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

12oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold. Small white head on pour quickly drops down to a ring. Minimal lacing.
S- Just a bit of bready grains with a little spicy hop bitterness.
T- Spicy malt/grain backbone with a touch of hops to balance it out.
M- Medium body, dry, yet quite smooth.
D- High. Smooth body, clean balanced flavors make this quite drinkable.

Overall - Delivers on exactly what it promises: A pale ale made with rye. Clean, crisp, just enough bitterness to make it complex but not over-the-top (or an IPA). An easily overlooked, but solid offering from Terrapin.

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

Quick review:
12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB date 12/19/09.

Appearance is orange and clear with thin tan head and spotting. Nose has aromas similar to mesquite and charred sweet orange. Palate is medium bodied with some sharp bitter orange notes and a light roast malt presence. Not overly bitter. Would be a great beer with barbeque or sitting around a bonfire. Recommend as a nice 6 pack brew.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! :]

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Photo of SteelerNation
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first rye beer I have tried.

A: The head is very disappointing. Ironically, the lacing is very good. Crystal clear light brown color.

S: Wonderful American Pale ale hop aroma. Beautifully citrusy and fruity smell.

T: The balance between hop bitterness and the rye profile is excellent. The hops are delicate yet complex with lots of citrus fruit flavors. The rye imparts a spicy and unique malted profile. I'm having a hard time descibing it, but it has a spicier and more powerfull grainyness to it. Like regular malter barley but with more ooomph!

M: A little bit watery and light. The wateriness gives of the impression of adjuncts being used in the brew.

D: Very, very drinkable.

I like the rye malt profile and the smooth hops in this beer a lot more than I thought I would. This beer is a too watery to be truly great. If it were less watery with a better head it would be an all time favorite.

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

APPEARANCE: This beer, when poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a 1/2" slightly off-white head with fair head lacing that dissipated quickly. Body was a cloudy gold with soft carbonation

AROMA: Picked up a light aroma of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Moderate taste of fruity pine along with a light taste of toasted malts (maybe rye?) -- a bit more pronounced than one might expect in a pale ale. Not bad, just different.

MOUTHFEEL: Light; thin body with soft carbonation. Initial flavor was lightly bitter, moving to a moderate somewhat bitter dryness at the finish with a dry aftertaste. Body lacing was fair and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: At first I thought that this might be an all-night beer. On further reflection, though, I'd say that one or two would be my limit. It was a nice brew, worth the cost, and I'd drink it again and recommend it to friends but I probably wouldn't serve it at a social gathering since it's more of a sipping beer than a drinking beer.

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

Got this in a Trade from Tilley4 -

Bottled 1st week of April 2010 - 12 oz bottle

Appearance - Poured into tulip poured one finger head that dissipated into a thin lace with little webbing on the glass - cloudy gold with orange hues - decent carbonation -

Smell - Light hops w/ some citrus

Taste - The hops are evident upfront with some mild citrus notes with mild pine notes.

Drinkabilty - This was an easy to drink brew - well balanced , just enough hops for a pale ale .

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Photo of DerekP
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a bar called the Castle Tavern when I first saw a beer from Terrapin. It was only a few months ago, the beer was on tap, and it tasted like it was brewed with grapefruit and a lot of hops. Long story short, I really liked the beer, although I can't remember which brew from Terrapin it was.

I picked up Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale at GunTown Beer just yesterday. Into my nonic pint glass (english pub pint glass) the beer went, threatening to never reveal a foamy top. At the end of the pour a tiny, thin as string foam came up, if only to offer a rim.

I like the look: cloudy amber color; pretty much what I would assume a honey mead beverage to look like (I still haven't had the pleasure of seeing one for myself).

I like the smell: a little aromatic hoppiness, a little sweet malt, a little roasted malt, maybe even some raisin.

The taste is balanced: a good level of bitterness, hops, and malts to round out the body.

The top of the beer has begun to be a bit more active and less tepid than the initial impression. Not even halfway through the 12 oz portion, head retention is showing some guts relative to it's condition, and a little lacing has entered the building. This beer looks to be unfiltered, too, which is a big plus in my opinion.

Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale: if you see it, try it out. Cheers!

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

Photo of Jame515
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured in to a plastic cup from a 12 oz bottle

pours an orangish amber with a nice white head

the rye makes an interesting mix with the citrusy smells

tastes a somewhat creamy sweet and orange

full mouthfeel

very drinkable and definitely worth the ticket

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Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice little session ale. lot of the citrusy hop with the spicy and dryness of rye. low ABV but lot of flavor, almost in IPA territory without being overly bitter. discounted, not 100% fresh but look forward to the next fresh batch and will try to pick some up then.

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Photo of grayburn
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 20oz pour tonight at liberty taproom in myrtle beach.

Excellent clarity, perfect coloring for an american pale, just beyond a golden hue, leaning just a bit toward amber.

Nice citrus hops, a bit of rye to balance it out as far as the nose is concerned.

Perfect amount of rye in this beer, it really adds a great element, rounding out the entire pint and helping join the malt and hops. Good flavor.

The mouth was a bit thin but good, as per the style guidelines, well balanced.

Excellent session brew, I love how well balanced this beer is, I could easily put back quite a few.

I recommend this beer, especially for those ba's who like a little rye, thank you terrapin, thank you again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for one of 3 generous extras in a trade.
A very clear amber brew with a bit of a wispy head and just a little lacing.
Smell is all about the rye, a nice sweet, wheaty malt note.
Taste is much milder on the rye than the smell. Slightly sweet with a decent hop note on the finish. The rye does not overpower this beer in any way.
This is one of the best mouthfeels I've noticed in a pale ale. Very dense and smooth with just a hint of carbonation.
Very easy to drink on a hot summer evening.

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

Photo of sleazo
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the sports bar at the atl airport hilton. Nice that they have some local brews here plus fried green tomatoes as a side is good vittles.

A-Poured a medium pale brown and clear with a creamy head. The wierd thing is the size of the bubbles just sitting there at the top of the foam. Still head retention is good despite these pox. Nice lace too. The bubbles even retain their shape in the lace. Odd

S- toasted rye smell. You definitely get the rye here. Not much hops to speak of. Mild but pleasingly toasted rye.

T- way too cold at first. Have to let this one warm up a bit. Why must places serve their beer so cold? Why must they have frozen glasses? It opens up as it warms. The rye slightly grassy hops and the sweetness all come through in that order. Dry crisp and refreshing

M-on the thicker side with a low level of carbonation. Almost velvety across the tongue like an english ale

D-a good session ale which is slightly different from the rest. Definitely let this warm up

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Photo of beveritt
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a turtle wearing a straw hat, chewing on some wheat, and playing a banjo. Best enjoyed before 12/09/08.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of light tan head. This settles very slowly; still leaving a decent coating of foam. The beer itself is the color of medium honey with a slight red tint and a mild chill haze. Decent lacing.

Smell: Distinct noes of dry-hopping; orange citrus blends will with notes of honey sweetness. All in all, a pleasant and nose filling aroma.

Taste: Earthy hops upfront with enough grapefruit spiciness to balance out a medium bitterness. Underlying bitterness of rye blends well with that of the hops. Slightly sweet honeyed malt. Bitterness lingers well.

Mouthfeel: Average to below average carbonation. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A good example of Pale Ale, with something extra added by the rye.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge pale ale drinker but a friend of mine gave me a bottle yesterday. A- typical copper pale ale with bubbles from being force carbonated. S- I was suprized to find some bready malty aroma balancing the hops as apposed to most APAs that just smell like cascade hop soda. Real nice full nose. T- again it had a great balance of malt and hops. Lots of nice bready rye and tastey hop fruit and spice. Not to much bitterness either. Just what an APA should be. Malty without being rich, hoppy without being bitter. M- a little thin but nice and drinkable. D- Perfectly quaffable.

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Photo of cookin420
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from BlackBearForge. Thanks!
Bottle poured into a pubglass.

Nice color, but not a wower. Yellow with pale amber tones. Not much head to speak of and the lace is thin and loose. Pretty clear with no sediment and only a small amount of haze.

Prominent hop aroma is grapefruit and prominent is the word for it. Smells like an IPA. Slightly noticeable biscuity yeast nose. Malt does not show up for the aroma.

Yum. Very smooth flavors. Dry, puckering hop flavors and biting, crispness from the rye. Light on the malt with a slght ester presence.

High carbonation. Moderately slick feel from start to finish.

A very drinkable beer. Very crisp and clean with sweetness in the hop profile with only a bit of help from the malt. I soooo wish I could get this stuff here, I could see myself killing several cases this summer. I've just been inspired to brew my first Rye PA.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool label art with a turtle chewing on a wisp of hay playing the banjo. Pours a cloudy copper color with a quickly dissiipating head. Nose is more impressive, with fruit, hops and malt in harmony.

Taste is full of liquid hops with a dry finish. I'm not really detecting an overt rye flavor but this is still a perfectly sessionable pale ale. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing but mostly subordinate to the taste.

This isn't groundbreaking pale ale, but I find it tasty and think it would be pretty sweet on tap.

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Photo of Mafia88
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

CANQuesters (tm) rejoice! I have been winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody to the point that my CANs were starting to worry that I had wholly abandoned them. Perish the thought! In fact, Smert' Butylok! That is Russian for "Death to Bottles!", an homage to the early Ian Fleming James Bond novels.

From the CAN: "Harmony [-] Groove [-] Pick'n [-] Rhythm [-] Jam"; "At Terrapin, our Rye Pale Ale was the first beer we ever introduced. Dry hopped with a generous portion of Amarillo hops, and brewed using a touch of malted rye, we have achieved a beer with a dynamic hop character and a remarkably clean finish that is sure to be ... 'In Tune With Your Taste'".

If a body meet a body comin' through the rye ... may a loud Crack! ensue. I heard one, so I went with an inverted Glug to celebrate! This produced two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy lacing that fell away to wisps, leaving the stickiest lacing of the day in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like that bottle of Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey that I have for (ahem!) special ocCANsions. Peppery, slightly grassy, kind of minty. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste was cool and minty, like spearmint and/or peppermint, or an amalgam of both. Speaking of cool, the finish was literally breathtaking. It was entirely minty with a black pepper overlay! This is why I really dig Rye beers.

My original, bottle review, dtd 04 Sept 2006 follows (Scores - 3.5; 4; 3.5; 3.5; 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.

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Photo of jabocu
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear golden straw color with light tight white cap. Aroma is a slight herbal spice, floral, malty, and citrus. Flavor is very nice clean malt with spice, floral, hint of grapefruit, and touch of rye at the finish. Very nice pale ale with subtle notes to give you something to think about. Nice medium carbonation, medium-light body, and dry finish. Wonderful!

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,815 ratings
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