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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this brew as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle, "best before 04/20/09", served in a standard pint glass.

Slightly chill hazed orange/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer and left some spots of lacing.
The aroma is somewhat sour and bitter, like apricots and I kind of dig it.
The taste follows with apricot/tea-like flavors and bitterness not overly puckering due to some sweet malty flavor blended in.
Lighter bodied, with a light, crisp feel so it goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle via trade from Kiefdog.

Pours a dark gold color with two fingers of foamy white head. A lot of carbonation in this pour one. Leaves a lot of thick soapy lacing down the glass.

Has a very nice grainy malt aroma with undertones of floral, slightly earthy hops.

Tastes slightly bitter and hoppy up front with crisp, bready malts in the background.

Medium bodied, and smooth. Crisp, and carbonated.

Good beer overall. Not available in Massachusetts, so I'm glad that I was able to try this beer.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy copper or amber color with a nice head and a bit of lacing.

S- very hoppy, grapefuit, and rye

T/M- a bit spicy, crisp, and malty sweetness. medium body with medium carbonation. slightly bitter after taste, but not overwhelming. also, lasting taste of rye

D- nice mix of a pale, I enjoyed it

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

Poured from tap into a standard pint glass at Capones.

A: A reddish orange color that allows a bunch of light through. Not real dark. A small off white head from the tap pour and full, real full glass lacing all the way down.

S: Floral hops with grainy malty smells. A bit spicy even.

T: The floral earthy hops hit first with a full grainy sweetness with caramel and dark fruits. The rye is barely detected but there is a bready flavor that you don't usually find in a PA. Hops bitterness finishes, but does not linger. A bit light, but refreshing.

M: Fairly light, not real coating and nothing really lingers in the mouth. No alcohol as expected.

D: High, they are light and smooth.

Overall a decent PA, but not a standout to me. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Terrapin that I can cross off my list thanks to kkipple. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden, orange with a bit of iced tea. Semi-hazy and a fingers width of white head.

S- Roasted malts and cracked wheat are the first thing that come to mind. Some rye is detectable, but doesn't really make an impact. There is also a very subtle sweetness underneath it all.

T- Much like the aroma. Little bit of rye and roasted malts give off a solid flavor. As the beer progresses a little caramel flavor comes out but maintains the big malt characteristics. There is a slight hops presence in the finish. Nothing complex going on here.

M- Light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty sessionable beer. Not much more to add.

Overall, another good offering from Terrapin. I'm really starting to like what this brewery is doing. Just another good example.

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Photo of colts9016
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from jyounger30, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A medium golden amber color with orangish tints in the beer. There is a steady white foamy head that has some retention to it. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear not brilliant. There is lacing on the glass left from the beer.

Nose: There is a nice malt presence in the beer with fruity esters and floral. The rye in the beer is there but not significant enough to be a factor, I could smell it but is was faint.

Taste: There is good malt present in the beer with some sweetness. There is an okay amount of hops. The hop flavor come across with fruity esters and some floral with a touch of wood. The rye flavor in the beer is in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer carbonated and a little dry. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is light. The rye in the beer gives this APA a little different flair. I don't think that there is enough rye in the beer to make a significant difference. It is not a bad APA, having a little more hops and a stiffer backbone would make this a fantastic brew.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 4/20/09. Drank on 4/20/09. :)

Pours a beautiful orange amber that glows with an inch of creamy off white head on top. Sticky lacing. Just looks great in the glass. Aromas of crisp, toasty malts upfront with a nice rye twang. Earthy, somewhat dirty hops with citric accents. Caramel undertones as well.

First sip brings crisp somewhat grainy malts upfront upfront with a spicy twang from the rye. Herbal, earthy hops midway through. Some citric and caramel accents as it flows down with a nice bitterness. Tasty, spicy pale ale. I think it might have been better with a different hop bill though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat chewy. Good balance of carbonation. Overall, it's a good pale ale and I like the addition of rye. I would pick this up again if it was local.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got via trade with Rbald42. Cheers!

A- Pours deep golden/orange color with a creamy foam head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet roasted rye malt nose. Some subtle citrus and spicy hops with floral accents.

T- Light bitter hops initially with some spice and sour rye malt in the finish. Roasted grain and a light diacetyl butteriness.

M- Light/medium body with nice carbonation.

D- Easy feel and very sessionable. Nice brew.

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

A - a slightly cloudy copper color with a short head that subsides quickly, but leaves some nice lace on the glass

S - a strong rye component with a bit of hoppy spice

T - very crisp up front with a sweet rye malt to back it up; finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness

M - medium light body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - a quality rye ale from a quality brewer; delicious with any sandwich on rye (especially a reuben...mmm)

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized white head and a little bit of lacing. It had a rye bread aroma, and a rye bread, mildly hoppy taste. The beer was a bit on the mild side, not bad but not outstanding either. I have four more of these to drink, and I think I'll give some to my son-in-law.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had many times in both bottle and draft

A - Nice looking beer. On the darker end of the Pale Ale range, crystal clear, and nice carbonation.

S - Has a very malty/bready aroma. Certainly not a bad smelling beer, just one that I would normally like out of an Amber rather than a Pale.

T - Malty/bready flavor with hop bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the bitterness does balance out the malty flavors.

M - Nice body for the style.

D - Very drinkable due to it's balance. For my money, I would rather have a hoppier Pale Ale but this is a fine APA.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Huh. Can't say my experience with this beer jived with that of other users, judging from the ratings. I love rye beer and I love hops, but this beer seemed to me to be kind of lifeless and cardboard (oxidized?) tasting.

I got a bottle of this at Mac's Speed Shop and BBQ in Charlotte. It poured a dark amber with a pretty minimal head of big white bubbles. Aroma was cardboard, some hops, and a wheat-like smell that I'd say is a characteristic of rye beers. Flavor was nothing special; a lot of maltiness, not much hop, some of that chalky-flavor/mouthfeel I'd describe as similar to other rye beers I've had. Mouthfeel was a touch thin.

OK, but nothing great. I had this beer at Mac's Speed Shop and BBQ in Charlotte, NC.

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

Picked up a sixer of this Georgia brewed ale on a recent trip to Palmetto, Florida.

Pours a light copper color with brilliant clarity. Head is somewhat small and disappears fairly quick.

The presence of the rye is noticable along with other grainy aromas in the smell. Very little hops in the nose.

Taste is kicked up a bit from the rye making this pale ale a little more interesting than some of the others that I've tried. Tangy carbonation.

Medium to thin mouthfeel with a carbonated bite.

I could easily see putting back a sixer of these on a warm spring/summer day.

Morey's Bottom Line: At first I was a bit let down by this beer, but after drinking a few and having the opportunity to pour it in a glass it's grown on me. Up there with some of the better pales I've tried.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours an orange/gold color. Maybe a finger of head, quickly dissipates to a fine line of foam.

Very nice hoppy aroma. Big grapefruit and orange. The rye give a very light pepper-like scent in the background.

Good flavor. The rye never really jumps out until the finish, but it does provide a pretty nice bite. Very hoppy for an APA, but not hoppy enough to be an IPA. Nice bitter citrus flavor with some underlying pine.

Medium body. Really smooth. The low carbonation is appropriate here. Very easy drinker.

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Photo of wmthorne
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this beer.

The smell is wonderful following the pour. Love the hops and malt balance

Great carbonation in the glass and in the mouth. Nice fizz

Compares well to a german rye in my humble opinion

Drinking this sitting in the sun on my boat. Could easily enjoy 5 more.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, caramel malt, and a touch of rye. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and a finish of grainy rye. A tasty pale ale with a nice, subtle touch of rye.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ericwo for the bottle.

Pours a golden orange color with almost no head.

Scent of rye, hops, orange peel, grass, and flowers. Good rye character and well balanced.

Taste of rye, caramel, wheat and some citrus. Again, the rye flavor is very nice and balances well.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly strong bite of carbonation.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markwise for including this one as an extra.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. I like the artwork on their bottles.

Very clear, light copper peach color with 1/2 finger white foamy head. Impressive tint to the beer. On the border of both light and dark.

An interesting bubble flow coming from the bottom and in an invisible tube coming up the center of the glass. I'm easily amused.

Aroma has distinct rye malt and hops characteristic. Very well done light aroma. Interesting approach to hopping with noble and some American - Cascade and Amarillo. Can't really pick out a style from the aroma. Nice balance.

Rich flavor and a full mouthfeel for a pale ale.

The malt balances the hop profile. My preference is a pale ale with a lighter malt backbone to showcase the hops.

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

Pours a nice deep golden with a nice fluffy white head. Carbonation seems alright and this looks like a nice clean beer.

Smell is some hints of citrus and honey along with a bit of grassiness and caramel.

Taste is sweet up front followed by a nice spicy rye bite and a dry finish. There is a bit of citrus/lemon to this one as well. This is a great beer for a hot day in my opinion. I'd much rather get a sixer of this than some lager on a summer day on the back deck.

Great beer, easy drinking and overall a totally solid beer for warm weather or any weather really...

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

Obtained thru trade from Gibby in PA. Thanks Bro.

Appearance- Pours a one finger white head with excellent lacing, beer is a clear orange copper.

Smell- Hops and biscuit malts. Much hoppier aroma than the flavor.

Taste- Earthy rye malts, substantial, bitter hops and a slightly sour aftertaste. All nicely complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel- Moderate body and carbonation and a

Drinkability- I could drink quite a few of these. Love rye beers and this one is very nice.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appears an orange color with very lively carbonation floating up to form a one and a half inch slightly off-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very mild overall. Some vague citrus and piney hops and a bit of spicyness.

Taste has some malt sweetness up front that is joined by some citrusy hop flavors in the middle. A bit of an earthy spicy tone in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, it has a nice creamy texture due to a very nice level of carbonation. Quite drinkable as well.

A very solid APA. Wouldn't be my first choice but the rye makes for a slightly different option.

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

Grows to a two finger head of frothy cream white bubbles, big and actively popping all about. Leaves a decent amount of lacing behind as well. Very light pumpkin orange in color, almost dilute, especially around the yellow rims, transparent throughout. Pink grapefruit and orange citrus break into the nose first, hoppy with pine and floral resin notes too, the rye is present yet in a sharp manner, no breadiness really, light apricot fruit presence, few distinct malt scents, if any. Medium-bodied, fairly foamy for its weight, fills the mouth up that way. The pink grapefruit and tangerine equally omnipresent here, tends to overshadow the more delicate floral aspect. Bags of dried lawn grass present, bitter tea leaf and tar. The rye like bread crusts, no doughy softness. It's not particularly hard to drink but not very balanced nor as complete as you suspect it may have been.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden pour with a crown of white foam, nice carbonation and lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and corn?

Tastes pretty much like that but seems very watery.

Mouthfeel is medium as is carbonation level.

Can't say it isn't easy to drink and would be a hell of a session beer, maybe even a good intro to craft beers, but I don't see myself revisiting this one.

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Photo of bimish
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with a thin, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing. Hazy, light brown color.

S - Crisp, malty aroma. Rye malt apparent. Hop aroma faint.

T - Light, malty flavor. Rye flavors are a nice offset to the sweeter malts. Hop flavors are piney and resiny, not overpowering. Well balanced beer IMO.

M - Medium body, very smooth. Fairly high carbonation.

D - I really like this beer's drinkability. The rye flavors balance out the sweeter malts and the hop flavor compliments them well.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden blonde, topped with about a finger worth of white and creamy head. It begins to leave some nice sheets of lace behind as it is consumed

S: Toasted malts and a soft hint of rye grains. Hops are a little more on the spicy side to go with the other scents.

T + M: Soft and subtle flavours... some spiciness in both the rye and the hops. Modest malt backbone keeps things in check. The rye flavour really comes out post-finish and a fair while later, at that. A little oiliness in the body leaves behind a light residue.

D: A pretty straight forward beer, and certainly drinkable. The flavour characteristics give it a little extra personality and it would sit well in my fridge along with the likes of Sierra Nevada as being an 'every day beer'

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