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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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1,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 78 | 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:
Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 09-09-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-11-2013 03:23:22 | More by Minn_Joe
Photo of skriv

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-04-2013 00:50:32 | More by skriv
Photo of jgreenward


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-25-2014 02:20:07 | More by jgreenward
Photo of bunta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-21-2014 15:57:09 | More by bunta
Photo of Mongrel


3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper orange with some creamy head and good lacing.

Smells sweet, soapy and floral with some tropical fruit coming through.

Tropical fruit, peach and citrus up front, with some rye spice following close behind. Pretty full body for the style and more sweetness than is typical in an APA. This is my last bottle of the sixer and I've also noted some bitter, metallic off-notes at times. Sort of coppery. But for the most part it's just pleasantly juicy and hoppy, although a bit big in body to have more than one or two of.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 01:11:38 | More by Mongrel
Photo of MiScusi


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 05:44:00 | More by MiScusi
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear light amber with a 1/4" rich white head. The smell was a grassy, like a meadow and floral hops, with some sweetness. The flavor is very well balanced between the hops and the sweet rye malts. Slight pine tones with a little caramel sweetness. There is a little peppery background. The brew is effervescent and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:54:27 | More by KMcG
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A fingers worth of creamy slightly off-white head... Minimal retention gives way to a full rich creamy lacing that lasts throughout the sesison... A light but glowing orange color... Loaded with swirling moderate paced carbonation throughout that never relents... Clean and completely translucent... A decent bit of lacing clings to the glass throughout...

S - A mild yet intoxicating piney hop aroma... Fresh home made pasta... Graham crackers... Bread crust... A very subtle rye spice character...

T - A solid blend of hops and malts... The hops have an earthy pine character and the malt is that of hearty bread and crackers... Perhaps just a kiss of citrus... The spiciness of the rye kicks in on the finish and adds solid depth and complexity to this offering...

M - Medium bodied... Lush... Slightly creamy... Just a bristle of carbonation... Finishes a tad on the dry side... Clean and crisp... Consistent sip after sip...

D - A very sessionable American Pale Ale... Quite refreshing... The rye adds a certain complexity that will keeps this Terrapin offering that I will gladly revisit on occasion... Above average, but far from world class... This is just a solid all around brew...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:19:39 | More by philbe311
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber color with a one finger head that leaves decent lacing and some tiny bubbles coming up.

S - Spiciness from the rye and hops with some sweet malt backbone in there too.

T - The spice of the rye and sweet malt play very well together but the hops don't quite match, still good, but not a perfect marriage. Slight bitterness in the end.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - A good beer but needs a bit of refining.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 00:56:40 | More by Jerone
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So not many people know this about me-- Pale Ales are my favorite beers to drink. Absolutely, no doubt, 100% all the way. I looove pale ales. I drink them year round. No matter temperature, weather, or situation... Pale Ales are always my go to choice for out on the water, at a restaurant, or a BBQ.

Sure, I may love other styles-- but the pale ale never gets jealous. She let's me get it out of my system and she knows I'll come back...

With that said--
Got this from the prodigious JohnQVegas. Served in a standard pint glass.

I love the color. This is how afternoon sunshine would look if you could bottle a liquid form of it. A glowing golden with a slight hint of orange. Very nice. The head was about 1 finger, average retention before settling into a thin froth and collar. A few spotty rings of lacing left behind.

The smell is light-- light toast and bready malts... The hops are citrusy mainly-- oranges and lemon zest? A floral note comes through too. If the name actually is accurate, then this beer should have some rye in it... Not sure I pick it up in the nose.

There appears to be some rye in the flavor though-- it comes across towards the back in a dry, slightly spicy way. The toasted bread malts are dry up front. Very little sweetness. A perfect way to showoff some hops... So... Where are they? I'm done with the malts... Bring on the hops!
Sadly, it isn't to be.

The hops need to hit harder. More late boil additions... Perhaps a little dry hopping... Either one of those will take this beer to a whole new level. The floral hops here are a good flavor; they compliment the malt and yeast nicely. A crisp clean finish with a slight citrusy bite in the lingering bitterness makes this a good drinker.

Perhaps part of each batch could be dry-hopped and bottled under a different name? Something music related... Hmmm...

Anyway-- the body is respectable. A bit on the light side-- but not overly so. The carbonation is big... To be honest-- this could be a great 6 pack beer. This could even make for a strong conversion beer for BMC drinkers...

As some one that LOVES pale ales, this is still quite enjoyable. Definitely a B. This could be sooo good with a little tweak!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:58:04 | More by AleWatcher
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very clear light amber body with a foamy white head that recedes quickly and paints the glass with a sticky lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles with a little condensation on my glass this beer looks very appetizing.

S-A fruit or citrus feel and a definite rye nose. The rye really brings attention to the yeast and sweet malts.

T-Imagine a piece of grapefruit sliced think and placed on a fluffy piece of bread.

M-This is a crisp beer with ample carbonation and a seriously interesting taste. This beer breaths a lot of life into the pale ale world. A blast to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:26:30 | More by LeftyEtc
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas that are hoppy and sweet. In the taste, a dry rye smoothness, with very small hop presence. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry mouth aftertaste. Nice rye dryness, smooth and just about right everywhere. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 20:29:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was glad to finally find this beer after reading about it in Southern Brew News. It poured really well, but didn't have very good head retention. I did pick up on light floral tones. I really enjoyed the flavor it was well balanced with a little bite in the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 02:09:17 | More by jose
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Radiant... a clear golden brown. About an inch of white, fluffy head that fizzled into a nice looking skin. Above average lacing, too.

S- Malted rye, hops, and a slight whiff of sweet fruit.

T- Begins with sweet breaady malt snd hops, some citrus. Ends with bitter hops and rye.

M- Medium to light body, pretty crisp, slightly creamy. Ends with an oily texture.

D- This one is pretty tasty and not too filling. Goes down without much effort. A great pale ale with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:07:00 | More by ScottUCF84
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another favor from the Ohoove collection...I have enjoyed this on tap before, but this bottle was a first. It's a beautiful clear amber color with a decent off-white head and splotchy lacing. The aroma ia a sweet caramel rye, kind of a musty earthy malt. The flavor brings a similar spritzy currant and light piny-grass hop. Very finely carbonated, refreshing and decent drinkability. Midland body, fairly smooth. The rye and malt combo is nice but could be a bit sweeter. Sort of a corn syrup touch. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 02:49:46 | More by Durge
Photo of hunteraw


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 22:14:09 | More by hunteraw
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 02:13:39 | More by BlindPig
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crisp and clean to the tounge this is a summer and spring beer to be sure!

I love this brewery because it is what is right with the south! They make some incredible beers and this one is on that list! If you get a chance to check it out on draft do that because the bottle taste while good is not as satisfying! Cheers and enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 17:50:27 | More by ncbeermonger
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this brew as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle, "best before 04/20/09", served in a standard pint glass.

Slightly chill hazed orange/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer and left some spots of lacing.
The aroma is somewhat sour and bitter, like apricots and I kind of dig it.
The taste follows with apricot/tea-like flavors and bitterness not overly puckering due to some sweet malty flavor blended in.
Lighter bodied, with a light, crisp feel so it goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 01:27:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Copper-orange with brown edges and thinnish off-white head with some stickiness and lace.

S: Plenty of spiciness with a touch of piney hops and a soft sweet malt character.

T: A modest spicy rye contribution dnets the medium-sweet maltiness with more typical floral and piney hops that I expected. It comes off as an earthier, spicier APA.

M: Oily and slick like most APA with bit more zing on the tongue from the higher-than-average carbonation.

D: Softer rye flavor than Bear's Hop Rod Rye (which I prefer hands down) but good and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 03:38:11 | More by argock
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 12:57:27 | More by AaronHomoya
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 01:39:05 | More by danielharper
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange hued copper. Cute little head of big white bubbles.

Very weak fragrance - like 15 parts per million. I'm having the same trouble with the taste. There is a flavor and it's full bodied enough, but, I dunno, kinda bland. Bready. Just burped up some flava. That's better. I could easily drink this all day and all night and all day again, but I'd probably reach for something with a little more attitude.

This baby is gone in the blink of an eye and there's not a whole lot to reflect upon here.

Overall: worthy I guess

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 19:44:19 | More by PatronWizard
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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a nice gold color, about a finger off white head, sticks around for a while.
S - Not a real pungent aroma, but you get some rye, a little floral hop, and some very light caramel.
T - A nice balance of rye that goes well with a nice clean bite of some floral and grassy hop flavors. You definitely get some caramel malt but very light.
M - A tad clingy and somewhat creamy texture, but it finishes very nice.
O - This is a solid RyePA and wouldnt mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:40:03 | More by Omnium
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale copper in color with the slightest haze. Little to no head - more like bubbles struggling to the surface, then reducing to a slim white ring around the glass.

S: Light malts with an interesting fruity smell, along with some citrus hops. The malts are a little different; perhaps the rye?

T: Malt flavors are light and well balanced with the hops. There is an interesting sharpness with a bit of a dry edge. There isn't a ton of flavor in this but what is there is very well presented. The hop balance still leaves some room for the light malts to come through just enough. The finish is light, with just a small bit of hop bitter coming through in the linger.

M&D: Mouthfeel is relatively light and easy to drink, going slightly watery toward the finish. The carbonation is light as well, adding just enough to create a some additional body. Overall, this isn't really exciting, but it is a nice brew to just drink and enjoy, and that I did.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 00:42:23 | More by SIRIUS2
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