Terrapin Rye Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,812 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,812
Reviews:
773
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
243
For Trade:
1
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Photo of samie85
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 11/23/10.

A-Pours a light golden orange color with a two finger white head.

S-Pine and flower notes with some orange and grapefruit.

T-Slightly bitter pine and orange upfront with a bit of rye bread character on the finish with some more bitterness.

M-Light bodied with low, prickly carbonation and a pretty smooth, drying mouthfeel.

D-A pretty nice beer that's easy drinking but still interesting. The rye is pretty perceivable, but I think I'd like it to have just a little more hop flavor.

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Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for sending me another great beer from Terrapin.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 5/17/09.
Drunk from a snifter. The pour produces a 1 finger white bubbly head, leaving a colar of assorted bubbles.
Lace is thin but sticky.
The color is a golden light orangish color, tansparent.

Aromas of mild woody tobacco, a touch of spicie rye, Grassy hay filled hops with a touch of pine. and a nice buscuity malt and yeast aroma.

Starts out well carbonated becoming more creamy and subdued into a thin mouthfeel at the swallow. Sweet at first, then hops bite and lay off a little then linger mildly after the swallow with pine and a touch of lemon zest.
Spicie rye and somthing peppery just before the swallow, as I allow the beer to wander my mouth for an extended period.
A touch of tanins long into the finish. But its mild and observed so far in that it doesnt matter.
Crisp clean finish with a nice hop bite and a a snap of rye....Deeelish.

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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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Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of robertjskelton
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a DFH tapered pint, pours a dark copper with a nice inch white head with decent retention, moderate lacing. The aroma has nice rye and caramel malt, nice round hop bill. The taste is rather the same, hops have a good citrus juice to it, and rides through the whole lenght of tasting, with a solid malt backbone and the rye ducking in for a show of hands. The mouth is medium, nice carbonation, a little dry, but a good quaffer. Not very complex or really that 'interesting,' but a solid beer. Could easily sit down to a case of this.

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Photo of drseamus
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I gotta give credit where credit is due. This is truly a picturesque beer. Amazingly clear amber body filled with tons of quickly rising bubbles that form a thick rocky head on the top of the beer. I give this a 6 on appearance.

S: Spicy notes, possibly from both hops and rye.

T: Good bitterness and rye right up front. The rye dies a bit but the bitterness lasts.

M: Fairly thick but strangely creamy. The creaminess seems to defy the spice and hops.

D: I'm not sure how many of these I could drink before my tongue waves the white flag, but I'd be willing to find out.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Reaper16
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a even-bodied orange/amber color. Like tangerine but darker, I suppose. The 1.5 finger sized head seemed fairly well-composed and almost like a nitro-tap head in terms of small-bubbled consistency. Adequate lacing. Looks good.

Hops come first and foremost. Not quite abrasive in their bitter aroma but strong nonetheless. Orange and pine and... hemp, I believe, make for a sticky smell. Some doughy, bready malt surfaces of course. Not complex but everything works together and smells bright & fresh.

This is a fucking awesome APA. This glass at this bar on this night, anyway. Like a less pungent version of Founders Red's Rye, this beer brings the hemp/weed taste along with bright citrus fruit and rye spicy sweetness and bitter evergreen. All that hop flavor is grounded in breadcrusts and caramel malt. The balance lies in favor of the hops but this is a pale ale that I think most beer drinkers, even the hop-averse, can appreciate.

Rye Pale Ale has the kind of mouthfeel I perhaps most appreciate - the one you don't ever think about. Great carbonation level, great smoothness. I could put back a few of these in one night and enjoy every second of it. (And the only reason I didn't put back a few was because this same bar had Bigfoot on-tap still !)

If you see this on-tap, buy it. What a perfect college football session choice this would be.

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Photo of sleazo
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Somewhat cloudy burnt orange color.. Eggshell-colored head that lasts a while, not leaving a lot for lacing. The aroma is mostly pepper & light hops, but can't pick up much rye. Taste is a smattering of fresh citrus hops resting on a dusty rye malt profile..really flavorful for a pale ale. I'm a sucker for hop-driven beers within their style, and for me, this fit the bill. A great offering from Terrapin, and a brew definitely worth trying.

Big thanks go out to timtheenchanta for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of beveritt
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Notacraftdrinker
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentblack1
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,812 ratings.
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