Rye Pale Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,260
Ranked #29,622
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Rye Pale AleRye Pale Ale
Notes: Brewed with 10% rye, but an APA at heart.
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First impression from a 12 fl oz pull-tab can:

"Rye Pale Ale." Brewed with Amarillo hops and malted rye.

Has a dash of spiciness from the rye malt and the Amarillo hops (my favourite varietal) lend it some resinous and floral character that's pleasant but not standout.

Doesn't best Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, which costs less ($7.59 USD/sixer compared to $8.49 USD/sixer) and has a better hop profile, but it's not a bad brew for what it is.


Mar 12, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best by 5/11/15"; drank 3/28/15 @ JoJo's.

Drank straight from the bottle; no visual cues.

Fresh marijuana, honey & malt vinegar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh marijuana & malt vinegar flavors up front; mild honey on the finish.

Unique but not too good; an odd mix.

Sep 07, 2019
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HotOpinions from Tennessee

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is fantastically rough beer. It's got that almost earthy taste to it, a resinous smell, and a great body. My main issue comes with the fact that it's not terribly inviting to look at, as well as it's quite dry, and I found myself reaching for a glass of water at the beer halfway through the drink. A very solid beer though all in all.

Feb 23, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a fingernail of eggshell white covering the vast majority of the top. Moderate lacing. I smell nothing initially after a couple of passes. I'm hoping that changes as it warms. I'm tasting a nice even blend of earthy rye and lightly piney hops with some pale malt along for the ride. The piney hops really show at the back of the palate. The mouth is fairly smooth and crisp.

Nov 28, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Beer Co. "Rye Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "170782 8.24.17" and sampled on 9.03.17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great graphics on the can with a turtle playing the banjo in a field of grain. The label lists it at 5.5% ABV. It's poured a mostly clear deep gold/amber body beneath a short head of off-white foam but the head has run off before I even got to this point. It's malty and some rye is clear in the nose. Floral as well. But where are these promised Amarillo hops though? Ahh, I spoke too soon, there's some orange and light grapefruit in there. They're not bold, but the blend is nice. I like that you can smell the rye, and I'd rather have that than citrusy hops - citrusy hops you can get anywhere these days! On to the flavor, it's similar with more of the orange flavor stepping forward. The rye is clear from start to finish, but mainly in the finish. It's lightly spicy and it helps to balance the lightly sweetish and grainy malt all the way across the palate. A median bitterness balances it, and it finishes with a touch of residual malt that fades to allow the orange and spice to show, and then reappears lingering gently. It's definitely a rye beer, but it's not overly spicy or biting. Nicely done! Really nicely balanced. Medium bodied and gently crisp. An interesting twist on an American pale ale. Unfortunately the lack of head retention and lacing hurt it. Is that perhaps because of the rye? If that's the case maybe I should give it some leniency.

Sep 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice somewhat light transparent to somewhat hazy pale brown color leading to light tinges of orange coloring along the sides of the glass. There was a decent light lacing sliding right on into the beer. The smell had a faded sort of rye note to it along with a light floral yet somewhat spiciness. The taste was a combination of the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body and had a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed fairly good for the style and for me as it was harsh but not overly done. Overall, in my opinion, this was a good Rye Beer I’d have again.

Jun 24, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Dec 30, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Dec 23, 2016
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holtonwes from Georgia

3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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

Jan 31, 2016
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Dec 12, 2015
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StevenShawSr from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Oct 05, 2015
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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Sep 30, 2015
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RabbleRouserRye from California

4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Sep 25, 2015
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Aug 30, 2015
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abastias from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Aug 16, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Aug 16, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has rye hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a rye flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good PA

Aug 08, 2015
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TH28 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Jul 20, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Jul 09, 2015
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thehoppylady from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

May 30, 2015
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EvoRich from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Apr 19, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Mar 13, 2015
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Mar 01, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Feb 28, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Feb 23, 2015
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