Bottle Size: N/A purchased it draft
Background Information (via Terrapin Beer): By using an exact amount of rye, a grain seldom found in other micro brewed beers, the Rye Pale Ale acquires its signature taste. Made with five varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, it offers a complex flavor and aroma that is both aggressive and well balanced – a rare find among beers. The Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was released in Athens, GA in April of 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Six months later this beer which was sold only in Athens was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious competition in North America. We hope you will agree with our peers in the brewing industry that this is truly one of the best pale ales in the country.
Now let’s get to the beer!
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Appearance: Pours a kind of brownish golden color with a pretty foamy head.
Scent/Smell: Very malty, hints of honey and rye, but very light hop profile.
Taste: Sweet malts, honey, and somewhat grainy. Not a lot of depth here in terms of taste, but not a bad tasting beer either.
Mouthfeel: Very easy going down. Average carbonation level. No qualms here.
Drink with (food): This beer cries out for spicy foods to match it’s hoppy flavors…jerk chicken to shrimp and grits. And Gruyère or Manchego cheese.
Depending on what you’re looking for this could be an “A” quality beer. However, when I put all the pieces together from what I expect out of a beer this just lacks the depth I expect from an “A” beer.