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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 KyleVick4
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

A: Pours crystal clear with a nice three finger head. Very little carbonation from the looks of it. Kind of an amber-copper color. Leaves a good lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of sweetness in the nose, paired with a little bit of hops. Tough to get over the malt smell in here. Cant really distinguish any unique characteristics. A bit of alcoholic smell comes out as it warms.

T: I had my first of these at a kegger and I was ripped. I remeber it as being harsh and high in alcohol. Wow does sobriety help fine beer. A rich beer, while it is very sweet, I taste biscuit or maybe a mild toasty malt. A little hop spicyness, decently balanced with the excessive grain bill. Really cant taste the rye, which I was hoping for but a pretty damn good taste nontheless.

M: Loses points here, the alcohol makes it syrupy and needs to be a bit more carbonated. Silky, but I dont think the body should feel that way with this style. Meh this is the only really bad part of the beer and this is what keeps me from drinking another.

D: Other than the mouthfeel I mentioned earlier this is a well done beer. I do kinda like how the alcohol is mildy present, but not dominant. I can see this being addicting.

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

Pours burnt orange/peach in color and hazy. Nice sweet citrusy aroma of tangerines, lemons, and sweet grapefruit. Grapefruit and sweet malts in the taste and a peppery tingle/burn on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Nice clinging bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a significant malt content that makes it nice and creamy mouthfeel and pleasantly balances the hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this thanks to uncleflip at the dark lord release, didn't like it- didn't review it (3-4oz sample). got a bottle in a bif, time to sit down and dissect.

orange soda appearance with red cloud of haze inhabiting the center. very murky and funky looking. excellent foamage, creamy with some airy bubble spots, two fingers and holding. nice rings of lace with webbing in between . asi asi.

smells like a fruit punch barleywine. malt presence is big, lots of caramel, candy corn and funny enough, artificial orange jolly rancher flavor aroma with ripe berries and fruit loop mystique. rye imparts little here and the hops are just way too cloying on my sinuses.

tastes really good though, a bit rough and alcohol definitely hits you, but this beer excells in its overall lack of bitterness. first thing i notice is the hops, very green and oily in that citrus essence way. rye is there, and contributes to the fruitiness while imparting some dryness and very little spicy bitter in the finish. white pepper hints and hops twist towards succulent grapefruit with warming. pininess is there too, but for some reason the extreme sweetness of the malt profile keeps the abrasive chalky character of such hops at bay. balanced accidentally?

either way, surprisingly better than i remember, still a far from perfect beer. i like terrapin though, and i wish them the best of luck in a series that has (until now) spawned some fabulous monsters.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Unfilterd dark orangish gold body. Has fallen really quick...last Terrapin beer I sampled had carbonation problems, hopefully this isn't the same. A very small rim surrounds the glass as this point.

S: Aromas of tangerine, kiwi and melon with a minor backdrop of redwood.

T: Quite tasty indeed! Loads of citrusy flavors (mostly tangerine and orange), very spicy with a solid bitter backdrop. The alcohol vapors make them selves present as it warms.

M: Bit thin, bit prickly. OK

D: If this beer had a more pronounced head and a fuller, more lucious mouthfeel it would have really pushed it over the edge. Regardless it was quite good and would recommend to malt or hop heads.

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

Poured from a bottle, no freshness dating found that I can decipher.

A - Light golden amber, slightly hazy. Surprisingly thick (for a commercial beer) layer of yeast forms at the bottom of my glass, signifying bottle conditioning. Head is small, doesn't hang around long, off-white color. Little or no lacing (due to alcohol content?).

S - nice, juicy citrus hop notes backed up by firm maltiness, caramel. Alcohol definitely present in the nose. Biscuits, pineapple.

T - on the malty side for an IIPA. Initial pangs of bitterness bite your tongue, followed by assertive malt sweetness. Rich, chewy malt flavor, with a bit of that rye "twang" you'll fine in beer made with rye as a portion of the grist. Hops appear to be of the American NW variety - cascade, centennial, etc. - imparting tangy, juicy, drying citrus. Although malt wins out here, no question.

M - chewy, sticky on your tongue. Sweet malt stickiness as well as noticeable pucker factor from grapefruit/citrusy hops. Full bodied beer. Carbonation appears to be average to slighly below.

D - tasty brew, a little sweet for my tastes, but far more drinkable to me than any of the Stone strong ale offerings, which are off the charts for syrupy malt sweetness. A little too filling and sweet to enjoy more than two or so in a sitting.

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

12 oz favor from a fth brother. review from notes taken this weekend.

appearance is an orangish-honey color. nice finger of head with tons of lacing. the smell is floral hops. very citrusy as well. mainly grapefruit and hints of lemon too. is there some caramel hints? the taste is a very cleansing rye. the citrus hops stand out too. the caramel that i thought i smell are there in the taste. mouthfeel is pretty good. it coats your mouth, but not as much as bhm did. this is another great terrapin brew. i can't till we get these dumbass alabama laws changed, so that i can get terrapin beers on a regualr basis

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey color beer with a nice creamy slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with some nice citrus feature. Taste is also hoppy but with a distinctive note of rye which I’m quite fond of. Body is actually quite full and alcohol is well hidden. Very interesting and different take on the style.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A copper bronze color beer emerges. A nice tan head forms and leaves a peachfuzz on top of the beer and continues to leave lace down the side of the glass.

Lots of citrus hops and grapefruits in the aroma. Some nice lemon tones as well. Nice malt aroma as well. Tiny bits of caramel emerge in the aroma. Not quite piney in smell but hints of pine.

Taste is quite mellow. Hops arent terrifically noticeable and the malt balances perfectly with the hops. Not quite the citrus explosion I was looking for as compared to the aroma. More of an orange zest flavor and some milder fruits like melon. Wonderful flavor I must say. I cant decide if I like the Rye or Rye Squared better; both are damn tasty.

SMooth and creamy mouthfeel is nice. Not a lot of hop bite but enough to notice. Again, nicely balanced in the bitterness/ sweetness department. A very nice beer. A bit pricey for the four pack ($9) but a very nice beer from the guys at Terrapin.

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

Hmm. Not the grapefruit bomb I was expecting. Poured a cloudy peach orange colour with a 7mm thick blanket of white foam floating on top which dwindled to a thin frosty film in approximatley 40 seconds. It appears there is a bit of sediment present here. I don't know if it is suppossed to be that way or not. The smell was quite nice, and actually alluded to it being the grapefruit bomb which it was not. This doesn't upset me at all, it is simply not what I was thinking it would be. The smell also seemed very muted, perhaps dull. Certain attributes were present that are present in all beers of this calibre, but overall it seemed muted and blunt. The taste was quite refreshing and enjoyable and there was, in fact, a wee bit of citrus trying to poke through on the finish. There is actually quite a bit more malt here than I was expecting. The mouth feel was quite smooth and pleasant to drink. I suppose the "hype" on the side of the bottle got me ready for Avery's "Maharaja" or Great Divide's "Hercules DIPA", and then it fell far short of the flavour profile of both those brews. I know that they are a different style, it simply seems that by what is printed on the bottle, an ale of that sort is what is to be expected....and then it isn't there....
Over all, not bad. I was just expecting a bit more I suppose.

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

thanks goes to CaptainCougar and the Ga crew for bring this to Mich for me. poured a orange amber with some floaties and with a small off white head,that left some nice lacing. aroma hops, hops, hops, and some more hops, nice pine ,alcohol, some malts did Imention hops?. flavor, what else but hops, a sweet grapefruit, . alcohol, honey at the finish. I have got to say this is one of the hoppiest beers I have had.wow .did i say this has some hops in it? good and I mean good hoppy beer. I would like to get more of this.

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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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Terrapin Rye Squared from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 605 ratings