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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good
770 Reviews
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Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
770
Ratings:
1,796
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
231
For Trade:
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Reviews: 770 | Ratings: 1,796
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a thin layer within a few minutes. Nice rings of lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus aroma, mostly some grapefruit, with a bit of bready malt. Simple, but very nice.

T: A light hop presence, mostly citrus coming through as orange and a bit of orange zest, as well as a little bit of bready malt and caramel. There is a little bit of rye, giving it a slight spicy kick.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: A very easy drinking APA, the rye gives it a nice little twist.

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Photo of billab914
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours a very nice looking clear amber color with a thick white two-finger white foam on top. There was a continuous heavy stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. It had excellent head retention and very good lacing on the glass. It kept at least a quarter inch of head on it throughout me drinking it which was great. This is pretty much a perfect looking beer for me, excellent visually all around.

Aroma has some spiciness of the rye with some citrus and grapefruit from the hops. I love the aroma of rye beers, the rye is very appealing to me. Taste is moderately hoppy and slightly sweet with the slightly spicy rye flavor coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's light, very good tasting and the rye gives it a somewhat unique taste that sets it apart from other pale ales. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be buying this again. As an American Pale Ale this one is one of my favorites for sure.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Taco Mac in Woodstock, GA...appears a copper orange hue while the head forms thick and frothy appears a slight off white and elaves even thick chunks of lacing with each sip. Aroma has a spicy rye component but mainly citrus grapefruit and grassy overtones create the hop aspect of this brew very spicy the hoppy flow is green and fresh with sweet bicuit malt tones balancing it all out what a great smelling pale ale. Flavor hoppy assertive but complex and original the Amarillo hops really leave their mark on my palate heavy grapefruit and citrus components with a strong bitterness and big flavors with spicy rye and moderate sweetnees from the biscuit malt presence very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate smoooth carbonation, slick and oily with some hop resins flowing here. Drinkability favorite beer while visiting the south it just left a mark on me and I could have drank it by the sixer great stuff it really sets the bar for Terrapin Beer.

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

Pours a clear amber. Nose is kind of grain-ish. Flavor is bringing an interesting mix of rye and pale ale characters. The rye is definitely providing a bite. But I feel like it has been toned down by a hop presence in there. Feel is a slighly thinner slick thing on the liquid and the carbonation bites a bit on the tongue. Overall a nice brew. Hearty and a bit robust.

Thanks to michaeld23 for this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Month 9, Week 1 notched on label.

Pours orange to copper with a thin, lasting white head that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citric - grapefruity with a subtle breadiness and pale maltiness. There a menthol touch.

The taste us citrusy/grapefruity with some pale grainy sweetness and tea-like spiciness. It has a menthol-like, dry finish.

It has a crisp, medium body that is pretty creamy/smooth.

The rye is very subtle, but it is only 10% rye malt, so not should be expected to be strong, which is fine here, as it is a solid APA, to say the least.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Confession: reptiles with banjos just have a hold on me, case closed, no explanation (well, beermail me and I'll give it out)...the one on this beer's label is a turtle with a straw hat, looking all countrified, probably plucking "turkey in the straw"...gotta love it!
Pours a hazy, golden/amber hue, with a full flush of foam on top.
Aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh and zesty.
Taste: nice. Creamy, with a citric bite. Has a gritty tang that I kind of like. Rolls handily along the tongue, smooth, easily quaffable, medium-bodied, wit a crisp smack on the palate...creamy, again...nice...I like this one, although it's not too complex, despite what the label claims..labels always lie, what can you do...

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange copper with 1/4" of head. Smells of peppery rye and malt. Taste is rye and bread-like malt, faint yeast, and just enough hops for balance. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, but at times a little thin.

I like the way the rye works with the rest of the recipe. It's a nice change of pace from the usual APA.

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

I'm kind of surprised I haven't reviewed this yet, a couple made it back from Florida with me so here goes. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish foamy white head that persists a bit. Earthy spicy and citrusy on the nose with a bit of sweet toffee and caramel to back it up. Taste follows the aroma very well but intensifies the spicy earthy component and lessens the citrus. Medium to thin body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a great easy drinking summer beer for me, I wish I could get this one locally.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a nice three finger head off white that falls kind of slowly. A little soapy looking. Some small bubble carbonation of the bottom that does rise at a good pace but not real fast. Body is a clear light amber. Good looking beer here.

Nose is a dry slight fruit, arid, faint citrus hop feels kind of orange. Quite a nice dry smell at first but then gives way to an orange citrus.

Taste is kind of empty but has a slow lingering bread finish. Dry mouth feel seems to follow with the arid nose, malt body sort of disappears after a short while. It's a good tasting beer but kind of fleeting.

Overall still not too bad you could do worse, but you sure could do a bit better.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is light amber in color and has a big soapy white head, large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate with largish bubbles. Beer is completely clear. No haze at all.

Aroma is spicy with a lot of rye character. There are some hops hiding in there as well. A very inviting and classic rye ale aroma. I like it.

Beer has a nice body, some bitterness on the backend of the mouth, a mild aftertaste of more bitterness. A little sweetness on the front end. The flavor is a little sharp and biting. Drinkability is still high and mouthfeel is great. A very interesting

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

Went to J. Clyde's in Birmingham as established on Beer Advocate and first beer I tried was the Terrapin Rye Pale ale. The beer was a decent copper/amber brew with limited white head, which casued me to downgrade the beer slightly. The aromas are awesome, rye bread, fresh, oily hops, a few spicy hop notes, and some citrus fruits are present as well. The taste of this brew is very well integrated. There is definately an excelent blend of flavors going on here. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is simply awesome! A very interesting RYEPA! Definitely recommed.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/30/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best before box, but nothing printed in it?!?!? Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Caramel colored pour, 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Darker sweetend malt with a heavy dose of fruity hops. Spices?

Taste- Yes, there are spices in here. Seems like a tad of nutmeg? Heavy peach and grapefruit hops with a toasted malt flavor as well. Don't really notice much rye though.

Mouthfeel- Thicker and a bit creamy. Moderate to a higher carbonation level...chewy.

Drinkability- Damn, three good beers in one day! The beer gods are smiling upon me. A great rye beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Jacksonville, FL. The beer was served in a pint glass, and serves a hazy orange-copper color with a thin, dense white foamy head. There is a slight hint of grain and hops on the nose, but very subtle. The flavor is grainy, but with a heavy dose of hops. Very well balanced flavors, tasting almost like a hopped amber. Smooth and light in mouth, with a crispness from the carbonation. The finish is quick, with a little hop residue in mouth, and a sweet and hoppy afteratste. Tasty!

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

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful pale and rye malt scent that is spicy, yet blends well with the excellent hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale, Carapils, and rye malt flavor that goes down easy an finishes bitter with a nice spicy, bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the addition of rye. It adds another layer of complexity to a APA. The hop character is outstanding as well.

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

A fine looking beer from the start with nice white head and orange body. Big aroma right out of the bottle with apples and citrus before biscuity malts come in. Fairly fruity flavor with a decent bitterness. Very nicely balanced and a bit complex. This beer is certainly a winner. It's not the hoppiest, but its easy and interesting to drink.

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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 Tone
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of pine, hop oil, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of rye. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hop oils, pine, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dull orange color body with a small but adequate white head. Spider lacing with above average head retention.

Don't get a lot of the rye in the nose, rather some citrus notes.

Ah there it is. The the aspect lends a small spicyness to the citrus (orange) hop profile. Malt backbone stands tall against the hops.

Medium-thin mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Very nicely balanced and drinkable. Packs a decent amount of flavor into a relatively small ABV. Rye adds a subtle twist on a classic American style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Terrapin RPA has a amber/copper color with a clean look to it. Nothing more than a thin white cap stood on tap before dissapearing leaving minimal lace. Scents of rye from the 10% addition but nothing substantial. Some flavoring hops and a bready malt addition. Some citrus but overall tame. Getting more of the bready malts than the hops but some citrus does seep through. Unfortunatly the rye while pleasant is not enough. A bunch of grain in the finish which is not all that. A crisp light bodied beer with some flavor but a off putting aftertaste. The drinkability would be great with it's 5.3% but this is not for me.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pale orange with a soapy white head. Bubbles keep popping and then filling up with foam, like little volcanoes. Nice lacing.

S. Nose is full of rye and some wheat. Some resinous hops definately in the mix as well.

T. A nice caramel malt body lays the foundation for a nice intermingling of rye and hop. The rye is bready with pumpernickel tones. Hops are crisp and provide an earthy bitter snap. Cracker like graininess. Perfectly balanced and nearly flawless.

M. Medium bodied with even smoothness. Crisp and semi dry finish. Leaves the palate wanting more.

D. I am down with this beer. Very tasty and refreshing. First I've seen of Terrapin in PA. I got to try a sample of Hop Monster and was very impressed as well. Pushing the boundries of the style and I love it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH pint glass

Appearance: poured a translucent dark gold, little to no head

Smell: smelled hoppy and dry, pleasing PA aromas

Taste: good standard pale ale, you wouldn't necessarily know it's a Rye PA, good flavor that continues through the after taste

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, tickling the tongue, light bodied

Drinkability: very, very drinkable. probably one of the best pale ales I've ever had. good flavor combined with a good presentation leave this beer very drinkable. I liked it.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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