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 OutlawJoseyWales
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a pint glass at The Globe in Athens, Ga.

Color was golden, with a 2 finger creamy head.

Aroma was spicy, and grassy with a hint of fruitiness.

The taste was sweet spicy malt with a toasted rye character coming through with a nice dry hop background. hint of grassiness from the hops.

a clean refreshing pale ale, with a nice touch of spice and rye, that makes this an incredibly rewarding and drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune of sampling this brew when I visited my brother's family in the Atlanta area this past summer. My only regret was not finding a way to bring back a case at the time. After hearing rave reviews about this beer, I have to say it delivers. I love the combination of Rye in beer, especially a pale or hoppy beer, unfortunately, more often than not it seems Rye is added as one of 8 or 10 different malts in a messy grain bill designed to say "look at my beer."

While these guys I believe are still strictly contract brewing their product they have clearly struck the right chord with the right malt and hop bill to make an exceptionally pleasing Pale Ale.

From my notes:

Aroma is clean with subtle hints of Rye character and graininess, underneath a clearly citrusy american hop profile. The taste profile on this beer is clean and dry with a hop bitterness that brings you back for more, with just enough malt character to balance the tipping point towards astringency. This is a brew that goes well with a nice summer BBQ but would also be able to stand up to roasted duck and turkey. Extremely drinkable, two six packs shot out in less than 2 hours I recall, after everyone drinking the Corona criticized me and my brothers for getting "more beer".

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Photo of gunnerman
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a rustic golden copper with a fluffy foamy head that left some insane lace on the glass. Smell is roasted barley and malt and a bit of hoppy character in there, also some roasted rye and wheat in the mix as well. Taste is a flavor explosion and a damn fine offering at that I can taste a bit of malty bread with a tangy tart hop bitter, and also some roasted chicken and a bit of wheat freshly grounded up in the mix as well. This was my first offering of Terrapin and finally we get some love in Florida, can't wait for their other brews to make it to the state.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orangish yellow with a small white head, good lacing, good carbonation.

Smell: faint floral hop, but good

Taste: Strong floral hops with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: creamy but I would like to feel more carbonation

Drinkability: The strong ipa flavor makes it hard to drink too many, but I dont want to penalize a beer for being so flavorful and good.

I've never had a rye beer before and I can't really tell the difference. I'm beginning to respect the Terrapin name.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Brown Bottle from a variety case.

A- Bright amber color, lacy head clings to the glass.

S- Mildly spicy, hints of what's to come.

T- Spicy up-front, with malt sweetness and bready finish. The Rye character is subtle, but there..

M- Smooth

D- Very drinkable, goes down well

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Photo of slatetupelo
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to Spring when baseball season starts up, this means two things:

1. Atlanta Braves Baseball
2.Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

I could drink this beer everyday, it's my favorite of the Pale Ale style. I'm looking forward to trying other beers with rye in them.

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Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear amber color. Two finger foamy head at first then settles down to blanket on top of the ale. Nice lacing that stays with the life of the ale.

The aroma is a mix of toasted malt, (Obviously) rye grain, and piney citrus hop.

The taste is classic American pale ale with the twist of the rye grain. With the addition of rye a wheat bread flavor can be detected. The hops are the classic mixture of pine and citrus, but not so strong to over power the ale. Finishes dry with a lingering pine hop.

What can I say, a wonderful Pale Ale with a twist of rye grain yet balanced. Satisfied customer

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Photo of claytri
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice golden with a decent but small white head. The aroma is of sharp with Rye, and a bit of floral hops. The taste starts with a full rye malt taste with a bit of dark fruits coming out in the sweetness of the middle, followed quickly by a nicely bitter hops finish. The feel is robust and wet, giving it a liquid bread quality that I like in a malty rye beer. This is a very nice example of a rye ale with a lot of malt, and nice use of the hops to compliment those qualities.

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Photo of kkipple
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my Terrapin pint glass with a clear autumn amber brew with a small white head. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the top.

Smells delicious from the get-go. Tons of citrus hops and sweet malt notes flow from the glass. Really nice aroma on this one, bold and delightful. Perhaps a hint of rye in the smell, but mostly I smell hops.

Taste doesn’t disappoint either; I get a lot of fine citrus hops on top of a real smooth malt backbone. Grapefruit notes are quite strong. There’s also a definite rye sourness which adds a lot to the finished product and gives it a rather unique taste. Rye Pale Ale is slightly sweet, but mostly hoppy – the bottle says they used 5 kinds of hops and I’m not complaining at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a lingering bitter crispness thanks to the hops. Malt flavor is hidden by the hoppy assault, but still balances out the bitterness with some sneaky sweetness.

Bottom Line: Terrapin Rye is Real Tasty™ and awfully drinkable. Really hits the spot on a hot day like this one. I may have found a new session beer…

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Photo of veech
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a standard pint glass @ Brixx Pizza, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. A: Deep gold with light to med head and resilient lacing. S: Excellent nose with evergreen hints, spices and of course the hops. T: Very true to the aroma with a strong but pleasant finishing hopped punch M: light to med with enough viscosity to coat the palate D: Very smooth and sessionable. Beers like this are making me order pale ales more frequently these days.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful pale and rye malt scent that is spicy, yet blends well with the excellent hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale, Carapils, and rye malt flavor that goes down easy an finishes bitter with a nice spicy, bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the addition of rye. It adds another layer of complexity to a APA. The hop character is outstanding as well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up the other day in NC. poured into my duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew poured a straw yellow that settled as a yellow orange with a thin bubbly white head. brew was transparent and had semi sticky lacing as the head bubbled away.

s - nice citric hop with rye. good malt backbone. nice sweetness.

t - really nice flavor. the rye works in well with the hops. solid pale ale. floral. works really well.

m - medium to light bodied, subtle carbonation, cooling and refreshing.

o - overall, delicious. i'd buy this regularly if available locally. great pale ale with a nice rye kick. i've been finding that i really enjoy a rye beer. this one reminds me a bit of sixpoint's righteous rye which i love.

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Photo of thaichile
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden with a decent little head on top. Hop presence on the nose. Nicely balanced between hops and malts is more reminiscent of a 2IPA rather than an APA. Very slightly sweet with a smooth, thick finish with some biitterness at the end. I’d have this one again. Thanks to dherling for this bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing one of my standards.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an off-white head that leaves a cap and some decent lacing. The aroma is a mix of rye and hops with a solid caramel malt base. There's a whiff of spices in there as well. The taste has less rye and a bit more hops, with an earthy hop kick up front. The finish is slightly dry and bitter with a medium-bodied mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is one of my go-to beers and is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange body with a thin, fizzy white head that disappeared in short order but shows a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is grassy hops, just slightly floral, with some citric notes in there as well. Pretty hoppy.

Taste is quite enjoyable. The hops are firm and citric, with a solid lemon-grapefruit flavor and a spicy flavor on the back end that I'm assuming is the rye making its presence felt. The biscuity-malt flavors balance things out nicely. Mouthfeel is a tad thin.

Overall: A fine hoppy brew that's as drinkable as any I've come across.

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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date printed clearly on the label. Lots of description on the label, along with a turtle playing the banjo.

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with a bit of haze, thin head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops and a grainy smell that I associate with rye beers. Hops are floral.

Taste: Interesting - the rye flavor is very present throughout, but not overpowering. Nice amount of floral hop flavors well balanced with the malt backbone.

Overall impression: Very nice, very drinkable - I wish this were available at home!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium-dark amber/golden color. Light head.

S - Hoppy bitterness aroma. I love the smell.

T - A hoppy pale ale. The hops are very prevalent, and the malts provide the sweetness. Very well balanced. The rye adds a nice touch.

M - Full body, fairly strong carbonation.

D - Very high drinkability! One is definitely not enough.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep copper almost amber. Has a solid white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is slightly grassy hops. Not getting much else though.

Taste is very good! Rye on the front with the many, many hops causing a traffic jam in the middle. The only traffic jam I've ever enjoyed. Finishes with the nice malty balance that makes this beer so smooth.

Overall, this is a beer that is new to my area, and I'm glad it is. Very tasty and unique. I really enjoyed the rye in addition to the delicate balance between the malt and hops. Highly recommended!

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Photo of aglose45
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Capone's on Thursday 5/28/09.

A: Poured a light golden/ straw color. Nice head and some lacing left on the glass.

S: Faint fruitiness, mostly orange, with a hint of lemon.

T: Nice bitterness, followed the nose with a hint of citrus/ tangyness. This more more hoppy than malty, which is preferable.

M: Light body, minimal oiliness, and lighter carbonation.

D: Overall this is a very smooth and drinkable Pale Ale. This is a great beer for a hot, summer day. I plan on having more of these in the future, if possible, and the lower abv makes it easier to consume more than two of in a sitting!

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I am a little surprised with this one. I really expected something else before I poured it and was impressed somewhat with it. I thought it would be thin, and light, but I was wrong. It was not light when I poured it, it was more of a gold to ice tea color and the body was definately viscous as it climbed its way up the side of the goblet. The aroma was a real good blast of "C" hops and I love them. On further inspection I should note that the carbonation seems perfect even if it has to fight its way through a somewhat murky beer. For the record I prefer this unfiltered, very refreshing. Yum, a big hoppy pale ale. Tastes fresh like a sweet ass homebrew, there is even some slight astringency. A nice atr finish that makes me wish I had some more. Send me some more please!

edit - I scored this too low for its style! As far as Pale Ales go this one kicks ass.

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Photo of rocketmotor
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle 3 months before best enjoyed date. Ok appearance, orangish color with yeast present from bottle conditioning.

Smells of citrus hops and yeast and a slight floral scent. Smell is dominated by yeast and reminds me of a homebrew, probably too much by strict style guidelines, but I like it. Could use more hop aroma IMO.

Tastes first of woody hops, light malt, yeast, and hop bitterness (in that order) with the nice spicy addition of the rye just after the woody hops. Ends with a nice sweetness and mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is of natural carbonation and the rye, a nice fullness without being too heavy. I think the yeast is also adding some body too.

Very drinkable, this is a great beer. I wish I could get it in Illinois.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I must note that I was able to try this beer on-tap through the "Terrapinator," a hop-infusing device that filters the draught through whole hop leaves right into your glass. A truly unique and beer-licious experience.

Appearance was golden, with mild effervescence and a clean-look. Good two-finger head retention. Smell was incredible, almost as if I was about to eat a bowl of hops; spicy and woody. Taste, definitely lived up to the smell and then some. Light touch of maltiness, with a big, spicy hop bite throughout. Overall pleasing to the palate and a great tasting beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beer! And to think, I didn't even know Georgia did anything but Coca-cola...

There's a complexity to this one I didn't quite expect. Most noticably, this beer has a nice, robust hoppiness. That alone would be enough to recommend it, but after you've had a few sips of it, you begin to taste the rye.

And that makes all the difference. A bit of rye, underneath the already strong hops. Lovely beer.

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Photo of brewcore
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IMO the best APA in the South

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange. Medium white head that fades to a pencil thin ring. Plenty of lacing.

S: This ale has a lot going for it, but smell sets it above other APAs. All the hop fragrance you could ever want from a pale ale. Grapefruit: check. Floral: check. Unique hop "funk": check. Very fragrant for an APA.

T: Crisp with a dry finish. Hop flavors step up but do not overwhelm. Asertive hoppiness but definitely not a hop bomb IPA. Hops are floral, citrusy, and very piney. The rye is subdued. I have to look for it. Not too much malt character going on, but present in enough force to balance.

M: Light to medium.

O: High drinkability, making it a fantastic session beer. I go back to this one over and over.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a cloudy orange amber with a large head that hangs for a bit.  nose; fresh tangerine pulp (amarillo hops), grassy & citrus hops, & yeasty bread (perhaps the rye).  almost a belgian tripel take on the nose.  taste; grainy malted rye, orange pulp & zest, lemongrass, mango bitters, amarillo hops, biscuit, & light peppercorn.  taste, again, is slightly reminiscent of belgian brews.  medium carbonation & mouthfeel.  about as robust and flavorful as a straight pale ale is going to get.  if you're a rye fan, double score for this one.  lots of grain, fruit & leaf for an abv sessionable pale!  

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