Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

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1,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 175 | 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 plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell features an oily citrus hop with a solid spicy biscuity rye aroma.

The taste consisted of a citrusy and peppery hop resin with a complex rye spiciness. Very good doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was medium with a spicy tingle.

Overall a very good APA. The rye malt really separates this beer from the rest. Very quaffable.

Thanks to brentk56 for this one.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Best Before 09/03/07

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, some malts, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, slightly malty/citrus, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA, would buy if it was around here. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to J. Clyde's in Birmingham as established on Beer Advocate and first beer I tried was the Terrapin Rye Pale ale. The beer was a decent copper/amber brew with limited white head, which casued me to downgrade the beer slightly. The aromas are awesome, rye bread, fresh, oily hops, a few spicy hop notes, and some citrus fruits are present as well. The taste of this brew is very well integrated. There is definately an excelent blend of flavors going on here. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is simply awesome! A very interesting RYEPA! Definitely recommed.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a brilliant pumpkin orange with a soft beige colored head of short retention length. Visible carbonation was light with a lazy rising show of bubbles. Decent but not a lot to go on except the coloring.

S: A good deal of hoppiness presents itself upfront of dried pine and dried grapefruit. The rye is distinguishable and quite prominent as well offering dried bready crust notes and a spicy peppery/cola touch. Overall delivery was medium strong, perhaps a bit more per style, which is never a bad thing.

T: Spicy rye and a flowery citrus makes for a beautifully blended example together. Dried peppery-citrus notes with a rye graininess that was both crisp and dry and so well suited together, makes me question why this wasn't done sooner. The finish finds a dry flowery citrus taste along with a peppery fade balanced against some sweetly toasted grains. A perfect fusion of styles that delivers both a generous amount of hop portions and a well represented rye base contribution that certainly shouldn't be missed. One compliments the other.

M: A fairly good full bodied feel here, im guessing coming compliments of the rye which not only added spiciness but an eloquent crisp and dryness to the palate as well a smooth fluid viscosity. A peppery-citrus fade lines the tongue quite nicely.

D: A great blend and fusion of rye and hops delivers a very quaffable and sharply tuned pale that satisfies all you hop and (rye)malt needs rolled into one. Highly drinkable, six pack recommended and very interesting indeed.

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH pint glass

Appearance: poured a translucent dark gold, little to no head

Smell: smelled hoppy and dry, pleasing PA aromas

Taste: good standard pale ale, you wouldn't necessarily know it's a Rye PA, good flavor that continues through the after taste

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, tickling the tongue, light bodied

Drinkability: very, very drinkable. probably one of the best pale ales I've ever had. good flavor combined with a good presentation leave this beer very drinkable. I liked it.

Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale orange gold. White head has low retention and ok lace.

S - Sweet malt, touch of booze. Ok rye note, but there's really not much going on in the nose.

T - Nice profile. Spicy rye, honey, and sweet malt with a light woody bitterness throughout.

M - Medium/light body, medium/light carbonation.

O - Nice drinkability and balance.

Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Best by date of 6/7/11. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lightly cloudy orange-gold color with about a half-inch of just off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly citrus with a bit of pine, and had just a hint of Rye tang. The flavors were very similar but the Rye had a stronger presence but all the flavors were very well balanced without any one aspect dominating.

The body was nice and crisp with the finish being dry and clean with just a slight bit of sweetness. Drinkability was very good, this would be a regular for me if it were local here. Overall, a very good beer worth trying when you can get one.

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dull orange color body with a small but adequate white head. Spider lacing with above average head retention.

Don't get a lot of the rye in the nose, rather some citrus notes.

Ah there it is. The the aspect lends a small spicyness to the citrus (orange) hop profile. Malt backbone stands tall against the hops.

Medium-thin mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Very nicely balanced and drinkable. Packs a decent amount of flavor into a relatively small ABV. Rye adds a subtle twist on a classic American style.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of pine, hop oil, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of rye. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hop oils, pine, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from ncvbc as part of ??? BIF. Thanks!
A little hazy with a bright orange colour, it was topped by a thin skim of fine, whitish bubbles and a thin collar after the foam fell after the pour. Quite sticky with a fair bit of lacing. Plenty of malt in the aroma, caramel and rye character, with a juicy and citrusy hop aroma. Well balanced flavour, with just enough malt presence and bitterness that stayed solid through the finish. Oranges and a bit of citrus zest turned into a bit of spice towards the end. Carbonation was on the crisp side and the texture was good. Very easy to drink, nicely balanced, with just enough rye character to make it interesting.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is of hops with just a touch of rye, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't remember where I got this one, maybe kkipple? But acquired at DLD and much appreciated nonetheless.

Pours a clear golden/amber, thick white head forms, drops some nice lacing, great retention, nice foamy layer and ring. Smell is nice, honey, straw, some rye tang, lemony citrus kick, light floral, not very complex but very refreshing. Taste is similar, quite light but nice flavours, some malty sweetness at first, honey, rye spice, wheat, floral, some citrus, really dry tangy finish, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, perfect mouthfeel, perfect hot weather beer. Thanks!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another goodie thanks to rhong187.

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a thin light tan head that is gone almost instantly. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - Defintely some rye, and some carmel sweetness.

T - Light carmel, rye, wheat. Very balanced.

D - Lower carbonation, average body.

O - A unique take and solid. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Winter Park, FL. A 16oz pour produces a beautiful orangish amber color with a large off-white head that has very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is malt with just a hint of rye and a good dose of citrusy hops. The taste is very balanced between the caramel malt and hops. This is definitely one of my "go to" beers that I like to keep stocked in the fridge. Overall, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a delicious beer that is very drinkable. Highly Recommended!

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger head that fades into a one-finger head. Light reddish-copper color.

Aroma is full of spicy rye and biscuit malt with some hop bitterness.

Taste is very spicy upfront with a bit of sweetness. Biscuit malt and hops are secondary in this brew. Pleasant and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of spicy rye, sweetness and biscuit malt. Smooth.

Very delicious for a rye pale ale. Reminds me of my own efforts. Definitely a flavorful, sessionable pale ale that you can't go wrong with.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac in the Highlands in Atlanta.

Pours a good copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. It's a pretty sticky beer - the lacing sticks around throughout the drinking of the beer.

Smells pretty good. The first whiff has grassy notes, but later on it gets a bit more citrus-like with some bitter notes. The best of both worlds.

Taste is very similar to the smell. When it's cold it's more grassy than anything else, but as it warms the citrus flavor comes out more, and the finish is bitter. Pretty solid.

The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is just right, and the thickness is good. It goes down smoothly altogether; if it were just a little thicker it would be great.

Drinkability is very good. This beer goes down very easily and it would not be difficult to drink a lot of these.

Overall I was surprised with this beer. I'd tried it in the past and did not remember it being this good. All of the flavors work very well together, and this might work its way into the rotation as an everyday beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham NC. The beer was slightly hazy burnt straw colored with a thin creamy micro-celled foam. The smell is IPA-ish, definitely hops are the predominant aroma, citrusy and not unlike Red's Rye or Gumballhead (not exactly similar beers, but the amarillo aroma is the same). The taste is nice, well balanced between the malty sweetness and the massive hops bill. I found it tastier and more drinkable than the Rogue IIPA I was drinking side-by-side with it. Overall a very nice beer and I'll keep an eye out for other Terrapin beers in the future.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 1, 2010, part of the Terrapin "All The Hits"
variety pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pine and herbal hops along with some rye malt. The aroma is nice overall. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and peppery spice flavors noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit oily and dry with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future the next time I come across it.

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with a decently large amount of hops; sweet orange-grapefruit juiciness. Lesser amounts of earthy and floral hops are also present with a nice pale malty sweetness and a little rye spice notes in the background which become more apparent as this warms.

The tastes begin with a nice light malt sweetness. Soon you are granted with a nice pleasant amount of quality hop flavors highlighted once again by the orange and muc lesser grapefruit and earthy hop flavors. Very subtle rye bitterness in the finish which helps this to finish very crisp.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect amount of medium carbonation to allow all the flavors to shine but still leaving a nice pleasant blubbly feeling on the palate.

Overall this beer has a great flavor profile that is rich, deep and multi-faceted. Great for the summer in my opinion and it is a perfect balance of all aspects that make a beer great in flavor and drinkability. 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 flavors that are hitting the spot right now.

Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy light copper colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts,, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with some hops. There is also an earthiness and some light rye. It ends with a malty aftertaste.

Overall – My bottle isn't expired but this one tastes a little off. It's a tad flat and there aren't really any vibrant flavours. I'll have to try this again.. because based on the other reviews this should be much better.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright clear orange yellow hue with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head. Seems to stick around for a while.
S - Not much in the smell, faint grapefruit hops, bready malts, and some spicy rye.
T - Quite refreshing the rye is subtle yet dry enough to add a level of spice to the hops. They are semi bitter, balanced with the pale malts, and a touch of caramel and sugar sweetness keeps it from being too hoppy. Not a bad pale.
M - Light to medium, on par with the style, enjoyable.

Overall I am surprised I never had this one but picking it up for a dollar possibly old it's quite a tasty pale ale. Worth picking up.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, shipped by blackness

appearance: pours into an ale asylum pint glass...quite clear copper body, big beige froth with strong retention, rather light in body

smell: not an overly distinct aroma...caramel malts, rye loaf and very bready, minimal hop

taste: aroma was rather indicative of the taste as well - mildly metallic rye notes throughout, bready and malty, caramel, nutty...a pretty easy drinker

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very faint smell of malt, rye, and a trace of hops.

T: Tasted of spicy rye, sweet malt, and a bit of hops. Pleasant, but not the most dynamic of flavors.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is the sort of beer that won't necessarily blow you away, but is definitely drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best Enjoyed by Month 6, Week 1 notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another Terrapin brew!

A - A tall pour leaves this beer with a weak white layer despite flowing carbonation bubbles. Wisps of lace add a pinch of character to the very slightly cloudy golden straw yellow beer.

S - A well-balanced aroma to be sure, the Rye Pale Ale has that sharp rye aroma with a sweet pilsner-like malt and floral noble hop aroma. Everything comes together as one nicely.

T - A backbone of sweetness and pale and pilsner-flavored malts has a low hop flavor of lingering floral notes and a sharp, noticeable rye graininess. Good balance.

M - Medium-bodied and sharp with a full carbonation kick and soft hop finish with low-level bitterness.

D - A good pale ale that's different enough to stand out but still stay drinkable. I haven't had much Terrapin but I like them a lot so far. More please Jon! :]

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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