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 htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Nov 2007.

Medium sized yellowish head. Moderate carbonation. Bright amber color, faint haze. Aroma is light, slightly caramel, yeast, whiff of green beans. Taste is on the sweet side, roasted carrots with a bit of a rye bite. Slightly dryer and a little bitter towards the finish. Like rye bread with honey butter. Juicy medium body.

Overall better than it sounds.

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey straw color with a small tight white head that settles into a light cap. On the light side for a APA. The aroma is of a floral and grassy hop to go along with a lemony, caramel malt, quite pale. The taste is of a dry bready pale malt, with notes of honey and lemon. The hops don't seem to stand out in the flavor; a bit grassy but that is about it. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation; finishes a tad dry and astringent. A solid APA, nothing fantastic. Actually it has a nice malt body but needs a touch more of a flavorful hop profile.

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Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH pint glass

Appearance: poured a translucent dark gold, little to no head

Smell: smelled hoppy and dry, pleasing PA aromas

Taste: good standard pale ale, you wouldn't necessarily know it's a Rye PA, good flavor that continues through the after taste

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, tickling the tongue, light bodied

Drinkability: very, very drinkable. probably one of the best pale ales I've ever had. good flavor combined with a good presentation leave this beer very drinkable. I liked it.

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Photo of m1ked
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Firewater in the tropicana hotel in AC. 

A- poured in a chilled pint glass... Pours a brassy copper, like a slightly used penny.  Has a 1/2" creamy off white head that slowly melts down to a 1/4" but hangs around for a while...it looks like a stout head.

S- there's the unmistakable spicy herbal rye note from the get go, some citrusy bitter hops subtly mingled in there too. The rye really is front & center though.

T- The rye is noticeable to be sure, but like a good change-up, alot has been taken off it.  The spicy herbal notes are somewhat muted, they finally present as the aftertaste though. The hops are there, but not much more than a non descript bitter note that muddles into the rye aftertaste.

M- pretty light, there does seem to be some sort of creaminess to  the mouthfeel that I like.

D- not a bad beer, just my least favorite of this style...that I've had.  I wish the rye was highlighted/showcased more.  The bark is better than the bite to be sure.  I really enjoy a Alpine Nelson, or Sixpoint Righteous Rye for this style....more aggressive with the rye.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a light orange/very pale amber color with a strikingly nice clarity that gives it some great highlights when held to light. a substantial and persistent white head is produced and leaves nice lacing.

s- the rye malts really dominate with a great spicy and earthy quality to them. they are pleasant and I'm curious to see what else is behind them, but the aroma is not very revealing.

t- a near mirror image of the nose. a dominating rye malt influence with spicy and earthy notes. a bit of the pale malts show up and mix in with rye. a bit of bitterness and some slight floral notes. some biscuit-like malts on the finish. an extremely unbalanced pale ale. I'm dying for some hoppy influence in here somewhere, but it's just not happening.

m- a nice light-medium body. crisp carbonation and a bit drying with minimal sweetness showing up. no alcohol warming to speak of.

d- with crisp and very clean malts dominating the beer this one would be one of the first beers I reach for if I'm looking to polish of a full 6er in one night.

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

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, some spicy rye aromas, a slight peppery aroma as well as some citrus-y hops and some earthy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of nice roasted and toasted malts, a slight peppery flavor mixed with some spicy rye and then a nice citrus-y, earthy, and floral hop finish.
M: Very smooth, medium bodied, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this was a nice one to have. Very good mix of flavors.

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Photo of AEK
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Sharp's Doombar pint pot.

A. Cloudy orange with a white head that shrinks to a thin foam.

S. Peppery spiciness, citrusy, strawberries and cream with some raspberry notes too.

T. Peppery spiciness along with hints of caramel with a nice hoppy finish.

M. Medium

D. Quite a nice pale ale from the Terrapin brewery. An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy two-finger head rises up just to the top of my glass. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color. Low retention.

S: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a mild grassy hop aroma with a touch of bread and pear.

T: Dry and crisp. Some malts are toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. Some spicy and fruity flavors, and a grassy hop flavor too. Mild bitterness a dry grassy finish.

M: Medium to lighter.

D: A very nice rye pale ale. Very sessionable and understated in its flavor. Not tiring to the tastebuds but still flavorful and refreshing.

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

This brew is a slightly hazy golden color with a very slim head. Nearly no lace. The aroma is nice, however, with a very bread-like, malt and grain character. Moderate rye aroma, with a grist-like graininess in the background. Earthy scents, with a hint of bread-crust and an omnipresent herbal hop scent. The taste is semi-sweet, with a decidedly bitter finish. The bitterness really kicks in by the mid-taste, and lingers long after the swallow. Nice, full bodied mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden in color, semi-opaque. One finger white head that fairly quickly resides to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing left down the glass.

Smells of light rye malts and bready barley. Some light citrus hops there too.

Some spicy rye malts and cereal malts. Some citrus and floral hops.

Light bodied with pretty high carbonation, and a nice hop bite at the end.

Good drinkability. Nice crisp and refreshing. A good warm weather beer.

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Photo of ScottyC
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear with slight haze. Toasted golden color.

Smell: Sweet, grape-like smell. Overall is subtly fruity with hints of grain. Head dissipated fairly quickly. A light but pleasant aroma.

Taste: On the front end, you get a nice tangy bite which contains that sweetness you smell in the nose. Can't tell if that tanginess is coming from hops or grains (?). Not too much in the middle. Finishes crisp without hardly any bitterness. Overall, it doesn't overwhelm your palette, but has that really nice "tang" on the front.

Drinkability: Really pretty good. With minimal bitter aftertaste and that nice "tang," I keep coming back for more.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent beer, nothing too spectacular.

It pours a honey golden color, with a finger of head that fades quickly. No lacing but a very inticing color.

Smel is hoppy and lightly malted.

taste is bitter for a pale ale, not much malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light, too light for my tastes.

Drinkablility is good, goes down easy and has a pleasant aftertaste. Makes me want more, but not the best.

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Photo of semibaked
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a honey color with a clear body, and about a half inch head. Really nice lacing while drinking.

S - Nice smell of rye, hops and light malts. Very enticing smell.

T - Has some light hop bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and rye. Lighter in taste than I thought it would have

M - Light bodied and some oiliness.

D - Definitely refreshing, wish there was more flavor. Worth trying especially on a hot day.

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

A - pours a honey yellow with a nice white head

S - smells of rye and cereal malts with some grapefruity hops

T - taste follows the nose perfectly. Nice rye malts are balanced with some sweet, grapefruity hops. This is a really nicely balanced rye pale ale.

M - nice full body and smooth carbonation

D - fanastic pale ale. I could see the grainy malts getting old after a while, but then again this is really nicely balanced by the grapefruity hops. Awesome beer

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Photo of branimal9
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - a clear golden color without a great deal of head.

aroma - a little spice from the rye. malt. maybe the faintest whisper of hops.

taste - crisp, with a nice malt flavor and a bit of hops to balance things. dry on the finish.

mouthfeel - light bodied. not much else to say.

drinkability - very high. goes down extremely easy.

a good go-to beer whenever you see it on tap. a couple of these will make you feel real good.

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Photo of Yesac
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear golden pale with a slight orange tint. Bubbly white head disappears into a thin layer.

S- Faint rye and malt, and slight hop.

T- Delicious malt/rye balance with slight hop bitterness. Slight spice as well.. I'm guessing from the rye. Drinks very well, very flavorful.

M- Awesome mouthfeel, medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth overall and great aftertaste left on the palate.

D- Nice body, mouthfeel, taste and balance. This beer has it all.

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very faint smell of malt, rye, and a trace of hops.

T: Tasted of spicy rye, sweet malt, and a bit of hops. Pleasant, but not the most dynamic of flavors.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is the sort of beer that won't necessarily blow you away, but is definitely drinkable.

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

A- Clear gold with a nice sticky white head.

S- Very sweet smell. There is an almost candy like orange, lemon-lime and other citrus sweetness. There is a hint of snappy rye behind it.

T- More sweet citrus but there is a lot more of a rye snap. It really pairs with a grapefruit rind flavor to create a nice bitterness.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A:Fairly clear copper color. Poured with a little less than a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Looks just like a pale ale should.

S: Lots of sweetness up front. I read they used a little bit of honey malt in this and it really does lend some nice complexity. The hops are quite subdued. The rye does come through in the nose with a little bit of spice. Just smells great. Super complex for a pale ale.

T: Again really complex for a pale ale. The way the crisp malt goes into the rye spiciness and just finishes with a touch of bitterness without really lingering.

M: Nice and dry. The mouthfeel makes me want to drink more of this.

D: This is one of those beers where you are drinking it then look down and see your pint is gone. This would be a daily drinker for me. I got this in NJ so at least they are making their way up north.

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Photo of ghostee
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an amber color with minimal head and some minor lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops. Some orange in the smell.

Taste is surprisingly refreshing. The citrusy hops from the smell are here, but not overpowering. Also get some grassy hops. They are balanced well with caramelly malt and the rye spice. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Doesn't bite the tongue much at all.

Drinkability is high. Goes down super easy.

This was a surprise. I was not expecting this to be as tasty as it is. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hot spring day, and a nice rye pale ale. Lets see how it works, got this thanks to kkipple.

A: THe fluffy head rises up just to the top of my tulip glass, nice big 3 finger fluffy head. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color.

N: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a slight spicy and mild grassy hop aroma, touch of citrus and pear.

T: Pretty dry and crisp. Some malts in there, toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. SOme spicy and fruity rye flavors, a slight juicy hop flavor too. Some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop. A touch of fruit.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter with a little more bitterness coming out. Very dry as well. Some earthy hop tones with some spicy rye lingering. A touch of fruit and spicy, citrus hops.

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

Drank this one from my ccb snifter.

A- pours a golden orange in color. Pours a 1" white frothy head. It quickly recedes to a thin ring. Leaves little lacing.

A- nothing really jumps out here. There are floral notes, mild hops,some sweeter malts, and a bit of spice.

T- light citrus starts the show with some subtle earthy hops. There is a slight spice from the rye. There is also a sweetness present.

M- light to medium in body. Leaves a little to be desired on the finish.

D- not bad. It drinks pretty well. Not the best pale ale but certainly not the worst either.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best if enjoyed by month 8 week 1.

Appearance: Pours into my DFH signature glass an orange/ amber color with a white head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin layer.

Smell: nice earthy grain aroma,

Taste: nice, the rye gives this pale a nice rye spice kick,

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: Without the rye this one would be another forgettable pale ale, but the rye taste makes it an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Samichlaus
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in trade from StormKing47, thanks Josh!
12oz bottle poured into Allagash flute. From notes.

A: Pours a translucent honey-orange with a nice bubbly white head.

S: Spicy rye, and biscuit malts. Nice sweetness and a piney hop character.

T: Nice rye spicyness. Pine and grass notes. Bready malt character. Finishes dry.

M: Nice, high, champagne like carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and dry.

D: Very drinkable. I usually don't even try APA's cuz they seem boring to me but I was intrigued by the rye. This blew me away. Even though this isn't the craziest beer I've had it really upped the ante for APA's. Never thought I would be giving a pale ale an A!?!?!

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Poured a hazy copper color with shades of amber. Decent head, maybe a finger, with ok lacing. Nice aroma with the rye giving it a more complex nose. Citric hop with a little earthy/licorice note from the rye. Taste is solid and to style but I was a little disappointed that the rye didn't translate well to the palate. Good amount of clean hop flavour with notes of grapefruit and orange zest with only a kiss of rye in the mix. Very drinkable with a crisp bitter finish. Not overly hoppy so it would make a decent session ale. Solid pale ale.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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