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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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1,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 118 | 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 wescj
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Has an orange, coppery, autumnesque hue. 1 finger white head, poor retention. Thin lace.

Aroma isn't very prominant. Slightly sweet and spicy, with a hint of the rye.

Tastes very crisp. Rye is there, though not overpowering.

Very drinkable. Might not make it the only thing I drink over the course of a night, but wouldn't complain if it was all that was available.

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange with very small head. No retention, but ok lacing for some reason. Smells of pineapple, alcohol, bread and grassy hops.

Taste is a wonderful mouthwash of hoppy goodness balanced by a slight touch of malt sweetness. Slight metallic bite, but finishes with a nice mellow breadiness. Mouthfeel is a tad on the spritzy side with medium to high carbonation, but drinkability is high nonetheless. Great APA.

Photo of beerphan
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

firkin -> 20oz dimpled mug

Arrived a slightly cloudy orange with a big wispy white head. Lace was respectable and appeared in thin silk like spiderwebs.

Nose: Hoppy, floral, faint rye. Smelled delicious

Well balanced and sweet. Rye flavor was tame but balanced the floral hops perfectly. Some citrus flavors and bread like ryeness creeps in. Taste as well as it smells. Bitterness was tame but present.

Fatheads was giving this stuff away on friday for the terrapin kickoff! Kudos and good luck to the guys from Terrapin, You guys kick ASS!

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

Pours a very nice dark copper color with excellent head and fantastic lacing. It has a nice scent, very sweet from the grains, but not as floral/citrusy/hoppy as I would've thought. Very nice taste, a bite of hop to begin with, followed by a huge grain/malt/rye hit that sweetes it, but finishes with a nice balance between the two. The cask version goes down absolutely great.

(On tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA)

Photo of westweasel
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mrmambo for this georgia brew!

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.
The beer pours out a copper/straw color with a 1/2 inch white head. Belgian lacing is left along the glass. The head retention is excellent.

The aroma has a sweet, malty bread-like character with a perfume-like quality. The taste has a strong malty bread flavor with a fairly bitter and dry spicy finish. (Seems like a spicy noble hop.)

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium level of carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable, but I find the spicy finish a little distracting.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pale orange with a soapy white head. Bubbles keep popping and then filling up with foam, like little volcanoes. Nice lacing.

S. Nose is full of rye and some wheat. Some resinous hops definately in the mix as well.

T. A nice caramel malt body lays the foundation for a nice intermingling of rye and hop. The rye is bready with pumpernickel tones. Hops are crisp and provide an earthy bitter snap. Cracker like graininess. Perfectly balanced and nearly flawless.

M. Medium bodied with even smoothness. Crisp and semi dry finish. Leaves the palate wanting more.

D. I am down with this beer. Very tasty and refreshing. First I've seen of Terrapin in PA. I got to try a sample of Hop Monster and was very impressed as well. Pushing the boundries of the style and I love it.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice light copper with a small head that disappears quick, but the lacing is nice.
Aroma is very good, very hoppy with a touch of citrus and floral notes.
Taste is good, some rye, and kind of a mix between american and english hops, citrus (grapefruit, orange) and floral hops make a pretty good mix.
Mouthfeel is thin and dry (rye), and I am a little dissapointed with it, but this is a very drinkable beer, and nice in some ways. I would probably prefer this in the summer.

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

A - Hazy dark amber with a big thick off white head. Good lacing.

S - Mostly grapefruit/pine/grass citrus smell for me. Not very strong at first but gets stronger as it warms.

T - Toasted and caramel malt, rye, grapefruit and piney hop flavors. Fairly bitter for a pale ale but a tasty beer indeed.

M - Light to medium bodied. Slightly sticky.

D - High drinkability. A nice pale ale that I return to because of it's nice rye note which makes it stand out amongst other offerings.

Love the label artwork as I do most of Terrapin's offerings.

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

Pours a light coppe, not much head. Some hazyness, in a good way.

Strong citrus, and a few smells that seem different to me. Dry malt? Biscuit.

Malt, hop medium, hop finish. Some piney finish. Smell doenst move into taste.

Sits well, might be a tad imbalanced, but overall good.

Id love to have some more. Solid brew, not over the top.

Photo of number1bum
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap before and liked it a lot, so grabbed a bottle while I was in Orlando.

Pours a clear light amber color, a few bubbles rising to the top and two fingers of near-white head. Leaves a bit of stick and keeps a pretty good lace.

Smells of earthy and pine hops, with some spicy rye and caramel and toasted malt aromas, and a bit of citrus even. Quite a hoppy nose for a pale ale of any distinction.

Taste is also quite hoppy for a pale ale, with earthy and citrus flavors, a bit of pine and a substantial bitter hop smack. The rye is used perfectly here, and complements the hops beautifully. Also a bit of toasted malt and some caramel. Long lasting hop bitterness with a bit of that spicy rye left on the palate, too.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, a medium body with a nice creaminess and ample carbonation.

This bottle did not disappoint at all. The outstanding brew that I remember from having had on draft. This is one I would keep in the fridge with regularity if it were available to me.

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

Pours a clear, bright copper, with some lacing.

Smell: Fresh hops, I prefer the smell to the taste.

Taste: Crisp with lots of hoppy bitterness, more bitter than hops.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: A rather bland standard offering.

Note, on-tap is many times better than the bottle, bottled it tastes like a cheap macro lager. This is really the first beer where I have ever noticed such a pronounced difference.

Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with fast fading white head and decent lacing for the first couple of inches. Smell: light breadiness, apricot, spicy hops, grapefruit. Taste: spicy and grassy hops upfront, followed by a mild grapefruit flavor, tangy. It's a bit light on the malt and body, but still tasty and eminently drinkable.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one in a mix pack I picked up in Birmingham... poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Even with a hard pour, no head at all, no lacing, nothing, hardly any residual head after a minute or so.

Not much of a smell to it... faint sweetness but weak overall. A little bitterness to the taste, there is definitely a pressence of hops that didn't come through in the smell, but again, nothing strong or overpowering. This one tastes watery to me as well... I guess it's a pretty good drinkable beer, and judging by other reviews, here's hoping I just caught a bad batch or bad bottle.

I have a few more... so hopefully I can update this review.

Updated: Definitely enjoyed the next one more than the first... huge head, so the first must have been flat. Marks have been updated. Cheers.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome.
4.25 for appearance and smell.

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with awesome retention and a nice orange color.

Smell is of sour rye and a bit of c hops.

Dry hopped c-hops come through to the nose on the swallow and it is so nicely balanced with the sourness of the rye and the slight bitterness of the hops. It's so well balanced and works so well.

The malts cling well the the palate and leave a slight stickyness that is balanced with a moderate crispness.

This beer is so well balanced, it's awesome. The sour rye with the perfect balance of hops with a slight dry hopping=one hell of a beer.

Thanks to Rblwthacoz for this one. WOW!

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

My favorite pale ale on the market

appearance: light brown copper color

smell: slight hops to slight rye grains

taste: great pale rye carb flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with salty snacks

I love this beer, and I now love rye beers

Photo of PatronWizard
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange hued copper. Cute little head of big white bubbles.

Very weak fragrance - like 15 parts per million. I'm having the same trouble with the taste. There is a flavor and it's full bodied enough, but, I dunno, kinda bland. Bready. Just burped up some flava. That's better. I could easily drink this all day and all night and all day again, but I'd probably reach for something with a little more attitude.

This baby is gone in the blink of an eye and there's not a whole lot to reflect upon here.

Overall: worthy I guess

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

A: orange copper and a nice 1.5 inch head but no lacing as it settled.

S: nice citrus and piney hops detected, nice rye malt and spicey

T: Crisp and spicy up-front, layer of malt sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent mixes with the malt and the hops well balanced. Fits the style to a tee IMHO

M: Lite body, perfect carbonation

D: very nice had 2 in a row, I love it.

Photo of boldcity2008
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange in color with a 2" head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing develops during the session. Slowly rising carbonation bubbles and the thick head makes this beer look great.

S: orange citrus and some grassy tones are the strongest tones, while hints of caramel malt.

T: grainy malt sweetness, oranges, grass, and a decent bitterness make up a refreshing ale that sports a bit of a dry finish.

M: crisp and tart. Medium bodied beer.

D: fantastic and could drink this all day and night and have drank many 6 packs in 1 night.

Photo of chaz410
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks to Dustin from Terrapin for alowing us to dry this great beer from Terapin, it was a pleasure to drink this in your presence haha.

Ok...so this beer is beautiful up front. It is dark and rich in color. THere is a nice almond head to it.

The nose is very nice on this beer. It is sweet and hoppy while striking smooth rye malt notes thoughout. It is well rounded and not biased to really any style.

The tast is a little tart, quite hoppy, and has a nice malt rounding taste and smoot malty mouth feel. It is very clean and very well balanced.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a largely transparent, bright copper color with a nice, fluffy two-finger head - almost white, but not quite - that leaves great clumps of sticky, streaky lacing. Carbonation is slow and fine-bubbled. Very nice.

Aroma: A nice spicy grain note is very prominent - definitely the dry - and it mingles well with the grassy, leafy hops and other slightly roasted but largely pale, sweet malts.

Taste: Similar to the nose, and a little better than on tap, in my opinion. It's mild, but that nice grainy spice is still there, as is a light hop bitterness and hay-like, grassy notes, and a light bit of roast. Overall, a very balanced, pleasant taste, if not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, pleasant. A little solid fluff of a feel, due to the hop presence. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A little better even than on tap, I might say (which isn't something I say too often). The tastes were a little fuller, more rounded, in my opinion. Either way, it's an impressive brew w/ a manageable alcohol level, a nice balance of flavors, and a nice offering from Terrapin.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber. Nose is kind of grain-ish. Flavor is bringing an interesting mix of rye and pale ale characters. The rye is definitely providing a bite. But I feel like it has been toned down by a hop presence in there. Feel is a slighly thinner slick thing on the liquid and the carbonation bites a bit on the tongue. Overall a nice brew. Hearty and a bit robust.

Thanks to michaeld23 for this one.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer some time ago on a trade, as a bonus beer. I believe it was with tpd975 , so thanks, if so!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with golden highlights. Initial pour provides a ½ off head which disappates quickly.

N: The nose of this beer, as it suggests is full of sweet rye, formal hops and brown sugar malt sweetness. The presence of rye almost suggest a medicinal aroma or an astringent quality but it doesn't take away from the beer's scent.

T/M: Medium bodied and medium flavored. This is an average carbonated mix of sweet and sour flavors. Lots of malt sweetness, more than I expected. In the middle of the drink, the floral hops become apparent. The unique rye flavor makes this beer quite interesting and enjoyable. It may be the smallest bit watery at times. Very refreshing with a ghost-like bitterness that lingers for a while after drinking.

Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice transparent copper with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is great--rye grains, citrusy hops, and a hint of roasted malts. The taste is not as prevalent as the scent, but still has what's expected of an APA--bitter hops, some rye, and the not-so-expected--mouthfull of malts. Mouthfeel is little more carbonated than I like, but still pretty good. This is a drinkable APA that's as good as anything available at most supermarkets.

Photo of prototypic
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kkipple for the bottle.

Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. A very attractive vanilla colored, two finger head sits atop. Retention was excellent. Very persistent in its desire to stick around. Huge sheets of lace lined the glass.

Smell: A strong hop aroma starts it off nicely. There's a good mix of pine and citric qualities. Grapefruit and pineapple aromas are sweet and refreshing. There's a nice earthy, grainy smell probably attributed to the addition of rye. There's a little bit of malt that's appreciable in the nose. But, it takes a back seat to the strong hop presence. Very lively, nice smelling beer.

Taste: It's actually a little sweet and malty up front. Hops don't waste anytime spoiling that party. Hops feature an impressive array of flavors. There's some pine, citric, and earthy qualities. They're very flavorful and provide an excellent bitter flavor to this beer. Part of the earthy/grainy aspect has to be attributable to the Rye, but it's not overpowering in any way. It's merely a role player. But, an impressive performance nonetheless. It suspect is provides that slightly spicy bite that emerges late. It finishes a little dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is all around relatively smooth. Carbonation is a little high and negates some of the smooth feel. But, not enough to make it unpleasant. Drinkability is very high. Perfect session beer. I could drink a ton of this stuff.

Terrapin's got a winner with this one. There's nothing material to complain about. It really is an all around fine beer. I'd love to have this available in Ohio. It'd be a staple in my fridge if that was the case. Since it's not, I'll have to extend my gratitude to Dan for sending me another fine beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing one of my standards.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an off-white head that leaves a cap and some decent lacing. The aroma is a mix of rye and hops with a solid caramel malt base. There's a whiff of spices in there as well. The taste has less rye and a bit more hops, with an earthy hop kick up front. The finish is slightly dry and bitter with a medium-bodied mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is one of my go-to beers and is extremely drinkable.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.