Bill Becker (1806) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017 Fatehunter (2615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pint glass. Little to no head but laces the glass as drunk. Transparent but still very copper colored.
Malty smelling, bordering on musty. Fruity; plum comes through the most. It does not smell like an American pale ale, more like a Belgian Pale Ale.
The taste matches the smell: malty. First is bitterness in the middle of the tongue, quickly followed by sweetness that does not stop even a minute after the drink is finished. The rye is obvious through the sweetness; it comes through in characteristic rye spice notes.
Syrupy, thick body for a pale ale, little carbonation. Sticks in the mouth.
It is advertised as a double the hops and malt of the original Terrapin Rye, which no doubt it is; however, it is not twice the taste. The hops really did not come through on this as much as they did on the original, so the balance is now tilted in the malt side. This is not bad, but it was different than expected. If you like the Belgian style pale ales you will love this take with the rye. Those of you looking for an American Pale Ale will be surprised.
From Jul 2007
I got this one in a trade with brentk56. Thanks Brent!
This pours from 12oz bottle(2007 vintage) a clear amber with a medium sized head of foam. After a couple of minutes, there's only a small island left and there's very little lacing.
The smell has a lot of caramel malt that I noticed immediately upon opening the bottle. I like malty beers so this could be good.
The taste is as big on the caramel malt as the nose. I'm also getting slight notes of butterscotch and when I swish the ale in my mouth, I get just the slightest hint of hop bitterness. This one is definitely all about the malt and I'm really enjoying sipping on it.
A few more sips in and I'm getting an earthy background that slowly climbs to near the forefront but stops just short. Also, the hop bitterness becomes a little more pronounced but again, this is one heck of a malty brew yet it doesn't become *too* sweet for me and, as a plus, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Good mouthfeel here and the finish is semi-dry and it leaves a fairly long aftertaste. Pretty darn yummy in my book! alexsdad06 (10817) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Many 12 oz bottles over the years from notes. Pours a clear deep amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel and toffee, toasted malts, spicy rye, grapefruit and pine resin, moderate bitterness, one of my favorite beers in the early years on ratebeer. mike5326 (1782) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Poured from a tap. Clear Amber color, medium off white head. Alcohol and hops aroma. Medium body with a strong alcohol hope flavor and a medium finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Sweet caramel and balanced hop aroma. Nice off white head and deep amber body. Sweet flavors of carmalized malt, light rye, berries and fresh hops. Smooth and juicy on the palate. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2015
A lightly hazed reddish amber ale with a thick frothy lacing mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with treacle, grassy floral hops, surranated, earthy and smooth. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with fruity esters, light honey, alcohol warmth, resinous floral hops, treacle, very nice after a few years. Bottle.
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
a lighter in color (between yellow and amber) than the brown, with an ever so slightly livlier hop presence in the aroma and flavor. malt still dominates and is pretty similar to that of the brown, just a touch lighter. I enjoyed this at a local baseball game, shocked to find a brand new beer on tap there. doesn’t distinguish itself from it’s predecessor a whole lot, but it was good enough, and like the brown, a light in flavor non-offensive beer."
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
In short: A bomb of expressive rye cereals with assertive hops. My type of beer.Lothore (647) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
How: Bottles 12oz, many times. This rating is a mix of two old ratings on paper for presumably fresh bottles while I was drinking a bottle I think wasn’t very fresh.
The look: Cloudy orange-amber body topped by a very small beige head.
In long: Nose is rye and then more rye over a bed of floral and piney hops and some toasted notes. I always got a nice freshness quality from the rye aroma/taste of this beer, more so than in most other rye beers I’ve ever had. In mouth the beer offers a thick juicy body that doesn’t feel heavy, plenty of bubbles, very pleasant mouthfeel here. Taste is more than satisfying. Some cookies-like cereals but mainly plain fresh rye, lots of it, not too toasted, very juicy, typical inherent rye spiciness sensation. A solid hopping where I noted the basic usual suspects (piney, grapefruity, floral) leading to a bitterness of medium intensity. I’ve always been a sucker for rye beers and this one always delivered. Another rating for me, an if you would have told me when I was a child that one day I would grow up and I use the internet mainly for rating beers and watch Russian lesbians porn, well, that would have been a pretty sick thing to say to a child.
A- Pours a deep ruddy orange hue with a nice, 2 finger off white head.
S- Smell is dominated by caramel, floral hops, and perhaps a bit of a mettalic tinge.
T- Taste is very malty, caramel, sweet dark fruits, and floral notes followed by a piney hop character.
M- Thick with medium/low carbonation
D- This was a great tasting beer, if it was available to me I would pick it up much more often. Extremely glad I got it as an extra. raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
One of the better pale ales, mostly because of the "imperial" properties in such nice balance. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
The beer pours great with deep orange/amber hue to it, a nice foamy mildly off white one finger head and good lacing on the glass. The beer smells great with deep fruity, citrus, and piney blended scent. The beer tastes great with an orange, raisins, honey, citrus hoppiness that fades away slowly into a mild hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent as the beer is carbonated appropriately, the beer is full bodied, and leaves you with a mildly sweet bitterness lingering. Overall, a decent Imperial Pale Ale but very similar to most Imperial Pales I have tasted, nothing really stands out from this one but it doesnt mean this one wasnt good, well worth it.