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 plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell features an oily citrus hop with a solid spicy biscuity rye aroma.

The taste consisted of a citrusy and peppery hop resin with a complex rye spiciness. Very good doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was medium with a spicy tingle.

Overall a very good APA. The rye malt really separates this beer from the rest. Very quaffable.

Thanks to brentk56 for this one.

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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


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 Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

Clear amber to orange colored ale with a decent off-white head.

Smell is malty and quite hoppy but not over the top. Little bit of wood, tea and perfume in this ale. Slight sour and tangy scent of rye but the malt and hops are more interesting.

The taste starts out neutral to barely sweet and malty with a woody aftertaste. Dry and woody with a mellow malt character, hell of a mellow ale. Rye is detectable but not really the interesting part of this beer.

Good full mouthfeel.

Helluva drinkable beer and one that has upgraded my opinion of this brewery. A truly mellow beer that is frankly a lot like Firestone Pale Ale in sheer quality. Damn tasty if I even move to this part of the country I will know what my everyday beer will be now.

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seethru light copper body with a rocky two-finger head that left steady lacing around cup. A noticeable citric hop presence with fruit and a little bit of a light malt smell. Smooth, medium-bodied, with light notes of sweet malts that are perfectly balanced with the hops for a quasi-creamy mouthfeel that has a crisp backbite, all while packing in citric and fruit flavors. A standard pale ale to enjoy.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Wild Wing Cafe in Myrtle Beach, SC...
Appears a transparent, medium gold with light co2 rising to the top of the small white head. Fades into a small white cap and rich collar. Rings of spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, orange, freshly cut grass, moderate grain, and a touch of rye.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrusy hops breaking through to liven things up.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, juicy, chewy, balanced nicely, with a dry finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Winter Park, FL. A 16oz pour produces a beautiful orangish amber color with a large off-white head that has very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is malt with just a hint of rye and a good dose of citrusy hops. The taste is very balanced between the caramel malt and hops. This is definitely one of my "go to" beers that I like to keep stocked in the fridge. Overall, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is a delicious beer that is very drinkable. Highly Recommended!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams.

A - Pours a clear, straw-colored blond that is well carbonated with a bubbly head to quickly vanishes.

S - Definite hop presence combined with piney notes.

T - The hops quickly hit the back part of the palate and linger momentarily leaving you with a piney floral taste. The taste was very "dry" and quickly dissipates leaving a yearning for another mouth full.

M - Well-balanced and much fuller than anticipated.

D - This is a great session beer. A wonderful brew to enjoy in the great city of Atlanta on a warm summer day.

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Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with a thin half finger foamy yellowish head and visible carbonation bubbling up. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma with subtle malt notes and sweet rye.

Medium bodied with a nice bitter hop presence up front that is quickly countered by a sweet caramel rye malt backbone. Nicely balanced with hints of grass, straw and nut. Dry bitter hop finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a brilliant pumpkin orange with a soft beige colored head of short retention length. Visible carbonation was light with a lazy rising show of bubbles. Decent but not a lot to go on except the coloring.

S: A good deal of hoppiness presents itself upfront of dried pine and dried grapefruit. The rye is distinguishable and quite prominent as well offering dried bready crust notes and a spicy peppery/cola touch. Overall delivery was medium strong, perhaps a bit more per style, which is never a bad thing.

T: Spicy rye and a flowery citrus makes for a beautifully blended example together. Dried peppery-citrus notes with a rye graininess that was both crisp and dry and so well suited together, makes me question why this wasn't done sooner. The finish finds a dry flowery citrus taste along with a peppery fade balanced against some sweetly toasted grains. A perfect fusion of styles that delivers both a generous amount of hop portions and a well represented rye base contribution that certainly shouldn't be missed. One compliments the other.

M: A fairly good full bodied feel here, im guessing coming compliments of the rye which not only added spiciness but an eloquent crisp and dryness to the palate as well a smooth fluid viscosity. A peppery-citrus fade lines the tongue quite nicely.

D: A great blend and fusion of rye and hops delivers a very quaffable and sharply tuned pale that satisfies all you hop and (rye)malt needs rolled into one. Highly drinkable, six pack recommended and very interesting indeed.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a half finger sized gray head. Some lacing.

(S)- A pineapple citrus with some damp pine in there with an orange-like tart sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. An orange and pineapple citrus. A small spicy bitter kick and a subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus with a sweet background. Not much rye detected in this though considering its name.

(D)- A good beer. Refreshing with a light citrus crispness.

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

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Best by date of 6/7/11. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lightly cloudy orange-gold color with about a half-inch of just off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly citrus with a bit of pine, and had just a hint of Rye tang. The flavors were very similar but the Rye had a stronger presence but all the flavors were very well balanced without any one aspect dominating.

The body was nice and crisp with the finish being dry and clean with just a slight bit of sweetness. Drinkability was very good, this would be a regular for me if it were local here. Overall, a very good beer worth trying when you can get one.

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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 RBorsato
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Contract Brewed by Frederick Brewing Co. - Frederick, MD.

Orange-ish in color with a low-moderate off-white head, lots of tiny suspended sediment, and decent carbonation. Citrusy grapefruit hop aroma dominates the nose. Nice balanced rye malt and citrusy hop flavors. Light-medium bodied with a crisp citrusy hop finish; not overly bitter; body is a bit light I guess but not detracting.

Very nice ! A must buy !

Per label: "5 varieties of hops" & "2002 GABF - Gold - American Pale Ale"

Per TBC website:
Malt: 2-row pale, Munich, Malted Rye, Bisuit Malt, Honey Malt.
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggle, Magnum.
IBU's: 45
O.G.: 13.5
ABV: 5.3%

'5250' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 01/07/06

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 1, 2010, part of the Terrapin "All The Hits"
variety pack. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pine and herbal hops along with some rye malt. The aroma is nice overall. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and peppery spice flavors noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit oily and dry with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future the next time I come across it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very faint smell of malt, rye, and a trace of hops.

T: Tasted of spicy rye, sweet malt, and a bit of hops. Pleasant, but not the most dynamic of flavors.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is the sort of beer that won't necessarily blow you away, but is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear orange color with off-white head. Rye, spice, floral notes, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with rye and spice. Very nice, just a good amount of hop bit but enough caramel malt to round it out.

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

12oz bottle via trade from hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity. Best before box on label is empty.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear dark gold/light amber brew. Head lasts well, with plentiful foamy lacing. Aroma is rye with floral hops. Taste is smooth rye character upfront, with ample citris hoppiness coming on next, and a lingering bitter on the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability both great. Probably a nice session brew for the locals.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright clear orange yellow hue with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head. Seems to stick around for a while.
S - Not much in the smell, faint grapefruit hops, bready malts, and some spicy rye.
T - Quite refreshing the rye is subtle yet dry enough to add a level of spice to the hops. They are semi bitter, balanced with the pale malts, and a touch of caramel and sugar sweetness keeps it from being too hoppy. Not a bad pale.
M - Light to medium, on par with the style, enjoyable.

Overall I am surprised I never had this one but picking it up for a dollar possibly old it's quite a tasty pale ale. Worth picking up.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a mug by bartender.

Appearance: Yellow beer with a small white head. Not much lacing to speack of.

Smell: citris and pine.

Taste: Light malt that is biscuity. Mild hop bitterness composed of mostly citris and some pine. Citrus includes lemon, mandrin orange and orange peels.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Refreshing on this really hot day in florida that I am drinking it. Could drink lots of these beers on a hot day.

Overall: Still loving all the beers I have tried from Terrapin Beer CO. Great summer session beer!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangy yellow... off whit ehead with decent retention and lacing.

S: Floral hops, rye, spice, some nutty malts

T: blend of floral and spicy hops and rye with nothing really standing out. nice little malt background.

M: MEdium bodied, adequately carbonated

D: Not the best rye beer ive had, but not horrible

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a fluffy bone white cap. Retention was so-so with some delicate lace strewn about. The aroma was of spicy rye and grapefruit with a bed of caramel malt. There is a nice balance here as the rye lends a perfect amount of spice and dryness while the hops deliver grapefruit and orange flavors and a mild bitterness. The malt holds its own keeping the hops from stealing the show. Easily drinkable. Medium body with a dry, mildly bitter finish. This is a solid rye pale ale, nothing too extreme,a straightforward example of the style done pretty well.

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

Got this one from ncvbc as part of ??? BIF. Thanks!
A little hazy with a bright orange colour, it was topped by a thin skim of fine, whitish bubbles and a thin collar after the foam fell after the pour. Quite sticky with a fair bit of lacing. Plenty of malt in the aroma, caramel and rye character, with a juicy and citrusy hop aroma. Well balanced flavour, with just enough malt presence and bitterness that stayed solid through the finish. Oranges and a bit of citrus zest turned into a bit of spice towards the end. Carbonation was on the crisp side and the texture was good. Very easy to drink, nicely balanced, with just enough rye character to make it interesting.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

apears a sorta hazy orange golden color, with nice white head 1/2" thick, that leaves a decent lacing. the two expected aromas, rye and hops, are definitely in there. the flavor is rye, with a little hops bit, but still very well balanced. medium carbonation and body. pretty drinkable, all around decent beer

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