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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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1,676 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 51
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,676 | Reviews: 768
Photo of jdubjacket
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber that leans more towards the yellow side with a smallish white head that remains.

S: The nose has a lot of hops, grassy herbs, pine, mild citrus, and a touch of rye malts. Brilliant!

T/M: A crisp beer that is moderate in body and has a good dose of carbonation. The hops give this beer its bitters which are balanced nicely with the malts and hint of rye.

D: Definitely a nice beer for a long round. As always, I find the moderately bitter beers to be better matched with the task of thirst quenching.

Photo of tayner
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a shaker pint, courtesy of leftmindedrighty

This one poured golden with lots of carbonation bubbles that at first looked like i was pouring ginger ale into a glass. that all settled and the head nearly disappeared which was a bit disappointing.

Smell was floral hops with a touch of sweetness/honey.

Taste was a floral/citrus hop flavor dominating with some sweet malt and honey sweetness to balance out the hops. It was quite nicely balanced with bold hop flavors and plenty of sweetness. There is a touch of undercooked rye bread in this one as well.

At first the carbonation was nice, but as it sat it went a bit flat feeling. I guess i needed to drink it faster.

Very good drinkability for hot weather as it is light, thin, and bitter rather than sweet.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Radiant... a clear golden brown. About an inch of white, fluffy head that fizzled into a nice looking skin. Above average lacing, too.

S- Malted rye, hops, and a slight whiff of sweet fruit.

T- Begins with sweet breaady malt snd hops, some citrus. Ends with bitter hops and rye.

M- Medium to light body, pretty crisp, slightly creamy. Ends with an oily texture.

D- This one is pretty tasty and not too filling. Goes down without much effort. A great pale ale with a twist.

Photo of osi
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep orange with absolutely no head. Kind of dissapointing. Average Lace.

S - Freshly cut strawberries, rye, malts and hops. Very balanced.

T - At first the malt is there and rye hops in but is then the first part of the taste is finished off with the malts. The hops are sneaky and fall into the latter part of the taste.After taste is slightly bitter with the essence of rye lingering on the tounge.

M - Light to medium body. Carbonation first touches the front of the tongue and then fades to flat as it goes down .

D - This is a good brew. Nice and complex. Not too filling either. Would accompany great with a good ol' southern meal. Try it out.

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

Bottle courtesy of emacgee. Thanks Ethan!
Pours a clear amber gold color with a white head that lasts a good while. Smell is Nicely hopped with a zesty rye zing and light maltiness as well. Taste is a very balanced hoppiness up front with a maltier finish with a nice amount of flavor. Crisp, lightly bitter bite to it, with the taste of rye present. This is a fantastic, easy drinking and flavorful Pale. Very nice.

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.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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