Terrapin Rye Squared | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Rye SquaredTerrapin Rye Squared

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/cloudy tan body, finger head, nice lacing

S: big malt, candy/sugar, plums, grapefruits, pine

T: sweet fruit, pine, big malt, long bitter oily boozy finish

M: med/heavy body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Terrapin has delivered a fine brew.
I will get this again and recommend to others.
I am really enjoying their beers and heard
many good things about their seasonal releases.


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Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper color, very cloudy. Not much head, but a fair amount of lacing, and the head that is there seems to stick to the surface of the beer for a long time.

S: Lots of malts, a biscuity sweetness. Strong smell of hops, and a nice peppery-ness. Very strong, rich smell, earthy.

T: Lots of caramel malts up front, given a very rich sweetness to the beer which pervades throughout, even once the piney hops take over and the rye brings a bit of spiciness. Tastes good, but isn't balanced enough to keep down the sweetness, which tends to get a little cloying.

M: Thick and chewy, slightly sticky and without much carbonation at all.

O: Much sweeter than expected, and also not nearly as spicy as I wish. It is, however, a good beer. Big flavors, and a lot of sticky sweetness that builds as you keep drinking.

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Photo of Pete27lax
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on 9/30/2011

Hazy orange color in the pour, very nice. Decent head with some retention. Very nice lacing as well.

Sweet smells, mostly consisting of fruity hopped aromas. Strong caramel malts in the smell as well.

Enjoyed the taste as well. Sweet caramel malts are definitely the highlight of this beer, toffee also present. Might have some age on it due to the lack of hop bitterness. Fruity hops are present but not up front.

The mouthfeel may have been my favorite part about this DIPA. Very smooth and thick which was nice and also surprising. Light carbonation as well.

Overall this was a very nice beer, could easily toss back one or two. Would have like to try it completely fresh to see how the hops would have tasted though.

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Photo of MikeyMikee
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Pete27lax on 9/30/11. Served at fridge temp into a snifter.

The body was a hazy orange, almost a deep amber-copper color. Nice lacing with a descent carbonation.

Caramel malt upfront, with some toffee and light butter scotch. A faint orange, hoppy aroma.

Very malt foward beer, caramalized sugars with a little bit of honey. Descent hop character, some tropical fruityness on the finish.

Good bitterness for such a malt foward beer. Soft carbonation (low-medium). Very smooth finish with no alcohol at all. Slightly oily finish.

Very drinkable, a descent example of the style from a great brewery.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy red colour, head is off-white with just whispy bubbles left behind. Lace is not exciting, just specks here and there. Nice colour but otherwise a bit meh.

Smell is sweet and malty with lots of banana notes on there. Caramel with peanut brittle, pecans and red toffee. Touch of raisins, molasses and figs at the back as well. Enjoyable aroma.

Taste fills the mouth from the get-go. Lots of nutty malt, with caramelised peanut, almond and fig pasted on there. Slight fresh fruity notes midway but still very sweet, so ultimately sherry-esque. Mild hop note late just cleanses it slightly. Nice palate, with good balance for the most part; slightly flabby on the back though.

Smooth, decent body. Bit flat with not a lot of texture, but good malt presence glides it down easily.

Big, bold malty flavour, very enjoyable and would be well-paired with a fruit plate or a sharp blue cheese.

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Photo of cvm4
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured this bottle into a pint glass. It was a nice hazy orange with a one finger off white head. There was not much lacing at all.

S - I gathered some citrus hops, malt and a little rye.

T - This is a sweet DIPA. The hops are very pronounced with a lingering taste of bitter then malt.

M - Hearty and just right for me. Not over or under carbonated.

O - Very unique DIPA. I like it for a nice change of pace.

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

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, cracked open in Sydney with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe to celebrate bottling our IPA and Imperial Stout.

Pours a hazy golden orange colour, quite murky in its depths, with a filmy and patchy head of off-white. Big full body gives it a syrupy texture, but there's minimal carbonation to make this obvious, nor lacing to stick to the sides of the glass.

Nose is pretty delicious, with sweet fruity hops mingling with a syrupy malt base, giving it the aroma of thick, fresh marmalade. Depths of character give it a slightly bready, slightly roasted or baked character. It's a lovely nose, in any case.

Taste is surprisingly not as hoppy or bitter as I expected—indeed the marmalade sweetness is almost a bit too pronounced on the palate, giving it a stickiness and a slightly cloying flavour that feels like it needs more hops to clear out. Rye characters are noticeable, giving a darkly sour twinge to the basis.

Not a bad beer by any means, but it's super sweet on the palate, and feels unbalanced in that one direction. An interesting brew, and one that I was happy to drink—just not necessarily one I'll go out of my way to seek again.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass. It is a really nice coppery color. The foam was minimal and left a ring shortly after the pour. The remaining foam did leave some really nice lacing on the glass.

There was a decent amount of hop smell off the top. I also got the smell of the rye beer pretty strong from the top.

The taste is very similar to the smell. The rye provides a pretty decent change of flavor from the typical double IPA.

The bitterness is pretty decent (not surprising from the hopping), and it stays behind for quite a while.

Overall it is a pretty good DIPA. I would recommend trying it out.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a half finger of off white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt with some dark fruit and brown sugar. Mild citrus hops in there as well.

Taste: Quite sweet again, but there are more hops here then in the smell. Some rye spice, but not a huge amount. The sweetness reminds me of dark fruit and brown sugar. The finish is bitter from citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: Enjoyed the sweetness and the hops, but I wish they would have blended a little bit better. Sweetness dominates at first and then the bitterness takes over. Would have liked more overall balance.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Woodchopper. 2011 Vintage poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange color. Nice white head with good lacing.

S: Floral hop aroma. The rye is prevalent.

T: A bit of a spice on the front. Very floral hop flavor. Rye on the finish.

M: Heavy and thick. A bit of dry finish.

O: Intriguing. I would be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of Netdigger2
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.

Vintage 2011.

A - Pours a golden orange color, with a cloudy and hazy appearance. Not completely opaque, but not very translucent. A 1.5-fingered head composed of big soapy bubbles lingers just long enough for it to take shape, but then steadily rises to leave bubbly mountains rest on top of the beer. Lacing is streaky but plentiful, like a hanging shower curtain.

S - For an imperial pale ale, this beer definitely showcases the rye and malt in here. I am not incredibly sure about the age on this beer, but I don't think the hops shine here at all. Not bad from an overall style-neutral perspective, but the spiciness of the rye definitely upstages the hops here. I can get some citrus at the end, but it's so muted it's difficult to pull out.

T - I would venture to say the taste is slightly more focused on the hops than the aroma, but it's not like that would be very hard. It begins with a big cut of rye spice and other syrupy malts, before drifting towards a nice orange middle that even has hints of honey. This hop influence lasts well throughout the finish, where it's met by a warming alcohol heat that isn't off-putting. Now and then the rye resurges just to let you know it's not finished.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately-heavy with medium to low carbonation. It's certainly thick and syrupy and finishes slick and oily. The rye definitely leaves a spicy impression on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. Honestly I'd be hard-pressed to interpret this bottle as an imperial pale ale; rather, I'd feel pretty comfortable in viewing this is a hoppy rye barleywine. Perhaps the age transformed this one, as apparently it's released every February, putting this bottle at around 6 months of so. Still pretty delicious though, but don't come in expecting the malt side of the bill to be timid!

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Photo of Gushue3
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice 1 finger head that's a little bit off white and has very nice retention. The body is a hazy copper orange hue that looks pretty nice. Decent lacing left around the glass from the pour and swirling.

S- Nice malty backbone that carries from front to back as well as bready yeast and sweeter fruits from the hops. This could possibly be from a tiny cold i have and a stuffed nose, but that's what I'm getting.

T- Malts are sweeter upfront that settle down toward the middle where the hops become more prominent. nice balance on the finish.

M- feels somewhat heavier for a DIPA, and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation coming for the ride.

O- I like this beer but is not really what I expected. Good beer either way

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Vintage: 2011"

A- One inch light tan head atop a nice ruby red hued beer. Quite a few streams of effervescence float upward. Clumptastic lacing and decent head retention.

S- The smell of spicy rye can't be mistaken.

T- Rye is borderline overpowering. Big hop presence as well alongside a strong caramel malt backbone. Slight boozyness is noticeable.

M- Very full, smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D/O- Very unique with the rye/DIPA combo...is there a higher ABV rye beer? Point me in that direction for comparisons sake. Hope to have again somewhere down the line. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of mactrail
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has that classic DIPA look-- orange-amber and slightly hazed, and nice lacing. Invitingly viscous in the Orval chalice. Yeasty, baking bread aroma. Hops fill in the profile but the bitterness is much less than others of the style. The malt is so sweet I suspect a blind tasting would show this up as a big Tripel, as the rye gives it a grainy, astringent touch that tastes so much like the big Belgians.

I think the Imperial Pale Ale is a great style for amping up the malt to more efectively balance the hops. It's like a barley wine, though it tastes stronger than it is. This is one of my favorites for the huge, rich flavor. There are two forks in the road and I like the path through the sweet malt fields. But I stop to smell the hops.

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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 adamette
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that my brother in law Steven and his friend Allison brought up from Atlanta into a plastic “ocean fishes” glass (the best thing that I could find while on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC). No observed best by date but mentioned that it is “vintage 2011.”

A Very light brown fluffy head over a very hazy, brown body. Good look. 4.0

S Great malt and hops balance with an emphasis on earthy barley malt and sweetness. I do not pick up much of the bitter hops to the nose. Really intriguing. 4.5

T The smell is a strong suggestion of the taste. What you have here is a very flavorful, full bodied malt and hops with a good, earthy barley malt goodness. I really like the taste of this beer. 4.5

M Thick, syrupy and big. Again, I really like the feel of this beer as well. 4.5

D Fair due to the size of this beer and the ABV. I enjoyed every drop. 3.5

Notes: Thanks to Steven and Allison for bringing it along!

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Photo of Avagadro
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color, and noticeably hazy, Rye^2 sports a lazy head that quickly falls, and little in the way of lacing.

S: Bouquet is really not doing it for me, exhibiting no power, and not much other than a hint of sweet malt.

T: Off-dry, and bordering sweet, this brew is malt forward, with sweet grain and toffee on the front and bitter resinous hops on the finish. I could use a better harmony between the malt and hops here, as well as a more pronounced "middle," between the initial and lingering flavors.

M: Full body, chewy texture, and little fizz.

O: A decent brew, but definitely doesn't blow one away. There are no major flaws, yet, this brew somehow leaves something to be desired. I just wish more of the spicy rye flavors were pronounced.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle traded to me by G311. thanks again Vince! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy orange colored body with some serious copper highlights. the head on top is a solid finger and is beige colored. moderate retention and sticky rings get left on the sides of my glass.

S- very heavy on the malted rye. nice and spicy. honey and biscuit malts. citric (grapefruit, orange, and lemon), floral, and spicy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with with biscuit and bread like malts. a little bit of caramel malts come through and add in a little sweetness. the spicy rye malts come through strong. decently malty upfront, but dont be fooled. this is a DIPA at heart. very strong on the hops. grapefruit, orange zest, lemon peel, floral, and spicy notes. way more complex than the original rye pale ale.

M- this is a syrupy full bodied ale. the carbonation is moderate. nicely bitter without being overpowering. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- a very enjoyable and pretty large rye IPA. this is something id drink more of if it were available here. terrapin is a solid brewery that needs more attention.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to kirkpjr for this one. 2011 vintage.

poured cold from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint a translucent, light copper with a super thin white head leaving a thin rim of sticky lace after each sip.

subtle earthy hops aroma with a bit of sweet dark syrup.

subtle earthy hops, but not as earthy as other terrapin brews, this one is less in your face and a bit more balanced toward the sweet malt. spicy sweet.

medium bodied, near syrup, low carbonation, subtle bitter fading quickly to sweet toward the back of the tongue.

interesting beer. i'd give it another go.

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Photo of benpopper
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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...

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Photo of richkrull
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange/amber color with a decent amount of beige head on it.

Smell is a sweet citrusy hop aroma.

Taste is very good. Nice spicy flavor with plenty of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light-medium.

Overall a really good beer. I liked it. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of rrski198
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a red color with a nice looking fan head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty hoppy. Not much else happening on the nose here. The taste of the beer is strong with hops and rye. The spiciness of both really collide in this brew. The mouthfeel was pretty nice here. Good amount of carbonation. Overall it's not a bad beer. I'd drink it again.

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Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
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