Terrapin Rye Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
1,815 Ratings
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 derricksmalls
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of justintcoons
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tchaos
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of troysoy2
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this is a decent looking beer. Good light copper color, half finger of off-white head, not much retention.

The smell is decently strong, and smells mildly of hops... but then there's a strange fruity spiciness to it, almost like a sour smell. And maybe I'm crazy, but banana cream? Very interesting.

The front of the taste is pretty much like your average IPA. It's surprisingly not too hop forward. The malt comes out in the middle, and then surprise! The rye aftertaste is quite nice. It adds a little something to make this otherwise average beer. Mouthfeel is also quite good. Maybe a bit too thin for me, but the carbonation is just right.

I enjoyed Terrapin's take of the RyePA. I'll have to continue sampling examples of the style to decide how it stacks up.

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Photo of uustal
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a slight white head. Aroma of citrus zest, pale malts and a bit of rye. Nice sweet and compact flavor. Good bready sweetness which includes the rye profile. A touch of citrus hops goes well with this solid pale. The rye is subtle, but present throughout the entire flavor trip. Good, simple, but original take on this style.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a minimal white head and little lacing down the glass.

A little bit of malt and some spiciness from the rye. Not a ton of hop character.

Starts out with a slight pine hop taste, but really not much there. A bit of sweet malt comes through then finishes with a spicy rye flavor.

Mouthfeel and carb are pretty good.

A pretty underwhelming brew. The flavors don't quite meld together and there's just nothing that makes this stand out.

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Photo of dataskatt
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of Jerone
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber color with a one finger head that leaves decent lacing and some tiny bubbles coming up.

S - Spiciness from the rye and hops with some sweet malt backbone in there too.

T - The spice of the rye and sweet malt play very well together but the hops don't quite match, still good, but not a perfect marriage. Slight bitterness in the end.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - A good beer but needs a bit of refining.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tepid take on a Rye Pale Ale

Presentation: 12 oz capped brow bottle. Rural Terrapin illustration with the turtle playing the banjo in a rye field. Brief side paragraph talks about intent/style. Shows best by notched… Second week of January? Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, 1"+ frothy head, medium retention, small surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Tamed generic nose, sweet touch with soft hoppy hint...

T - Malty with a generic bitterness, lagerish hint… Sweetness lingers before that blah bitterness completing the finish. Rye might be there in the bitterness but it is difficult to discern either in the grain texture or any added spiciness.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation, dull bitter finish.

O - Quaffable… but pretty boring, short on the rye edge, and a bit bland as a PA.

Notes: Very much run of the mill pale ale… Terrapin can do better than this. True, I might be too keen on the rye and the softness here is not to my palate, but even as a pale ale it feels pretty nondescript and generic. I tried this first socially on tap in Atlanta a while back and had not much of a memory of it… So I was really looking forward to try it again, but sometimes things are better left in those bland memories.

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Photo of hmf05
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of tubacharlie
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, fruity hop aroma. Short off-white head with good retention and light lacing. The "best if enjoyed by" date is the first week of February, but there is no brew year listed, which is a little problematic if cellared.

The brew is a hazy gold color, evenly translucent. A rush of hop bitterness hits the palate first, with muted grapefruit and other citrus notes following. The overall flavor is much like an IPA, but with a little twist in the malt profile and not as much alcohol content. Well developed carbonation in the mouth, the rye adds some depth and body to the mix. Mellow and refreshing at the same time, this was a nice surprise for a beer from Georgia, which is not known for its craft beer industry.

Definitely a good value, this is a nice session beer and well suited for a hot summer day down south (or up north if you can find it).

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber colored beer with maybe a finger's width of off-white head. The retention on the head is fairly decent, but there is hardly any lacing.

S: Sweet malts, cereal grains, and the spiciness from the rye. A pretty good smelling beer, though I wish that it was stronger.

T: Sweet caramel malts are up front, but quickly give way to the spiciness of the rye. The aftertaste is unfortunate. It is grainy and kind of acridly bitter. It's a good beer as long as you keep drinking it, but as soon as the main wave of flavor is past I find it to be fairly unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky and viscous, but there is a fair amount of carbonation to cut through that.

O: Not the best rye beer that I've ever had by a long shot. The rye is definitely there, but it's not the star like I wish it was, and the aftertaste is not good. It's decent, but not worth seeking out.

I've heard that Terrapin tends to be a "sloppy" brewery, and this beer leads me to believe that it is probably true: good in conception, but the execution leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 brewcore
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 merzeone
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle Tasted after Lunch(Chicken Sandwich) Purchased 10/11

A: Light Golden small Head minimal lacing

AR: Spicy/Sweet Rye Aroma, Minimal Floral Hops

T: Rye spice, Bread, Biscuit little hop flavor other than bitterness at the end.Very malt forward the rye is definitely the focus on this apa.

M: light good carbonation Dry Finish for a rye that is weird expected it to be a little more sticky.

O: First Impression not a huge fan the more it warms up the better it actually gets still refreshing. Its main focus seems to be the Rye(which it is a Rye Pale Ale) however was expecting it to be a touch more balanced with hops. Not my favorite Rye Pale but still very drinkable wouldn't complain if someone handed me one.

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Photo of KMcG
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear light amber with a 1/4" rich white head. The smell was a grassy, like a meadow and floral hops, with some sweetness. The flavor is very well balanced between the hops and the sweet rye malts. Slight pine tones with a little caramel sweetness. There is a little peppery background. The brew is effervescent and easy drinking.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber/gold, with a medium head. Admirable and attractive lace, too.

Nose is subtle, I get some floral hops, but little else.

Taste is hops-forward, followed up by a smooth, malty presence. A little rye and hops twang ends the tasting experience well.

Overall, an enjoyable beer -- not overly memorable but certainly worthy.

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Photo of PCampbell
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice light amber, very clear, with a thin off-white head.

Has a very sweet rye malt scent to it, with some nice citrus hops to go along with it. The malt taste is right up front with some light bready and light citrus notes as well. The balance seems to be more towards the malt. Has a medium mouthfeel to it with some nice carbonation.

A nice twist on the pale ale with the rye malt. Not much hops to it but it is very easy drinking.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ppours an amber golden color with a huge frothy head that had really nice retentnio. Some random splotches left on the side.

S - Smells like an APA with a decent malt backbone, a bit of citrus, and some good rye spice.

T - Really easy to drink. Citrus with a bit of pine and a decent rye backbone. Fairly refreshing with a little taste on the end that ends up a bit woody.

M - Surprisingly low carbonation considering the massive head that bubbled up on this one. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Refreshing and good beer that is quite easy to drink. Taste is nice, and the rye is a good addition to a solid APA. Would drink again.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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