Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

761 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,727
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 52
Gots: 186 | 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 smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had very low expectations for this beer. First, it was an afterthought of the server after listing Bud, Lite, etc. Second, it is from the deep south which historically has not been entirely kind. (I know there are many fine beers, you just have to search a little longer.)

I am pleased to say that this an exceptional beer by any standard, well worth seeking out. It pours with a slight haze and a warm amber color. Thin head, but that would be expected in a restaurant. The aroma is light--mostly cream and hop.

The initial flavor is berries, cream and hops. Very high body with good carbonation. Excellent hop aftertaste. The rye, which isn't detectable, seems to give a strong dryness to the beer.

An excellent beer with a slightly unusual flavor. (761 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 drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is light amber in color and has a big soapy white head, large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate with largish bubbles. Beer is completely clear. No haze at all.

Aroma is spicy with a lot of rye character. There are some hops hiding in there as well. A very inviting and classic rye ale aroma. I like it.

Beer has a nice body, some bitterness on the backend of the mouth, a mild aftertaste of more bitterness. A little sweetness on the front end. The flavor is a little sharp and biting. Drinkability is still high and mouthfeel is great. A very interesting (610 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Month 9, Week 1 notched on label.

Pours orange to copper with a thin, lasting white head that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citric - grapefruity with a subtle breadiness and pale maltiness. There a menthol touch.

The taste us citrusy/grapefruity with some pale grainy sweetness and tea-like spiciness. It has a menthol-like, dry finish.

It has a crisp, medium body that is pretty creamy/smooth.

The rye is very subtle, but it is only 10% rye malt, so not should be expected to be strong, which is fine here, as it is a solid APA, to say the least. (584 characters)

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

12 oz bottle in pint glass. Dated best by August (2011, presumably).

Medium pour produces 1+ finger of off-white head. Head has limited duration but good lacing. Clear amber liquid.

Nice aroma of orangish hops with lightly toasted malt. Malt seems to become more obvious with warming.

T - largely follows aroma, but with a nice sweet caramel malt on the front of the tongue followed by the bitter orange hops towards the back. IBU =35. Complex but balanced flavor, with distinctive rye component.

M - exceptionally smooth with perfect carbonation. Medium/thin body. Semi-dry finish.

O - well-crafted APA. A very dependable LIKE. Certainly above average and recommended. (677 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with some light orange highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches of large bubbles and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and caramel malts with some rye spiciness. There is a light presence of orange/citrus hops with a lighter presence of pine/resin hops.

T: Very similar to the smell with an initial taste of pale and caramel malts with light sweetness. That is followed by some rye spiciness and finishes with an orange/citrus and pine/resin hops that contribute some light bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An easy to drink American Pale Ale with the nice addition of rye giving it some light amount of spiciness. Enjoyable and definitely one to try if you get the chance. (1,101 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful pale and rye malt scent that is spicy, yet blends well with the excellent hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale, Carapils, and rye malt flavor that goes down easy an finishes bitter with a nice spicy, bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the addition of rye. It adds another layer of complexity to a APA. The hop character is outstanding as well. (601 characters)

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

Thanks to Jason for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a thin layer within a few minutes. Nice rings of lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus aroma, mostly some grapefruit, with a bit of bready malt. Simple, but very nice.

T: A light hop presence, mostly citrus coming through as orange and a bit of orange zest, as well as a little bit of bready malt and caramel. There is a little bit of rye, giving it a slight spicy kick.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: A very easy drinking APA, the rye gives it a nice little twist. (619 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/30/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best before box, but nothing printed in it?!?!? Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Caramel colored pour, 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Darker sweetend malt with a heavy dose of fruity hops. Spices?

Taste- Yes, there are spices in here. Seems like a tad of nutmeg? Heavy peach and grapefruit hops with a toasted malt flavor as well. Don't really notice much rye though.

Mouthfeel- Thicker and a bit creamy. Moderate to a higher carbonation level...chewy.

Drinkability- Damn, three good beers in one day! The beer gods are smiling upon me. A great rye beer. (673 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a big, thick, creamy off-white/light-tan head. The nose was quite hoppy, with a citrus smell really evident. The color was a slightly cloudy orangish-amber. The mouthfeel was medium and I didn't experience the hops as much on the tongue as the nose led me to expect. Instead, the flavor was more malty-sweet than bitter, although I did get a rye bite on the finish. As an APA, it was okay, but I can think of others that I might reach for first. (462 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange copper with 1/4" of head. Smells of peppery rye and malt. Taste is rye and bread-like malt, faint yeast, and just enough hops for balance. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, but at times a little thin.

I like the way the rye works with the rest of the recipe. It's a nice change of pace from the usual APA. (341 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Terrapin RPA has a amber/copper color with a clean look to it. Nothing more than a thin white cap stood on tap before dissapearing leaving minimal lace. Scents of rye from the 10% addition but nothing substantial. Some flavoring hops and a bready malt addition. Some citrus but overall tame. Getting more of the bready malts than the hops but some citrus does seep through. Unfortunatly the rye while pleasant is not enough. A bunch of grain in the finish which is not all that. A crisp light bodied beer with some flavor but a off putting aftertaste. The drinkability would be great with it's 5.3% but this is not for me. (630 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 billab914
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a very nice looking clear amber color with a thick white two-finger white foam on top. There was a continuous heavy stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. It had excellent head retention and very good lacing on the glass. It kept at least a quarter inch of head on it throughout me drinking it which was great. This is pretty much a perfect looking beer for me, excellent visually all around.

Aroma has some spiciness of the rye with some citrus and grapefruit from the hops. I love the aroma of rye beers, the rye is very appealing to me. Taste is moderately hoppy and slightly sweet with the slightly spicy rye flavor coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's light, very good tasting and the rye gives it a somewhat unique taste that sets it apart from other pale ales. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be buying this again. As an American Pale Ale this one is one of my favorites for sure. (1,069 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a nice three finger head off white that falls kind of slowly. A little soapy looking. Some small bubble carbonation of the bottom that does rise at a good pace but not real fast. Body is a clear light amber. Good looking beer here.

Nose is a dry slight fruit, arid, faint citrus hop feels kind of orange. Quite a nice dry smell at first but then gives way to an orange citrus.

Taste is kind of empty but has a slow lingering bread finish. Dry mouth feel seems to follow with the arid nose, malt body sort of disappears after a short while. It's a good tasting beer but kind of fleeting.

Overall still not too bad you could do worse, but you sure could do a bit better. (726 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 Stinkypuss
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pale orange with a soapy white head. Bubbles keep popping and then filling up with foam, like little volcanoes. Nice lacing.

S. Nose is full of rye and some wheat. Some resinous hops definately in the mix as well.

T. A nice caramel malt body lays the foundation for a nice intermingling of rye and hop. The rye is bready with pumpernickel tones. Hops are crisp and provide an earthy bitter snap. Cracker like graininess. Perfectly balanced and nearly flawless.

M. Medium bodied with even smoothness. Crisp and semi dry finish. Leaves the palate wanting more.

D. I am down with this beer. Very tasty and refreshing. First I've seen of Terrapin in PA. I got to try a sample of Hop Monster and was very impressed as well. Pushing the boundries of the style and I love it. (822 characters)

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

Pours a hazy slightly reddish golden with a white head that leaves a decent lacing.

Nice smell of malt, light hops and noticeable rye.

Grainy, light hops and balanced malt predominate. Very quaffable, definitely a session beer. There is a very slight underlying cereal sourness from the rye. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Crisp and balanced. Very refreshing and easy to drink while retaining some interest. One of my favorite every day beers, especially in the summer. (477 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with a thin half finger foamy yellowish head and visible carbonation bubbling up. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma with subtle malt notes and sweet rye.

Medium bodied with a nice bitter hop presence up front that is quickly countered by a sweet caramel rye malt backbone. Nicely balanced with hints of grass, straw and nut. Dry bitter hop finish. (424 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Wild Wing Cafe in Myrtle Beach, SC...
Appears a transparent, medium gold with light co2 rising to the top of the small white head. Fades into a small white cap and rich collar. Rings of spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, orange, freshly cut grass, moderate grain, and a touch of rye.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrusy hops breaking through to liven things up.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, juicy, chewy, balanced nicely, with a dry finish. (510 characters)

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

I'm kind of surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, a couple made it back from Florida with me so here goes. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish foamy white head that persists a bit. Earthy spicy and citrusy on the nose with a bit of sweet toffee and caramel to back it up. Taste follows the aroma very well but intensifies the spicy earthy component and lessens the citrus. Medium to thin body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a great easy drinking summer beer for me, I wish I could get this one locally. (564 characters)

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

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

Clear amber to orange colored ale with a decent off-white head.

Smell is malty and quite hoppy but not over the top. Little bit of wood, tea and perfume in this ale. Slight sour and tangy scent of rye but the malt and hops are more interesting.

The taste starts out neutral to barely sweet and malty with a woody aftertaste. Dry and woody with a mellow malt character, hell of a mellow ale. Rye is detectable but not really the interesting part of this beer.

Good full mouthfeel.

Helluva drinkable beer and one that has upgraded my opinion of this brewery. A truly mellow beer that is frankly a lot like Firestone Pale Ale in sheer quality. Damn tasty if I even move to this part of the country I will know what my everyday beer will be now. (779 characters)

Photo of PEIhop
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams.

A - Pours a clear, straw-colored blond that is well carbonated with a bubbly head to quickly vanishes.

S - Definite hop presence combined with piney notes.

T - The hops quickly hit the back part of the palate and linger momentarily leaving you with a piney floral taste. The taste was very "dry" and quickly dissipates leaving a yearning for another mouth full.

M - Well-balanced and much fuller than anticipated.

D - This is a great session beer. A wonderful brew to enjoy in the great city of Atlanta on a warm summer day. (597 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Jacksonville, FL. The beer was served in a pint glass, and serves a hazy orange-copper color with a thin, dense white foamy head. There is a slight hint of grain and hops on the nose, but very subtle. The flavor is grainy, but with a heavy dose of hops. Very well balanced flavors, tasting almost like a hopped amber. Smooth and light in mouth, with a crispness from the carbonation. The finish is quick, with a little hop residue in mouth, and a sweet and hoppy afteratste. Tasty! (521 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle labelled as brewed and bottled in Fredrick, MD (supporting the rumors that Terrapin was coming to MD) and purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale is a copper to auburn orange color with lacing from a big head that has since died down.

S: Smell is citrus hop (pineapple) with a slight crisp edge from the rye.

T: Taste is a pineapple/grapefruit hops with a biscuity malt flavor that has a crisp, sharper edge from the rye.

M: The ale tastes very good, as the pale ale characteristics really outshine the rye characteristics. The rye pops up from time to time, adding a nice taste.

D: Very drinkable, a good session rye. (672 characters)

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