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 MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown with tan on the outer extremes. Head is one to two fingers of bright off white suds; very malty.

S- Smell was of nuts and buttery. Just a touch of burnt wheat maybe? In a good way though.

T- Taste was terriffic! Very light bitterness, mixed with sweetness of nuts and caramel. The maltiness of the taste was pleasing as well. Small touch of chocolate after the bitter midtaste.

M- Mouth is excellent as well. Very rich malty texture. The lingering head is perfect to complement the thickness. Not overly carbonated, just right in the middle.

D- Very drinkable beer. Even though it is rich and a semi-thick mouthfeel, I could see myself drinking this for a while to come.

Very nice, Terrapin!

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Photo of armock
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Come to me in a pint glass it has a light brown color with a thin head that leaves lacing around the glass. The smell is of rye and a little hoppy. I enjoyed the taste of this beer quite a bit malt and hops stood out. Mouthfeel is pretty good medium carbonation and good after taste that sticks around. I think this is a good beer but its not one that I'd drink all night long.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear amber gold with a rich, full white head. Sticky lacing all around.

Aroma is chocked full of fresh grapefruit and malts.

Taste is sharp with with a nice amount of citrus to it. Finish reveals a rye malty presence.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

I really like this Terrapin APA. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Best Before 09/03/07

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, some malts, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, slightly malty/citrus, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA, would buy if it was around here. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of biggmike
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draught at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Also had in bottle. Pours an attractive orangey-copper color. Hop aroma is evident as soon as you pop the top from the bottle. The rye is evident in the aroma as well. Taste has a very prevalent hop character up front that tranforms into a malty finish that balances well. Good mouthfeel, drinkability is high. I loved this one.

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

Picked thisone up in Atlanta.
It pours a nice but hazy burnt orange or rusty bronze. A half inch tan head settles to a nice solid firm to lace thick rings on the glass.

The aroma is faint, though my sample is pretty cold. I do pick up some rye sour bread.

Taste, good. Lots of rye malt. More taste of floral and citric hops. Hints of rye, sour dough, grapefruit with say a sweetness backdrop.

Mouthfeel, it finish's abit sour with a good citric hop linger.

Drinkability, oh ya. A good flavorful session brew. Alittle complex or entertaining, but easy to just enjoy

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Photo of gunnerman
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a rustic golden copper with a fluffy foamy head that left some insane lace on the glass. Smell is roasted barley and malt and a bit of hoppy character in there, also some roasted rye and wheat in the mix as well. Taste is a flavor explosion and a damn fine offering at that I can taste a bit of malty bread with a tangy tart hop bitter, and also some roasted chicken and a bit of wheat freshly grounded up in the mix as well. This was my first offering of Terrapin and finally we get some love in Florida, can't wait for their other brews to make it to the state.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy orange hue, with an initial head of about a finger that dissipated to about a cm. of white bubbles. A web of lace clung to the sides.

S: Citrusy hop scent with the rye coming through in a mellow fashion, slightly detectable. Hops also seem to provide a bit of spice, but not overpowering.

T: Incredibly balanced, which I thought would actually be a lot more hopped out from the smell. The rye malt makes for a pleasant introduction, semisweet and grainy that transitioned to a spiced hop bitterness that never overstepped its bounds. Perfect for a pale ale; just enough character to stand out, but humble enough to not hog the spotlight on the palate.

M: Light body and refreshing taste, combined with a spot-on level of carbonation and a slightly dry yet enjoyable aftertate.

D: This, to me, speaks of innovation in the APA category. For a style that has been beaten to death, Terrapin breathes new life into its rotting corpse. Okay, maybe that's a bit too much, but you see what I'm getting at here: this is a pale ale that will stand out in a crowd and wow you with its drinkable nature and balanced flavor.

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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale pours an apricot color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a very nice mix of malt and hops in the aroma. The hops are piney/citrusy in character. This is a particularly well balanced ale. The flavor has a strong, noticeable malt backbone that stands up nicely to the hoppy, citrus and pine bitterness. I'm not sure that I can pick rye out as a flavor, but I don' t doubt it has a contribution. Well done.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Phatz for another fine beer gift.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint cold.
A - A golden amber w/ a slight haze and 2 finger off white head. Smooth top and tiny bubbles rise to the bottom of the head. Lots of lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus and grapefruit odors from hops fill the nose of the beautiful apricot hued ale. Sweet malt aspects are noted as the head begins to fall. A nice fruity arom of apricot lingers on.

M - A snap of carbonation is followed by sweet and dry malt that leads to a more dominant acidity

T - The taste is really well balanced even though the hops seem to be heavy in the aroma. Great grain flavors that are light and dry w/ sweetness in the finish. The hops give a sweet,yet "just bitter enough" effect to this beer. The citrus notes meld well w/ the taste of the rye accent giving a great flavor w/ a tinge of astringency. Everything you might expect from a good pale ale w/ a splash o' rye.

D - So smooth it is really a well made beer. I recommend it, today it was my breakfast beer w/ eggs covered in applewood smoked mozzarella.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle purchased from Chips Wine and Gourmet in Duck, NC.

Appearance: Dark golden bordering on light amber with a slight hint of copper. Very clear with streams of carbonation racing to the surface. A thick, frothy head tops the beer. Ample lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Fruity, somewhat spicy with plenty of citrusy and earthy hops.

Taste: Starts slightly fruity with hints of apricots. Plenty of citrusy hops make an appearance with a grapefruity like taste but also there is an underlying herbal, earthiness probably from the EKG and Fuggles hops that are used. Bitterness is on the light end, very clean. Has a biscuity like quality as well in the malt profile as well as a slight spiciness due to the rye.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth in the mouth, slightly creamy and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: A session beer through and through. Has enough flavor so as not to get boring. A nice fruity and biscuity maltiness that is balanced out by both citrusy,herbal, and earthy hops. The rye lends a bit of spiciness. Overall a nice pale ale. A beer worth seeking out. Recommended.

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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date printed clearly on the label. Lots of description on the label, along with a turtle playing the banjo.

Appearance: Pours reddish orange with a bit of haze, thin head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops and a grainy smell that I associate with rye beers. Hops are floral.

Taste: Interesting - the rye flavor is very present throughout, but not overpowering. Nice amount of floral hop flavors well balanced with the malt backbone.

Overall impression: Very nice, very drinkable - I wish this were available at home!

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Photo of srrn
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect day for this beer, 100 degrees plus. Poured a nice reddish amber color, clear, with off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells of a bit of rye (I think, maybe the power of suggestion) and piney hops. Taste is very clean, piney hops, I don't get as much citrus as others seem to. Very nice bit of oily mouth feel. The bitterness lingers in a pleasant way. Nice highly drinkable beer, taste remains remarkebly consistent as it warms.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep copper almost amber. Has a solid white head that remains throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell is slightly grassy hops. Not getting much else though.

Taste is very good! Rye on the front with the many, many hops causing a traffic jam in the middle. The only traffic jam I've ever enjoyed. Finishes with the nice malty balance that makes this beer so smooth.

Overall, this is a beer that is new to my area, and I'm glad it is. Very tasty and unique. I really enjoyed the rye in addition to the delicate balance between the malt and hops. Highly recommended!

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. The head is thick and bubbly if poured aggressively, but fades fast to a loose bubbly layer. Somewhat fruity in the nose, sweet, but with sort of a sour, very slight earthy smell as well. Weirdly enough, for a beer that isn't close to one, it sure takes on the smell of many DIPA's I've had, mostly because of the malty sweetness. Lots of light but sweet malt combined with citrus hops (probly the cascade aspect of the beer). The citrus aspect comes off juicy over the middle of the sip, but the beer finishes semi-dry. The other hops used in this are more of the earthy subtle English type hops, probably giving it the dry earthy finish it shows. The carbonation seemed a bit high in the glass I initially poured but I transfered that to another glass and it came out ok, just needed to warm up a bit and release some carbonation. A good beer. A little more rye or a little more hops would have been nice in this.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow (I was expecting darker for some reason) with a minimal head that drops to scattered bubbles.
Smell is malt, citrus (lemon & orange) and a hint of hops.
Taste is citrus, hops, pine with malt way in the back.
Medium body, fizzy all over the palate for about 5 seconds. A touch bitter finishing with a hoppy/resiny aftertaste that fades evenly and gradually. A touch more lager-like than expected from a pale ale, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Talisker
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sensation session beer. Just the right amount of rye to make it unique and interesting, but not too much of anything.

12oz bottle received in a trade poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. Not much of a head - makes me worry about age. Clear gold color. Nose has some hard-edged malt - not hop-led like (say) a Sierra Nevada Pale, but not mellow or sweet, either.

Taste is wonderful. All sorts of grain dancing on the tongue, some weight and thickness to the texture, hangs around a bit, almost overstays its welcome. Hops add character, but aren't the showcase given the bitter malt. Begs for a follow-on sip.

One of my favorite pales. Like no other.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head and a skim of lacing left on top.

S - Rye spiciness in the aroma with some citrus hops in the background.

T - Citrus hops and rye spice up front followed by a raw graininess that lingers and becomes dry in the finish.

M - Light side of medium with just the right amount of carbonation and dry spiciness that lingers.

D - A nice easy drinking pale. I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours tangerine in color with a slight haze to it. There's a small white head that is quick to fall and there's no lacing to note.

There's a good amount of sweet caramel maltiness in the nose with only little perk up of the hops towards the end of the smell lending some apricot fruit notes. For a rye beer is not very spicy smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again the malts really make for a sweet drinking beer. Up front there's a little carbonation tingle that quickly transitions in to a smooth middle to the beer. Towards the end a little bit of the rye can be picked up in the way of a dry finish. Aside from the initial sweetness there's really only a touch of hops towards the end of the drink again lending an apricot flavor to the beer. The finish is crisp and clean with a little bit of lingering sweetness in to the finish.

Just a tad too sweet for me to want to drink a lot of these but other than that it's a pretty tasty and agreeable beer.

Bottom Line:
I personally would have liked some more hops and a bit more of the rye character to come through but I still enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I look forward to more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 3" head that lasts for several minutes. Nice lacing develops during the session. Slowly rising carbonation bubbles and the thick head makes this beer look great.

Smell: orange citrus and some grassy tones are the strongest tones, while hints of caramel are softer on the nose.

Taste: grainy malt sweetness, oranges, grass, and a decent bitterness make up a refreshing ale that sports a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of graininess. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: it's wonderfully easy to consume this beer. Definitely find this on tap if you can.

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Photo of thaichile
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden with a decent little head on top. Hop presence on the nose. Nicely balanced between hops and malts is more reminiscent of a 2IPA rather than an APA. Very slightly sweet with a smooth, thick finish with some biitterness at the end. I’d have this one again. Thanks to dherling for this bottle.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass, the beer is a medium copper with an orange hue. The small head dissipated rather quickly, but hung around the sides of the glass for the duration. Carbonation was average.

The aroma was primarily citrus hops and sweet malt with a spicy note. Mouthfeel was smooth at first, gaining a coarse feeling after a short time. The taste began with sweet malt and bitter hops in perfect balance followed by a spicy rye flavor. The finish balanced the malt, rye flavor and a bitter, but flavorful hop finish. For an easy drinking beer, there is a lot going on here.

This beer shows that you can make a complex, flavorful beer and also make it easy to drink and refreshing. I could drink this at the beach or with a fine dinner - a very versatile brew.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I must note that I was able to try this beer on-tap through the "Terrapinator," a hop-infusing device that filters the draught through whole hop leaves right into your glass. A truly unique and beer-licious experience.

Appearance was golden, with mild effervescence and a clean-look. Good two-finger head retention. Smell was incredible, almost as if I was about to eat a bowl of hops; spicy and woody. Taste, definitely lived up to the smell and then some. Light touch of maltiness, with a big, spicy hop bite throughout. Overall pleasing to the palate and a great tasting beer.

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Photo of Byeast
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice clear deep golden color with just a tinge of orange/amber, solid 3/4 inch of offwhite froth.

Smell: Hoppy , with citrus , rind, and a zest that almost reminds me of spearmint, a bit of bready malt in there as well.

Taste: Nice soft feel and balance, hoppiness comes quick with a raw citric bittersweetness, then the malt blends it out a bit with bread and a tannin-like tang, also some faint spice(the rye?) a hint of raw cane sweetness comes as it warms, some more tea like hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: soft , medium bodied

Drinkability: Although i can't honestly say that i can really notice the rye, this beer does have an interesting, different, and fresh taste. Nice APA hoppiness but not too much , and a great mouthfeel, quite quaffable.

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

I found Terrapin Rye Pale Ale on-tap at the House of Brews in Huntsville, AL. It was served to me in a standard pounder at colder than recommended serving temperatures (36-40°F). This regular offering from Terrapin was nice and lively with more than ample carbonation that created a short-lived, thin lacy white head that sits atop the bright, sunset golden-copper body. The aroma is decidely hop oriented with some citrusy tones reminiscent of ruby red grapefruit and tanderines, but there's some underlying spiciness as well. The flavor starts off with some cracker-like maltiness from the pale continental malt, but the hop bitterness and rye take over to create a slightly bitter, but remarkably smooth and crisp finish. This medium-light bodied hand-crafted Rye PA is well suited for drinking on a warm Southern Summer day. A very refreshing beer anytime! Try pairing this one with a fresh grilled cheese sandwich and salty vinegar potato chips. Certainly in "tUNe with yOUr tASTe."

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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