Terrapin Rye Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.

Added by aracauna on 09-09-2002

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into pint glass; deep Amber color, nice head that falls away. Malts and hops are nice. Easy on the palate, light hops, well balanced. Light bodied - an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Bready, grassy and some light hops whiffs.
LOOK: Cloudy Dark Yellowish Color, Small head.
TASTE: Rye is apparent and balanced well with the hops.
FEEL: Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Really enjoying this, very tasty for a pale ale. Packs a punch of flavor.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look - poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. dark gold, a little hazy, a little bit of white head, but disappears very quickly with a bit of lacing
smell - honestly, not a lot on the nose, maybe a bit of malt sweetness
taste - a bit of hops up front, dry toasty malt, peppery, herbal finish that lingers.
light body - drying and light, refreshing
overall - this is my first rye beer, though technically a rye pale ale. Something different, enjoyable

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Photo of jmasher85
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers that I've had which smells a hell of a lot better than it tastes. Now, part of that could be that I drank it way later than I was supposed to. By the time I got around to opening it, it was right around the "best by" date, so I'll give it some extra curtesy points for that, but I've had hoppy beers that went old and none of them were as bland as this was. The nose started out nice and piney, floral in a slightly peachy, citrusy way too. I had very high hopes for this one, but I guess all the flavor was in the nose. By the time I started drinking it, there was very little there - not much malt, barely any bitterness; really, it tasted like a weak pilsner. Again, probably would have been better had I drank it sooner, but I've never seen a beer fade so badly, and considering how nice the nose was, I'm not sure how much better a fresh one would have been.

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Photo of StevenShawSr
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

good head and lacing. Sweet smell. Just the right touch of bitter going down followed by a sweet aftertaste. Citrus taste, followed by the slight bitter and finishes with a very pleasant taste in the mouth...she's a keeeper

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best by the first week of December 2015. Poured into a snifter (i know it's not the right glassware). Hazy orange with a one inch bubbly head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Smell is spicy pepper, malt, caramel, little citrus. Taste follows. Easy drinking enjoyable rye pale ale. Nothing too fancy. Cheers!

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Love Terrapin Rye Pale. Great color and taste. Had my first one at the Masters this year and if you have walked Augusta National in the Georgia heat you can work up a pretty good thirst and had this over lunch and it was very refreshing and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin, quickly dissipating white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, black pepper, and sweet cream blend nicely with the aromas of lemon, herbs, bitter orange, kumquat, spruce, and pine from the hops.

T: Robust notes of lemon, herbs, bitter orange, kumquat, spruce, pine, and white grapefruit mark the entry, but are soon followed by more delicate notes of caramel, biscuit, black pepper, rye bread, and sweet cream. The finish presents a mellow blend of rye bread, black pepper, caramel, herb, spruce, and lemon notes.

M: Medium-bodied and dryish. Carbonation is firm and a little prickly. Easy enough to drink.

O: A very solid, appealing American pale ale. I have no serious complaints with this beer. I especially appreciate the noticeable rye bite this ale presents.

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Photo of abastias
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from can pour to pint glass. BbD 10.08.15 ABV 5.5%
A: Deep gold with near perfect clarity and thick, deep-khaki, large-bubbled sticky foam.
S: Sweet, nutty, very malty. Marshmallow, cashew, light-light banana.
T: Light sweet clementine citrusiness, hint of lemon. A little white-peppery, raisins, nutty-cashew.
M: Smooth malt stickiness. Chocolate milk feel. Light carbonation and neutral acidity.
O: Very sweet and spicy malt with delicate flavor complexities. The rye malt takes the main stage. Super enjoyable!

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Photo of Budlum
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a golden orange body with a fluffy white head showing quite a bit of carbonation. The nose is a bit lacking - smooth grapefuit and a sweet maltiness, but nothing really stands out. The flavors are straight pale ale with a bright hopiness matched by a slightly rich maltiness with a fresh spicy feel. This is a solid drinking pale ale.

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Photo of TH28
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Appearance: A hazy dark golden, with a small white foam cap. Aroma: Rye graininess is dominant, with a light floral and citrus hop note. Taste: Spicy rye grain maltiness up front, with moderately sharp bitterness and slight herbal and floral hop flavor. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish: Well balanced, with dry finish and lingering rye flavor on the tongue. Overall: No doubt this is a rye beer, with a dominant rye note from the aroma all the way thru the finish. Well balanced with a subdued hop profile. Definitely closer to an English PA than American

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Photo of MUTINY
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head glass.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear straw/gold with about 1/2" of just-off-white head that recedes instantly. Retention is excellent. Lacing is OK.

S: Amazing. Intense rye, black pepper, some citrus & melon. Something like honey wheat bread is detectable as well. One of the best smelling Pales I've ever encountered.

T: The nose carries over to the palate nicely. It leads with rye & lemon/lime. A bit of a toffee & honey note through the mid-palate along with pleasantly restrained bitterness. Finishes with melon & black pepper. Truly an experience.

M: Moderate carb, fairly soapy. It's on the lighter end of medium-bodied & finishes very dry.

O: I really like the sizable rye character of this brew. It manages to be assertive but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of thehoppylady
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Terrapin uses rye to brew this pale ale, a grain seldom found in other micro brewed beers. Which is how it acquires its signature taste. It's also made with five varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pale copper in color. White head which is thin.

Smell: A lot of fruits, citrus especially, hops. Has a nice hint of maltyness.

Taste: A lot of citrus and hop bitterness up front. Almost like orange juice with hops.

Feel: Medium feel and god carbonation level. Refreshing.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, enjoy by May 2015

A- pours a golden-orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave a thin layer floating on top

S- floral & fruity hop aromas up front with some peppery spice from the rye, slightly sweet malt with some lemon aroma on the close

T- floral hop flavor follows the nose with with some fruity notes following, slightly spice mid-palate from the rye, followed by a hint of lemon grass, mango and a toasted malt finish

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- plenty of flavor from this pale ale, with a nice kick from the rye addition

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the least rye tasting rye brew I've had. However, I really like it. The floral smell introduces a floral and honey taste, leaving an oily and slightly bitter after taste. As a pale ale, it's great. It's an every day drinker, but not at $2.25 per bottle at the store. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, small white head, good lacing down the glass

S: Floral, citrus and pine smell of hops

T: Not the kick in the teeth hop taste that I was expecting, more subtle tones of the hops that you get in the nose and a nice malt sweetness to balance it nicely

M: Medium feel, not too watery

O: A solid pale ale. I have been passing this one up in the beer store and I'm sorry I've waited so long to give it a shot. A new go to pale ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the terrapin staples, and one of the firsts beers to bring rye into my world back in the day, so i like this one quite a bit. it used to be real intense on the rye, but i think the rest of the industry has caught up to the point where this seems almost light in that regard. a nice hoppy pale, and the rye gives it a lot of earthen character, definitely distinct, although i would not go so far as to call it spicy, which is what we usually use to describe the contribution of rye. its more of its synergy with the hops that makes this one unique. its balanced like most terrapin beers, meaning in this instance that the hops and the grain are both flavorful all the way through, not like a malty front end and a hoppy finish, its not like that at all. the beer is just a tad sweet, and the hops are a little generic to me, you know, C varietal stuff, but the composition of the whole is excellent, and a landmark really. not my favorite terrapin beer at all, but one of the ones i respect the most.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on 1/29/15 with a best by date of 1/28/15 (1 day stale?)

Something about the flavor profile in this beer just isn't working for my tastes. A little sweet upfront with alot of earthy and black pepper flavors (if that is what I'm tasting) and a crisp slight bitter finish. I've had several rye based beers and none have the smell/tastes I'm picking up in this one. Many other pale ales and lighter rye based beers I'd prefer over this one.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with producing 1 1/2 fingers of off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves some patchy streaks, strings & motes of lace. Aroma is grainy, toasty & floral with bitter & spicy notes of rye, piney hops & a faint hint of grapefruit. Taste is earthy grain, toast & rye mixed with earthy citrus & pine. Produces a low-moderate bitter across the tongue, front to back, with a floral, grapefruit, piney resin & light pepper mixing with spicy rye & pale/lightly toasted malt background producing a nicely bitter, dry finish. Unusually the bitter does not linger in the predominantly but shortlived malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry, drawing & peppery. Pairs exceptionally with spicy boiled crawfish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear orange color with off-white head. Rye, spice, floral notes, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with rye and spice. Very nice, just a good amount of hop bit but enough caramel malt to round it out.

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Photo of jkrich
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to amber with a slowly receding and foamy white-head; intricate lacing on glass.

Not much going on here: some faint grassy hops and malt, but the aroma becomes fainter after the pour.

I have tried many "rye" ales and have simply not been able to detect much rye flavor, but this one does have a nice rustic and cereal flavor I associate with rye. The soft and smooth malt flavor is also pleasant, while the hop bitterness is very restrained.

The mouth feel is smooth but does leave some lingering bitterness on the tongue. The carbonation keeps the ale refreshing and zesty.

The label states "The South's Original" and features a banjo playing terrapin a la The Grateful Dead. The ale is very good but hardly original or distinct. The rye does give it a little extra flavor sometimes missing in other mild, low-hopped pale ales.

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

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by of Feb 2015. Poured into a mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Hop citrus and some lemon zest with biscuit

Taste: Hop bitterness up front that has a fruit peel zest to it and some spicy malt notes in the middle with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some lingering bitterness

Overall: A solid pale ale that is complex, but doesn't fall apart which helps it to stand out.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this Rye PA, as I love me some rye in any form. However, it's not very well executed.
The rye seems left behind, but in it's place is a slightly skunky pilsner/pale malt flavor with minimal
hop presence. Reminds me of a very mediocre English Pale Ale. Highest marks for nice carbonation, mouthfeel,
color, and lacing. Taste is bland skunk adjunct. Not an old bottle btw. Drink by 12/14....

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thin head that disappear quickly.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of unused tea bags, oranges, a bit of rye and light wood.
Citrusy flavor with notes of grapefruit, biscuit and toasted malts, resin, pines, tea bags, rye, oranges and lemon. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation.
It tastes like a citrusy APA with a rye twist, not otherwise, just to spice things up a bit. Though, it increases through out the degustation. Really well crafted beer that is worth trying.

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