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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Ratings: 1,817 |  Reviews: 775
Photo of spointon
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a brilliantly clear orange color with a 1" light yellow/tan head that quickly dropped to zero, leaving a thin broken skim and not a bit of lace.

S= Both the malts and the hops come forth equally on the nose of this one. The rye is easily detectable and adds a lot of character to the aroma.

T= Sweet at first, then the hops bitter things up and dry the ale considerably. Very balanced throughout. The rye flavor runs beginning to end and sort of ties it all together.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice crispness on the tongue.

D= I really liked this beer. It was not really complex, but it was extremely well balanced and the spicy rye notes added just the right amount of flare. Recommended!

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Photo of BigBry
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, another on from Total Wine and More, Raleigh. Label as above with a hillbilly turtle playing a banjo, complete with a stalk of rye in the corner of his mouth. Best before 5/17/09. "The Terrapin Rye PAle Ale was chosen as the American Pale Ale Gold Medal winner at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious beer competition in North America."
Brewed to the exact specifications of Terrapin Beer Company's Brewmaster by Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick MD.
Clear, pale amber with a thin orange tinged white head. Foam quickly forms a thin ring around the glass, lots of tiny bubbles continue to rise to the surface.
Some spicy aromas, earthyness from the rye, and some floral hops. Good flavor, can easily taste the rye come through with the first sip. Good bitter, and slightly spicy finish with out overpowering. Thicker than expected mouthfeel, but not overly cloying, creamy smooth. A nice full flavored beer, very good example of a rye pale ale.

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Photo of nem2006
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice head, wonderfully supported by the extra hops.

Smelled pretty normal as far as pale ales go. The rye really shines through in the taste.

The beer starts with an ever so slight sweetness which quickly gives way to the slightly bitter rye middle. Even though the overall taste of the rye is bitter, it is distinct from hops because you can still taste a graininess to it. The finish is hoppy, but not overpowering and smooth. This is a light to medium bodied beer.

I was really impressed with the new level the rye gave the beer.

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

A: I gotta give credit where credit is due. This is truly a picturesque beer. Amazingly clear amber body filled with tons of quickly rising bubbles that form a thick rocky head on the top of the beer. I give this a 6 on appearance.

S: Spicy notes, possibly from both hops and rye.

T: Good bitterness and rye right up front. The rye dies a bit but the bitterness lasts.

M: Fairly thick but strangely creamy. The creaminess seems to defy the spice and hops.

D: I'm not sure how many of these I could drink before my tongue waves the white flag, but I'd be willing to find out.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Winter Park, FL. A 16oz pour produces a beautiful orangish amber color with a large off-white head that has very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is malt with just a hint of rye and a good dose of citrusy hops. The taste is very balanced between the caramel malt and hops. This is definitely one of my "go to" beers that I like to keep stocked in the fridge. Overall, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a delicious beer that is very drinkable. Highly Recommended!

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

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a medium head and very good lacing.
Smell - Aromas of rye and malt dominate the nose.
Taste - Rye with a smooth, malty backbone and a slight hoppy finsh.
Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel that was a little lighter than expected.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable and very sessionable.

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Photo of grayburn
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 20oz pour tonight at liberty taproom in myrtle beach.

Excellent clarity, perfect coloring for an american pale, just beyond a golden hue, leaning just a bit toward amber.

Nice citrus hops, a bit of rye to balance it out as far as the nose is concerned.

Perfect amount of rye in this beer, it really adds a great element, rounding out the entire pint and helping join the malt and hops. Good flavor.

The mouth was a bit thin but good, as per the style guidelines, well balanced.

Excellent session brew, I love how well balanced this beer is, I could easily put back quite a few.

I recommend this beer, especially for those ba's who like a little rye, thank you terrapin, thank you again.

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Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for sending me another great beer from Terrapin.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 5/17/09.
Drunk from a snifter. The pour produces a 1 finger white bubbly head, leaving a colar of assorted bubbles.
Lace is thin but sticky.
The color is a golden light orangish color, tansparent.

Aromas of mild woody tobacco, a touch of spicie rye, Grassy hay filled hops with a touch of pine. and a nice buscuity malt and yeast aroma.

Starts out well carbonated becoming more creamy and subdued into a thin mouthfeel at the swallow. Sweet at first, then hops bite and lay off a little then linger mildly after the swallow with pine and a touch of lemon zest.
Spicie rye and somthing peppery just before the swallow, as I allow the beer to wander my mouth for an extended period.
A touch of tanins long into the finish. But its mild and observed so far in that it doesnt matter.
Crisp clean finish with a nice hop bite and a a snap of rye....Deeelish.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethru light copper body with a rocky two-finger head that left steady lacing around cup. A noticeable citric hop presence with fruit and a little bit of a light malt smell. Smooth, medium-bodied, with light notes of sweet malts that are perfectly balanced with the hops for a quasi-creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp backbite, all while packing in citric and fruit flavors. A standard pale ale to enjoy.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Poured a clear, yellow-orange, with a thin white head. The head stuck around for awhile. Left a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Grassy and piney hops, a slight honey sweetness. Something else I couldn't place. Everything smells a little bit muted. I think I could smell the rye after awhile. Almost a musky presence in there too.

Taste: A crisp, hoppy bite, intermixed with the bitterness of rye. The taste doesn't last particularly long, but leaves a strong, bitter aftertaste. Very one dimensional, and tastes kind of watery.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but pretty thin. The thinness doesn't do anything to help the taste.

Drinkability: It goes down fairly easy, but it's not great tasting. There are plenty of better APAs, and plenty of other rye beers. Probably won't buy this again.

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

Was provided to me in a plastic cup...it may have skewed the appearance a little....Anyway, was a light amber color with a fairly stiff (comparably) head that slowly went away. The aroma had a light to moderate hoppy scent, pine and a hint of citrus. Tasted good: a bit of hops with a little citrus. Slightly bitter, but also slightly sweet....goes down easily...

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

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours golden amber with a small, creamy, whitish cap that sticks around and leaves thick rings of lace.

Smells nice and fruity, with a bit of butterscotch and some vague piney hop notes.

Smooth, medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. Carries sweet malts up front with a middle of citrus and resinous hop flavors, along with a bit of rye spiciness. Flows slightly bitter, slightly sweet over the back of the tongue, with a finish that is a little dry.

Overall a fairly straightforward pale ale, but with that slight bite in there from the use of rye. Not the greatest of this Georgia brewery's offerings, but certainly a solid backbone to the company's line-up.

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Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I certainly do enjoy this pale ale. It has a moderate initial hoppy profile with a smooth, faintly sweet malt finish. The bouquet is a bit off, kind of sour in a bad way, but the taste and mouthfeel really make up for it in my opinion.

A very tasty and refreshing beer both by itself and with food.

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Photo of johnd513
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one.
This beer pours a golden amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of rye with a hoppy aroma and honey sweetness. The taste follows the smell with a nice hoppyiness. The mouthfeel has medium body and has lots of carbination. Drinkability is decent. I could drink a couple.

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Photo of dakid618
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle thanks to kiefdog! Pours a deep hazy amber with a finger of tan head. Smell is citrus and floral. Taste is hoppy up front then smooths out to biscuitlike malt flavor that coats your mouth. Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly dry. This is a very tasty and drinkable APA.

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Photo of summerlightning
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass. Bright golden color with 1 1/2 finger head that lingers as well as the lace on the glass. A noticeable hop aroma, but not overwhelming. There is a hint of rye as well. Nice mix of malty and hoppy taste with average carbonation that makes for a nice well rounded beer. It was much better than I thought it would be and certainly would (did) have another.

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Photo of Samminator
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A clear, golden-brown liquid with numerous tiny suspended particulates (yeast, perhaps?)

S - "C" Hops and earthy malt

T - I bought this sixer at a gas station in Dacula, Georgia. Once home, I found that the beer is 9 days past its "freshest if consumed by" date, and that it was contract brewed for Terrapin by a brewery in Frederick, Maryland. I've drunk this beer many times, but was peeved by this, anticipating a bad sample for my review. But... This beer's flavor was absolutely excellent. I haven't read any other BA reviews, but I see that its aggregate score is only a B-. I'm not sure why. There is a complexity to this Pale Ale that I think is singular. The flavor journey opens with clean malt sweetness. Post swallow, there is a pleasant bloom of peppery hop bitterness, followed by a honey-coating tongue feel (yes, I'm sure it is honey), concluded by a clean hop-bitterness linger. Excellent!

M - Nicely thick for a pale ale. Smooth, not overcarbonated.

D - Highly drinkable. Each sip leaves me wanting another within 10 seconds or so.

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

A - this Rye infused ale sits in the glass a golden amber, sending plenty of carbonation up to a rocky, white, one inch thick head

S - rye is definitely present, and strong and flavorful, but the hoppy profile is stronger; the two create an aromatic synergy

T - they reverse roles in the taste, the hoppiness takes a back seat but is there and the two flavor mesh well together, some earthy notes like charcoal or birch

M&D - smooth and quite easy to drink, the girlfriend stole half of this one, well rounded and full of body, terrapin impresses again

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Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy light copper color. An average size white head, has ok retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- A floral hop aroma with hints of spiciness. Also something here that's really sweet can't put my finger on it. Also some bready smells and a touch of rye in there.

T - Sweet at first with a light caramel malt. Quickly followed by a hop spiciness that is accented well by a rye.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Worth a try for sure. Overall, pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of roan22
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. bottle purchased at Capone's, in my short stubby tulip glass. The bottle label doesn't state the ABV, IBU or any other specific information about the ingrediants used [personal nitpick I think].

Appearance is a clear, orangey-gold color. Light lacing left on the glass. A few carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is of sourdough bread and a sweetness..some plant like or minty hops on the nose as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: starts off with a well-balanced intermingling of toasty malts and bittering hops..then a sourdough bready note..followed up with more hop bitterness then a numbing mintyness on the tongue.

Drinkability, I've decided, does not improve and in fact gets worse as I finish the glass. I don't like this numbing aftertaste. Starts promising but...needs something to tie all the flavors together better.

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

a: pours an orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fairly fast leaving a hint of lacing in a slender ring around the edge of the glass
s: citrus hop bitterness, hints of earthyness and rye
t: hints of caramel malts but the beer nicely features citrus and earthy hops
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice brew

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

Pours a deep orange gold. The head is thin with little retention.

Smells of citrus, hops and rye. There's a sweetness to it.

The taste is first and foremost hoppy like any pale ale, but the rye comes through in the background. It alters the bitterness of the hops just slightly. The sweet and citrus from the smell aren't as evident in the taste.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and tingly. It feels about average for a pale ale.

A fairly good beer, my first rye and worth a try. Nothing absolutely spectacular.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't go wrong with a banjo playing turle.

Pours a very clear, dark straw color. 2 finger white head with some retention and great lace up top. Smells of sour rye.

Crisp, almost harsh, rye up front with some woody, smoke hops. Nothing really steps to the front: balanced, I guess.

via brentk56

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Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber brown with a little foam that did leave lacing through the glass

S - aroma or rye and earthy hops

T - caramel malt up front followed by some nice citrus hoppiness and a spicy rye finish

M/D - nicely carbonated smooth drinking brew, many different flavors make this very interesting and I would definitely try it again.

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

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Orange-yellow body beneath a sticky 2-finger semi-offwhite head. Head subsides after 3 or 4 minutes and leaves nice lacing on the glass

S - Mild to heavy citrus hops with a sweet mash backbone. Smell of orange peel up front.

T & M- Definite citrus hop profile up front with a mild hop bite. Less and less bite as it warms and sweetness increases. Not too bitter and slightly metallic in the end. Pleasant, but not spectacular aftertaste. Mild carbonation leaves the beer less crisp than preferred. Smooth and creamy going down though.

Not overly impressive. A little thin and leaves me wanting more. Very sessionable though.

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