Terrapin Rye Squared | Terrapin Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double the malt, double the hops, and double the flavor of the original Rye Pale Ale recipe.

An "Imperial Pale Ale".

Added by Todd on 05-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by shrek806:
Photo of shrek806
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip glass. pours a delicious amber and kind of thick and milky. a solid 3/4 inch head that reminds me of nitro infused like Boddingtons or Guiness. the head takes a while to settle leaving a resiny thick sticky lacing.

Smells like a malt overload with piney hops. i get a whiff of belgian yeast, no, thats not it, maybe wheat.

tastes-whooooa. this is a big boy beer. Really sweet too. it has a very malty start with an alcohol finish.

mouthful-not a lot going on. thick, not a lot of bubble action. slides down the throat easy.

Drinkability- this is a sipping beer. good thing its my last beer of the night. I would definitely have it again.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The rye/hops blast combination is one of my favorites in the beer world these days, and this is another gem. Pours amber with an orange tint and a creamy layer of head that never goes anywhere and leaves good tight lacing.

The nose is mostly candied caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops (marmalade), could use more. Smooth and chewy rye-based malt bomb with hops just barely enough to balance with some spiciness, but maybe that's what makes it a impy pale ale and not an impy IPA. It's a bit thick and loses some drinkability with it's hops deficiency. Very sticky on the lips. Still, very pleasant.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into a Goose Island IPA glass.

Pours with some viscosity, looking like a high ABV beer for sure. Amber with yellowish highlights and an off-white head. Great looking beer.

Honey aromas, maybe squash, petunias, lots of fruit, and a rye quality in the mix. A smidge of alcohol, as well.

The taste takes of with rich caramel malts with the fruitiness of the hops maintaining control. The alochol has a presence, and with the thicker body you know you're not drinking the standard Rye Pale. Spearmint, fruity hops, and a nice rye balance. It all presents itself pretty evenly.

I really enjoyed drinking this. Really well balanced DIPA, though it does lean just a touch to the sweeter side. So if you like 'em crisp and dry, this one may not be for you.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this one and couldn't pass on trying the Rye Squared Imperial Pale Ale.

A- Very nice dark amber color with plenty of off-white head that fades leaving a thick layer of lacing.

S- Somewhat of the 120 minute dogfish ipa but i think it is the rye i smell first that imitates that. Malty and mild hops at finish.

T- Has a strong bite of hops and rye upfront followed by a mellow yeasty malty finish.

M-D- Mouthfeel is rough to me i'm not much of a rye beer fan.. Leaves a very strong flavor on the taste buds... I'll have again moderately.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Part of their “Monster Beer Tour,” a massive Pale Ale with rye. This beer shows its girth from the pour right away; carbon- ation is low but enough to form some sticky lacing. Better off, as higher levels of carbonation in a rye beer tend to make things explode. Hint of caramel but more toasty, biscuity malt to meet up against the hops and alcohol; very aromatic. Creamy thick body, smoothness rides over the top. Flavors clash, but are all happily contrasting complexities. Maltiness tries to go sweet but is stopped by the spicy rye. Hop bitterness strong-arms the beer around but lends some citric juiciness, and the alcohol bites the palate but leaves a trail of ripe fruit. An “in your face” type brew, not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woohoo...this is finally out...

Light yellow-amber color, kind of a mix between the two. Inch thick white head on top. Reduced down to a nice layer that stayed until the end. Lots of carbonation churn up some floaties. Lacing sheets the glass.

Strong citric hop aroma, citrus rinds mainly. Some tart candy sweetness is in there as well. Nice smell, simple but really inviting. Taste has a nice malty sweet backbone to it, sweet rye bread. Citric and a bit of pine hops bite at the end. Finishes with some nice bitterness. Typical dry rye finish with a bit of juiciness remaining from the hops. Nicely balanced overall.

Medium bodied. Very refreshing from the carbonation. Drinkability is good. Nicely hopped, but nice balanced as well. Crisp and refreshing. Well done.

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Photo of Duster72
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with a one finger head. Aroma is very bready malts, piney hops, and sweet fruit. Taste is big bready malts with some pepper and spices. Big alcohol bite. Moderate hop bite. Oily mouthfeel. A definite sipper. Not a beer I would look forward to buying again, but not terrible.

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Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Taco Mac - Decatur, GA

A- Hazed reddish copper with some lacing, you can almost see the thickness of this brew.

S- Sweet and spicy aroma, no this is not Pan-Asian cuisine. Lots of malt sweetness in the nose.

T&M- Malty sweetness, mildy crisp with in a thick body. Hop petal flavor with a light bitterness. Lots of toasted malt with a thick spicy rye character. Finishes sweet with a warming alcohol.

Nice! I could sit down with this one for a while and sip it away. But after one I had to go to something else as the sweetness was too much IMO.

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Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pugman for sending one of these my way...much anticipated.
A hazy honey color with a full finger of bright white head...half of what sticks around is pillowy soft and produces a real attractive sheeting of lace.
Spiced at first...floral hops following and some malted sweetness in the finish.
The sweetness works its way up front in the taste, followed by a huge hoppy bitterness...less floral and more fruity...cotton candy.
Enough rye to know it is there, but subtle in its additon...although it makes more of an appearance as it warms to room temperature.
Finishes with both the malt and hops fighting it out as the bitterness tries to overcome the sweet side, but neither wins...they are both able to be in your face aggressive, yet balance out beautifully. Not detecting the alcohol as I work my way thru the pint.
Mouthfeel is thicker than average and the carbonation is where I enjoy it.
Another exceptional brew from Terrapin...these guys do not disappoint.

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Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, one inch head, red-amber, high carbonation

Smell: hops and grapefruit

Taste: hops, grapefruit, rye, burnt toffee, and sweet fruit

Mouthfeel: bitter at first, sweet middle, and a bitter end...medium body

Drinkability: I like the complex taste. This is a sipper. It is also a hop bomb. I would have this again, but I think two would be the most in a sitting

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish-copper color with a small white head. The first whiff is not hops, but sweet caramel malt. The flavor has a little bit of rye, as well as some caramel malt and some citrusy hops. Definitely not the hop bomb that I expected when I saw it was classified as a DIPA, but still very enjoyable. I will say that this beer was purchased about six months ago so maybe the hops have faded. Regardless, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blackie for this brew for the BA Anny Club. 2007 bottle. Pours amber/brown with the head settling quickly. Smells mostly of malt but with some sweetness to it. The taste is interesting: first the malts, then some citrus hops, and then the rye oilyness kicks in. Probably a little too oily for my tastes. Mouthfeel is real smooth but with a hint of an alochol burn. I really don't know how I would classify this beer style wise b/c it has barley wine, old ale, and DIPA characteristics. A good brew overall.


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Photo of PsychoJedi
2.47/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber to red color. Almost topaz. Mellow and fine head retention. Tiny lacing clings to the glass.

S: Rye, rye, rye. Then I realize the citrus. Floral bouquet of sweet malts and hops. Very balanced nose.

T: Caramel, pale and rye intertwine with a good dose of grapefruit and other citrus. Decent hop profile. The hops and alcohol overwhelm the malt a little. This is a slightly trite taste. If it weren't for the rye, I would say I've been here before.

M: It's the mouthfeel of a traditional IPA. Bulbous and big. Tannins hang around and the rustic earthy feel of rye let's you know it's there.

D: Sipping beer. Very enjoyable as a first, but it's complexity could easily be lost if consumed as a third or forth drink. Good spring beer.

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Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this pours one of the cleanest IPA I've ever seen. A white cap head sits atop a golden amber orange and leaves a little lacing. If this brew laced like a Dreadnaught, it would be a perfect 5.

S: The aroma is the only lack luster quality of this beer. Full of sweet rye/caramel with grapefruit notes from the hops. Lacking the complexity of citrus and pine.

T: The flavor is outstanding. Very rich and sweet, but balanced with a huge hop resonance. The rye grain continues to mix well with piny hops.

MF: Mouthfeel is full and almost deserving of a 4.5 (honestly this beer is not at that level overall).

Overall...wow! what a great brew Terrapin. Taste a little different than I remember. Seems like the tweaked the hop bill a little to make this brew quite the IPA. Terrapin has brewed some of the best hoppy beers on the east coast. Can't wait to see Hopzilla in six packs, that one from them takes the cake.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangeish amber with a nice, thick-looking orange sherbet colored head. A never-ending stream of bubbles rushes from the bottom of my tulip glass. A thick wall of lace coats the side of the glass, and a good sized cap of head remains for quite some time. This beer truly earned its 5 here.

The nose is beautiful, too. Lots of rye, pine sap, white grapefruit, cannabis. All of the above are also present in the taste with nice delicious contributions of amazingly sweet caramel/toffee notes which complement the bitterness dexterously. Tropical fruits also play in the background: specifically, mango and pineapple. While the flavor from the rye is huge (and mouth-wateringly scrumptious) there is no missing the hops. Bitter pine sap is probably the most prominent flavor. However, the sweet flavors are always present at the same time as the bitterness. This beer is extremely well-made and very complex.

It feels smooth and the body is medium-light. Spicy rye almost burns the tongue (in a most delightful way) if you allow it to linger there too long. I could have had a few more of these. No sign of the 8.5% ABV on the palate.

I love this brewery! I am not had a bad (or even mediocre) beer from them yet. If I lived in Athens, I would be at the brewery every chance I got. I actually toured it while I was in Georgia visiting my family over Christmas. It was amazing (especially the sampies)! Definitely recommended. John and Spike are great guys and very talented brewers.

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