Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,726
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 185 | 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.
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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date printed clearly on the label. Lots of description on the label, along with a turtle playing the banjo.

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with a bit of haze, thin head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops and a grainy smell that I associate with rye beers. Hops are floral.

Taste: Interesting - the rye flavor is very present throughout, but not overpowering. Nice amount of floral hop flavors well balanced with the malt backbone.

Overall impression: Very nice, very drinkable - I wish this were available at home! (553 characters)

Photo of srrn
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect day for this beer, 100 degrees plus. Poured a nice reddish amber color, clear, with off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells of a bit of rye (I think, maybe the power of suggestion) and piney hops. Taste is very clean, piney hops, I don't get as much citrus as others seem to. Very nice bit of oily mouth feel. The bitterness lingers in a pleasant way. Nice highly drinkable beer, taste remains remarkebly consistent as it warms. (445 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep copper almost amber. Has a solid white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is slightly grassy hops. Not getting much else though.

Taste is very good! Rye on the front with the many, many hops causing a traffic jam in the middle. The only traffic jam I've ever enjoyed. Finishes with the nice malty balance that makes this beer so smooth.

Overall, this is a beer that is new to my area, and I'm glad it is. Very tasty and unique. I really enjoyed the rye in addition to the delicate balance between the malt and hops. Highly recommended! (627 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. The head is thick and bubbly if poured aggressively, but fades fast to a loose bubbly layer. Somewhat fruity in the nose, sweet, but with sort of a sour, very slight earthy smell as well. Weirdly enough, for a beer that isn't close to one, it sure takes on the smell of many DIPA's I've had, mostly because of the malty sweetness. Lots of light but sweet malt combined with citrus hops (probly the cascade aspect of the beer). The citrus aspect comes off juicy over the middle of the sip, but the beer finishes semi-dry. The other hops used in this are more of the earthy subtle English type hops, probably giving it the dry earthy finish it shows. The carbonation seemed a bit high in the glass I initially poured but I transfered that to another glass and it came out ok, just needed to warm up a bit and release some carbonation. A good beer. A little more rye or a little more hops would have been nice in this. (962 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow (I was expecting darker for some reason) with a minimal head that drops to scattered bubbles.
Smell is malt, citrus (lemon & orange) and a hint of hops.
Taste is citrus, hops, pine with malt way in the back.
Medium body, fizzy all over the palate for about 5 seconds. A touch bitter finishing with a hoppy/resiny aftertaste that fades evenly and gradually. A touch more lager-like than expected from a pale ale, but not a bad beer. (447 characters)

Photo of Talisker
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sensation session beer. Just the right amount of rye to make it unique and interesting, but not too much of anything.

12oz bottle received in a trade poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. Not much of a head - makes me worry about age. Clear gold color. Nose has some hard-edged malt - not hop-led like (say) a Sierra Nevada Pale, but not mellow or sweet, either.

Taste is wonderful. All sorts of grain dancing on the tongue, some weight and thickness to the texture, hangs around a bit, almost overstays its welcome. Hops add character, but aren't the showcase given the bitter malt. Begs for a follow-on sip.

One of my favorite pales. Like no other. (665 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head and a skim of lacing left on top.

S - Rye spiciness in the aroma with some citrus hops in the background.

T - Citrus hops and rye spice up front followed by a raw graininess that lingers and becomes dry in the finish.

M - Light side of medium with just the right amount of carbonation and dry spiciness that lingers.

D - A nice easy drinking pale. I could drink this one all day. (438 characters)

Photo of Grundle20
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours tangerine in color with a slight haze to it. There's a small white head that is quick to fall and there's no lacing to note.

There's a good amount of sweet caramel maltiness in the nose with only little perk up of the hops towards the end of the smell lending some apricot fruit notes. For a rye beer is not very spicy smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again the malts really make for a sweet drinking beer. Up front there's a little carbonation tingle that quickly transitions in to a smooth middle to the beer. Towards the end a little bit of the rye can be picked up in the way of a dry finish. Aside from the initial sweetness there's really only a touch of hops towards the end of the drink again lending an apricot flavor to the beer. The finish is crisp and clean with a little bit of lingering sweetness in to the finish.

Just a tad too sweet for me to want to drink a lot of these but other than that it's a pretty tasty and agreeable beer.

Bottom Line:
I personally would have liked some more hops and a bit more of the rye character to come through but I still enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I look forward to more of their beers in the future. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 3" head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing develops during the session. Slowly rising carbonation bubbles and the thick head makes this beer look great.

Smell: orange citrus and some grassy tones are the strongest tones, while hints of caramel are softer on the nose.

Taste: grainy malt sweetness, oranges, grass, and a decent bitterness make up a refreshing ale that sports a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of graininess. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: it's wonderfully easy to consume this beer. Definitely find this on tap if you can. (633 characters)

Photo of thaichile
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of FloridaDrinker
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Byeast
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (1,011 characters)

Photo of meadhead
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (451 characters)

Photo of froggyfrog
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of psinderson
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Erniek
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (1,009 characters)

Photo of cktison
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (919 characters)

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