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

big thanks to mnbearsfan for this extra!

pours a rich dark apple juice hue with amber highlights. darker than expected, with a one-finger thick creamy head that fades to a thin lace that leaves awesome lacing.

aroma is interesting. caramel apples with hints of hops and a bit of pepper. strong wafts almost remind me of a dipa for some reason. not a bad thing.

taste is awesome. rich malt backbone with some intense caramel sweetness balanced out by a pleasant yet subtle hop with just a hint of rye spice.

mouth is clean, on the lighter side of moderate body, with good carbonation and a nice, clean, slightly lingering spice.

all in all, pretty damn drinkable. and an impressive brew. The rye seems to show through well, despite only being 10% of the bill. But i'm not complaining. delicious!

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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 engagechad
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed at a cookout - poured into insulated tumbler

Pours an amber red with nice head, sticks around. Smells of grapefruity hop and spice. Taste is prickly in a good way and has a nice bite on the finish. Smooth on the palate while still being just bitter enough.

Overall I would buy this beer again - solid APA

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

Sampled from a bottle – best by November 2011. Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and excellent clarity. Poured with very little head, but maintained a wispy cap that left a few sticky lacings on the glass. Bready, biscuit malt aromas with fresh lemon hop aroma as well. Medium bodied with refreshing carbonation. Nice balance of bready malt and light lemon hop from beginning through the middle. The rye malt flavors come through toward the end and lead to a dry, bitter finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a fluffy bone white cap. Retention was so-so with some delicate lace strewn about. The aroma was of spicy rye and grapefruit with a bed of caramel malt. There is a nice balance here as the rye lends a perfect amount of spice and dryness while the hops deliver grapefruit and orange flavors and a mild bitterness. The malt holds its own keeping the hops from stealing the show. Easily drinkable. Medium body with a dry, mildly bitter finish. This is a solid rye pale ale, nothing too extreme,a straightforward example of the style done pretty well.

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Photo of richkrull
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright cloudy orange color with lots of fluffy beige head on it.

Smell is very hoppy for sure. Very nice smell.

Taste is very good. A little more malty than I would like but there is a good spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Went down pretty smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Wish it was distributed in Wisconsin. Id definitely drink it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a mug by bartender.

Appearance: Yellow beer with a small white head. Not much lacing to speack of.

Smell: citris and pine.

Taste: Light malt that is biscuity. Mild hop bitterness composed of mostly citris and some pine. Citrus includes lemon, mandrin orange and orange peels.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Refreshing on this really hot day in florida that I am drinking it. Could drink lots of these beers on a hot day.

Overall: Still loving all the beers I have tried from Terrapin Beer CO. Great summer session beer!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin rye pale ale pours a clear light amber color with a medium sized, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of orange and lemon citrus. A little bit of pale malt and bready yeast is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and dry with an effervescent fizz. The flavor begins sweet with a flavor of caramel malt. The hops move in quickly with notes orange citrus, pine and grass. In the background some peppery spice is present throughout. Once gone the citrus hops and pepper linger on the palate.

This beer isn't a hop bomb, but is nicely balanced with a touch of spice. Very easy to drink. I could have a couple of these at one sitting.

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Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, medium gold with light bubbles rising to the top to make a small white head. Fades into a small white cap and rich collar. Rings of spotty lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, orange, grain, and a touch of rye. Taste is the same as the aromas with citrusy hops breaking through to liven things up. Mouth feel is medium bodied, citrusy, juicy, chewy, balanced nicely, with a dry finish. I was hoping for more Rye, but this is a good all around Brew.

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Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours semi-translucent amber with thin head to film. Slight carbonation and lacing.

S- rye and hop bitterness.

T- hops and sweet rye malt. Balanced quite well. Refreshing clean taste while not lacking flavor.

M- creamy and smooth but slightly overcarbonated. Medium stickiness and dryness.

D/O- easy to drink and a nicer light beer. Well brewed but not standing out enough.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isnt too bad, the beer pours out as a nice looking brew. A good head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty hoppy, the taste is a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Overall I find the Rye Squared to be much better than this one. All in all this one was just a little light for me.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Terrapin Hopsecutioner Pint glass.

A--Soft golden color, like copper. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. No retention on the glass.

S--Crisp smell. I pick up wheat, barley, rye, soft caramels, and malt.

T--Follows the nose. The rye is prominent and at the forefront. The sweetness of the malt comes through lovely at the end.

M--Light-bodied, but a little watery. Small amount of carbonation.

O--This is a staple in my fridge. It's crisp, clear, and a great brew.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a nice, tangy rye pale ale, but I didn't like the smell.

A: Orange colour and a huge 5 cm head. This is a highly carbonated beer. 4.5

S: The smell is blue cheese/vomit with some spiciness. 3

T: Sweet and tangy with some hops. The rye is noticable at the end. Not very bitter. Nice. 4.

M: Slightly syruppy and well carbonated. 4

O: This is a nice rye pale ale. 4

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Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy, but bright, amber, topped with a decent 2 finger thick foamy head that settles to a respectable clinging lace.

Touch of sweetness in the nose, with a lightly sour/rye character, and floral pith. Soft mouthfeel, light-bodied, with a touch malt body. Gentle sweetness, light hoppiness and phenols from the rye. Pithy, with a tea and bready linger.

Flavor becomes quite malty and even sweeter as the beer warms. Grainy tannins in the finish, not overly pleasant ones. Balanced, but not overly impressive.

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

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Best by date of 6/7/11. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lightly cloudy orange-gold color with about a half-inch of just off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly citrus with a bit of pine, and had just a hint of Rye tang. The flavors were very similar but the Rye had a stronger presence but all the flavors were very well balanced without any one aspect dominating.

The body was nice and crisp with the finish being dry and clean with just a slight bit of sweetness. Drinkability was very good, this would be a regular for me if it were local here. Overall, a very good beer worth trying when you can get one.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark transparent yellow with a nice off-white head and lots of bubbles. some lacing

S-rye, honey, and herbal hops that reminds me of a SA Latitude 48. it has medium strength

T-comes in with rye and herbal spicy hops. it has a maltiness to it that reminds me of sam adams. bitterness is kept to a minimum. there's an after-taste of honey and herbs. the flavors are fairly smooth and there doesn't seem to be any bad side tastes to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-overall, this is an easy drinking APA. its definitely not exciting in any aspect, but it is smooth and decent to drink when you have something else to occupy you while you drink it.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. The head diminishes fairly quickly leaving a nice amount of thin lace. The smell is pleasant: malt, bread, floral and hints of pine. The favor is nice with a little zing from the rye, but the rye is not overdone. It has a very smooth, clean feel, thin but not too much so. It is nicely balanced with a crisp, almost sweet finish.

I would say that this is my favorite APA right now and it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: light golden/brown two finger head

aroma: well balanced bready malty notes with floral grassy hop notes

taste: starts sweet from the malt then fades in into the floral grassy hop taste. finishes with a slight rye note and dry.

mouth feel: nice medium body with good carbonation.

A decent clean beer with a hint of rye. The low abv and balanced taste make this a good session beer. I would seek this beer out again

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Photo of magine
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a hazy orange color with fluffy white head. Head is think and sticky. Head settles to a lace patchy island. Some real good sticky lacing gives this brew some great looks.

Brew smells hoppy; grassy and floral notes. Pick up some grainy malts. Good smelling pale ale.

Brew is balanced; as thin as you would expect an APA to be - perfect for sessioning. Sweet, bready malts and some oily resin hops are at the forefront. Good crisp drinking brew, finishes clean and only the slightest bit dry and bitter. Can taste some fruit based hops as well as you drink. I can detect some rye, simply becuse there is a difference with this APA versus most I have had, I assume its the rye. Really good tasting and drinking brew.

This is a very good APA, very good drinking sessionable brew that looks and tastes great. I haven't tried a lot of Terrapin's brews yet, but Terrapin has been a winner in my book so far. Very good stuff.

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Photo of dciBA
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best before 8/10/11

A vigorous pour from the 12oz bottle into a new belgium goblet produces a 1/4" of soapy head. Color is a hazy, bright orange. Very attractive in the glass.

Strong, pleasant smell. Lots of biscuit, and toasted malt, with plenty of citrus hops. There's rye in there but it's the least noticeable smell. The rye does come through more as the beer warms, giving this one a really nice smell.

Flavor has the same elements as the nose, they just don't work as well together on your palate. The rye is a nice touch, but the malt flavor is a little muddled. The hops are there on the front of the tongue and are probably the best part of the flavor.

This is a very thin beer. Not the worst thing for a pale ale, but it could use a touch more body. Finish is quite dry with some spicy rye leftover after every sip. Nice beer, just doesn't quite hit in the flavor department.

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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 raszputini
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a light copper - surprisingly light with little cloudiness. Very foamy whitish head - 2 fingers. Nice lacing. Nose is citrus hops and malts - something makes this smell like a German beer, probably a dunkel, with additional hops.
Taste is a little disappointing...weak...Hops, malts, everything are understated. They are there, and the rye is identifiable, and it's well balanced, just not particularly flavorful.

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

12 oz bottle in pint glass. Dated best by August (2011, presumably).

Medium pour produces 1+ finger of off-white head. Head has limited duration but good lacing. Clear amber liquid.

Nice aroma of orangish hops with lightly toasted malt. Malt seems to become more obvious with warming.

T - largely follows aroma, but with a nice sweet caramel malt on the front of the tongue followed by the bitter orange hops towards the back. IBU =35. Complex but balanced flavor, with distinctive rye component.

M - exceptionally smooth with perfect carbonation. Medium/thin body. Semi-dry finish.

O - well-crafted APA. A very dependable LIKE. Certainly above average and recommended.

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Photo of 6thomas3
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bold burnt amber hue with strong head retention the color of sea foam, ample sud-lacing against my glass, a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles sway as they creep closer to the top of my glass; bubbles appear to cross a certain threshold and accelerate

Smell - Earthy fragrances of clay mixed with an unknown spice trapped against subtle hints of fruit

Taste - Brilliant bread and yeast flavor with pockets of delicate spice and chalk

Mouthfeel - No gumminess, wonderful smoothness, and finishing with a bit of dryness (urging you to drink more)

Overall - Potential session beer with excellent drinkability and taste

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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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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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