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 Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Fat Heads in the Southside of Pittsburgh a few months back while driving through since we can't get it here up in Massachusetts. Just got out of work and have decided to enjoy this beer tonight as to another night this week since I had put it in my fridge this afternoon. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange yellow hue with little head and a little bit of lacing too. There are signs of carbonation and clarity is foggy.

Smell: Very malty, hints of honey, but very light hop profile. Smells delicious and can't wait to try a sip.

Taste: sweet malts, honey, a little grainy. NOt much else going on there, but tastes great from when I had this down in Georgia 3 years ago.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of carbonation, very smooth, and easy drinking. Loving this beer a lot and wish I had more.

Overall: This beer is as good as it was 3 years ago when I was down in Georgia for work for my old job. Happy that I scored a bottle, but disappointed that I only got one. A great rye PA and wish they would make a Rye IPA. Might have to go south to get another bottle.

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

One of my favorite session beers from what is probably my favorite brewery. I just realized while working through a sixer that I've never actually reviewed this, so time to take care of that right quick. From bottle, best before November, into a pint.

Golden hue with a meager white head, maybe half a finger's worth. A bit of stick to it, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Distinct rye malt on the nose, paired with some complementary hop presence that contribute some herbal characteristics.

From the name "Rye Pale Ale", you get exactly what you bargained for with this one. Definitive semi-spicy Rye up front, caramel, honey and light fruit undertones, with mild hops throughout. A step off the beaten to death path of boring pale ales, a welcomed little twist.

Medium bodied, flavorful and sessionable as hell.

There aren't a lot of Rye beers on the market that I have found, but this is surely the best of those that I have. Cheers!

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Photo of bierguru
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3






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

Went to J. Clyde's in Birmingham as established on Beer Advocate and first beer I tried was the Terrapin Rye Pale ale. The beer was a decent copper/amber brew with limited white head, which casued me to downgrade the beer slightly. The aromas are awesome, rye bread, fresh, oily hops, a few spicy hop notes, and some citrus fruits are present as well. The taste of this brew is very well integrated. There is definately an excelent blend of flavors going on here. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is simply awesome! A very interesting RYEPA! Definitely recommed.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with cwguy5, thanks Will! Awesome trader

A: Pours a kind of brownish golden color with a pretty foamy head.

S: Rye... Basically just rye and maybe a small amount of hops.

T: Has a big rye taste with some hops in the background, it has a refreshing balance.

M: Smooth drinking, doesn't leave much on the tongue. Very drinkable beer.

O: This isn't going to blow you away but hits the style pretty well for a rye. The hops aren't very present but it goes down smooth.

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

Thanks to Jason for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a thin layer within a few minutes. Nice rings of lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus aroma, mostly some grapefruit, with a bit of bready malt. Simple, but very nice.

T: A light hop presence, mostly citrus coming through as orange and a bit of orange zest, as well as a little bit of bready malt and caramel. There is a little bit of rye, giving it a slight spicy kick.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: A very easy drinking APA, the rye gives it a nice little twist.

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Photo of jisom123
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra from CWguy5. Thanks for bringing a fresh bottle to Jackie O's.

A: Dark gold with little to no haze. thin head, but good retention. Swirling bubble retention tells me that there is going to be some thick malt. Nice.

s: a nice hop and malt balance. rich. caramel. cereal. not much Rye smell. Smells good enough that you know its probably going to taste great.

T: There's the rye! Arrives with a medium and stays around for a bit.

M:Nice carbonation. The smell indicated there would be lots of thickness, but there was only a medium amount.

Good "go-to" Rye beer.

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

First off, I don't normally like Pale Ales...but since this is a somewhat local brew, and it was recommended to me by a friend, I figured I would try it.

It was poured vigorously into a room temp. mug. Best by date of Jan, week 2, and I would assume this was 2012, as I could not find a year on it.

A: Very little head, 1 finger maybe, and I basically dumped it into the mug. This is the second beer of a six pack I am reviewing. Basically, no lacing on the mug, spotty at best. Color is a pleasant golden hue; dull, hazy sunshine when held up to the light. The head died very quickly, and left a millimeter thin film of bubbles.

S: Citrus and pale malts, I don't notice any rye. Smells clean, if that makes sense. Mild, which I think is nice.

T: Grapefruit right away, but gives way quickly the other flavors. A lot of malts, but that is to be expected. Nicely balanced with the citrus, then hops and rye on the finish. As it warms up a little, I noticed a little spiciness in the middle. This wasn't noticeable when poured cold straight from the fridge.

M: This beer feels a little light on the tongue, but finishes nice. Medium-light body. Good carbonation keeps it dancing, but it's smooth going down the hatch.

O: I could easily put a few of these away, and the taste just urges you to crack open another one. Like I stated earlier, I don't normally like PA's, but I would buy this again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden amber in color. Forms a thin, but stable, bright white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Bready malts, grains, some caramel malt and some faint herbal hops.

T: Starts off with an odd sourdough bread like flavor before turning even breadier. Toast. Light malt sweetness. Grassy hops. Some rye spice on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Decent, but off. Too light on the hops and even the rye is not overly apparent. Drinkability is good, but I probably wouldn't revisit another.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber color with a small head. Sweet floral hop aroma. Rye and hops combine in the taste to make a bitter but pleasant experience, followed by a sweet finish. While this a fairly serviceable pale ale, it's not the best I have ever had, but I wouldn't tell you not to pick it up.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a nice orange color, kind of reminiscent of light colored honey. It's topped by a thin white head.

S: I get a nice sweet citrus hop presence on this beer's forefront; the backend is that nice distinct rye nose.

T: Up front I get some minor bitterness with stronger rye and malt flavors being prominent. On mid palate i get those citrus notes followed up in the finish by a bit more bitterness. The rye note carries through the taste.

M: low carbonation and not quite sticky sweet, but defiantly a moderate body on this beer.

D: This drinks quite nicely.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Sam Adams pint glass, about 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with almost no head, (1/2 finger at most)

My nose doesn't get much more than citrus rind, competing with some breads/rye. It should be noted however, that I've absolutely got allergies right now in reviewing. Not so stunted as to influence this though.

Taste consists of an immediately and robustly bitter, rounded grapefruit/citrus. Finish is longer than I would have expected, drying down into a hoppy mineral bitterness that stimulates the saliva glands.

Mouthfeel is about what one would expect from any PA, clean and supportive of the flavors within; not a tremendous amount of carbonation, but I feel like I wouldn't want any more than it's already got.

Where I think this really has potential is with food pairings. The intense finish cuts well through a variety of snack food, resurfacing through it even after I've believed it to be done. The fixation on bitters too I think, would contrast with something like bar food really well. Wings and fries- salted with pepper and a creme dressing for both, would be excellent, IMO.


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Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with a decently large amount of hops; sweet orange-grapefruit juiciness. Lesser amounts of earthy and floral hops are also present with a nice pale malty sweetness and a little rye spice notes in the background which become more apparent as this warms.

The tastes begin with a nice light malt sweetness. Soon you are granted with a nice pleasant amount of quality hop flavors highlighted once again by the orange and muc lesser grapefruit and earthy hop flavors. Very subtle rye bitterness in the finish which helps this to finish very crisp.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect amount of medium carbonation to allow all the flavors to shine but still leaving a nice pleasant blubbly feeling on the palate.

Overall this beer has a great flavor profile that is rich, deep and multi-faceted. Great for the summer in my opinion and it is a perfect balance of all aspects that make a beer great in flavor and drinkability. It doesn't have the bright hoppiness of some IPAs, nor the brassy bottom end hoppiness of most DIPAs, but a good middle range, mellow yet forceful, satisfying flavors that are hitting the spot right now.

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

Finger of white head, golden clearish body.

Hop-rye nose, mild.

Rye on the taste, heavy body, some hops. Unassuming, not bad.

Mouthfeel is standard-- nothing special..

Overall decent. Rye-pale ale without much hops-- nicely drinkable, sessionable.

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Photo of BLove
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a traditional pint glass

A: Clear orange hue, small head lasting for a few sips
S: grapefruit/citrus, spice, caramel
T: caramel, rye spiceyness, moderate high hop citrus & bitterness from start to finish
M: pretty thin, medium carbonation
O: Eh, I usually enjoy rye beers, but this one leaves me a little disappointed.

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

A: Pours a nice golden wheat color. It's a little cloudy with a nice white head. The head thins quickly and there isn't much lacing left on the glass.

S: First aroma is hops, more citrus than pine. I'm also picking up some wheat and some malty sweetness.

T: First hit is all malt. A nice sweetness and a some fruity essences. The hops come in after and linger for a bit as a touch of alcohol arrives in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation, it's a bit sticky with some lingering flavors.

D: I'd say it's a highly drinkable beer. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this.

O: Decent beer. It's a nice twist on a typical APA. If it were available in my distribution area I'd pick up a six pack every so often.

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

The pour is a medium amber color with a frothy white head.

The nose is sweet... fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. Get a twinge of spice that must be from the rye.

The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malts dominating. sweet flavor with not much hop presence. can taste the rye in each sip.

The body is light to medium with ample carbonation.

rye pale ales are interesting enough... a bit sweet for a pale ale but easy enough to drink. as usual, I appreciate Terrapin's effort.

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Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Very nice.

Smell: I picked up the malt right away. A bit bready with some fruity sweetness in there as well. Not a whole lot of hops in the nose.

Taste: Not very sweet, but I'm definitely picking up the grain first. A bit spicy from the rye, but not overly so. The finish has a little hop bitterness to it. Overall a nice session beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is fairly unspectacular, beer just disappears without much to remember it by.

Overall: None of the flavors are overpowering. A nice beer, but nothing too remarkable either.

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Photo of iadler
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a tulip. Thanks to jsanford for this!

A- Clear gold with a two finger head. Leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- Some citrus notes including grapefruit, mandarine and lemon zest, rye spice, bready malt and some earthy hops.

T- Grapefruit, mandarine, rye spice, sweet bready malt, and a bit of pine.

M- Slightly low carbonation and medium body. Although the carbonation is a little low, it's still pretty smooth and very drinkable.

O- First offering from Terrapin and I'm impressed. It's a pretty tasty APA and could be one I could easily drink a few of. I got quite a few more Terrapins in my fridge and I'm excited to try the rest of their lineup.

Thanks again Jacob!

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Photo of fsvan
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Golden. Looks like a pale ale. Inch of so of white head. A good amount of lacing

S- Some piney hops. A bit of spice from the rye. I like the rye touch to the APA.

T- A good APA. Not super hoppy, but it lingers a bit. Some spicy rye notes. No alcohol to note. Drinking a few of these would not be a problem.

M- Pretty smooth. By the BA criteria this is the best of the traits of this beer.

O- A good, but not great beer. Worth trying for sure, but in a market flooded with APAs, it isn't one that I buy all that often.

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

Served in a pint glass at Brixx in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2011.

A: Very little head. Pale, clear, coppery.

S: Grapefruit, light and tart. A bit flat?

T: Refreshing and tasty. Surprisingly sweet malts before a strong (presumably rye) dryness. Minimal to moderate bitterness.

M: Pleasantly carbonated and smoothly malty.

O: Not great, but very much what I wanted in this summer moment -- light, drying, and very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of doppelme
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden body with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass most of the way down. It smells citrusy and resiney. It has a nice hop bite at first but settles quickly back into a malty and bready ending. A classic beer in the south that can be had at any time of the year, one to have in the fridge at all times.

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

A: A beautiful orange/golden colored beer, slight bit of cloudiness (very slight), not much lacing or head retention.

S: Great smelling beer, plenty of hop aroma, citrus seems to dominate the nose.

T: Well balanced from start to finish, not bitter at all, slight grapefruit taste on the back-end. Slight buttery taste (diacetyl?). Tastes great!

M: A little less carbonation than I was expecting.

O: A great tasting brew and has given me a new appreciation for rye beers. Thanks to Sam for bringing this back to Louisiana from Birmingham, AL!

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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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