Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

Terrapin Beer Co

USA

This won the gold for Pale Ales at the 2002 GABF, after only existing for a year, or something like that. After finally trying this, I think they deserve accolades. Very tasty, malty, with a flowery, sweet presence to it. Interesting thing was, that taste dissipated after about 2 seconds. What that meant, though, was that I wanted it back, so I killed the glass pretty quickly. Fairly similar to Sierra Nevada Pale, if you ask me, which is a compliment to both. Regrettably, only available on tap at metro Atlanta restaurants and bars at the time of this writing, but hopefully soon they'll be bottling this.

Reviewed: November 29, 2003

Rating: 8/10

Wow. This is delicious. I'm guessing the rye gives it that orange glow in the glass. This isn't quite as sweet as some rye ales I've had, but it's hoppy and spicy, make no lie. I couldn't really tell from the website: do they brew it on premises for the restaurant customers, and at a brewery for shipment? My label said it was brewed in Maryland. At any rate, it was an outstanding beer, one I'd drink again and again, especially in the summertime. Thanks, Steve!

Reviewed: December 10, 2005

Rating: 8/10

Hey hey, now available in bottles! Aside from the goofy looking bespeckled turtle wearing a hat and bandana and playing a banjo on the label (weird, I know), this was a great beer. I can see why it won the gold.

Reviewed: January 14, 2006

Rating: 8/10

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