Terrapin Rye Squared | Terrapin Beer Company

very good
605 Ratings
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 hellcatsjg
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark and clody amber beer with a finger of off white head and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Good combination of hops. Flowery and citrusy and a bit piney scents. A light spicy aroma is in the background as well.

Taste: Starts with spiciness and pine flavors. You get the citrus next along with a good bit of sweetness and malt. Finish is nice balance of maltiness and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation. Nice flavor left after the swallow.

Drinkabiiity: Very good beer. Good complexity and nice balance of hops, malts, and spicy rye flavor. Not too heavy either, and you could have several in you desired. Good job.

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

12oz bottle, Vintage08AA

WOW...that was my first reaction when I first smelled the beer and then I turned and said, before even tasting it, this is going to be good.

Appearance: I poured it into a Weizen glass (I do this occasionally to really get a good look at a beer) and it gave off a hazy orange/reddish hue. The head was almost a cream color that held for a long time and a thin layer lasted through out the glass. It had a very nice cascading effect when poured into the glass and had very nice lacing through out the glass.

Smell: The aroma was very powerful with hints of citrus and hops, but I think you could really smell the malt and alcohol, which at times I thought was a little overpowering.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The beer had a very creamy texture and flavor to it and everything that you smelled, you can taste. Sweet upon first sip and really finishes strong with the hops, malt and alcohol really coming out. Very complex and I thought that the carbonation was almost unnoticeable.

Drinkability: This is my only problem with this beer. While it was very smooth and enjoyable, i am not sure that I could drink more than one at a time unless I am going to be drinking it with a very good meal. It was very rich and the alcohol was very noticeable.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer and one that I will be enjoying a lot of over the next few months. I would recommend to any beer lover.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best-before dated "Vintage 08AA", poured into a seidel produces a sticky-looking, reddish-amber body with a half-finger of head that leaves a good deal of clingy lacing

Smells fruity and sweet with a little dry citrus;

Taste is richly sweet and malty with floral, lightly-bitter hops and a nice tanginess I suppose is from the rye, along with a whiff of alcohol.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, very little carbonation with a sticky, pleasantly bitter, slightly evergreen finish.

Rich and delicious. Could drink a few.

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Photo of errantnight
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man... I'm not sure there's anything I love more than hoppy rye beers. The blend of spicy and sweet and citrus and floral and... anyway, on with the review.

Pours a hazy amber, more orange-y gold than ruby red, with a brilliant cascade of bubbles. Two fingers of creamy white head with attractive lacing and a thin film that sticks around. Meow.

Aroma is a peach-y, hoppy, malty mixture, with some noticeable alcohol.

Taste masks the alcohol entirely, a warm malty spice fills the middle, ending in a remarkably clean, citrus (grapefruit heavy) finish.

Medium to full mouth with a lifting carbonation.

If it wasn't for the slightly noticeable alcohol in the nose this beer would be pretty damn flawless.

Gimme more, just the same.

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

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage.

A: Deep cloudy orange with a thin, beige head

S: Hops - pine, and a little bit of citrus. Rye bread and caramel with a hint of alcohol. Delicious!

T: Moderately hoppy with pine well balanced with the caramel malt sweetness and the distinctive rye character. It starts off a little medium-bodied but the finish is a little disappointing - it just fizzles out with a mildly bitter and dry finish. A little bit more body on the finish would make this one really good.

M: The carbonation is pleasant. The finish is dry and makes you reach for another sip.

D: This one is fairly easy drinking

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy reddish amber appearance with a two finger head. Head retention is nice and it leaves behind some sticky spotty lacing.

S: Nice mixture of spicy hops and sweet malts. To be honest not earth shattering.

T: Nice balance of Rye grain and malt. Spicy hops and biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied and crisp.

D: Rather drinkable, hides the ABV nicely.

Overall: I like what terrapin does. This is an easy drinking beer that if avaliable I could drink all summer long. Spicy, Hoppy, Goodness in a bottle.

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Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this great extra. Been wanting to try it for awhile now.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. Vintage 08

A: Pours a glowing grapefruit meat color with pretty good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of lightly tinted head forms and holds very nicely. Good lacing.

S: MMMmmm... grapefruit and sweet malts. Definitely a little bit of spicy rye in there as well.

T/M: MMMmmmm2 Bitterness is controlled. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, hop resin, light spicy pine. The malts are pleasantly balancing, though I'd have liked a bit more bitterness at first sip, before the malts came through. Bitterness does last throughout, though, and lingering beyond. Malts lightly sweet with a nice spicy rye twist. The body is just above medium with a creamy smoothness. Finishes dry with that whole lasting bitterness thing.

D: 8.5%? This drinks like a pure session. Must. Have. More.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an incredible brew from Terrapin here... This may be their best effort in my opinion...

Vintage 08...

Pours out a gorgeous reddish color with a creamy fluffy head and sticky lacing...magnificent..

Aroma of sweet citrusy hops, oranges, sweet malts and rye malts all blended together perfectly.. So far, I'm super impressed!

Taste goes right along with the aroma...
This is sweet, hoppy, and spicy all at the same time... Its incredible how good this brew tastes... Its unlike anything else that I've ever tasted... And I'm loving it..

Absolutely a masterpiece from the boys at Terrapin here... I have 3 more left and I'm headed back for number 2 now... Highly, highly recommended!!

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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 NCSUdo
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden amber, clear, under a small but dense white head. No lace, good retention.

S: Very nice grapefruit and piney hop. Hops really dominate the scent.

T: A good mixture of sweetness and citrus hops. Decent amount of bitterness in the finish that sticks around. Alcohol is noticeable but not too bad. Hints here and there of rye.

M/D: Oily, full bodied, carbonation is slightly high. Drinkability is fine and about as expected for a big beer like this. At times, it tastes like the hop character is little overwhelming but other times the rye character is felt more. I think it would benefit slightly if the rye character stood out more.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bboven
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Poser
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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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 alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Monsone
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 Oxymoron
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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