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 axeman9182
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by the 3rd week in November, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours absolutely translucent, and it's darker than tangerine but not quite a true orange. Two fingers of fluffy white foam rise up, but disappear a little too quickly. Lacing is solid though as I make my way down the glass. The nose is equal parts bready malts, spicy and floral english type hops (guessed EKG were in the mix before checking Terrapin's site), and that distinct sharp spiciness I always get from beers that include rye malt. It's a little weak though. The taste is more of the same, and I'm having a really hard time finding the amarillo that Rye Pale Ale was supposedly dry hopped with. A nice crack of hop bite from the magnum marks the transition from the definitely present malt sweetness to the aforementioned hop and rye flavors. The body is nice, a little bit richer than I might have anticipated, but it works with this beer. Carbonation is a little too high/prickly for my tastes, but the key word there is little. A solid presence balances out the hops and rye and makes this a greatly sessionable beer. Solid offering from Terrapin, though I've seen them do better.

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Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange with a thin veil of white head that goes fast. A vague aroma of hops, citrus, wet grass and a hop spiciness. A pleasant drink: light hops, citrus, grass, some spice, a strange rye characteristic towards the end, and then vague lemon afterthoughts. Light in body and in carbonation. A light pale ale that sprinkles some great flavors across the palate but some weird notes as well.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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 knoxtennessee
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge pale ale drinker but a friend of mine gave me a bottle yesterday. A- typical copper pale ale with bubbles from being force carbonated. S- I was suprized to find some bready malty aroma balancing the hops as apposed to most APAs that just smell like cascade hop soda. Real nice full nose. T- again it had a great balance of malt and hops. Lots of nice bready rye and tastey hop fruit and spice. Not to much bitterness either. Just what an APA should be. Malty without being rich, hoppy without being bitter. M- a little thin but nice and drinkable. D- Perfectly quaffable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

apears a sorta hazy orange golden color, with nice white head 1/2" thick, that leaves a decent lacing. the two expected aromas, rye and hops, are definitely in there. the flavor is rye, with a little hops bit, but still very well balanced. medium carbonation and body. pretty drinkable, all around decent beer

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

12oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold. Small white head on pour quickly drops down to a ring. Minimal lacing.
S- Just a bit of bready grains with a little spicy hop bitterness.
T- Spicy malt/grain backbone with a touch of hops to balance it out.
M- Medium body, dry, yet quite smooth.
D- High. Smooth body, clean balanced flavors make this quite drinkable.

Overall - Delivers on exactly what it promises: A pale ale made with rye. Clean, crisp, just enough bitterness to make it complex but not over-the-top (or an IPA). An easily overlooked, but solid offering from Terrapin.

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Photo of dball
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected this beer to be a comparible to Founder's Rye Pale and it just does not compare. It is a fairly average beer. The hops are mild and the rye is very mild. It pours a soft golden color with a light head. It is light in body and easy to drink but light in flavor and hops as well. I'd tag it as a safe beer to serve when entertaining.

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Photo of samie85
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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 kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a very clear reddish copper color with a nice 1 finger head. Citrus hops in the nose along with smelling sweet. This is an intersing American Pale Ale. More malty in my opinion that hoppy. Well balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Not really sure what role the Rye plays or if I really can taste it all that much but I will say that I am enjoying this one. Decent bitter hop ending.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours a clear amber color with 1 finger ivory head. The head is mostly lasting leaving a good amount of lace on the glass.

S: A strong bready malts smell with subtle floral hop notes.

T: A smooth rye & malt flavor, as expected, with hints of nice citrus hops. Dry aftertaste with a little bitterness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: A very good and refreshing beer and would definately drink again.

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

Pours a slightly hazy, dark gold with a small but clingy head. Aromas are interesting: there's definitely a hop element on the nose but the dominant trait is remeniscent of a woodpile. Toffee notes are also there. On the palate I'm getting strong flavors of toasted English muffins and some toffee. Finishes quick and clean, with a light hint of lingering malts. That dash of malted rye makes a world of difference and makes this an exceptially satisfying pale ale.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.97/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this brew. It pours to a nice dark golden color. It smells grain and hops. The hops being the main thing that rings out to me. Excellent tasting beer with a light bodied mouth feel which maks for superior drinkability. I would defintley advise trying the Rye Pale Ale.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber/copper color with a one-finger tan head. Nice retention and minimal lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of rye bread and citrus - mostly orange. There was a mild roasted malt aroma, too.

T - Good bitter bite of hops upon first sip. This is a pretty malty APA with a nice rye flavor. There is a good citrusy kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good rye pale ale. I've really enjoyed the Terrapin beers that I found on my trip to NC.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again awalk1227!

Pours golden, straw colored around the edges when held up to the light.

Smells of bready malts, faint hops. Floral, also getting some metallic notes.

Hops remain floral in taste.... Grainy malt, comes off as sour/bitter. Actually a bit tannic. Maybe this can be attributed to the rye malts, although I'm not sure. A subtle level of sweetness presents itself as the beer warms.

The mouth feel is pretty good. A bite of stern carbonation levels off into surprising smoothness, leaving only a strong bitterness.

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

A - Hazy gold with a one finger thick white head that quickly fades to a thin ring at the top of the glass, but remains for the rest of the drink and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet bready malts with some spice, and citrus hops.

T - Starts out with some sweet bready malts, but turns into sourdough bread by the end of the glass. Citrus hops come in at the back, and have some bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium body, sharp, high carbonation. Perhaps a little overcarbonated makes it a little harsh across the palate.

D - An ok pale, I just didn't enjoy how the malts turned sour halfway through. Fairly sessionable.

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Photo of fear025
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pittsky for this beer.

Aroma:I get some grape nuts in the aroma, hops are very faint.

Appearance:Golden with white fluffy head.

Taste:Lots of rye in the foretaste. The hops do come through more in the later taste though they are pretty mild throughout the beer. The malt gives the beer underlies the beer with a pleasant sweetness. The aftertaste is a little nutty.

Mouthfeel:Average body in this beer.

Drinkability:This is a very pleasant beer to drink, easily sessionable.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

snagged this in atlanta, ga! 12 ounce bottle pours hazy, cloudy golden straw. thin white head.

fruity and spicy nose. some malt in the background. no off odors.

good malty flavor. dry ryeness in there. spicy. dry aftertaste. yummy.

mid body beer. good carbonation. i really like this beer. had it on tap a couple of times when i was down there. would love some more of this.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a tumbler. Pours golden with a one finger white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of wheat, malt, and hops. The flavor was of malt, wheat, nutty, with a subtle hop followthrough. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it was not a bad brew, but it was not my favorite from Terrapin. It was very refreshing in flavor. It needs a more refined rye/wheat flavor to standout in my opinion. However this is a very nice brew regardless.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very appealing ruddish orange color with a beige head.

Hints of hop presence on the nose but not in a huge way. Tasty and refreshing with pleasant grassy tones and a plush but lilting texture.

A very solid and sessionable beer.

Paired with:
Salad of arugula and purslane with heirloom tomatoes and panela cheese

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Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a nice orange color, thin head though, but at least there's something.

It smells slightly sweet with a nice American hop aroma.

Bitter upfront with a distinct rye taste to it, kind of a funky taste but very refreshing and delicious. I'm biased from going to the University of Georgia and experiencing Terrapin in it's true form in downtown Athens, so this beer will get an excellent score from me.

Terrapin can do no wrong.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At The Shepherd & The Knucklehead in Haledon, NJ. Into an American pint glass it poured a semi-hazy orange-amber, with two fingers of bright white head, fantastic retention, and great lacing too. The nose was overall very subtle; herbal, hay, grass, slight menthol, and even slighter apple. The taste began herbal and apple'ish, to a malty (and slightly caraway?) mid-palate, to a semi-dry finish. Nothing stood out in copious amounts; simply balanced. Nice medium body, accentuated by the lack of carbonation. Great for sessioning.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly,hazy copper/orange with good carbonation and a fluffy,proud head that is egg-shell white.Nice,slick lacing.

S-The nose is very hop forward(oily pine and some kumquat) but also nicely balanced by that earthy spice from the rye and some supporting malt influence.

T-Crisp,clean hop flowers and that faint licorice-like spice from the rye.The rye isn't overdone and it works with the hop bitterness
and slightly sweet malt perfectly.

M-Fresh,crisp and nicely carbonated.This beer is light-bodied and drinkable.

D-Excellent session beer.I've finished off many a pitcher with friends.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer courtesy of awalk1227. Thanks Austin!

Appearance: A rough pour into my DFH glass, the beer is a cloudy, light copper color. There's a huge mound of thick, white, big-bubbled head sitting on top of the brew. Retention is decent, and the lacing is thick and soapy but not very sticky.

Smell: A nice blend of rye and hops with just a little malt tossed in for balance.

Taste: Getting some nice rye and the beer finishes pretty sweet. Not really picking up much of the hops that I got in the smell, but still a fairly solid beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, but the body is a tad thin.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, and a good choice for the hot summer night. Easy drinking, good flavor, and a sessionable ABV. Cheers!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 1, 2010, part of the Terrapin "All The Hits"
variety pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pine and herbal hops along with some rye malt. The aroma is nice overall. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and peppery spice flavors noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit oily and dry with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future the next time I come across it.

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

a - golden color. less carbonation than I would expect for a pale ale...you really have to agitate the pour to get a head.

s - hops, spicey rye, and caramel sweetness

t - dry light flavor. rye flavor is obvious, and somewhat appealing although I don't usually care for it. I think its the caramel sweetness that balances it out. Also some bitter hops comes through.

m - light body as expected. carbonation may not appear strong but it comes through in the feel.

overall - there is just something about rye that I don't care for. Although I can easily drink this and could have another, it leaves such a dryness on my tongue that I wouldnt want to have too many in a night. That being said, its one of the better rye beers I've had.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,815 ratings
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