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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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1,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 105 | 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 Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Absumaster, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

everetends, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Homerbag, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been on a kick to try a new beer every week, saw RPA at the store and decided to give it a try...

12oz bottle poured into a session glass.

Beer pours to a very clear honey-color with a very robust lacy head that dissipates slowly leaving some foam residue along the side of the glass. The beer has a clean stringent hop odor matched with a slight smell of roasted nuts and rye bread.

Beer is clean upfront, bold grassy/piney hop character with a dry lingering malt flavor throughout. Very refreshing at the finish, although piney hops do tend to stick on the palate a bit for myself. The beer is kinda thin, suits the style alright although I'd prefer something a bit more "dente".

A good beer, but I was expecting something that would have portrayed the rye character a bit better... perhaps a bigger grain bill or less aggressive choice in hop? Either way, I wouldn't turn one down, but it may be awhile before I have one again on my own dime.

hooligan, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a DFH pint glass yields a clear golden amber body capped by three fingers of creamy white foam that retains at a fluffy sheet and leaves broken rings of lacing.

Smells spicy with a nice earthy character and a hint of black tea.

Tastes of sweet, lightly-fruity malted grains with a light caramel syrup presence; again, a hint of tea, plus a definite spiciness precedes a nice bitter finish.

Plenty smooth with a refreshing light-medium body and excellent drinkability.

cvstrickland, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into my pint glass.

A- Nice orange/dark yellow in color with an inch head that when dissolved left lacing.

S- Citrus hops, grain is suspect rye.

T- Very hoppy citrus flavor at end is most prominent. Prior to that you get some sweetness, hints of rye and malt.

M- Standard fair for good pale ale, mild carbonation and mostly light body.

D- I little bolder than some pale ales that I drink such as Yazoo, which is also very good. If you like pale ales this is one to try to get your grubby hands on at some point. Its the only Terrapin beer I've had so far.

Misfit138, May 22, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham NC. The beer was slightly hazy burnt straw colored with a thin creamy micro-celled foam. The smell is IPA-ish, definitely hops are the predominant aroma, citrusy and not unlike Red's Rye or Gumballhead (not exactly similar beers, but the amarillo aroma is the same). The taste is nice, well balanced between the malty sweetness and the massive hops bill. I found it tastier and more drinkable than the Rogue IIPA I was drinking side-by-side with it. Overall a very nice beer and I'll keep an eye out for other Terrapin beers in the future.

TurdFurgison, May 14, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and amber hued beer with a small head that stuck around.

Smells of rye bread and grassy hops.

Taste is a unique maltiness due to the rye I suppos (my first rye beer). The hops come in with a grassy & citric flavors that give a substantial bitterness.

The mouthfeel is right on for a pale ale with good carbonation.

All-in-all a great beer.

rtratzlaff, May 09, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember where I got this one, maybe kkipple? But acquired at DLD and much appreciated nonetheless.

Pours a clear golden/amber, thick white head forms, drops some nice lacing, great retention, nice foamy layer and ring. Smell is nice, honey, straw, some rye tang, lemony citrus kick, light floral, not very complex but very refreshing. Taste is similar, quite light but nice flavours, some malty sweetness at first, honey, rye spice, wheat, floral, some citrus, really dry tangy finish, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, perfect mouthfeel, perfect hot weather beer. Thanks!

Viggo, May 09, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See my review for the bottled Terrapin, as well. This didn't look quite as good on tap as it does when poured from the bottle. The head doesn't build quite as well, but it retains decently and leaves good lace on the glass. The aroma for this beer on tap is excellent. The hop aromas are still there, but the rye malts really present themselves in the draft version of this brew. Taste is similar to bottle--tangy, herbal, and spicy citrus hop flavor is present with a light underlying balance of pale rye malts. No sweetness, but thirst-quenching bitterness. Body/mouthfeel is similar, with a little bit more carbonation on tap than from the bottle.

BamaBeerBuff, May 09, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got in trade from shuajw - thanks!!
poured from 12oz into tulip glass
poured a red-ish golden amber with a light head

smells spicy, bitter hoppiness, and other complexities

you can easily taste the rye overpowering all the malts, boosting the hop power, a really nice version on a pale ale, the rye does wonders (please note i am a huge fan of anything rye)

mouthfeel is spicy and a nice texture with a good amount of carbonation

another great terrapin brew!

drxandy, May 08, 2008
Photo of SchmoTerp
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with thin white head which leaves only minor lacing. The nose is one of hops and grain...not surprising, but still attractive. The taste is first of hops following by the rye, but almost in a bready way.

Advertised as a complex ale, but not as complex as the bottle makes it seem. It's a great all around beer but I wish the rye (not the bread) were a bit more pronounced. What is truly great about this beer is you can have it with just about anything and just about anytime.

Since it is one of the few microbrews sold locally, I try to keep a few bottles in the fridge.

SchmoTerp, May 06, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with freshness date clearly marked on label.

A - A gorgeous honey/amber color with a half finger white head.

S - The nose is that of bold citrus and earthy hops with maybe a faint sweet honey smell in the back

T - Great hoppy flavor that finishes clean. Some sweetness also present from the malted rye. A pretty balanced flavor from the hops and malts, but the hops win out in the end for me. Pretty damn tasty

M - The complex hoppy flavor blends really well with the carbonation. Also, by holding the beer on the tip of my tongue, I can pick up some of the sweet flavors from the malts. Good stuff. Finishes pretty clean

D - A light bodied, easy to drink pale ale...pretty much all I think needs to be said here. I definitely enjoyed this beer

AmishT, May 04, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best before: 05/31/08, poured to the 'Abita' pint glass. Love that banjo-strumming turtle on the label!

Also had this on-tap recently in the Atlanta area (Summits/Snellville)...

A: Slightly hazy golden-copper with fair amounts of carbonation, rising in thin streams. Head is short, not more than 1/2 finger, an off-white that fades to a paper-thin film. Specks of lace cling to the glass.

S: Aroma is sweet and bready, like honey on wheat toast.

T: What a tasty APA! It's not too hop-heavy; malt graininess (and subtle darker/sweeter 'rye') play very nicely with a mildly zesty citrus/floral hop profile. Subtle caramel, an even more subtle candied fruit, big malts. All come together wonderfully.

M: Clean, fairly light hop bittering. There's a springy air to the mouthfeel, without much gassiness; nice carbonation.

D: Way too easy to drink: well-crafted, well-balanced flavors; modest 'sessionable' abv. As this was on only one, I lamented how quickly it was gone. Note to self: get more RyePA!

Thanks, wickedpete, for the extra!

msubulldog25, May 03, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very unique beer for me. I enjoyed it well chilled in a pint glass. The pour was beautiful, a deep honey color with a red hue and a two finger eggshell head. The aroma was a little hard to detect which disappointed me a little, I got faint hops and rye but it took my nose right up to the brew. The taste was pleasent and chewy. Kind of loogey inducing which I like. Taste of oily hops and a little floral with a kiss of rye. Over all a good brew.

Portertime, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from BlackBearForge. Thanks!
Bottle poured into a pubglass.

Nice color, but not a wower. Yellow with pale amber tones. Not much head to speak of and the lace is thin and loose. Pretty clear with no sediment and only a small amount of haze.

Prominent hop aroma is grapefruit and prominent is the word for it. Smells like an IPA. Slightly noticeable biscuity yeast nose. Malt does not show up for the aroma.

Yum. Very smooth flavors. Dry, puckering hop flavors and biting, crispness from the rye. Light on the malt with a slght ester presence.

High carbonation. Moderately slick feel from start to finish.

A very drinkable beer. Very crisp and clean with sweetness in the hop profile with only a bit of help from the malt. I soooo wish I could get this stuff here, I could see myself killing several cases this summer. I've just been inspired to brew my first Rye PA.

cookin420, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a mug and when held up to light, it was a clear reddish amber color with a white head that seemed to dissipate quickly, but not entirely. Some of the head seemed to stick around for pretty much the entire drink, which was a little unusual. Also when held up to light, you could see some light carbonation. The beer gave off a definite hoppy aroma. This followed through to my palate as well. I found the beer to be smooth, simple, finished with a bitter aftertaste and overall very drinkable. Overall, a pretty good pale ale. One that I would definitely buy/order again.

PhillyStyle, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liberty Taproom & Grill on 04.04. Served in a tumbler.

Light copper in color with bright golden highlights. Creamy, half-inch white head with sturdy retention leaving thinly webbed lacing down the tumbler's sides. The aromas are of fresh and bright, spruce/pine hop resins. Slight whafts of citrus as well. Spicy pine flavor with light pear, lemon zest, and faint grapefruit. The semi-sweet toasted malt provides adequate substance for the bright hop character. No adjunctory wheat or grain traces whatsoever. The bitterness is assertive, but light leading to a spicy pine aftertaste. Light, medium in body; active, but not over the top. Very flavorful and highly drinkable. The rye addition makes for a very interesting combination with the hops, almost giving the drinker the impression that this is an IPA. Whatever it is, it's certainly worth having a few pints when you have the opportunity.

NEhophead, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Copper-orange with brown edges and thinnish off-white head with some stickiness and lace.

S: Plenty of spiciness with a touch of piney hops and a soft sweet malt character.

T: A modest spicy rye contribution dnets the medium-sweet maltiness with more typical floral and piney hops that I expected. It comes off as an earthier, spicier APA.

M: Oily and slick like most APA with bit more zing on the tongue from the higher-than-average carbonation.

D: Softer rye flavor than Bear's Hop Rod Rye (which I prefer hands down) but good and sessionable.

argock, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. A very thin layer of head forms and dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is clear, amber-orange in color.

S: The aroma is dominated by the spiciness from the rye, which smells a bit like coriander. The hop presence lingers in the background with pine and faint citrus notes. The competing aromas nicely complement each other.

T: Good bitterness up front. The rye comes through in subtle notes that give a hint of rye bread. Good malt background helps the flavors blend well.

M: Smooth drinking with moderately high carbonation to keep the bitterness from inducing too much "hop fatigue" on the tongue.

D: An above average pale ale with a spicy kick. Makes me wish I had more than just one.

ewright, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale copper in color with the slightest haze. Little to no head - more like bubbles struggling to the surface, then reducing to a slim white ring around the glass.

S: Light malts with an interesting fruity smell, along with some citrus hops. The malts are a little different; perhaps the rye?

T: Malt flavors are light and well balanced with the hops. There is an interesting sharpness with a bit of a dry edge. There isn't a ton of flavor in this but what is there is very well presented. The hop balance still leaves some room for the light malts to come through just enough. The finish is light, with just a small bit of hop bitter coming through in the linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively light and easy to drink, going slightly watery toward the finish. The carbonation is light as well, adding just enough to create a some additional body. Overall, this isn't really exciting, but it is a nice brew to just drink and enjoy, and that I did.

SIRIUS2, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a SweetWater pint glass. ALOT of lacing and a strong head hangs around for a good while. Smell is typical American Pale Ale - citrus & pine. Taste is pretty average. Well-balanced, but more of a subdued flavor than what I prefer in a Pale Ale. This is my go-to beer for Summer.

jdubjacket, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not 100% sure but I'm guessing ncvbc hooked me up with this brew. Enjoyed the other offerings I've had from Terrapin and I love Rye brews so this should be tasty. Drank from my Laughing Dog Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orangeish red with excellent clarity and a half finger bright white head that recedes fairly slowly. Leaves a nice cap and collar with very little lacing.
Smell- Nice and clean with some fresh fruity hops that are half pineapple and half freshly cut grass. The rye is noticeable with its raw grainy spiciness a bit of sweet malt adds a almost butterscotch backbone.
Taste- Starts very fruity with the Pale Ale aspect showing first with the same fruity hops that were present in the nose. A bit of lemon zest and grapefruit are the dominant citrus that give way to a zesty bite from the rye. A bit of caramel malt sweetness is more than present toward the middle and in the finish that adds the balance that brings this brew together.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with the nice spicy zest from the rye is more than noticeable. The carbonation is sharp and small, just the way it should be.
Drinkability- This is a fantastically drinkable brew that is exactly what I had imagined a Rye Pale Ale would be. It's very light and crisp with that Rye bite that I thoroughly enjoy. Very sessionable as well, you could drink a sixer of this stuff and not have any idea. Great beer, big thanks to Walter!

younger35, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper colour with quite a bit of carbonation. A small head that sticks around.

S: It smells of grassy hops with a slight malty/sweet undertone

T: There isn't much flavour in the beer, it has a nice hoppy/bitter finish but that's about it. The malts are very hard to taste.

M: Creamy with a bit of carbonation

D: Yes, nothing much too it.

swizzlenuts, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ncvbc, thanks again!

Pours a bright dark gold color, with a decent head.

Aromas are kind of spicy, sweet, malty, and of brewed tea.

Beer has that crisp and spicy rye flavor, it's pretty prominent. There is a tea like quality, a very dry feel, and a hint of pine hops on the finish. Pretty tasty and complex little beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Feels dry, with nice crispness from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good too. This is a tasty and easy to drink beer. Very session worthy, and a nice way to kick off the weekend.

flexabull, Apr 11, 2008
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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