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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I have a lot of free time... So, let's get another review down.

Appearance: Hazy, copper-colored body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Good, though somewhat reserved scent of earthy hops, fruity esters, and a delicate rye aroma coming through.

Taste: Subtle caramel sweetness. Grapefruit hop flavor imparting a low bitterness. The rye element adds a nice spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Not nearly as exhilarating as I'd like, but a solid American Pale Ale just the same.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle labelled as brewed and bottled in Fredrick, MD (supporting the rumors that Terrapin was coming to MD) and purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale is a copper to auburn orange color with lacing from a big head that has since died down.

S: Smell is citrus hop (pineapple) with a slight crisp edge from the rye.

T: Taste is a pineapple/grapefruit hops with a biscuity malt flavor that has a crisp, sharper edge from the rye.

M: The ale tastes very good, as the pale ale characteristics really outshine the rye characteristics. The rye pops up from time to time, adding a nice taste.

D: Very drinkable, a good session rye.

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

Pours a hazy slightly reddish golden with a white head that leaves a decent lacing.

Nice smell of malt, light hops and noticeable rye.

Grainy, light hops and balanced malt predominate. Very quaffable, definitely a session beer. There is a very slight underlying cereal sourness from the rye. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Crisp and balanced. Very refreshing and easy to drink while retaining some interest. One of my favorite every day beers, especially in the summer.

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Photo of sammy44
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in Huntsville to take down to Auburn for the football game against Washington State.

Pours a coppery color with a thin white head that was fairly sticky. Smelled of citrusy hops and some sweetness. Tasted of orange from the hops and some sweetness. As the beer warmed (didn't take long in the heat we had at the tailgate site) the taste started to leave the the citrusy side and became sweeter. Very smooth but a little thin in the mouth. Fairly drinkable. Had no problem polishing off a sixer as the day went on.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

CANQuesters (tm) rejoice! I have been winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody to the point that my CANs were starting to worry that I had wholly abandoned them. Perish the thought! In fact, Smert' Butylok! That is Russian for "Death to Bottles!", an homage to the early Ian Fleming James Bond novels.

From the CAN: "Harmony [-] Groove [-] Pick'n [-] Rhythm [-] Jam"; "At Terrapin, our Rye Pale Ale was the first beer we ever introduced. Dry hopped with a generous portion of Amarillo hops, and brewed using a touch of malted rye, we have achieved a beer with a dynamic hop character and a remarkably clean finish that is sure to be ... 'In Tune With Your Taste'".

If a body meet a body comin' through the rye ... may a loud Crack! ensue. I heard one, so I went with an inverted Glug to celebrate! This produced two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy lacing that fell away to wisps, leaving the stickiest lacing of the day in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like that bottle of Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey that I have for (ahem!) special ocCANsions. Peppery, slightly grassy, kind of minty. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste was cool and minty, like spearmint and/or peppermint, or an amalgam of both. Speaking of cool, the finish was literally breathtaking. It was entirely minty with a black pepper overlay! This is why I really dig Rye beers.

My original, bottle review, dtd 04 Sept 2006 follows (Scores - 3.5; 4; 3.5; 3.5; 3):

This poured with a big, thick, creamy off-white/light-tan head. The nose was quite hoppy, with a citrus smell really evident. The color was a slightly cloudy orangish-amber. The mouthfeel was medium and I didn't experience the hops as much on the tongue as the nose led me to expect. Instead, the flavor was more malty-sweet than bitter, although I did get a rye bite on the finish. As an APA, it was okay, but I can think of others that I might reach for first.

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

Served on tap in a standard pint glass @ Brixx Pizza, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. A: Deep gold with light to med head and resilient lacing. S: Excellent nose with evergreen hints, spices and of course the hops. T: Very true to the aroma with a strong but pleasant finishing hopped punch M: light to med with enough viscosity to coat the palate D: Very smooth and sessionable. Beers like this are making me order pale ales more frequently these days.

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Photo of Graebner
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes collected at the 2006 Southern Brewer's Festival:

Brown-orange, little or no head.

Smells like rye, carrots, hops, pine, and pinon nuts.

Tastes of rye bread, hops, pine and diacetyl. Could use a touch more hops, I think.

Clean finish, excellent smooth mouthfeel, rye all over the place yet not overpowering.

Drinkability = All night long.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a golden orange with medium thick off-white head and decent lacing. From the beginning, the aroma was a pleasant hoppy citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemons, with some floral accent. The flavor was a slightly bitter continuation of the citrus aroma and very hoppy. The palate had a hint of sour at the beginning, but rounded nicely by the malt to a long smooth finish. This is one of the best APA’s I’ve had.

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

Poured an amber hue with a good head and good lacing. Smells a little bitter and sour but with a touch of a floral aroma. Taste is all malt sweetness up front with some lingering hops. The rye character is present throughout the taste and smell, but it's just enough to give it distinction -- not overpowering at all as I was fearing.

Overall, a very drinkable APA, and one I will be picking up again.

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

Cool label art with a turtle chewing on a wisp of hay playing the banjo. Pours a cloudy copper color with a quickly dissiipating head. Nose is more impressive, with fruit, hops and malt in harmony.

Taste is full of liquid hops with a dry finish. I'm not really detecting an overt rye flavor but this is still a perfectly sessionable pale ale. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing but mostly subordinate to the taste.

This isn't groundbreaking pale ale, but I find it tasty and think it would be pretty sweet on tap.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a nice tan head. The aroma has a big citrusy hop character upfront, along with some rye, caramel and biscuity malt, alcohol and some fruity esters. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with big citrus and piney hop notes, along with caramel and toasted bread, slight rye sourness, fruity esters, yeast and some ethanol. The mouthfeel is smooth with good drinkability. As a whole a tasty, complex and drinkable pale ale...very nice.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber-carmel color, small bit of head leaving bits of lace throughout the glass.

Smells faintly citrusy with some floral hops. A bit of a unique aroma in this beer.

Taste is a bit tangy, some fruit notes and citrus with a mild hoppy metallic aftertaste. The rye adds a bit of something to the brew making it a bit unique and adding some bit of depth. Finishes dry and clean. Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

A bit of a weird beer to my tastes, definitely refreshing and sessionable. I drank several of these and was thirsting for more. Overall a good beer that definitely hits the spot thirst wise.

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

a - poured a half-finger thick head into a tumbler. as with most terrapin brews it had a nice amber color.
s - hints of citrus but the overwhelming aroma is of dry wheat or grass. the rye really comes through.
t - unlike any beer i have ever tried. the rye is a great compliment to their hoppiness. not overwhelming on this brew, just right.
m - light and smooth with a crisp taste to it.
d - has a nice dry finish though not a lot of lacing in glass throughout.

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Photo of kkipple
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my Terrapin pint glass with a clear autumn amber brew with a small white head. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the top.

Smells delicious from the get-go. Tons of citrus hops and sweet malt notes flow from the glass. Really nice aroma on this one, bold and delightful. Perhaps a hint of rye in the smell, but mostly I smell hops.

Taste doesn’t disappoint either; I get a lot of fine citrus hops on top of a real smooth malt backbone. Grapefruit notes are quite strong. There’s also a definite rye sourness which adds a lot to the finished product and gives it a rather unique taste. Rye Pale Ale is slightly sweet, but mostly hoppy – the bottle says they used 5 kinds of hops and I’m not complaining at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a lingering bitter crispness thanks to the hops. Malt flavor is hidden by the hoppy assault, but still balances out the bitterness with some sneaky sweetness.

Bottom Line: Terrapin Rye is Real Tasty™ and awfully drinkable. Really hits the spot on a hot day like this one. I may have found a new session beer…

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Photo of xduderx
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a cut above the rest!!!!

smell = very strong with a floral aroma laced with rye undertones

taste = bites like a normal pale ale and leaves a definite rye afertaste on the pallate.

mouthfeel = medium bodied

drinkability = goes down very easy and is a pleasure to drink. this is a beer that should be enjoyed, not guzzled!!!!

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Photo of battlekow
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find that sometimes with IPAs, I fall in love with the nose of the beer and am a bit disappointed, or even repelled, by the taste in comparison, which is often too aggressively hopped and bitter. With pale ales, on the other hand, the taste usually reigns supreme, which in a consumable beverage is, I suppose, the way to go. The smell is usually rather subdued, but a nice balanced pale ale tastes fantastic.

Such is the case with Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale. It smells good, pleasantly hoppy, but tastes absolutely fantastic. Rye malt and hops go so well together, and this beer makes no exception to that rule, the sharpness of the rye complementing the West Coast hops quite well. The rye and hops are balanced well by a healthy malt spine, sweet and slightly fruity.

It's hot as hell here today, the day before Memorial Day, and I'm prepping the grill for some ribs after watching a great baseball game on TV. Toss in this wonderfully drinkable and refreshing beer, and all is as it should be.

I'm actually enjoying this rather modest offering from Terrapin a rather great deal more than their "Big Beers" that I've had, the Wake 'N Bake and Big Hoppy Monster.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle I purchased while in South Carolina.

Golden-amber color with a decent-sized, white head. Very nice retention all the way through drinking. Smell is somewhat malty with an earthy, grassy hops presence and a touch of rye. Taste is sweet, sort of bready-malty with pretty strong hops bitterness in the finish and a grassiness that I didn't particularly like as it seemed harsh. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a light-medium body and not too much carbonation. A drinkable beer that left me wanting to have a couple at a time.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle. Contract brewed by Frederick Brewing (makers of Wild Goose and many others) in Maryland until they build a brewery in Athens.

A - light copper, nearly clear. Head is slightly off white, lots of different sized bubbles. Lacing is moderate. Nice classic pale ale color.

S - nice aroma of citrus, grapefruit, NW American hops. Balanced by toasty, caramel malt presence. Baking bread.

T - very nice, smooth APA. Assertive citrus hop flavor and bitterness balanced out by toasty malt with a hint of dry, tangy rye in the aftertaste. Very nice hop burps after drinking, fresh, dry hoppiness. Extremely well balanced beer.

M - carbonation is average, mouthfeel medium to medium-light. Dry finish.

D - very, very tasty beer and highly drinkable due to fresh hop flavor, dry finish, balance, and moderate alcohol content. Well crafted beer and a great example of how you can make a great beer without going over the top on hops and malt. Refreshing.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wasabi in Charleston, SC. The beer was a hazy gold with orange and purple hints. The head was about 1/4th of an inch, and left thick rings of lace down the glass.

S: The smell was of dank spicy hops, floral,sweet fruit esters (come citrus), and of course rye.

T: The hops and the citrus fruit were present throughout the body, and the finish was long, rye, and bitter, but not overwhelming.

M/D: My review does not do this beer justice....I was really impressed by the overall appearance, smell, and flavor. The only way to describe it is delicious. I was only taking brief notes while I drank it, but it was much better on tap than I remember from the bottle. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and accompanied my spicy sushi nicely. If you haven't had it definitely get one next time you see it.

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

Poured a golden amber with a mild haziness and mild carbonation. There existed a rich foamy white head that stuck around for a good while, and left excellent lacing. There was a good ammoutn fo floral hops to the aroma, with sweet and sour fruits present, very mild malts if any. It was a very balanced taste, with sweetness and sour playing off eachotehr well. Hops and mild yeasts present as well. Biscuit or grain and malty taste linger after each sip. At first bitter and sour, but quickly turns sweet and smooth and finally rather dry in the mouthfeel. I was impressed and could have had a few more of these. Definitely a good first impression from Terrapin.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz

A: Very clear, golden with a light amber center. Decent head with decent lacing.

S: Oranges and malt. Smells hoppy, but not in a syrupy/overintense IPA way.

T: Delicious. I try not to give out many 5's for taste, but this one earns it. Begins with a good malt taste, slightly carmel, then has an assertive kick of grapefruit with a nice hop flavor in the end. Wow I am impressed. Rye flavor was towards the back. Tastes like a really good Pale Ale.

M: Mmmm perfect carbonation. Tough to do. Light bodied but with strong taste. Superb.

D: Its gone. I finished the beer before I finished the brew. Sad.

I am not a big APA fan, but if more APA style beers were like this I think I would enjoy them more. Terrapin really nailed this one. Job well done.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I helped serve this beer at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh, so I was able to sample enough for a good review...unlike many others of which I tasted a couple of ounces and it was gone.

This beer pours a light golden color with a decently lasting white head. Clarity is good.

A refreshing citrus aroma invites you for a taste of this beer. You then experience a grapefruity flavor with a nice lingering hop aftertaste. The rye smooths it out and adds some spiciness, making this a very easy drinking beer.

Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

slightly hazy medium amber with a quarter inch of off-white head.

nice aroma. grapefruit rind hoppiness with a sweet rye backing.

floral, grassy hops followed by a sweet, malty rye flavor. finishes clean and balanced. very drinkable; the glass is empty before you know it.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy honey and amber color with an off-white head with very little head retention leaving a small wisp of a head that left no lace.
Aroma was full hoppy notes, some pine, grapefruit, citrus, some herbal spiciness and some bitterings.
Flavor had an underpinning of caramel and pale malts layered on top of a hodge -podge of hop bitterness. Rye is virtually undetected from an aroma or flavor standpoint.
Mouthfeel was moderate if every sense, decently balanced and very drinkable but just did not have any distinguishing characteristics to make noteworthy. Sort of boring almost.
Drinkability was really good - solid, albeit a sort of pedestrian beer, but easily quaffed. To me if you are going to take the time to make a rye beer, then make one, don't just use it as a sort of adjunct filler which seems to be the case here. Be interested in the Rye ^2 to see if they pull that one off.

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Photo of John1985
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a dark gold with a white head (inch) which quickly disappears. Lacing does appear down the glass. Hoppy almost yeasty aroma, hops dominate flavor with some yeasty malt that comes through. Aftertaste has a pleasant bitterness with some sweet malt at the end. I'm not sure if the yeastiness is the rye malt or what. Overall effect is that this is a solid APA for everyday drinking but nothing extraordinary.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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