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

got this in a trade with TheBeerCellar2. poured dark orange, with a white head, that left a little lacing. aroma, hops, citrus leaning towards the lemon side, fruity, some malts. flavor, hops, malts a touch of honey, citrus, a combination of lemon and orange. not to bad

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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 Bogforce
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with cwguy5, thanks Will! Awesome trader

A: Pours a kind of brownish golden color with a pretty foamy head.

S: Rye... Basically just rye and maybe a small amount of hops.

T: Has a big rye taste with some hops in the background, it has a refreshing balance.

M: Smooth drinking, doesn't leave much on the tongue. Very drinkable beer.

O: This isn't going to blow you away but hits the style pretty well for a rye. The hops aren't very present but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an nonic. Big thanks to "beeruser" for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

A- Slightly hazy light copper. Pours with ~1/2 a finger of off-white head, which fades quickly into a thin smattering of islands. Poor head/retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Citrusy hop odors dominate the initial rush. Rye and slightly sweet notes emerge as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- Moderate grapefruit/citrus hoppiness provides a fairly solid bitterness. Slightly tea-like flavors, and moderate sweetness emerge as drink warms. Rye flavors coat and dominate the finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Light feel- a bit thin and slightly watery.

D- Decent. Not the most interesting, but decent tasting, and should be easy to drink a few. Overall performance definitely seemed to improve as it warmed up.

Future outlook: OK and drinkable, but I'll probably turn to Founders Red's Rye if I want a hopped up rye beer. Moot point, as this beer is not locally available.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color, with considerable haze, Rye Pale Ale holds a large grainy head, and exhibits above average lacing.

S: Bouquet is hard to find, with only wisps of hops penetrating the blanket of froth.

T: Dry, bready, and hoppy overall, but the hops don't pop. They aren't crisp or delightful, but just... there. The typical rye spice is also absent from this brew.

M: Medium body, with no interesting texture to back it up.

D: Not a bad beer, by any stretch, but it definitely fell short of my expectations. I come from the land of Red's Rye, where rye pales are delightfully refreshing and packed with flavor. This is good, but doesn't even compare.

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Photo of djwilson
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out of a bottle into hourglass beer glass.
Poured a nice hazy golden color with creamy white head.
Aroma had hints of light citrus hops with caramel undertones, maybe a hint of grapefruit not really getting the rye.
Overall I felt this beer was a pretty average Rye Pale not as good as Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic but still a quality beer. Could have several of these beers and not be tired of the flavor.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers that I've had which smells a hell of a lot better than it tastes. Now, part of that could be that I drank it way later than I was supposed to. By the time I got around to opening it, it was right around the "best by" date, so I'll give it some extra curtesy points for that, but I've had hoppy beers that went old and none of them were as bland as this was. The nose started out nice and piney, floral in a slightly peachy, citrusy way too. I had very high hopes for this one, but I guess all the flavor was in the nose. By the time I started drinking it, there was very little there - not much malt, barely any bitterness; really, it tasted like a weak pilsner. Again, probably would have been better had I drank it sooner, but I've never seen a beer fade so badly, and considering how nice the nose was, I'm not sure how much better a fresh one would have been.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from the Terrapin variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy brown orange color. The head is 2-fingers tall, eggshell in color, small bubbles, better than average retention and swell lacing.
Smell: The aromas are caramel malt, grainy and earth tones. The caramel was misplaced.
Taste: The flavors are certainly rye, earth hops and some ginger.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a thin body.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty good
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of semibaked
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a honey color with a clear body, and about a half inch head. Really nice lacing while drinking.

S - Nice smell of rye, hops and light malts. Very enticing smell.

T - Has some light hop bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and rye. Lighter in taste than I thought it would have

M - Light bodied and some oiliness.

D - Definitely refreshing, wish there was more flavor. Worth trying especially on a hot day.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head, golden clearish body.

Hop-rye nose, mild.

Rye on the taste, heavy body, some hops. Unassuming, not bad.

Mouthfeel is standard-- nothing special..

Overall decent. Rye-pale ale without much hops-- nicely drinkable, sessionable.

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy light copper colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts,, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with some hops. There is also an earthiness and some light rye. It ends with a malty aftertaste.

Overall – My bottle isn't expired but this one tastes a little off. It's a tad flat and there aren't really any vibrant flavours. I'll have to try this again.. because based on the other reviews this should be much better.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Contract brewed in Frederick Maryland for Terrapin Beer Company. Pours a orange/light amber clear color with a thin white head. The head retention is about average, sinking down to a covering of the glass. Leaves good thick lacing.

Smells somewhat hoppy, mild but pleasant.

Taste was nicely balanced between hops, up front and in the finish and malts which led the way in the middle. I detected a little sour vegetable kind of taste in the middle (the rye???), which resulted in the low taste score. The finishing hops wipe this taste out, but it was still there.

Mouthfeel was rich enough for the style. Overall drinkability was ok. If I had SNPA, I wouldn't order this beer, but overall it wasnt that bad either.

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Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a deep gold with a thin off-white head, without any haze.

S- Somewhat bready, the rye comes through faintly.

T- Nice and hoppy, a bit piney, subtle rye sourness.

M- A bit thinnish on the tongue, but well carbonated, very bubbly but not gassy.

D- This would make a decent beer for a hot summer day after working in the lawn.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

Pours a deep orange gold. The head is thin with little retention.

Smells of citrus, hops and rye. There's a sweetness to it.

The taste is first and foremost hoppy like any pale ale, but the rye comes through in the background. It alters the bitterness of the hops just slightly. The sweet and citrus from the smell aren't as evident in the taste.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and tingly. It feels about average for a pale ale.

A fairly good beer, my first rye and worth a try. Nothing absolutely spectacular.

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Photo of Schwab
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the bottle the other day and noticed that this beer wasn't even brewed by Terrapin. Instead, some contract brewery in MD brewed and bottled it. I was quite disappointed by that...

A - It poured a nice pale ale color with a hint of amber. Left about 1" head that faded relatively quickly.

S - Great pale ale smell. My first beer with rye, perhaps the 10% rye made the difference.

T - Typical pale ale aroma, flavor, bittering, and balance. Doesn't finish too dry IMO. Hint of something different.

M - Decent carbonation but not too much for a smooth pale ale.

D - Great drinkability I think. Certainly not for the price I paid, but the beer itself is another great pale ale. I guess this shows also that you can brew a great beer on any brew system as long as the recipe is altered properly.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber colored beer with maybe a finger's width of off-white head. The retention on the head is fairly decent, but there is hardly any lacing.

S: Sweet malts, cereal grains, and the spiciness from the rye. A pretty good smelling beer, though I wish that it was stronger.

T: Sweet caramel malts are up front, but quickly give way to the spiciness of the rye. The aftertaste is unfortunate. It is grainy and kind of acridly bitter. It's a good beer as long as you keep drinking it, but as soon as the main wave of flavor is past I find it to be fairly unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky and viscous, but there is a fair amount of carbonation to cut through that.

O: Not the best rye beer that I've ever had by a long shot. The rye is definitely there, but it's not the star like I wish it was, and the aftertaste is not good. It's decent, but not worth seeking out.

I've heard that Terrapin tends to be a "sloppy" brewery, and this beer leads me to believe that it is probably true: good in conception, but the execution leaves something to be desired.

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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 kbm
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with Kiefdog.

Appearance: Pours a good lucking translucent to clear amber with a moderate head and quick dissipation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Weak rye and subtle hops. I really gotta get my nose in the glass to pick up anything.

Taste: I know it's silly but all I am getting weak malt, hops and rye. Not quite the volume of rye flavors I would expect.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and thin.

Drinkability: It's a gulper.

One a warm day, this may be a great backyard bbq beer. Otherwise, it's just a thin mindless beer.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look - poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. dark gold, a little hazy, a little bit of white head, but disappears very quickly with a bit of lacing
smell - honestly, not a lot on the nose, maybe a bit of malt sweetness
taste - a bit of hops up front, dry toasty malt, peppery, herbal finish that lingers.
light body - drying and light, refreshing
overall - this is my first rye beer, though technically a rye pale ale. Something different, enjoyable

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle via trade from Kiefdog.

Pours a dark gold color with two fingers of foamy white head. A lot of carbonation in this pour one. Leaves a lot of thick soapy lacing down the glass.

Has a very nice grainy malt aroma with undertones of floral, slightly earthy hops.

Tastes slightly bitter and hoppy up front with crisp, bready malts in the background.

Medium bodied, and smooth. Crisp, and carbonated.

Good beer overall. Not available in Massachusetts, so I'm glad that I was able to try this beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Golden with a slight haze. One to two finger head drops quicker than expected to a thick collar and thin film, with moderate lace.

S - Huge whiff of rye upfront with it's deep earthiness. Some slightly fruity and floral hops in there as well.

T - A quick sourness leads into a deep, earthy flavor from the rye. This mellows and then leads into a pine and grapefruit flavor from the hops. Finishes with a little bit of graininess and some minimal hop bitterness.

M - Moderately carbonated, and starts off with a light to medium body. By the end of the sip though, this turns completely watery and flat. I don't understand what the hell happened in this department.

D - Overall nice and crisp with some decent if not slightly lacking flavor. The mouthfeel is what messes this beer up for me.

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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 nsmartell
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Picked up a 6 pack while at a family wedding just north of Mobile, AL. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to the best by date and I am now drinking these after the February 9, 2010 recommended date. Since I had them driven all the way up to Milwaukee, I'm drinking all of them. However, I've been drinking them since early March so I don't think I'm missing too much here.
Poured from the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass and another one into a tulip.
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Grassy hops, what I'm guessing is rye and a thin maltiness.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, but more sweet than I was expecting. A little tangy too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and smooth.
Drinkability: A little too sweet for me when reaching for a pale ale and could stand to be more balanced. I hope to be able to try again with a fresher bottle, but would still recommend people give this a try.

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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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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tilley4 for this extra from the turtle brewery....

Anyone who knows me knows this is not my normal style of beer. Have I had APA's? Of course. Sometimes I'll even order one when in the mood. But, normally, no.

What I can say about this brew is that it's not overly hoppy (which is great for someone like me) but very very sessionable. A nice beer that I could see myself buying when I need a sixer of something to drink on a warm day. Not bad at all.


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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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