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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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764 Reviews

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Reviews: 764
Hads: 1,737
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 190 | FT: 1
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 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)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.17/5  rDev +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. (503 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12. bottle into a tulip glass at Mitch's after NC State beat Duke in the 2007 ACC tourney (GO PACK!!!).

As a side note, I'm fairly impartial to Terrapin's brewing...take that as it may, this thing looked good in the glass with a small amount of off-white head that left nice, sticky lacing down the side above the brownish-gold ale. Aroma was bursting with hops and grapefruity notes. Very enticing.

Tasted great after a long, strenuous game-watching. The rye met with other organic notes of barley and wheat, with the hops dominating the aftertaste. I could seriously drink this beer all night. Another good one, Terrapin...keep 'em coming. (658 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was our offering for the First Freakin Firkin Friday at Barley's Taproom in Greenville,SC. The always wonderful Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was cask conditioned with Fench Vanilla oak chips, and then dry hopped with 5 ounces of Columbus Hops! It was great to see soo many people there. The expectation was for this one to last 2 hours, and it was kicked in 35mins! Glad I was able to get my two pints.

Casked was tapped at 6:00pm and I was licky enough to get one of the first pints that came out. Poured a nice hazy light amber with lots of carbonation. Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

This was simply stated an awesome beer. Extremely drinkable and could have easily put down 10 of these all night long. Would probably have gone very well with some pizza, as the Terrapin Rye is my all time favorite pizza beer. Our first Freakin Firkin Friday was Friggin Fantastic! I cannot wait for another and hope Terrapin will stop by again! (1,735 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle - thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a small white head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice balanced blend of citrus hops and a crisp malted rye smell.

Fresh, citrus hop taste upfront that melts into a crisp rye taste with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with a nice blend of hops and rye that linger just slightly. Superbly balanced.

Medium body, plentiful carbonation.

I love rye beers, and this is one fine beer. I could easily slug these back all day long, and probably even more so in the summer. Fans of rye beers, APAs, or just balanced beers in general will want to check this one out. (674 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine looking beer from the start with nice white head and orange body. Big aroma right out of the bottle with apples and citrus before biscuity malts come in. Fairly fruity flavor with a decent bitterness. Very nicely balanced and a bit complex. This beer is certainly a winner. It's not the hoppiest, but its easy and interesting to drink. (342 characters)

Photo of IPAcraig
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drove north to Georgia specifically to get this brew. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold/ straw color with a two finger head; not much lacing. Not much in the way of aroma, some pine notes. A sweet/malty aroma shines through as this one warms.

A solid, well-rounded pale ale. Some pine notes and a bit of wheat come through (though that is probably hte rye I am picking up on). Has a cascade tasting finish, maybe some chinock in there as well. Bready.

Slightly chewy but still so smooth. I could drink this beer all day. A wonderful pale ale that I will try again (hopefully this will be in Tallahassee soon). (646 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I found this to be an *extremely* drinkable beer. I like a rye beer, yeah! I wish it was available in PA, I'd drink it often. It is simple and though not overly showy in any area it is solid good and drinks very nicely.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with white head and little lace.

Smell: There are both Rye and hops tingling the nose.

Taste: Like a great rye beer this one has a smack to the uvula after teasing the taste buds all across the palate. It does not seem deeply complex but it is prickling and prodding the cheek with crisp citric hops and dry approachable levels of rye. The aftertaste lingers on pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth.

Drinkability: As I started. Exceptional!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (749 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in my Dogfish Head pub pint glass.
Pours a amber color with a slight head. Slight lacing left on the side of the glass.
There's a little hint of hops in the nose.
The taste is pretty average. Some hops can be found, blended in with a pretty good ale.
This is a good everyday beer. It's highly sessionable and goes down quite easy. Not something to write home about, but it would be nice to see a sixer in the fridge. (428 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy before 1/13/07
Courtesy of Mikesgroove

Poured a slightly hazed golden orange into a pint glass. Moderate amount of large carbonation bubbles rise to the 1+finger white head that formed on the pour. The head quickly died down to a half finger creaminess.

The smell from this beer is pretty enjoyable. Raw frains and husks in the background. There's actually a pretty solid rye spiciness in the aroma. Which I guess should be expected since it is a rye beer. As it warms the smell turns identical to rye bread. There's a quick squeeze of orange juice on top of all the rye goodness. This is an excellent smell my only complaint is the aroma could be a little more pronounced.

The flavor starts off with the raw graininess along with a complimenting caramel maltiness. This falls to the back fairly quickly when the spicy rye makes it's appearence. This rye follows throughout the drink and is joined by a sweet citrus orange hoppiness. On the finish the rye takes over again momentarily.

The body is on the lighter side of medium which is where I believe it should be for an APA. The rye adds a nice dryness that lets the hop bitterness become more pronounced.

This is a good sessionable ale. It would be very easy to sit down and enjoy more than a few of these at a time.

I love rye beers and this is a good solid example. Very enjoyable. I wish they sold it around here. I'd pick it up often. I'd love to try a brewery fresh bottle as this one was close to the best by date. Thanks for the sample Mikesgroove.

Notes: This was brewed for Terrapin Beer by Fredrick Brewing Co. of Fredrick MD. (1,636 characters)

Photo of rocketmotor
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle 3 months before best enjoyed date. Ok appearance, orangish color with yeast present from bottle conditioning.

Smells of citrus hops and yeast and a slight floral scent. Smell is dominated by yeast and reminds me of a homebrew, probably too much by strict style guidelines, but I like it. Could use more hop aroma IMO.

Tastes first of woody hops, light malt, yeast, and hop bitterness (in that order) with the nice spicy addition of the rye just after the woody hops. Ends with a nice sweetness and mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is of natural carbonation and the rye, a nice fullness without being too heavy. I think the yeast is also adding some body too.

Very drinkable, this is a great beer. I wish I could get it in Illinois. (762 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly average, light amber with good carbonation and smaller head that doesn't have much staying power. Good smell of light grapefruit and other citrusy hops, along with an underlying spice. Great taste that is quite thirst quenching to say the least. Juicy and citrusy with a peppery hop character as well. Light caramel and biscuit flavors. Great crispness in the mouth and light bodied, making it go down all too easy. Possibly my favorite regular session beer. (465 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - bright amber color, quite hazy, two finger white head with good retention and excellent lacing

s - lots of citrusy hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, hint of rye

t - big citrusy hops up front with lots of grapefruit, strong rye presence, fairly tart and fruity, nice malt backbone, long bitter finish from hops

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - pretty drinkable, though the tartness and fruity sweetness might wear out the palate after a few

I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. I've liked everything from I've tried and this pale ale is no different. This rye/pale ale hybrid is unique and interesting. Highly recommended. (664 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light airy head after pour that lingers for a little while. Aroma is hoppy with some malty sweetness. The sweetness of the beer hit your tounge first and is nicely balanced at the finish with noticable bitterness. The rye give the malt character something unique. Pretty light on the palate with medium lacing on the glass. Overall an excellent example of a pale ale. (367 characters)

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

A- Really thin off white head on a light cloudy orange body.
S- Pale malts are behind a bunch of citrus and grass hops. Hint of rye can be found too but not to big at all.
T- Rye comes through more in the taste than the smell. It is still trying to make its way through a pale malt body with a good helping of citrus hops. Also there are some grass hops in there for a more dry aftertaste. Nice bitterness is left on the tongue in the aftertaste along with grapefruit and light rye flavors.
M- Medium body on medium to high carbonation.
D- I was expecting a lot more rye than what came out. You really had to pin point it down to make it noticeable. It is good but I would prefer a regular pale ale. (704 characters)

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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