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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,541 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 48
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

tempest, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

akorsak, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Zorro, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.8%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

BARFLYB, May 24, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Wasatch, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

ppoitras, Feb 26, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BillRoth, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

plaid75, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

billab914, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Viggo, May 09, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

sendbeer, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

chinchill, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dmorgan310, Aug 12, 2014
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.