Name: Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
Brewery: Terrapin Beer Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Athens, Georgia
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.30%
This pale opens with an inviting golden color, floral aromatics on the nose, and a firm rocky head that laces the glass. There is a spicy hop up front, with an adequate amount of malt I’m the finish to balance the beer. Very smooth finish.
The only beer I have had from Terrapin is the Wake-n-Bake… and it is to die for. I mean, seriously the best coffee beer I have ever had. We had it on tap on Florida, but have traded for several bottles of it since. That beer isn’t on the list, which surprises me. Maybe we can score another bottle and do an “off the wall” review of it for you. It is SO good, it makes me cry I can’t have a bottle every morning!
I do like rye, so this should be a good offering. I like the word “smooth” when used to explain it. They are right about the resurgence of rye whiskey. That is a hot item right now, and you can tell just walking the aisles at Total Wine & More. We landed this bottle in a trade with our good friend Ashley Bower. I hope she is drinking something good here on National IPA Day! Cheers.
In the Glass: Is this beer flat? There are no bubbles here. No head, either. If I didn’t know any better, I would think this is a hoppy barleywine. It almost looks thick in the glass. There is no lace and the beer just seems to sit there waiting to be consumed. Fine, I will drink you. This is a pale ale… is there a National Pale Ale Day?
Nose: Imagine the smell of freshly baked bread, and then toss in some hops. This smells amazing. It is not an overwhelming aroma, but man… GREAT nose. I am serious, though. This smells like bread. I would even go as far as saying rye bread. See what I did there? I hope those same notes carry over to the flavor. Cheers!
Flavor: Nope. Those flavors do not carry over. Is this beer boring because I have already consumed two double India pale ales this evening? I mean, I am flat out disappointed in this. I would rather sit here and smell it than drink it. It is too cold, but there is hardly any flavor whatsoever. There is a hint of bitterness as I lick my lips, but that’s it. Come on Terrapin. If you can produce a beer as delicious as the Wake-n-Bake, you can surely add some energy to your rye pale ale.
Mouthfeel: It drinks like a domestic. Unless you swish it around in your mouth, don’t expect much character. I am really disappointed in this. I know Ashley likes it. I hope she isn’t offended when I tell her how upset I am with the flavor of this one. Try harder Terrapin! I am going to let some of this heat up a little bit before finishing my glass.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is somewhat drying, but is leaving a lot to desire. I really wanted to be blown away with hoppy flavors here. I mean, they even call it a “hoppy pale ale”. Most pale ales lack a lot of hop character, but I was hoping this would change my mind about it. I will say this would serve as a good gateway into an IPA. But this isn’t something I am going to write home about.
Better yet, maybe I WILL write home and tell all my friends and family to not order this one. Boo!
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale – The bottle says: “One of the more unique beers coming out of the South, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale offers a new twist on a classic style. By using an exact amount of rye this beer offers a complex flavor and aroma that is… IN TUNE WITH YOUR TASTE”
Well, apparently this one’s not an IPA either. But it’s from Terrapin Brewery. I’m not sure how many of their beers I’ve actually had, but I can tell you that their Wake ‘n’ Bake Stout is amazing. I’ve only had it twice, but it’s one of my top 5 favorite beers. Let’s hope this one is just as good.
It’s not dark in the glass, but it looks kind of thick. It’s kind of an orange color, almost like a thin version of orange juice. There’s not nearly as much head on this one as the last one. In fact, there’s no head left on mine now. There’s actually not a lot of smell to this one either. I smell a bit of spice, and it almost smells a little orangey, but that’s it. Ricky said it doesn’t taste much better than the last one, but we’ll see.
I wouldn’t say this one is as bad as the last one, but it’s actually kind of bland as well. I can taste some spices and a little bit of happiness, but not much. It’s actually balanced pretty well. This one’s not bad, but there’s not a lot that’s special about it. I do like the flavor, though. It’s easy to drink. I could see this being a session beer for me. It’s not a favorite beer of mine, but my favorites tend to be heavy and high ABV, and usually porters, stouts, Belgians, or barleywines. So I could see this as more of an every day beer. I really shouldn’t say that, I don’t know much about it to even know what it’s ABV is! But I could actually see myself buying it again, even if it’s not the top of the list.