I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was a week or two past the expiration date.
Appearance: Dark honey hue. Hazy but translucent. Forms a small, off
white, foamy head which leaves minor lacing and never completely
Smell: Not very aromatic, but some pale malt notes and a hint of an herbal/earthy scent.
Taste: Brewing pale ales and IPAs with rye is nothing new, in fact I
kind of like it when brewers do it because it makes the beer at least a
bit different. However, there isn’t much uniqueness to Terrapin Rye Pale
Ale. Maybe it’s because my bottle was old or maybe it’s just a weak
brew, but either way it’s an okay beer at best. Absolutely no
off-flavors or brewing imperfections, which leads me to believe it’s
meant to be pedestrian.
Not that there’s anything wrong with pedestrian. This beer is pretty
decent for the most part. Malt-forward for the style with a fairly
strong presence of pale malt, perhaps some wheat, and a touch of rye. A
mild palate, otherwise with a faint bitterness as it crests and a clean
aftertaste. If it had more of everything it would be a pretty good beer,
but as it is it’s simply meh.
Drinkability: Since Terrapin Rye Pale Ale isn’t all that robust it’s at
least refreshing and quaffable. The mouthfeel is on the thinner, more
tepid side but I wouldn’t call it watery per se. It seems much lighter
than its 5.3% ABV weight would otherwise indicate - making it highly
drinkable, though I think it’s too boring to session.