RATINGS: 1058   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
We Consider this an extreme version of an American Pale Ale. It has a very up front floral and citrus aroma from a late cascade addition and dry hopping with Amarillo. This beer also has a big malt background to balance the bitterness of the hops. The rye malt cleans up your palette after you swallow so the hop flavor does not stick in your mouth too long.
Now available in bottles.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Pours a cloudy light amber color. Aroma has hops and citrus with a slight tart. Lots of hops at first but the rye develops aferwards with slightly bitter and earthy flavors. Enjoyable beer - would like to try it on draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005 Golden coloured with pale and hoppy aromas. some dryness in a crisp fruity flavoured finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle in GA. Poured a copper color with a moderate white head that diminished quickly. Good hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Well balanced hoppy malty citrus flavor with a dry smooth finish. First beer from this brewer. I will try to find more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
London Gathering Nov 05: Nice hoppy pine and citrus notes. Suprisingly complex malt character, nice caramel and bready notes. Tasty enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3397) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 draught. This is a copper brew with a fizzy white head. Its got a good lemon zest aroma, though it could stand to be more assertive. The flavor is of more citrusy hops, not bracingly bitter, but deep. The caramel sweetness is a bit thin and the rye is evident throughout the drinking experience. This is pretty interesting take on the style.
[April 1, 2010]
So good to see Terrapin make its way into our market. As the warm weather has rolled in, rye pale ale and Sweetwater IPA are exactly what the doctor ordered. The aroma is hoppy without being really strong but certainly has ample juicy citrus with a dash of more bitter grapefruit notes. Rye is apparent and meshes with the hops quite well. Though a light bodied pale ale, this still packs respectable complexity mostly due to the layers of rye and malt working with the zesty hops. Interesting notes of herbs pop up in the more typical flavors Id associate with the style. Ill be drinking plenty of this stuff this summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle from kp Thanks!

Pours a lovely amber with ample head and clinging lace. Aroma is grapefruit and boiled rice. Flavor is sweet citrus with sour outlines of grapefruit. A nice bitterness is evident in the finish. Palate is coating. A quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Aquired in a trade from quiver. Pours a slight hazed orange. Aroama was hop/citrus. Flavor was citrusy with a balanced malt hop feel to it. Nice mild oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckeyebeer (1) - Fairborn, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006 does not count
12 oz. bottle Pours a thin white head that disipates quickly, leaving only a thin white rim around the edge of the glass. An up-front smell of hops is supported by a backbone of citrus notes, an aroma that always makes me eager to dive in. The scent holds true, as the taste packs a bold hoppy punch. A balance of malt is present, but be ready for the hops to win out. There are some noticeable citrus flavors as well. A very drinkable mouthfeel, but not noteworhty. Finishes with a welcome bite to the back of the tounge and leaves a great hoppy flavor in your mouth throughout the beer. I must say that I am biased towards Terrapin, and my review follows accordingly; the Rye Pale Ale is my sentimental favorite. A Great brewery, and this beer is one that I can drink all night enjoyably. I cant wait to go back to Georgia for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frenteguy (5) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2006 does not count
This is a fantastic beer. The unique rye element of the ale gives it a refreshing quality unfound in many of its peers. In particular, the aftertaste is one of a kind - the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
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 Atlantas 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 Im 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.

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