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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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1,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 51
Gots: 145 | 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:
Beer added by: aracauna on 09-09-2002

Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.
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Ratings: 1,677 | Reviews: 768
Photo of ScottyC
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear with slight haze. Toasted golden color.

Smell: Sweet, grape-like smell. Overall is subtly fruity with hints of grain. Head dissipated fairly quickly. A light but pleasant aroma.

Taste: On the front end, you get a nice tangy bite which contains that sweetness you smell in the nose. Can't tell if that tanginess is coming from hops or grains (?). Not too much in the middle. Finishes crisp without hardly any bitterness. Overall, it doesn't overwhelm your palette, but has that really nice "tang" on the front.

Drinkability: Really pretty good. With minimal bitter aftertaste and that nice "tang," I keep coming back for more.

Photo of bs870621345
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent beer, nothing too spectacular.

It pours a honey golden color, with a finger of head that fades quickly. No lacing but a very inticing color.

Smel is hoppy and lightly malted.

taste is bitter for a pale ale, not much malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light, too light for my tastes.

Drinkablility is good, goes down easy and has a pleasant aftertaste. Makes me want more, but not the best.

Photo of semibaked
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a honey color with a clear body, and about a half inch head. Really nice lacing while drinking.

S - Nice smell of rye, hops and light malts. Very enticing smell.

T - Has some light hop bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and rye. Lighter in taste than I thought it would have

M - Light bodied and some oiliness.

D - Definitely refreshing, wish there was more flavor. Worth trying especially on a hot day.

Photo of birchstick
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a honey yellow with a nice white head

S - smells of rye and cereal malts with some grapefruity hops

T - taste follows the nose perfectly. Nice rye malts are balanced with some sweet, grapefruity hops. This is a really nicely balanced rye pale ale.

M - nice full body and smooth carbonation

D - fanastic pale ale. I could see the grainy malts getting old after a while, but then again this is really nicely balanced by the grapefruity hops. Awesome beer

Photo of branimal9
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - a clear golden color without a great deal of head.

aroma - a little spice from the rye. malt. maybe the faintest whisper of hops.

taste - crisp, with a nice malt flavor and a bit of hops to balance things. dry on the finish.

mouthfeel - light bodied. not much else to say.

drinkability - very high. goes down extremely easy.

a good go-to beer whenever you see it on tap. a couple of these will make you feel real good.

Photo of Yesac
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear golden pale with a slight orange tint. Bubbly white head disappears into a thin layer.

S- Faint rye and malt, and slight hop.

T- Delicious malt/rye balance with slight hop bitterness. Slight spice as well.. I'm guessing from the rye. Drinks very well, very flavorful.

M- Awesome mouthfeel, medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth overall and great aftertaste left on the palate.

D- Nice body, mouthfeel, taste and balance. This beer has it all.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very faint smell of malt, rye, and a trace of hops.

T: Tasted of spicy rye, sweet malt, and a bit of hops. Pleasant, but not the most dynamic of flavors.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is the sort of beer that won't necessarily blow you away, but is definitely drinkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with a nice sticky white head.

S- Very sweet smell. There is an almost candy like orange, lemon-lime and other citrus sweetness. There is a hint of snappy rye behind it.

T- More sweet citrus but there is a lot more of a rye snap. It really pairs with a grapefruit rind flavor to create a nice bitterness.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A:Fairly clear copper color. Poured with a little less than a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Looks just like a pale ale should.

S: Lots of sweetness up front. I read they used a little bit of honey malt in this and it really does lend some nice complexity. The hops are quite subdued. The rye does come through in the nose with a little bit of spice. Just smells great. Super complex for a pale ale.

T: Again really complex for a pale ale. The way the crisp malt goes into the rye spiciness and just finishes with a touch of bitterness without really lingering.

M: Nice and dry. The mouthfeel makes me want to drink more of this.

D: This is one of those beers where you are drinking it then look down and see your pint is gone. This would be a daily drinker for me. I got this in NJ so at least they are making their way up north.

Photo of ghostee
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber color with minimal head and some minor lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops. Some orange in the smell.

Taste is surprisingly refreshing. The citrusy hops from the smell are here, but not overpowering. Also get some grassy hops. They are balanced well with caramelly malt and the rye spice. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Doesn't bite the tongue much at all.

Drinkability is high. Goes down super easy.

This was a surprise. I was not expecting this to be as tasty as it is. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hot spring day, and a nice rye pale ale. Lets see how it works, got this thanks to kkipple.

A: THe fluffy head rises up just to the top of my tulip glass, nice big 3 finger fluffy head. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color.

N: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a slight spicy and mild grassy hop aroma, touch of citrus and pear.

T: Pretty dry and crisp. Some malts in there, toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. SOme spicy and fruity rye flavors, a slight juicy hop flavor too. Some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop. A touch of fruit.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter with a little more bitterness coming out. Very dry as well. Some earthy hop tones with some spicy rye lingering. A touch of fruit and spicy, citrus hops.

Photo of urwithdave
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this one from my ccb snifter.

A- pours a golden orange in color. Pours a 1" white frothy head. It quickly recedes to a thin ring. Leaves little lacing.

A- nothing really jumps out here. There are floral notes, mild hops,some sweeter malts, and a bit of spice.

T- light citrus starts the show with some subtle earthy hops. There is a slight spice from the rye. There is also a sweetness present.

M- light to medium in body. Leaves a little to be desired on the finish.

D- not bad. It drinks pretty well. Not the best pale ale but certainly not the worst either.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best if enjoyed by month 8 week 1.

Appearance: Pours into my DFH signature glass an orange/ amber color with a white head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin layer.

Smell: nice earthy grain aroma,

Taste: nice, the rye gives this pale a nice rye spice kick,

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: Without the rye this one would be another forgettable pale ale, but the rye taste makes it an enjoyable brew.

Photo of Samichlaus
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in trade from StormKing47, thanks Josh!
12oz bottle poured into Allagash flute. From notes.

A: Pours a translucent honey-orange with a nice bubbly white head.

S: Spicy rye, and biscuit malts. Nice sweetness and a piney hop character.

T: Nice rye spicyness. Pine and grass notes. Bready malt character. Finishes dry.

M: Nice, high, champagne like carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and dry.

D: Very drinkable. I usually don't even try APA's cuz they seem boring to me but I was intrigued by the rye. This blew me away. Even though this isn't the craziest beer I've had it really upped the ante for APA's. Never thought I would be giving a pale ale an A!?!?!

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Poured a hazy copper color with shades of amber. Decent head, maybe a finger, with ok lacing. Nice aroma with the rye giving it a more complex nose. Citric hop with a little earthy/licorice note from the rye. Taste is solid and to style but I was a little disappointed that the rye didn't translate well to the palate. Good amount of clean hop flavour with notes of grapefruit and orange zest with only a kiss of rye in the mix. Very drinkable with a crisp bitter finish. Not overly hoppy so it would make a decent session ale. Solid pale ale.

Photo of jonziefle
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a brownish amber, clear. Minimal carbonation. Half finger white bubbly head that diminishes to nothing immediately. No lacing.

Smell: Strong apple cider nose, with sweet roasted malts in the background. Some caramel as well.

Taste: Tastes like a very mild lager, with some adjunct malts thrown in.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, with little carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Supposedly a "rye" pale ale, but more like a more mild amber ale. Not much flavor and a subpar mouthfeel.

Buy Again? No.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Month 9, Week 1 notched on label.

Pours orange to copper with a thin, lasting white head that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citric - grapefruity with a subtle breadiness and pale maltiness. There a menthol touch.

The taste us citrusy/grapefruity with some pale grainy sweetness and tea-like spiciness. It has a menthol-like, dry finish.

It has a crisp, medium body that is pretty creamy/smooth.

The rye is very subtle, but it is only 10% rye malt, so not should be expected to be strong, which is fine here, as it is a solid APA, to say the least.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is of hops with just a touch of rye, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: The nose is fairly sweet for the style with a fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. The rye provides a bit of spiciness, but it's not all that intense.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malt being the more prominent factor. As such, the beer is on the sweet side with a fairly minimal presence from the hops. Again, the rye is well represented.

M: The body is on the light end of the medium spectrum with a crisp carbonation.

D: A bit sweet for my liking of a pale ale, but the rye helps to mitigate this a bit. Otherwise, easy enough to drink.

Photo of mempath
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden orange with tight-packed head with thick, broad lacing blanketing the edges. looks world class.

interesting, ripe apricot with the usual citrus hoppiness (but subdued a bit). it'd be more than good if i didn't have to swirl and sniff so hard.

thick malts character barrels in headfirst...nice mouthfeel that is luscious and crisp...hops are background noise...nice, but not as upfront as i'd expect with an APA...more like a B(ritish)PA...which isn't bad at all. actually, very fine. should be a good brew to introduce macro-only types to...so, sure, the taste is GOOD, but it makes you wish it was more than that. balanced. sessionable. but the rye and hops don't quite live up to something astounding. still, what a cool label series Terrapin has going :)

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a 6 pack I got as an "approachable" beer for my family, from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours clear amber with a nice white head.

Aroma is nice and sweet, with rye evident along with herbal and floral hops.

Flavor is good with sweet pale malt and caramel. Hops are mostly herbal and somewhat subtle. Rye makes itself known.

Medium-bodied with a nice mouthfeel for a pale ale.

Overall I like this beer a lot for what it is. Very drinkable.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be my new fav pale ale.

Pours a clear golden rye color. Nice head, dissapated to a film but leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of the rye and a little bit of hops. Needs more.

Tastes of Ray and citrus hops. Very tasty. Could use a little more hop flavor and a little more bite.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall a tasty beer. I don't drink alot of pales but this one is very tasty. Might ask for more in a trade later.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lively light ruby with a big fluffy white head. Leaves lace all over the place.

Smell: Spicy and earthy with a nice touch of citrus and other fruity esters. Not overly powerful, but not too bad either.

Taste: Packs that nice rye punch by delivering an excellent spicy hoppy taste right off the bat. What follows is a nice bitter bite that last a good while.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, very light.

Drinkability: I'm really into this beer, I was real excited terrapin was getting distributed to NJ and so far I haven't been let down. I haven't had the brown yet but both this and the hopsecutioner have definitely earned their way into my fridge. This particular beer is IMO a great everyday brew.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Beer Dinner at Willow, Pittsburgh PA.

A: Cloudy golden/orange color almost copper. Provides a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Some citrus hops, rye, some biscuit malt and some peppery spices.

T: Nicely balanced beer. The hop flavor comes through first, followed by the malt and rye flavors on the back-end.

M: Leaves a light, slightly bitter taste on the palate but there is also a nice creaminess as well. Speaks to the balance of the beer.

D: Very easy to drink, good flavor, well balanced and low ABV make this easy to drink.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color, with a pretty thick off-white head.

Aroma is mildly floral. Subtly hop-forward, with a touch of some earthy, grainy malt. Taste has a nice floral aspect, somewhat metallic in the middle though. The malt profile is interesting, earthy and yet light. It's good balance and different than any IPA I have had.

Very smooth and drinkable. I sipped a few this morning while playing Fris-bee in the hot sun.


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