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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 feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Albert Einstein as tortoise adorns the label, still with straw in his jaw, as was his cousin in the regular Rye artwork. It's pumped up a notch from that one, one of the American ales that has most impressed me, so I'm all atwitter over this one...

Hazed, dark orange coloration, solid, creamy-toned head, swifly dwindling...a nice looking ale, though...

Aroma: pungent citrus from the start, a twisted amalgam of grapefruit, pineapple, pine sap, mango, cranberry, and a hint of lemon. If this is a sneak peek of what I'm about to taste, good lord, I'm ready!

Brash, bold hoppy bitterness boards the palate at the start, lays down the plank and takes command. Softens some, but the fruit lingers long...With each new sip, another spank from the bitter fruit, this twisted citric rind that tickles the senses, then softly fades, leaving a trace of bitterness behind. Maltier than a typical pale, meatier, beefier, slathering in extra juicy citrus.

Medium bodied, medium finish, lingering fruity bitterness, but not too much. Drinking it, I can imagine the ingredients of the regular Rye doubled to create this, but think that I liked them just fine the way they were. This is a delicious mess, but a mess nonetheless. I do like messes, though. They're nice once in a while, but not for a regular meal.

So, let's hear it for experiments and for monstrous reptiles from the South!

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

One note is that this beer is classified by Terrapin as an Imperial Pale Ale.

This beer pours a hazy reddish-orange with a frothy, slightly off white head that holds for a while but diminishes to a thin film that lasts throughout the beer leaving lace the whole way down the glass. The smell is pretty much all hops but there is the lingering aroma of some pale malts. The taste behaves in much the same way. This could almost be classified as an DIPA. The mouthfeel is very good for its style, thick and smoothly carbonated. Overall anohter great one in Terrapin's Monster Beer tour.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. The label says that this is Terrapin's Rye Pale, multiplied by itself. I would have to agree. This beer has pretty much the same quality of the regular rye pale, although certainly exaggerated. That's not a bad thing. Starts with a creamy thick head, cryptic lacing that is almost sludgy in its density. As others have said, it pours about a finger, finger and a half of head. Smells of cedar, sweet citrus, and Georgia red clay. Seriously, I know Terrapin is a contract brewery, however they are in the process of building a brewery in Athens as of right now. At least that's the last i heard. The Georgia red clay bit is just a likeness to an earthy, organic-ness to the beer. The beer tastes great, an awesome balance between hops and malts, hints of lemon, cedar and pine, a crazy dry finish where the rye really makes its presence known. the malt foundation is subtle, yet sweetingly noticeable. A bit chewy, thick, syrupy, however you want to put it, on the drinkability and mouthfeel scale, but i think one could handle a couple of these without much trouble. Of course, this is a beer to be savoured, not swilled, and the pricetag will certainly reaffirm any suspicions. All in all, Great beer. Period. Give it a shot, as it's a seasonal, and will only be around through the summer. Moreover, I look at this beer as the prelude to the Big Hoppy Monster -- which completely wrecks face in the fall.

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

Hazy reddish copper appearance. One finger head with nice retention that leaves spots on top of the liquid and very sticky webby lacing down the glass.

Sweet citrusy hop smell with nice pale malt and rye smell balancing.

Sweet malty taste. The rye taste starts to come out as it warms up but so does the alcohol. This beer doesn't hide the 8.5 as well as the Hoppy Monster does. Slight apple taste mixed in with the hoppy and dry finish.

This is a smooth creamy hop bomb. Enjoyable down to the last drop. Pick this one up if you get a chance.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice honey colour in the glass, just a touch hazy, with an off white one finger head.

Aroma is all about light, piney to floral hops. A bit multi-faceted, really. There are also some hints of fresh orange.

Malt and rye mix nicely at the front, with a fruity quality, That gives way to a hop swell that goes away at a medium rate, then kind of a woody spiciness at the end. Not bad at all!

Mouthfeel is good, but not exceptional. It's there, and that's it. Carbonation is medium, as is the liquid.

Might make a good session brew...rather drinkable, IMHO. In fact, I'm off to get another one now.

Be well

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

12oz bottle dated 2006. Poured a heavily clouded (floating yeast protein) pale orange with half an inch of thick foam that is quickly subdued. Pine and cedar resin hop aromas in the nose, with a light floral and biscuit malt background. Nice chewy and slightly minty rye malt at the front of the tongue. Strong bitter hops overtake the rye towards the end, finishing with medium dryness and mouth-coating hops. Oily and medium thick in the mouth, with light carbonation.

Rye flavors are very good, but rapidly overshadowed by the strong hop presence. The regular rye pale ale is better balanced and more successful IMHO.

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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 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 ATLbeerDog
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dropped a torpedo of 2006 version of this into my kegerator. Had a fill date of March 30th 2006 - 16 days old! Poured cloudy and bright orange with a half inch head. Very HEAVY lacing. First taste is overwhelmed by hops. A few more sips and it balances out. Double the hops - Double the malt makes for a tasty treat. Too bad it is a seasonal as I could love this brew all year long. VERY Drinkable

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

This beer poured a hazy orange color with a half inch head. Holding the glass up to the light, I could see thousands of floaties swirling around. Could this be because of the rye used in brewing this beer? There wasn't a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma was very hoppy and floral. The first sip was a blast of hops followed by that citrusy, mouth puckering sensation that highly hopped beers are known for. There was a malty, nutty aftertaste in the finish. This is a damn fine beer, medium bodied but very easy to drink. Recommended for all hopheads.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Last year, the Rye² was my favorite “Monster” beer from Terrapin. That was at the Taco Mac pint glass poured with no head, and served too cold. Now that I can get this in bottles, it was time to give the beer the proper serving treatment of a Tulip glass at cellar temperature.

The beer came out cloudy peach in color, with a small head that was beige. The smell was very citric hops, with a tinge of spice. From the first sip, the hops were clearly in command here, just as they are in the little brother Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. There was also a lot of sweet malt that was just short of syrupy. The thick body provided to be a good hop delivery vehicle, although it was not as tongue coating as it could have been. This was certainly more in the mould of a classic DIPA when compared to the Big Hoppy Monster. The sweet, hoppy, and spicy, flavors never quite dominated as they do in some of the big West Coasters. Very easy to drink despite the 8.5% ABV.

Purchased on the day of the release 13 April 06. The best by date says 26 September 06, but I doubt it’ll be as good in five months as it is fresh.

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Photo of Crosling
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GABF 2005. Gold color. Unbelievably vibrant hop aroma, especially consider the conditions, glass and sample size. Big, smack you across the face grapefruit and lemon in the nose. Massive, thick and full texture, which seemed to accentuate all the flavors. Rich hop balance, sticky and massive, almost west coastish. Nice caramel malt flavor to balance. Great beer.

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

Enjoyed this one at the Terrapin "Horizontal" Monster Tasting at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Ga.

Appearance: Arrived hazy, and colored a rich, rusty orange hue topped with a bold, admirably sticky beige head.

Smell: Holy moly, what an odor! A honey-covered biscuit surrounded by a swarm of vicious hop bees. Quite a fierce aroma, smelling primarily of luscious grassy, citrusy hops over a foundation of sweet malts.

Taste: Rye biscuits slathered with a rainbow of citrus flavors. Concentrated grassy, peppery hop flavors hit hard in the mouth, but ease off relatively quickly, yielding to the caramelly malts as the beer warms through a bit. The alcohol is present, but not overly pronounced, and just provides a welcome bit of heat as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair under full-bodied, while still remaining quite thick and creamy upon the palate.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I seriously doubt I could put away much more than a pint or two in one sitting. Still, though, its an intriguing brew, and quite delectable when all is said and done.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

much thanks to hopdog for this hand bottled sample...
Appears an unfiltered amber brown with a small beige head that fades into a decent tan collar. Small amounts of carbonation rise to the top. Spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of chewy biscuits with caramel and lots of potent hops with some woody, pine, and citrus notes
Taste is of biscuits, caramel, and juicy hops with a touch of butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, mildly sugary sweet, and runs semi-dry accross the palate with a boldness being expressed in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability reminds me a tad of the Dreadnaught toned down slightly. Certainly not a bad beer to be compared to.

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Photo of aracauna
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a medium reddish brown with a good head. The aroma is a bit like banana bread with a touch of banana fruitiness and toasted nuts being prominent. The hops are excellent but seem a bit reserved, allowing the malt and rye come through more than the hops.

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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 lostbearbrew
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin Rye 2 PA appeared dark golden witha light head on a 10 oz glass. Lace went lightly down the glass.

Nice Cascadey grapefruity smell, 1st sip brings both earthy and citrusy hops with the tang of rye, and a nice malt backbone.

Finish is a little lite at first and then seems to thicken on your tongue. Nice lingering bitterness.

Quite drinkable although the higher alch would prevent too many at any one time.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the bar crystal clear medium amber with a pure white head that lasted for days to coat the glass.

The aroma was citrusy with orange and a nice rye aroma. The aroma continued to give off citrus notes which also inclused lime and a piney nature. There was presence a slight alcohol aroma which did not detract.

The flavor was very citrusy with lime and orange most notable. The rye flavor was present and nicely done. The maltiness and a sweetness was present and well balanced with hops. Also present was alcohol, but again it did not detract.

The finish was lasting rye flavor long into the aftertaste with a substantial hop bittering. The body was medium full and very creamy and nice. There was quite a bit of alcohol warming after consumption.

Small glass (biggest they would serve) at Summits in Sandy Springs, GA. Who seriously included this beast as an APA? It is at least a Double IPA.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve finally was able to try this wonderful beer. My local Taco Mac on P’tree Industrial had no clue about this beer, so I went to the Taco Mac on Holcomb Bridge. My wife and I have been waiting for this beer for quite some time. Our every day beer is Terrapin Rye so one can imagine our enthusiasm for a double version.
CAMRA would be proud of the full pour we got. To be honest I didn’t expect this beer to be as dark as it was. However, the hops and caramel malt is incredibly strong, with a decent amount of carbonation. The beer has a great balance between the malt, rye, and hops. In addition, I never would’ve known this beer clocks in at almost 9% ABV. Not a hint of an alcohol taste. As the beer warmed the malt flavor increased, as did the rye.
Overall, this is one of the best high gravity beers I’ve had. Very different than any other double IPA.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Buffaloe's in Athens, I was told it was one of the first they had served, lucky me.

Beer came and was quite dark with a nice sized head. Seriously one of the darker double IPA's I've had.

Aroma was quite potent and sitting in the no-smoking section only helped matters. Tons of citric hops blended with a nice healthy bitterness and rested on a nice solid caramel malt base. This was nice as the Big Hoppy Monster they had previously released was made in a similar fashion.

A full bodied beer to be sure, and smooth with some nice carbonation. Loads of citrusy and bitter hops assault the palette with the first sip and as the beer progresses, the caramel flavor becomes more noticable but never becomes too strong. Some sweet bready flavors showed up near the end yet the bitterness remained as strong as ever.

A fine double IPA. I will be drinking this all summer. Cheers to Terrapin for creating this wonder brew, I just can't wait until they bottle it.

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