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Terrapin Rye Squared - Terrapin Beer Company

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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
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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Photo of HopDerek


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish amber color with 1 finger of frothy tan head, which retains itself well, slowly fading to an oily layer and some sticky lacing. Smells of citrus like orange and grapefruit, freshly baked bread, and caramel...some alcohol comes through after it warms up a bit. Tastes of sweet malt, spicy bread, caramel and grapes with a nice hop presence in the back end, orange peel, grapefruit, and grass. Medium in body and somewhat syrupy with good carbonation, smooth and creamy with a good bitter finish and some alcohol warmth. A little high in alcohol, but it is an Imperial Pale Ale, so it's supposed to be. Really flavorful and nicely balanced, another great brew by the folks at Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 02:20:04 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Redwood21


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great hazy brown color with a thick creamy white head that is very sticky, gorgeous

S: This has a sweet aroma to it, almost like sweet doughy bread.

T: so creamy it hurts, its got a creamy taste, or i guess mouth feel the actual taste is a bit of sweet hops, a little ester(but far back) with an almost buttery finish. there is an almost pear apple complex as well, very faint, think crisp semi tart fruit masked by some hop sweet and a touch of hops spice to give it a tiny bite. you would never know this beer is 8.5% except for a slight alcohol presence if you chew the beer. a great sipper to easy drinker, works on both levels.

Quality beer and thankful i could trade for it. Very good

Thanks kurtissellen for the bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:08:50 | More by Redwood21
Photo of cjgator3


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet malt, hints of rye and citrusy hops (most notably orange and a little grapefruit). The taste is sweet malt with a touch of rye character up front with a nice big hoppy finish with a lot of citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, Rye Squared is a very quality brew that I wish was available year round. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 22:16:19 | More by cjgator3
Photo of drxandy


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got in trade from shuajw, thanks :)
poured from 12oz to standard pint - lovely orangey brown - great 2 finger head

smells of dry hopping floral, spiciness, caramel malts

tastes great! i would buy this often if available, reminds me of a heavier rye infused version of bell's two hearted

floral hopping, citrus peel, rye spiciness, great body and yeastiness, definately the imperial version of the lesser and tastes wonderful

mouthfeel is thick and nice on the tounge

overall i find this really easy to drink, and am really glad to have tried it!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 22:49:15 | More by drxandy
Photo of phishgator


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pored into a goblet. The deep amber hue was coupled with a large tight foamy head. Carbonation is quite apparent. The aroma is a blend of the rye and mixure of floral and earthy hops. The taste is lip smacking good. A fair amount grapefruit, citrus, and hop oil throughout the entire session. The body is big and chewy. After one or two its a little heavy. A great unique offering from a terrific brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 14:54:57 | More by phishgator
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from mikesgroove, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy rusty brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rye malts, citrus, caramel, floral hops and some spice.

T: The taste has a lot going on. There are sweet flavors of citrus and caramel; a strong floral hops bitterness; bready & spicy rye malts and a significant alcohol sting. However, it seems to me that the balance doesn't seem to quite be where it should be. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, it's a decent beer but there are certainly many others that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 04:07:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ckeegan04


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange/brown color with one finger dirty white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Spicy sweet aroma. Not near as strong of hop aroma as expected.

T - Rich spiciness that is standard in a rye beer, just a little stronger than most. Some piney hop taste as well, but dominated by the spicey and biscuity malt.

M/D - Very rich beer with a full bodied feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 13:47:46 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why I haven't tried this in a few years I have no clue. Worlds better than I remember, maybe I just didn't know what I was getting myself into then. Pours a beautiful amber with reddish hues, a medium off-white head comes up and falls to a ring. Not much lacing but it's pretty potent. Smell is fairly muted at first but grows deeper and deeper as it warms. Fresh, green citrusy hops with a spicy undertone. Light sweet malt, some bread, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is killer. I suppose the last time I had this was soon after the cap was popped in NC? I wasn't used to the big boys and this one must have just shocked me. Well damn, it's so good now. Excellent hoppy flavors meshing perfectly with malt. Definitely more hoppy than anything and the malt doesn't become thick and take away from the hop character. Quite bitter at first with sweetness in the middle and a drying finish. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, a little grapefruit. A touch of caramel and brown sugar and a wonderful bready flavor. Holy mackarel, is this my new favorite from Terrapin? Wonderfully done and a great little gem if I do say so myself. I'm glad this is local because I sent the other bottles I had out in trades and such. I really wish I had another to follow this one but unfortunately that's not the case. All I can say is I look forward to the next Side Project, anything new from Terrapin is welcomed by me...one of my favorite breweries and they just keep growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 22:26:42 | More by ncvbc
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin Rye Squared 2008
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. Beautiful dark, slightly hazy, amber color. Nice white head on top with a good retention level. Fair lacing.

S: wonderful sweet citrus aroma, more orange than grapefruit. Sweet malts really come through the hoppy aroma. Some rye hints as well.

T: nice big hoppy flavor with a definite orange flavor. Some rye malts sneak in behind the sweeter malts.

M: very bold, with a solid body. Mild carbonation.

D: solid brew with a great flavor. I could drink several, but the 8.5% is limiting when it comes to putting a few back.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 19:18:30 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of dhd1491


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very small head lying down quickly. Deep coppery gold color. Aroma is fairly subdued with some flowery hops coming through with some yeasty wheat. Flavor is powerful. Big hops but also malts and grains. Mouthfeel is heavy with some butter. Toasted bread note is not unpleasant, but not what one expects in an IPA. I can only imagine the rye has something to do with that, though I can detect no taste that I would label "rye". For an 8.5% ABV, extremely smooth; I would've guessed more like 6.5-7.0%.

Retasted 6-13-09: Didn't like it as much. Alcohol is over the top in the flavor and there is an odd sourness. Downgraded taste from 4.5 to 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 22:59:14 | More by dhd1491
Photo of hellcatsjg


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark and clody amber beer with a finger of off white head and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Good combination of hops. Flowery and citrusy and a bit piney scents. A light spicy aroma is in the background as well.

Taste: Starts with spiciness and pine flavors. You get the citrus next along with a good bit of sweetness and malt. Finish is nice balance of maltiness and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation. Nice flavor left after the swallow.

Drinkabiiity: Very good beer. Good complexity and nice balance of hops, malts, and spicy rye flavor. Not too heavy either, and you could have several in you desired. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:19:45 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Vintage08AA

WOW...that was my first reaction when I first smelled the beer and then I turned and said, before even tasting it, this is going to be good.

Appearance: I poured it into a Weizen glass (I do this occasionally to really get a good look at a beer) and it gave off a hazy orange/reddish hue. The head was almost a cream color that held for a long time and a thin layer lasted through out the glass. It had a very nice cascading effect when poured into the glass and had very nice lacing through out the glass.

Smell: The aroma was very powerful with hints of citrus and hops, but I think you could really smell the malt and alcohol, which at times I thought was a little overpowering.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The beer had a very creamy texture and flavor to it and everything that you smelled, you can taste. Sweet upon first sip and really finishes strong with the hops, malt and alcohol really coming out. Very complex and I thought that the carbonation was almost unnoticeable.

Drinkability: This is my only problem with this beer. While it was very smooth and enjoyable, i am not sure that I could drink more than one at a time unless I am going to be drinking it with a very good meal. It was very rich and the alcohol was very noticeable.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer and one that I will be enjoying a lot of over the next few months. I would recommend to any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 15:57:47 | More by PhillyStyle
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best-before dated "Vintage 08AA", poured into a seidel produces a sticky-looking, reddish-amber body with a half-finger of head that leaves a good deal of clingy lacing

Smells fruity and sweet with a little dry citrus;

Taste is richly sweet and malty with floral, lightly-bitter hops and a nice tanginess I suppose is from the rye, along with a whiff of alcohol.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, very little carbonation with a sticky, pleasantly bitter, slightly evergreen finish.

Rich and delicious. Could drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 22:53:12 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of errantnight


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man... I'm not sure there's anything I love more than hoppy rye beers. The blend of spicy and sweet and citrus and floral and... anyway, on with the review.

Pours a hazy amber, more orange-y gold than ruby red, with a brilliant cascade of bubbles. Two fingers of creamy white head with attractive lacing and a thin film that sticks around. Meow.

Aroma is a peach-y, hoppy, malty mixture, with some noticeable alcohol.

Taste masks the alcohol entirely, a warm malty spice fills the middle, ending in a remarkably clean, citrus (grapefruit heavy) finish.

Medium to full mouth with a lifting carbonation.

If it wasn't for the slightly noticeable alcohol in the nose this beer would be pretty damn flawless.

Gimme more, just the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 04:55:20 | More by errantnight
Photo of DefenCorps


3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage.

A: Deep cloudy orange with a thin, beige head

S: Hops - pine, and a little bit of citrus. Rye bread and caramel with a hint of alcohol. Delicious!

T: Moderately hoppy with pine well balanced with the caramel malt sweetness and the distinctive rye character. It starts off a little medium-bodied but the finish is a little disappointing - it just fizzles out with a mildly bitter and dry finish. A little bit more body on the finish would make this one really good.

M: The carbonation is pleasant. The finish is dry and makes you reach for another sip.

D: This one is fairly easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 03:15:27 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of tpd975


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy reddish amber appearance with a two finger head. Head retention is nice and it leaves behind some sticky spotty lacing.

S: Nice mixture of spicy hops and sweet malts. To be honest not earth shattering.

T: Nice balance of Rye grain and malt. Spicy hops and biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied and crisp.

D: Rather drinkable, hides the ABV nicely.

Overall: I like what terrapin does. This is an easy drinking beer that if avaliable I could drink all summer long. Spicy, Hoppy, Goodness in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 01:47:07 | More by tpd975
Photo of pwoods


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this great extra. Been wanting to try it for awhile now.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. Vintage 08

A: Pours a glowing grapefruit meat color with pretty good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of lightly tinted head forms and holds very nicely. Good lacing.

S: MMMmmm... grapefruit and sweet malts. Definitely a little bit of spicy rye in there as well.

T/M: MMMmmmm2 Bitterness is controlled. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, hop resin, light spicy pine. The malts are pleasantly balancing, though I'd have liked a bit more bitterness at first sip, before the malts came through. Bitterness does last throughout, though, and lingering beyond. Malts lightly sweet with a nice spicy rye twist. The body is just above medium with a creamy smoothness. Finishes dry with that whole lasting bitterness thing.

D: 8.5%? This drinks like a pure session. Must. Have. More.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 22:05:48 | More by pwoods
Photo of Tilley4


4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an incredible brew from Terrapin here... This may be their best effort in my opinion...

Vintage 08...

Pours out a gorgeous reddish color with a creamy fluffy head and sticky lacing...magnificent..

Aroma of sweet citrusy hops, oranges, sweet malts and rye malts all blended together perfectly.. So far, I'm super impressed!

Taste goes right along with the aroma...
This is sweet, hoppy, and spicy all at the same time... Its incredible how good this brew tastes... Its unlike anything else that I've ever tasted... And I'm loving it..

Absolutely a masterpiece from the boys at Terrapin here... I have 3 more left and I'm headed back for number 2 now... Highly, highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:57:30 | More by Tilley4
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a coppery orange color, mostly clear with just the lightest haze. Dense white head, thing, with nice lacing.

S: Sweet citrus hops dominate the nose with a bit of a yeasty malt undertone.

T: Grips the tongue with a combination of hop bittering first and a secondary caramel malt, just a bit of sweetness fighting for recognition through the bitter. Not too sweet or dry, pretty much even. Finish is mostly clean with some residual hoppy linger.

M&D: Light to medium weight in the mouth with a slick, slightly oily texture in the mouth. I love hoppy brews and this one is pretty good. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 01:16:46 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden amber, clear, under a small but dense white head. No lace, good retention.

S: Very nice grapefruit and piney hop. Hops really dominate the scent.

T: A good mixture of sweetness and citrus hops. Decent amount of bitterness in the finish that sticks around. Alcohol is noticeable but not too bad. Hints here and there of rye.

M/D: Oily, full bodied, carbonation is slightly high. Drinkability is fine and about as expected for a big beer like this. At times, it tastes like the hop character is little overwhelming but other times the rye character is felt more. I think it would benefit slightly if the rye character stood out more.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 23:38:55 | More by NCSUdo
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a great orangy amber color with a nice white head and fantastic lacing. The smell was a citrus hop smell with a nice malty hint as well. The taste was a great citrusy taste and sour grapefruit taste. It also had a nice maltiness to it. Made for a great balanced beer. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy and the beer had medium carbonation. Overall this beer was fantastic. Wish we could get this beer in Louisiana. I'll have to pick some up on my trips to Florida.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 16:11:26 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of bboven


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt-orange body, small, half-finger head that leaves good lacing.

Lots of citrus hops in the nose and some definite spice from the rye. They play off one another excellently.

Some initial caramel sweetness but then the rye and hops take over, leaving an oddly tasty grand bitter and spicy black pepper flavor at the back of the palate.

Mild carbonation with a bit of stickiness and definite alcohol warmth.

I only wish such a great flavor came in a smaller ABV beer; then I could drink more of it!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 02:26:10 | More by bboven
Photo of Poser


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To echo what an earlier post said, the head sneaks up on you and doesn't develop until the pour is about over. Then it fills up to a thick, frothy top with excellent lacing. Color is a burnt orange. Beautiful beer. Smell is heavy on citrus hops. Flavor starts out with the texture, which a creamy, malty syrup. Then some citrus flavors and an alcohol bite that smooths out to a rye bitterness.

It's heavy in the mouth, even more than I expected. This really does taste like a Rye Pale Ale with a bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 02:39:15 | More by Poser
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4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #900, beer #888

Appearance - pours very smoothly into the Sam Adams glass. Too smoothly, so I increased the distance of the pour. Bad idea. The head was delayed in setting up and now it's a runaway. I take in a full mouth of foam and just a tad ran over. Mmm, good, but more on that later. This settles in as a cool looking orange golden brew. The last ounce poured in a bit of fine sediment but it is not dispersing quickly at all, it just hangs in mid-brew. The massive head falls back to a clumpy cover, leaving a blasted battlefield full of broken lace - something happened here, lol.

Aroma - smells heavy and sweet with syrupy citrus.

Taste - heavy malts start pretty sweetly, the sugar and alcohol mixing to form a fine warm burn. The hops have lost their crisp bite I imagine, but they are doing well despite. Primary citrus flavors are still there but a little shallow. The swallow ushers in a slow dry bitterness that gains volume slowly but surely. The finish has a breath of citrus but a warm hoppy bite with lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel - heavy, viscous, oily, mmm. Carbonation is a bit understated, which is no surprise given what I did to the beer on the pour.

Drinkability - potent, yes. Delicious, yes yes. If the dang ingredient shortages don't make this $20 a sixer, I'll grab more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 03:55:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, I think spring is officially here now!

A - nice deep amber with orange hints when held up to light, a bit of cloudiness, nice white head

S - delicious citrusy hoppiness that we've all come to know and love from DIPAs, hints of grapefruit, malt does come through nicely

T - yess Rye^2 is back! I love this beer. Citrus/grapefruit comes through initially again, hints of rye, some of the sweetness of the malt comes through in the middle, but it finishes nice and hoppy. Aftertaste has a bit of the aforementioned fruitiness to it in addition to the bitterness

M - solid-bodied, carbonation is present, hints of alcohol in the mouth

D - wow, this is solid as always! Such a great beer. I will definitely be buying more and more of these until they're gone. Woo Terrapin! Looking forward to snagging it on tap somewhere. I could drink quite a few of these, but it's obviously not as sessionable as the original Rye, being so strong and all. Definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 00:33:54 | More by ruckzuck
Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.