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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Terrapin - Rye Pale Ale

Dead Reptile
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
Terrapin Beer Company
265 Newton Bridge Road
Athens, GA USA
Est. 2002

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.3 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Honey amber color; translucent.
Rye, malt and delicious hops aromas permeate.
Two fingered head that is slightly off white and lasts to the end.

Leaves streaks and dots of lace.
Rich malt and zippy hops flavor with a nice dry rye after note.

Nice amount of carbonation.
Solid, medium bodied mouth feel. Easy to drink.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Rye and pale ale.  A great combination if done right. Terrapin done it right.

Let's dispense with the bad puns to get them out of the way.
  • You'll want to savor this ale and take it slow.
  • You'll be happy that you don't have to shell out a lot for this tasty brew.
  • Don't fear the turtle, he is your friend in this case.
Okay, do try this rye ale. It's more wry than my droll sense of humor.  It has a great APA character, even if they didn't add 10% rye to the batch.  The malts and hops are nicely balanced.  They are easily picked out in the nose and the taste.  Then comes that dry shot of rye which finishes each sip quite smoothly.

Of note, this is their first beer produced from 2002.  No small feat that less than one year into production it won the 2002 GABF gold medal for the American Pale Ale category.  That alone should make you crawl to the store for some. There were 93 entries in the category.  Got your attention yet?

So if you're looking for a little something more from your average pale ale, try this one.  Next time you see some, snap it up.

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