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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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1,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,677
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: 1,677 | Reviews: 768
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with almost no head and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops & rye grain, along with some citrus, caramel and spice.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of rye, citrus and caramel. I suppose the fact this beer is an APA and not a Rye Beer is testament that it doesn’t overdo it with the rye, like some other beers do, which I think is a good thing. There’s a strong hops presence that comes in next to provide a good balance but doesn’t overpower you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, if you’re in the mood for this type of beer this is a good one to drink several of.

Photo of Tilley4
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, what an awesome session beer. This is one hell of a pale ale.

I can't expound on how this beer looks or smells any better than anyone else.

Wonderfully citrusy/piney taste to this perfectly balanced by the rye malts. This would be the perfect summertime hanging out beer but it tastes damn good here in December as well.

I am loving the fact that this brewery is licensed now and working full steam.

Photo of slatetupelo
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to Spring when baseball season starts up, this means two things:

1. Atlanta Braves Baseball
2.Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

I could drink this beer everyday, it's my favorite of the Pale Ale style. I'm looking forward to trying other beers with rye in them.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 fingers width of poofy white foam that eventually settled down and left good lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued but mostly consists of fresh citrus and hops.

Taste is predominantly mellow sweet rye malt up front that then finishes with a nice kick of fresh hoppy citrus. Mouthfeel is a crisp light medium that mixed with a low ABV, makes for one quaffable brew.

One of my favorite Southern beers. A nice blend of flavors and huge drinkability make this a good year round sessioner.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a three-finger head that dissipates to a small lasting cap... average lacing.

Nice fresh smell... lots of hops... piney, citrusy and floral. An unidentifiable scent might be the rye.

Hops flavors such as grapefruit and pine along with the evident rye. Some malts also through the middle, finishing with a bitter hoppy bite. I'm not a hophead, but this is good!

Average mouthfeel and carbonation for the style I guess.

Drinkability is good... plenty of flavor and nice smells to keep it interesting. Maybe my favorite APA thus far!

Photo of timbro81
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to evolbob for the sample.

Best before date of 30Nov07, five days too late. Before I get started I just want to say that I am usually pretty wary of any beer that has one city's name on the label yet is made in a different state all together. Very havy light copper beer topped with a fluffy head that slightly laces its way down the glass. Smell is soapy and grainy with maybe some bitter chocolate. Not very pleasant at all and quite a challenge to get past. Mouthfeel it rather light and not much to the taste. Upon swallowing the soapyness and grains come back into play with some slight banana and clove notes. Very subtle citrusy hops tag along in the aftertaste. Ends slightly dry. My first rye beer, kind of dissapointed (sorry Bob). Could have been expired, only a second tasting will tell.

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

12oz single, shipped by blackness

appearance: pours into an ale asylum pint glass...quite clear copper body, big beige froth with strong retention, rather light in body

smell: not an overly distinct aroma...caramel malts, rye loaf and very bready, minimal hop

taste: aroma was rather indicative of the taste as well - mildly metallic rye notes throughout, bready and malty, caramel, nutty...a pretty easy drinker

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

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

A: Pleasing light orange color that is a little cloudy. Thin head that doesn't "hang around for dessert." Very little lacing. Good start.

S: Floral hoppiness that hits you in the face after hovering over the glass. Hints of canned fruit cocktail or something sweet and fruity. Also something sour... perhaps the rye.

T: The hops make their presence known along with the rye sneaking in initially. A little bit of malt taste toward the finish.

M: Nice thin beer (as is to be expected) with a HUGE bitter hoppy finish. Those Terrapin guys really love some hops.

D: Good session beer. Nice one to sit down with on an average Tuesday night.

Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Clear dark yellow with a frothy head.

Aroma – Bready and malty

Palate – Smooth, slick, oily.

Flavor –Citrus hop that finishes sweet and dry.

Final thoughts – It’s an OK brew for a Rye ale but there are much better choices out there..

Photo of pwoods
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this tasty extra.

12oz. brown bottled poured into a pint.

A: Pours a clear, forgettable amber. Less than 1 finger of white head with little retention. Not much lacing.

S: Nice floral hops covering this brew with a distinct rye backbone. A little bit of a tang from some grapefruit. Malts are a bit subtle but add a controlled sweetness of caramel.

T/M: Drying rye big up front. Nice citrus notes at the beginning. Plums? Malts take over in the middle with a bit of sweet caramel and an interesting biscuit-y note. Surprisingly dry finish for a pale ale. The body seems almost watery at first until the malts pop in and beef it up a bit.

D: Very drinkable. Nice twist on a classic style and I'd love to have easy access to this.. Would make an excellent session beer for cards or yard work.

Photo of PBoegel
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune of sampling this brew when I visited my brother's family in the Atlanta area this past summer. My only regret was not finding a way to bring back a case at the time. After hearing rave reviews about this beer, I have to say it delivers. I love the combination of Rye in beer, especially a pale or hoppy beer, unfortunately, more often than not it seems Rye is added as one of 8 or 10 different malts in a messy grain bill designed to say "look at my beer."

While these guys I believe are still strictly contract brewing their product they have clearly struck the right chord with the right malt and hop bill to make an exceptionally pleasing Pale Ale.

From my notes:

Aroma is clean with subtle hints of Rye character and graininess, underneath a clearly citrusy american hop profile. The taste profile on this beer is clean and dry with a hop bitterness that brings you back for more, with just enough malt character to balance the tipping point towards astringency. This is a brew that goes well with a nice summer BBQ but would also be able to stand up to roasted duck and turkey. Extremely drinkable, two six packs shot out in less than 2 hours I recall, after everyone drinking the Corona criticized me and my brothers for getting "more beer".

Photo of ruckzuck
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I'm not going to reiterate the standard review that others have done a good job with here. Instead I'll just talk about what Terrapin Rye is to me.

Terrapin Rye is one of my favorite beers; it's my session beer and my go-to beer wherever I am. It's delicious in the bottle or on-tap and ever so drinkable. I could have this all night, and I pick up a 6 pack/week on average. It's also quite a refreshing beer after a bike ride.

If you haven't had Terrapin Rye and your local (pub or store) has it, do yourself a favor and give it a chance! You won't be disappointed. If you are, well, I can't help you! I really can't stress how drinkable this beer is. Just lovely. I look forward to taking a tour of Terrapin's new facilities in Athens at some point sooner than later! On a closing note, I believe I'll have another Terrapin Rye right now. If I ever leave GA the two beer-related things I'll miss the most will be the Brick Store Pub and Terrapin beer. Cheers!

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium straw yellow with a nice thick head that leaves behind an ample amount of lacing.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma with a malty sweetness that is noticeable.

T: A nice mix of spicey rye, citrus hops and doughy bready malt.

M: Nice and light

D: Very sessionable.

Overall: I really like this beer. I have drank numerous sixers of it over the summer and I often turn to it as a session brew. I like Rye beers and am thankful Terrapin has come to Florida.

Photo of meechum
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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