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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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1,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 1380
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%

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 vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale orange gold. White head has low retention and ok lace.

S - Sweet malt, touch of booze. Ok rye note, but there's really not much going on in the nose.

T - Nice profile. Spicy rye, honey, and sweet malt with a light woody bitterness throughout.

M - Medium/light body, medium/light carbonation.

O - Nice drinkability and balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 17:20:28 | More by vfgccp
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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ediaz for this extra! Says best enjoyed by the first week of May...so I'm assuming the hops have faded and it isn't going to be as good as it would be fresh. Pours an almost-clear golden color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is rye spiciness at first with some grain. Not much hoppiness. A touch of caramel malt. Taste is initially bread-like malt with some slightly spicy rye. There is a hoppy presence, but nothing bittering whatsoever. The rye characteristics are lovely though.Mouthfeel is light bodied, but nicely carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, it is an okay APA. The rye definitely helps. If it wasn't for the rye characteristics, this APA would be below average. Like I said before, this is an old bottle, so I'm sure it tastes better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 05:53:20 | More by DovaliHops
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange with a thin white head.

S: A rye grain aroma with some citrus notes.

T: A nice rye flavor with some citrus fruit hop. The finish is more rye grain with a lingering bitter citrus.

M: Lower carbonation and smooth feel. Very drinkable.

O: I'm a big fan of rye beers. This one is definitely near the top. Easy drinking and a nice refreshing citrus quality to it. Very solid. You can't go wrong ordering this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 22:40:00 | More by Kromes
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Not much in the way of visible carbonation present.

S: Nose is a grainy, wheat (or rye, I suppose) aroma with the citrusy hop aroma in the background.

T: Taste follows the nose nicely, with a bit of hoppy dry finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation for the style.

O: This is OK. Nothing special but nothing off-putting. There are certainly other rye ales, APAs & Terrapin offerings that I would drink again before this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:48:16 | More by macrosmatic
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm kind of surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, a couple made it back from Florida with me so here goes. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish foamy white head that persists a bit. Earthy spicy and citrusy on the nose with a bit of sweet toffee and caramel to back it up. Taste follows the aroma very well but intensifies the spicy earthy component and lessens the citrus. Medium to thin body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a great easy drinking summer beer for me, I wish I could get this one locally.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:11:53 | More by johnnnniee
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow, slightly hazy, not much of a head.

Aroma: Mildly hoppy, some honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Refreshing hops and citrus, not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Overall: Decent pale ale with a bit of a twist. Very fitting for a sunny day!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 14:08:48 | More by Arborescence
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz to nonic. Three months before drink-by.

A - Gold. Decent bright white head.

S - Oddly, green apple, at least while the head is still effervescing, but later faint, overlapping a wet grain smell. A little caramel malt.

T - Not sure I'm getting much rye here. I feel like I've been able to detect the rye in past tastings. Just a little bit of hop presence. There was a time in my hopvolution when this beer marked the limit of hops I could tolerate. Now it doesn't seem particularly hoppy except in the aftertaste, where a mild bitterness lingers. I feel like this is slightly watery and could use a more concentrated flavor.

M - nothing of note aside from a slight feeling of hop dryness left behind.

O - A good beer. Sessionable but not bland. I feel like it was more flavorful when I tried it in the past, but that was on tap. I'll want to try it again and see if today was an oddity.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 23:15:32 | More by BrownNut
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Builds a two inch frothy white head that slowly drops leaving huge patches of lace over a dark gold beer with a light haze and occasional carbonation.

An equal mix of orange and pine are followed by grapefruit and caramel with a background mustiness that draws away from its freshness.

The flavor is grainy with hay and a light bitterness on opening. Bitterness builds with time on the tongue and warmth. Grapefruit builds with warmth and the finish, while quick, is moderately bitter.

A light to medium body with a watery texture, fizzy carbonation, mild astringency, and light alcohol.

This beer goes well with football, wings and nachos.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:00:55 | More by SLeffler27
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-10-2012
Freshness: Best by 08-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Schooner glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear beer, with a dark golden, or honey, color. Head is a finger high and white, with low retention and good lacing.

Aromas are mainly of hops, piney and floral, with some additional notes of spices and citrus.

Taste is moderately bitter in this hop-forward ale, with also an earthiness and rye spiciness. Other flavors are of peppers and fruits.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with medium levels of carbonation and body. The finish is clean and bitter with some lingering spices.

Overall a very good beer. The rye adds a nice spice component to this pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:51:22 | More by sommersb
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Dogfishhead ale glass from fridge with thin head that dissipated quickly.

A: Golden honey color with a slight haze. The beer appeared to have a column of darker maple color in the middle with lighter near the edges, a neat little visual effect of the glass and the beer.

S: Nose is mild, with a dried fruit component. There was also an unusual aroma that was part musty, part metallic, which wasn't particularly pleasant, but not so pronounced as to ruin the experience.

T: Splash of bitter hops, quickly giving way to a bready then caramel-pineapple/fruit malty sweetness. Aftertaste was pleasantly sweet, with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Rye as I think of it (rye bread) was not in the spotlight, but likely contributed to the overall flavor profile. I'd be interested in trying this beer with rye as a greater % of the grain bill.

M: Bottle conditioned with perfect fine carbonation. This combined with the balanced flavor makes this a refreshing, drinkable session beer.

O: I'd buy it again, and I'm interested in trying more offerings from Terrapin. Thanks for reading!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:29:08 | More by ohnoitsthefuzz
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1150th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from Whole Foods Tampa for $1.99

App- A semi orange with some highlighted yellow and gold look. A small impish 1/2 finger head presented and faded quickly. Not much cling or lace either.

Smell- A good smelling pale ale with good amounts of hop bitter, rye was there and even some citrus notes presented itself.

Taste- I was a little let down with this one. I wasn't sure about the Rye but if it was only 10% I get why it was so light but more pale with some citrus and some malt behind it. A small tad bit of bitter but note much.

Mouth- A small medium body with a medium carbonation level. A nice bit of malty rye. A little underwhelming but still okay.

Drink- A nice beer, but with the Rye on the label I expected so much more. It's become a favorite style for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:39:32 | More by FosterJM
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle aquired in trade with Dsho, best before Jan 2012.

Golden amber elixer with small white lacing cap. The lacing does ring the glass as this one is consumed. moderate visiblt carbonation. Nose features caramel, rye, and a quick slap of pine. Taste has spicy rye upfront with undertones of light caramel, pine, and a light does of citrus. This one trends toward the sweet side of the palate. Mouth is medium, but has an element of wateriness. Good.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:46:12 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of sidetracked


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with a bubbly off-white head. Some lacing.

Smell is grassy hops, sweet pine, and fruit mixed with a light caramel, rye malt. Some tea-like, herbal qualities.

Upfront taste is bitter grassy hops. Rye, bready malt middle with a little caramel/toffee sweetness. Hoppy bitter finish--grassy and citrusy. Some caramel and pine sweetness remains through the finish.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Very drinkable pale ale. Light, but packed full of flavor. Rye adds some uniqueness to the malt profile. Just as good as I remember it from when I first started drinking craft beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:15:26 | More by sidetracked
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear medium gold with a one finger head that fades to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Smells very citrusy; quite lemony actually. A little bit of spice from the rye is also detectable.

Taste is citrusy hops up front followed by a slight caramel note then some mild rye spicyness. Bitterness is moderate throughout with the beer finishing rather crisp and dry. Mouthfeel is light all around and even a bit watery.

This is a nice drinkable APA that is made a little more interesting by adding the rye. Decent and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:10:27 | More by rangerred
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brown color with a small head. The beer is not very carbonated, so the head diminishes quickly. I love the smell of this beer - honey, caramel, and malty. The taste is bready and malty, with the rye is very much 'up front.' A slight tangy hint of hops in the finish. Very light mouth feel. Good beer, but not overly interesting - can not compete with the other rye beers I've reviewed.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 06:58:34 | More by Neorebel
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1.55/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear, copper color with no head or lace. The aroma is of bread crust, honey, and pine. The flavor is very piney with some lemon. There is a bitter, envelope glue-like aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light-medium and sticky. Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is an ok beer, light, dry, and fairly bland. Slightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:17:13 | More by B967ierhunter177
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3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger white head that doesn't last long. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: Citrusy, grassy, and somewhat spicy. A pretty good malty backbone holding everything together. Nice aroma, but somewhat bland.

T: Starts out a little sweet and then transitions to an ample spiciness with some rye and pine. Maltiness is less subdued in the taste than in the aroma. Oddly earthy at the end, kinda tastes like dirt.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with a pretty good bit of carbonation. Again, starts out a little sweet and then transitions to spicy with a pretty good bitterness at the end, that isn't completely pleasant.

D/O: Pretty average overall, with some typical pale ale characteristics, an added bit of spice, and something that doesn't sit well with me at the end. However, it went down pretty easily. Not bad, but didn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:31:19 | More by Mississipping
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New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle with a enjoy before date of 8/21/2011, today is 1/4/2011 so a little old. Poured into a shaker glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with sediment suspended in the body. Thin white head which dissipates rather quickly.

S: The best way I can describe this is a light sweet tea. It's sweet with a slight fruity scent to it with slight hops, but they're all mixing together and remind me of iced tea.

T: A bit bitter throughout, but in a slightly off way. There's some rye notes through it, but this is rather watery. I would like to try this fresh, but it definitely doesn't hold up much past the date.

M: Watery and thin with weak carbonation, it has a slight edge to it, but it fizzes up mostly and makes the beer feel creamy.

O: I applaud Terrapin for putting a best before date because at least I know this was past the date and I know it deserves a re-rate. I know it's a bit old, but unfortunately the consumer is left with a sub-par beer due to age. It makes me wonder how many "bad" beers I've had were simply bad due to age. I'll revisit this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:11:01 | More by keanex
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a "Surly Power of the Pint" pint glass.

A- Pours a 1 ½ finger white head that dissipates to a nice bubbly layer on top of the glass, splotchy lacing, brown yellow color well carbonated, slight haziness to it.
S- The aroma is very mellow, some citrus, some grapefruit, big malt aromas, bready notes, nutty notes, not much going on in the aroma.
T- Not the greatest tasting Pale Ale, slight citrus, some spice, malt backbone, really mellow beer, not much going on.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, crisp/clean finish.
O- Decent beer, nothing really special or unique going on, easy drinkability, would drink again if there was no other option.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:05:08 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a ¼-finger high head that died down but left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass and on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has hints of spices from the rye and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and the rye spices up an ordinary pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 04:34:52 | More by metter98
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another goodie thanks to rhong187.

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a thin light tan head that is gone almost instantly. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - Defintely some rye, and some carmel sweetness.

T - Light carmel, rye, wheat. Very balanced.

D - Lower carbonation, average body.

O - A unique take and solid. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 04:29:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Distillery.

A - Very bright golden/brass color with a foamy white head. Leaves good lacing, and has excellent clarity.

S - Very hoppy up front with strong citrus notes along with spicy pine and nettles.

T - Lots of citrussy lemon and fresh pine bough. Doughy malt underlies everything, but the rye creates a warm spiciness but not much else. Tastes like a really hoppy pale ale, but nothing outstanding.

M/O - Crisp and clean. The bitterness is a bit much for a pale ale. Worth a shot if you like hoppy rye beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 07:48:50 | More by Spider889
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jamie for this bottle.

A- clear hazy gold with small tight head and some sticky lacing.

S- spicy rye malt and herbal hops

T- subtal rye hits the tounge first followed by clean hops and citrus. orange and lemon flavors picked up

M- crisp and clean easy to session this one.

O- A very crisp easy drinking rye apa. I need to try more of this style to compare others.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 12:59:19 | More by dankster
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up the other day in NC. poured into my duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew poured a straw yellow that settled as a yellow orange with a thin bubbly white head. brew was transparent and had semi sticky lacing as the head bubbled away.

s - nice citric hop with rye. good malt backbone. nice sweetness.

t - really nice flavor. the rye works in well with the hops. solid pale ale. floral. works really well.

m - medium to light bodied, subtle carbonation, cooling and refreshing.

o - overall, delicious. i'd buy this regularly if available locally. great pale ale with a nice rye kick. i've been finding that i really enjoy a rye beer. this one reminds me a bit of sixpoint's righteous rye which i love.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:05:06 | More by cosmicevan
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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed while at the brewery in Athens, ga. single finger rapidly dissipating head. Clear amber and golden mix. Lots of lacing. Very aromatous. One of the most aromatic rye ales I have had. Also some pine and citrus mixed in. Some hops as well. Nice hop character. The rye is actually well represented which is not often the case with this genre. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable for a rye and actually one of the better tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 22:41:50 | More by kylehay2004
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