Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

761 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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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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Reviews: 761 | Hads: 1,726
Photo of clemtig76
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six at Scrooge's in Anderson, SC on my way back from Clemson. Pours a hazy, reddish orange with a thick, rocky off white head. Good lacing. Light citrusy aroma with a bready background. Taste is well balanced between the flavorful hops and the caramel malt. My first rye beer and definitely not my last. Outstanding! Thanks to bobbyc881 for helping me find it. (372 characters)

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

Bottle obtained from GCBrewingCO...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half-finger light yellow head over a nearly clear light orange liquid. Smells grapefruity pith and oranges. Tastes apricot to start with a supporting wet sweet. This falls away sharply as sharp carbonation and a mild hop bitter step in. A moment of that and an aromatic hop floral slowly rises up the throat bringing orange and tangerine flavors. The apricot makes a reappearance and brings with it a bready malt. Md-light body, moderately carbonated, and decent lacing on the inside of the glass. (568 characters)

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

Clouded medium gold with a small white cap of firmly placed froth.
Fades out quickly to a thin skim and collar. Lace is big and blotchy stringed.

Aroma of is of a citric lime and orange combo, gracing some peach and tangerine. Pungently sweetened, crisp, and a mild rye, cracked wheat undertow.

Taste is mild but flavorful enough for a pale. Clean, tamely citric with slight smears of tangerine and peach. Fluffy wheat-like texture and smooth on the down side with a partial rye quality making a nice breadish tone. Hops have a light leafy addition to its character and rounds out into the finish with a spicy lime mint tea heat and bitterness.

Light to medium body with a quick texture of hop leafyness and mild on the tongue with a fun fluffyness. A bit empty at first but there's a small surge near the finish of citric bitterness helping to carry it through, but it tends to favor more of a light fluffed, bready-like malt for the overall. Thankfully, and modestly, the hops do add a nice twist to the body and flavor.

A decent enough pale ale. Quick and quaffable with a slight warming spicy heat. Very easy going stuff. (1,138 characters)

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

Pours a hazy golden color iwth light orange tints a smaller white head falls fast and leaves a nice coat of lace on my glass.

Aroma is nice fruity mixture of apple, orange and pineapple on a lighly sweet and sour bready malt base.

Taste is good malty bread mixed with some rye that imparts small amounts of sour flavors that blend in perfectly. Fruity hops join the malt and leave a lingering pineapple mixed with some pine resin for a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium feels solid and light at the same time actually must be the rye adding some body.

Drinkability is great a nice touch adding some rye to a nice pale ale. Have enjoyed before but just got around to reviewing it, a nice brew. (703 characters)

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

On tap @ Taco Mac - Decatur, GA

A- Bright copper hue, great clarity shines well ... thin but sticky lace.

S- Mild spicy tartness from the ale-like characteristics and rye malt.

T&M- Crisp and spicy up-front, layer of malt sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent throughout the palate.

What can I say ... balanced and very drinkable. A session rye ale for sure. (411 characters)

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

This was one refreshing brew. If you like rye bread, then this beer is one for you. It was a nice cloudy golden color, with a frothy off white head. The head slowy died out into a laceing. The smell was a nice rye smell, mixed with some light fruits, and light malts. The big thing in the smell and taste was the presense of rye. It was my first rye beer, but definately won't be my last, as it has opened the doors to that area. It's also a very refreshing beer, one that could easily be enjoyed on a hot summer's day. (519 characters)

Photo of bobbyc881
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice copper-orange color with a moderate white head. Slightly cloudy when held to the light. Head dissapates quickly, but forms a thin lace around the glass.

Smells a bit sweet, slightly on the citrus side. Not really an impressive smell, but not bad.

Tastes wonderful, with a decent amount of hops. Nice malty flavor. Lingers slightly dry. Well balanced, in my opinion.

An extremely drinkable beer... this is one of the new regular beers in the fridge, and probably will be the first keg in the new kegerator. (531 characters)

Photo of axisjones
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Someone else said honey colored and that is dead on. The head pours puffy and dies down quick style. No lacing whatsoever. The color is interesting, but otherwise very unimpressive.

Smell? Coulda fooled me. Faint passionfruit/pineapple scent with mild citrus in the nose. I was trying, swear i was.

Despite a mediocre lead-in, this is a decent tasting beer. A tad on the hoppy side with a balanced malt back. The rye isn't too noticable. The hops are juicy grapefruity and clean. Not bad at all.

Nothing special, but hits the spot on a hot day. Clean, drinkable, tasty. Thanks to rajendra82 for the bottle! (615 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored beer makes a valient attempt at head but just can't hang on for more than about ten seconds. Whats left of the head hangs on for dear life as lacing. Virtually odorless. Citrus notes add a tang to an otherwise slightly bitter pale ale. The rye, which isn't as pronounced as I was hoping sneaks out at the end makes itself known in the aftertaste. Don't let the numbers lie to you, its all about the taste with this beer, and if you like Pale Ale, its definately one you should taste. (497 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear brilliant copper color, minimal head or retention. Aroma is light, yet citrus hops. Flavor is well balanced, but leaning toward the hoppy side, which is nice. Mouthfeel is great, a touch on the thick side which is pleasant. Greatly drinkable. Now, if I could only find it around here.... (301 characters)

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

Big props to Gabe for bringing this growler to share!

This rye ale pours from the growler a clear, medium amber color supporting a fluffy white head that quickly fizzles out, leaving moderate lace.

The aroma is nicely balanced between caramel malts and lovely citrus and floral hops. I don't really pick up any pine notes as others have in their reviews.

The flavor is even better than the nose and brimming w/ juicey grapefruit and tangerine, jasmine-like floral notes, caramel, and is generously hoppy. This has session written all over it.

The body is on the light side of medium and could use a little bulking up. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and the finish is long and hoppy. (692 characters)

Photo of buckiflyer
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orangish color, small short lasting head, hoppy smell. immediate hop taste, followed by a distinct rye malt, then a smooth hoppy finish. a great beer. on a side note, the artwork on the bottle is unique and the company website is entertaining. (250 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head that leaves a ring of bubbles around the original fill point; just a touch of lacing otherwise

Smell: A whole range of hoppy smells is clearly present - grapefruit, pine and tangerine rind

Taste: Lays down a nice neutral malty backbone on top of which the hop flavors quickly perform a tap dance on the tongue - there is a slight hint of rye bitterness and spice along with the hops that is discernable by mid-palate; the finish is clean, but bitter, with a bit of pepper to give it some zip

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A nice twist on the APA style that is well worth seeking out (685 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color-darker then say a Bud or macro but not the deeper gold/orange hue you would find in your usual pale ale. Mellow aroma-somewhat citrusy and floral. Nice sweet malty flavor with a crisp dry finish. Nice hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel. A very pleasing beer overall. The first I have had from this brewery. Well done American Pale. (343 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived at the table a cloudy, light golden color with a nice white and long lasting head which lace the glass.

The aroma was citrusy with a light rye presence. The rye portion of the aroma was well done and some malt sweetness was also present.

The flavor was sweet with a malty presence, but overy so. The rye presence was again well executed, but the sweetness was not well balaced with hop bittering.

The finish was just off sweet with lasting sweetness into the finish with some rye presence along for the ride as well. The body was medium.

Guest beer at 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Atlanta. (618 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazey yellow/amber beer. Has a nice foamy off white head. The aroma is a pleasant grapefruit hop aroma with a hint of grain sweetness in the background. The flavor starts with a light sweetness that slides smoothly into a nice hop note with a nice clen finish. Should be an excellent beer for hot weather...tasty yet refreshing. (330 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Confession: reptiles with banjos just have a hold on me, case closed, no explanation (well, beermail me and I'll give it out)...the one on this beer's label is a turtle with a straw hat, looking all countrified, probably plucking "turkey in the straw"...gotta love it!
Pours a hazy, golden/amber hue, with a full flush of foam on top.
Aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh and zesty.
Taste: nice. Creamy, with a citric bite. Has a gritty tang that I kind of like. Rolls handily along the tongue, smooth, easily quaffable, medium-bodied, wit a crisp smack on the palate...creamy, again...nice...I like this one, although it's not too complex, despite what the label claims..labels always lie, what can you do... (706 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy, but bright, amber, topped with a decent 2 finger thick foamy head that settles to a respectable clinging lace. Touch of sweetness in the nose, with a lightly sour/rye character, and floral pith. Soft mouthfeel, light-bodied, with a touch malt body. Gentle sweetness, light hoppiness and phenols from the rye. Pithy, with a tea and bready linger. Flavor becomes quite malty and even sweeter as the beer warms. Grainy tannins in the finish, not overly pleasant ones. Balanced, but not overly impressive. (545 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Southernbrew for my chance to taste my first-ever beer from Georgia. Dark copper color, with a haze that is illuminated to a bright gold color. Moderate head on the pour, fades to a creamy layer after a couple seconds. Smell is very fruity and slightly piney, from the 5 varieties of hops, as the bottle says. Taste is very hop dominated, but is definitely well balanced with the sizable malt backing. Finishes slightly sweet, but it is a well rounded beer. (467 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Modestly murky orange-gold with a small number of fine particulates. The good-sized head is the color of rich cream, possesses a creamy texture, displays a micro-pitting surface and has admirable persistence. An impressive amount of lace complete a very nice appearance.

The aroma is chock full of juicy hops, Amarillo especially (sweet orange-grapefruit hop juice is the tip-off). Amarillo is in my top three, and may just be my favorite hop, but the rest of the hop bill is no slouch either: Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles and Magnum. I'm not sure that all five were necessary, but I'm not complaining because Rye Pale Ale smells much too good. I don't appreciate any rye in the nose, but then that'd be surprising in such a hoppy beer.

Delicious! A bedrock malt structure imparts body, sweetness and little actual flavor. In other words... it's perfect. There's an impressive amount and quality of hop flavor in this beer. It isn't hoppy enough to turn off initiates (although my hop tolerance is so skewed by now that I could be way off base), but is hoppy enough to satisfy the majority of hopheads.

The flavor profile is rich, deep and multi-faceted, consisting primarily of bittersweet citrus and sugary pine. It doesn't have the bright hoppiness of some IPAs, nor the brassy bottom end hoppiness of most DIPAs, but a good middle range, mellow yet forceful, satisfying flavor that is hitting the spot right now. I still love my Amarillo, but perhaps using five varieties of hops (and five varieties of malt) wasn't such a squirrely idea after all.

Try as I might, I can't really discern the rye in this beer. There may be a little rye spiciness on the finish, but without the knowledge that malted rye was used, I would most likely have never been able to appreciate it (I love the idea of rye in beer and wish more brewers would use it, but unless a significant amount is used in a hoppy beer such as this, it doesn't make much sense). The body/mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full with a lush smoothness that is more apparent because of the low level of carbonation.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a very good beer that possesses most of my favorite IPA qualities. It may not be for everyone, but I love it and wish I had a case at this very moment. And a second one for tomorrow. The terrapin/tortoise/turtle won the race, didn't he? A big Thank You to aracauna for providing. (2,397 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the bartender told me my first five choices were out, I figured this local brew would be available. Much more of a rye than an IPA, that is a bit overwhelming to the palate and nose. nice color, lacing, and carbonation, like it came from the brewery that day. A bit too havy after a long session of different beers. May be more drinkable if this was my first. Wouldn't mind trying some other Terrapin brews next time I'm in Athens. (437 characters)

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

Really should be categorized as a Rye Pale Ale, rather than an American PA, even though was judged as PA at GABF. Anyway, I think the on-tap version has a better mouthfeel and a much more pronounced rye taste and smell than the bottled version. This is one of our favorite every day beers as my wife and I both love hoppy beers. Definite grapefruit and pine smell. Pours a gold/pale amber with an off-white head. Minimal lacing. (428 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with medium creamy off-white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a sheen and moderate lace. Smells quite green, fresh, and hoppy, with grapefruit, a bit of rye, and a touch of mint. Taste begins with sweet malts, develops lots of bitter grapefruit hop coarseness, and finishes with a slightly minty and spicy rye-bread twinge. Creamy and well-carbonated medium body. Extremely crisp, fresh, and refreshing! (447 characters)

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

Pours a slightly cloudy peachy golden hue with a thin, half-inch head that subsides after a couple of minutes. Very nice floral hoppy aroma, with a tad of astringency. Palate is well-balanced, with fruity (grapefruit) hops melding with a light sweet malt. The rye acts to increase the bitterness towards the back of the mouth, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and substantial, but slightly foamy. I could drink this all night. A great session beer. (471 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quaffable hop juice with little structure. Where are the resins? The rye, I guess, is interesting with a moderate fruitiness in the medium bodied malt to complement the citric hops. I.P.A.s are often aggressive and rye beers even more so, so I naturally expected a punch here. Instead, Terrapin Rye P.A. is about as inoffensive and crowd-pleasing as possible.

This is a basic American pale pizza ale and I don't hold that against Terrapin -- we might have misclassified it here; the brewery website markets this as an APA. It's my own fault that the "RyePA" name makes me think it's an IPA just because it rhymes. More importantly, though, they claim rye and I just don't see the point. It adds rather nice color, but there's nothing spicy about it or the unadventurous hops.

Relax, relax.
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