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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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1,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 754
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 thaichile
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden with a decent little head on top. Hop presence on the nose. Nicely balanced between hops and malts is more reminiscent of a 2IPA rather than an APA. Very slightly sweet with a smooth, thick finish with some biitterness at the end. I’d have this one again. Thanks to dherling for this bottle.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass, the beer is a medium copper with an orange hue. The small head dissipated rather quickly, but hung around the sides of the glass for the duration. Carbonation was average.

The aroma was primarily citrus hops and sweet malt with a spicy note. Mouthfeel was smooth at first, gaining a coarse feeling after a short time. The taste began with sweet malt and bitter hops in perfect balance followed by a spicy rye flavor. The finish balanced the malt, rye flavor and a bitter, but flavorful hop finish. For an easy drinking beer, there is a lot going on here.

This beer shows that you can make a complex, flavorful beer and also make it easy to drink and refreshing. I could drink this at the beach or with a fine dinner - a very versatile brew.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I must note that I was able to try this beer on-tap through the "Terrapinator," a hop-infusing device that filters the draught through whole hop leaves right into your glass. A truly unique and beer-licious experience.

Appearance was golden, with mild effervescence and a clean-look. Good two-finger head retention. Smell was incredible, almost as if I was about to eat a bowl of hops; spicy and woody. Taste, definitely lived up to the smell and then some. Light touch of maltiness, with a big, spicy hop bite throughout. Overall pleasing to the palate and a great tasting beer.

Photo of Byeast
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice clear deep golden color with just a tinge of orange/amber, solid 3/4 inch of offwhite froth.

Smell: Hoppy , with citrus , rind, and a zest that almost reminds me of spearmint, a bit of bready malt in there as well.

Taste: Nice soft feel and balance, hoppiness comes quick with a raw citric bittersweetness, then the malt blends it out a bit with bread and a tannin-like tang, also some faint spice(the rye?) a hint of raw cane sweetness comes as it warms, some more tea like hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: soft , medium bodied

Drinkability: Although i can't honestly say that i can really notice the rye, this beer does have an interesting, different, and fresh taste. Nice APA hoppiness but not too much , and a great mouthfeel, quite quaffable.

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

I found Terrapin Rye Pale Ale on-tap at the House of Brews in Huntsville, AL. It was served to me in a standard pounder at colder than recommended serving temperatures (36-40°F). This regular offering from Terrapin was nice and lively with more than ample carbonation that created a short-lived, thin lacy white head that sits atop the bright, sunset golden-copper body. The aroma is decidely hop oriented with some citrusy tones reminiscent of ruby red grapefruit and tanderines, but there's some underlying spiciness as well. The flavor starts off with some cracker-like maltiness from the pale continental malt, but the hop bitterness and rye take over to create a slightly bitter, but remarkably smooth and crisp finish. This medium-light bodied hand-crafted Rye PA is well suited for drinking on a warm Southern Summer day. A very refreshing beer anytime! Try pairing this one with a fresh grilled cheese sandwich and salty vinegar potato chips. Certainly in "tUNe with yOUr tASTe."

CHEERS! Beertracker

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

semi-sweet nut bread malt;
with yes,
hints of real rye
along with pine-citrus hops-
has a spice you can't buy

a slight bitter
well balanced
with a peppery hint
and the malt is sweet enough
to compliment this

Pours a nice amber tan
with a small receding head

mouthfeel is full and flavored
has a slight watered edge

great for gulping or sipping
no harsh sticking points
think it would go well with
spicey or exotic food joints

Photo of froggyfrog
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears thick and golden in the glass with a short white head. Aroma is solid with west coast hops and an intricate grain mix. The rye's hegemony really comes through in the taste with a coarse and spicy flavor that is very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is full and oily slick. Exceptional drinkability, tasty and quite quenching. Thanks go out to Dan from NC for this treat.

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

Appearance: Clear golden amber color. Thick, off-white head with some lacing.

Smell: Spicy rye aroma hits first with a slight caramel note in the background. Interesting aroma.

Taste: Strong rye, like a piece of bread. Spicy, hoppy flavor with some maltiness. Mild, clean hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, good feel.

Drinkability: Quite smooth...goes down well.

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

I like pale ales and this one has a subtle uniqueness to it that I can"t quite place. It has a nice sweet bitter balance and stays lively for quite sime time in a glass. I think it also has a little tangy bite the blends in well. I could drink this beer as a thirst quenching brew. One of my favorite styles. Can't wait till MM gets it on tap shortly.

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

Poured at Taco Mac in Woodstock, GA...appears a copper orange hue while the head forms thick and frothy appears a slight off white and elaves even thick chunks of lacing with each sip. Aroma has a spicy rye component but mainly citrus grapefruit and grassy overtones create the hop aspect of this brew very spicy the hoppy flow is green and fresh with sweet bicuit malt tones balancing it all out what a great smelling pale ale. Flavor hoppy assertive but complex and original the Amarillo hops really leave their mark on my palate heavy grapefruit and citrus components with a strong bitterness and big flavors with spicy rye and moderate sweetnees from the biscuit malt presence very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate smoooth carbonation, slick and oily with some hop resins flowing here. Drinkability favorite beer while visiting the south it just left a mark on me and I could have drank it by the sixer great stuff it really sets the bar for Terrapin Beer.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade from limesmut. Thank you sir!

Poured this one into a pint glass.

This pours a golden copper hue with a one finger head that dies down to a thin layer after pour. Lacing is quite sticky throughout. Smell is a grassy rye (who woulda thunk it) with a nice crisp hint of hops. A nice bit of malt is also present in the nose as well, very pleasant odor. Taste is of a toasted rye (once again, who woulda thunk it). Lemony hops do tingle the tounge at first, but then sugary sweetness comes through and ends with a nice bready malt to tie things up. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, maybe some more carbonation to give it more life. Balance is terrific though. Love the rye ales, and this one doesn't disappoint. Would like to see more breweries expand into this category, only time will tell. The turtle playin' the banjo on the label is pretty bitchin' too I must say.

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

On tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes,Minnesota

Great aroma to this beer....very juicy citrusy nose...the amarillo hops lead the way but it is quite complext.

The taste is fantastic as well...the rye notes are not evident to me but there is a nice malty/biscuity backbone along with a great juicy citrusy hoppiness.

Very drinkable...one of the better pale ales I have had...highly recommended...Zorbaz in DL has about 10-thousand different beers on tap including many hard to find Rogue and Sierra Nevada beers along with others...I don't get there often and like to try a few but I was damn near sticking with this beer the entire time....excellent beer.

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

Served on tap into a pint glass at The Globe in Athens, Ga.

Color was golden, with a 2 finger creamy head.

Aroma was spicy, and grassy with a hint of fruitiness.

The taste was sweet spicy malt with a toasted rye character coming through with a nice dry hop background. hint of grassiness from the hops.

a clean refreshing pale ale, with a nice touch of spice and rye, that makes this an incredibly rewarding and drinkable pale ale.

Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the sports bar at the atl airport hilton. Nice that they have some local brews here plus fried green tomatoes as a side is good vittles.

A-Poured a medium pale brown and clear with a creamy head. The wierd thing is the size of the bubbles just sitting there at the top of the foam. Still head retention is good despite these pox. Nice lace too. The bubbles even retain their shape in the lace. Odd

S- toasted rye smell. You definitely get the rye here. Not much hops to speak of. Mild but pleasingly toasted rye.

T- way too cold at first. Have to let this one warm up a bit. Why must places serve their beer so cold? Why must they have frozen glasses? It opens up as it warms. The rye slightly grassy hops and the sweetness all come through in that order. Dry crisp and refreshing

M-on the thicker side with a low level of carbonation. Almost velvety across the tongue like an english ale

D-a good session ale which is slightly different from the rest. Definitely let this warm up

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

A: Dark, amber orange color. Nice dense foam and some lacing. Clear and beautiful.
S: Hops are very apparent - odd when you expect the rye to shine through. Rye is there though, along with some malts and alcohols.
T: Intially sharp, but it changes as you drink it. Nice malts, rye comes through, citrusy, and smooth. Hops not as present in the taste, sugars there.
M: Nicely crafted, smooth, good carbonation, though light.
D: Easy to drink, a great local brew here in Atlanta - becoming widely available from one of the best breweries in the south.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt autumn orange color with a nice head of dense foam. Medium low level of carbonation. Some lacing in the glass. Nice.

S: Definitive aroma of rye and malt, with a pronounced hop presence. Hints of citrus breakthrough, but otherwise maintain a role in the background.

T: Grains, base malts, earthy husk and wood. Very raw upon the initial taste, but develops into a nice full rounded flavor. Hops are noted, but must be sought to be identified. Mild sweetness is present with the malty bread flavors. Well done.

M: Mouthfeel was a bit too flat for my liking. A touch more carbonation (really, only a touch) would have really accented the brew nicely. Otherwise, the density and smooth crispness fit well.

D: Not too bad. An interesting twist on two styles that the average advocate wouldn't likely consider. Worth trying.

Notes: Special thanks to mikesgroove for the 12 oz. sample via No Name BIF.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boutip (trade #6) clean refreshing well crafted rye. Big headed, well hopped pale with good prominent rye taste. A nice one. Neutral aroma, on the hoppy side. Lighter colour as expected.
On tap about 2 years later at Dunderbanks. Good not great.Lagerish, lacey.

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

This beer poured a clear copper color with a nice creamy head which soon began to disappear. The aroma is strong of hops, but there is some malt noticeable upon second inhalation. The taste is hoppy and bitter, but mixes nicely with some hints of malt. There is a grainy note. The mouthfeel is full and somewhat creamy. I think this would be a rather drinkable brew. I haven’t had the pleasure of drinking many rye beers, but if this is any indication, I’ve been missing out.

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

Bronze color with a thin off white head. Head falls to a thin film that leaves some streaky lacing. Smell is nice crisp citrus hops. Taste follows suit with a nice burst of hops up front. That is followed by a solid grain backbone, i can only assume that is the rye. Crisp, is the word that keeps coming to mind. Very nicely balanced beer, finishes clean. Overall i'm very impressed with this one, enough hops to give it some punch, but a balance that a lot of beers i've tried lately have been lacking.

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

Sampled at an Irish pub I can't remember the name of in Atlanta.

Appearance: Amber/orange in color, clear, good head with some lacing.

Smell: APA levels of citrusy hops, with some rye twang and ale fruitiness.

Taste: Not a whole lot of rye character, but the "twang" is present. APA bordering on amber.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good.

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

Purchased from the Publix off Hwy 72, Madison, AL.

A: Pours orange-red, with a very thick white foamy head that nearly spills out of the glass. Very clear, slight effervescence. Leaves great lacing.

S: Very dry, crisp hoppy nose. Strong rye aroma, very unique.

T: Dry biting start, with a bready sweetness in the middle, and a nice hoppy finish. Tickles the tongue.

M: Moderate, smooth.

D: A unique beer, and very enjoyable. Not what I'd want every beer to taste like, but it's a nice change of pace from most APAs, and I can down one or two very easily.

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with less than a full finger whispy off white head that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing present.

The smell wasn't overly aggressive, sightly earthy and potentially oxidized at first (maybe that's the rye to the untrained beak), but past that there are pine and floral notes of citrus fruit.

The mouth feel was initially influenced by the visible carbonation. As that settled down the mouth was on the lighter side and clean.

The flavor and the nose match up. At 5.3 ABV quite drinkable; a good session beer.

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

Poured a crisp light copper with a razor thin head. The aroma was very strong on earthy citrus and pine hops with caramel malt making a strong presence as well. The beer was very well balanced between the earthy hops and sweet caramel malts, nice and slightly complex. The beer sits medium on the tongue and is nice and crisp with a slight but tolerable bitterness. This is a very enjoyable APA.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Dogfish Head shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear deep copper color with about an inch of dense off-white foam. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass with each sip. The rye notes are certainly present in the nose along with pine and citrus fruits. Tastes of crisp, slightly sour rye grain followed by bitter grapefruit and sweet caramel. Medium in both body and carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. It's a shame I can't get this on a regular basis without trading for it.

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

12 oz. bottle. Best before 8/6/07.

Hazy, golden color. Medium sized, ivory colored, creamy head.

Grapefruit initially, fades as beer warms. Moves to a more malty type of beer. Peach. Caramel which picks up with temp.

Nice balance. Bread & honey. Hops low key and show a herbal/spicy character. Hard to tell if I get rye, or if it is blended into the spiciness I am attributing to the hops. Pepper at the finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, quite drinkable. A nice summer beer.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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