Terrapin Rye Pale Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
BA SCORE
64.1%
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3.78 w/ 1,814 ratings
Terrapin Rye Pale AleTerrapin Rye Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

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
Ranking:
#16,395
Reviews:
774
Ratings:
1,814
Liked:
1,162
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
10.58%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
244
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,814 |  Reviews: 774
Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass. Dated best by August (2011, presumably).

Medium pour produces 1+ finger of off-white head. Head has limited duration but good lacing. Clear amber liquid.

Nice aroma of orangish hops with lightly toasted malt. Malt seems to become more obvious with warming.

T - largely follows aroma, but with a nice sweet caramel malt on the front of the tongue followed by the bitter orange hops towards the back. IBU =35. Complex but balanced flavor, with distinctive rye component.

M - exceptionally smooth with perfect carbonation. Medium/thin body. Semi-dry finish.

O - well-crafted APA. A very dependable LIKE. Certainly above average and recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hot spring day, and a nice rye pale ale. Lets see how it works, got this thanks to kkipple.

A: THe fluffy head rises up just to the top of my tulip glass, nice big 3 finger fluffy head. It fades slowly over a semi clear pale orange color.

N: Some interesting malts, quite a bit of the fruity spicy rye aroma, a slight spicy and mild grassy hop aroma, touch of citrus and pear.

T: Pretty dry and crisp. Some malts in there, toasty and pale, with a definite rye flavor. SOme spicy and fruity rye flavors, a slight juicy hop flavor too. Some bitterness with a slight grassy and spicy hop. A touch of fruit.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter with a little more bitterness coming out. Very dry as well. Some earthy hop tones with some spicy rye lingering. A touch of fruit and spicy, citrus hops.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock,NC with a jerk chicken pizza and it complimented it very well.Poured into a mason jar a light copper color with fluffy white head,aromas are quite hoppy heavy on the grapefruit and lemon rind with a touch of caramel underneath the hops.This beer is not heavy on the rye but its noticable on the palate just light sour note in the finish mainly the Pacific coast-type hop comes thru but a firm dry malt base keeps this quite balanced and quaffable.A pretty solid beer not over the top rye wise by any means and food friendly I wish I could get it here in Greensboro.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings down some citrus hops as well as a bit of rye spice. The taste is fairly bitter with a good deal of citrus and hints of pine. A bit spicy. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation levels and some nice zest. Drinks quite well; a really nice hot weather brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with some light orange highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches of large bubbles and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and caramel malts with some rye spiciness. There is a light presence of orange/citrus hops with a lighter presence of pine/resin hops.

T: Very similar to the smell with an initial taste of pale and caramel malts with light sweetness. That is followed by some rye spiciness and finishes with an orange/citrus and pine/resin hops that contribute some light bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An easy to drink American Pale Ale with the nice addition of rye giving it some light amount of spiciness. Enjoyable and definitely one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Vermonthiker, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with almost no head and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops & rye grain, along with some citrus, caramel and spice.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of rye, citrus and caramel. I suppose the fact this beer is an APA and not a Rye Beer is testament that it doesn’t overdo it with the rye, like some other beers do, which I think is a good thing. There’s a strong hops presence that comes in next to provide a good balance but doesn’t overpower you with bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, if you’re in the mood for this type of beer this is a good one to drink several of.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper-colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - An aroma of honey and toasted malt with light pine hops.

T - Toasty malt up front with some pine hop flavor and a hint of caramel. The malt sweetness continues into the middle with some honey notes. Finishes with more bready malt and moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a natural flagship beer. Despite the name, there isn't too much rye character, just a hint of spiciness in the background. The hop character is nice, with enough bitterness to perfectly balance the malt, and when it is fresh, the aroma and flavor border on IPA levels. A nice APA overall, sessionable and well made.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 fingers width of poofy white foam that eventually settled down and left good lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued but mostly consists of fresh citrus and hops.

Taste is predominantly mellow sweet rye malt up front that then finishes with a nice kick of fresh hoppy citrus. Mouthfeel is a crisp light medium that mixed with a low ABV, makes for one quaffable brew.

One of my favorite Southern beers. A nice blend of flavors and huge drinkability make this a good year round sessioner.

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Photo of billab914
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 04/18/08, cheers Ding!

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grassy & bready, especially as it warmed

T: Grassy, peppery grain, breadyness & a touch of dryness up front along with lemony hops. Grainyness, a bit of honey malt & crispness follows as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, peppery crispness& some grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation & creamyness

Drinks very easy, the rye adds a nice drinkability/crispness. A great session APA

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Modestly murky orange-gold with a small number of fine particulates. The good-sized head is the color of rich cream, possesses a creamy texture, displays a micro-pitting surface and has admirable persistence. An impressive amount of lace complete a very nice appearance.

The aroma is chock full of juicy hops, Amarillo especially (sweet orange-grapefruit hop juice is the tip-off). Amarillo is in my top three, and may just be my favorite hop, but the rest of the hop bill is no slouch either: Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles and Magnum. I'm not sure that all five were necessary, but I'm not complaining because Rye Pale Ale smells much too good. I don't appreciate any rye in the nose, but then that'd be surprising in such a hoppy beer.

Delicious! A bedrock malt structure imparts body, sweetness and little actual flavor. In other words... it's perfect. There's an impressive amount and quality of hop flavor in this beer. It isn't hoppy enough to turn off initiates (although my hop tolerance is so skewed by now that I could be way off base), but is hoppy enough to satisfy the majority of hopheads.

The flavor profile is rich, deep and multi-faceted, consisting primarily of bittersweet citrus and sugary pine. It doesn't have the bright hoppiness of some IPAs, nor the brassy bottom end hoppiness of most DIPAs, but a good middle range, mellow yet forceful, satisfying flavor that is hitting the spot right now. I still love my Amarillo, but perhaps using five varieties of hops (and five varieties of malt) wasn't such a squirrely idea after all.

Try as I might, I can't really discern the rye in this beer. There may be a little rye spiciness on the finish, but without the knowledge that malted rye was used, I would most likely have never been able to appreciate it (I love the idea of rye in beer and wish more brewers would use it, but unless a significant amount is used in a hoppy beer such as this, it doesn't make much sense). The body/mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full with a lush smoothness that is more apparent because of the low level of carbonation.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a very good beer that possesses most of my favorite IPA qualities. It may not be for everyone, but I love it and wish I had a case at this very moment. And a second one for tomorrow. The terrapin/tortoise/turtle won the race, didn't he? A big Thank You to aracauna for providing.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Jason
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Taco Mac - Decatur, GA

A- Bright copper hue, great clarity shines well ... thin but sticky lace.

S- Mild spicy tartness from the ale-like characteristics and rye malt.

T&M- Crisp and spicy up-front, layer of malt sweetness with a lingering hop bitterness. Rye character is mild yet prevalent throughout the palate.

What can I say ... balanced and very drinkable. A session rye ale for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was our offering for the First Freakin Firkin Friday at Barley's Taproom in Greenville,SC. The always wonderful Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was cask conditioned with Fench Vanilla oak chips, and then dry hopped with 5 ounces of Columbus Hops! It was great to see soo many people there. The expectation was for this one to last 2 hours, and it was kicked in 35mins! Glad I was able to get my two pints.

Casked was tapped at 6:00pm and I was licky enough to get one of the first pints that came out. Poured a nice hazy light amber with lots of carbonation. Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

This was simply stated an awesome beer. Extremely drinkable and could have easily put down 10 of these all night long. Would probably have gone very well with some pizza, as the Terrapin Rye is my all time favorite pizza beer. Our first Freakin Firkin Friday was Friggin Fantastic! I cannot wait for another and hope Terrapin will stop by again!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Phatz for another fine beer gift.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint cold.
A - A golden amber w/ a slight haze and 2 finger off white head. Smooth top and tiny bubbles rise to the bottom of the head. Lots of lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus and grapefruit odors from hops fill the nose of the beautiful apricot hued ale. Sweet malt aspects are noted as the head begins to fall. A nice fruity arom of apricot lingers on.

M - A snap of carbonation is followed by sweet and dry malt that leads to a more dominant acidity

T - The taste is really well balanced even though the hops seem to be heavy in the aroma. Great grain flavors that are light and dry w/ sweetness in the finish. The hops give a sweet,yet "just bitter enough" effect to this beer. The citrus notes meld well w/ the taste of the rye accent giving a great flavor w/ a tinge of astringency. Everything you might expect from a good pale ale w/ a splash o' rye.

D - So smooth it is really a well made beer. I recommend it, today it was my breakfast beer w/ eggs covered in applewood smoked mozzarella.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie for this one.

A: The pour is a medium amber color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: The nose is fairly sweet for the style with a fruity and slightly floral hop aroma. The rye provides a bit of spiciness, but it's not all that intense.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose with the malt being the more prominent factor. As such, the beer is on the sweet side with a fairly minimal presence from the hops. Again, the rye is well represented.

M: The body is on the light end of the medium spectrum with a crisp carbonation.

D: A bit sweet for my liking of a pale ale, but the rye helps to mitigate this a bit. Otherwise, easy enough to drink.

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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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