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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 3/4" frothy orangey beige head over the clear orangey copper brew. Head fades uber-slowly, with lots of coating foam along the glass sides. Aroma is robustly of citrus and grains. Flavor is moderate malt sweetness upfront, balanced by aggressive lemony hops character, which lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but seems to lack any carbonation, which kind of detracts, and drinkability is nice for the abv and style. I'll be back.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to my brother, who picked up a bottle of this for me on his last trip up to Athens. Pours a deep, vibrant orange color, topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that doesn't last for very long. Not a whole lot of carbonation to be seen. Aroma of sweet, fruity hops, strong sweet caramel malt, a hint of biscuit and a touch of clover honey. Palate is reminiscent of a barleywine - assertive sweet caramel malt, accented by fruity hops that exert some bitterness before the swallow. Finish is more mellow, a nice transition. Body is creamy and just a tad sticky. The relatively high alcohol content is masked pretty well - careful, this one can sneak up on you. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of beerinator
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber beer with a pleasantly retentive off white head.

Aroma: The first sniff was quite a bit different than I expected. It smells like a barleywine and I guess I should have expected that. The hops make for a citrusy pleasant punch at the beginning.

Taste: The caramel breadyness balances well with the citrusy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full and the finish dries with a bit of lingering cake-y sweetness.

Notes: This was a fairly tasty beer. The drinkability is on par with other barleywine type beers.

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Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average looking IPA. amber to light golden with a white head that wasn't overly large even with a hard pour. Some lace but very spotty.

The nose on this one makes me believe I may have waited to long to sample. Big diacetyl, piney hops, with a undertone of sweet toffee malt.

Again a mouth full of diacetyl. Like buttered bread. Sweet thick malts and a piney laid back amount of hops. Thick and creamy but again probably from the diacetyl. Would like to try this one a little fresher.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a modest head that leaves the occasional splash of lace

Smell: Rich, malty caramel with subtle undertones of rye spice

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor the quickly overwhelms with sweetness; mid-palate, the sour rye character starts to make itself known and that builds after the swallow; the hops never really kick in, flavorwise, and the sweetness returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate carbonation; considerable alcohol warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Interesting flavor profile, but the sweetness starts to weigh you down

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

I enjoyed this beer but was hoping for a little more rye flavor... as it is, it's a pretty basic big, malty and hoppy ale

It poured a hazy deep-amber accented copper body beneath a frothy cap off light tan. The head retention was quite good, and it left some nice lace about the glass.

The nose delivers a touch of the suggested rye with a hint of spiciness amidst it's big, lightly toasty malty sweetness - although that might be hops, as I'm not picking up as many hops as I expected either (a fresh bottle might be needed). Or, it could be a hint of alcohol peeking through. Regardless, it's rich maltiness is enough to lure me in, and it is balanced rather than just sugary sweet. Very nice!

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a full body and moderate, very fine bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests with a big, rich, lightly toasty, biscuity, and somewhat rye-like (spicy, earthy) maltiness that's threaded through with floral, leafy, subtly citrus fruity, and spicy (?) hops. It's rich and complex, but tightly-wrapped. Specific flavors don't really pop out at you, it works more as one very rounded malty beer. But there's a lot going on and you could mull over this for quite some time. It's backed by a solid bitterness that does what it can to keep the sweet, bready/doughy/toasty/biscuity maltiness in check, and a splash of alcohol also helps to thin things out.

Overall I think the alcohol is very well contained for 8.5%; and it's well worth trying for lovers of malty sweet beers!

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Photo of bwyker
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to blitz134 for the bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Heavy hazed carroty orange with a very thin ginger-tinted head that quickly disappears. Very still, with little lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, with modest citrus hop and a fair amount of alcohol.

Taste: Rye hits you right away, certainly more so than other ryes I’ve had. Bitter hops then a flood of alcohol in the finish.

Mothfeel. A little sticky at the start and an alcohol burn in the finish.

Drinkablity: Moderately drinkable. Medium to heavy body and noticeable alcohol. Very flavorful and well crafted.

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

Pours a slightly hazy orangey copper with a frothy khaki head and lots of lacing. Smells of sweet pale malt with a light but strident citrusy hops and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Very malty with a warming alcohol. Persistent underpinnings of citrusy hops. Grainy with a distinct rye character in the flavor. Very good. Does Terrapin do anything wrong?

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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 edmundfitzoil
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pugman for this one, which I received when I was still back in Oregon. This beer came being poured in a 12 oz. brown bottle and was poured into a standard pint glass.

After a vigorous pour, the beer appeared a hazy orange-copper with a thin white head of fizzy bubbles, but no head retention. The nose was heavy on the pale malts with hints of yeast smells. Initial tasting note: this is a sweet maltiness tht has a lightly citrussy hoppy aftertaste. As the beer warms, and I allowed to warm over to warm in the glass, carmel tones slowly appear in the beer. Medium mouthfeel.

It's a decent beer, but drinkability is effectively limited by its sweetness.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. 6 oz sample. Poured a hazy orange color with very little head that settled at a ring over top o the brew. the brew did not have any carbonation apparent after the pour. The nose was solid rye spiceyness, with an orangey citrus that was nice and sweet, with a caramel maltyness behind it all. There was a mild citrusy hop, just enough to give a kiss in the aroma. It was very nice in the aroma department. Flavor was filled with spicey rye that hit hard initially, along with a peppery hop. Beyond this, a moderate orangey citrus hop started to come through as well as mild caramel notes. It finished very mild. Mouthfeel was moderate with an active carbonation, and was pretty dry on the finish. Overall, there was a lot of flavor there. It was easy drinking and enjoyable. I would love to have it again.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I was just introduced to craft beer I might be a bit dissapointed with the chunks of yeast I got in this pour. Being a homebrewer... Drink up.
Pours a chunky reddish copper tone. A small off white head gives some good lace. Lots of stuff floating around in there.
Sweet malt and a touch of caramel in the nose.
Very nice rye element in the flavor. Sweet flavor balanced with some citrusy hops and a touch of spice shows up later. I can sure taste the alcohol.
Medium to full bodied. Not quite chewy, but almost. Somewhat smooth, and the flvaor grabs the palate well. Dcent carbonation.
Maybe a lighter pour may fix the appearance. Overall a good drinkable beer.

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

Pours to a hazy orange-red with thick off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and other fruits, predominantly apples. Taste is very strongly hopped, with the flavor of apples and a hint of grapefruit. At mid-glass, the 8.5% alcohol becomes much more evident, but is blended nicely with the hops. Finish is dryly bitter, but smooth. A very good beer.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a fingers worth of creamy light tan head. Nice lacing coats the top of the glass. Smells of caramel, raisins, biscuity malt, light citrus, and a bit of a liquor type scent coming through with the alcohol. Smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA as the label reads. Taste consists of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit, biscuity malts, and a bitterness from the hops is there even though I don't really detect a strong hop flavor...again, like a barleywine from across the pond. Medium to full bodied, creamy, with a touch of an alcohol tingle. My first Terrapin brew and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/21/06- Received as part of a gift from Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info indicated. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber colored pour. Ultra creamy 1/2 inch head, light rim remains with one sided cobweb lacing.

Smell- Super sweet caramel malt with a barleywine type nose.

Taste- They must use the same style hops as most English Barleywines, as that is what this tastes like...a slightly watered down English. Very sweet caramel with a lighter biscuit malt flavor. Mellow and smooth hop flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, thicker mouthfeel, pretty damn creamy and smooth.

Drinkability- This beer is all over the place. Really doesn't taste like a strong ale though...more on the lines of a low abv English Barleywine. Good flavor and texture though.

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

from the 2006 monster beer tour
a - pours reddish-orange with a two finger head into a tumbler. lots of sediment in this one. great looking beer.
s - intense hoppiness with a sweet, malty and resiny taste to it.
t - very sweet and citrusy taste to it. you can really taste the alcohol but in a good way and the hops really come through in this beer.
m - nice thickness and drinks smoothly.
d - this is just a great beer to drink. terrapin is really making some quality brews and they are getting better. didn't think they could ever top the monster but they are coming close with this one.

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

Radiant ripe apricot that became significantly more cloudy as all but the final ounce entered the glass on the initial pour. The crown is a thing of beauty. It's lightly lemon and orange-tinted alabaster in color, thick and buttery in texture and hop resiny enough to throw up a pretty fair display of lace (the generous ABV is probably dissolving the glass coverage to some extent). The beer looks like it tastes incredible. That's all I ask.

If I loved Rye PA's nose, why wouldn't I love a beer that shares the same recipe, except doubled? I do love it, I do! It may not be quite as hop juicy as its little brother, but it's equally appealing in a spicy-sweet, citric fruity kind of way. I admit that I'm biased toward American hops, but Amarillo and Cascade make this beer what it is. What it is... is great.

Unfortunately, Rye Squared isn't the explosive hop bomb that I had hoped it would be. It's still damn good beer though. I had concerns when I read that both malt and hops would be doubled to get from 'Rye1' to 'Rye2'. True hopheads (and I have every reason to think that Spike and John fit that description given the amazing beer that they design and will some day brew) would have cheated downward on the malt and upward on the hops.

The day is saved, however, by the use of malted rye; the other key to the deliciousness of both of these beers. Just as in good bourbon, the spiciness of that particular grain adds something different, something intriguing, something special to the 'same old, same old' mold that everyone else uses. The rock solid malt backbone is sweet and spicy and brown sugary and is very nearly baby barleywine-like.

In fact, this beer is an American Barleywine at least as much as it's an American Strong Ale, a DIPA or an 'Imperial Pale Ale' (as it's designated by the brewery). The hops are so damn tasty that I want more of them. Tripling the hop load would have worked out just fine as far as I'm concerned. The caramel-covered white grapefruitiness of the Cascade comes through loud and clear while the tropical fruitiness of the Amarillo is less evident.

The 8.5% ABV is noticeable, although not bothersome. There's enough else going on that a bit of unmasked alcohol is a welcome member of the mouth party. So much for being a lace killer. A thick, crusty coat has appeared now that the bottom of the glass is drawing closer. The body/mouthfeel is as aggressive as the rest of the beer and has been perfectly calibrated to promote maximum stickage on the tongue and mucous membranes. There is no finish, there is only flavor.

Rye Squared isn't quite the beer that I expected it to be and it isn't quite the beer that it could have been with a minor tweak to the malt:hop balance. On the whole though, this is another stunning beer from what I believe to be the best little brewery in the South. The hophead's creed is that there is no beer that wouldn't benefit from more hops. Terrapin Beer Company gets it.

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Photo of jj21
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle thanks to timtheenchanta

2006 version
Gold-orange color out of the bottle producing a great light tan head. Very thick, almost like a Guinness with the carbonation action, leaving a thick dense head. Hoppy citrus aroma with a wallop of alcohol on the nose. Pungent citrus taste up front with a piney finish. Some caramel sweetness. Thick, syrupy mouth feel gives it almost a cough syrup feel going down somewhat reminiscent of DFH120. This was a great beer but almost too sweet. The hops did balance it well. Definitely looking for more.

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Photo of trep
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle thanks to pugman for the trade.

A rich, burnt honey color in the glass. A finger head of off-white cream adorns the top. Fades slowly into a thin ring around the glass.

All malt in the nose. Sweet honey and a hint of alcohol.

A nice pine hop bitterness after the sweet malt and honey slide down your throat. A crisp sweet toffee finish and aftertaste.

Perfect mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and the medium/full body work magic together. Very easy drinking too.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, with visible particles, and a golden orange color....unfiltered....thick 1/2inch creamy orange foamy head....fluffy dense lace was left on every part of the glass the beer touched.

S-Musky, resiny, hops....dense rye aroma....with a strong murky citrus and a light spice.

T- Big citrusy orange hops...long lasting rye bitterness and aftertaste...

M/D- thick and syrupy yet refreshing....I really liked this beer but it is hard not to compare it to the regular rye....although I would like to drink this one again I feel the original is better overall.

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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 russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly hazy amber to red with a finger deep sand colored head. Beautiful lacing & head retention

Smell: earthy hops & not much else sneaks through

Taste: Big biscuitty malt up front followed by caramel & oakiness. Piney bitterness aserts itself as it warms along with a slight alcohol presence. Finishes hoppy & chewy

MF: rich & chewy with good carbonation

Drinks too easy for the abv, I really enjoy this. Cheers to ddarden for this one!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a very cloudy golden orange. I don't have the Belgian beer handling skills Zoro mentioned in his review as I have a ton of sediment floating around.
Smell is of rye and mango.
Lot's of malty sweetness up front, but the citrus fruits quickly take over. The citrus does a gammut on the taste buds. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Very complex and exciting.
If you like your beers so thick in the mouth that they are a meal(as I do) then you will like the feel of this one.
A delicious beer, but the size and complexity of the flavors will limit most people to one or two.
Another hit from Terrapin's Monster Tour.

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

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

Appearance: Glowing red/tan body, hazy, with a nice looking head that is fairly sticky when it fades.

Smell: Sweet and piney hops, plenty of strong bready malt, alcohol.

Taste: I can see why this would be considered a strong ale rather than an DIPA, there is a lot more malt and other flavors going on in this beer. Very well balanced, and very easy to drink. Alcohol comes in at the end, making it a little sharper than it starts.

Drinkability: I don't have many beers to compare this beer vs. the style with, but this is a highly enjoyable beer, one which I will have no problem finishing.

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

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and BA hoppedup and a little help from FedEx.

WARNING! There is a lot of sediment in the bottom so pour this one carefully, Belgian beer handling skills come in handy here!

Pours a clear deeply golden amber colored ale with no head formation to speak of.

Smell is sweet with the unmistakable smell of rye, bready with the tell tale sour edge to it. Hop aromas are a major scent component here giving mostly tea and citrus smells plus a little bit of melon. Lesser smells of pepper, vanilla, and menthol.

Taste is neutral, woody and tea at the beginning. Heavy malt and hop beer that strikes a very good balance making this tastes much milder than it really is. Having said that this needs more complex flavor levels.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Very nearly a great beer. This just needs a more complex hop profile to put it over the top.

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