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Terrapin Rye Squared - Terrapin Beer Company

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598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 43
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangey copper with a frothy khaki head and lots of lacing. Smells of sweet pale malt with a light but strident citrusy hops and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Very malty with a warming alcohol. Persistent underpinnings of citrusy hops. Grainy with a distinct rye character in the flavor. Very good. Does Terrapin do anything wrong?

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed apricot body with a small, but sturdy, beige head. Attractive patch lacing decorates the glass.

Aroma is hugely malty, with powerful notes of caramel and toffee. Candied oranges, citrusy hops, and spicy rye add to the big bouquet.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy, moderately carbonated.

Taste is on the malty side, with lots of chewy caramel. Hops bitterness is solid, mostly citrus. Malts dominate, overall. Tastes more like an English barleywine than a strong ale or DIPA.

Very tasty to be sure. Bares little resemblance to Terrapin's original Rye Pale Ale. Rye2 is not as drinkable because of its thick body.

merlin48, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pugman for this one, which I received when I was still back in Oregon. This beer came being poured in a 12 oz. brown bottle and was poured into a standard pint glass.

After a vigorous pour, the beer appeared a hazy orange-copper with a thin white head of fizzy bubbles, but no head retention. The nose was heavy on the pale malts with hints of yeast smells. Initial tasting note: this is a sweet maltiness tht has a lightly citrussy hoppy aftertaste. As the beer warms, and I allowed to warm over to warm in the glass, carmel tones slowly appear in the beer. Medium mouthfeel.

It's a decent beer, but drinkability is effectively limited by its sweetness.

edmundfitzoil, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. 6 oz sample. Poured a hazy orange color with very little head that settled at a ring over top o the brew. the brew did not have any carbonation apparent after the pour. The nose was solid rye spiceyness, with an orangey citrus that was nice and sweet, with a caramel maltyness behind it all. There was a mild citrusy hop, just enough to give a kiss in the aroma. It was very nice in the aroma department. Flavor was filled with spicey rye that hit hard initially, along with a peppery hop. Beyond this, a moderate orangey citrus hop started to come through as well as mild caramel notes. It finished very mild. Mouthfeel was moderate with an active carbonation, and was pretty dry on the finish. Overall, there was a lot of flavor there. It was easy drinking and enjoyable. I would love to have it again.

kmpitz2, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I was just introduced to craft beer I might be a bit dissapointed with the chunks of yeast I got in this pour. Being a homebrewer... Drink up.
Pours a chunky reddish copper tone. A small off white head gives some good lace. Lots of stuff floating around in there.
Sweet malt and a touch of caramel in the nose.
Very nice rye element in the flavor. Sweet flavor balanced with some citrusy hops and a touch of spice shows up later. I can sure taste the alcohol.
Medium to full bodied. Not quite chewy, but almost. Somewhat smooth, and the flvaor grabs the palate well. Dcent carbonation.
Maybe a lighter pour may fix the appearance. Overall a good drinkable beer.

BeerRun13, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy orange-red with thick off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and other fruits, predominantly apples. Taste is very strongly hopped, with the flavor of apples and a hint of grapefruit. At mid-glass, the 8.5% alcohol becomes much more evident, but is blended nicely with the hops. Finish is dryly bitter, but smooth. A very good beer.

kimcgolf, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a fingers worth of creamy light tan head. Nice lacing coats the top of the glass. Smells of caramel, raisins, biscuity malt, light citrus, and a bit of a liquor type scent coming through with the alcohol. Smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA as the label reads. Taste consists of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit, biscuity malts, and a bitterness from the hops is there even though I don't really detect a strong hop flavor...again, like a barleywine from across the pond. Medium to full bodied, creamy, with a touch of an alcohol tingle. My first Terrapin brew and it didn't disappoint.

Imstillthegman, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/21/06- Received as part of a gift from Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info indicated. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber colored pour. Ultra creamy 1/2 inch head, light rim remains with one sided cobweb lacing.

Smell- Super sweet caramel malt with a barleywine type nose.

Taste- They must use the same style hops as most English Barleywines, as that is what this tastes like...a slightly watered down English. Very sweet caramel with a lighter biscuit malt flavor. Mellow and smooth hop flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, thicker mouthfeel, pretty damn creamy and smooth.

Drinkability- This beer is all over the place. Really doesn't taste like a strong ale though...more on the lines of a low abv English Barleywine. Good flavor and texture though.

GClarkage, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the 2006 monster beer tour
a - pours reddish-orange with a two finger head into a tumbler. lots of sediment in this one. great looking beer.
s - intense hoppiness with a sweet, malty and resiny taste to it.
t - very sweet and citrusy taste to it. you can really taste the alcohol but in a good way and the hops really come through in this beer.
m - nice thickness and drinks smoothly.
d - this is just a great beer to drink. terrapin is really making some quality brews and they are getting better. didn't think they could ever top the monster but they are coming close with this one.

GPHarris, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiant ripe apricot that became significantly more cloudy as all but the final ounce entered the glass on the initial pour. The crown is a thing of beauty. It's lightly lemon and orange-tinted alabaster in color, thick and buttery in texture and hop resiny enough to throw up a pretty fair display of lace (the generous ABV is probably dissolving the glass coverage to some extent). The beer looks like it tastes incredible. That's all I ask.

If I loved Rye PA's nose, why wouldn't I love a beer that shares the same recipe, except doubled? I do love it, I do! It may not be quite as hop juicy as its little brother, but it's equally appealing in a spicy-sweet, citric fruity kind of way. I admit that I'm biased toward American hops, but Amarillo and Cascade make this beer what it is. What it is... is great.

Unfortunately, Rye Squared isn't the explosive hop bomb that I had hoped it would be. It's still damn good beer though. I had concerns when I read that both malt and hops would be doubled to get from 'Rye1' to 'Rye2'. True hopheads (and I have every reason to think that Spike and John fit that description given the amazing beer that they design and will some day brew) would have cheated downward on the malt and upward on the hops.

The day is saved, however, by the use of malted rye; the other key to the deliciousness of both of these beers. Just as in good bourbon, the spiciness of that particular grain adds something different, something intriguing, something special to the 'same old, same old' mold that everyone else uses. The rock solid malt backbone is sweet and spicy and brown sugary and is very nearly baby barleywine-like.

In fact, this beer is an American Barleywine at least as much as it's an American Strong Ale, a DIPA or an 'Imperial Pale Ale' (as it's designated by the brewery). The hops are so damn tasty that I want more of them. Tripling the hop load would have worked out just fine as far as I'm concerned. The caramel-covered white grapefruitiness of the Cascade comes through loud and clear while the tropical fruitiness of the Amarillo is less evident.

The 8.5% ABV is noticeable, although not bothersome. There's enough else going on that a bit of unmasked alcohol is a welcome member of the mouth party. So much for being a lace killer. A thick, crusty coat has appeared now that the bottom of the glass is drawing closer. The body/mouthfeel is as aggressive as the rest of the beer and has been perfectly calibrated to promote maximum stickage on the tongue and mucous membranes. There is no finish, there is only flavor.

Rye Squared isn't quite the beer that I expected it to be and it isn't quite the beer that it could have been with a minor tweak to the malt:hop balance. On the whole though, this is another stunning beer from what I believe to be the best little brewery in the South. The hophead's creed is that there is no beer that wouldn't benefit from more hops. Terrapin Beer Company gets it.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of jj21
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle thanks to timtheenchanta

2006 version
Gold-orange color out of the bottle producing a great light tan head. Very thick, almost like a Guinness with the carbonation action, leaving a thick dense head. Hoppy citrus aroma with a wallop of alcohol on the nose. Pungent citrus taste up front with a piney finish. Some caramel sweetness. Thick, syrupy mouth feel gives it almost a cough syrup feel going down somewhat reminiscent of DFH120. This was a great beer but almost too sweet. The hops did balance it well. Definitely looking for more.

jj21, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of trep
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle thanks to pugman for the trade.

A rich, burnt honey color in the glass. A finger head of off-white cream adorns the top. Fades slowly into a thin ring around the glass.

All malt in the nose. Sweet honey and a hint of alcohol.

A nice pine hop bitterness after the sweet malt and honey slide down your throat. A crisp sweet toffee finish and aftertaste.

Perfect mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and the medium/full body work magic together. Very easy drinking too.

trep, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, with visible particles, and a golden orange color....unfiltered....thick 1/2inch creamy orange foamy head....fluffy dense lace was left on every part of the glass the beer touched.

S-Musky, resiny, hops....dense rye aroma....with a strong murky citrus and a light spice.

T- Big citrusy orange hops...long lasting rye bitterness and aftertaste...

M/D- thick and syrupy yet refreshing....I really liked this beer but it is hard not to compare it to the regular rye....although I would like to drink this one again I feel the original is better overall.

jameaterblues, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep hazed burnt orange with the chunks and floaties swirling about with a great creamy-like one finger head that was there thru the duration of the whole glass,citrusy aromas waft right away with undertones of pine quite fresh on the nose and very effervescent.Now the big hoppiness in this brew doesnt show up right off the bat it seemd to take awhile before it really kicked in when it it does its quite citrusy with the before grapefruit taking center stage the rye comes in the finish and after taste with just a light sour punch.Incredibly drinkable at 8.5%alc. I would have never guessed,its not as bold as I had thought it would be but its pretty damn good.

oberon, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly hazy amber to red with a finger deep sand colored head. Beautiful lacing & head retention

Smell: earthy hops & not much else sneaks through

Taste: Big biscuitty malt up front followed by caramel & oakiness. Piney bitterness aserts itself as it warms along with a slight alcohol presence. Finishes hoppy & chewy

MF: rich & chewy with good carbonation

Drinks too easy for the abv, I really enjoy this. Cheers to ddarden for this one!

russpowell, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a very cloudy golden orange. I don't have the Belgian beer handling skills Zoro mentioned in his review as I have a ton of sediment floating around.
Smell is of rye and mango.
Lot's of malty sweetness up front, but the citrus fruits quickly take over. The citrus does a gammut on the taste buds. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Very complex and exciting.
If you like your beers so thick in the mouth that they are a meal(as I do) then you will like the feel of this one.
A delicious beer, but the size and complexity of the flavors will limit most people to one or two.
Another hit from Terrapin's Monster Tour.

wcudwight, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

Appearance: Glowing red/tan body, hazy, with a nice looking head that is fairly sticky when it fades.

Smell: Sweet and piney hops, plenty of strong bready malt, alcohol.

Taste: I can see why this would be considered a strong ale rather than an DIPA, there is a lot more malt and other flavors going on in this beer. Very well balanced, and very easy to drink. Alcohol comes in at the end, making it a little sharper than it starts.

Drinkability: I don't have many beers to compare this beer vs. the style with, but this is a highly enjoyable beer, one which I will have no problem finishing.

TastyTaste, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and BA hoppedup and a little help from FedEx.

WARNING! There is a lot of sediment in the bottom so pour this one carefully, Belgian beer handling skills come in handy here!

Pours a clear deeply golden amber colored ale with no head formation to speak of.

Smell is sweet with the unmistakable smell of rye, bready with the tell tale sour edge to it. Hop aromas are a major scent component here giving mostly tea and citrus smells plus a little bit of melon. Lesser smells of pepper, vanilla, and menthol.

Taste is neutral, woody and tea at the beginning. Heavy malt and hop beer that strikes a very good balance making this tastes much milder than it really is. Having said that this needs more complex flavor levels.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Very nearly a great beer. This just needs a more complex hop profile to put it over the top.

Zorro, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

A: Pours crystal clear with a nice three finger head. Very little carbonation from the looks of it. Kind of an amber-copper color. Leaves a good lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of sweetness in the nose, paired with a little bit of hops. Tough to get over the malt smell in here. Cant really distinguish any unique characteristics. A bit of alcoholic smell comes out as it warms.

T: I had my first of these at a kegger and I was ripped. I remeber it as being harsh and high in alcohol. Wow does sobriety help fine beer. A rich beer, while it is very sweet, I taste biscuit or maybe a mild toasty malt. A little hop spicyness, decently balanced with the excessive grain bill. Really cant taste the rye, which I was hoping for but a pretty damn good taste nontheless.

M: Loses points here, the alcohol makes it syrupy and needs to be a bit more carbonated. Silky, but I dont think the body should feel that way with this style. Meh this is the only really bad part of the beer and this is what keeps me from drinking another.

D: Other than the mouthfeel I mentioned earlier this is a well done beer. I do kinda like how the alcohol is mildy present, but not dominant. I can see this being addicting.

KyleVick4, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange/peach in color and hazy. Nice sweet citrusy aroma of tangerines, lemons, and sweet grapefruit. Grapefruit and sweet malts in the taste and a peppery tingle/burn on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Nice clinging bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a significant malt content that makes it nice and creamy mouthfeel and pleasantly balances the hops. Very enjoyable.

hoppymeal, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this thanks to uncleflip at the dark lord release, didn't like it- didn't review it (3-4oz sample). got a bottle in a bif, time to sit down and dissect.

orange soda appearance with red cloud of haze inhabiting the center. very murky and funky looking. excellent foamage, creamy with some airy bubble spots, two fingers and holding. nice rings of lace with webbing in between . asi asi.

smells like a fruit punch barleywine. malt presence is big, lots of caramel, candy corn and funny enough, artificial orange jolly rancher flavor aroma with ripe berries and fruit loop mystique. rye imparts little here and the hops are just way too cloying on my sinuses.

tastes really good though, a bit rough and alcohol definitely hits you, but this beer excells in its overall lack of bitterness. first thing i notice is the hops, very green and oily in that citrus essence way. rye is there, and contributes to the fruitiness while imparting some dryness and very little spicy bitter in the finish. white pepper hints and hops twist towards succulent grapefruit with warming. pininess is there too, but for some reason the extreme sweetness of the malt profile keeps the abrasive chalky character of such hops at bay. balanced accidentally?

either way, surprisingly better than i remember, still a far from perfect beer. i like terrapin though, and i wish them the best of luck in a series that has (until now) spawned some fabulous monsters.

goodbyeohio, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Unfilterd dark orangish gold body. Has fallen really quick...last Terrapin beer I sampled had carbonation problems, hopefully this isn't the same. A very small rim surrounds the glass as this point.

S: Aromas of tangerine, kiwi and melon with a minor backdrop of redwood.

T: Quite tasty indeed! Loads of citrusy flavors (mostly tangerine and orange), very spicy with a solid bitter backdrop. The alcohol vapors make them selves present as it warms.

M: Bit thin, bit prickly. OK

D: If this beer had a more pronounced head and a fuller, more lucious mouthfeel it would have really pushed it over the edge. Regardless it was quite good and would recommend to malt or hop heads.

Westsidethreat, May 23, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, no freshness dating found that I can decipher.

A - Light golden amber, slightly hazy. Surprisingly thick (for a commercial beer) layer of yeast forms at the bottom of my glass, signifying bottle conditioning. Head is small, doesn't hang around long, off-white color. Little or no lacing (due to alcohol content?).

S - nice, juicy citrus hop notes backed up by firm maltiness, caramel. Alcohol definitely present in the nose. Biscuits, pineapple.

T - on the malty side for an IIPA. Initial pangs of bitterness bite your tongue, followed by assertive malt sweetness. Rich, chewy malt flavor, with a bit of that rye "twang" you'll fine in beer made with rye as a portion of the grist. Hops appear to be of the American NW variety - cascade, centennial, etc. - imparting tangy, juicy, drying citrus. Although malt wins out here, no question.

M - chewy, sticky on your tongue. Sweet malt stickiness as well as noticeable pucker factor from grapefruit/citrusy hops. Full bodied beer. Carbonation appears to be average to slighly below.

D - tasty brew, a little sweet for my tastes, but far more drinkable to me than any of the Stone strong ale offerings, which are off the charts for syrupy malt sweetness. A little too filling and sweet to enjoy more than two or so in a sitting.

gbarron, May 20, 2006
Photo of DeaconBluez
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz favor from a fth brother. review from notes taken this weekend.

appearance is an orangish-honey color. nice finger of head with tons of lacing. the smell is floral hops. very citrusy as well. mainly grapefruit and hints of lemon too. is there some caramel hints? the taste is a very cleansing rye. the citrus hops stand out too. the caramel that i thought i smell are there in the taste. mouthfeel is pretty good. it coats your mouth, but not as much as bhm did. this is another great terrapin brew. i can't till we get these dumbass alabama laws changed, so that i can get terrapin beers on a regualr basis

DeaconBluez, May 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey color beer with a nice creamy slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with some nice citrus feature. Taste is also hoppy but with a distinctive note of rye which I’m quite fond of. Body is actually quite full and alcohol is well hidden. Very interesting and different take on the style.

Phyl21ca, May 10, 2006
Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.