TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rye Pale Ale is the flagship beer of this young and promising brewery, and is an interesting twist on American Pale Ale. The brewer cut his chops at Atlanta’s 5 Seasons Brewing Company and has proven to be a creative, and excellent brewer. As the name suggests, this beer is brewed with a portion of rye malt, which gives a beer a spicy/tart edge. This is not the first example of "Rye PA" I have tried, but I commend Terrapin for having the guts to try something a little different, and I’m not alone. This beer had only been on the market a little over year,when it struck gold at the 2002 GABF in the pale ale category.
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale pours to a deep golden to amber color with a thick, bright white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with the aromas of citric hops, and some crisp and spicy rye malt aroma. The palate is firm, with lots of good, biscuit, pale malt flavor, paired with tart and spicy rye flavor. Rye Pale Ale finishes with more crisp rye flavors up front, then ends with some nice citrus/lemon hop bitterness that lingers.
I love the spicy, thirst quenching rye character of this beer. You can really smell and taste the rye here, and it makes an already well done APA that much better. This beer would work well with a number of hot and spicy dishes, and is a nice contrast to dishes with strong flavors. My Immortal Beloved and I enjoyed a sinfully delicious appetizer of blue fries at Summits, which are garlic fries, covered with "from scratch" blue cheese dressing, crumbles of blue cheese, roasted red peppers, and Summits special blend of seasonings, sprinkled over the top.
The Rye Pale Ale stood up very well to those bold flavors, and makes the perfect beer to have before, with, or after a meal, in the markets where it is sold. The draught version of this beer is a bit more flavorful than the bottled version which I just got a sample of from a friend returning from a trip to Atlanta. I remember the aromas and flavors being more vibrant, but this is still an excellent beer. This is a great local beer, so if you want to try it, you really should come to Georgia and try it at source.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle pours a light golden with an orange tint. aroma is citrusy hops with a decent malt base and overtones of rye? taste is malty and piney hops very smooth and drinkable.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral hoppy aroma with some citrus, followed by some rye that builds as the hop aromas dissipate. Appears a golden color with almost no head and with noticeable effervescence of large bubbles. Flavor is assertively hoppy, but quickly giving way to an unusual grainy flavor that I can only assume is rye; slightly sweet, moderately acidic, quite refreshing and pleasant. Palate is moderately thin and light, but it somehow exagerates the refreshing qualities of this tasty brew. Overall, this is a very interesting brew and equal to or greater than the sum of its parts.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(many thanks to kp for this bonus brew)nice clear orange looking body that had a good looking white head sitting on top.as the head sat i saw some nice webbing.aroma is of earth,malts,and a bit of pine hop.flavor is a mix of pine hop,earth,and somewhat of an amber ale like flavor.huge lacing as the beer slides back into the glass after i take a sip.good stuff.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Pretty clear golden orange with a white head. Very fresh, citrusy Pacific NW hop aroma. I’m gonna love this already. Flavor has notes of pale malt, citrus, pine, orange and ends with some spicyness from the rye and caramel. Pleasantly sweet, perfect hoppy bitterness - very smooth. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Very drinkable, great for summertime or anytime for that matter.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via CaptainCougar. Clear dark gold pour with almost no head. Resiny hop aroma over a sweet caramel malt base. Rye makes itself known with some earthy tones. Rye flavor is the star of this show. Complemented and balanced nicely by resiny hop bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet with more wonderful rye. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little prickly on the tongue. A nice twist on an APA. Rye character lends a nice earthy depth. Rye beers are good.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Honey gold with suspended particles. Sticky creamy head forms rocky islands of foam as it settles. Vibrant sugared grapefruit aroma with hints of honey, hay, pinewood, and peach fuzz. Fuzzy carbonation. Light in body due to an early edge of hop derived acidity. Quite mushy, as well, and noticeably rigid with dirty hints of earth and aspirin. Malt presence substantially weighs on the palate with a dusty breadiness, but lacks cleanliness and definition. The coarse aspirin notes are thankfully soon abated as a husky anchor of toasted malt husks and fresh hay takes foothold. Hop profile is rather shallow, and lacks the palate-filing fresh-squeezed juiciness to compensate for all the “off” notes. Finishes fairly acidic with soggy/overripe grapefruit, while a fresh snap of rye and dry malt notes enact low levels of attenuation. The hop character is not only mushy and acidic, but also lends a completely off-putting aspirin astringency. Pretty average.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a perfect summer beer. Light golden in color, slight haze. Nice frothy head. Much mustiness in the aroma, along with some citrus. Lots of apricots, lemons and tangerines in the flavor, solid malt backbone and the slight spiciness of the rye malts. Finishes very crisp. Really a nice pale ale. I bet the Rye2 is tasty. Thanks to J-Rob and Larry for the brews!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Goldtwins. Pours a light orange color with a small white foamy head. Nose is wonderful piney, grapefruity at first, but settles down as the beer breathes a bit. Taste is nice and bitey, fizzy, with big notes or apricot that I normally shun, but love here! Also some very nice peach, rye of course is heavily present, a very smooth finish and a wonderful hopy burp just now. I could drink this every day.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cute cartoon label. Clear golden/amber, moderate to significant head of irregular form. Beautifully hopped nose. Pine, candy, and just a little dusty. The flavor was not nearly so welcoming as the aroma. (bottle at Brick Store, Decatur)