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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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1,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 49
Gots: 132 | 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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Photo of summerlightning
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass. Bright golden color with 1 1/2 finger head that lingers as well as the lace on the glass. A noticeable hop aroma, but not overwhelming. There is a hint of rye as well. Nice mix of malty and hoppy taste with average carbonation that makes for a nice well rounded beer. It was much better than I thought it would be and certainly would (did) have another.

Photo of Samminator
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A clear, golden-brown liquid with numerous tiny suspended particulates (yeast, perhaps?)

S - "C" Hops and earthy malt

T - I bought this sixer at a gas station in Dacula, Georgia. Once home, I found that the beer is 9 days past its "freshest if consumed by" date, and that it was contract brewed for Terrapin by a brewery in Frederick, Maryland. I've drunk this beer many times, but was peeved by this, anticipating a bad sample for my review. But... This beer's flavor was absolutely excellent. I haven't read any other BA reviews, but I see that its aggregate score is only a B-. I'm not sure why. There is a complexity to this Pale Ale that I think is singular. The flavor journey opens with clean malt sweetness. Post swallow, there is a pleasant bloom of peppery hop bitterness, followed by a honey-coating tongue feel (yes, I'm sure it is honey), concluded by a clean hop-bitterness linger. Excellent!

M - Nicely thick for a pale ale. Smooth, not overcarbonated.

D - Highly drinkable. Each sip leaves me wanting another within 10 seconds or so.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this Rye infused ale sits in the glass a golden amber, sending plenty of carbonation up to a rocky, white, one inch thick head

S - rye is definitely present, and strong and flavorful, but the hoppy profile is stronger; the two create an aromatic synergy

T - they reverse roles in the taste, the hoppiness takes a back seat but is there and the two flavor mesh well together, some earthy notes like charcoal or birch

M&D - smooth and quite easy to drink, the girlfriend stole half of this one, well rounded and full of body, terrapin impresses again

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy light copper color. An average size white head, has ok retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- A floral hop aroma with hints of spiciness. Also something here that's really sweet can't put my finger on it. Also some bready smells and a touch of rye in there.

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

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Worth a try for sure. Overall, pretty easy to drink.

Photo of roan22
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. bottle purchased at Capone's, in my short stubby tulip glass. The bottle label doesn't state the ABV, IBU or any other specific information about the ingrediants used [personal nitpick I think].

Appearance is a clear, orangey-gold color. Light lacing left on the glass. A few carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is of sourdough bread and a sweetness..some plant like or minty hops on the nose as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: starts off with a well-balanced intermingling of toasty malts and bittering hops..then a sourdough bready note..followed up with more hop bitterness then a numbing mintyness on the tongue.

Drinkability, I've decided, does not improve and in fact gets worse as I finish the glass. I don't like this numbing aftertaste. Starts promising but...needs something to tie all the flavors together better.

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

a: pours an orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fairly fast leaving a hint of lacing in a slender ring around the edge of the glass
s: citrus hop bitterness, hints of earthyness and rye
t: hints of caramel malts but the beer nicely features citrus and earthy hops
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice brew

Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

Pours a deep orange gold. The head is thin with little retention.

Smells of citrus, hops and rye. There's a sweetness to it.

The taste is first and foremost hoppy like any pale ale, but the rye comes through in the background. It alters the bitterness of the hops just slightly. The sweet and citrus from the smell aren't as evident in the taste.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and tingly. It feels about average for a pale ale.

A fairly good beer, my first rye and worth a try. Nothing absolutely spectacular.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't go wrong with a banjo playing turle.

Pours a very clear, dark straw color. 2 finger white head with some retention and great lace up top. Smells of sour rye.

Crisp, almost harsh, rye up front with some woody, smoke hops. Nothing really steps to the front: balanced, I guess.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber brown with a little foam that did leave lacing through the glass

S - aroma or rye and earthy hops

T - caramel malt up front followed by some nice citrus hoppiness and a spicy rye finish

M/D - nicely carbonated smooth drinking brew, many different flavors make this very interesting and I would definitely try it again.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Orange-yellow body beneath a sticky 2-finger semi-offwhite head. Head subsides after 3 or 4 minutes and leaves nice lacing on the glass

S - Mild to heavy citrus hops with a sweet mash backbone. Smell of orange peel up front.

T & M- Definite citrus hop profile up front with a mild hop bite. Less and less bite as it warms and sweetness increases. Not too bitter and slightly metallic in the end. Pleasant, but not spectacular aftertaste. Mild carbonation leaves the beer less crisp than preferred. Smooth and creamy going down though.

Not overly impressive. A little thin and leaves me wanting more. Very sessionable though.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Smoke Rise Bottle Shop in Stone Mountain, GA. The beer pours a mostly clear copper/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing. Floral hops, malt and rye in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with hops, grapefruit and rye flavors along with some bready malt in the background. The finish is hoppy with lingering floral notes, plus some rye and malt aftertaste. Pretty solid all around.

Photo of n00tz
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber, almost orange unfiltered body with a thin white head poured into a wheat glass. Very active carbonation.

S - Grassy notes, with a pleasant citrus malty cover. It actually smells genuinely desirable with the balance of hops and rye.

T - Sweet citrus (orange) hops with a rare (for me) enjoyability out of the Rye. I think they may have also added a bit of centennial or one of the other more bitter hops because it has that slight pine bitterness on the end.

M - The only place where it scored less than it could have, it had a bit of texture that stuck on the palate, this would be perfect if it was clean and clear after swallowing. Pine bitterness sticks, which is friendly.

D - Overall, this is a great Rye, I'm really looking forward to more from Terrapin and because of this beer I'll give other Ryes a chance to grace my tongue.

Photo of Brewsmith
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle set to me from a friend back east. Aroma is a little hoppy with a slight hint of spice. Color is a honey amber with an off-white head. Flavor is clean and dry, bitter without being over the top. A little rye character in there. Balanced but not much malt in there. A descent pale ale without pushing the boundaries.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding pale ale. Pouring a brilliant orange color with a fizzy white 1 1/2" head that dissipates as I drink. It smells spicy and clean. Tastes is very good, with slpice, hops, and rye. This beer is very drinkable. I would consider this and outstanding session brew. I will be going to get more of this as it's finally available to me.

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to moose3285 for dealing these my way, & for being a fine human being as well!

If there was a Facebook group for "Rye Beer Fans" I'd be all over it. Loved Terrapin's Rye Squared, so was looking forward to trapping this one in a glass.

This beer is so drinkable I almost finished it before remembering I was sitting in front of a patiently waiting computer screen. The rye touch in this one is much lighter than the Rye Squared (obviously, I guess), with a touch of spice. This brew is airy, rollicking, tart, & dry. So easy to drink.

Very good. I'd recommend this one on drinkability alone, this would be a stellar session brew.

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer last year during UGA's homecoming weekend, visiting my buddy in grad school. Believe it or not, the rye aroma and flavor is much more abundant straight out of the tap. I would actually rate the draft a little higherbased on that. This beer opened my eyes to the quality and complexity of rye beers.

Appearance: From the bottle, this ale poured a hazy golden honey color and formed a nice unbelievably soft off white foamy head. The head was about 1/4" thick and had great retention. Lacing was very subtle, but it was there.

Smell: Crisp citrusy hops flood the nose and clears the sinuses. A much cooler breath of fresh air leads to the invitation of sweet oranges and rye bread.

Taste: The spicyness and crispness of the rye is eye opening. Very well balanced, although I can't seem to grasp any malt. The hops lend a bitterness to the finish that is very enjoyable and cleanses the palate awaiting the next "bite" of bread.

Mouthfeel: The Terrapin Rye leaves my mouth feeling so fresh and so clean clean. Seriously, this is a crisp finishing beer, with a hint of dryness. I would say it has moderately high carbonation, but I don't think it detracts from the enjoyment of the brew.

Drinkability: Don't fear the turtle!!! Terrapin turns out some great brews, I have yet to be disappointed. The rye pale ale is extremely refreshing and very pleasing. This beer is one of my fall back favorites, easily obtainable and affordable.

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger head that fades into a one-finger head. Light reddish-copper color.

Aroma is full of spicy rye and biscuit malt with some hop bitterness.

Taste is very spicy upfront with a bit of sweetness. Biscuit malt and hops are secondary in this brew. Pleasant and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of spicy rye, sweetness and biscuit malt. Smooth.

Very delicious for a rye pale ale. Reminds me of my own efforts. Definitely a flavorful, sessionable pale ale that you can't go wrong with.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had at mellow mushroom, poured into a pint glass, one finger of head, tan body some lacing.
mild smell, some hops but thats about it.
taste is a little better, mild hoppiness, floral, bit of citrus, i can taste the spiciness of the rye which is nice, this beer is ok, i thought it would be better, but its not horrible, i would buy it again, but only if there was nothing better

Photo of beveritt
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a turtle wearing a straw hat, chewing on some wheat, and playing a banjo. Best enjoyed before 12/09/08.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of light tan head. This settles very slowly; still leaving a decent coating of foam. The beer itself is the color of medium honey with a slight red tint and a mild chill haze. Decent lacing.

Smell: Distinct noes of dry-hopping; orange citrus blends will with notes of honey sweetness. All in all, a pleasant and nose filling aroma.

Taste: Earthy hops upfront with enough grapefruit spiciness to balance out a medium bitterness. Underlying bitterness of rye blends well with that of the hops. Slightly sweet honeyed malt. Bitterness lingers well.

Mouthfeel: Average to below average carbonation. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A good example of Pale Ale, with something extra added by the rye.

Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got in a trade as an extra with cashew70 - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The front label had a best by notch system but only shows month and week but not year. It was a hazy golden color with faint carbonation and slight lacing. It had a small off-white head that quickly faded to a broken foam with small collar.

The aroma was a bit subdued. Hoppy with a bit of malt sweetness and rye as well. Not bad but more subtle than I expected. The taste was pretty good but missing the hop bite. Very drinkable and what is there is pleasing but needed a tad more hop to make it top tier for me. Good mouthfeel.

Overall, a good solid beer but just short of top tier APA for me. Glad I got to try it as I've read good things about Terrapin and have been wanting to try them. Also knocked another state of my list. Recommend if you can easily get. I'd like to try at least once more.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crisp and clean to the tounge this is a summer and spring beer to be sure!

I love this brewery because it is what is right with the south! They make some incredible beers and this one is on that list! If you get a chance to check it out on draft do that because the bottle taste while good is not as satisfying! Cheers and enjoy this one!

Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent rye APA but not as good as I was hoping. Aroma was very nice. Sweet rye malt with some grassy and earthy hops. Pour was beautiful. Deep dark red with a nice 2 finger of white head. Taste was a bit disappointing. Watery and thin with a lot of sweet rye and sugar. The hops and malt seem like they are fighting each other. Decent carbonation. I love rye pale ales...this was just too thin.

Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

woo hoo! my first Terrapin! thanks MMAJYK

Pours a transparent orange/brown color with a medium sized frothy white head that leaves some soapy sticking. A surprising amount of rye and pale malt on the nose balanced by a sweet grapefruity hop character. ...bready mid palate, man this is awesome. Im a huge fan of rye beers and this one really nails that level of maturity i seek in them. Hops initially, subtle with a sweet bitterness, then comes the sweet malt and rye bread adding something great, for the finish the hops return and the aftertaste is a wonderful blend of the two. I get a small hint of chocolate as it warms... This is great, light/medium body, moderate carbonation and very drinkable.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin comes to the Burgh! I picked up a mixed sixer of it, this was one.

Hazy copper body with a healthy sized white head that has some staying power and slightly laces the glass.

Smell is some mild hop profile and a good malt backbone. Just a touch of rye.

Tastes like it smells, as usual. Some hops come through up front, a little bit piney. The middle is a nice malt profile, with noticeable rye and a little bit of caramel or toffee like flavor. Finishes with some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry. Light bodied.

Pretty drinkable brew, decent stuff.

Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Contract brewed in Frederick Maryland for Terrapin Beer Company. Pours a orange/light amber clear color with a thin white head. The head retention is about average, sinking down to a covering of the glass. Leaves good thick lacing.

Smells somewhat hoppy, mild but pleasant.

Taste was nicely balanced between hops, up front and in the finish and malts which led the way in the middle. I detected a little sour vegetable kind of taste in the middle (the rye???), which resulted in the low taste score. The finishing hops wipe this taste out, but it was still there.

Mouthfeel was rich enough for the style. Overall drinkability was ok. If I had SNPA, I wouldn't order this beer, but overall it wasnt that bad either.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.