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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 Beerbuddha


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

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


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

03-16-2008 02:39:15 | More by Poser
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.78/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

03-15-2008 03:55:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ruckzuck


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

03-13-2008 00:33:54 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of jdubjacket


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Victory pint glass. Pours a murky brownish-reddish color. Absolutely no head on this. Smells like orange peel with a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well-balanced betwee the hops and the malts. Although it is a little bitter on the end. Overall, a pretty solid brew.

03-10-2008 23:55:23 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1%

12 oz. brown bottle, vintage 2007 on label. served into a nonic glass.
Thanks to Kwakwhore for the send.

First off' this beer erupted like a volcano when opened. Hazy apricot-looking color,left a creamy light tan coating after the clean-up of the initial opening of the beer,left some spotty lacing and some slight traces of carbination.

Heavy carmallized malt aromas with piney/resiny aromas with grapefruity notes in the background.Bisquity,pale malt aromas also very present.

Strong hop bite resinous piney at first followed by leafy/tea-like tastes with a juicy grapefruity taste finishing out the hop assualt. Has strong carmallized tastes coming through mid-taste with burnt syruypness and toffee notes. Good malt feel even with all the hoppiness.

Thick, syrupy, mouthfeel,yet it still has a creamy and velvety fell to it. Develops a more balanced mouthfeel after the hops soak into the palate. More drinkable than expected after the first taste,get more drinkable with every taste.

02-13-2008 03:38:22 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz. bottle from the 2007 Monster Beer Tour. Thanks to markgugs!

Hazy, yet glowing dark orange amber body with a small, tight-bubbled, dirty beige head. Nose full of toffee and butterscotch malts. Spicy, herbal, citrus hop presence as well. Light butter rum alcohol. Nice.

Taste starts with herbal bitter hops and caramely-toasted malts. Hop bitterness increases quickly and peaks as butterscotch and caramel corn malts mix with juicy fruits. Big hop bitterness takes over again into the finish. Warming with lingering notes of butter rum. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Nicely done! This bottle has aged for more than half a year and it's nice, but I would like to try this fresh some time too.

02-10-2008 00:57:48 | More by alexgash
Photo of PhxHorn


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

A dirty orange in color, with not much head except the layer left on the glass as I worked my way through it. I think this is my first beer of this style, and so I don't have much to compare it to, but it's a damn fine beer. Tastes of malt, citrus, some brown sugar, some spice and I don't know what else except it's in the neighborhood of a barleywine taste. A bit sweeter than I'd prefer, but not by much. A nice change from the IPAs I tend to drink. Very drinkable. Wish I had more than the one bottle I received.

02-09-2008 06:16:07 | More by PhxHorn


4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

Two fingers of light foamy tan head is generated from a vigorous pour. Scattered lace is left as it fades. Body is a rich tone of amber. Nose is an attractive mellow mix of malty sweetness and rich soft hops. With the first sip you get very silky balance from the hops and the malt, with even sweetness. The rye feel here is very warm and woodsy, almost spicey but soft and enjoyable. I cant get over how well this beer is balanced and how drinkable it is. At 8.5% it is scary well hidden. Only a slight warming in the belly. Mouthfeel is deleciously thick. May be my new favorite Imperial pale ale. The hops are here just well mingled with the rest of the brew, which I like very well.

01-27-2008 20:53:01 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of Monsone


3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottle 2007 from mikesgroove (part of Top100BIF)

A - Pours a clear amber/copper color. Thick two finger tannish head. Leaves a slight head til close til the end. Decent lace.

S - I picked up mostly all malt with a slight hop presence. Bready with a bit of sweet caramel in there too.

T - A lot of malt here. Caramel and toffee with bready, biscuity in there too. Slight hoppiness with some darkish fruit in there (fig?).

M - Medium body with good carbo. Alcohol is noticable.

D - Fairly drinkable for the 8.5%.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. I wasn't sure what to expect coming into it, but was overall fairly pleased. Would get again if I could get it locally.

01-25-2008 18:02:42 | More by Monsone
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to barefootbrewer for the sample

Decent 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Semi-clear amber color.

Smell is of grapes and hops. This dominates over the malt bill.

I enjoy rye in hoppy beers. Caramel malts and re with a nice hoppiness, A little boozy.

Carbonation is moderately low and a little astringent Probably better than a 3.5, but I think the taste is slightly overrated at 4.

A little boozy, but still very good.

01-06-2008 07:45:53 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of far333


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Slightly hazy honeyed apricot color with a frothy and lumpy off-white head that settles slowly

Aroma of doughey malt, semi-sweet, with ripe fruits and honey, some cinnamon.

Rich and deep flavors right upfront, on the sweet side, not cloying, big and chewy flavors, an even mix of thick sweet malt and floral and grapefruit hops. Some pine in the finish, followed by a peppery rye bite. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but sneaks through with a tickle in the finish.

Rich and full mouthfeel, very satisfying. Pretty drinkable, but a sipper.

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for passing this one along.

12-20-2007 03:18:01 | More by far333
Photo of Oxymoron


4/5  rDev +1.5%

So what would the square root of rye be? The pour is a more reddish color then copper. A somewhat rather viscous beer. With a good pour there is a light head and a limited retention that didn’t make it through he entire tasting.

The nose is very noticeable but mostly of malt. Significant caramel presence and lighter tropical fruit esters. Also some alcohol or solvent like notes. No real rye or spice touches at all. Very feint citrus hop aroma.

The taste has more of a rye presence that the nose was missing. Caramel is still a player but other flavors come out more as well. Nice earthly tones as well as some citrus hop flavors. Solvent flavors are noticeable but more subtle than the aroma noted with a sweet finish.

The body is noticeable big with some alcoholic feel and a light syrupy finish. The rye is a nice mix and give a slick feel. Overall this is a fun beer amd very unique. A fun beer to try for sure and worth again, but maybe with some more age.

12-05-2007 05:21:25 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark reddish brown with very good carbonation. The head is a full 2 fingers tan and fades fast leaving lots of lace.

The smell is very malty but the hops are present. The aroma is a heavy over ripe dark fruit base with some caramel and a hint of all spice, all spread over a slice of lightly toasted rye bread.

The taste is better, lots of big malty goodness, caramel is less prevalent as the rye takes over. The fruit is still in play as the hops tries to make a statement but is over worked. In the end the malt wins out. I'm just glad I saw the whole thing o down.

The mouthfeel is big, lots of body and good carbonation that does not get lost.

The drinkability is good but may be too big to have much more.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

12-04-2007 06:56:00 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of jwc215


3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

Bottled in 2007, 12 oz. bottle:

Pours amber with copper hues and quite a bit of clarity. A towering tan head grows than diminishes and lasts. Broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of caramel - lots of it - with soft hop spiciness and an earthy background.

The taste is of caramel with some carroway/rye. The peppery alcohol is very noticeable, almost interfering. This is very malty with some citrus/resin. Malt sweetness dominates.

The carbonation subsides, leaving a syrupy body.

Not bad - but too malty and alcoholic, rendering it too sweet - for too much of it.
Not overly impressed - could have been better/more balanced.

Glad I had a chance to have it - thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing it back for me from his trip to Georgia.

11-08-2007 16:07:08 | More by jwc215
Photo of nickfl


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Hazy, reddish-orange body, topped with one finger of slightly orange tinged white foam. Ok retention, good lace.

S - Hops, alcohol, and malt. The hop aroma is floral/ spicy and it is inextricably melded into the sweet malt and the alcohol to produce the "velvety" hop aroma I normally associate with an American barleywine. There is some fruity yeast character evident as well, a hint of apricots, and perhaps a bit of acidity.

T - Alcohol and hops mingle on the palate and coat the mouth. There is a big malt presence on top that fades into solid bitterness and roasty malt notes in the finish with a bit of tobacco lingering on the palate.

M - Heavy, mouthcoating body with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a very big, strongly flavored beer. As such it is inherently limited in its drinkability. For what it is, it represents a strong effort that is reasonably complex. It a bit sweeter than I would like it to be, however, and it seems to me that it might be better classified as a double IPA. This would potentially be a good beer with a cigar.

11-05-2007 05:52:53 | More by nickfl
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks goes out to Duster72 for this brew.

Pours a dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, fruity, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, some very slight dark fruits, and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an tasty ASA, recommended, glad to have had a chance to try this one out.

11-04-2007 21:59:53 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Pegasus


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: Hazy amber color, with a very small head, scattered lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep caramel notes predominate, with a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with strong toasted malt notes and the sweet flavors typically associated with rye malts. Midway through the taste, earthy notes appear. Finishes with a mild, but lingering herbal hop note and a mild wave of warming alcohol..

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and well crafted example.

Many thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

11-04-2007 03:49:20 | More by Pegasus
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1%

Vintage 2007 Beer Tour into a pint glass.

A. Rich copper brew with a decent residual lacing.

S. Big sweet malt rye bread backbone with a nice hops follow through. Yet another balanced brew from Terrapin.

T. Closely follows the taste. A well balanced beer. Still a little hot though.

M. Healthy body with good carbonation.

D. A great beer I would love to have more than one of. Time for a designated driver!!

10-11-2007 01:31:05 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of HardTarget


3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle inspection: 8.5% abv., and the very clear date code of 28806FY. WTH? Neck notes 2006.

Aroma: Sugary base (Crystal malt?) overpowers the meek hops. There is a rye quality in the aroma that I find pleasant.

Appearance: Hazy light brown glass holds a collar that gives some nice lace.

Flavor: Hops come out to play, but are muted. Rye character is pleasant. Hops have faded.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Sugary, all base, no punch. I wish I could understand the date code. I think I held this one too long, but I don’t have enough information to tell.

10-10-2007 06:37:01 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Terrapin has been doing some unique runs, including this interesting melange of Malt: 2-row pale, Munich, Malted Rye, Bisuit Malt, Honey Malt. Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggle, Magnum.Thanks Drunkmonk for sending.
Small head with malt and some grapefruit aroma, a good amount of taste, with rye dominating a double IPA hit.

09-24-2007 02:15:12 | More by Sammy
Photo of genog


4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a dark amber color with a little amount of a creamy khaki colored head. Smell is of raisins and a rye, maybe a little caramel malt too. The taste is similar to the aroma on this one with a sweet malt and a bitter rye taste in the end of each tasting. Mouthfeeling is limited in carbonation allowing a full taste on this one. Very sticky smack your lips taste.

09-14-2007 02:45:04 | More by genog
Photo of franksnbeans


4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a clear copper with a frothy cream head that takes its time to die into slight lacing. Smells of delicious rye malt and juicy hops. Big hops start out the taste but a rush of malty rye balance occurs to leave you going from pucker to licking your lips. A little sweet, a bitter finish is on the tongue. Feels medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant and seems like a silly suggestion. Drinkability is up there as well. A wonderfully tasty brew, tastes like a Hop Rod with a little more of what I like. A must try.

09-11-2007 04:37:53 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Thanks to Imstillthegman for this one. You're still the g-man in my book too.

This beer pours a bright and clear amber with a gentle field of bubbles that sustain a nice off-white film of head.

Smells of oatmeal cookies, peaches, rye bread, honey and a soft touch of flowery pine. This is rather smooth and enticing.

Tastes of wheat bread and bit of molasses accompanied by a dry pine sting that fades off to an aromatic pine cone and a touch of astringent alcohol.

Feels light, fluffy and clean that makes quite an impression.

What a brew. It's easy to drink and well balanced.

09-10-2007 01:56:10 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.