Terrapin Rye Cubed - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye CubedTerrapin Rye Cubed

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very good

269 Ratings

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Zach136 on 06-13-2014

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Ratings: 269 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

2014 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a copper-hued body of stellar clarity and a thinnish, wispy, off-white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Spirit preserved rye, toasted grain. Peppercorns atop pan sauteed tropical fruits wrapped in a gnarled, green grassiness.

Taste: Bready pale malts, toasted grains with a coating of cooked honey sweetness. Peppery, grassy, with a flash of tangerine oil and mango and a ripple of all too warming alcohol. Medium-high bitterness that lunges for and envelops the tongue. The oily bitterness, stinging alcohol, and piquant rye focus on the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The body is a bit oily but also a bit sticky (though mainly oily).

Overall: Makes me wistful for Rye Squared. :(

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich deep bronze with a billowing off white full one finger head that leaves two rings of broken lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Nutty malts some spicy rye and sweet caramel and alcohol in the nose.The palate is pretty sweet with sweet alcohol and brown sugar flavors,there is some sharp rye and leafy hops but the sweetness is just as big.It's big and brash and the sweetness can be a bit much but the rye and hops play a big role.Good but not great in my opinion.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a half inch head of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Wonderfully seductive aroma of gently spicy rye and assertive piney hops. The flavor is almost subdued in comparison. The rye flavor is in the forefront with the piney hops complementing that very well. The rye adds a bit of lightly coarse texture while the hops give it a bit of stickiness.
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.75
Mouthfeel: 3.75
Overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears in the glass a crystal copper hue with a big off white cream khaki head looks beautiful. Fine even speckled lacing is left behind on the chalice it’s looking great.

Aroma big malt spicy rye and hops all day…alcohol almost brings a Rye Bourbon note to the nose with hints of vanilla and oak coming from pure malts/alcohol /rye additions…it’s great!

Flavor is huge waves of salty rye spicy malt additions with big hops and alcohol in the backend It’s like I’m sipping on a nice chilled glass of rye bourbon. Basil Hayden’s rye whiskey to be exact! Sultry with big alcohol and malt’s rye spice and hops come off earthy and huge in the backend imagine a barleywine that wants to put you into submission…that’s Rye Cubed!

Mouthfeel is full bodied from front to back of the palate even mellow carbonation honest to god it feels like sipping bourbon on the palate hot in all the right ways!!! A bit of hot alcohol but I forgive this beer, it’s doing what it wants to do as a Triple Rye India Pale Ale.

Overall, this beer sets out to do what it wants to do without asking any questions. It slaps you around in an abusive way yet still remains likeable that’s a hard path to head down.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Deep amber with a durable, creamy head.

Aroma: grassy, flowery and spicy with a hint of bread.

Flavor: wow, all the hops you'd expect in a DIPA (at least from the Eastern U.S.), and a load of balancing swet malts. This even tastes a touch sweet for just a moment near the finish but is overall mildly bitter.

Feel: very smooth and full for style.

O: excellent DIPA, especially for those who prefer limited bitterness.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz poured into goblet

A: murky dark orange Amber color not much head beer laces like crazy 

S: resiny as hell some rye on the nose 

T: Drinks like a barleywine huge resiny hops a little rye but mostly bitter hops in over the tops malts

M: a little sticky slightly clingy medium heavy body

O: drinks thick not a bad resinous bite it's not too bad but not something I'd want more than one of. 

Photo of astahler
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of my bottle into a belgian glass to see this beer's copper color and nice lacing;

The nose is resinous and woodsy;

Taste is malty sweetness with a touch of spice and a lasting finish. Can't necessary pick up the high gravity aspect in the taste, but the sweetness indicates that it's likely.

Tasty beer overall.

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know, never age an IPA, but this is a different kind of IPA. After a year of age, this bear turns into something completely different. A totally different type of beer. It's amazing. With stronger rye and malty flavor, almost like and old ale or barley wine, it's just amazing! Wow I didn't know it would be this good, not much hops but with what you get left is absolutely amazing! Well worth the wait and risk!

Photo of BuccoFan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color and pretty good head. Laces well. Body is full and it finishes well. Taste is malt, sort of caramel-like, with the nice touch of rye. Overall, it's solid. Taste is slightly bland, but it's a good beer.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Vintage 2014, 6/10/2015 best by date I assume. 14172-[1A]?)

A: Crystal clear ruby amber body with almost no lacing, a wisp of bubbles constituting the leftovers of a head.

S: Lots of sweet malt with that noticeable tang of rye on the side. I don't get a lot of hops outside a resinous sweetness.

T: Rye for the most part with a sweetness throughout it. Delicious but the rye is really paired with the malt, having only the rye beat it out by a bit. It is quite sweet which may put some off, but I find it to be pretty great. The alcohol in here is blended in right with the rye and sweetness of it. A bit of a resinous aftertaste, but it isn't too sticky, not lingering long.

M: Smooth with a bit of a sharp bite to it.

O: This is quite delicious and a big beer. Good stuff from Terrapin again. Love me some rye beers, especially Rye IPAs.

Photo of n2185
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown with a finger of cream head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Lot of caramel malt with vanilla, some cotton candy-like notes, and light citrus and pine hop aromas.

T: Strong caramel malt presence here as well with vanilla, grapefruit, and resinous pine hop flavors. The finish is both sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky and oily feeling.

O: A solid beer, overall, though without much complexity and not as hoppy as I'd like.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Rye Cubed

Look 7/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 82/100

Summery: I'm biased, I don't actually love boozy IPA's. If you do, than it's worth a grab. It's chewy and booze driven. Won't likely seek out again~

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: lightish copper, a little hazy. Thick off white head and lacing.
smell: Big malty nose with the spice twist. Some citrus and piney hops but they take a backseat to the rye and malt.
taste: Wow, a wonderful tropical citrus malt rye taste with a bit of bitterness in the finish.
overall: Very nicely done. Without getting into the American Barley vs a malt forward DIPA (or TIPA) this could pass for any of these. No matter.
I guess i'm in the minority in thinking this is a top tier brew based on BA scores (85 as I write this). Great imo.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Terrapin Rye Cubed has a thin, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, rust-orange appearance, tight bubble streams at the edges, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sharp, sweet, strong, bready, fruity, and brandy like. Taste is of very sweet, syrupy, brown bread, brandy, fruit (fig?), and peppery rye. Mouthfeel is heavy, and there is a bit of chalk in the under-taste. Terrapin Rye Cubed finishes dense, a little strong, and semi-wet. Notice I didn’t mention bitterness. For 125 IBU, I was expecting some. Overall, I like this, even though it seems like an out-of-whack style.


Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99/ 4 pack. 2014 vintage, released June 2014. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a deep rose hued gold with a finger and a half of beige head. A modest halo lingers but leaves only spotty lacing.

Aroma is full of rye with floral notes, citrus, berry, sugar and bread. Not what I expect from a DIPA but appealing nonetheless.

A huge rye flavor is prominent along with oranges, seeded berries, floral, bread, spice, cane sugar and a little pine. Rather sweet overall (which I like) and you'd be hard pressed to guess the alcohol was so high if you didn't read it on the bottle.

Syrupy, medium body with fairly low carbonation. The finish seems pretty dry and remains sweet with marmalade, simple syrup and rye spice.

Rye Cubed almost seems to me more of a strong ale than IPA. There are plenty of flavorful hops but the bitterness is quite subdued and the real star of the show here is all that rye. Call it whatever style you wish- at the end of the day this is another tasty heavily hopped and ryed offering from Terrapin.

Photo of SebD
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep reddish/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of spicy rye, sweet caramel, loads of grainy malts, some nuttiness and perhaps some piney/earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some spicy rye, sweet caramel, grainy malts, light citrus, bitter pine resins and some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel. Definitely too sweet for liking.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas. Could definitely use more hops.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in my Brew Dog Teku.

Beautiful hazy red-orange body. Light tan head.

Nose is spicy and sweet. Tart and piney.

Flavor is spicy from the rye and piney (almost woody). Resinous, tart and slightly aspirin-esque. ABV is not terribly evident. Sticky and satisfying on the palate.

Slick and coating. Very slight acidity.

Overall, a very nice brew. Tasty and tart. The kind of robust IPA that might actually benefit from a period of barrel aging.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with a light amount of active visible carbonation rising very slowly from the bottom of the glass and a hint of amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of rye spiciness. Overall the aroma is slightly sweet caramel with slightly stronger than moderate aromas of tropical/peach/mango and pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of toasted malts with moderate amount of caramel sweetness and a moderate to strong amount rye with the associated peppery spiciness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/peach/mango, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine/resin hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a moderate amount of oily slickness.

O: A fairly big beer that has a hint of cloying sweetness which makes this beer not the easiest to drink... Slightly boozy but the rye spiciness is enjoyable.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: burnt orange to reddish orange in color. a big two finger foamy head with off white foam that fades slowly and leaves a long legs on the sides. slightly hazy and almost opaque do to the depth of the color.

Smell: rye and a super strong dark caramel malt sweetness. toffee, orange peel, pine, and resiny hops. some solvent alcohol

Taste: opens with super sweet candy, dark caramels, caramelized syrup, toffee. spicy rye kicks in along with orange peel and pine. alcohol is present throughout but adds to the taste.

Mouthfeel: fairly silky and smooth at first, but quickly becomes bitter due to rye and hops. lots of sweet initially but in the end the bitterness wins. fairly full bodied and leaves some alcohol warmth

Overall: a great rye beer. the balance between sweetness, rye and hops is almost perfect. the alcohol level is great and just barely peeks through all the other bold flavors but never comes out too strong.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bronze coloring with a tall, frothy, bubbly, bright white head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, as well. Aromas of toasted grains, rye and pepper spice, heavy and dank resin, subtle grapefruit tart and sweet, tangy caramel, and roasted notes. Very deep, layered nose. Flavors are boozy and tangy sweet forward, with a solid backbone of the spicy and grainy rye characteristics. Tangy sweetness follows, with caramel and toffee notes, and some earthy highlights. Almost a touch of old world fruit sweetness if you dig. The body is robust and smooth, which fits the profiles perfectly. The aftertaste is more of the richly sweet, slightly boozy, and spiced blend. Smooth, slick, heavy finish. This is a big beer, and leans towards the sweet end of things, but remains drinkable throughout.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A barleywine disguised as a DIPA!!! Pours a clear orangey-copper color with a big frothy cream colored head. Head retention is good and there are prominent bands of lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is just like a barleywine. There is rye spiciness but the predominant aroma is sweet malt and hops bitterness.

Flavor features some good bitterness (I have let this one age for several months so the hop profile and alcohol are probably a bit more subdued) with a strong sweet malt presence and the slightly sour and spicy rye flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich with oily hops, a blast of sweet malts and the rye.

A very good slow sipper. If I get another one , I would probably drink it sooner and see what the fresher hops bring to the table. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Lee_Hancock
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

did not like this beer

Photo of Mojo
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Highlands Brewing Snifter

A - dark amber with a foamy light tan head about two to three inches in height, decent retention and elaborate lacing.

S - grain grass and alcohol.

T - the first note I can detect is a little molasses (strangely enough), followed by a very rye flavor and alcohol. This one is sort of hard for me to pin down honestly.

M - alcohol warming and a rye aftertaste

O- Good for as beer this big but not really my taste.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a medium amber color with a white head. Aroma of spicy rye, sticky hops and sweet malts. The taste has the peppery and fruity rye notes, citrus, caramel and booze. Finishes a bit sweet. Full bodied, strong ass ale. Overall, this is a pretty interesting brew and very strong.

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: The second you open the bottle, you can smell the rye, but there's also a good amount of hops and malt.

T: Tasted of rye, a fair amount of hops, malt, caramel, and some pine, too. Not a bad flavor, but it wasn't pushed quite far enough (a good DIPA needs to be very aggressive). Still, a decent flavor.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a case of a beer that's drinkable, but doesn't necessarily distinguish itself from others of the style. Worth a shot, though.

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Terrapin Rye Cubed from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.