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 Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I found this to be an *extremely* drinkable beer. I like a rye beer, yeah! I wish it was available in PA, I'd drink it often. It is simple and though not overly showy in any area it is solid good and drinks very nicely.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with white head and little lace.

Smell: There are both Rye and hops tingling the nose.

Taste: Like a great rye beer this one has a smack to the uvula after teasing the taste buds all across the palate. It does not seem deeply complex but it is prickling and prodding the cheek with crisp citric hops and dry approachable levels of rye. The aftertaste lingers on pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth.

Drinkability: As I started. Exceptional!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in my Dogfish Head pub pint glass.
Pours a amber color with a slight head. Slight lacing left on the side of the glass.
There's a little hint of hops in the nose.
The taste is pretty average. Some hops can be found, blended in with a pretty good ale.
This is a good everyday beer. It's highly sessionable and goes down quite easy. Not something to write home about, but it would be nice to see a sixer in the fridge.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy before 1/13/07
Courtesy of Mikesgroove

Poured a slightly hazed golden orange into a pint glass. Moderate amount of large carbonation bubbles rise to the 1+finger white head that formed on the pour. The head quickly died down to a half finger creaminess.

The smell from this beer is pretty enjoyable. Raw frains and husks in the background. There's actually a pretty solid rye spiciness in the aroma. Which I guess should be expected since it is a rye beer. As it warms the smell turns identical to rye bread. There's a quick squeeze of orange juice on top of all the rye goodness. This is an excellent smell my only complaint is the aroma could be a little more pronounced.

The flavor starts off with the raw graininess along with a complimenting caramel maltiness. This falls to the back fairly quickly when the spicy rye makes it's appearence. This rye follows throughout the drink and is joined by a sweet citrus orange hoppiness. On the finish the rye takes over again momentarily.

The body is on the lighter side of medium which is where I believe it should be for an APA. The rye adds a nice dryness that lets the hop bitterness become more pronounced.

This is a good sessionable ale. It would be very easy to sit down and enjoy more than a few of these at a time.

I love rye beers and this is a good solid example. Very enjoyable. I wish they sold it around here. I'd pick it up often. I'd love to try a brewery fresh bottle as this one was close to the best by date. Thanks for the sample Mikesgroove.

Notes: This was brewed for Terrapin Beer by Fredrick Brewing Co. of Fredrick MD.

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Photo of rocketmotor
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle 3 months before best enjoyed date. Ok appearance, orangish color with yeast present from bottle conditioning.

Smells of citrus hops and yeast and a slight floral scent. Smell is dominated by yeast and reminds me of a homebrew, probably too much by strict style guidelines, but I like it. Could use more hop aroma IMO.

Tastes first of woody hops, light malt, yeast, and hop bitterness (in that order) with the nice spicy addition of the rye just after the woody hops. Ends with a nice sweetness and mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is of natural carbonation and the rye, a nice fullness without being too heavy. I think the yeast is also adding some body too.

Very drinkable, this is a great beer. I wish I could get it in Illinois.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fairly average, light amber with good carbonation and smaller head that doesn't have much staying power. Good smell of light grapefruit and other citrusy hops, along with an underlying spice. Great taste that is quite thirst quenching to say the least. Juicy and citrusy with a peppery hop character as well. Light caramel and biscuit flavors. Great crispness in the mouth and light bodied, making it go down all too easy. Possibly my favorite regular session beer.

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

a - bright amber color, quite hazy, two finger white head with good retention and excellent lacing

s - lots of citrusy hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange, hint of rye

t - big citrusy hops up front with lots of grapefruit, strong rye presence, fairly tart and fruity, nice malt backbone, long bitter finish from hops

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - pretty drinkable, though the tartness and fruity sweetness might wear out the palate after a few

I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. I've liked everything from I've tried and this pale ale is no different. This rye/pale ale hybrid is unique and interesting. Highly recommended.

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

Light airy head after pour that lingers for a little while. Aroma is hoppy with some malty sweetness. The sweetness of the beer hit your tounge first and is nicely balanced at the finish with noticable bitterness. The rye give the malt character something unique. Pretty light on the palate with medium lacing on the glass. Overall an excellent example of a pale ale.

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

A- Really thin off white head on a light cloudy orange body.
S- Pale malts are behind a bunch of citrus and grass hops. Hint of rye can be found too but not to big at all.
T- Rye comes through more in the taste than the smell. It is still trying to make its way through a pale malt body with a good helping of citrus hops. Also there are some grass hops in there for a more dry aftertaste. Nice bitterness is left on the tongue in the aftertaste along with grapefruit and light rye flavors.
M- Medium body on medium to high carbonation.
D- I was expecting a lot more rye than what came out. You really had to pin point it down to make it noticeable. It is good but I would prefer a regular pale ale.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had very low expectations for this beer. First, it was an afterthought of the server after listing Bud, Lite, etc. Second, it is from the deep south which historically has not been entirely kind. (I know there are many fine beers, you just have to search a little longer.)

I am pleased to say that this an exceptional beer by any standard, well worth seeking out. It pours with a slight haze and a warm amber color. Thin head, but that would be expected in a restaurant. The aroma is light--mostly cream and hop.

The initial flavor is berries, cream and hops. Very high body with good carbonation. Excellent hop aftertaste. The rye, which isn't detectable, seems to give a strong dryness to the beer.

An excellent beer with a slightly unusual flavor.

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

Sampled over New Years, reviewed from notes. Pours a hazy amber with a decent head, though it fades quickly. Pleasantly hoppy nose, fresh and lightly citrusy. Moderately malty flavor with a good earthy, citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness is full but not harsh. I can't detect any rye flavor though. Finishes dry. Light bodied, lots of carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing about it stands out.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. When I am in a bar, I frequently recommend it to folks who haven't tried it. One man liked it so much, he walked all the way across the bar to thank me.

I like flavorful beers, and this has a good strong hoppy taste with just a whisper of bitterness. One can taste the craft-brew attitude that goes into it. This is one beer that would be hard to improve.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell features an oily citrus hop with a solid spicy biscuity rye aroma.

The taste consisted of a citrusy and peppery hop resin with a complex rye spiciness. Very good doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was medium with a spicy tingle.

Overall a very good APA. The rye malt really separates this beer from the rest. Very quaffable.

Thanks to brentk56 for this one.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps my favorite APA of all time. Cannot get enough of this stuff. It will be put on my short list of everday beers.

Pours a copper color and is fairly clear. One thing that is not consistent is the head retention on this beer. Some form of foamy head always appears but it may or may not last all that long. Nose is mostly malts with some hops. I can also slightly pick up the rye sourness.

Flavor is so smooth. Does not exhaust the taste buds or grow boring. Malts and hops are perfectly balanced. Some slight biscuits. The rye gives it all a nice sourness that matches with the sweet and the bitters. Slightly dry mouthfeel that leaves you looking foward to the next sip. I have to control myself and make sure each sixer I have picked up since moving down to NC lasts.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although this didn't have the most impressive appearance, (weak head which quickly dissipated, the taste more than made up for it.

Lots of rye in the aromas, along with pumpernickel bread, cut grass and grapefruit.

Taste was excellent. A biting rye presence took this pale ale to a new level. A bit of ruby red grapefruit balanced nicely by biscuity maltiness made for a very nicely balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel had plenty of body and nice dry finish.

Overall, this is extremely drinkable and I could easily have more than one! Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a trade from mikesgroove - thanks!
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Copper-ish bronze in color with a very foamy head...had good lacing that stuck around for awhile.

S - A citrusy, bready aroma with mild hops.

T - Very earthy flavor..tastes of bread and grains with floral hops. A little malt pokes through, but not enough to sweeten the beer and take away from the doughy flavors. No bitterness accompanies the slight hops that come out.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes a little dry, but that helps the flavors.

D - Very good APA, almost in a different style/class, though...hard to put a finger on it. I really enjoyed the subtle hoppiness breaking through the grainy texture and flavor. Thanks mikesgroove!

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Photo of ruleof72
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden caramel color with nice head that quickly dissipates to a small thin ring. Smell is of roasted malt with slight rye hint and some fruit. Taste is a little light overall with not as much complexity as the smell would indicate. It feels OK on the mouth, again a little thin. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent pale ale.

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Photo of BitterBrian
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a velvety honey color with a thin white head, smells of a complex medley of hops on top of the distinct smell of the rye.

Tastes lip smackingly good - the rye stands out, but s nicely balanced with the sharp hops and light malts.

Definitely a drinker if you are in the mood for a sweet IPA.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and copperish in colour. Very thin lace, but it lingered and stuck throughout the glass. Good spiciness from the hops and a nice rye malt backbone, to be sure. Snappy and mildly pungent on the palate, lingering hoppy goodness. Rye ales are hard to find, but this one is a winner, for sure. This beer was the American Pale Ale Gold Medal winner at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival for a reason.

Life is good.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Provided by jabocu in trade, thanks Jason!

Despite a good pour the head was totally lacking, even non-existent. Too bad, because the color is beautiful, a brilliant clear sunburst/amber/copper.

Aroma is citrusy, full of hoppy goodness, and a bit sweet, like a tripel and its candi sugar sweetness. A bit bready too though I can't say I smell the featured ingredient (rye).

Flavor is full and hearty, delivering great balance between all those hops and the malty heartiness that offers some balancing sweetness. Fresh bread, grapefruit, caramel and bubblegum come to mind. Rye is there, more at the back of the sip than anything, but clearly there and asserting itself, if in a more subtle way. Finish is a little too woody and bitter, dry, but the overall sweetness helps offset that a little.

Mouthfeel is even better, not a lot of carbonation and a nice velvety creaminess that had me wishing I'd acquired a second bottle. One to drink and one to let sit in the mouth for five days.

Delicious stuff that has the swing and character of a big boozy beer without being a big boozy beer. On the lookout for more Terrapin stuff, immediately.

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

I usually like rye beers when the grain is correlated well with the hops. Both lend a bittering, that if designed properly, the recipe becomes quite powerful. This beer does it. A light malt / caramel aroma with citrusy / piney hops in the nose. Tastes less malty than aromas suggest, but the rye adds a light pumpernickle bread / yeast flavor that makes me not miss the timid malt base. The hops, with the rye, makes for an intensely bitter beer -- kinda hedges on grainy / astringet flavor and texture, but I'll give it the hall pass. Finishes with a fleeting sweetness allowing the hops and rye to persist. Though not the best of quality beers, I liked it.

From bottle, August 14, 2009: Thanks Freethyhops!

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

Color is warm amber and head is ivory. Head looks nice; dense and slick, not giant or anything but a good size. Retention holds nicely. The body is clear enough to see all the little carbonation bubbles flow up to the top. Nose has a lot of hop variety, which I like. Smells jump around between juicy candy-like hops, floral, spicy rye, and sweet malt. Very sniffable. Taste is similar but has a little bigger emphasis on rye grains and malts, finishing with an elongated hop bitterness. I noticed with both the nose and taste, for the first half of my glass the hops were more apparent and for the second half the rye and malt seem to come to the front. The mouthfeel is decent. Moderate body, fairly smooth, mildy grainy, and coating. Carbonation was intense at first, but the closer I came to the end of my glass it became sgnificantly less. A little more sporadic and short lasting then I'd like. Drinkabiliy is good for me. No problems going down.

I'll most likely have this again.

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

Pours an attractive orange-gold color with ample carbonation and a nice little creamy head of sticky off-white froth. The aroma is delicate but holds a fair amount of complexity. Floral and citrus immediately contrasted with moderate zesty rye. The rye actually works very well with the earthy portion of hops and a black tea like smell as it warms. Crisp, bitter hoppy flavor sticks to the tongue with a hint of raw rye...fruity and citrusy but balanced with a drier piney presence. Slight earthy/bready qualities as well. Medium, dry mouthfeel - tight, moderate carbonation.

This is a quality beer and a different take on the style. Makes for a great anytime beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deep amber, with that orange tint that always been a good brew. Let’s see how this one stacks up.

Oh yeah, sharp pine cones up the nose, laced by some floral poppers. Whoa, the rye actually comes thru in the quaff – I’ve had other <rye> brews with no rye presence (or am I finally able to detect it? Hmm)

Sharp and crisp.Well balanced with a nice hop shove to move it into PA territory. On the thin side, but now I’m nitpicking.

Thanks to timtheenchanta for the chance to quaff it!

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Photo of jabocu
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear golden straw color with light tight white cap. Aroma is a slight herbal spice, floral, malty, and citrus. Flavor is very nice clean malt with spice, floral, hint of grapefruit, and touch of rye at the finish. Very nice pale ale with subtle notes to give you something to think about. Nice medium carbonation, medium-light body, and dry finish. Wonderful!

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Photo of jose
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was glad to finally find this beer after reading about it in Southern Brew News. It poured really well, but didn't have very good head retention. I did pick up on light floral tones. I really enjoyed the flavor it was well balanced with a little bite in the back of the throat.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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