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 tone77
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is of hops with just a touch of rye, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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 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 Sachsenfreude
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance; slightly hazy, light copper. Off white head with nice lacing and pretty good retention; never less than a thick film.

smell; upfront one smells citrus and piney hops. Some grainy barley malts and spicy rye sweetness. Nice blend of ingredients, all represented, neither overpowering the other.

taste; mostly bitter, resiny hops. Some nice malty flavors that are mostly destroyed by the hops. After the bitter finish a bit of rye comes through...ehhh.

mouthfeel; very crisp with a dry finish. Slightly thick with piercing carbonation.

drinkability; the hops are just too dry and dehydrating, not refreshing at all. If one likes lots of hops, this beer will be well appreciated, otherwise avoid.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good Pale Ale but nothing spectacular. Copper color with a head that settles down quickly. Aroma is rather clean with some grapefruit hops, citrus fruits and maybe a touch of malt. The beer is easy drinking and refreshing. There's some grapefruit hops in there with some flowery, citrus notes and it finishes slightly bitter. Some hops in the aftertaste. Pretty solid but nothing that jumps out and says wow. I just bought a 4 pack of the Rye Squared so I look forward to what this x 2 tastes like.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had at mellow mushroom, poured into a pint glass, one finger of head, tan body some lacing.
mild smell, some hops but thats about it.
taste is a little better, mild hoppiness, floral, bit of citrus, i can taste the spiciness of the rye which is nice, this beer is ok, i thought it would be better, but its not horrible, i would buy it again, but only if there was nothing better

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Photo of hooligan
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been on a kick to try a new beer every week, saw RPA at the store and decided to give it a try...

12oz bottle poured into a session glass.

Beer pours to a very clear honey-color with a very robust lacy head that dissipates slowly leaving some foam residue along the side of the glass. The beer has a clean stringent hop odor matched with a slight smell of roasted nuts and rye bread.

Beer is clean upfront, bold grassy/piney hop character with a dry lingering malt flavor throughout. Very refreshing at the finish, although piney hops do tend to stick on the palate a bit for myself. The beer is kinda thin, suits the style alright although I'd prefer something a bit more "dente".

A good beer, but I was expecting something that would have portrayed the rye character a bit better... perhaps a bigger grain bill or less aggressive choice in hop? Either way, I wouldn't turn one down, but it may be awhile before I have one again on my own dime.

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Photo of bbeane
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into an oversized tulip... starts with a nice finger thick somewhat rocky head with nice retention and lacing. Beer is a crisp light orange in color

S- First wiff is sweeter than I expected, but after some swirls of the glass some hoppy notes are also evident

T- Pretty bland in my opinion. The hops seem weak and don't linger around much, as do the other flavors. It tastes as if it's watered down

M- Thin, light bodied with light carbonation

O- Pretty weak. I like most Terrapin offerings, but this was far from enjoyable


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Photo of westweasel
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mrmambo for this georgia brew!

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.
The beer pours out a copper/straw color with a 1/2 inch white head. Belgian lacing is left along the glass. The head retention is excellent.

The aroma has a sweet, malty bread-like character with a perfume-like quality. The taste has a strong malty bread flavor with a fairly bitter and dry spicy finish. (Seems like a spicy noble hop.)

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium level of carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable, but I find the spicy finish a little distracting.

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Photo of BLove
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a traditional pint glass

A: Clear orange hue, small head lasting for a few sips
S: grapefruit/citrus, spice, caramel
T: caramel, rye spiceyness, moderate high hop citrus & bitterness from start to finish
M: pretty thin, medium carbonation
O: Eh, I usually enjoy rye beers, but this one leaves me a little disappointed.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear straw yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a thin film with a small collar and did possess some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light a bread malt, floral hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, rye, citrus (orange), caramel an a mild fruity ester.

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a touch of caramel and a slight fruitiness from the start with a hint of rye, a bit of toffee and a mild citrus bitterness towards the finish. The flavor hung on for a little while with the sweet bitter taste fading slowly into the background.

Mouthfeel was light in body and a tad watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a Pale Ale that was rather easy going down, and had a very nice malty, sweet and mildly bitter taste that left you craving another...


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Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale orange gold. White head has low retention and ok lace.

S - Sweet malt, touch of booze. Ok rye note, but there's really not much going on in the nose.

T - Nice profile. Spicy rye, honey, and sweet malt with a light woody bitterness throughout.

M - Medium/light body, medium/light carbonation.

O - Nice drinkability and balance.

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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 TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got in a trade as an extra with cashew70 - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The front label had a best by notch system but only shows month and week but not year. It was a hazy golden color with faint carbonation and slight lacing. It had a small off-white head that quickly faded to a broken foam with small collar.

The aroma was a bit subdued. Hoppy with a bit of malt sweetness and rye as well. Not bad but more subtle than I expected. The taste was pretty good but missing the hop bite. Very drinkable and what is there is pleasing but needed a tad more hop to make it top tier for me. Good mouthfeel.

Overall, a good solid beer but just short of top tier APA for me. Glad I got to try it as I've read good things about Terrapin and have been wanting to try them. Also knocked another state of my list. Recommend if you can easily get. I'd like to try at least once more.

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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 sonicdescent
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden pour with a crown of white foam, nice carbonation and lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and corn?

Tastes pretty much like that but seems very watery.

Mouthfeel is medium as is carbonation level.

Can't say it isn't easy to drink and would be a hell of a session beer, maybe even a good intro to craft beers, but I don't see myself revisiting this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark transparent yellow with a nice off-white head and lots of bubbles. some lacing

S-rye, honey, and herbal hops that reminds me of a SA Latitude 48. it has medium strength

T-comes in with rye and herbal spicy hops. it has a maltiness to it that reminds me of sam adams. bitterness is kept to a minimum. there's an after-taste of honey and herbs. the flavors are fairly smooth and there doesn't seem to be any bad side tastes to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-overall, this is an easy drinking APA. its definitely not exciting in any aspect, but it is smooth and decent to drink when you have something else to occupy you while you drink it.

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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.


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Photo of zoolzoo
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again awalk1227!

Pours golden, straw colored around the edges when held up to the light.

Smells of bready malts, faint hops. Floral, also getting some metallic notes.

Hops remain floral in taste.... Grainy malt, comes off as sour/bitter. Actually a bit tannic. Maybe this can be attributed to the rye malts, although I'm not sure. A subtle level of sweetness presents itself as the beer warms.

The mouth feel is pretty good. A bite of stern carbonation levels off into surprising smoothness, leaving only a strong bitterness.

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Photo of bierguru
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3






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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a rocky-looking two fingers high white shade. Really nice lacing is left down the glass, like I'd expect from the style.

S: This skews very much toward the herbal, piny, and spicy side in terms of hoppiness. A decent (if not spectacular) rye backing helps augment the subtle piny hops. Straight out of the bottle, I pick up a touch of graham cracker sweetness. Not the biggest or most spectacular aroma, but pretty enticing.

T: I'd reckon the rye malts are what I pick up the most. A slight finish of piny hops also pops up. If any beer were more for simply drinking than picking apart analytically, this is it.

M: I like the crisp, clean finish, the slender body, and how it whisks away any unnecessary sweetness...but it would do an even better job if it had a bit more carbonation. Rye malts seem to prick the tongue ever-so-slightly.

O: It's kind of mundane. It's also really easy to session and enjoy with a burger, pizza, or whatever. I probably won't buy it again, but I won't have any problems killing this 6 pack.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz; case marked best by May 2010.

A: Pours a bright, clear copper color with a nice white head, that leaves decent lacing behind as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Aromas are at first of sweet malts as well as a good amount of rye. Some earthy grassy hops in the nose as well, but they are a bit subdued.

T: Initial taste is of caramel, sweet malts and rye. Hops stay in the background for the most part, but the bitterness lingers after the swallow. A slight metallic taste hangs around as well.

M: Good level of carbonation, medium light body.

D: This is a mild beer with a good flavor, and decent aroma. I could drink a lot of these, but I'm not sure I' really want to.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one in a mix pack I picked up in Birmingham... poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Even with a hard pour, no head at all, no lacing, nothing, hardly any residual head after a minute or so.

Not much of a smell to it... faint sweetness but weak overall. A little bitterness to the taste, there is definitely a pressence of hops that didn't come through in the smell, but again, nothing strong or overpowering. This one tastes watery to me as well... I guess it's a pretty good drinkable beer, and judging by other reviews, here's hoping I just caught a bad batch or bad bottle.

I have a few more... so hopefully I can update this review.

Updated: Definitely enjoyed the next one more than the first... huge head, so the first must have been flat. Marks have been updated. Cheers.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into short tumbler glasses, consumed at about 45-55 degrees over 15 minutes.

Uniform, pleasing head with fair retention and lacy remains.
A translucent light amber glow.
Not much of a nose--floral rye and mild caramel.
Creamy start allows subtle hop-flint to carry the bitterness forward.
Never peaks with any powerful flavor. Stays round and earthy with a meek roasted parsnip and spice ending.
Fairly thick on the tongue with sufficient body to make it linger. As one presses out the finish between lingua and palate, a pleasant mint comes through.
Overall, a creative offering with technical merit, but rather low on style points.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger white head that doesn't last long. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: Citrusy, grassy, and somewhat spicy. A pretty good malty backbone holding everything together. Nice aroma, but somewhat bland.

T: Starts out a little sweet and then transitions to an ample spiciness with some rye and pine. Maltiness is less subdued in the taste than in the aroma. Oddly earthy at the end, kinda tastes like dirt.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with a pretty good bit of carbonation. Again, starts out a little sweet and then transitions to spicy with a pretty good bitterness at the end, that isn't completely pleasant.

D/O: Pretty average overall, with some typical pale ale characteristics, an added bit of spice, and something that doesn't sit well with me at the end. However, it went down pretty easily. Not bad, but didn't stand out.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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