average macro if you want to compare. Decent amount of head that had some stickiness to its lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Smells mostly of malt, citrus hops and grains.

T: Citrus hops really shine here. Has a nice malt balance to it. Definitely has a distinct grain (rye) flavor to it. Very nice.

M: Has a bit of bitter aftertaste that lingers, but mostly finishes clean and crisp. Nothing too crazy here.

D: Can drink plenty of these. I love Terrapin brews. This one has a great flavor that really shines and is nothing too crazy. Good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 23:18:26 | More by everetends
Photo of Homerbag


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

Clear amber body with a stubborn finger thick head that laces down the pint.

Smell is of grapefruits and almost Christmas tree like pine. Sweet malts compliment and fall short of competing with this almost IPA like smell. Interesting.

Taste hits you with all the hoppy tart and bitterness on the sides of the palate and the sweet maltiness down the front and center. Juicy and sweet with out the agressiveness of an IPA but enough hop to satisfy IPA lovers. The Rye is a little hard to pick up and if it wasn't such an "odd" ingredient for and APA, I'd wonder if it deserves a spot on the label. Aftertaste lingers on long enough to want another sip. Feel is good, not over carbonated, but more so than most APAs.

A pleasure to drink and I wish this brewery would travel farther north of the Mason-Dixion so I could enjoy this more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 19:53:08 | More by Homerbag
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