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 Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint at Al's of Hampden served chilled in a Nonic

A very clear copper color with visible carbonation and light beige cap measuring about 1/2 inch with a quick to compress head that becomes a ring and leaves streamers of lace. The smell is fruity with some light stone fruit notes and subtle bready aroma w/ rye evident with a slight hint of nutty aroma. The feel is good with smooth balance of bitter hops and creamy malt which has a high amount of effervescence backing with a subtle sweet caramel and semi dry finish.

The taste is good w/ a nice dry malt flavor w/ slight caramel tinge and gentle yeast element which gives a stone fruit taste and the rye flavor is present with hints of spicy hops in there -Not as hoppy as some other Rye IPA's from the west coast in the flavor, but the hops also don't cover the rye up which is nice. I like the balance (over 9% balanced?) Terrapin achieved with earthy sweet and light toffee malt flavorand a slightly bitter grassy finish. Overall I would drink this again and found it to be a good all around Rye IPA with decent amount of malt presence. I would not recommend it to those who enjoy overly bitter (zero malt flavor) Imperial IPA's, though.

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

12 oz bottle with vintage 2011 on the right side of the label
Pours a nice amber color
Smell was faint with a little malt
Taste is very malt forward, biscuit, some dry hop tingle, some alcohol burn in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, prickly hops.
I wouldn't want more than one of these at a sitting but I will pick this up again.

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

A- Clear copper with a creamy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Rich, twangy caramel malt accented by flowers, dark earthy hops, and a hint of spice.

T- Sweet caramel malt balanced by soft grassy bitterness and an alcoholic bite. Some spiciness and citrus accents in there as well. The alcohol actually blends pretty well with the spiciness of the rye and the grassiness of the hops. Long finish that consists of sweet grain and bitter grassy/herbal hops. There's a nice floral character in the aftertaste. Now I can taste it earlier on, it's just masked by all the other strong flavors.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, a tasty brew. Thank to Millerbuffoon for sending me this one. Unfortunately, this is my only 12oz bottle. It would definitely be worth getting again.

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Photo of Phylomatic
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Imagine my name is Orange and I only like Red a little. Nice head with a stubborn retention.
S: I really like the smell. I'm going to make an attempt at explaining it. Forget the malts. I've got hops out the wazoo! To make this short, I can create a case for each of these: herbal, perfumy, spicy, leafy, grassy, floral, piney and citrusy.
T: After the smell was so good, this was disappointing.
MF: It's smooth, little bite. Not a lot of carbonation, especially compared to the head...meh...
overall: Not quite encountered such a juxtaposed selection of attributes in a beer. I like it, but the taste is quite bland in my opinion.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost amber in color, a slight bit lighter. Grain like cloudy with a thin white head, little retention and small lacing. The smell is malt forward with the rye shining. Some biscuit and pale malts with some sweet caramel and on the back we have grapefruit and hints of pine. A little spice. The taste is malt forward with pale and rye coming nicely intertwined with citrus, floral and pine notes. Some grassy and earthy notes with biscuit and honey notes. The body is medium with a syrupy feel. Drinks pretty easy.

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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 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 Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear deep orange, almost reddish, in color. Forms a thin white head that reduces to a circular patch of surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt sweetness with a blend of spicy and grassy hops.

T: The typical Terrapin taste: caramel and toffee malt. Rather sweet. Mild bitterness. Mild hop flavor. Some rye comes through weakly on the end.

D: Medium in body with a light syrup quality to it. Easy carbonation.

O: A decent beer that just seems to miss the mark. Malty, sweet and, despite the name, just not a whole lot of rye character.

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

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem PA poured into a pint glass.

A - Huge head and slow to form! This will surely have a great mouthfeel judging by the appearance. Bubbles rise slow. Brilliant clear copper color. Retentious and very full lacing.

S- Balanced bitter and flavor hops. Not as forth front as I prefer however a very good balance. Grassy/piney hopsd included.

T- Very nice bittering qualities and very good malty backbone. The specialty rye malts really shine well.

M- Perfect astringency and surely begs for another sip. Carbonation is borderline intimidating, however not volcanic.

Overall this is a very fine quality brew... surely the best offering I've ever tasted from Terrapin!

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Photo of MarkFy
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: orange copper clear color

S: not bad, a lot of sweet grapefruit

T: more sweet malty grapefruit and citrus, hint of the rye

M: slight crisp but creamy feel, pretty nice

O: Pretty good for the style, would drink again but not seek out.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper body that's translucent. The head is just darker than eaggshell and starts out around a hlf inch and maintains firm at a quarter inch.

S - Leafy hops and much malt.

T - Difinite hops presence with a bitter citrus and grapefruit mixture. There's a solid base of malt here which can be tasted right away and in each finish.

M - Sticky and thick in every pull. This is I think is its best characteristic.

~ This is a good beer. One that I would drink rather consistently if it were accessable in this part of the country.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber/orange color that is translucent with a thin white head. Some lacing stays around the entire rim of the glass.

S - Nothing strong but there are citrus and pine notes in there with some hints of lime. Nothing too overpowering.

T - A little creamy taste with some pine with a splash of hops.

M - Feels like it coats your tongue and the aftertaste is very crisp. Just a light sweet coating feel to it.

O - A good brew but nothing setting it apart from others.

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Photo of 757beerbeer559
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer at Total Wine here in Norfolk, Va. I had thought the beer was going to be better then the other 2 have gotten along with it. I was stuck on buying these rye IPAs because the flavors had blown me a way. Having to try this last may have do with it putting it in the "It's ok" category. Over all not bad. I am new to reviewing beer so I hope I'm not to tough on my review. It claim to be 9.5, but when I got the bottle it was 8.5%. misleading. Color was really good. Not cloudy.

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

Slightly hazy orange color with a huge fluffy white head. There's a generous amount of lacing throughout the entire glass.

The nose is sweet and citrusy with orange and grapefruit. I could tell by the scent that there was going to be a heavy malt presence. There's a big caramel attribute.

As expected, it's a very sweet DIPA. It has a heavy caramel backbone, but it works well with the orange and grapefruit hops, kind of like when you load up a grapefruit with sugar. It cuts the bitterness. Butterscotch in the middle then it finishes with a peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. I have to take the opportunity to note the sweetness again.

I liked this beer quite a bit. I usually don't like my IPAs sweet, but in this case I think it complimented the citrus hop profile and minimized the astringency from a high abv. I'd definitely have this again.

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

Thanks to jodan for the extra. Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Medium dark orange, clear and quite bubbly. Head is a small two finger beauty. A bit off white and creamy sticky look. Lace isn't as sticky and barely show

Smell is of citrus hops. I'd say grapefruit bitter and orange sweet. The sweet may also be coming from the malts. I like this one. After a few minutes of warming, I am getting some boozyness.

The taste is sweet like the smell but not from any citrus ie. an orange. All malt sweetness. Caramel..ish taste. A bit of alcohol warmness at the end.

The mouth is really pretty nice. Silky, full. Carbonation is good and the alcohol is really present but not overpowering.

I am really pleased with this. It is very sweet and not that hop bitter but the alcohol is warm and comforting. If you get the chance to buy it, do!!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into large tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with some reddish hues. A one finger high beige head fades into some bubbled and wispy film with streaks of lacing on the glass.

A wave of malt in the nose with caramel, raisins, and plenty of sweetness. Some edges of bitter hops with little detection of rye.

Some initial citrusy sweet hoppiness up front with orange. Touches of dark fruit and raisin with a hint of brown sugar. Plenty of caramel in the malty backbone, which is pretty huge. A notion of rye flavor is struggling to find its way out somehow. Finishes a bit bitter and sweet with some boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, smoother carbonation, a bit creamy and sticky on the palate. This is okay, but it felt a bit sugary and sweet for me - also, I would like to see more rye presence.

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Photo of honkey
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't going to review this since it is not fresh anymore, but it says that it is supposed to age well, so...

Dark copper color with a moderate head. Smells of rye and alcohol. Taste is the same as smell... Lots of spicy rye, biscuity malts, and alcohol. I expected it to feel thicker, but while it feels oily, it does not feel syrupy the way I expected. The drinkability is surprisingly high. I feel like this is more of an American Strong Ale than a DIPA. They call it an imperial pale ale, which seems to be pretty different than a DIPA to me.

Edited to add---

Do not let this beer warm up too mich past 45 degrees. The alcohol comes through more and is not very pleasant.

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Photo of babaracas
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with thin off-white head, settles to a thin ring, spotty lacing. Smell: spicy rye, honey + caramel, apple skin. Where's the promised huge hopping? A little spicy + lemon rind, but overwhelmed by sweetness. Taste: caramel and again kind of a honey sweetness going on. The rye is back as is sweet apple peel. Citrus rind and decent bitterness, but still takes a (far) back seat to the huge sugary malt contribution. Full bodied, syrupy, low carbonation - just enough to keep this one from getting cloying. Malt bomb, not a fan. Feb 2011 release.

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

A - A dark amber. Quite a bit darker than the Terrapin Rye.

S - Wow, tons of Rye and malts. I can smell the high ABV at the end. Impressive.

T - Lots of spicy, sweet malts. The hops are masked by the multitude of rye and malts.

M - Creamy, full bodied, and highly carbonated. It kind is sizzles in your mouth.

D - This beer has an incredible amount of tasty characteristics. Be aware, this will destroy your palate. Sipping a Terrapin Rye after a sip of the Rye Squared makes the Rye taste like a watered down mass brew! I dig it!

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

served on tap at Rustico Ballston. review from cell phone notes.

A: rich dark copper. darker than most. minimal white head is leaving minimal lacing behind.

S: citris mint. Earthy hop. some sweetness as well. monkey bread.

T: not as much of a hop bomb as a hop bomb as i expected. good, but more of an earthy, rich sweet DIPA. not exactly the norm from terrapin's american counterparts producing the same style.

M: perfect. medium, creamy carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: good DIPA, but not my favorite. willing to give it another try, but have some others in mind i may pick off the draft list at Rustico first.

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Photo of endlesszero
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After consuming a not so friendly Florida IPA, this beer raped my tastebuds with the ancient fury of Thors nemesis's, the Ice Giants.

This beer lathers me in malt with a balanced hoppiness
that digs relentlesy into the pits of Hades domain. How this beer scored a B+ is unearthly. It deserves the knee and pardon from heaven above.

Forever shall this ravage the depths of my cursed loins.

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

Pours a deep russet orange color with an off-white head on top that is already lacing.

The first aroma is a fruity sourness that has all the characteristics of being sour but isn't, if that makes sense. It's slighty bubble-gummy and definitely candyish. There are some herbal notes in there on the tail end as well, almost earthy at times.

The taste is thick. It's syrupy and bittersweet. It has a sweet root flavor to it, kind of like yucca or parsnips. There is a slightly bitter flavor that shines through on the finish. The rye in this beer probably gives it the funky root taste, but it's pretty awesome.

Syrupy sweet mouthfeel.

Drinkable for what it is.

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

Poured 12oz into Three Floyds pint glass.

A- Pours very hazy darker orange. Very little head, but a thin white cap.

S- Very sweet smelling drink. Floral hops, mixed with rye sweet smell. Some citrus hops noted as well. Still sweetness takes over the nose here.

T- Fruity, citrusy hop flavor hits you right up front. The sharp rye flavor follows quickly. Very little malt detected until the end with some caramel flavors. Hops dominate this drink. A little hot.

M- Medium body, good carbonation. Oily mouth feel.

D- Ok drink. Still on the fence about rye beers. I think I would like this a little more without the rye bite in the middle of the drink. Alcohol presence comes out more and more throughout the drink.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper orange hue with a finger worth of thick head that slowly fell to a thin ring. Nice looking carbonation.

S: Hop forward with grapefruit. Lots of malt coming off the nose. I smell wort. Apple juice and maybe a little biscuit and pepper.

T: Whoa hey malt. Tons of malt, alcohol then bitterness, grass, celery and hops. Tons of really sweet maltiness in the end of the swig with the bitterness really slamming at the end. It is a bit thin tasting to me for all thats in it.

M: Foamy and oily

D: As this thing warmed it grew on me but the strong malt and strong hops feel a little unbalanced. I think its a one and done for me.

This beer is interesting because its so malty. However, the big malt and big hop competition left me feeling uneasy. Mad props for doing something unique in this category but it misses the mark for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Little to no head but laces the glass as drunk. Transparent but still very copper colored.

S - Malty smelling, bordering on musty. Fruity; plum comes through the most. It does not smell like an American pale ale, more like a Belgian Pale Ale.

T - The taste matches the smell: malty. First is bitterness in the middle of the tongue, quickly followed by sweetness that does not stop even a minute after the drink is finished. The rye is obvious through the sweetness; it comes through in characteristic rye spice notes.

M - Syrupy, thick body for a pale ale, little carbonation. Sticks in the mouth.

D - It is advertised as a double the hops and malt of the original Terrapin Rye, which no doubt it is; however, it is not twice the taste. The hops really did not come through on this as much as they did on the original, so the balance is now tilted in the malt side. This is not bad, but it was different than expected. If you like the Belgian style pale ales you will love this take with the rye. Those of you looking for an American Pale Ale will be surprised.

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