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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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1,513 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 48
Gots: 93 | 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 whiplash3825


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a clear copper with a three-finger head that dissipates to a small lasting cap... average lacing.

Nice fresh smell... lots of hops... piney, citrusy and floral. An unidentifiable scent might be the rye.

Hops flavors such as grapefruit and pine along with the evident rye. Some malts also through the middle, finishing with a bitter hoppy bite. I'm not a hophead, but this is good!

Average mouthfeel and carbonation for the style I guess.

Drinkability is good... plenty of flavor and nice smells to keep it interesting. Maybe my favorite APA thus far!

12-07-2007 21:04:26 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of timbro81


2.48/5  rDev -34.7%

Thanks to evolbob for the sample.

Best before date of 30Nov07, five days too late. Before I get started I just want to say that I am usually pretty wary of any beer that has one city's name on the label yet is made in a different state all together. Very havy light copper beer topped with a fluffy head that slightly laces its way down the glass. Smell is soapy and grainy with maybe some bitter chocolate. Not very pleasant at all and quite a challenge to get past. Mouthfeel it rather light and not much to the taste. Upon swallowing the soapyness and grains come back into play with some slight banana and clove notes. Very subtle citrusy hops tag along in the aftertaste. Ends slightly dry. My first rye beer, kind of dissapointed (sorry Bob). Could have been expired, only a second tasting will tell.

12-06-2007 06:07:57 | More by timbro81
Photo of dirtylou


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

12oz single, shipped by blackness

appearance: pours into an ale asylum pint glass...quite clear copper body, big beige froth with strong retention, rather light in body

smell: not an overly distinct aroma...caramel malts, rye loaf and very bready, minimal hop

taste: aroma was rather indicative of the taste as well - mildly metallic rye notes throughout, bready and malty, caramel, nutty...a pretty easy drinker

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

12-01-2007 22:29:29 | More by dirtylou
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pleasing light orange color that is a little cloudy. Thin head that doesn't "hang around for dessert." Very little lacing. Good start.

S: Floral hoppiness that hits you in the face after hovering over the glass. Hints of canned fruit cocktail or something sweet and fruity. Also something sour... perhaps the rye.

T: The hops make their presence known along with the rye sneaking in initially. A little bit of malt taste toward the finish.

M: Nice thin beer (as is to be expected) with a HUGE bitter hoppy finish. Those Terrapin guys really love some hops.

D: Good session beer. Nice one to sit down with on an average Tuesday night.

11-29-2007 02:49:01 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of praufs01


3/5  rDev -21.1%

Appearance – Clear dark yellow with a frothy head.

Aroma – Bready and malty

Palate – Smooth, slick, oily.

Flavor –Citrus hop that finishes sweet and dry.

Final thoughts – It’s an OK brew for a Rye ale but there are much better choices out there..

11-20-2007 15:50:47 | More by praufs01
Photo of pwoods


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this tasty extra.

12oz. brown bottled poured into a pint.

A: Pours a clear, forgettable amber. Less than 1 finger of white head with little retention. Not much lacing.

S: Nice floral hops covering this brew with a distinct rye backbone. A little bit of a tang from some grapefruit. Malts are a bit subtle but add a controlled sweetness of caramel.

T/M: Drying rye big up front. Nice citrus notes at the beginning. Plums? Malts take over in the middle with a bit of sweet caramel and an interesting biscuit-y note. Surprisingly dry finish for a pale ale. The body seems almost watery at first until the malts pop in and beef it up a bit.

D: Very drinkable. Nice twist on a classic style and I'd love to have easy access to this.. Would make an excellent session beer for cards or yard work.

11-19-2007 03:27:50 | More by pwoods
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

I had the good fortune of sampling this brew when I visited my brother's family in the Atlanta area this past summer. My only regret was not finding a way to bring back a case at the time. After hearing rave reviews about this beer, I have to say it delivers. I love the combination of Rye in beer, especially a pale or hoppy beer, unfortunately, more often than not it seems Rye is added as one of 8 or 10 different malts in a messy grain bill designed to say "look at my beer."

While these guys I believe are still strictly contract brewing their product they have clearly struck the right chord with the right malt and hop bill to make an exceptionally pleasing Pale Ale.

From my notes:

Aroma is clean with subtle hints of Rye character and graininess, underneath a clearly citrusy american hop profile. The taste profile on this beer is clean and dry with a hop bitterness that brings you back for more, with just enough malt character to balance the tipping point towards astringency. This is a brew that goes well with a nice summer BBQ but would also be able to stand up to roasted duck and turkey. Extremely drinkable, two six packs shot out in less than 2 hours I recall, after everyone drinking the Corona criticized me and my brothers for getting "more beer".

11-17-2007 13:50:24 | More by PBoegel
Photo of ruckzuck


4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

Well, I'm not going to reiterate the standard review that others have done a good job with here. Instead I'll just talk about what Terrapin Rye is to me.

Terrapin Rye is one of my favorite beers; it's my session beer and my go-to beer wherever I am. It's delicious in the bottle or on-tap and ever so drinkable. I could have this all night, and I pick up a 6 pack/week on average. It's also quite a refreshing beer after a bike ride.

If you haven't had Terrapin Rye and your local (pub or store) has it, do yourself a favor and give it a chance! You won't be disappointed. If you are, well, I can't help you! I really can't stress how drinkable this beer is. Just lovely. I look forward to taking a tour of Terrapin's new facilities in Athens at some point sooner than later! On a closing note, I believe I'll have another Terrapin Rye right now. If I ever leave GA the two beer-related things I'll miss the most will be the Brick Store Pub and Terrapin beer. Cheers!

11-16-2007 02:07:24 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of tpd975


4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a medium straw yellow with a nice thick head that leaves behind an ample amount of lacing.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma with a malty sweetness that is noticeable.

T: A nice mix of spicey rye, citrus hops and doughy bready malt.

M: Nice and light

D: Very sessionable.

Overall: I really like this beer. I have drank numerous sixers of it over the summer and I often turn to it as a session brew. I like Rye beers and am thankful Terrapin has come to Florida.

11-04-2007 19:56:22 | More by tpd975
Photo of meechum


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

On tap at Taco-Mac.

A - Poured a deep amber color with a nice thick head that settled slowly leaving impressive lacing down the glass

S - Biscuit malty smell along with citrus and grassy hops

T - Wow..let's see..there was biscuit and bread flavors in the malt sweetness and then the rye cut the sweetness and imparted it's unmistakable flavor and then finished with a nice citrus hops flavor..very refreshing and good

M - A thicker mouth than I was expecting and with a nice amount of carbonation to deliver the hops to the palate, very good

D - I'm not a huge fan of the Pale Ale style, but this was a great beer and one I'll be back for again

11-04-2007 03:31:07 | More by meechum
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance - the first bit into the glass gets converted to five fingers of flat white foam, absolutely no beer at the bottom. It takes forever to settle. Eventually it reveals a translucent tangerine colored beer, a bit of haze to it. Speckles of lace as the head slowly melts, leaving a sizeable lump in the middle.

Aroma - robust, crackery grain with a hint of fruity sweetness. Hints of caramel and citrus as it settles.

Taste - a dry grain beginning, the rye reducing the sweetness and enhancing the hops. The swallow is hopped light to moderate, orange and pine flavors mostly. Finishes with a modest grapefruit edge.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy for a pale ale. Well-carbonated but not as crazy as the pour would suggest. Slightly full-bodied but not as gut-filling.

Drinkability - a fast 12 ounces, that was. No problem polishing off a handful of these.

11-02-2007 16:19:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev +5.3%

On tap at the Wild Wing Cafe in Myrtle Beach, SC...
Appears a transparent, medium gold with light co2 rising to the top of the small white head. Fades into a small white cap and rich collar. Rings of spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, orange, freshly cut grass, moderate grain, and a touch of rye.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrusy hops breaking through to liven things up.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, juicy, chewy, balanced nicely, with a dry finish.

10-30-2007 15:48:20 | More by weeare138
Photo of adowney523


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a British-style imperial pint glass. Color is amber and clear, a decent white head retains well with a thin lacing at the top of the beer.

Grassy hops in the nose along with some zesty malt background.

Bready notes along with slight roasted notes on the front of the tongue. A spiciness comes forth throughout, probably from the rye malt. Earthy hops come forth in the finish with a lingering dry bitterness.

Relatively thin body with a dry finish. Balance makes for an enjoyable, and highly drinkable beer.

10-15-2007 23:36:30 | More by adowney523
Photo of Shaw


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a gold-yellow in color with a nice fluffy head to top it off. It has a light aroma of hops and rye, reminding me a bit of a slice of rye bread.

The flavor is quite good. The rye adds a nice crisp twang to go with a healthy hop bitterness. The rye is used with restraint, though, and I bet if I tried this blind I wouldn't be able to detect it.

The body is also good, with a nice creamy quality.

Overall this is a fine beer. It's my first from Terrapin, a newcomer to Florida. I look forward to trying more.

10-15-2007 05:16:16 | More by Shaw
Photo of bradford


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

12 oz bottle aqcuired through a trade with stopbarking
Looked good. Clear, straw yellow, highly filtered but looks tasty and refreshing
Smell was good too. Mellow hops, enough to know they are there. Couldn't really detect the rye in the nose as I am battling afternoon allergies
Taste was okay. Looked and smelled better, but still refreshing
Mouthfeel was thin which is to be expected, but I was hoping for a better balance between hops and malt
Drinkability was good. A very refreshing brew

10-14-2007 20:57:15 | More by bradford
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas that are hoppy and sweet. In the taste, a dry rye smoothness, with very small hop presence. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry mouth aftertaste. Nice rye dryness, smooth and just about right everywhere. Very enjoyable.

10-11-2007 20:29:40 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of MMAJYK


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Brown with tan on the outer extremes. Head is one to two fingers of bright off white suds; very malty.

S- Smell was of nuts and buttery. Just a touch of burnt wheat maybe? In a good way though.

T- Taste was terriffic! Very light bitterness, mixed with sweetness of nuts and caramel. The maltiness of the taste was pleasing as well. Small touch of chocolate after the bitter midtaste.

M- Mouth is excellent as well. Very rich malty texture. The lingering head is perfect to complement the thickness. Not overly carbonated, just right in the middle.

D- Very drinkable beer. Even though it is rich and a semi-thick mouthfeel, I could see myself drinking this for a while to come.

Very nice, Terrapin!

10-11-2007 12:50:18 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of armock

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Come to me in a pint glass it has a light brown color with a thin head that leaves lacing around the glass. The smell is of rye and a little hoppy. I enjoyed the taste of this beer quite a bit malt and hops stood out. Mouthfeel is pretty good medium carbonation and good after taste that sticks around. I think this is a good beer but its not one that I'd drink all night long.

10-08-2007 21:43:00 | More by armock
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a bottle a clear amber gold with a rich, full white head. Sticky lacing all around.

Aroma is chocked full of fresh grapefruit and malts.

Taste is sharp with with a nice amount of citrus to it. Finish reveals a rye malty presence.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

I really like this Terrapin APA. Easy to drink and enjoy.

10-01-2007 21:39:26 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Best Before 09/03/07

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, some malts, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, slightly malty/citrus, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA, would buy if it was around here. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

09-24-2007 23:13:03 | More by Wasatch
Photo of biggmike


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Had this on draught at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Also had in bottle. Pours an attractive orangey-copper color. Hop aroma is evident as soon as you pop the top from the bottle. The rye is evident in the aroma as well. Taste has a very prevalent hop character up front that tranforms into a malty finish that balances well. Good mouthfeel, drinkability is high. I loved this one.

09-09-2007 15:26:46 | More by biggmike
Photo of chilidog


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Picked thisone up in Atlanta.
It pours a nice but hazy burnt orange or rusty bronze. A half inch tan head settles to a nice solid firm to lace thick rings on the glass.

The aroma is faint, though my sample is pretty cold. I do pick up some rye sour bread.

Taste, good. Lots of rye malt. More taste of floral and citric hops. Hints of rye, sour dough, grapefruit with say a sweetness backdrop.

Mouthfeel, it finish's abit sour with a good citric hop linger.

Drinkability, oh ya. A good flavorful session brew. Alittle complex or entertaining, but easy to just enjoy

09-07-2007 21:58:36 | More by chilidog
Photo of gunnerman


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured into a pint glass pours a rustic golden copper with a fluffy foamy head that left some insane lace on the glass. Smell is roasted barley and malt and a bit of hoppy character in there, also some roasted rye and wheat in the mix as well. Taste is a flavor explosion and a damn fine offering at that I can taste a bit of malty bread with a tangy tart hop bitter, and also some roasted chicken and a bit of wheat freshly grounded up in the mix as well. This was my first offering of Terrapin and finally we get some love in Florida, can't wait for their other brews to make it to the state.

08-29-2007 23:06:46 | More by gunnerman
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Poured a slightly hazy orange hue, with an initial head of about a finger that dissipated to about a cm. of white bubbles. A web of lace clung to the sides.

S: Citrusy hop scent with the rye coming through in a mellow fashion, slightly detectable. Hops also seem to provide a bit of spice, but not overpowering.

T: Incredibly balanced, which I thought would actually be a lot more hopped out from the smell. The rye malt makes for a pleasant introduction, semisweet and grainy that transitioned to a spiced hop bitterness that never overstepped its bounds. Perfect for a pale ale; just enough character to stand out, but humble enough to not hog the spotlight on the palate.

M: Light body and refreshing taste, combined with a spot-on level of carbonation and a slightly dry yet enjoyable aftertate.

D: This, to me, speaks of innovation in the APA category. For a style that has been beaten to death, Terrapin breathes new life into its rotting corpse. Okay, maybe that's a bit too much, but you see what I'm getting at here: this is a pale ale that will stand out in a crowd and wow you with its drinkable nature and balanced flavor.

08-26-2007 20:42:14 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Drew966


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale pours an apricot color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a very nice mix of malt and hops in the aroma. The hops are piney/citrusy in character. This is a particularly well balanced ale. The flavor has a strong, noticeable malt backbone that stands up nicely to the hoppy, citrus and pine bitterness. I'm not sure that I can pick rye out as a flavor, but I don' t doubt it has a contribution. Well done.

08-26-2007 00:06:40 | More by Drew966
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