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 RMelyon
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle - thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a small white head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice balanced blend of citrus hops and a crisp malted rye smell.

Fresh, citrus hop taste upfront that melts into a crisp rye taste with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with a nice blend of hops and rye that linger just slightly. Superbly balanced.

Medium body, plentiful carbonation.

I love rye beers, and this is one fine beer. I could easily slug these back all day long, and probably even more so in the summer. Fans of rye beers, APAs, or just balanced beers in general will want to check this one out.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BBD 4/1/14. Light amber pour with a nice head and lacing that lasts. Nose is quite nice of blended hops, mostly pine, over a slight sweetness. Light medium body with normal carbonation. The taste is lacking. Not much is going on, and what is, is somewhat weak. Rye and hop flavor are only hints and the bitterness is mild. Crisp finish. If you want a rye, go with Founders or Great Lakes.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From shivtim (thanks). Pours orange brown with a nice white head. Clingy, spotty lacing. Smells of fresh rye bread, nic floral hops. Tastes is slightly bitter, well hopped. Flavors of light lemons, rye, and with a bit bite. Tangy, bready rye is a nice compliment to lemony hops. Light bodied and smooth. Nicely drinkable, tasty and well put-together. Up there with the Founders Ryes.

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

Pours cloudy orange with a thin veil of white head that goes fast. A vague aroma of hops, citrus, wet grass and a hop spiciness. A pleasant drink: light hops, citrus, grass, some spice, a strange rye characteristic towards the end, and then vague lemon afterthoughts. Light in body and in carbonation. A light pale ale that sprinkles some great flavors across the palate but some weird notes as well.

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

On draft at Dahlonega Brewing Company/Caruso's.

Pours a coppery orange with a frothy ivory head. Some fine lacing but not much. Aroma is citrusy hops and a grainy sweet maltiness.

Taste is quite hoppy, bitter citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) and a grainy maltiness. I would attribute the rye for the graininess. Nicely balanced and the hops linger a bit on the palate along with the grainy sweet malt. Drinkable for sure. Nice twist on the pale ale.

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Photo of Stigs
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour, standard pint glass

A - thin film of loose white foam, floats on top of a pale golden, clear beer. faint spotty lacing.

S - faint grassy hops with some pale malt...very faint rye bread attempts to creep in near the end.

T - following the nose...leaning towards the malty side, lightly toasted nuttiness and slightly spicy rye. grassy hops add some bitterness at the back of the mouth.

M - very light body, with moderate carbonation. finishes mostly clean and a touch dry.

D - eh, basically a standard (albeit slightly bland) APA with a kiss of rye. light bodied to the point of almost being a chore after a full glass.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zoso1967
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with an orange cast to it. The head is beige and has very nice staying power and leaves sticky lace.

The aroma on this is super citrusy and mouthwatering. I would say it is a bit more orange than grapefruit, but with a little bit of pine and some floral notes as well. It has plenty of pale malt sweetness, which adds even more of a juicy character to the citrus. There is also just a slight twinge of rye in the nose.

The flavor is unfortunately not quite as nice as the nose. It is still wonderfully hoppy, with the same sort of citrusy, floral character to it, and a bit of pine. The base malt is very sugary and non-descript. I am getting some nice rye flavor, but the rest of the malt seems pretty flat and boring. Bitterness is quite firm, but far from out of control.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and the beer is well carbonated. The finish is pretty balanced, with an oily coating nature to it. Perhaps a little thin overall, but pretty good.

This beer goes down easily and is quite tasty. If this tasted as good as it smelled it would be outstanding, but even with a taste and mouthfeel that disappointed a bit, it is still a very solid APA.

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Photo of rrski198
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of LarryMyers
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Fordknox
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jaemeno3
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sjones5045
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours yellowish orange with a decent white laced head. Looks like a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is pretty weak. Nothing too outstanding, in fact for a Pale Ale I was expecting more of hoppy presence. The taste is pretty mellow and smooth. Nothing really jumps out at you but then again nothing really really bad hits you either. I'd say this is actually a very good session type beer that you can guzzle a few down with ease and get some decent taste too. So pretty much I'd get this again for those hot summer days where you just want to enjoy a better than ok beer throughout the afternoon.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 7, 2008

12oz. bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing.

Hoppy flavor and aroma with pine, grapefruit, citrus blended well with the rye malt. Aroma a bit subdued compared to the flavor.

Clean mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Good session brew.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by the 3rd week in November, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours absolutely translucent, and it's darker than tangerine but not quite a true orange. Two fingers of fluffy white foam rise up, but disappear a little too quickly. Lacing is solid though as I make my way down the glass. The nose is equal parts bready malts, spicy and floral english type hops (guessed EKG were in the mix before checking Terrapin's site), and that distinct sharp spiciness I always get from beers that include rye malt. It's a little weak though. The taste is more of the same, and I'm having a really hard time finding the amarillo that Rye Pale Ale was supposedly dry hopped with. A nice crack of hop bite from the magnum marks the transition from the definitely present malt sweetness to the aforementioned hop and rye flavors. The body is nice, a little bit richer than I might have anticipated, but it works with this beer. Carbonation is a little too high/prickly for my tastes, but the key word there is little. A solid presence balances out the hops and rye and makes this a greatly sessionable beer. Solid offering from Terrapin, though I've seen them do better.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Another opportunity brought to me by ncvbc.
Bottle poured a good finger's worth of white bubbly head on top of a clear gold body in my pint glass. The head dissolves away to a nice thick lace

Aromas of rye and grasses along with some bread and hops fill your nose

Nice malt sweetness comes through first followed by some grasses (rye) and a good hop finish. Great balance in flavors

Clean and soft mouthfeel with just enough carbonation

A session beer for sure very drinkable and easy to kick back a few

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Photo of Griphon
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Tasted On: 04-10-2012
Freshness: Best by 08-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Schooner glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear beer, with a dark golden, or honey, color. Head is a finger high and white, with low retention and good lacing.

Aromas are mainly of hops, piney and floral, with some additional notes of spices and citrus.

Taste is moderately bitter in this hop-forward ale, with also an earthiness and rye spiciness. Other flavors are of peppers and fruits.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with medium levels of carbonation and body. The finish is clean and bitter with some lingering spices.

Overall a very good beer. The rye adds a nice spice component to this pale ale.

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Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ybnorml
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazey yellow/amber beer. Has a nice foamy off white head. The aroma is a pleasant grapefruit hop aroma with a hint of grain sweetness in the background. The flavor starts with a light sweetness that slides smoothly into a nice hop note with a nice clen finish. Should be an excellent beer for hot weather...tasty yet refreshing.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,812 ratings.
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