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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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1,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,644
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to review some more local brews.

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear amber/copper with a nice, fluffy white head, leaves some lace and never completely dissipates.

S: Mild overall. Mostly of hops and graininess from the rye, as it warms the the malt becomes more noticeable.

T: Starts out with good hop flavor, not very bitter compared to some pale ales. Mostly floral, but pretty nice flavor here. The hops are quickly followed by some grainy malt. This leads into a very pleasant malty sweetness that is an almost perfect balance. Not sure if I can actually taste any rye here, if anything maybe the malt is slightly altered in flavor.

M: Pretty unimpressive here. Pretty thin feeling and not very crisp. I'm assuming the rye causes the smoothness. Could have used a little more excitement.

D: Very easy drinking. For sure could use this as a session beer. There are some nice flavors and balance between the hops and malt. Although some more crispness would have helped out the mouthfeel I really enjoy the smoothness from the rye.

Notes: A solid all around beer. It does what it sets out to do very well. I like the addition of the rye and it works well with everything else. Once again a nice balanced beer that I could drink plenty of in a night.

Photo of chicagoish
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Brown Bottle from a variety case.

A- Bright amber color, lacy head clings to the glass.

S- Mildly spicy, hints of what's to come.

T- Spicy up-front, with malt sweetness and bready finish. The Rye character is subtle, but there..

M- Smooth

D- Very drinkable, goes down well

Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another favor from the Ohoove collection...I have enjoyed this on tap before, but this bottle was a first. It's a beautiful clear amber color with a decent off-white head and splotchy lacing. The aroma ia a sweet caramel rye, kind of a musty earthy malt. The flavor brings a similar spritzy currant and light piny-grass hop. Very finely carbonated, refreshing and decent drinkability. Midland body, fairly smooth. The rye and malt combo is nice but could be a bit sweeter. Sort of a corn syrup touch. Decent stuff.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with active, tiny carbonation bubbles. The head has a slight orange tint and is quite perky, with a densely foamy and frothy texture. Retention is very nice, with solid lacing.

S: Pale malt and yes, a bit of rye in the nose. A robust citric hop aroma of orange rind and grapefruit juice - nice. Some sappy pine notes are also lurking in among the citrus.

T: Malt is primarily pale, with light caramel flavor. Rye adds an appreciable spiciness without being too prevalent. Citric hops again add a firm touch, with grapefruit and orange most noticeable. Some light piney notes are also available. Bitterness is considerable for an APA.

M: Medium bodied. The carbonation lends a creamy texture before fading into a rather dry finish.

D: I'm pretty impressed by this beer. A very tasty pale ale that incorporates rye and a hop bill worthy of an IPA. When well executed, rye beers like this are a welcome addition to the world. According to the bottle, brewed at the Flying Dog brewery in Frederick, MD...interesting.

Photo of qchic
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears medium amber in the glass with an ample 2 finger head. The aroma is a balanced mix of citrusy hops and rye malts--and for some reason it seems very powdery to me. The flavor is also balanced, starting grainy and finishing bitter with some fruity notes. Medium body. Not the best rye pale ale out there but solid and easy to drink.

Photo of Schwab
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the bottle the other day and noticed that this beer wasn't even brewed by Terrapin. Instead, some contract brewery in MD brewed and bottled it. I was quite disappointed by that...

A - It poured a nice pale ale color with a hint of amber. Left about 1" head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Great pale ale smell. My first beer with rye, perhaps the 10% rye made the difference.

T - Typical pale ale aroma, flavor, bittering, and balance. Doesn't finish too dry IMO. Hint of something different.

M - Decent carbonation but not too much for a smooth pale ale.

D - Great drinkability I think. Certainly not for the price I paid, but the beer itself is another great pale ale. I guess this shows also that you can brew a great beer on any brew system as long as the recipe is altered properly.

Photo of thesyko56
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice lighter amber color. Inch to inch and a half head very nice.

S: Very nice smell. The rye comes through in a good way making a very pleasant smell. There are some citrus hits as well as some very nice hop aroma.

T: Very nice taste. For those used to drinking pale ales this variation is very nice. The rye is very prevalent but does not overpower the beer. Hints of fruit are in the taste just like the smell and the finish is hoppy but not harsh.

M: Medium carbonation but still light and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. A step above a session beer and very enjoyable.

Photo of jhu1995
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. Spicy aroma with some lemon/citruc notes. Strong bitter flavor, but not something that puts you off. Spiciness with some lemon flavor. Light-bodied and easy to drink. A solid pale ale.

Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into chilled ale glass.

A-Medium amber ale with pretty 3 fingers of white foam. Great lacing!

S-Pleasant, smells of citrus with hops and a hint of yeast.

T-Not too hoppy, balanced with the taste of the grain. Not too bitter. I liked it. Less hops than an IPA but more than lots of APA style beers.

M-A little flat, could use a little more carbonation. A mouth full re-emphasizes the smell.

D-Very drinkable. I'll save the other 5 for friends who think a little bitter is better.

Photo of mindmage625
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale during a Saturday night Bring-and-share session. Purchased in Atlanta.

Appearance: Definitely the color of a well-grown, ready-to-harvest wheat field. Touch of red and brown kept it from looking like piss. Even pouring carefully, the head blew up extraordinarily fast, nice and white in appearance. Left small dots of lacing over the glass.

Smell: Slightly funky, but otherwise very nice grain notes. Nothing to fall in love with, but not disgusting.

Taste: A faint rye taste with plenty of summery fruits: I tasted oranges, pineapple, and something I haven't figured out yet (a good reason to go buy some more).

Mouthfeel: Crisp, lots of carbonation (good thing it burps well). Very nice for a muggy, warm night.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, but don't try to enjoy it too fast, or the bubbles will make you sick.

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I love Terrapin brews. I think they do an awesome job with the brews I've had to date. Poured this one, aggressively, into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. Somewhat cloudy with a nice three inch head. Minimal smell at first, but the smell develops as the beer warms up. Good tasting beer, but a night after enjoying the Terrapin Rye Squared Pale Ale, it's just a bit more subdued for my taste buds. Still, a nice example of a pale ale. My bar is already high on pale ales, since Three Floyds Alpha King is my favorite in the style. Paired nicely with barbeque chicken off the grill.

Photo of goblue3509
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber color. The smell is of piney hops with some rye malts and a hint of fruit to it. The overall taste is of rye malts and it is balanced out by piney hops. Not an over powering hop but you know it is there, there is also a hint of fruit. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbaontion. The overall drinkability is good, it is not so hoppy that you would be turned off and the rye helps to balance it out.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pullen for this one! Pouring from a 12oz bottle into a Walking Man Brewing Pint Glass. Best by date of 10/03/09.

A: Pours a light golden orange with a two finger head that very quickly dissipates into a thin haze on top of the beer. Very little lacing as well.

S: Wonderful aromas of citrus fruit and pineapple. A little bit of the rye comes through as well, slightly masked by a bready-nutty aroma as well. Smells delicious!

T: Very crisp, tastes essentially like it smelled, which is a very good thing! Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a background of what comes across as spicy rye. Very weirdly delicious....finishes with a crisp hop bite that is very piney.

M: Super crisp, light-medium body and good carbonation that tickles the tastebuds. Smooth yet crisp, very nice for summer!

D: Perfect for summertime, highly drinkable, crisp and refreshing. Wish these guys were on the West Coast! Overall this is a very delicious beer. Thanks again to Pullen.

Photo of sarahspat
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear dark golden color. The peach cream hued head is big, creamy and sticky. Pretty nice for a pale ale.

Smells of candied grapefruit, tropical fruits (specifically, pineapple) and citrus peel. Very rich and complex.

Tastes of pine resin, spicy rye, very nice, powerful ripe white grapefruit flavor; tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), flowers. Fantastic flavor from the rye here and it complements the hops very well.

Full-bodied and skillfully carbonated. Very drinkable and delicious.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white head that looks delicate and light forms. About 2 fingers tall. Then fades rather quickly. Crystal clear amber color with mostly bright copper tones. Some nice lacing remains in the glass.

Light toasted grains, bready with a hint of spice.

I really enjoy this beer. Always have been a fan of the crisp, spicy nature of the rye and this really shines through here. Toasted bread, slight spice, crisp and bready. Some delicate hop bitterness towards the end, but this is just an accent. The lightest sweetness that works well with the hop bitterness. Finishes nice and crisp.

Medium/Light mouth feel. As noted, crisp, dry and refreshing.

Very drinkable and enjoyable I could enjoy this almost any day of the year. Well done!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Somewhat murky medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white head falls quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

4.5 S: Awesome aroma. Floral hops mesh really well with the rye. Touch of breadiness with lots of caramel.

3.5 T: Good healthy bitterness with not quite enough hop flavor to back it up. Caramel and rye are well represented.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Smooth and creamy enough.

3.5 D: The rye offers something a bit off the ordinary. Good stuff.

Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Vic's on the river in Savanna Georgia, Not sure if it was tap or bottle.
Nice amber color with a small head, smell is slightly hopps but there is a hint of the rye.
Taste is crisp slight hop forward then a rye bitterness presents itself, well balanced and in my experience at Vic's
(A very worthy restaurant!) a perfect pair to the Crawfish. etoufe

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

Pours a golden straw color, just barely transparent (I can faintly make out the computer screen through the glass), with a half-finger of head that falls to a gauze & leaves "seaweed" lacing. Plenty of fast-rising, tiny bubbles.

Smells real good at first, like a Pop Rocks kind of candy sweetness. On subsequent whiffs, I get mildly citric hops & a very subtle cracker-like malt presence. Tastes primarily of grapefruity hops & just the tiniest bit of Shredded Wheat, with some residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Clean, brisk flavor. I'm getting almost an iced tea flavor/sensation.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp with the carbonation & hop bite, but ends smooth. This is an easy drinker consistency-wise, alcohol-wise, but I think the hops would make me want to quit after about two.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an nonic. Big thanks to "beeruser" for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

A- Slightly hazy light copper. Pours with ~1/2 a finger of off-white head, which fades quickly into a thin smattering of islands. Poor head/retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Citrusy hop odors dominate the initial rush. Rye and slightly sweet notes emerge as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- Moderate grapefruit/citrus hoppiness provides a fairly solid bitterness. Slightly tea-like flavors, and moderate sweetness emerge as drink warms. Rye flavors coat and dominate the finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Light feel- a bit thin and slightly watery.

D- Decent. Not the most interesting, but decent tasting, and should be easy to drink a few. Overall performance definitely seemed to improve as it warmed up.

Future outlook: OK and drinkable, but I'll probably turn to Founders Red's Rye if I want a hopped up rye beer. Moot point, as this beer is not locally available.

Photo of FloppyDog
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

This golden-looking pale ale had about a finger of white head that dissipated within a minute. It had a crystal clear appearance with less bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass than I expect for a pale ale.

The aroma was of citrus hops, but I couldn't put my finger on which kind exactly.

The taste began with hop bitterness upfront and citrus hop flavor followed by the malt in the middle which balanced well. As I expected, this beer was less carbonated than I usually expect for a pale ale, but that could have been due to the specific tap it came from malfunctioning or something.

Because of te minimal carbonation, the mouth feel was rather light and slightly watery as it slid down my throat. That being said, it was not too watery, to the point where I did not enjoy the beer.

On a side note, when I burped, it tasted like what I would imagine biting into a hop pellet would taste like (very intense citrus hop flavor...even more so than when the beer went down the first time). This happened multiple times, and I found it very interesting, and kind of funny.

Overall, an easy-drinking pale ale, but I was disappointed that I could not pick out a distinctive rye character from the beer.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale.

A- Mild golden amber with orange hues. Decent soapy head that falls into frothy top with nice sticky lacing on rip of the glass.

S- Orange peels, fruity hops, and small amounts of rye are appearent.

T- Nice pale ale flavor that is light compared to the big dogs. Smooth rye kick at first, mild hop bitterness, and a simple yeasty ending.

M-D- Smooth mouthfeel of watery rye bite and refreshing hops are nice. Very drinkable for this style beer just not to afforable for something out of GA.

Photo of aglose45
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Capone's on Thursday 5/28/09.

A: Poured a light golden/ straw color. Nice head and some lacing left on the glass.

S: Faint fruitiness, mostly orange, with a hint of lemon.

T: Nice bitterness, followed the nose with a hint of citrus/ tangyness. This more more hoppy than malty, which is preferable.

M: Light body, minimal oiliness, and lighter carbonation.

D: Overall this is a very smooth and drinkable Pale Ale. This is a great beer for a hot, summer day. I plan on having more of these in the future, if possible, and the lower abv makes it easier to consume more than two of in a sitting!

Photo of SuperSpy
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy, and a shade short of copper. There is a nice half-inch or so of thick creamy, eggshell head, that leaves a good bit of lace as it slowly dies down.

There is a hint of rye in the aroma and some very faint hops. I don't find the aroma inviting or displeasing, but there is a small amount of complexity with the rye standing out front.

Crisp, a bit bready, definite rye and lingering hops. The rye really comes out first, and the beer gets maltier as it warms but the hops stay pretty consistent throughout.

The light feel and crispness is absolutely perfect for this beer. Due to the very enjoyable but long-lingering hoppy aftertaste I find myself coming back for a sip more often than with some other beers so that I can get that bready, maltiness that comes at the beginning of the sip. If you are looking for a good session beer then keep this in mind.

Photo of donmonkey1
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orangish yellow with a small white head, good lacing, good carbonation.

Smell: faint floral hop, but good

Taste: Strong floral hops with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: creamy but I would like to feel more carbonation

Drinkability: The strong ipa flavor makes it hard to drink too many, but I dont want to penalize a beer for being so flavorful and good.

I've never had a rye beer before and I can't really tell the difference. I'm beginning to respect the Terrapin name.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Terrapin RPA has a amber/copper color with a clean look to it. Nothing more than a thin white cap stood on tap before dissapearing leaving minimal lace. Scents of rye from the 10% addition but nothing substantial. Some flavoring hops and a bready malt addition. Some citrus but overall tame. Getting more of the bready malts than the hops but some citrus does seep through. Unfortunatly the rye while pleasant is not enough. A bunch of grain in the finish which is not all that. A crisp light bodied beer with some flavor but a off putting aftertaste. The drinkability would be great with it's 5.3% but this is not for me.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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