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.

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Photo of Brewsmith
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle set to me from a friend back east. Aroma is a little hoppy with a slight hint of spice. Color is a honey amber with an off-white head. Flavor is clean and dry, bitter without being over the top. A little rye character in there. Balanced but not much malt in there. A descent pale ale without pushing the boundaries.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crisp and clean to the tounge this is a summer and spring beer to be sure!

I love this brewery because it is what is right with the south! They make some incredible beers and this one is on that list! If you get a chance to check it out on draft do that because the bottle taste while good is not as satisfying! Cheers and enjoy this one!

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Photo of kdawg105
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this brew. It pours to a nice dark golden color. It smells grain and hops. The hops being the main thing that rings out to me. Excellent tasting beer with a light bodied mouth feel which maks for superior drinkability. I would defintley advise trying the Rye Pale Ale.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle via trade from Kiefdog.

Pours a dark gold color with two fingers of foamy white head. A lot of carbonation in this pour one. Leaves a lot of thick soapy lacing down the glass.

Has a very nice grainy malt aroma with undertones of floral, slightly earthy hops.

Tastes slightly bitter and hoppy up front with crisp, bready malts in the background.

Medium bodied, and smooth. Crisp, and carbonated.

Good beer overall. Not available in Massachusetts, so I'm glad that I was able to try this beer.

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Photo of paulginva
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 heliosphann
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. Served in a Pint glass. Received in trade from redneckchugger. Thanks mate!

A: Pours a Golden/Amber color with very little head. Decent lacing.

S: Light hops mixed with some toasted, malty grains. Nothing overtly predominant.

T: Decent amount of hop presence in a Pale. Balanced nicely with rye and malt backbone. Nice sweet, grainy finish. Tasty.

M: Despite the lack of head, the carbonation is perfect and makes this roll on the tongue. Light/Medium body.

D: Goes down nice 'n smooth. A refreshing drinker for sure. Quite excellent to session at 5.3%.

The nice balance of hops and malts make this a solid offering from Terrapin. The rye just adds to the drinkabiltiy. I wouldn't mind this on occasion if I could pick it up locally.

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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 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 raszputini
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a light copper - surprisingly light with little cloudiness. Very foamy whitish head - 2 fingers. Nice lacing. Nose is citrus hops and malts - something makes this smell like a German beer, probably a dunkel, with additional hops.
Taste is a little disappointing...weak...Hops, malts, everything are understated. They are there, and the rye is identifiable, and it's well balanced, just not particularly flavorful.

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Photo of adowney523
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a British-style imperial pint glass. Color is amber and clear, a decent white head retains well with a thin lacing at the top of the beer.

Grassy hops in the nose along with some zesty malt background.

Bready notes along with slight roasted notes on the front of the tongue. A spiciness comes forth throughout, probably from the rye malt. Earthy hops come forth in the finish with a lingering dry bitterness.

Relatively thin body with a dry finish. Balance makes for an enjoyable, and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice copper-orange color with a moderate white head. Slightly cloudy when held to the light. Head dissapates quickly, but forms a thin lace around the glass.

Smells a bit sweet, slightly on the citrus side. Not really an impressive smell, but not bad.

Tastes wonderful, with a decent amount of hops. Nice malty flavor. Lingers slightly dry. Well balanced, in my opinion.

An extremely drinkable beer... this is one of the new regular beers in the fridge, and probably will be the first keg in the new kegerator.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. No date on the bottle. Dark hazy gold body with a mediocre white head that drops down to faint whisps of foam. Just spots of lace. Mild floral hops with some spicy rye in the nose. A light to medium body, some citrus/floral hops in the middle of my tongue. Also grainy malt on the finish. Smooth drinking and not very aggressive. Should be a good beer to go with a meal.

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Photo of wescj
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Has an orange, coppery, autumnesque hue. 1 finger white head, poor retention. Thin lace.

Aroma isn't very prominant. Slightly sweet and spicy, with a hint of the rye.

Tastes very crisp. Rye is there, though not overpowering.

Very drinkable. Might not make it the only thing I drink over the course of a night, but wouldn't complain if it was all that was available.

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Photo of hoppheadIPA
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding pale ale. Pouring a brilliant orange color with a fizzy white 1 1/2" head that dissipates as I drink. It smells spicy and clean. Tastes is very good, with slpice, hops, and rye. This beer is very drinkable. I would consider this and outstanding session brew. I will be going to get more of this as it's finally available to me.

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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 israel
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a ommegang tulip

A - clear amber color with very little head.

S - some spiciness along with floral hops

T - rye is evident in taste but is chased away by the hops, very nice

M - carbonation is nice and the mouthfeel seems a bit light but not bad

D - I would have another of these if I stumbled across one but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. overall a good session beer suitable for the georgian summers.

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Photo of scvance
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale golden color. Very nice aroma, citrus and earthy hops, with a light background sweet malt smell. Taste follows suite, very nice citrus hop character with a little earthiness to it, nice crisp finish. The rye character comes through somewhat subtly, but it is noticeable. Medium high carbonation with a light to medium body. This beer is very refreshing, and I will definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of oneeye
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with lots of carbonation. A thin white head that leaves a good amount of lacng.

An earthy aroma with light hops and rye malts.

A very mild pale ale with a mild hop profile. Refreshing, light, and earthy. A light rye maltness at the end that finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A medium bodied beer that finishes dry and slightly bitter.

A refreshing Rye Pale Ale that is a pleasure to drink with no overpowering flavors. A very balanced beer that would make a great session beer for any time of the year.

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Photo of rel
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a chalice. Little white head that quickly settles into a creamy, very thin layer on the beer. Minimal lacing. Apple juice, dull color.

On the nose - herbal hops, some fruity esters, caramel and bread malts.

On the lips - mellow caramel sweetness and herbal bitter finish. Nice balance. Definitely gets better as it warms.

The pleasant bitterness lingers, as the beer covers your mouth in a creamy film.

It's a nice beer. Definitely more complex than I expected. I wish I knew how to recognize the rye.

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Photo of hooligan
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been on a kick to try a new beer every week, saw RPA at the store and decided to give it a try...

12oz bottle poured into a session glass.

Beer pours to a very clear honey-color with a very robust lacy head that dissipates slowly leaving some foam residue along the side of the glass. The beer has a clean stringent hop odor matched with a slight smell of roasted nuts and rye bread.

Beer is clean upfront, bold grassy/piney hop character with a dry lingering malt flavor throughout. Very refreshing at the finish, although piney hops do tend to stick on the palate a bit for myself. The beer is kinda thin, suits the style alright although I'd prefer something a bit more "dente".

A good beer, but I was expecting something that would have portrayed the rye character a bit better... perhaps a bigger grain bill or less aggressive choice in hop? Either way, I wouldn't turn one down, but it may be awhile before I have one again on my own dime.

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Photo of unionturf
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the beer on tap at Brixx in Charlotte for $1.50...what a deal. Color was dark gold with an excellent head and lacing. Taste and smell was very good with citrus & hops and enjoyable...very well balanced. Would no doubt have again and enjoy, a good solid brew.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my first rye beer
a- nice light amber clear color, really small head with only a thin ring of lacing
s- smells of mild rye and grass with some sweet malt
t- nice mild rye taste with semisweet malts and maybe a hint of honey, very pleasant
m- nice mediumthin mouthfeel, with some bubbles at the roof of your mouth
d- a very enjoyable beer , i look forward to trying other rye beers in the future

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Photo of detlefchef
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very appealing ruddish orange color with a beige head.

Hints of hop presence on the nose but not in a huge way. Tasty and refreshing with pleasant grassy tones and a plush but lilting texture.

A very solid and sessionable beer.

Paired with:
Salad of arugula and purslane with heirloom tomatoes and panela cheese

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Photo of hmf05
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw gold with a two finger head. Smells mostly of sweet caramel and pine. Not a very aromatic brew, but it smells nice. Taste is more of the same. Sweet malts balance out the pine. Pretty light tasting beer with good carbonation. Overall, very pleasant APA. Perfect lawnmower beer. Well balanced and tasty!

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,810 ratings.
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