1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,667 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 50
Gots: 141 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,667 | Reviews: 767 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Cresant
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Best by date of 3/16/08. The body was clear and golden honey in color. Three fingers of lumpy head left sticky ribbons of lace. Sporadic lazy carbonation bubbles rose.

Smell was grainy. Lemons and grassy hops. Spicy.

Taste was spicy grassy hops and grainy malts. I found this to be a well balanced APA. Rye presence added complexity to the flavor. I wish I had access to this one all of the time.

Mouthfeel was medium in body. There was a light slickness. Very drinkable.

Photo of wspscott
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in pint glass (spring break)

A: Dark gold with thin off-white head, no lace, crystal clear
S: Sweet like honey, hint of flowers. This does not smell like a typical APA.
T: Sweet, caramel, honey, hoppy bitter (doesn't seem like typical APA hops). Slight sharpness (rye?)
M: Crisp and dry on tongue, slightly oily
D: Hook up the IV. This is a great pale ale. Hard to imagine improving. Highly recommended. I wish I could get this in KY.

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another opportunity brought to me by ncvbc.
Bottle poured a good finger's worth of white bubbly head on top of a clear gold body in my pint glass. The head dissolves away to a nice thick lace

Aromas of rye and grasses along with some bread and hops fill your nose

Nice malt sweetness comes through first followed by some grasses (rye) and a good hop finish. Great balance in flavors

Clean and soft mouthfeel with just enough carbonation

A session beer for sure very drinkable and easy to kick back a few

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 04/18/08, cheers Ding!

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grassy & bready, especially as it warmed

T: Grassy, peppery grain, breadyness & a touch of dryness up front along with lemony hops. Grainyness, a bit of honey malt & crispness follows as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, peppery crispness& some grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation & creamyness

Drinks very easy, the rye adds a nice drinkability/crispness. A great session APA

Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best by 4-8-08. Consumed on February 20, 2008.

A: Poured into a mug. Body is clear coppery-amber with a 1/2-finger off slightly off-white head. Some lace left behind.

S: Clean, fresh, juicy citrusy hops. Didn't get any sense of rye, but the hops were pleasant, though not overwhelming.

T: Toasty or breadish malt followed by grapefruity, citrusy hops. Slight taste/feel of rye is noticeable, especially lingering -- seems to cut the citrusy hops a bit with a certain dryness. Nice balance; crisp, clean and very tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy with good carbonation lending a crisp, drying feel to it. Body is lighter than medium in heft.

D: Excellent. Goes down VERY easily -- I think I drank two of these in under 30 minutes.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 11/5/07 - sampled two months before that. It pours a well-carbonated, crystal-clear orangey/gold hue, with a loose, three-finger khaki head that leaves nice lacing. Toasted and biscuity malts in the nose, with a decent helping of rye and a light backing of hops. The taste is similar, with citric/piney hops that impart a medium bitterness, but the rye is more subtle than in the aroma. Medium, drying, yet fairly smooth on the palate, and it imparts a medium finish. Not too shabby of a pale ale, but even with the rye it isn't different enough to make it a standout brew.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luckily my job requires I travel from time to time. When in Gulf Shores, AL I was able to came across this beer that thought I had to try it.

12oz bottle poured. Sampled during December and January. Reviewed 2/2/08.

Appearance: Clear coppery pour, steady carbonation, a thin head that fades fast, a little lacing.

Smell: Rye with a earthy herbal aroma.

Taste: A citrus flavor (not overpowering) with a nice rye flavor coming in.

Mouth feel: Crisp. Clean. Good balance with the carbonation.

Drinkability: I like it. Easy to drink. I wish I had picked up more than just one six pack. I'm really curious about their Wake & Bake Stout. I know I'll be keeping an eye out for this one in my travels.

Photo of drunkmonk
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: enjoy by 5/31/08

Appearance- Clear copper, lively carbonation and nice sticky lacing.

Smell- Rye dominates with malt and just hint of earthy hops.

Taste- A good dose of rye upfront and slight malt presense. A moderate bit of tea like hop bitterness to finsh.

Mouthfeel- Slick and crisp with lively carbonation.

Drinkability- This one has session written all over it. A very crisp and refreshing balence of rye,malt and hops.


Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for this extra!

Pours an amber/orange color with a very thin head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is very faint, hard to make out much, slight hop aroma.

Taste is a complete surprise since it had nary an aroma, decent hop kick, not too overwhelming, goes down very smooth with a good sweetness balance, bit syrupy but not overdone.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love that banjo playin' farmer Terrapin on the lable!!

Best before 5/31/08
consumed on 2/11/08

big thanks to ncvbc for this one.

This one is an orange-hued amber color with many big bubbles rushing to create a spacious, bubbly, all-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a respectable amount of thin foam and a solid ring around the edge.

Sweet red fruits> wild raspberries and mandarin oranges come to mind, it's a nice hoppy scent that is balanced with a whiff of rye bread malt.

The flavor is very fruity, but more tangy than the aroma will lead you to beleive, still mildly sweet, but the herbal and slightly bitter aspect of the hop really pops out in the flavor. The hop flavor overall has good complexity and is balanced out very well with the wheatie, rye and malt triad. finishes herbal with dry wheat.

The feel is light and crisp, very clean but dry and finishes dry, the rye gives it a much more dry effect than most other APA's, but that's fine with me.

highly original stuff, a nice twist on a pretty standard style.

Photo of Atlas1
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to find the Terrapin brews here in DC, so when I saw a sixer of the Rye PA at Franklin's brew pub and nic-nac store in Hyattsville, I jumped at the chance. I hope to find more around town in the future, despite the fact that I'll soon be leaving DC.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Rye PA appears a soft golden amber color, with a decent one-finger head and good lace. Lots of carbonation here, keeping alive the peach fuzz on top of the glass. The nose is very pleasant. It's almost a sharp malt scent; distant light fruits, but with a bit. Must be the rye. It's not an overwhelming aroma, and it might not impress everyone, but I find it quite nice. It tastes strong and bitter, with a nice rye accent. Not IPA hoppy, mind you, but solid pale ale hoppy. The rye adds to the sharpness in the flavor, helping the hops balance out the malts. An acid-like bitterness lingers even after the beer has been swallowed. Not bad. Not great, but not bad. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry.

I like this beer. A very nice session brew, in my opinion. The rye character of this pale ale really helps it stand out among its brethren. It's not eye-popping, or very fancy, but it's a solid beer with much going for it. It's convinced me to seek out more rye beverages too.

Photo of abedenbaugh
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Clear slightly dark amber color with a off-white head that shows a little lace.
S:Wonderful bitter hop aroma dominates most of the nose. There is a little bit of malt sweetness in the background.
T:A lot less bitter than the smell lets on. The bitterness is on the lower level of a pale ale. There there a little bit of rough flavor at the end that might be from the rye, or maybe a rough bitter taste. There is somewhat of a citrus flavor from the hops and also a flavor of English hops, too. The malt flavor is present at a low level, but the things that I do pick out are biscuity and toasty.
MF: Medium body.
D:Very easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, but the one thing I didn't like that much was the little bit of harshness that was at the back of the palate. But other than that they did a great job.

Photo of hops4me
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper body with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. White fluffy head sticks around for awhile. What does dissapate leaves a good lace stuck to the sides of the glass.
S - Floral and citrus but not too pronounced like other APAs.
T - Body is on the light side. Immediate hit of bitterness followed quickly but a sweet toasted flavor. The floral and citrus hops take over in the aftertaste.

Overall I really like this beer. Extremely drinkable. Would make a great summer beer. I have yet to meet a Terrapin I didn't like.

Photo of drperm
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Purple Onion, Saluda NC.

Nice draught...not too spectacular in the aroma department (but not bad either). Great with a Mediterranean platter (baba ghanouj, hummous, tabouleh, olives...). The wee bit o' rye does clean the palate and leave you thirsting for more. I'm getting good at this identifying beer thing -- I had a hunch that it was dry-hopped (VERY floral on the tongue), and sure enough, it is!

Photo of Pointman
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer - cloudy pour, but the smell and taste were very good. I was expecting a little more rye overtone, but didn't find it. I thought the finish was nice, and it lingered on the palate.

Had it at the Mellow Mushroom in Augusta - best place to go to in Augusta.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of a Terrapin brew! and a good taste it is.
Not the prettiest a pale ale can be but there's to complain about other than that. Reminds me quite a bit of a milder version of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. The rye character is giving another level of flavor to what is a tasty, pale ale base. Very reminiscent of a tasty rye bread which compliments the citrus hop character quite nicely.
Very smooth, well balanced, and easy to drink. If I had easy access to this fellow I could see this making a regular appearance in my beer rotation.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barefootbrewer for this one.

Pours a bright but hazy dirty straw - orange color. Head drops quickly and leaves some lace, with a lot of carbonation release.

Smells of roasty caramelly malt, juicy hop grapefruit and pineapple, and a little rye spice.

Overall taste is fairly mild, with malt flavors considerably weaker than the nose hints at. It has strong grainy flavor and a fresh hoppy lift with rye spice on the back end. Grainy bread finish fades to a light bitterness that hangs for a while, somewhat souring the previously well balanced palate. A little different for an APA, with a smooth taste and rye spiced graininess.

Mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with quite a bit of tingly carbonation. Some hop stickiness and overall smoothness that's very appealing.

Very drinkable, with an agreeable %abv and pretty well balanced flavor.

Photo of clabaugh
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale, orangish copper color with a one-finger head. Moments after the pour, the pristinely white head recedes into a cloudy froth on top of the beer.

Smell: Toasty malts infused with a pungent hoppy spiciness rush into the nostrils. The malts come through with notes of caramel and brown sugar. These sweet aromas imbue the rye maltiness with a rich, festive character that is quite enjoyable.

Taste: Finely balanced flavor combining juicy hops and subtle, roasted rye malts. Caramel, vanilla, and a refreshingly bitter finish contribute to an excellent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a faint syrupiness that helps the liquid slide down the gullet. Light carbonation provides just the right activation of the palate.

Drinkability: Superb balance with near delicious flavor. Satisfying, but not too filling. A bit too robust for the ideal session beer, but definitely a beer of which I could enjoy several.

Photo of Lupe
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper that shines with great clarity. Small white head leaves some lace.

Sweet-tart aroma with grain and floral hops.

Starts crisp and spicy, with malt sweetness and bread stepping in. Hops are fairly mellow, but build to a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent. Hint of wood. Well balanced, smooth and flavorful.

Light-medium in body. Crisp and smooth. Easy to drink, but I can see growing tired of this beer after a few. Rye character takes away from sessionability.

Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

Clear amber to orange colored ale with a decent off-white head.

Smell is malty and quite hoppy but not over the top. Little bit of wood, tea and perfume in this ale. Slight sour and tangy scent of rye but the malt and hops are more interesting.

The taste starts out neutral to barely sweet and malty with a woody aftertaste. Dry and woody with a mellow malt character, hell of a mellow ale. Rye is detectable but not really the interesting part of this beer.

Good full mouthfeel.

Helluva drinkable beer and one that has upgraded my opinion of this brewery. A truly mellow beer that is frankly a lot like Firestone Pale Ale in sheer quality. Damn tasty if I even move to this part of the country I will know what my everyday beer will be now.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin- Rye

Thanks to Lackenhauser for this 1.

A- Golden orange with a huge frothy white head. Big sticky lacing on the glass.
S- Ample amounts of rye, and citrus rind.
T- Orange and lemon rind, Iced tea, rye, and a slight touch of fresh green hops.
M- Sweet and chewy with the slightest touch of citric bitterness.

Overall- A nice tasting Pale Ale. This would be a good session beer.

Photo of skittlebrau
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ok, haven't done one of these in awhile. I got this out of a bottle I got for Christmas.

Appearance: Pours a lovely tan brown color, in between khaki and rust. Head is not terribly thick, just a layer of white foam about the width of a finger.

Smell: It smells...like a beer.

Taste: Tastes pretty good. There's actually a little bit of maltiness here. I guess that's from the rye, this is my first rye-pa. I want to say there's a little toast here, but it's hard to tell. There's some hop bitteness present, but it's very pleasant, just enough to make the beer a little more assertive.

Mouthfeel: What can I say? This isn't a malty beer, so there isn't a whole lot of mouthfeel. It's just a little thicker than water and there is no graininess to it. There is a trace of oiliness from the hops as you swallow and your mouth dries out.

Drinkability: We've got a winner. If there's one area this beer excels in it's drinkability. This is a very balanced, refreshing beer with just enough flavor to keep you coming back for more.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear bright orange-amber with a minimal head which faded quickly but did leave some unexpected lacing.

The aroma is clean and fresh, with some floral hop notes backed by a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is of bready malt with a touch of citrus presence, on the orange flavor side. Sweet at first but not overly, with a very nice crip, dry and bitter hop finish. A touch of rye grain flavor but they use a light hand with it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with low carbonation, very smooth and a bit slick, thought it could use a bit more carbonation.

What a nicely balanced APA! I have to say it compares favorably with my benchmark for the style, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It went wonderfully with the shrimp we had for dinner and the stew as well. I would have to highly recomend this, it's nice to have a regional brewery near me with high quality offerings!

Photo of tmitch75
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift from a coworker in Georgia, I doubt it was too fresh but it didn't seem to affect it.

Pours a clear orangey color with light head and little lacing. The smell is citrusy and piney with bready notes in the background.

Solid malt flavor up front with rye present but not overpowering. Hoppier than expected with a wonderful piney citrus hop flavor. The rye adds a little something to it, even though it would still be a solid APA without it.

Very smooth mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation.

This is a VERY drinkable beer... I could drink several of these, either with pizza or burgers, or on its own. I wish this beer was available in Illinois, and would love to try Terrapin's other offerings.

Photo of aforbes10
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From shivtim (thanks). Pours orange brown with a nice white head. Clingy, spotty lacing. Smells of fresh rye bread, nic floral hops. Tastes is slightly bitter, well hopped. Flavors of light lemons, rye, and with a bit bite. Tangy, bready rye is a nice compliment to lemony hops. Light bodied and smooth. Nicely drinkable, tasty and well put-together. Up there with the Founders Ryes.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.