Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,724
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 185 | 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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Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool label art with a turtle chewing on a wisp of hay playing the banjo. Pours a cloudy copper color with a quickly dissiipating head. Nose is more impressive, with fruit, hops and malt in harmony.

Taste is full of liquid hops with a dry finish. I'm not really detecting an overt rye flavor but this is still a perfectly sessionable pale ale. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing but mostly subordinate to the taste.

This isn't groundbreaking pale ale, but I find it tasty and think it would be pretty sweet on tap. (520 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a nice tan head. The aroma has a big citrusy hop character upfront, along with some rye, caramel and biscuity malt, alcohol and some fruity esters. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with big citrus and piney hop notes, along with caramel and toasted bread, slight rye sourness, fruity esters, yeast and some ethanol. The mouthfeel is smooth with good drinkability. As a whole a tasty, complex and drinkable pale ale...very nice. (455 characters)

Photo of BurnsTau
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber-carmel color, small bit of head leaving bits of lace throughout the glass.

Smells faintly citrusy with some floral hops. A bit of a unique aroma in this beer.

Taste is a bit tangy, some fruit notes and citrus with a mild hoppy metallic aftertaste. The rye adds a bit of something to the brew making it a bit unique and adding some bit of depth. Finishes dry and clean. Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

A bit of a weird beer to my tastes, definitely refreshing and sessionable. I drank several of these and was thirsting for more. Overall a good beer that definitely hits the spot thirst wise. (640 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a half-finger thick head into a tumbler. as with most terrapin brews it had a nice amber color.
s - hints of citrus but the overwhelming aroma is of dry wheat or grass. the rye really comes through.
t - unlike any beer i have ever tried. the rye is a great compliment to their hoppiness. not overwhelming on this brew, just right.
m - light and smooth with a crisp taste to it.
d - has a nice dry finish though not a lot of lacing in glass throughout. (466 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my Terrapin pint glass with a clear autumn amber brew with a small white head. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the top.

Smells delicious from the get-go. Tons of citrus hops and sweet malt notes flow from the glass. Really nice aroma on this one, bold and delightful. Perhaps a hint of rye in the smell, but mostly I smell hops.

Taste doesn’t disappoint either; I get a lot of fine citrus hops on top of a real smooth malt backbone. Grapefruit notes are quite strong. There’s also a definite rye sourness which adds a lot to the finished product and gives it a rather unique taste. Rye Pale Ale is slightly sweet, but mostly hoppy – the bottle says they used 5 kinds of hops and I’m not complaining at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a lingering bitter crispness thanks to the hops. Malt flavor is hidden by the hoppy assault, but still balances out the bitterness with some sneaky sweetness.

Bottom Line: Terrapin Rye is Real Tasty™ and awfully drinkable. Really hits the spot on a hot day like this one. I may have found a new session beer… (1,077 characters)

Photo of xduderx
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a cut above the rest!!!!

smell = very strong with a floral aroma laced with rye undertones

taste = bites like a normal pale ale and leaves a definite rye afertaste on the pallate.

mouthfeel = medium bodied

drinkability = goes down very easy and is a pleasure to drink. this is a beer that should be enjoyed, not guzzled!!!! (349 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find that sometimes with IPAs, I fall in love with the nose of the beer and am a bit disappointed, or even repelled, by the taste in comparison, which is often too aggressively hopped and bitter. With pale ales, on the other hand, the taste usually reigns supreme, which in a consumable beverage is, I suppose, the way to go. The smell is usually rather subdued, but a nice balanced pale ale tastes fantastic.

Such is the case with Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale. It smells good, pleasantly hoppy, but tastes absolutely fantastic. Rye malt and hops go so well together, and this beer makes no exception to that rule, the sharpness of the rye complementing the West Coast hops quite well. The rye and hops are balanced well by a healthy malt spine, sweet and slightly fruity.

It's hot as hell here today, the day before Memorial Day, and I'm prepping the grill for some ribs after watching a great baseball game on TV. Toss in this wonderfully drinkable and refreshing beer, and all is as it should be.

I'm actually enjoying this rather modest offering from Terrapin a rather great deal more than their "Big Beers" that I've had, the Wake 'N Bake and Big Hoppy Monster. (1,173 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle I purchased while in South Carolina.

Golden-amber color with a decent-sized, white head. Very nice retention all the way through drinking. Smell is somewhat malty with an earthy, grassy hops presence and a touch of rye. Taste is sweet, sort of bready-malty with pretty strong hops bitterness in the finish and a grassiness that I didn't particularly like as it seemed harsh. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a light-medium body and not too much carbonation. A drinkable beer that left me wanting to have a couple at a time. (550 characters)

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

From a 12 oz. bottle. Contract brewed by Frederick Brewing (makers of Wild Goose and many others) in Maryland until they build a brewery in Athens.

A - light copper, nearly clear. Head is slightly off white, lots of different sized bubbles. Lacing is moderate. Nice classic pale ale color.

S - nice aroma of citrus, grapefruit, NW American hops. Balanced by toasty, caramel malt presence. Baking bread.

T - very nice, smooth APA. Assertive citrus hop flavor and bitterness balanced out by toasty malt with a hint of dry, tangy rye in the aftertaste. Very nice hop burps after drinking, fresh, dry hoppiness. Extremely well balanced beer.

M - carbonation is average, mouthfeel medium to medium-light. Dry finish.

D - very, very tasty beer and highly drinkable due to fresh hop flavor, dry finish, balance, and moderate alcohol content. Well crafted beer and a great example of how you can make a great beer without going over the top on hops and malt. Refreshing. (977 characters)

Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wasabi in Charleston, SC. The beer was a hazy gold with orange and purple hints. The head was about 1/4th of an inch, and left thick rings of lace down the glass.

S: The smell was of dank spicy hops, floral,sweet fruit esters (come citrus), and of course rye.

T: The hops and the citrus fruit were present throughout the body, and the finish was long, rye, and bitter, but not overwhelming.

M/D: My review does not do this beer justice....I was really impressed by the overall appearance, smell, and flavor. The only way to describe it is delicious. I was only taking brief notes while I drank it, but it was much better on tap than I remember from the bottle. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and accompanied my spicy sushi nicely. If you haven't had it definitely get one next time you see it. (819 characters)

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

Poured a golden amber with a mild haziness and mild carbonation. There existed a rich foamy white head that stuck around for a good while, and left excellent lacing. There was a good ammoutn fo floral hops to the aroma, with sweet and sour fruits present, very mild malts if any. It was a very balanced taste, with sweetness and sour playing off eachotehr well. Hops and mild yeasts present as well. Biscuit or grain and malty taste linger after each sip. At first bitter and sour, but quickly turns sweet and smooth and finally rather dry in the mouthfeel. I was impressed and could have had a few more of these. Definitely a good first impression from Terrapin. (663 characters)

Photo of KyleVick4
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz

A: Very clear, golden with a light amber center. Decent head with decent lacing.

S: Oranges and malt. Smells hoppy, but not in a syrupy/overintense IPA way.

T: Delicious. I try not to give out many 5's for taste, but this one earns it. Begins with a good malt taste, slightly carmel, then has an assertive kick of grapefruit with a nice hop flavor in the end. Wow I am impressed. Rye flavor was towards the back. Tastes like a really good Pale Ale.

M: Mmmm perfect carbonation. Tough to do. Light bodied but with strong taste. Superb.

D: Its gone. I finished the beer before I finished the brew. Sad.

I am not a big APA fan, but if more APA style beers were like this I think I would enjoy them more. Terrapin really nailed this one. Job well done. (772 characters)

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I helped serve this beer at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh, so I was able to sample enough for a good review...unlike many others of which I tasted a couple of ounces and it was gone.

This beer pours a light golden color with a decently lasting white head. Clarity is good.

A refreshing citrus aroma invites you for a taste of this beer. You then experience a grapefruity flavor with a nice lingering hop aftertaste. The rye smooths it out and adds some spiciness, making this a very easy drinking beer.

Nice and refreshing. (537 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

slightly hazy medium amber with a quarter inch of off-white head.

nice aroma. grapefruit rind hoppiness with a sweet rye backing.

floral, grassy hops followed by a sweet, malty rye flavor. finishes clean and balanced. very drinkable; the glass is empty before you know it. (314 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy honey and amber color with an off-white head with very little head retention leaving a small wisp of a head that left no lace.
Aroma was full hoppy notes, some pine, grapefruit, citrus, some herbal spiciness and some bitterings.
Flavor had an underpinning of caramel and pale malts layered on top of a hodge -podge of hop bitterness. Rye is virtually undetected from an aroma or flavor standpoint.
Mouthfeel was moderate if every sense, decently balanced and very drinkable but just did not have any distinguishing characteristics to make noteworthy. Sort of boring almost.
Drinkability was really good - solid, albeit a sort of pedestrian beer, but easily quaffed. To me if you are going to take the time to make a rye beer, then make one, don't just use it as a sort of adjunct filler which seems to be the case here. Be interested in the Rye ^2 to see if they pull that one off. (901 characters)

Photo of John1985
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a dark gold with a white head (inch) which quickly disappears. Lacing does appear down the glass. Hoppy almost yeasty aroma, hops dominate flavor with some yeasty malt that comes through. Aftertaste has a pleasant bitterness with some sweet malt at the end. I'm not sure if the yeastiness is the rye malt or what. Overall effect is that this is a solid APA for everyday drinking but nothing extraordinary. (419 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first rated this one about a year and a half ago long before I developed my taste for hops. (Which began about 6 months ago). Since I have now become nearly chemically dependant on hops, I figured I'd give this another go, and boy am I glad I did. This poured wonderfully! A beautiful slightly hazy golden orange with a lovely 2 and a half finger white head which really hung around for a while. Heavy, sticky lacing dresses the sides of the glass. The smell is powerfully citrusy hoppy. To the same style of Hercules DIPA, but not nearly as strong, of course. Smells absolutely delicious! The taste is hops almost all the way through. Citrusy as it washes over your tongue, then turning pine like. The only malt that shows up does so in the after taste. Not exactly what I would call balanced, but for what it is, it's delicious and I like it. Mouthfeel is great. appropriately carbonated for the style, and a good weight for what it is. As for drinkability, this is extremely sessionable. I could drink this all night!! Funny how our tastes change over time, eh?
Blessed Be
-SS (1,083 characters)

Photo of bubrewer
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle contract brewed in Frederick, MD. Do they really brew any beer in Athens?

When I see rye on the label I expect some of that characteristic spiciness, but I get very little of that here. The smooth mouthfeel is there, though.

Aroma is citrus, flavor is a big blast of orange. I checked the label to get an idea of the hops they use in this beer, but no clues there. Fuggles maybe, but more likely centennial or columbus. If you like orange creamsicles. this is the beer for you.

Bitterness was a bit low for an American Pale Ale.

Overall I was not enticed to grab another bottle of this. (611 characters)

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

12oz empties a cloudy orange with some chill haze and a lively bursting of carbonation throughout. the head isn't huge but it stays put, leaving little dotty circles where the foam once was. oily. malty candy-corn aroma with hints of honey. fresh, sweet hops serve to offset the raw, leathery grain smell of the rye. the first contact with the nose is met with hesitation, but further deep breaths allow the beer to fill out its complexity. this beer feels absolutely perfect in the mouth. at first, smooth. the carbonation is evident but at no point does this become a crisp, spritzy beer. as it goes past the tongue and down the throat, it sizzles and tickles.

tastewise, this beer begins with an orange blossom nectar flavor when introduced. the rye dryness opens up as the beer spreads, matching nicely the understated hop bitterness. slightly metallic in the finish.. but not enough to detriment the experience too much. definitely more of an ipa in its approach than pale ale, but very drinkable for a beer with such pointed ingredients.

overall, surprisingly tame when compared to other rye beers i've had, like hop rod and the rail mail from willimantic brewing. that's the east coast for ya, and it allows this to move closer towards a solid session beer.. not a 'split the bomber and done' vibe. nice, thanks. (1,326 characters)

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

Sampled on 3/23/06 from 12 ounce bottle poured into glass. Purchased mixed six pack at Southern Market in Myrtle Beach. Contract brewed at Frederick Maryland. Bright clear copper with medium head and carbonation. Nose is dry hoppy and grassy. Flavor is malty crisp and dry. Beautiful finish is also crisp. Medium length finish leaves you wanting more. Good Stuff. (363 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Terrapin Shaker Pint Glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that leaves a nice lace and nice film. The first aroma that hits your nose is the combination of grapefruity citrusy hops grainy rye. Again the flavor is quite hop forward as is the smell but it is balanced nicely with pale malts and spicy rye. The mouthfeel rather full for a pale ale and has a nice carbonation. Overall one of the best pale ales out there and one to definitely get again and again. (528 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. No date on the bottle. Dark hazy gold body with a mediocre white head that drops down to faint whisps of foam. Just spots of lace. Mild floral hops with some spicy rye in the nose. A light to medium body, some citrus/floral hops in the middle of my tongue. Also grainy malt on the finish. Smooth drinking and not very aggressive. Should be a good beer to go with a meal. (406 characters)

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light orange color. There was not much head. The smell is citrus like. A very sweet smell. The taste is a bitter hoppy taste that is not too strong. The mouthfeel is relativly smooh. There is a bit of lasting bitterness. I could drink these again. Too bad I have to drive a hour each way up a mountain to get Terrapin. It has to go up the mountain to get to the store. So why not drop some off at the bottom of the mountain Skyland Distributing? (479 characters)

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

12oz bottle via trade from hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity. Best before box on label is empty.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear dark gold/light amber brew. Head lasts well, with plentiful foamy lacing. Aroma is rye with floral hops. Taste is smooth rye character upfront, with ample citris hoppiness coming on next, and a lingering bitter on the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability both great. Probably a nice session brew for the locals. (490 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Previously reviewed on-tap in Nov. Am now reviewing the bottled version.
A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a thin sticky head that recedes to a spotty lace.
S: Sweet, fruity, and floral. Reminds me of Trixx cereal.
T: Sugary sweet up-front, Citrus and floral hop bitterness, toasted and grainy, and a faint alcohol taste on the back-end.
M: Light to Medium bodied. Excpected more umph in the mouth given the taste.
D: Very drinkable session beer that I highly recommend! (478 characters)

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