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Terrapin Rye Squared - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

597 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double the malt, double the hops, and double the flavor of the original Rye Pale Ale recipe.

An "Imperial Pale Ale".

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-06-2005)
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Ratings: 597 | Reviews: 468 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of IntriqKen
1.65/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy golden orange/amber with a half finger of thick off white bubbles that melts to really sticky lacing.
Aroma is buttery...very buttery orange citrus.
The sweet pale malts get overcome by the citrus peel hops (a good thing) but then the citrus hops get completely buried by the strong alcohol. Very strong alcohol.
Aftertaste is fairly clean citrus with a definate and nice alcohol warming.
Overall, this is not a pleasant brew simply because the aroma is too buttery and the flavor is way too hot.
Where is the rye? Probably drowned in all of the alcohol

IntriqKen, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Floydster
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a recent trade, reviewed from notes, poured into a Stone pint glass, color is a reddish orange, small 1/4 inch off white head, no retention or lacing, aroma consists of a lot of malt, small amount of rye, dates, figs, caramel, little pine, and tangerines, flavor starts off with some sweet malt, carries over into the middle where there is some chewy malts and rye too, finishes sweet with weird creamy flavor and some misplaced citrus tastes, sweet, malty, and chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied, light to moderate level of carbonation, sweetness lasts a long time, too heavy and overly sweet, not smooth for its style, too reliant on its malt profile, pretty disappointed with this one, probably because I have had some good rye beers lately and this did not live up to any of those, would not drink again, not recommended

Floydster, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.35/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oooh - this is one of those times where my experience with a beer is not in-line with what other raters say. This beer bottle is in great shape - it looks fresh enough, although the beer has no date code. However, this beer tastes pretty lousy; I love rye beer and love DIPAs, but this one just doesn't do a thing for me. It is grainy, not really hoppy, has an unpleasant chalky mouthfeel, and just seems sort of stale and vaguely unpleasant. I am a little disappointed.

I bought this bottle at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

BeerBelcher, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a filmy orange like color with a nice head that goes down extra slow. The smell is good, but weak. I like my specialty beers to have a little more kick to the smell. Taste is not all that. A little sour with a bad after taste. I But, it is less filling enough to drink a good bit of if it was not for the after taste. Verdict: try another beer.

**edited**
After reading the reviews, I wonder if I got a bad bottle. I do not know where they are getting their analysis from since I did not get anything what they did except the look. I am going to see if it was a bad batch and try a sip of someone else's when I get a chance.

PsychoJedi, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange with almost no head what so ever and minimal lacing.

Smells like bread and yeast with a rye spiciness. Hardly any hop presence in the nose.

Some spicy rye hits the palate initially and it quickly rounds into a very sweet bread flavor. Again hardly any hop presence here which is kind of surprising. Just a touch of bitterness at the finish.

Fairly thick and a little syrupy. Decent carbonation levels. The alcohol is not terribly well hidden in this beer.

A bit too much of a malt bomb. The sweetness overpowers the rye flavors and if I didn't know better wouldn't guess from the taste there was rye in here at all. It was hard to get through the bottle because it got a bit cloying.

jmarsh123, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a few 4-packs of this year's spring release a few weeks ago in South Carolina. I'd actually been trying to get some of this for over a year, and unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations. I'd expected lots of hops and rye but didn't count on Terrapin doubling the malt too. This beer smelled and tasted very barley-wine like, mostly I get sweet malts in the aroma. The taste is a lot like Bigfoot, probably someone who likes American barleywines would like this a lot. But I wanted a DIPA with rye...

TurdFurgison, May 02, 2009
Photo of midaszero
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Hazy red orange with one finger with tan head that has good retention and lacing

S - Hops and rye a little booze

T - Taste more like 10% instead of 8.5%. It doesn't really burn but the alcohol presence hits you in the face as it is not hidden at all. The flavors I can pick up after I got past the booze are mostly hops and rye. Little subtle sweet malts that should be more pronounced.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - This is pretty rough to drink. More malt profile would have helped and toning down the alcohol presence would do this beer a lot of good.

midaszero, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Crizay. Thanks dude!
Pours dark opaque reddish brown with a big lasting beige head in a tulip. Smell is much sweeter than expected with warm caramelly tones and very little if anything in the way of hops. Taste is alcoholic and caramel all the way. No real hop flavor and no big characteristic rye presence noticeable. Either an old bottle or not at all what I expected. Too hot for a double IPA, and no hop flavor at all. Not impressed...What happened here?

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of hoptualBrew
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle.

Thicker orange color with descent head. Pretty good looking pint I must say. Had me excited.

Could pick up the piney hops right away & definitely could tell it was the imperial version of the regular Terrapin Rye IPA. I picked up more malt aroma and flavor though as compared to the hops in the original IPA.

Not so bitter as I was expecting, more malty and had rye raping my tongue. First few sips were not so good, but then it grew on me.

Thick mouthfeel, sweet with a more mild touch of bitterness.

Not bad. Keeping style in mind, I personally think the regular Rye IPA is a better drink overall.

hoptualBrew, May 31, 2011
Photo of rrski198
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky dirty brownish amber yellow color. Little head with no lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Very mild hop character which is very surprising. Smells thick and syrupy.

T: Big time sweet rush up front. Boozy with a mild hop bite. Not sure what is going on here but the sweetness is not in line with the hops.

M: Thick and syrupy. Big time sweet and below average carbonation. Mild hop bite again on the back end.

O: A huge sweet mess. Not sure if I got a good bottle or not but this was like someone had taken malty simple syrup and mixed in some hops. Not one of my favorites.

rrski198, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Netdigger2
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clover-honey amber with a white head. No lacing.

Smell is a bunch of rye, bread, slight low alpha hops, lager yeast.

This tastes amazingly like a mid level lager, very dry. It resembles a blend between Heineken and Boston Lager. Incredibly strange for a Pale Ale. I get a pilsner malt flavor with mixes of rye, bread, sourdough, pine hops.

It's highly carbonated like a domestic lager and is thin on the palate.

Just strange, not bad, but strange.

Netdigger2, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from paulthebeerguru

A - Small film of head that turns quickly to a ring. Leaves small circles of foam on the glass with each drink. Very murky amber color.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, and fresh, leafy hops. Seems more 'English' in style than 'American,' not that it matters to me.

T - Very harsh, tangy taste. Tons of hop 'flavor' and malty bitterness, but surprising lack of an IPA bitterness. Lemon-like acidity comes next and some alcohol noticeable as well.

M/D - Light to medium body with loads of carbonation. Sort of harsh to drink and strange flavors for the style

SirSketch, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Terrapin Rye Squared, poured ontap into a standard pint glass. A dark copper beer which loses its head early and does not provide any lace.

Smell: Caramel malt and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Odd sweetness from the malts and aggressive hops. Soft pine and resin notes, but this beer is lacking the spicy black pepper notes from the rye, warming alcohol becomes noticed.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: For being a rye beer I was disappointed in the lack of rye flavors. Some hops and sugary sweet malt. A hot mess.

Stinkypuss, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of javincik
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A-Vigorous pour yielded only the thinnest of a foam ring around the edge of the glass. Couldn't coax a head out of this one. Color is a crimson orange color. Pretty average looking for the style.

S-Some citrus and pine come thru from the hops riding on a subtle bed of spices from the rye. For the style it's a bit disappointing.

T-A good does of fruitiness from the hops leads into some rye spiciness. It seems promising at first until the alcohol presence makes itself felt. Finishes with a strong malt sweetness that is not balanced out well with hop bitterness. Alcohol bite again near the end.

M-Definitely full-bodied. Although the label says imperial pale ale, it almost feels like a barley wine. Very thick and syrupy. Cloying near the end. The alcohol is not well hidden.

D-Not very. 12 oz was more than enough for me. The stickiness and syrupy mouthfeel just wear on the palate after half a bottle. I'm glad I gave this one a go, but given the abundance of choices on the shelves, I'll pass this one up next year. Although Terrapin gives a vintage on the bottle, I'm not convinced that the cellar will do this any good. Definitely the weakest offering I've had from these guys.

javincik, May 02, 2010
Photo of Phylomatic
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Imagine my name is Orange and I only like Red a little. Nice head with a stubborn retention.
S: I really like the smell. I'm going to make an attempt at explaining it. Forget the malts. I've got hops out the wazoo! To make this short, I can create a case for each of these: herbal, perfumy, spicy, leafy, grassy, floral, piney and citrusy.
T: After the smell was so good, this was disappointing.
MF: It's smooth, little bite. Not a lot of carbonation, especially compared to the head...meh...
overall: Not quite encountered such a juxtaposed selection of attributes in a beer. I like it, but the taste is quite bland in my opinion.

Phylomatic, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Muddy copper with a very thin off-white head. Dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Caramel/toffee with a slight burnt orange smell. Very light grapefruit hop aromas. Boozy.

T - Malty with a heavy sweetness. Pine and citrus with a slightly bitter finish. Reminds me of fresh Bigfoot.

M - Thick and oily. Medium carbonation.

D - I dunno about this one. As SpeedwayJim says, I may have gotten some old bottles (Terrapin only recently started dating on the labels). This in no way resembles a double IPA, much more in line with an American Barleywine. Also, wheres the Rye? Overall it's an overly sweet, boozy mess. No thanks.

jsanford, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -23.9%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -23.9%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -23.9%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of benpopper
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark amber, kind of cloudy. Not much head, that fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells very sweet with only slight strains of the floral hops I hope for.

The taste was tough, very very sweet and then kind of sharp alcohol. Again lacking the floral crispness of the hops I want.

The low carbonation was another tough spot because it just made the sweetness seem like the beer itself was syrupy. And then the bite of the booze was unwelcome as it really wasn't fresh feeling.

I am usually prepared for a double IPA and really into them, this one not at all...

benpopper, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.9%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured an orange looking beer with a big white frothy head. The head however did not last long at all. The beer was hoppy smelling and HOPPY tasting with a malty finish. Too much ABV and hops I w ill not buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a medium head that leaves a mild lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a wheaty edge, though relatively little rye character. The flavor has a bit more of that rye sour sting, but still wheat and syrupy barley malt predominate. There are citrusy hops here, but they are unpleasantly intense, defeated by the wheaty edge. The mouthfeel is thick and sharply prickly.

This is yet another disappointment from Terrapin, which seems to have talent but lack subtlety.

Seanibus, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Snifter

A: Hazy orange/copper with a fingers worth of head on top. After about a minute the foam head has all but disappeared as a few swirls of bubble float around the top. A ring of leftover foam has formed around the outside of the glass.
S: A very sweet and fruity scent waft from the glass, with the slightest touch of malt on the end.
T: The hops, rye, and malt all form together to give this beer a sweet honey flavor. I also pick up a buttery note in the finish. Not catching much of a hops presence in this beer but a lot of rye
M: The body of this beer has a nice full feel while it doesn't seem to carbonated up front, there is a nice tingle on the tongue as one swallows.
D: This one is for the rye lover. High ABV and strong rye flavor make this an interesting beer to drink. One at a time, and take it slow.

SiepJones, Jun 04, 2010
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Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
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