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 imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a nice three finger head off white that falls kind of slowly. A little soapy looking. Some small bubble carbonation of the bottom that does rise at a good pace but not real fast. Body is a clear light amber. Good looking beer here.

Nose is a dry slight fruit, arid, faint citrus hop feels kind of orange. Quite a nice dry smell at first but then gives way to an orange citrus.

Taste is kind of empty but has a slow lingering bread finish. Dry mouth feel seems to follow with the arid nose, malt body sort of disappears after a short while. It's a good tasting beer but kind of fleeting.

Overall still not too bad you could do worse, but you sure could do a bit better.

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Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky grain with a sharp edge that could be attributable to either rye or spicy herbaceous hops (or both). Otherwise, the smell is very clean and generally mild.

T: Begins off-dry, with bold and rustic grain, and faint flowery hop aromatics coupled by appropriate intermediate acidity that peaks early then diminishes. Husky malt continues to dominate in the middle and the presence of rye transmits greater interest through layered flavors. Bitterness develops into the finish but remains restrained, accented by a whiff of dry pale malt.

M: Thin viscosity, balanced and barely sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer is a subtle and understated, yet very enjoyable, pale ale that features rye qualities in favorable and appropriate measures. While more malt-focused, flavors are kept very near to perfect balance. This is a beer that may grow on the drinker with each successive sip--it seemed to be worthy of a 3.0 tops at first, but it kept being promoted.

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Photo of paulginva
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, when poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a 1/2" slightly off-white head with fair head lacing that dissipated quickly. Body was a cloudy gold with soft carbonation

AROMA: Picked up a light aroma of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Moderate taste of fruity pine along with a light taste of toasted malts (maybe rye?) -- a bit more pronounced than one might expect in a pale ale. Not bad, just different.

MOUTHFEEL: Light; thin body with soft carbonation. Initial flavor was lightly bitter, moving to a moderate somewhat bitter dryness at the finish with a dry aftertaste. Body lacing was fair and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: At first I thought that this might be an all-night beer. On further reflection, though, I'd say that one or two would be my limit. It was a nice brew, worth the cost, and I'd drink it again and recommend it to friends but I probably wouldn't serve it at a social gathering since it's more of a sipping beer than a drinking beer.

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Photo of salvo
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin pale rye ale brewed by flying dog pours murky straw with an inch of head that quickly collapses, leaving a foam ring. Nose is floral and grassy. Slightly malt sweet but not as thick or as assertive as expected. Some lingering hoppy dryness in the finish. Good rather than great.

I'm confused by the labels: the Terrapin is almost a Teenage Mutant Ninja, but dressed as executioner (on Hopsecutioner). Here, the country-boy Terrapin of the Rye ale: marketing is a little off to me, but what do I know. I'm not from Georgia but just passing through Atlanta. Label reports the beer was brewed at Flying Dog.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Rye spiciness, very herbal/anise almost, slightly grassy, rich maltiness (Marris Otter).

L: Slightly hazy golden yellow, white head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Spicy rye plus hoppiness up front followed by a spent-grain like sweetness with some honey. Soft herbal bitterness leads to a slightly spicy dry finish with a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium-slick body with medium-low carbonation.

Very good, a tad malty, but good overall. Would love to try this fresher.

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

A- Clear light amber with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal soapy lacing.

N- Light grainy malt, subtle green apple, and a metallic twang that is reminiscent of guinness.

T- Crisp, twangy, subtly spicy malt with a light clean hop bitterness that balances it out, but lets the malt shine through. Some subtle floral and citrus accents here as well. Aftertaste has a nice balance of spicy grain and lingering citrusy hops.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation with a semidry finish.

D- Overall, a great session beer. I would definitely recommend this to convert your friends to craft beer. Very newbie friendly, but still damn tasty if you ask me. Cheers to millerbuffoon for hooking me up. I'm craving another one of these, but I only have one left, so I'm going to save it for another night.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this bottle.

Pours light amber and just a little hazy, producing a finger of white head. This fades, leaving little trace.

The smell is a nice blend of citrus hops and mild spiciness.

The spicy rye malt comes through even more clearly in the flavor, leaving the hops somewhat behind. Some hop bitterness shows up in the finish, though still a little subdued. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Medium to light-bodied, with some nice carbonation and a dry finish, the mouthfeel is just fine.

This is a pleasant beer overall, but nothing special. The rye character adds interest, but I'd like to see the hops come through a little more assertively.

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

The must unique thing about this beer is that it says rye yet it is smooth. On tap, this is a very civilized beer. Well balanced yet correct for the style.

I would go out and seek it again. Coming off the cruise ship, this was a great alternative to bud light by three pl in a key west bar.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours orange and has some sediment. The head is one finger with champagne-like bubbles, it goes away rather quickly and leaves a little lacing. The smell is really unique because of the rye. The whole feel of this beer is different than any other pale ale that I've had, which makes it interesting. The toasted barely flavor is replaced by a bitter sweet rye flavor. It still has hop presence and a nice mild bite that makes it an easy drinker, which isn't so unlike other pale ales that I've tasted. It has a lighter body and is something that I could have a few of.

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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 pmccallum86
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear reddish gold color with a thin bubbly head.

Smell is of rye and hops, very nice.

Taste is all rye up front, with some great bready malts and bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated, very nice.

Great drinkability, quite an easily drinkable beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for the bottle!

A- Semi-hazed amberish color. One finger white head shows low retention. Some light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light citrus and piney hops blend well together in the front of the aroma. A nice rye aroma in the middle of the beer is light but does the trick. Light caramel malts in the ending of this brings the aroma full circle and balanced.

T- Bitter hops right off the bat. Caramel malts give a nice underbody to this beer. Some light bitter hops come back in for a second before fading back a bit into a nice rye flavor. Alcohol comes in the ending but nothing to overpowering.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little prickley. Caramel malts, light rye, and tons of hop resin left all over the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, light rye, and tons of bitter hops that never seem to fade away. Flavors were blended well together and never over the top. Off flavors were not present at all when I drank this. Medium-high alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer a nice well balanced beer which at times in the industry seems to be a miss. A nice lower ABV seems to be what this beer is. I could drink many of these over and over without killing my palate.

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Photo of LeftyEtc
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very clear light amber body with a foamy white head that recedes quickly and paints the glass with a sticky lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles with a little condensation on my glass this beer looks very appetizing.

S-A fruit or citrus feel and a definite rye nose. The rye really brings attention to the yeast and sweet malts.

T-Imagine a piece of grapefruit sliced think and placed on a fluffy piece of bread.

M-This is a crisp beer with ample carbonation and a seriously interesting taste. This beer breaths a lot of life into the pale ale world. A blast to drink.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just how rye whiskey adds spiciness, fruitiness and body to a Bourbon, the rye in this brew really rounds out the typical lean Pale Ale style and makes for a juicy, malty and very tasty brew. It pours a brilliant orange-amber with a white head which left rather quickly and has a rich aroma of peach pie, orange and pink grapefruit. Subdued hops on the nose. The palate is bright with flavors of canteloupe and the creamy, fruity rye character adding a nice bump of body and complexity. The presentation is overall round, while the finish is short with hints of apricots and honey.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Jacksonville, FL. The beer was served in a pint glass, and serves a hazy orange-copper color with a thin, dense white foamy head. There is a slight hint of grain and hops on the nose, but very subtle. The flavor is grainy, but with a heavy dose of hops. Very well balanced flavors, tasting almost like a hopped amber. Smooth and light in mouth, with a crispness from the carbonation. The finish is quick, with a little hop residue in mouth, and a sweet and hoppy afteratste. Tasty!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance; slightly hazy, light copper. Off white head with nice lacing and pretty good retention; never less than a thick film.

smell; upfront one smells citrus and piney hops. Some grainy barley malts and spicy rye sweetness. Nice blend of ingredients, all represented, neither overpowering the other.

taste; mostly bitter, resiny hops. Some nice malty flavors that are mostly destroyed by the hops. After the bitter finish a bit of rye comes through...ehhh.

mouthfeel; very crisp with a dry finish. Slightly thick with piercing carbonation.

drinkability; the hops are just too dry and dehydrating, not refreshing at all. If one likes lots of hops, this beer will be well appreciated, otherwise avoid.

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Photo of nataku00
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to whartontallboy for the first of many beers from the southeast in our trade.

Beer is a dark and clear orange with an initial finger of foamy head with a few bubbles after an aggressive pour. Head receded to a collar pretty quickly, though there are some medium sized bubbles floating around the edge and on the surface. Nice lacing that sticks steadily to the glass after the head dissipated and also after swirling. Some small bubble carbonation slowly float up to the surface as well.

Nose is rye dominated, spicy and bready. A hint of floral hops as well, but the rye is the main attraction here.

Taking a sip, bready malts and spice upfront, then a bit of floral hops bitterness on the dry finish. Finish is also metallic, unfortunately. More metallic as I drink this as it warms in the glass.

Light bodied but with a fairly aggressive carbonation that pricks at the tongue. This might be fairly drinkable pale ale if not for the metallic aftertaste and carbonation.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams.

A - Pours a clear, straw-colored blond that is well carbonated with a bubbly head to quickly vanishes.

S - Definite hop presence combined with piney notes.

T - The hops quickly hit the back part of the palate and linger momentarily leaving you with a piney floral taste. The taste was very "dry" and quickly dissipates leaving a yearning for another mouth full.

M - Well-balanced and much fuller than anticipated.

D - This is a great session beer. A wonderful brew to enjoy in the great city of Atlanta on a warm summer day.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. Very slight haze to the golden orange body. Initial head size is small, but retention is pretty good and several rings of lacing are left behind.

Rye is something of an afterthought in the citrusy and toasty nose, but it's a surprisingly assertive yet complementary flavor. Crisp and toasty with a refreshing and juicy jolt of citrus. The rye gains steam as it warms, but never approaches dominance. A nice take on the APA, crisp and refreshing, but with a challenging element Easy recommendation.

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Photo of nosurrender23
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Our club gave this beer an A.

"Delightful Pale Ale - Somethings don't need to be explained."

The beer pours with an apple juice like appearance (similar to dehydrated urine) with little head and heavy carbonation.

However, the smell is "citrusy" pale ale that has a slightly stronger hoppy smell almost like an IPA smell.

In the mouth, the beer is very light and smooth and would be a good tailgating beer.

The taste is like a smoother, lighter Stone Pale ale, very nice, lots of after taste (think of a "citrusy" pale ale that contains hops from fields tended by goateed turtles) and would go well with fruity pebbles cereal.

Drinking wise, the pale ale is smooth and easy to drink. Hoppy or not hoppy is the question!

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

Cloudy orange color with a minimal white head

Nice rye, slightly spicy aroma. Spicy, slightly sour flavor with herbal hops and a little bit of orange around the edges.

Refreshing. I bet this would be a great one in hot weather (which we are definitely not experiencing in February in New Hampshire). Quite nice just the same.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounced purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Great stuff... Refreshing and satisfying with strong rye nuances. Malts and hops both evident with notes of amber grains, bread, butter, and honey. Medium-bodied, complex, and flavorful. Copper-amber hue with a full-bodied head... Good stuff... Recommended....

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Photo of Avagadro
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color, with considerable haze, Rye Pale Ale holds a large grainy head, and exhibits above average lacing.

S: Bouquet is hard to find, with only wisps of hops penetrating the blanket of froth.

T: Dry, bready, and hoppy overall, but the hops don't pop. They aren't crisp or delightful, but just... there. The typical rye spice is also absent from this brew.

M: Medium body, with no interesting texture to back it up.

D: Not a bad beer, by any stretch, but it definitely fell short of my expectations. I come from the land of Red's Rye, where rye pales are delightfully refreshing and packed with flavor. This is good, but doesn't even compare.

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear dark yellow/orange body with a very small white head. Minimal lacing.

Nice aroma up front. The hops and rye jump out first. They are closely followed by some sweet malty and bready notes.

Solid APA flavor with some citrusy hops up front and an excellent spicy rye flavor. The malt balance is not too sweet.

Solid brew. Great spin on an APA with some nice rye mixed in. Could definitely have a few more of these.

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Photo of masstransplant
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Winters in South Carolina are short, but that first 65 degree February day is still very welcome...time to finish up the porters and stouts and move on to the crisp, hoppy beers that complement our long, hot summers.

Terrapin Rye is a staple in my fridge. Pours a pale orange with a thin head that laces nicely. Smells of rye, hops, apricots and orange peel. Just a fantastic rye taste that doesn't thin-out or dissipate as so many others do....the rye lingers on the palate and is a delight on a hot day. Carbonation is notably more pronounced than the winter brews I've been enjoying, and I'm glad for it...goes well with a sunny day. I usually have a one beer limit, but this stuff always tempts me to drink another. Well-balanced and very nice indeed!

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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