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 axisjones
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Someone else said honey colored and that is dead on. The head pours puffy and dies down quick style. No lacing whatsoever. The color is interesting, but otherwise very unimpressive.

Smell? Coulda fooled me. Faint passionfruit/pineapple scent with mild citrus in the nose. I was trying, swear i was.

Despite a mediocre lead-in, this is a decent tasting beer. A tad on the hoppy side with a balanced malt back. The rye isn't too noticable. The hops are juicy grapefruity and clean. Not bad at all.

Nothing special, but hits the spot on a hot day. Clean, drinkable, tasty. Thanks to rajendra82 for the bottle!

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Photo of Schwab
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the bottle the other day and noticed that this beer wasn't even brewed by Terrapin. Instead, some contract brewery in MD brewed and bottled it. I was quite disappointed by that...

A - It poured a nice pale ale color with a hint of amber. Left about 1" head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Great pale ale smell. My first beer with rye, perhaps the 10% rye made the difference.

T - Typical pale ale aroma, flavor, bittering, and balance. Doesn't finish too dry IMO. Hint of something different.

M - Decent carbonation but not too much for a smooth pale ale.

D - Great drinkability I think. Certainly not for the price I paid, but the beer itself is another great pale ale. I guess this shows also that you can brew a great beer on any brew system as long as the recipe is altered properly.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber with basically no head

S: Very mild smell. Floral hops and citrus are noticable.

T: A nice light flavor. Bitter hops and spicy rye are noticable as is a slight sweet maltiness. Balanced and light.

M: Light bodied, ok carbonation, and moderate spice/bitterness. No heat at all.

D: Very drinkable for a hoppy beer.

Overall, this one is worth trying if you see it. It's a perfect beer to try in a mix-a-six. I don't think I'd seek it out though.

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Photo of BitterBrian
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a velvety honey color with a thin white head, smells of a complex medley of hops on top of the distinct smell of the rye.

Tastes lip smackingly good - the rye stands out, but s nicely balanced with the sharp hops and light malts.

Definitely a drinker if you are in the mood for a sweet IPA.

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Photo of kbm
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog.

Appearance: Pours a good lucking translucent to clear amber with a moderate head and quick dissipation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Weak rye and subtle hops. I really gotta get my nose in the glass to pick up anything.

Taste: I know it's silly but all I am getting weak malt, hops and rye. Not quite the volume of rye flavors I would expect.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and thin.

Drinkability: It's a gulper.

One a warm day, this may be a great backyard bbq beer. Otherwise, it's just a thin mindless beer.

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Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying I'm stupid and didn't check the freshness date on the bottle before I picked this up the other day, and it was Best Before 11/29/10, which is a shame. I think it definitely detracted from the overall enjoyment of drinking this beer, but I arranged my review bearing in mind how this beer SHOULD have come out.

A.) This is a kind of deep brownish orange, color, reeaallllyyy hazy with almost no head. The color and body are actually pretty close to an apple cider.

S.) Awesome! Lots of grassy hop and a nice spice from the rye. Deep citrus and pine and everything a beer like this should be. If anything, this smells more like a rye IPA or something, actually.

T.) Unfortunately this doesn't live up to quite the same level of awesome as the smell does. The taste is there, but it's slightly muted. This could be due to the fact that it's a slightly older bottle, however, so I'm taking this with a grain of salt.

M.) This falls slightly flat for me and could use more carbonation, but again, I'm bearing in mind that this isn't necessarily a fresh bottle. I'll bear this in mind throughout my review.

D.) Nice balanced beer with a mid-range ABV makes this a great beer for summer, fall or spring. Really refreshing with a clean finish.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with thin white head which leaves only minor lacing. The nose is one of hops and grain...not surprising, but still attractive. The taste is first of hops following by the rye, but almost in a bready way.

Advertised as a complex ale, but not as complex as the bottle makes it seem. It's a great all around beer but I wish the rye (not the bread) were a bit more pronounced. What is truly great about this beer is you can have it with just about anything and just about anytime.

Since it is one of the few microbrews sold locally, I try to keep a few bottles in the fridge.

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Photo of sbw138
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see lower than expected ratings for this beer. Overall I thought it was pretty good.

Poured a dark orange color, with a nice white head that left some decent lacing on my Fat Heads Pittsburgh pint glass.

Nice hoppy smell, can smell some rye, but not extremely noticable.

Again, nice hoppy taste, with a nice small rye taste at the end. As some descriptions say, definitely more of an APA than a rye.

Average mouthfeel, with an overall good drinkability. I would have one again, but I'm not going to go out of my way to hunt another bottle down.

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Photo of MaxBrewell
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A pleasantly orange-golden color, slightly cloudy, not much lacing or head retention.

S- Great smelling beer, plenty of hop aroma, citrus seems to dominate the nose and the rye comes through nicely.

T- The citrusy hops are well balanced with the rye and other malts. Slight grapefruit taste on the back-end.

M- Seems a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable beer that has given me a new appreciation for rye beers. I would certainly try this one again.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into chilled ale glass.

A-Medium amber ale with pretty 3 fingers of white foam. Great lacing!

S-Pleasant, smells of citrus with hops and a hint of yeast.

T-Not too hoppy, balanced with the taste of the grain. Not too bitter. I liked it. Less hops than an IPA but more than lots of APA style beers.

M-A little flat, could use a little more carbonation. A mouth full re-emphasizes the smell.

D-Very drinkable. I'll save the other 5 for friends who think a little bitter is better.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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

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Photo of G2Brew
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a straight pint glass at 45F. This is first and foremost an APA, with an understated nose and a flavor profile that highlights the grain (presumably to accentuate the rye content) and therefore minimizes the traditional APA hops profile.

A – The banjo-playing terrapin (with a stalk of rye sticking out of his mouth) on the bottle is a nice visual, signifying a laid-back, relaxed, “southern” take on a classic American style. The finger of off-white foam receded pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Gold-straw color was not very clear, but maintained nice rising bubbles throughout, which kept a thin covering of foam at the top. The bubbles swirled up nicely with every sip, reinforcing the foam covering.

S – The first impression is of a straight-up but mild APA, with some pine, floral, and grassy notes underlying the citrus of the hops, and some graininess in the background. As expected, the malts and grains come through more after the first hops aroma fades. The rye affects but does not dominate the grain aroma. It lends a somewhat off-beat sense to the grains, yet never really asserts itself with a heavy rye character. It’s a subtle, yet fairly complex balance of aromas.

T – The taste is as subtle and complex as the aroma. It has a nice smoothness to it, which can be lacking in APAs. This is where the image of the reclining terrapin works, for me. This is a slow taste. If you’re out for a rush, this isn’t your beer. But this is, in my opinion, the epitome of the session beer. You can drink this all day. It’s not too strong, not too sweet, not too loud. I’m enjoying this beer on a warm (80F) spring afternoon under an umbrella in the backyard. I’d say that’s what this beer is brewed for. I had to search for the rye to find it on my palate, and even then, I wasn’t sure if I was really tasting the rye, or just some unusual complexity in the grains. For taste, this is a real winner, in my book.

M – Medium to light mouthfeel. Moderate to soft carbonation. I think the mouthfeel is in keeping with the pace of this beer. Again, if you want something that jazzes up your mouth, this isn’t it. But the dry aftertaste and soft feel make it a very pleasant beer.

D – I think the drinkability of this beer is as good as you could hope for. It’s one that I could enjoy sipping all night long. I think it would make a remarkable pairing with a good cigar, and I believe I have one in mind for the second bottle, (which I will be opening forthwith. Man, I love having a mid-week afternoon off!) This is something I will likely keep on hand – it won’t take the place of the hoppier beers that are my first zymurgological passion, but will certainly fill in nicely on a lazy afternoon like today.

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Photo of hiphopipa
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ivanwho for sending a couple of these along in the Refreshing Summer BIF.
Poured into a Victory Brewing tulip.
Clear and bright orange, with a head that quickly dissipates to leaving a bit of lace around the glass.
Full aroma that is very sweet from the malts.
Taste is crisp and spicy, primarily bready malt with a subtle citrus hop finish, floral notes linger.
Overall, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice lighter amber color. Inch to inch and a half head very nice.

S: Very nice smell. The rye comes through in a good way making a very pleasant smell. There are some citrus hits as well as some very nice hop aroma.

T: Very nice taste. For those used to drinking pale ales this variation is very nice. The rye is very prevalent but does not overpower the beer. Hints of fruit are in the taste just like the smell and the finish is hoppy but not harsh.

M: Medium carbonation but still light and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. A step above a session beer and very enjoyable.

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

Light airy head after pour that lingers for a little while. Aroma is hoppy with some malty sweetness. The sweetness of the beer hit your tounge first and is nicely balanced at the finish with noticable bitterness. The rye give the malt character something unique. Pretty light on the palate with medium lacing on the glass. Overall an excellent example of a pale ale.

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Photo of Pointman
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer - cloudy pour, but the smell and taste were very good. I was expecting a little more rye overtone, but didn't find it. I thought the finish was nice, and it lingered on the palate.

Had it at the Mellow Mushroom in Augusta - best place to go to in Augusta.

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent rye APA but not as good as I was hoping. Aroma was very nice. Sweet rye malt with some grassy and earthy hops. Pour was beautiful. Deep dark red with a nice 2 finger of white head. Taste was a bit disappointing. Watery and thin with a lot of sweet rye and sugar. The hops and malt seem like they are fighting each other. Decent carbonation. I love rye pale ales...this was just too thin.

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

A - a slightly cloudy copper color with a short head that subsides quickly, but leaves some nice lace on the glass

S - a strong rye component with a bit of hoppy spice

T - very crisp up front with a sweet rye malt to back it up; finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness

M - medium light body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - a quality rye ale from a quality brewer; delicious with any sandwich on rye (especially a reuben...mmm)

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Photo of Thunderball
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this gem at my local ABC. Poured into a tulip glass. produced a nice two finger head that dissipated into islands of white foam floating in a sea of amber. Smell of the citrus along with the hops, and a slight hint of rye bread. Bottle states that along with the rye, this beer is brewed with five different hops. The taste is of a mellow hop and grapefruit that the smell alluded to. Easy drinking beer that you could consume after a hot day in the Florida sun, Not complex, but satisfying none the less. My usual barometer is, would I purchase this beer again? I would have to say yes.

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Photo of cjohnson
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a pretty aggressive pour this had a pretty minimal head, just shy of a finger's width, but had a slightly cloudy brownish red body with a handful of bubbles coming up. Lacing was nothing special.

The smell is very sweet; really malty and fruity. The smell reminds me of some darker beers, particularly some dark Belgians.

The taste is a little bit harsher than I was expecting, given the sweetness of the smell. At first it seemed really hoppy and bitter, but it got a little bit smoother with each sip (because it was warming up, I suppose). It becomes a little bit sweeter with time.

The mouthfeel was kind of sticky.

It's mildly drinkable. I probably couldn't go through more than two of these without something inbetween to mix it up a little bit, though.

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

Appearance: Mostly clear with slight haze. Toasted golden color.

Smell: Sweet, grape-like smell. Overall is subtly fruity with hints of grain. Head dissipated fairly quickly. A light but pleasant aroma.

Taste: On the front end, you get a nice tangy bite which contains that sweetness you smell in the nose. Can't tell if that tanginess is coming from hops or grains (?). Not too much in the middle. Finishes crisp without hardly any bitterness. Overall, it doesn't overwhelm your palette, but has that really nice "tang" on the front.

Drinkability: Really pretty good. With minimal bitter aftertaste and that nice "tang," I keep coming back for more.

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Photo of brewbasterd
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-bronze in color with a slight haze. The head is white and frothy, but doesnt stick around for very long.Lacing is pretty minimal. Definate aromas of rye and toasted grain with citrusy hops backing it up. Rye, lightly roasted grain and floral hops on the palate with a sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the verge of being watery and flavors dont stick around as much as I might like. Not a bad beer but not a great one either. A nice change of pace from the traditional pales you normally see.

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Photo of wmthorne
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this beer.

The smell is wonderful following the pour. Love the hops and malt balance

Great carbonation in the glass and in the mouth. Nice fizz

Compares well to a german rye in my humble opinion

Drinking this sitting in the sun on my boat. Could easily enjoy 5 more.

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Photo of kflack
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz BTL, Best Before 8/11. Week 3

A: A great, full two-finger head. Light lacing and mild carb. Head fades quickly (edit 1/2 way through, its still there!). A nice mix between amber and gold.

S: Wonderfull smell, do I get some dark cherries here? A great mix of hops,malts, and rye. Lots of dark fruit here, with a nice malt backbone.

T: Can't miss the rye here! Really unlike any "apa" I have had before.... Biscuts, rye, with a dash of hops in the end.

M: Chewy, but still thin as it should be. This is what "drinkability" really is.

O: A great rye APA, that is hard to compare because there really are not that many out there! A great go to and very sessionable!

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

Pours a hazy golden color. Two inch head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing. This is my first "rye beer", and I like it! Smells hoppy, a touch of pine, and something mildly sweet...maple? Taste is pale ale all the way...hops, pine, "different" taste with the rye...spicy! Yum, hard to describe. Medium carbonation and body. Would make a nice session beer. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot! Will definitely buy again. Different!

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