Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 119 | 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 meechum
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of adowney523
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of bradford
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Phatz for another fine beer gift.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint cold.
A - A golden amber w/ a slight haze and 2 finger off white head. Smooth top and tiny bubbles rise to the bottom of the head. Lots of lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus and grapefruit odors from hops fill the nose of the beautiful apricot hued ale. Sweet malt aspects are noted as the head begins to fall. A nice fruity arom of apricot lingers on.

M - A snap of carbonation is followed by sweet and dry malt that leads to a more dominant acidity

T - The taste is really well balanced even though the hops seem to be heavy in the aroma. Great grain flavors that are light and dry w/ sweetness in the finish. The hops give a sweet,yet "just bitter enough" effect to this beer. The citrus notes meld well w/ the taste of the rye accent giving a great flavor w/ a tinge of astringency. Everything you might expect from a good pale ale w/ a splash o' rye.

D - So smooth it is really a well made beer. I recommend it, today it was my breakfast beer w/ eggs covered in applewood smoked mozzarella.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle purchased from Chips Wine and Gourmet in Duck, NC.

Appearance: Dark golden bordering on light amber with a slight hint of copper. Very clear with streams of carbonation racing to the surface. A thick, frothy head tops the beer. Ample lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Fruity, somewhat spicy with plenty of citrusy and earthy hops.

Taste: Starts slightly fruity with hints of apricots. Plenty of citrusy hops make an appearance with a grapefruity like taste but also there is an underlying herbal, earthiness probably from the EKG and Fuggles hops that are used. Bitterness is on the light end, very clean. Has a biscuity like quality as well in the malt profile as well as a slight spiciness due to the rye.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth in the mouth, slightly creamy and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: A session beer through and through. Has enough flavor so as not to get boring. A nice fruity and biscuity maltiness that is balanced out by both citrusy,herbal, and earthy hops. The rye lends a bit of spiciness. Overall a nice pale ale. A beer worth seeking out. Recommended.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date printed clearly on the label. Lots of description on the label, along with a turtle playing the banjo.

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with a bit of haze, thin head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops and a grainy smell that I associate with rye beers. Hops are floral.

Taste: Interesting - the rye flavor is very present throughout, but not overpowering. Nice amount of floral hop flavors well balanced with the malt backbone.

Overall impression: Very nice, very drinkable - I wish this were available at home!

Photo of srrn
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect day for this beer, 100 degrees plus. Poured a nice reddish amber color, clear, with off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells of a bit of rye (I think, maybe the power of suggestion) and piney hops. Taste is very clean, piney hops, I don't get as much citrus as others seem to. Very nice bit of oily mouth feel. The bitterness lingers in a pleasant way. Nice highly drinkable beer, taste remains remarkebly consistent as it warms.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep copper almost amber. Has a solid white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is slightly grassy hops. Not getting much else though.

Taste is very good! Rye on the front with the many, many hops causing a traffic jam in the middle. The only traffic jam I've ever enjoyed. Finishes with the nice malty balance that makes this beer so smooth.

Overall, this is a beer that is new to my area, and I'm glad it is. Very tasty and unique. I really enjoyed the rye in addition to the delicate balance between the malt and hops. Highly recommended!

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. The head is thick and bubbly if poured aggressively, but fades fast to a loose bubbly layer. Somewhat fruity in the nose, sweet, but with sort of a sour, very slight earthy smell as well. Weirdly enough, for a beer that isn't close to one, it sure takes on the smell of many DIPA's I've had, mostly because of the malty sweetness. Lots of light but sweet malt combined with citrus hops (probly the cascade aspect of the beer). The citrus aspect comes off juicy over the middle of the sip, but the beer finishes semi-dry. The other hops used in this are more of the earthy subtle English type hops, probably giving it the dry earthy finish it shows. The carbonation seemed a bit high in the glass I initially poured but I transfered that to another glass and it came out ok, just needed to warm up a bit and release some carbonation. A good beer. A little more rye or a little more hops would have been nice in this.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow (I was expecting darker for some reason) with a minimal head that drops to scattered bubbles.
Smell is malt, citrus (lemon & orange) and a hint of hops.
Taste is citrus, hops, pine with malt way in the back.
Medium body, fizzy all over the palate for about 5 seconds. A touch bitter finishing with a hoppy/resiny aftertaste that fades evenly and gradually. A touch more lager-like than expected from a pale ale, but not a bad beer.

Photo of Talisker
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sensation session beer. Just the right amount of rye to make it unique and interesting, but not too much of anything.

12oz bottle received in a trade poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. Not much of a head - makes me worry about age. Clear gold color. Nose has some hard-edged malt - not hop-led like (say) a Sierra Nevada Pale, but not mellow or sweet, either.

Taste is wonderful. All sorts of grain dancing on the tongue, some weight and thickness to the texture, hangs around a bit, almost overstays its welcome. Hops add character, but aren't the showcase given the bitter malt. Begs for a follow-on sip.

One of my favorite pales. Like no other.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head and a skim of lacing left on top.

S - Rye spiciness in the aroma with some citrus hops in the background.

T - Citrus hops and rye spice up front followed by a raw graininess that lingers and becomes dry in the finish.

M - Light side of medium with just the right amount of carbonation and dry spiciness that lingers.

D - A nice easy drinking pale. I could drink this one all day.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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