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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
770
Ratings:
1,802
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
16.19%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
238
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 770 | Ratings: 1,802
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by of Feb 2015. Poured into a mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Hop citrus and some lemon zest with biscuit

Taste: Hop bitterness up front that has a fruit peel zest to it and some spicy malt notes in the middle with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some lingering bitterness

Overall: A solid pale ale that is complex, but doesn't fall apart which helps it to stand out.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this Rye PA, as I love me some rye in any form. However, it's not very well executed.
The rye seems left behind, but in it's place is a slightly skunky pilsner/pale malt flavor with minimal
hop presence. Reminds me of a very mediocre English Pale Ale. Highest marks for nice carbonation, mouthfeel,
color, and lacing. Taste is bland skunk adjunct. Not an old bottle btw. Drink by 12/14....

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thin head that disappear quickly.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of unused tea bags, oranges, a bit of rye and light wood.
Citrusy flavor with notes of grapefruit, biscuit and toasted malts, resin, pines, tea bags, rye, oranges and lemon. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation.
It tastes like a citrusy APA with a rye twist, not otherwise, just to spice things up a bit. Though, it increases through out the degustation. Really well crafted beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice scent of citrus and rye
Appearance- A great dark golden color with a thick off-white head
Taste-Has a sharp dry rye flavor
Palate- a dry medium bodied beer
Overall- pretty good, great color a nice dry flavor. I would order this again.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

A nice copper hued ale with a sticky white head and good lacing, smells like rye, biscuit, and citrus. Taste is nice, starts off with citrus flavors something between lemon and orange, then as the rye comes on the taste is of apple and then the spicy rye which lingers afterward. Nice beer very solid, if you like rye seek this one out.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, beautiful copper clear color, thin head faded fast, good lacing though. Carbonation just right
Peachy aroma, fruity esters with hops present seemed just right for a local pale ale
Nice mild to medium hop taste. Nothing overwhelming, very balanced
Dry hoppy attack. Nice finish. Easy to drink
Overall I liked it, and I am not a hophead

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Photo of Mongrel
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper orange with some creamy head and good lacing.

Smells sweet, soapy and floral with some tropical fruit coming through.

Tropical fruit, peach and citrus up front, with some rye spice following close behind. Pretty full body for the style and more sweetness than is typical in an APA. This is my last bottle of the sixer and I've also noted some bitter, metallic off-notes at times. Sort of coppery. But for the most part it's just pleasantly juicy and hoppy, although a bit big in body to have more than one or two of.

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Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Apricot in color, hazy with a few floaties, off white head on top that collapses fairly quickly.

S: Grapefruit coes out first with a nice bread note following. Some orange peel, as well as a little bit of a biscuit note.

T: Hoppy, but not overly bitter. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon balm come out first. The hops are followed by a light bread taste, and the beer finishes out with the bitterness.

M: Medium light body with plenty of carbonation. There is a slight oily feel in the lingering bitterness.

O: Overall a rather lovely pale ale. Good and reliable, this could be a new go to summer bbq pale ale.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper with an off white head.

Smells of rye with citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is a little grapefruit and lemon giving way to a thin watery middle. Malt is elusive and the mouthfeel is lacking and taste is light. A decent beer but lacking.

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Photo of claytri
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice golden with a decent but small white head. The aroma is of sharp with Rye, and a bit of floral hops. The taste starts with a full rye malt taste with a bit of dark fruits coming out in the sweetness of the middle, followed quickly by a nicely bitter hops finish. The feel is robust and wet, giving it a liquid bread quality that I like in a malty rye beer. This is a very nice example of a rye ale with a lot of malt, and nice use of the hops to compliment those qualities.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale has a thin, white head, a semi-opaque, golden appearance, with lazy bubble streams and some light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of white bread, sweetness, and some hop oils. Taste is of white bread crust, relatively low hop bitterness, and some light rye pepperiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.

RJT

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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into a pint glass, pouring clear and deep straw/golden in color with a light touch of chill haze. Half inch cap shows moderate retention and light lace.

Aroma of light citrus hops but not very pungent. Amarillo dry hops sit atop what otherwise comes across as more of an English Pale body. Taste of rye is subtle as well up front and seems to compete with other specialty malts in the mix. Yet there is a pleasant spice and graininess likely from the rye and hops as well.

Decent feel with said texture which segues to a citrus hop close. Spice, fruit and then a neutral sweetness to finish. Malt depth again comes across as more English in style but easy drinking Pale Ale nonetheless.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Sidney's Wine Cellar, Decatur Street, NOLA. Poured into a plastic go-cup during French Quarter Fest.

A: Amber, opaque, with a tan half finger head that pops out of its shell. Decent lacing

S: Hops dominate, but the rye is fighting to get to the top. Earthy, piney. Resiny.

T: Love that hop/rye mix. The rye really blends well, giving it a smooth, less bitter finish. Sessionable.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A decent session beer. Less hoppy than some of Terrapin's other hop bombs.

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

A: Very clear amber or golden pour, at least one inch head on the beer

S: predominantly hoppy - spicy-floral, fresh citrus and wood. Neutral fruity overtone, a background scent of cereal malt later emerges

T: spicy, 'herbal' hops up front, potent but long rounded bitterness - not malt-sweet, all hop resins and acids. a ginger-snap like malt flavor shows up late

M: fairly light, fleece-soft body, fills the mouth with suds, excellent....real stealth dry

O: given time, a bunch of pleasant aromas and flavors present themselves. Love Rye beers this one is no exception.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel smell mixed with some lighter grainy and moderate rye bread smells. Along with these aromas are some other lighter notes of citrus orange and a bit of grass and floral hop.

Taste – The taste begins much heavier on the rye flavor then I would have thought from the nose. While not a super rye powerhouse it does have a nice hit of it which lasts throughout the taste. At the front of the taste, there is a caramel and lighter fruit flavor of pear and some citrus. As the taste moves forward the sweetness fades a bit as some of the caramel is lost. While this occurs, some spice flavors move onto the tongue melding nicely with the rye flavors of the brew. With a bit of an herbal and grassy flavor join the taste at the end of the flavor and with the rye moving from a more smooth bready nature to a slightly more grainy flavor at the end of the taste, one is left with a nice crisp and tasty rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While just a tad more carbonation would have really nicely complemented the blend of sweeter and drier rye flavors that transition throughout the taste, the slightly thinner body did just that rather well, and helped leave the nice crisp and more refreshing rye flavor on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Overall – A quite easy drinking and still very tasty rye brew that is blended nicely with sweet, spice and crisp flavors which really make for an easy drinker.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber colored brew with nice foamy beige head retention.

Tons of clear honeydew molon. Floral, tropical, appley. A good pale.

Snappy, distracting, wet, relaxed, crisp, apple flavors. Mild dryness, heavy carbonation, mild heavynes, smooth flavors. Light.

Definitely a good brew, but kinda on the average level. Recommended.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: rocky, creamy, satiny, off-white foam.... yellow-orange colored liquid... moderate haze, nearing cloudy.... nice broad bands of crystalline lace.... solid, misty cap, 1/8"

S: predominantly hoppy - a bit like dirt weed - a dried-out skunk strain... spicy-floral, fresh pine needles and wood.... neutral fruity overtone, bright berry-like bouquet.... overall, nice elements, just muddy as hell.... a background scent of cereal malt later emerges

T: spicy, 'herbal' hops up front, followed by a rush of burnt-biscuity malt... potent but rounded bitterness - pith, thyme, acidic - long-lasting... not malt-sweet, all hop resins and acids.... a ginger-snap like malt flavor shows up late

M: fairly light, fleece-soft body, perhaps some late alcohol warmth.... fills the mouth with suds and subtle resins and just evaporates off in a way.... could use just a touch of viscous roll, otherwise, excellent....real stealth dry

O: given time, a bunch of pleasant aromas and flavors present themselves, however, they don't quite explode like they beg to... all-in-all, quite 6-pack worthy

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Photo of jrenihan
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an almost opaque amber colour. Very small white head gone quickly.

Nose contains citrus and some rye.

Taste contains juicy citrus, a bit of spicy rye and some caramel malt. I get a bit of a bubblegum flavour as well.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit chewy.

Overall, not bad, but not something I would have again. The flavours don't work that well together.

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Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice little session ale. lot of the citrusy hop with the spicy and dryness of rye. low ABV but lot of flavor, almost in IPA territory without being overly bitter. discounted, not 100% fresh but look forward to the next fresh batch and will try to pick some up then.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 4th week Nov 13 bottle at 45 degrees into pint glass (Found a case in my cellar)
Aroma slightly spicy
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy slowly diminishing to 2 cm
Lacing good, many large clumps
Body light orange, slightly hazy
Flavor begins with slight spiceyness of rye, quickly ends, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

A good go-to session beer, hard to find where I live. Every time I go south of the Mason-Dixon line, I make a stop at Terrapin (it’s only 3-4 hundred miles out of my way) to visit. Great people! Great beer!

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

Best enjoyed by 2/2/14. Fun label graphic of their turtle mascot in a straw hat playing a banjo.

Ploured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tall glass tumbler.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall rocky white head which receded to thin surface foam and some patchy lacing.

s: Vaguely of mild fruit.

t: Light fruit over light to medium malt. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium.

o: A solid pale ale, tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BBD 4/1/14. Light amber pour with a nice head and lacing that lasts. Nose is quite nice of blended hops, mostly pine, over a slight sweetness. Light medium body with normal carbonation. The taste is lacking. Not much is going on, and what is, is somewhat weak. Rye and hop flavor are only hints and the bitterness is mild. Crisp finish. If you want a rye, go with Founders or Great Lakes.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re #APAs (my 2nd favorite style after IPAs, Dales Pale and Troegs being 2 of the benchmarks)

A: The beer pours hazed bright amber w little carbonation. head settled fast but laces well and returns with a swirl.

S: Like most APAs, the hops are present but in equal balanced with pale malts and a touch of spice.

T: The taste follows the smell with a kind of bracing rye spice pepperiness and a ample bitterness into a very clean finish. Session beer for sure, a little soapy tho.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, good finish.

O: The beer is easy to drink and the rye spices up a solid American pale ale.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Wins a taste off over Cricket Hill American Ale , but both are surprisingly good, original and worth trying. Not nearly the tingle and the lively pine freshness of a Dales Pale.

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Was first introduced to rye ale by a guy I saw at a meetup til which we'd only been acquainted online. He said rye was not just his first choice in beer but the only one he bothered to drink where it was served around his home in Williamsburg NY. His strong opinion intrigued me but I'm rarely prompted to select a rye except when I see it, and I'm reminded of his passion for rye, and as I've enjoyed Terrapin brews in the past I figured I would reapproach it now for another sampling.

Honestly, after a couple of these last night I wondered why I found the flavor overall too "light," supposing I was used to my more hoppy preference of IPA. There is grain but not the ultimate delivery of grain. I would have rather it came across more robust. Yet this evening as I returned from work not really looking forward to polishing off another bite of it I found instead it wasn't so bad, especially with a dinner of chicken cobbler and sauteed zucchini. My conclusion is this is a beer to accompany a hot meal on a cold night, but not necessarily a "destination brew."

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Mefium golden body, very transparent, foamy off-white head.

S- Piney hops, hints of earthy rye notes, toasted and caramel malts.

T- For a rye pale ale, this one is pretty bland. Besides some slight pine notes, there is not much hop flavor. The rye comes through slightly, but is not very prominent. There are lots of toasted malts with hint of caramel,but I was expecting more rye and more hops.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy and frothy.

O- A miss for me. I like rye pale ales that showcase rye and hops and this one showcased neither. Really tastes like a malty English pale ale.

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